Hi, I have been thinking of registering for my first race (probably an O-Cup race would be the best to start with?). I am 19 years old and have never raced before. I was wondering what steps I would take in entering a race, and what to expect.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
How is your fitness level, and technical ability? Are you able to gauge it against people who do participate in racing?
An O-Cup may or may not be the best place to start.
my first race
was the Fly Gurlz 10 hour women's relay on a 5 girl team.
I rode my singlespeed and that was my first year riding...
perhaps an 8 hour with some friends - or try doing a weekly series FUN race in your area - great place to start...
there is also the option of "Try and O-Cup" right Ryan?
You should start with a weekly race series. There is one at Albion, Hardwood, Kelso, King Township(?) and most likely more that I don't know about.
Its a great measure of your fitness against other racers, a great place to learn and a chance to see if you like racing or not.
Yes. Try an O-cup is actually a longer/tougher race than beginner.
Originally Posted by 1mystk
I suggest an 8-hour race on a team of 4. 30-40 minutes laps, 2 hours of racing each, not overly technical racing, good race atmosphere, some good race venues (Mansfield, Hardwood), get to hangout for the day, big variety of rides (some serious, some not so serious). There are lots of independent 8-hour races out there, or there are the Chico/Hardwood Hills ones.