We're excited that it's that time of year-- time to figure out how to approach that first race.  For some folks, though, it's their first race ever, and it's hard to know what to expect.  Luckily, there are ways to get some great tips.

USA Cycling recently held a "webinar" about My First Bike Race.  You can catch that <a href="http://www.usacycling.org/forms/coaches/video/2010-02-16-16-34-My-First-Bike-Race.wmv"> here.</a>  It's an 80 minute class about what to expect, what to bring, and what you'll experience the first time you line up.

For women, we still have a little space left in our Women's Beginner Bike Race clinic.  Registration and info is <a href="http://www.bikereg.com/events/register.asp?eventid=9877">here.</a>  Experienced racers Kristen Meshberg and Leah Sanda will walk you through what to expect and even do some on-the-road drills to increase your confidence riding in a pack.

Which is the most important preparation for road racers-- getting some time shoulder-to-shoulder riding in a pack.  How?  Ride with your team, or <a href="http://www.chicagobikeracing.com/index.php/rides">find a group ride here </a>that fits your pace and schedule.

Whether it's your first race or you're old hat, we all get a little nervous lining up the first time in the season.  Don't worry-- we're all out there for fun and to just give it a shot.