Road cycling is a mass start race discipline in which riders compete on a point-to-point, circuit, or criterium course.
Most road races in Minnesota are looped circuit races ranging from 25-80 miles or a time-based criterium race on a shorter 1-3km course.
Road racing often involves team tactics in which riders work for a supported rider. Group riding skills are invaluable during road races both for strategy and safety. Drafting plays an important part in racing. “Break aways” often form where a small group of riders separate from the larger group. Knowing how to pace yourself across the distance of race becomes vital in road racing.
Starting road racing is much easier if you have a seasoned rider who can show you the ropes– not only how to race, but also the pre-race logistics e.g. registration, transportation, sign-in, etc.