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Old 05-17-07, 05:43 PM
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Ok, i think i found my first race...now what

The Tour of Elk Grove, in August...

http://www.tourofelkgrove.com/uscf_entry_level.cfm

They state that
RULES AND ELIGIBILITY:

* Entry level riders will purchase a USCF one day racing license, (cost of a one day license is an additional $5 paid at race day registration). Limited to riders with one-day USCF licenses; only valid in the events listed above.
* Field limit will vary per event in the range of 50-100 participants per race. All participants will be registered in order of application being received.
Does this mean the only way one is eligible is to buy a one day license? That wouldn't be a problem since i have no affiliation with anything right now...

I really wana do this (i.e. race bikes), but frankly have no idea where to begin so...thoughts, advice, appreciated. I'll even be happy if botto photoshops Rodney Dangerfield onto my bike if he also has some advice for me
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If you want to race on a regular basis, get a license. They cost $30 at USAcycling.org.

Also, I would get in a couple of races before Elk Grove, if I were you, and had any expectations for the race. Elk Grove is FAST, with a hairpin turn at both ends of the "L". Get some experience before you dive into a race like that.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
If you want to race on a regular basis, get a license. They cost $30 at USAcycling.org.

Also, I would get in a couple of races before Elk Grove, if I were you, and had any expectations for the race. Elk Grove is FAST, with a hairpin turn at both ends of the "L". Get some experience before you dive into a race like that.
I'm having trouble finding anything
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
They cost $30 at USAcycling.org.

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I thought it was $60? Is it cheaper now that it's later in the season, or am I on crack here?
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Originally Posted by timmyquest
I'm having trouble finding anything

Where are you located? Iowa, I presume?

First, if that is the case, you have the Memorial Day Bike Races in the Quad Cities area:

Wapello-Burlington RR, Snake Alley Criterium, Melon City Criterium, and Quad Cities Criterium on the 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th/Memorial Day, respectively. http://www.bikeiowa.org/mdwbr/mdwbr.html

Next, go to Truesport.com and check out their north central regional calendar, as well as the central regional calendar.

Then, you can also check out abdcycling.com, on the left hand side of the page they have a scroll down list of a large amount of the events near Illinois/Wisconsin/Iowa/Indiana, by month.
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Originally Posted by cat4ever
I thought it was $60? Is it cheaper now that it's later in the season, or am I on crack here?
Sorry, I forgot...mine was because I was purchasing the add-on to my collegiate license. I just threw 10 bones at the guys at registration for the two non-collegiate races I've done so far this year. Sloth has cost me a bit extra already, it seems.
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Elk Grove is a tricky course. Not impossible, but probly not a great first course.

I can give you several reasons NOT to make that your first race.
But then again, you're no worse off than the other first-year riders, a lot of whom will be making it their first race.
OK, on second thought, that's probably another reason NOT to.


I still haven't forgiven them for advertising a 30+ / 40+ race but only giving one prize list. That was misleading and somewhat dangerous.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Elk Grove is a tricky course. Not impossible, but probly not a great first course.

I can give you several reasons NOT to make that your first race.
But then again, you're no worse off than the other first-year riders, a lot of whom will be making it their first race.
OK, on second thought, that's probably another reason NOT to.


I still haven't forgiven them for advertising a 30+ / 40+ race but only giving one prize list. That was misleading and somewhat dangerous.

Hey ES- What is up with them completely dicking over everyone but the Pro's this year? There's only one race for the 3's, and that's a combined 3/4 race. And the damn thing is only 20 minutes long, with a $5000 prize list. That's just asking for a huge, violent crash.

Correction- If you're a Master and a 4 or a 5, you get two races. The Pro/1/2 women only get one race as well. Ridiculous.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
That's just asking for a huge, violent crash.
Or several huge, violent crashes.
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$5k for 20 minutes. Talk about a suicide mission. Perfect, really. <checks calendar>
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We won't even bother widdit this year. We quit going to Downers Groan for the same reason: 6 hour drive for a 20 minute race. No thank you.

BTW, I love the Downers course. I announced it once long ago (when Schuler was racing). But their emphasis is on making money, not bike races for bike racers.
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Hmmm, thanks for all the input guys. I'm surprised that some of you guys drive so far.

I'm thinking of trying to find a short TT to start with and ease myself into organized group rides then other forms of races by the end of summer....thoughts?
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Originally Posted by timmyquest
Hmmm, thanks for all the input guys. I'm surprised that some of you guys drive so far.

