Software for Cyclists
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Redding, California
Bikes: Trek 5200, Specialized MTB
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If you're looking for races, I recommend:
1) Senior Games
They're held in various cities, and most states. They have the advantage of usually offering 5 year age brackets for competition.
2) USA Cycling
The official governing body for bike racing in the US. Check for local teams to join, and try to find out what region you're in. Most regions will have a website where all sanctioned races are listed.
The disadvantage is the local races don't always have categories for older racers. For instance, they might only offer Masters 35+, and not 45+ or 55+. And even when they do, the Masters categories can be very competitive, because some of those guys have been racing at semi-pro level for decades.
Your other alternative is to enter the open Cat 5 (beginner) category. But there, you'll be racing against guys from any age (though there were several races I entered this season where I would have placed better in Cat 5 than I did in Masters 55+).
Most district championship races offer 5 year brackets.
Alternatively, you can get into triathlon, which does a better job of supporting age group athletes (typically with 5 and 10 year brackets).