Parent page: Regional Races
It is not uncommon for many who start out as bike racing fans, to want to expand their experience and become a racing cyclist. There are some steps which they have to go through to achieve this. Perhaps the first goal to be set should be getting to the point where they can participate in some of the local races.
One of the first exciting steps which most new racing cyclists will want to take is to seek out a bike racing club in their area. Many road cycling clubs and groups are taking in new members. As an amateur just starting into this sport, you will want to choose a club which caters to this category of cycling that you fit into. Some clubs are designed for professionals; ones that you may want to consider in the future if you are intent on professional cycling.
Learn About the Industry
The cycling industry is one which is comprised of many different elements. It is up to the individual who aspires to get involved in races to know who the governing body is.
For those who just want to keep their cycling involvement to the local racing circuit, they will need to become aware of which races may be available to them. Once choosing those of interest, the next step will be to determine what the qualifications are for entering the race. Each racing event will have its own rules and regulations.
Some of the local races will be reserved for those who are classified as professionals, while others will be open to amateurs. An excellent example of this is the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. It accepts all types of riders, including those who just simply want to participate in the race to see what level of success they can reach.