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Old 07-10-07, 12:16 PM
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Racing 101

What would you say to a guy that has never raced but wants to?

Training tips?
Technique tips?
How to not fall off?
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Old 07-10-07, 12:24 PM
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Make sure you have plenty of group riding experience and hook up with a local club who has a solid racing team. That's a good place to start.
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Old 07-10-07, 01:26 PM
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Que Botto's excellent numbered list of things to do to race:
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Old 07-10-07, 01:43 PM
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You know, there actually is a Racing 101 book...Bike Racing 101 to be exact. It's written by the Wenzel's and should be a pretty good introduction to the sport. Read it and then join a well organized racing club.
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Originally Posted by bvfrompc
Que Botto's excellent numbered list of things to do to race:
How to get started

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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Old 07-10-07, 02:43 PM
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How big is your checking account balance? (or the max on your credit cards)
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Old 07-10-07, 03:12 PM
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at MOST a racing weekend has cost me 150 including gas, hotel, food, race fees etc...if college kids can afford it, anyone can
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Old 07-10-07, 03:19 PM
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Buy my book. It's coming out in the Spring.
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Old 07-10-07, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by botto
How to get started

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'.
Thanks, I'll follow this advice to the letter.
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Old 07-10-07, 05:56 PM
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Originally Posted by botto
promises, promises.
Contract signed. I haven't announced it anywhere yet, and no one will notice it here.
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Old 07-10-07, 06:47 PM
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first piece of advice-

do a search on this topic as its been asked a thousand times.
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Old 07-10-07, 07:10 PM
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you'll need a Colnago Extreme Power and a set of Lightweights, of course...
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Old 07-10-07, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by ed073
you'll need a Colnago Extreme Power and a set of Lightweights, of course...
Incorrect. A Carbon Cervelo Soloist SL and a set of Zipps.
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As Nike says.....Just do it. You will survive. If you get dropped, go back and do it again.


But....I need to take my own advice!
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
Are you serious?
No, he's an author.
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Old 07-10-07, 09:27 PM
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Mongo- stop by my blog, click on Cat 6 corner (along the right side under categories). More meaty stuff down toward the bottom. Sprinter Della Casa also has some great tips.
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Old 07-11-07, 01:27 AM
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
Incorrect. A Carbon Cervelo Soloist SL and a set of Zipps.
Be sure to add an SRM!
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Old 07-11-07, 02:34 AM
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At the end of the day, an abbreviated numbered list

1. train harder than you plan to race
2. be prepared for races to be harder than you trained for
3. keep going back
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Old 07-11-07, 05:23 AM
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Contract signed. I haven't announced it anywhere yet, and no one will notice it here.
Good times. Can I get my copy autographed by the author?
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Not if I have to make it out to ELjamsoquoiouqousoui or however you spell it.

Change it to Bob or Ed.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Contract signed. I haven't announced it anywhere yet, and no one will notice it here.
Congrats on the contract. I will buy the book.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Not if I have to make it out to ELjamsoquoiouqousoui or however you spell it.

Change it to Bob or Ed.
Hey, buddy, it's Matthew to you.
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There is actually a book called bike racing 101... I like it. Full of good hints.
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Originally Posted by EventServices

Change it to Bob or Ed.

good choice.
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Originally Posted by botto
How to get started

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
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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'.
If anything ever deserved a sticky in this forum, this is it.
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