"The 33"-Road Bike Racing - Getting started and finding races
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02-12-03, 10:07 AM
I've done a forum search and have learned enough to know that I'd start as a Cat 5 racer, but where does one go to find these races? I'm much more of a runner and I find it easy to find running races, but why is it so hard to find cycling races?
02-12-03, 10:16 AM
There are far less cycling races out there than running races. They are more complicated to host, insurance is expensive...Heck, you can put on a running race without fencing off the course and piling the hay bales.
I experienced the same thing coming from a running background. There is a local running race every weekend (at least within a short drive), even on holidays.
I was going to ask what part of the country you are in because it will help others narrow things down but I see that you are in Georgia.
Have you tried the website for the USCF? It should be www.usacycling.org but I can't get it to come up right now???
According to Google, by the way, the USCF is the U.S. Chess Federation. I guarantee you could take those guys to school in your first race!
02-12-03, 10:28 AM
Yeah, that did work now. Click on "Road" and then there is a small icon at the top of the page for events. Enter Georgia into the search feature and a good number of events are on the calendar. If you want to know about specific events you can probably ask here. I'm sure that someone has ridden them all.
02-12-03, 11:39 AM
Ask someone at a bike shop or a bike club in your area. There are bound to be several racing oriented clubs in grtr Atlanta... call or email a club member. Once the season gets going, there are probably weekly evening crits in some office complex parking lot.
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