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Amateur Racing in Europe

Old 11-11-04, 07:54 PM
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Amateur Racing in Europe

I was wanting to spend the summer (May-August) racing in Europe.

I don't have a preference on where, just that the racing be good (mostly road races), and that i can have a good opportunity to train (plus get out of the US).

Does anybody know how to get started on this (like finding a team) or anyone who i could email a resume to?

I am an ex-collegiate track runner, a Cat 3 (with all the points to got to 2), have a master's degree in ex phys, and am currently living and training in Santa Barbara, CA.

Thanks
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Old 11-11-04, 11:49 PM
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I was curious about this also. You never hear about the racing infrastructure on the local level over in Europe. If anyone has any information on this I would love to hear it.
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Hello,
I live in Pamplona (Northern Spain; 2 hours from Larrau, Marie Blanque or Tourmalet) where for sure we have the highest amateur level all around the world(togehter with Italy) .
Miguel Indurain was born 3km form here. Around 10-15 cyclist participating 2004 Tour de France come from this zone (you know 35% of last tour the france rider are Spanish)
During spring and summer there are lot of races with an amazing level (Elite and Sub-23 categories). Here, the amateur cycling is almost professional; only pleople who wants to be professional
uses to participate in races. Ryder train are equal as professionals (25000-30000km/year) and it's very strange to find riders over 25years old in that races.
If you are over 30, there are very competitive races (up to 125-150km) for master people or you can try to finish big cicloturist like Quebrantahuesos(www.quebrantahuesos.com; I'm gold medal) or similar (www.todociclismo.com Cicloturismo folder).
If you understand spanish, you could visit www.todociclismo.com Elite y Sub23 folder.


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Old 11-12-04, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by awmoore3
I was wanting to spend the summer (May-August) racing in Europe.

I don't have a preference on where, just that the racing be good (mostly road races), and that i can have a good opportunity to train (plus get out of the US).

Does anybody know how to get started on this (like finding a team) or anyone who i could email a resume to?

I am an ex-collegiate track runner, a Cat 3 (with all the points to got to 2), have a master's degree in ex phys, and am currently living and training in Santa Barbara, CA.

Thanks
Try this site for information. Basically, this program is for young upandcomers who are currently riding the NRC races. Don't take this wrong, but this group would most likely not look at a CAT3 with 2 points..these are guys who are regularly winning at the CAT1 level in the US and COULD maybe be pros someday...in other words, they are racing at the Division 1 NCAA basketball level with scouts looking at them in races. It is outstanding racing. These guys are located in Oostende.
But..that being said you can get some great info about racing, especially in the heart of it all, Belgium. And maybe these folks can direct you toward more specific info..
Not to worry, the racing's good. At the local level, it's sort of like going to play pickup basketball in a New York City playground.
Point to point races average about 25-27MPH, so in good road and weather conditions (which seem to rarely exist), speeds will regularly go in excess of 30MPH for long periods of time. Races are typically about 100 miles.
If you want to read the insights of a guy who tried it, try this diary..hope it works
I lived there for a while (resident of Waterloo) and did race, but I had the support of my local racing friends and got accepted because of them. But you can just show up and race as long as you have a UCI international license without being on a club, which is unique in Belgium. But I doubt being totally alone would be much fun. Most of the racers speak Flemish and some who live in the more urban areas speak English somewhat, but the more rural Belgians speak Flemish almost exclusively. Most of the racers are from Flanders rather than Wallonia where they seem to be more tuned in to soccer/football.
Hope that helps...I suggest contacting the Cyclingcenter for more specific help. But if you want to go to the home of bike racing, go to Belgium.

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Old 11-12-04, 10:51 PM
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Ask "Coppi" in the http://forums.bicycling.com/forum.jspa?forumID=7 He regulary races in France. He is a cat 1.
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