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Old 01-30-10, 06:09 PM
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place to live for pro cycling

i live in maine at the moment and have a true passion for racing and riding, and cant seem to get into the sport, it seems very hard to find races or get started at racing. so im wondering/asking if there is a location like california or colorado or oregon that would be better suited to further my career as a cyclist. in short i want to start racing and see what i can do and see if ive got what it takes to make a living out of it and was wondering if anyone has any advice on anything like that, cause i havent been able to find any information that helps me.
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Old 01-30-10, 06:18 PM
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colorado, california or europe.
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Old 01-30-10, 06:27 PM
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Europe. I suggest Romania.
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Look up the National Race Calendar. Go win one of those races and you will be noticed. But first just worry about moving up the ranks wherever you live now.
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Old 01-30-10, 06:33 PM
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Also, read this to start

New to Racing? Here's a tip or two
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Stay where you are until you're kicking the butts around you. As soon as you reach that point, move to Columbus Ohio or Chicago Illinois or NYC. When you beat those butts, you can move to Tucson/San Diego/Boulder/etc.


Some of this may have to do with your ability to find a job.
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thanks guys. i sorta knew the answers but its good to hear other people views. and yeah finding a job right now sucks. thanks again. will keep on riding and get on some local races around where i am now.
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Originally Posted by jdub890 View Post
i live in maine at the moment and have a true passion for racing and riding, and cant seem to get into the sport, it seems very hard to find races or get started at racing.
Massachusetts has a strong race scene.
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if you can't seem to get into the sport, don't go to Europe
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Belgium. You will either come back with a contract, or come back a broken, disillusioned, shadow of a man.
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If you don't know where to live for furthering your career as a cyclist, don't go to europe.
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Ryan, how did you get stationed in Maine ?
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you live in new england and your having a hard time finding races? is this a joke?
new england and the entire northeast have some of the best scene in the US.
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Old 02-01-10, 01:20 PM
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not in maine but your right new england is loaded with races. long story in how i got stationed here. lost a job in NYC. shop couldn't afford to keep me on full time. now im up here with the rents trying to find a bike shop that will keep me workin. i do know where to live and i know more then i stated just creating conversation with other cyclist. thanks for all the feed back. in short just figuring my life out, whats the next step and so on. keep the cadence high

in short i need a stable job before i can do anything i want to do. (DUH) spring is approaching which is good, waiting to hear back from a few shops in march.
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Old 02-01-10, 06:10 PM
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I've heard belgium is pretty fast. Someone should go there.
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
I've heard belgium is pretty fast. Someone should go there.
Pff, reserve-nederlanders
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if you can't seem to get into the sport, don't go to Europe
If you live in Maine and want to race bikes don't go to Europe.
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Originally Posted by Braden1550 View Post
Belgium. You will either come back with a contract, or come back a broken, disillusioned, shadow of a man.
If you race here for 10 years or so, and can beat the locals, you might, I repeat might have a shot at beating the 10-12 year olds in Belgium. When I lived there, the kids in my neighborhood used to do double pace lines riding to school in the morning.

Teenagers race futher than cat 4 and 3's do here. A lot further. Botto told me a friend of his, in elementary school gym class in his school rode the whole Liege-Bastogne-Liege course. They don't do these "45 minutes plus two laps" events.

Having lived and raced there, trust me, you guys have no idea...
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But first just worry about moving up the ranks wherever you live now.
This.
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Pff, reserve-nederlanders
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Belgium. You will either come back with a contract, or come back a broken, disillusioned, shadow of a man.
Love this.
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Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
Stay where you are until you're kicking the butts around you. As soon as you reach that point, move to Columbus Ohio or Chicago Illinois or NYC. When you beat those butts, you can move to Tucson/San Diego/Boulder/etc.
Is Columbus considered good racing? I live near there but I don't have much to compare it to. I thought our race schedule was average really.
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Originally Posted by Braden1550 View Post
Belgium. You will either come back with a contract, or come back a broken, disillusioned, shadow of a man.
You can accomplish this without leaving the States. And it depends on how you train. Do you ride a lot of base miles?
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