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Old 11-14-13, 10:28 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 11-14-13, 10:30 PM   #2
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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!
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Old 11-14-13, 11:05 PM   #3
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Yep, do the above. Ask remaining questions after 1).

Welcome to the forum, and the sport.
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Old 11-14-13, 11:44 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 11-15-13, 07:19 AM   #5
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Cat 5

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

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Old 11-15-13, 11:23 AM   #6
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You should also check in here. Master's racing forum.
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Old 11-15-13, 12:35 PM   #7
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Old 11-15-13, 12:46 PM   #8
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Brilliant.

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Old 11-15-13, 12:48 PM   #10
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The starting line preferably. People tend to look down upon it if you cheat.

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Old 11-15-13, 01:06 PM   #11
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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.
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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.
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Old 11-15-13, 02:21 PM   #13
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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.
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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.
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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!
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Doesn't this kind of thing usually end up with a female police officer pointing to a doll asking where you were touched?
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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...
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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?
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Anything like this in SoCal? I Googled with no success.
http://socalcycling.com/road-racing/
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Thanks. I did see that, but I was more interested in the concept of short clinics.
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