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Getting Started

New to bicycle racing in the USA?  Confused?

Step by Step Guide

Getting licensed
Joining the club
Making the best of your first season of racing

1st Join USA Cycling.
Go to here, become a member and purchase a road license.
To be eligible for CRCA races, your road racing license must identify you as a CRCA member.
When purchasing, select “Century Road Club Association” as your road club.  If you are on a sub-team, select your applicable sub-team.
Make a note of your license number.

2nd Join CRCA.
Join the club by clicking here.
If you want to race in club races in Central Park, you must join as a racing member.
If you only plan on racing in Open races, you can join as an Associate member and you won’t be required to marshal.
You need to sign up for your marshal dates before you can race.
Read about what your responsibilities are as a marshal here.

3rd Use our resources on prepping for a race.
Orientation Page here.
Bike Racing Skills here (required for new Men’s Cat 5’s and Women’s Cat 4’s)
Your First CRCA Race slideshow here.
To prepare for your race, read this.
How to pin your race number here.

4th Attend coaching sessions.
CRCA Coaching Program sessions are free to members.
Coaching session information is here.

5th Race in a club race.
Club races are training races.
You can compete against other newer racers in a familiar environment as you hone your skills, and your fitness.
Category 5 men race in the C field.
Category 4 Women race in the W field.
Race Schedule here.

6th Look for local Open races.
An Open race is a race open to members of all clubs.
You will improve your racing skills, fitness and strategy by racing on different courses and against different riders.
Race listings can be found on BikeReg.
You will also find a list of select regional races here.

7th What’s next?
Have fun. Get to know others in the club and find similar riders to train with.
Have patience. Training for racing and learning excellent racing skills takes time and practice.
If you’ve read the upgrade requirements on the USA Cycling website (in the rule book) and you still don’t understand, contact president[at] for guidance.


Need more information or help?  You can contact VP of Rider Development at riderdevelopment[at]