If you have been riding a bike for a long time, you have probably thought about going professional. There is no doubt that riding a bike for fun or sightseeing is great, but it would be even better if you could earn some prizes and money by taking part in professional cycling races. If you think that you have what it takes to win a race, this is how you join professional cycling circles.
The first thing you need to do is register as a competitor, which can be done in two ways.
The first option is to join a local cycling club. Once you are accepted into the club, the club will register you as their member and you will be able to compete under their banner. A great thing about registering this way is that you become part of the team and you don’t have to cycle alone, which gives you a feeling of being part of something greater. In addition, your teammates can help you whenever you have a question or you need some advice.
On the other hand, if you decide to register this way, you should be aware that you may not be able to compete in every race that you wish. That is because you must take into consideration the club’s plans and intentions. All organizations, cycling clubs included, have certain rules and policies and you should be well familiar with them.
The second way of registering is to directly apply for a license to a cycling federation in your country. In most countries you can apply online via the official site of the federation. In some cases, you may need to download an application form, fill it out and send it by mail. Once you’ve got your license, you can participate in any race you wish. You can find a lot of information about competitive cycling events on the internet.
At first you will be placed in the lowest league, but the more you compete, the more points you get. You can work your way up to higher leagues where the points are higher and the prizes are better.
There are various categories of bicycle racing you can choose from, but, in the beginning, you may want to start with track cycling. Track cycling takes place on special racetracks for bicycles or velodromes and it is safer than road races. You will need to get proper gear, in particular a track bike, and you should make sure that your gear is fully functional. Once you go professional, you can explore your options and find the most suitable cycling race category where you can achieve your best results.