Find a Club

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

Nomad Marketing Cycling Team

Contact:  Jason Lardy
Website:  Nomad Marketing

Contact:  Jared Roy
Website:  Crossniacs

University of MN Cycling Team

Contact:  Ken Hum


Find a 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).
  • Try to keep snacking up until race time (bagels, bananas, Clif Bars, etc). However, try this in training before you do it on race day.
  • Drink lots of water if it's going to be hot. Don't overdo it in cold weather since this could cause cramping or nature may call at an inconvenient time.
  • General Ulyses S. Grant once said "never miss a chance to go to the bathroom". Lots of people have missed their warmups because they had to stand in a long line waiting for a Port-o-Potty. Take a pit stop just before you arrive at the race site.
  • When you arrive at the race, register & pick up your number immediately.
  • If you have extra time at a criterium, ride or walk the course. Look for hazards (pot holes, sewer grates, gravel).
  • Get dressed, get your bike ready, pin your number, get food for the warmup and race.
  • Your number should be pinned with 6-8 pins. Pin it tightly so it doesn't flap in the breeze.
  • Try to have a spare water bottle filled in the car so you can pick it up before the race.
  • Start warming up 1 hour before the race.
  • Warmup for criteriums should include a couple hard efforts of 15-20 seconds.
  • Warmup for road races can be less intense, unless there is a climb early in the race.
  • For a road race, warm up backwards on the course, so you can see the last few miles before the finish.
  • Make note of landmarks in the last couple miles (unusual trees, houses, mailboxes or whatever). When you get close to the finish, you'll want to be near the front of the pack.
  • Try to find a landmark at 200 meters from the finish, where you will start your sprint.
  • Don't cross the start/finish line when another race is in progress. This makes the officials very angry and can get you DQ'd from your race. Go around in the grass.
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