ok, i am just tring to get more information abt cyclocross racing and things like that, i have been to cyclocrossworld.com and found nothing but nice bikes and pic
i am 24yr graduate school at The University of Alabama, i have mt. biked for six year and in the past six month bought a road bike (riding 130miles or so a week, if the weather premits) and i need a goal for my biking now, i thought maybe just some road racing, but something about riding in a paceline for 39.5km and then spriniting the last 500m to see who wins just doesnt sound like fun to me, i am not interested in TT or crit. either, so i was thinking abt cyclocross, but i know nothing abt it other then it is a beefer road bike frame with 30c tires and canilever brakes and you race on road and trails with 2x10 laying upright that you have to get over, i have gather that the race season is winter, and that is about all that i know
here are my questions...
where can i find out where there is a race near me?
how much should i expect to spend on a decent first time cyclocross bike?
how lond (dist.) is a race, is it usuallly a loop set-up? (for a beginner) how long or fast is the race? (i would not want to came in in last place, b/c that would suck)
is the race more like a mt bike race where everyone leaves the starting line at one time and it just naturally spreads out, or is it like TT where you are spaced apart?
is there a website that answer all these questions that i just do not know abt
am i annoying the hell out of you yet?
sorry for all the questions, but i dont know any cyclocross riders, and i am thinking that it could be a very interesting hobby, that and with the season being winter it should be quite muddy down here and i miss riding my bike in the mud
is there anything else that i should know abt cyclocross?
do you enjoy it?