I'm about to do my first race in around a week, (cyclocross), so I can't answer this question.
I had originally planned on racing road first because you can't get lapped in a road race. I just wanted to get used to racing culture since I've never experienced a race before. Then, after getting accustomed to the racing culture, I had planned on trying what I really wanted to race, cyclocross.
For those of you that have experience, which would you suggest for a beginner? Would you think cyclocross is more beginner-friendly, or road racing? I've heard cyclocross has a more relaxed atmosphere, but in road racing you can't get lapped and don't have as many spectators staring at you.
If you remember your first road or cyclocross race, share your experiences, please.