Get Started Bicycle Racing!

Racers Ready?!

New England is one of the premier areas of the country for riding and racing bicycles. No matter what flavor of competitive cycling you are into there is something for you here. So what’s the best way to discover the different types of competition, where do you find out about events and how do you get started bicycle racing? These are some great resources for you

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Types of Races

Group Rides, Gravel Grinders and Grand Fondos

One of the most popular forms of group riding these days is the “Gravel Grinder” or mixed terrain riding. Popular in large part because it takes place on lightly trafficked roads and trails, gravel rides and races can be found throughout New England. You do not need a USA Cycling license to participate, though a Basic membership or Race Membership can provide some insurance and ancillary benefits.



Training Races and Weekend Competition

If you are ready to pin on a number and rub elbows with your fellow racers there is no better place than one of New England's many training criteriums. Held on a short course, generally closed to traffic these events offer a low key way to try racing. Training races do require a USA Cycling Race license, but you can start off with a One Day trial license for just $10. If you have a USA Cycling Basic membership your first One Day license is FREE!



Mountain Bike Racing and Fat Bike Racing

Perhaps pavement just isn’t your jam. But you like riding in the woods and are itching for a little competition. New England has a host of competitive mountain bike events and in the fall and winter you can keep rolling on the Fat Bike too! Mountain bike races in New England are organized either by USA Cycling or the Eastern Fat Tire Association. Both sanctioning bodies offer one day licences so you can try racing before you purchase an annual race license.




Legend has it if you want to call yourself a bike racer in New England you have to do cyclocross. Perhaps the most fun you can have on two wheels Cyclocross takes place in the fall- from late August through December. No matter the weather you’ll find New England's racing community bombing around the fields and trails every weekend.


No Brakes? No problem!

Track racing is alive and well in New England! One of the oldest and most traditional forms of bicycle racing can be found at the Northeast Velodrome in Londonderry New Hampshire. One of the most beginner friendly communities awaits you around the oval. And if you don’t have a track bike the Velodrome has rentals available.



Upcoming Events

Upcoming Clinics -

April 6th Hannover NH ECCC L’Enfer du Nord - Intro Clinic

April 28th Middletown CT Into to Bike Racing 101

June 14th West Hartford CT CCNS Advanced Criterium Clinic

Women Specific Clinics -

March 30 Southern New England Women’s Developmental Series at the Chris Hinds Criterium

Charlestown RI

May 12 CycloFemme - Women’s specific event - non racing

Easthampton, MA:

Narragansett, RI:

Worcester, MA:

Falmouth, MA:

June 2 Southern New England Women’s Developmental Series at Lime Rock CGP

Lime Rock Park

June 14 Southern New England Women’s Developmental Series at the CCNS Kermis

CCNS Kermis

Upcoming Training Races -

Maine - SMCC Criterium Series

Massachusetts - Wells Ave

Massachusetts - Wompatuck

Connecticut - Rentschler Field