I recently picked up biking after multiple injuries from running, mainly due to the impact. as a runner I've attained pretty decent times... 2:38 marathon and 15:46 5k, so I have a pretty good background of endurance sports. While I realize that running is not a very good indicator of biking ability and vice versa, I sorta feel like I have some potential in the bike race scene. with my running times I was able to win a few road races and make a little bit of extra cash and even get a free pair of shoes every once in awhile.
I have really gotten into biking in the last few months, both road and mountain. I know there are different race classes for biking, but I'm not sure what they are or what they mean. does anyone have any insight on what it takes to attain a sponsorship/ the world of competitive cycling? I don't mean making it my career nessecarily but maybe getting a bike discount and some clothes would be cool. I'm interested mainly in MTB but also road and tri's. Ultimaly I enjoy competing and would love to get into some races.