Find a Club

MCF member clubs welcome new members of all levels. Here are just a few.
Minnesota Cycling Team
Contact:  Kevin Lennon

Category 6 Racing Squad

Contact:  Drew Ruggles

Saint Paul Bicycle Racing Club
Contact:  Tim LaBerge
Website:  Bianchi/Grand Performance

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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.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • In a criterium, it is very important to have a starting position on the front line. Pay attention and get to the line as soon as any one else starts lining up.
  • The chief official will give final instructions. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • The starting instructions are generally "riders ready" then the gunshot. Most riders will start rolling on the "riders ready" and not wait for the gun. Don't get left behind. There is no penalty for a false or early start.
  • Try to be second or third into the first corner.
  • The start of a criterium will seem ridiculously fast. DON'T PANIC. The pace will relax after 5 or 6 laps.
  • During the first few laps, people who can't handle the pace will be getting dropped off the back of the pack. It is important to stay up front, and watch out for people leaving gaps.
  • If you get a 10 foot gap in a race, it is very hard to close it.

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