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Reason why you don't race?

Old 12-13-06, 07:55 PM
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Reason why you don't race?

Doing some research for a project for a city-based cycling program, and the question is simply this:

If you don't race, what are your reasons for not racing?
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Old 12-13-06, 07:57 PM
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Well the season is over, and it's raining outside. I am affraid if I step out I melt. Thats how one of my relatives kicked the bucket.
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Old 12-13-06, 07:58 PM
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Not enough time or ability to be competitive.
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I'm way too slow.
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It get plenty of competition in my day job; cycling is for fun. And I'm too slow.
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No special reason. Just don't care to.

Some people love cars, but don't necessarily have to race them. Why do many bikers get asked this all the time (by other bikers, mostly, really)? Why can't one just .. you know, ride?
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Originally Posted by jschen
I'm way too slow.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Doing some research for a project for a city-based cycling program, and the question is simply this:

If you don't race, what are your reasons for not racing?
Competition brings out the worst in me. Cycling brings out the best in me.
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I think I'm too slow.
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1. old
2. slow
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Originally Posted by FrankBattle
No special reason. Just don't care to.

Some people love cars, but don't necessarily have to race them. Why do many bikers get asked this all the time (by other bikers, mostly, really)? Why can't one just .. you know, ride?
Cyclists need something to talk about. They're just making conversation. No need to be sensitive about it.
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I don't care if I am faster or slower than someone else.
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Cuz I'm old and slow and lazy and already 'proved' myself to myself in another sport many moons ago. Cycling is fun, competitive cycling, not so much.
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Too slow.
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I'm relativly new to cycling, so racing is more or less out of the question only bcecause I don't know anything about it. Also whatever races that exist around here are not well advertised outside the cycling/bike messenger community--so, unless you seek them out the thought does not really come up. I got into cycling primarily for fittness/fun and because I am really, really starting to hate driving.

Honestly, I am doing the Chicago triathlon this year and although it is a "race" it is also a participation event and that makes the world of difference. In other words, I can compete against myself/clock and not feel threatened by seriouscompetitors even though I am racing for time.
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Doing some research for a project for a city-based cycling program, and the question is simply this:

If you don't race, what are your reasons for not racing?
risk of getting injured. there are too many idiots out there. at my town's local 20mile race, there is always a hand full of crashes.
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Old 12-13-06, 08:13 PM
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too fast
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Most Cat 4/5 local races don't include enough monster climbing, which means I'm toast without some elevation to get in my groove.
Of course, this probably varies by region.

Oh, and the higher you go in category, the more of an A-hole you seem to become.
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I think most people are scared. IMO
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I can think of about a million things I'd rather be doing on a Saturday morning other than being surrounded by a bunch of sweaty, smelly men.
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Originally Posted by Toxanadu
I think most people are scared. IMO
Of what?
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I was always afraid to race, with a multitude of reasons, fear of crashing, fear of losing, embarassing myself. But I entered a cyclocross race this year, and got hooked.
And this is at 39 years of age, I am looking forward to road racing next year, even though I heard the road scene in the Detroit area is a whole les friendlier than the cross scene around here .
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Originally Posted by chipcom
Of what?
getting dropped...embarassment.
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Not yet, but I'd love to make a career out of it.
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