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How to Become a Superstar at Road Bike Racing

Old 05-24-10, 04:48 AM
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How to Become a Superstar at Road Bike Racing

Any tips or hints? I have the legs and the determination, just not really the budget. How does one become the next Lance? Any help appreciated ^_^

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If you have the legs and determination, you should be able to dominate on a POS bike.
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Originally Posted by Guitar_clock View Post
Any tips or hints? I have the legs and the determination, just not really the budget. How does one become the next Lance? Any help appreciated ^_^

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If you say so .....

What are your race results so far ?
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Just stop by your local Radio Shack and ask for Lance? Maybe he will take you in as an apprentice.

But first make sure you shave your legs or they might laugh at you.
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post your usac results, then we'll talk
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Step 1- Enter Race
Step 2- Win Race
Step 3- Repeat Step 1
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Step 1- Enter Race
Step 2- Win Race
Step 3- Repeat Step 1
There it is. Go win races.
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Step 1- Enter Race
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Step 3- Repeat Step 1
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There it is. Go win races.
In between races watch American Flyers and Breaking Away almost exclusively.
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ride a lot. i dont know if you have the amount of determination it takes, not many people do.
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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
post your usac results, then we'll talk
This is a reasonable answer ^
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I feel like if I had the legs and determination to be the next bike superstar I would be out riding whatever my budget could afford ($100 bikes are all over craigslist), entering races, getting results, and hoping to be picked up by a team/sponsor.

Determination to sit and post a thread asking how to become a bike superstar would be low down the list of steps in order to become said superstar. Heck, if I was that serious I would sell my computer in order to pick up a bike.
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post your usac results, then we'll talk
That's why you don't talk to me anymore isn't it Grumpy?
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If you don't have the budget because you spent all your money on a closet sized refrigerator, you may be on the right path.
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That's why you don't talk to me anymore isn't it Grumpy?
yeah like my own results are so awesome. It's looking like the "pack finish" route to cat 3 for me.
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