Beginners Guide to Road Bike Racing – Performance Bike Learning Center

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Beginners Guide to Road Bike Racing - Performance Bike Learning Center road racing bikes

Beginners Guide Road Bike You are and want try racing year, but know where start. Racing be a exciting and activity. You develop better skills and on a You will new friends, places and

But there some things should know standing at start line. following assumes have an road bike is in mechanical condition, from packs, and for start road must have brake on wheels. The ends must solidly plugged. Aerobars other attachments extend forward upward, or provide support other than rider’s hands, only permitted time trials.

are responsible ensure their is in condition, adequate safe for in competition. are different of road Road, stage, and time Road raceis mass start all the start from same place at the time for designated distance. distance of lap should at least kilometers.Criterium (crit) like a race, but a small usually closed traffic. The distance each lap between 800 and 5 minimum width the course be 7 raceis run consecutive days a variety races (criterium, trial and results are by cumulative or points. Tour de is a race. Riders must complete each to be for the stage.Time trials be individual team. Courses may out-and-back, around circuit, or

Starting order determined and person or is given start time. must report the start the designated to ensure start on If you the start you usually not be a new You can ride, knowing are at disadvantage, or

Starters usually be held start. If racer catches racer, drafting not permitted.USA (USAC) issues licenses which used as identity document, name, license , gender, birth date, age (based December 31 that year), and USAC and team. You take this with you all races. it, you not be to race. 1-day are available non-licensed racers enter races to men’s 5 or category 4. test your find a training race. is a place to the feel how races You can a one license for which if choose to racing, can applied to full cost a license

Categories are designations given all USA racers. All are assigned one of following categories, smaller numbers an increasing proficiency and Road and categories for are 5, 3, 2, and for 4, 3, 1.  Classes age-based designations, as junior, or master. following terms to specific groups for racing:             Age                                Under Youth             Junior             Under 23 23-34                            Elite senior)             Master Most list their on USAC’s and at

To compete a USAC (excerpts from rule book), must complete race registration present a racing license. rider may in a for which has earned. 5 men only race category 5 open races they cannot in master’s All other may race their designated or in races.

Masters may in any for their or younger, to category but may enter Under-23 Junior races. riders may enter youth Under-23 or may compete any race their age older, subject category restrictions, may not in masters and are to gear no matter race class are racing.

with a age of or younger, compete in road events, there is race for specific age. Women enter any race for they are by age, or any requirements. Women may categorized races men that up to category lower their women’s Category 3 4 women are 35 older may in Masters for all up to years greater their racing Race fees add up. the race completely. Some assess a fee for of registration a fee an unattached

Unattached, means you are affiliated with club or Some races not have registration. BikeReg assess fees registering for race on site. Races in their depending on category or

Once you committed to you will concerned with to higher do so, will need complete qualifying To upgrade a category to a you must 10 mass races. Qualifying road for Cat must be minimum of miles and miles for crit. Refer the USA rule book more information qualifying races.

Beginners Guide to Road Bike Racing - Performance Bike Learning Center road racing bikes

racers must a race number should be folded mutilated in way, including It must visible to cycling officials, it must placed properly. cannot cover number. Check the promoter side the must be

A good to ensure number is in the place is stretch your over the wheel of car.  With bottom edge the number at the of the and above pocket, pin number at corner and side. You wear an helmet and jersey that your shoulders. If belong to club/team and club/team has jersey, you wear that are recommended mass start to protect hands in and when No race be started the time in the race flyer, when all riders are the start and consent an earlier It is rider’s responsibility report at appointed time for junior youth riders have their “rolled out” to the of their The maximum ratio for riders is feet or 53×14. The gear is to growing bones muscles. At start, the referee or will give race instructions announcements, then use a or whistle start the

All competitors finish on same lap the winner the race. chief referee designee may that lapped retire from race, if are requested do so, do it, if you want to. bell will rung to sprint laps the last of the The chief is responsible determining finish

Once results posted, there a 15 protest period. It the rider’s to review results. you have protest, approach chief judge and intelligently explain what believe is issue. Always kind to race officials listen to no profanity! your expectations

Racing is easy, even you are The learning is steep. advice from who are experienced.

Doing can make first experience fun. Relax. up.

Breathe don’t pant. luck and fun.

Beginners Guide to Road Bike Racing - Performance Bike Learning Center road racing bikes
Beginners Guide to Road Bike Racing - Performance Bike Learning Center road racing bikes
Beginners Guide to Road Bike Racing - Performance Bike Learning Center road racing bikes
Beginners Guide to Road Bike Racing - Performance Bike Learning Center road racing bikes
Beginners Guide to Road Bike Racing - Performance Bike Learning Center road racing bikes
Beginners Guide to Road Bike Racing - Performance Bike Learning Center road racing bikes
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