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Old 04-08-05, 11:24 PM
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getting into road racing

so at the local racing club level ina big town and state wide at teh amauter level what is it liek to get into racing?
do these guys think they are all cippolini ? looking at pics it seems like a mix of ages of people in pics from races.

do these guys ride like a pro peleton or are they just weekend warrior types and serious riders all out there to do their best.
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Are the races catagorized (cat 1 - 5, junior) or are they everyone together. If it is everyone together I can imagine many 1's would be there and it would be hard, if not it is your catagory.

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well for that matter all of the catergories i guess. i have goten backinto road riding after being out of it since i was a teenager. i am 35 now. i have been active all my life golf , skateboarding surfing etc. so i am not in bad shape physically.
we have abig road racing club here in town i live in a big town. so ho wdo i find beginner level races and how do i work from there up .
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Everyone over 18 starts in catagory 5, these are considered "beginner" races, for you would probably be 30+ cat 4 and 5 or straight cat 5 if you were in Southern California. All catagories require some level of higher fitness to be competative plus lots of group riding experience. Most race programs will take catagory 5 racers on but some require you to be catagory 4 around here (10 mass starts required to upgrade 5 to 4). All races I have seen (non pro level) have a catagory 5 or 4,5 race.

You move up by placing and winning races and experience after catagory 4, 4 - 3 requires either 25 mass starts with 10 top 10 finishes or 20 points in a season (30 for an autoupgrade) where 7 points is awarded for 1st, 5 points for 2nd, etc... up to 1 for 6th I believe.

As to where to find races, without knowing your location that is hard to say. The internet is a wonderful thing, there is a listing for almost every region around the web.
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