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WNCbiker 01-22-03 08:23 PM

begginer racer
I am a 17 year old kid looking to get into some xc racing. what should i look for in a race as far as distance and difficulty

a2psyklnut 01-23-03 07:59 AM

Any of the race series that are run in your area will have different levels (classes) at their races. Many have a "first timers" category. If you're fit, and a seasoned rider, you may want to skip this, and go race "Beginners". Usually, it's the same exact course, just the number of laps increase! i.e. "first timers" may only race one lap, beginners two, sport three...etc.

I suggest racing "Beginners", only because by the time you pay your entry get you Norba One Day license,...etc. you want to ride for more than 45 mins to an hour. If you race "Beginners", you're probably looking at about an hour to 1.5 hours.


fubar5 01-23-03 09:26 AM

Just do it. I don't mean to be a smart ass or anything, but having asked this question, and seeing it asked many times before, I say is just do it. We can tell you this and that, but it the end, you won't know until you do it. Don't fear pain, and don't fear failure, and nothing can go wrong.

Hawkphoto 01-25-03 10:39 PM

I like the way you put that Fubar...

MikeOK 01-25-03 10:56 PM

I'm not sure about where you are, but the AR series has junior classes that go up to age 18. Click here to see their rules and classes. It might give you an idea of what to expect.

WoodyUpstate 01-26-03 07:36 AM

The hardest part about any kind of racing is finding races near home, and getting the nerve up to go do it.

Use the 'net search engines to locate races. USA Cyling is the main organization for bike racing and you can find many races on their "events search" link. Also, look for VeloNews at a newstand. It is a magazine dedicated to bike racing. The back of the magazine has race listings for the US and Canada by region.

Getting up nerve is another thing. The best advice is fubar's - just go do it. Don't let the expensive bikes and fancy jerseys of the other riders intimidate. Go to have fun first and keep your expectations in line.

Race in the beginner class to start. You'll need to buy a one-day license - $15 - and pay an entry fee, another $25-35 usually. If you think you'll race more than 3 times during the season, it's more affordable to get a regular NORBA racing license.

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