New to bicycle racing but want to join the Century Road Club Association (CRCA) community? Here is a step-by-step guide!
Join USA Cycling
USA Cycling is the sanctioning body for bicycle racing in the United States. Most bike races in the region require that you be a USAC member to participate, and all CRCA members must have an active USAC license.
- Go to www.usacycling.org, become a member and purchase a road license.
- IMPORTANT: To be eligible for CRCA races, your road racing license must identify you as a CRCA club member.
- When purchasing, select “Century Road Club Association” as your road club. If you are on a CRCA sub-team, select your applicable sub-team.
- Make a note of your license number.
To take part in CRCA club races and members-only other events, you must be a CRCA member. There are a variety of membership levels available.
- Join the club by clicking here.
- If you want to race in club races in Central Park, you must join as a racing or higher member. All racing or higher members except Donors have marshaling obligations at CRCA events. Without these marshaling obligations CRCA could not function!
- If you only plan on racing in open races, you can join as an Associate member and you won’t be required to marshal, but you cannot participate in club races.
- You need to sign up for your marshal dates before you can race.
- Read about what your responsibilities are as a marshal here.
- If you are a new racer (category 4 or 5), sign up for a Racing Skills coaching session. Coaching schedule here.
Use CRCA Resources to Prepare to Race
Whether you’re looking to race or just looking to take part in coaching sessions and group rides, CRCA offers an array of resources to get you ready!
- CRCA Coaching Program sessions are a terrific asset and are FREE to all members.
- New CRCA Members who are Category 4 or 5 Men, or Category 4 Women must first complete a CRCA Racing Skills coaching session prior to participating in a club race.
- Coaching session information is here.
- Orientation Page here.
- Bike Racing Safety Suggestions here
- Your First CRCA Race slideshow here.
- To prepare for your race, read this.
- How to pin your race number here.
Participate in a Club Race
Club races are a centerpiece of the club’s activities and are a great low-cost opportunity to race in a community environment.
- Club races are training races. You can compete against other racers of similar ability and in a familiar environment as you hone your skills and fitness.
- Category 5 men race in the C field, category 4 Women race in the W field (though there are specific W3/4 and W4 fields on select dates).
- Generally speaking no advance registration is required for CRCA Club races. If you’re a member in good standing, just show up on race morning with a signed waiver and pay the race fee (Season Pass members are prepaid in advance and can use one waiver for the full season).
Participate in a CRCA Open Race
CRCA hosts a number of high quality Open Races – meaning open to both CRCA members and non-CRCA members. Depending on the race and the category, these races feature longer distances and higher prize purses for race winners.
- An Open Race is a race open to members of all clubs – the list of CRCA open races is available here.
- You will improve your racing skills, fitness and strategy by racing on different courses and against different riders.
- Additional open race options in our region and beyond can be found on BikeReg.
- 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.