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    Whats needed to get into some racing

    Hi All,
    My Buddy and I want to get into some organized racing. we are both fit individuals and pedal when ever we can, usually around 3 times a week as well as other sports/gym sessions on other nights as well. I just wanted to ask if anyone can summarize what we need to do to get involved. We would be looking at XC BUT we dont want anything too serious. i did read some stuff about divisions etc but it was very confusing so i was wondering if anyone would be kind enough to break it down easily for me.

    We are both casual baggy short riders, we are not really all about getting spandexed up tour eyeballs. Want to do it with like minded people with a little competitiveness on the side.

    thanks for any help in advance.

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    You will need the following

    bike, helmet and money

    You will start off if Category 3, which is the lowest level of competition, and then your age group, which runs 20-29, 30-39, and so on. Usually one lap or about 8 miles. Here is the website for the bike races for Northern NJ, Southern NYS. This site explains a lot so look through it.

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    Whats needed to get into some racing

    Thank you. Awesome sauce


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    No problem. Usually people make Kittantiny or Lewis Morris their first race. Not too hard not too soft but just right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdgang View Post
    No problem. Usually people make Kittantiny or Lewis Morris their first race. Not too hard not too soft but just right.
    I live right by lewis morris i cycle to it and back. i go up in the woods then do the northern loop. come from speedwell lake direction. but i do the lower trails also. know them pretty well. lewis morris is one long climb in places.

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    Whats needed to get into some racing

    yes but it's not as rocky as some of the other parks. Check out mtbnj


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    Well i bought a season license cat 3. schedule looks good im all set. thanks again for the info. time to continue training hard and try and improve the skills further.

    (still a bit nervous ill be the only one in baggies mind)

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    Trust me you will not be the only one in baggies. I did a couple of races in 2012 and plan on doing a couple this year as well. Just show up and have fun.

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    Whats needed to get into some racing

    K thanks for the great info and advice jd


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    JD didn't tell you that he wears lycra.....everywhere. It's kinda Embarrassing. All kidding aside, he pointed you in the right direction.

    The only real goal in your first few races is to learn something new every time and to HAVE FUN!!!
    Nothing really witty to say..........

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    Whats needed to get into some racing

    Thanks Reggie. I don't have anything against Lycra all credit to it. I'm just not serious into racing... Yet ha. Just in it for fun and to ride with like minded cool people and take a further step for the love of the sport. Thanks to both of you and hopefully see you out there some time. All the best.


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