I'm thinking of trying to find a short TT to start with and ease myself into organized group rides then other forms of races by the end of summer....thoughts?
Start hitting the group rides as soon as possible. Just jump in head first. You want to be comfortable in a large pack by summer's end. Plus, at this point in the season, you're not really behind the curve too much if you just start getting involved now.
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Originally Posted by grebletie
Start hitting the group rides as soon as possible. Just jump in head first. You want to be comfortable in a large pack by summer's end. Plus, at this point in the season, you're not really behind the curve too much if you just start getting involved now.
+1

TTs are all well and good, and MS150s are fine too, but neither of them will be of much use to helping you get ready to race.

I'll repeat an old post:

1. Find some group rides, fast group rides. Sit in the back.
2. Don't get discouraged if/when you get dropped from those group rides.
3. Go back the following week and do the fast group ride again.
4. If you're dropped a 2nd time, repeat steps 2 & 3
5. Once you're comfortable with the group and pace (and vice versa), take some pulls.
6. Once you're comfortable taking pulls, try some attacks (if it's that kind of group ride).
7. Once you're comfortable with steps 5 & 6, it's time to enter a race.
8. At your first race, repeat steps 1-6, but substitute 'race' for 'group ride'.

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Originally Posted by timmyquest
The Tour of Elk Grove, in August...

http://www.tourofelkgrove.com/uscf_entry_level.cfm

They state that [it is] "Limited to riders with one-day USCF licenses".


Does this mean the only way one is eligible is to buy a one day license? That wouldn't be a problem since i have no affiliation with anything right now...

The answer seems to be "yes" based on the way it is worded. But, considering how illiterate half of America is, that might not be what they meant. I would contact the promoter for clarification if I were you.

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Originally Posted by botto
+1

TTs are all well and good, and MS150s are fine too, but neither of them will be of much use to helping you get ready to race.

I'll repeat an old post:

1. Find some group rides, fast group rides. Sit in the back.
2. Don't get discouraged if/when you get dropped from those group rides.
3. Go back the following week and do the fast group ride again.
4. If you're dropped a 2nd time, repeat steps 2 & 3
5. Once you're comfortable with the group and pace (and vice versa), take some pulls.
6. Once you're comfortable taking pulls, try some attacks (if it's that kind of group ride).
7. Once you're comfortable with steps 5 & 6, it's time to enter a race.
8. At you first race, repeat steps 1-6, but substitute 'race' for 'group ride'.
I remember the last time this was posted, and I just have to say that it's great advice!
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Mr Shemp and i are meeting up next weekend for a 60 mile ride and in ryanf fashion my LBS has a group ride on friday nights starting soon so i'll hit those up.

Thanks for the input folks
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
Sorry, I forgot...mine was because I was purchasing the add-on to my collegiate license. I just threw 10 bones at the guys at registration for the two non-collegiate races I've done so far this year. Sloth has cost me a bit extra already, it seems.
The money for 1-days counts toward your annual if you decide to get it.
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If you are looking for races check out www.truesport.com and clicky on northcentral for a list of races in the area.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
$5000 prize list.
How much EPO does $5000 buy?
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Not sure, but the $15,000, $32,000 and $105,000 Pro races offer a little bit more EPO/dollar...might be able to buy it in 55 gallon drums at that price point.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
The money for 1-days counts toward your annual if you decide to get it.
Only one 1-day licesnse will go towards your annual license.
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Originally Posted by timmyquest
Mr Shemp and i are meeting up next weekend for a 60 mile ride and in ryanf fashion my LBS has a group ride on friday nights starting soon so i'll hit those up.

Thanks for the input folks
And here I thought we were meeting up for a leisure ride through the Illinois prairie. You've now been forewarned, I'll be "droping" the hammer at the first sign of anything over 3% grade. Oh, and my bladder requires stops every 15 minutes +/- (unless there's a good crosswind, then I don't have to dismount), but I get back on the saddle refreshed and ready to do my share of a 15 second pull before I need to sit up and filter toward the back. This is going to be a great time!

Group rides are near impossible to come by near me. The lbs doesn't have them, and the nearest club that does is an hour away and starts them just as I get out of work. No less, hope to do a nearby RR this year with the lofty goal of finishing 2nd to last, woo hoo! I'm hoping someone goes down early with a mechanical.
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Don't you worry, i'm fat inexperienced and fairly out of shape
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What team are you racing for?
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