Tips for Newcomers & Beginners

First, a quick Q & A:

Q:  Can I just show up at a TVC meeting or event, and join Membership there on the spot, right before a race?

 

A:  Yes you can.  Show up 30 minutes before the stat of the race to get ready. Club officers tend to carry blank Membership forms with them. You can fill them out, sign and pay right there, in cash or check. You can also print them at home and bring them with you, or mail them to us. By mail, we can only accept checks.

 

Q:  Can I go for a trial ride or a test race with you, before deciding if I want to join the club and pay my Membership fee?

 

A:  You can hang out with us, watch a race, chat with club members, and maybe even get an informal coaching lesson from someone… and please do feel free to do this as often as you like, until you reach a decision that feels right for you. But for liability reasons, we can only allow  TVC Members to ride with us on our Road Races and Time Trials.

 

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Please don’t be alarmed by the following statement, but do take it seriously:

Cycling can be a dangerous sport.

Each person rides at their own skill level, and there are riding skill sets that are picked up along the way. Over time, these skill sets build upon each other, transforming a complete beginner into a road racing master.

Pay attention:

When going down a hill at 30, 40 or even 50 mph we need to trust in the abilities of those around us. Group riding skills are important.

  • First, you have to behave in a predictable fashion on your bike.
  • Secondly, you must observe safety rules when out on the road.

Safety begins in your own garage by properly maintain your bicycle. It continues through learning how to share the road with cars and other cyclists.

 

Learn More:

Group Riding Rules

Bike Repair & Maintenance

Pace-lining Skills