I have only been riding for about 3 weeks and am just on fire with it, love it. Im 29 yrs old and 6ft 180 lbs. I want to get in shape and start training to race but I really have no idea what the hell I am getting into. for example, I've been riding about 30 miles @ about 18 mph average about everyday. some days are better but this is realistic average. I am athletic in build not fat. I would like to know how to get racing. i know I'm not ready yet but the idea will give me something to shoot for. are all races 50-100 miles? how do they classify you into a group or (crit). most will probably think that I am crazy and shund the idea. where can I start. i live in Palm Desert (palm Springs area) CA, and just need someone to point me in the right path. I bought a trainer and have changed my diet to accomidate my new goals. share stories of your first race experience and also what you did to get involved. Also how long you were riding before you entered your first race.