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

    Welcome to the forum, and the sport.

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    You should also check in here. Master's racing forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    Brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    You should also check in here. Master's racing forum.

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

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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.
    As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.

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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.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by snidely View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    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...
    "if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by snidely View Post
    Anything like this in SoCal? I Googled with no success.
    http://socalcycling.com/road-racing/
    As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuteCommando View Post
    Thanks. I did see that, but I was more interested in the concept of short clinics.

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