This is my 2nd year of racing. I'll be a Cat 4 in a week. Anyone can join the race team ($20 extra)... but you missed the kit order. There's another order in Feb. What kind of rides are you looking for? DBC has them all.
Do you have any group riding experience? That's the first step. Get comfortable in the pack. Then, I'd say just enter a race. If you can get down to Freemont on Sundays the Early Bird Crit Series is great for beginners. The first clinic/race was yesterday, and they go on through the end of the month.
Don't get caught up in age groups... you will learn a lot more from the older folks and you'll be suprised how fast they are.
Bikes: K2 Zed 3.0; Motobecane Le Champion; Pedal Force RS; IRO BFGB
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Join Davis Bike Club! I'm 26 and it would be nice to have some more young people on DBC. There's a lot of cross riding between DBC and the UC Davis Aggies Cycling team so there are lots of opportunities to ride with people of the same age. I'm just starting racing too (sort of). I did couple races last year, got dropped then had to plan a wedding so this year will be racing season 2.0. Davis Bike Club is great for a beginning racer with the depth of knowledge available. Once the time change happens, there's a weekly skills ride specifically targeted to teach new racers the needed skills leb by a couple of the most experienced riders on the team.
Hey rydaddy, glad to see you sporting the the Orange an blue this year but will miss the announcer go "there goes team 'NorCal'!"
Davis Bike Club. Tons of big rides, tons of support. The race team is regular, juniors, masters, and UC Davis. Lots of fun rides. Just google it and you'll find everything. http://www.davisbikeclub.org/ is the site, and there should be a membership app in there. If you're interested in attending, the membership meeting is next Monday, the 11th.