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12-12-09, 09:06 AM
hello gents and ladies. I'm a 19 year old Arkansas rider and im just about to buy a new bike to try and race for the first time.
Can anyone tell me of some good entry level sactioned races where i might possibly start to work on my cat lvl and hopefully get to to 4 by the end of the year. Also some distance charity rides that are fairly easy to enter would be good info too.
I'm looking for races roughly within 1 state of arkansas because i am a college student so not the most amount of time to be travelling all over the country.
Thanks for the help guys
12-17-09, 11:58 PM
a quick search found these
01-13-10, 11:55 PM
Being in college, you should consider the possibility of racing collegiate. If your school doesn't have a team, maybe you could try to get some school backing and get one going. I race on a college team, but it is established and I didn't have to do any leg work. I'm sure someone on here knows something about it. I was just thinking it may be cheaper, especially if the school reimburses your gas and entry fee (which I bet would be a real possibility). I think you have to get the school's permission and apply to USAC or something. I read a paragraph about it on the USAC website one time.
Secondly, in my area racers can cat up to 4 after 10 cat 5 races (don't have to, but why...). Put in your ten, and then you can apply. I think it takes some crazy bad circumstances to be denied, if it's even possible to be denied. That would mean you'd also cat up from D to C in college. The college cats aren't 5-1, but are D-A. 4's can't race D, from what I've been told. Then the 4-3 jump is based on points or performance. Those reg's are on the USAC website, for future reference.
The road racing subforum on here can sometimes be a little harsh, but be sure to check it out, if you haven't already. Good luck in finding/doing the races in your area and enjoy the new bike your going to get.