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MCF member clubs welcome new members of all levels. Here are just a few.

Athletes Under Construction
Contact:  Larry Martin

Gopher Wheelmen
Contact:  Matthew Sterling
NSC Velo
Contact:  Bob Williams
Website:  NSC Velodrome

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Your First Race

Race RegistrationThe hardest part of bike racing isn't cornering, climbing or pack sprints. The biggest obstacle is the anxiety that everyone feels before they pin on that first number and roll up to the starting line. You'll feel a little better once the race starts and a lot better when it's over. The next race will be easier because you'll know what to expect.

Knowing what to expect is a big part of calming those pre-race jitters. We've assembled some useful advice so that you don't have to learn it the hard way.

Weeks before the race

  • Join a club. Your clubmates will be your training partners. They'll also be there to support you when you do your first race.

The night before the race

  • Pack everything the night before the race.
  • Bring warm, dry clothes for after the race.
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    The day of the race

  • Plan to arrive 2 hours before the race (this allows time to get lost).
  • Eat a good breakfast. (oatmeal, cold cereal, bagels, etc).

    Start of the race

  • Finish your warmup 15 minutes before the scheduled start. Drop off your jacket in the car, get fresh water bottles, go to the bathroom, etc.
  • Get to the starting area 10 minutes before the scheduled start. Stretch to stay loose and warm.

    During the race

  • Drink lots of water if the race will last an hour or more.
  • Try to stay on a wheel (in a draft).


  • When the lap cards show 1, a bell will ring. The lap after the bell is the finish of the race.
  • Don't swerve around in the finishing sprint. Keep a good, straight line. You're a beginner, not a pro. Causing a big crash is not a good way to get started.

    Post-race analysis

  • So, how’d it go? If you got dropped, welcome to the club. That’s how most riders start.
  • Even top riders get dropped when they're having a bad day. They became top riders because the kept coming back.
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