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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 09-12-10, 01:48 PM   #1
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thinking of racing cyclocross

I've heard there are a lot of races in my area, but I don't know where to start.

I don't even know if I want to do this.

How do I find the races, the teams, whatever?

What else should I know? And what else should I be asking?

I have 35 years of cycling experience, most of it non-competitive, but I'm strong and skilled on a bike.
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Old 09-12-10, 01:57 PM   #2
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Try http://www.midatlanticcross.com/ and http://www.njbikeracing.com/

Also I think there is a weekly cross practice at Rutgers, I think the signup is on bikereg.
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Give it a shot! It is misery and fun all lumped together. I would recommend giving a clinic a shot first.

All races can be found here and I highly recommend pre-registration, since a lot of the fields fill up.

http://www.bikereg.com/events/?et=2&rg=2
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Definitely do it, but be warned cyclocross racing is like crack. Only try it if you're prepared to give up thinking about anything else between August and January every year.
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I had my first cross race (first any kind of cycle race actually) today. I wasn't in great shape either, but it was incredible fun and i'm hooked as well. Definitely do it.
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I just did my second race today, second race of any kind in fact.
Actually it was the second race this week, so much fun.
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What've you got to lose? An entry fee? 45 minutes of your life to see if you'll fall in love with an awesome sport. Give it a shot!
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Go out and give it a shot. It is too much fun to really describe so just get out there.
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OK, I'll give it a try. Gotta built a pair of wheels and buy a pair of tires.

So where do I report?
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