Road Racing allows both individuals and teams to compete against each other on the open road. For some people there is nothing like the thrill of riding in the bunch or ‘peleton’ with riders attacking and counter attacking throughout the race. A big part of road racing is your skill in bunch riding and the ability to put on explosive bursts of power when needed.
Tactics are what generally make the best riders better than the competition, knowing when to break away, counter attack or chase down. It can be a complex but highly enjoyable experience!
Riders of all abilities can get involved with road racing, although you will need to join a club such as High Wycombe CC and then join British Cycling to gain your road racing licence. Riders are set in categories according to your ability with the lowest being cat 4 and the highest being Elite. You can choose to enter local road races or opt for closed circuit racing at tracks such as Hillingdon or Milton Keynes Bowl. These circuits are a great way to learn the peloton craft needed to make a great road racer and they also offer a good program of racing against riders of the same ability in a safe environment.
For more details of the club’s road race events and the races members are competing against see the Road Racing News section on the right