If you’ve never tried it before, you should do, even if it is just to decide whether or not it’s your type of riding. The club I ride with, London Dynamo, is organising a couple of beginners races which offer a perfect opportunity to try it. Here’s race secretary Martin Garratt to explain:
The beginners series races are designed for complete novices to get a feel for road racing on a closed circuit. You’ll be set off in small groups with an experienced Dynamo (8-10) to begin with to get used to riding in a working group (just like the parkride)
Then, everyone goes off together for a proper bunch race and we get to do the judging as 50 riders cross the line in a flat bunch sprint!
Even though you won’t need a BCF license to do the beginners races, I would strongly recommend joining British Cycling at Silver Level or above just to make sure that you are properly insured whilst riding your bike (in and out of competition (you’ll need to do this in any case to get a BCF racing license)
London Dynamo Beginners Races will be at MOD Chertsey:
Sunday 25th Feb 4/3W/4W 10.00am E/1/2/3 H/Cap 11.15am
Sunday 4th March 4/3W/4W 10.00am E/1/2/3 H/Cap 11.15am
Directions to Chertsey: http://www.surreyleague.co.uk/courses/modchertsey.htm
I hope some of you will come and try your hand. I’ll look forward to a few of you coming flying past my front wheel as I try to break my “finishing a race” duck this year.