Sanctioned racing in the USA: Getting Started
I've decided to break this up into 4 parts to keep it easier to digest. Today we'll go over the barebones necessities to get started. Next we'll talk disciplines, equipment, and categories. Then, we'll talk about getting on the track, and after that we'll discuss getting on the road!
What about cyclocross?
I know next to nothing about cyclocross, so I'll include some "useful links" that will point you in the right direction! Alright! You ready? Let's get started!
The simplest barebones list of what you need to do to start racing:
- Get an appropriate bike for they style of racing you want to do.
- Buy a license here.
- Find and register for a race here.
Seriously. Those are all the must-do's for racing in the states.
To get the most out of racing, it is highly encouraged that you prepare yourself both mentally and physically. Decide why you're doing it, and what you hope to gain. Most importantly remember that you should always have fun. If it's not fun, it's not worth it.
I can only speak from my experience in and around NYC, but I encourage folks from other regions to shoot me a line on any resources from other places they'd like me to pass along!