- Racing: where, when, how? Is it really scary?
British cycling event calender is a pretty decent place to start.
XC racing is not scary. It’s just normal xc riding, just painfully fast.
Road racing can be scary very occasionally, but it is a lot of fun.
How far are you from Portsmouth? Mountbatten is a pretty good place to start IMO.Posted 6 years agochipsngravyMember
Racing makes you feel alive. You find new limits and you can’t wait until the next race.
Whatever you decide to race, get out there and give it some. To start you might just be racing yourself. Then racing someone else of a similar ability and then going out there for the win.
Often quoted, but very true, “Racing is life… everything before and after is just waiting.” Steve McQueen
Good luck.Posted 6 years agobarnMember
Never raced, but keen to give it a go.
Happy to try XC, CX or even some road stuff (although it’s not the season for Tarmac I guess)..
Prefferably London or South Coast area.
What were the first races you lot did? What websites should I look at?
I’m 37, so no spring chicken.
Any thoughts, pointers, encouragement or mockery very welcome.
Thanks.Posted 6 years agoDISMember
I am 36, only started xc racing last year so don’t worry to much about the 37years, there seems be plenty of 40+ year old riders who are way quicker than me. Defiantly agree with the comment:
…and when you’ve raced for a while you change. You realise the difference between racers and non racers, and you realise how much quicker racing is compared to riding.
Start in the fun cat to see how you do then take it from there. Fist race I did I came 10th (Fun) so moved up to open.
I have it really good fun, so give it a go.Posted 6 years agoDISMember
If you do start racing try not to be to intimidated by all the very expensive and shiny bikes around with people wearing matching kits. Some of them are very quick but plenty are not!
I remember my first race wearing some baggy shorts and old howies t sheet, £500 pound bike, thinking what had I just got my self into!
But it was fine, every one (apart from 1 or 2 village idiots that you seem to find everywhere) were very friendly both on and of the race track. All races I have been to have had a great atmosphere.
The Gorrick brass monkey serries might be a good event to try.Posted 6 years ago
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