Originally Posted by danka24
You'll get killed if you start out at the junior level of norba. Start out local, ask the lbs about races in your area, they will be more than happy to help.
That's not necessarilly true, and besides he might just mean a NORBA sanctioned race at the local Junior level. I bet there is a race series in KY, ask at your bike shop, they will know who to contact. Believe it or not most state series' have very good support for the Jr's. In AR (at least last year) there was a bike shop that paid Jr entry fees plus some other support if the kids raced a minumum of 5 races, regardless of finish. In OK it's not as good but most areas support the kids very well. Plus the entry fees are cheaper and the NORBA Jr license is half what the rest of us pay.
Find a race that's close to you and go race. Don't expect much the first time out, it takes time to win races even if you're smokin' fast when you ride alone or with a few of your buds. Racing has it's own challenges that you only learn by doing them. I hope you follow through because racing is probably the funnest thing you can do on two wheels, plus it builds character.
I suggest you do an internet search for mountain bike races in your state and ask at your local bike shop. If you do your homework I bet you find lots of help at your age. Click here
for NORBA's Junior information. It's a good time to be a teenager who wants to race. NORBA also has a forum on their site, you might ask this question there and see if there are any local NORBA people who might be able to help you. If nothing else, USA cycling does a very good job supporting the kids.