What do I need to race (besides a bike...)

CptKernowCptKernow Posts: 467
edited 14 May in Amateur race
Was thinking of trying a race at a local circuit to see how I get on. At present I don't have any British Cycling membership and the race may well be a one off, certainly the last of the year. It is listed as a regional C+ race.

So, assuming I need a race licence what membership / type of licence would I need?

Thanks

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  • jgsijgsi Posts: 5,030
    You just might get away with a £10 day licence plus race fee.. best check with organiser.
    Tell them you are currently non member.
  • cougiecougie Posts: 22,512
    Have you ridden in a bunch before ?
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 10,667
    CptKernow wrote:
    So, assuming I need a race licence what membership / type of licence would I need?

    Silver membership and a full race licence would be what you need longer term. But if you wanted to race right now, you could buy day membership and day licence - it would just cost you a bit more and you wouldn't be eligible for ranking points, if that matters..
  • Will drop the organiser a line and see what he says. Day license would be fine for first go, then I'll have a look at membership if all goes well.
    cougie wrote:
    Have you ridden in a bunch before ?
    On Zwift :)
    Plenty of club rides / sportives and the odd chain gang but no racing. I imagine I would be hanging on to the bunch rather than in the thick of it anyway.
  • ToksToks Posts: 1,143
    CptKernow wrote:
    Will drop the organiser a line and see what he says. Day license would be fine for first go, then I'll have a look at membership if all goes well.
    cougie wrote:
    Have you ridden in a bunch before ?
    On Zwift :)
    Plenty of club rides / sportives and the odd chain gang but no racing. I imagine I would be hanging on to the bunch rather than in the thick of it anyway.
    i started racing many years ago in similar circumstances. Good luck to you. Actually first 2 times I bottled it and just watched :D
  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,320
    LEGS
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    op wasn't riding with reston bicycle club was he?
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • CptKernowCptKernow Posts: 467
    So, almost a year on I did get round to racing - Cat 3/4 crit. Rode on a day license which cost me £5.

    Hung on to the bunch for the duration and didn't cause any crashes. Couple of guys went down hard early on but nothing to do with me!

    Was a blast. Could probably do a fair bit better if it was something I trained for and had any idea about race craft. Was surprised about how low my avg power was and high my max power was - I usually train steady state so something to think about.
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,359
    CptKernow wrote:
    So, almost a year on I did get round to racing - Cat 3/4 crit. Rode on a day license which cost me £5.

    Hung on to the bunch for the duration and didn't cause any crashes. Couple of guys went down hard early on but nothing to do with me!

    Was a blast. Could probably do a fair bit better if it was something I trained for and had any idea about race craft. Was surprised about how low my avg power was and high my max power was - I usually train steady state so something to think about.
    Standard 3/4 crit. Basically an interval workout. Every attack that goes gets followed after less than five seconds because people sh*t themselves that 'a break' is going to form and not get brought back. Even if it's one rider. :D
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • ShutupJensShutupJens Posts: 1,373
    cruff wrote:
    CptKernow wrote:
    So, almost a year on I did get round to racing - Cat 3/4 crit. Rode on a day license which cost me £5.

    Hung on to the bunch for the duration and didn't cause any crashes. Couple of guys went down hard early on but nothing to do with me!

    Was a blast. Could probably do a fair bit better if it was something I trained for and had any idea about race craft. Was surprised about how low my avg power was and high my max power was - I usually train steady state so something to think about.
    Standard 3/4 crit. Basically an interval workout. Every attack that goes gets followed after less than five seconds because people sh*t themselves that 'a break' is going to form and not get brought back. Even if it's one rider. :D

    Probably the reason why people think they have the legs to crack on and race - from seeing strava power averages. I know plenty of fit lads who've had their legs blown off when a race has kicked off and not settled down for a couple of laps. Then you get 5 laps of freewheeling and looking at eachother, waiting for something to happen.. I miss racing
  • CptKernowCptKernow Posts: 467
    ShutupJens wrote:
    Probably the reason why people think they have the legs to crack on and race - from seeing strava power averages. I know plenty of fit lads who've had their legs blown off when a race has kicked off and not settled down for a couple of laps

    I guess this is a lesson in what normalized power is about. I made this mistake - looking at previous races and looking at other riders average watts and thinking I wouldn't have to work to stay in the bunch.
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,359
    CptKernow wrote:
    ShutupJens wrote:
    Probably the reason why people think they have the legs to crack on and race - from seeing strava power averages. I know plenty of fit lads who've had their legs blown off when a race has kicked off and not settled down for a couple of laps

    I guess this is a lesson in what normalized power is about. I made this mistake - looking at previous races and looking at other riders average watts and thinking I wouldn't have to work to stay in the bunch.
    Yeah. Gets harder as you get older too. Especially if you're a natural diesel (shorthand for 'one-paced chump') like me :lol:
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Transplanted Laaandoner.
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