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kgoings 11-14-13 10:28 PM

Just turned 40 and started riding, where to start with racing?
 
I have always been an adrenaline junky. Was wondering where to start with racing.

mattm 11-14-13 10:30 PM

0) do some group rides

1) start reading: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...s-a-tip-or-two

2) sign up: http://usacycling.org

3) win!

waterrockets 11-14-13 11:05 PM

Yep, do the above. Ask remaining questions after 1).

Welcome to the forum, and the sport.

furiousferret 11-14-13 11:44 PM

Good luck, don't let your age hinder you; there are some fast dudes in the forties, including a guy that won a grand tour. 40 is the new 39.

valygrl 11-15-13 07:19 AM

Cat 5

I started at 47, don't let your age get in the way.

http://www.usacycling.org/encyclingpedia/
http://www.usacycling.org/usa-cycling-rule-book.htm

Racer Ex 11-15-13 11:23 AM

You should also check in here. Master's racing forum.

gsteinb 11-15-13 12:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Racer Ex (Post 16249320)
You should also check in here. Master's racing forum.

http://content.internetvideoarchive....8/004966_3.jpg

Jandro 11-15-13 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsteinb (Post 16249525)

Brilliant.

Welcome to the boards.

Ygduf 11-15-13 12:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Racer Ex (Post 16249320)
You should also check in here. Master's racing forum.

http://i.imgur.com/0OvhMMb.jpg

ridethecliche 11-15-13 12:48 PM

The starting line preferably. People tend to look down upon it if you cheat.

(Have fun!)

CommuteCommando 11-15-13 01:06 PM

Started at fat and fifty something. I ain't getting younger, but am getting thinner and may even get competitive (especially when I turn sixt and am on the young side of that "cat".;))

I started by taking the class at a local velodrome. If there is one near you, it's a good way to start. It even inspired me to buy my own fixie.

caloso 11-15-13 02:13 PM

Look for an Early Bird race series near you. They usually have mentored races for the Cat 5's and are good low-key way to gain race skills and meet other racers in your area.

snidely 11-15-13 02:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by caloso (Post 16249827)
Look for an Early Bird race series near you. They usually have mentored races for the Cat 5's and are good low-key way to gain race skills and meet other racers in your area.

Anything like this in SoCal? I Googled with no success.

Racer Ex 11-15-13 02:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snidely (Post 16249847)
Anything like this in SoCal? I Googled with no success.

No. There are races pretty much year round but in one of the biggest area for cycling the training is all ad-hoc.

PM me. I am one of the NorCal mentors but spend a lot of time in SoCal, and would be happy to do an "intro to racing" for you and some rides and help steer you through the process.

snidely 11-15-13 03:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Racer Ex (Post 16249882)
No. There are races pretty much year round but in one of the biggest area for cycling the training is all ad-hoc.

PM me. I am one of the NorCal mentors but spend a lot of time in SoCal, and would be happy to do an "intro to racing" for you and some rides and help steer you through the process.

PM sent. Thanks!

gsteinb 11-15-13 03:14 PM

Doesn't this kind of thing usually end up with a female police officer pointing to a doll asking where you were touched?

rkwaki 11-15-13 03:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsteinb (Post 16250017)
Doesn't this kind of thing usually end up with a female police officer pointing to a doll asking where you were touched?

The 'tickle' spot...

snidely 11-15-13 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gsteinb (Post 16250017)
Doesn't this kind of thing usually end up with a female police officer pointing to a doll asking where you were touched?

Usually, but isn't that the fun of it all?:p

CommuteCommando 11-15-13 03:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snidely (Post 16249847)
Anything like this in SoCal? I Googled with no success.

http://socalcycling.com/road-racing/

snidely 11-15-13 03:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CommuteCommando (Post 16250117)

Thanks. I did see that, but I was more interested in the concept of short clinics.


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