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Old 03-16-17, 12:48 AM
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How grow in women's cycling to pro

For women's field. What would be all the steps. For one who wants to become pro in uci.
From start at cat 5 or 4 what would be key races to consider to move up the ranks to become pro?
Any race series in USA cycling be good to consider to make this happen?. More less asking on behalf of a friend. But I like be tell them what exactly needs to be done to see success. Thanks
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It's probably the same prices as for the men you asked about last week.
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not really, just seems need to have more feedback on this.
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Race a lot, do really well, and become a cat 1 or 2. Join "pro" composite teams at larger women's race such as Redlands, Cascade, Gila, TOAD, etc. Do well, pro teams in races see your talent and ask you to be pro with them.
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What? I can hardly understand what message you're trying to convey.

If you've never raced before, it's beyond silliness to ask what it takes to be a pro. Would you shoot a few hoops and then start plotting out your path to the NBA? Or hit the batting cages at the local mini-golf place and then start planning your path to the MLB?

Professional sport is insane. And the closer you get to it, the further away you realize the talent level and training and racing abilities necessary for success at that level really are.
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I did not know that there was cat 5 for women. I happen to know some very talented women racers (pros). Cycling barely pays the bills for men and even less so for women. However the race purse for women is typically more favorable than for men (comparing purse/riders/distance/entry fee). The women pros I know do/did other things to support themselves and/or also had domestic support (married).
Like every pro, what you can get outside the sport matters. Meaning if you are the type that can sell product - that helps a lot.

Ask them to name a few women pros they aspire to be like. Ask them the names of the team directors they would ride for. Ask them about the USAC employees that know them.
If they can't rattle off a few names in each area, I think they have their work cut out for them. Riding the bike fast is one thing. Being a female pro is another.
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Originally Posted by Doge
I did not know that there was cat 5 for women.


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is reason for no cat 5 women is because of field sizes are smaller then mens?
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There is Cat 5 Women.
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So I thought that I should just answer this as asked without all the assumptions except a few.
I'll go from these assumptions. The woman is pro potential and knows this from ability in other sports (yes you can know - esp for women). Or the woman is already pro performance. There is not a significant funds issue.

I suggest she focuses on relationships/experience and performance. I do think this is much easier in women's then men's racing to get to the top. There are just fewer.
Move to LA, or COS for the summer.

I think going to the LA or COS and meeting coaches who coach pros is a great first step. Hire them, they will help. Race 2X every weekend (so SoCal helps). Meet people.

For performance get the Cat 5->4 starts. Do track mid-week. Cat 4 should take 1-2 months. Win 4s - a pro performance/performance potential should be winning most Cat 4s soon.
For many races P1234s race together. Start beating the P12s. Go to those races. If you DO win those it is very likely you can guest on a Cat 1 team. Ask them, have your coach ask them. Go race with them. Beat pros.

While not racing get to know every pro team and director and rider. See if their interests and even body type match hers. Be at their races and watch them. Talk to the race directors. See if you can help in the team car. It is very important to many teams that you like them and they like you. You would both be building relationships and gaining race knowledge. I get all kinds of grief here (BF) as I don't personally race the bike - but I have been in lots of team cars, and you do learn stuff. You especially learn what directors (your boss) care about.

Anyway, I would think a pro potential, pro level woman could get to be a pro rather quickly.

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Thanks so much for the information
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