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Racers: Intro

Introduction to Bicycle Racing

The ECCC puts special attention toward ensuring competitive, fun, safe racing for riders of all abilities. At the center of those efforts are its Introduction to Bicycle Racing categories. We are proud to say that since the ECCC began pioneering these events in 2006, a number of riders have gone from Intro riders to ECCC and even national championship title winners in just a few years.

Road Racing

Men's and Women's Intro races are held at every ECCC road race weekend. The events have three parts:

Ian Sullivan, Jess Kutz, and other coaches run the pre-race Men's Intro clinic at the 2010 Rutgers Season Opener.
Ian Sullivan, Jess Kutz, and other coaches run the pre-race Men's Intro clinic at the 2010 Rutgers Season Opener. (:by Joe Kopena:)

This format ensures a safe racing environment with a reduced learning curve in which even the newest riders can begin learning and enjoying bicycle racing. Compared to slightly more experienced riders who move directly into the other beginner categories, are experiences are that many Intro riders gain skills, speed, and confidence and commitment much faster, progressing more rapidly through the ranks.

There are no requirements or limitations on riders entering the Intro category. Intro riders may do as few or as many races as they like before upgrading into the other categories. Similarly, riders are free to skip the Intro category and begin as Men's D or C or Women's B or C racers. However, the Intro category is strongly recommended for riders with no group riding experience. Note that Intro races do not count toward any upgrades.

Non-Collegiate Women

In addition, all ECCC Women's Intro races are open to non-collegiate, new women racers! Any women, student or not, who are new racers (1-day or first year Cat 4 license holders) are welcome to come out and race in the Women's Intro race. This is a great opportunity to bring out friends, school staff and alumni, non-collegiate clubmates, and any other women who want to try bicycle racing in a safe, educational setting where they're guaranteed to get some group riding experience and instruction.

Mountain Bike Racing

ECCC MTB races do not have separate Intro categories due to the nature of mountain bike racing. However, before every XC and STXC race begins there is an Intro clinic open to all interested riders. These feature drills, exercises, and instruction to help new riders pick up a few more skills and improve their racing. Look for these by the starting line of each endurance event half an hour before racing starts for the day.

Maggie, Ian, and Chris run an Intro clinic at the 2010 UNH Kingman Farms XC race.
Maggie, Ian, and Chris run an Intro clinic at the 2010 UNH Kingman Farms XC race. (:by Joe Kopena:)
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