There are many reasons why people race. They race for fitness, the challenge and the sense of achievement obtained from finishing a race. It isn’t about winning at all costs or the prize money. Mostly people simply race for the pure enjoyment of it.
Racing is a lot of fun! Initially, however, the concept of racing may be intimidating. You may be comfortable rolling turns with your mates on the weekend, love to set ‘PBs’ and beat your best mate’s time up your local climb. But when contemplating racing, heaps of questions run through your mind: ‘What equipment will I need?’, ‘Will I ‘look’ the part and blend in?’, ‘How do I even enter a race?’ ‘Will I be good enough?’ and ‘What actually happens at a race?’.
There is a wealth of information around about riding, race strategy, cycling equipment and gear. Most of it can be found on the Internet. However, when you start out it is not always easy to find the right information at the right time.