I say my first cross race, but this will be my first race of any kind on a bicycle. This is my first year doing anything on a bike other than riding to and from school/work and I'm really starting to get into it.
Last month I did the D2R2 and attempted the 112 mile (15000 ft. + of climbing) version but was only able to finish 92 (~11,000 ft climbing) as I got lost and had a very sore knee..but mainly because I didn't train enough.
Anyway, I would like to try a cross race this fall to see if it is something I want to get into. Anybody know of any local (weekend) races where a noob such as myself could enter? Any suggestions on training/preparing for the ride? I did some searching and it looks like most (all?) rides show Cat 4 as the lowest experience level...
I'll be using this bike: Raleigh Team Cross. I have a triple on there (from the ride mentioned above) but could also ride it as a 1 x 9.