Nothing's better than cruising sweet singletrack and spinning along smooth pavement with good friends. But, have you ever noticed when cresting a hilltop or approaching a city-limits sign, that you have an irresistible urge to be the first one to get there? That you can't help but pick up the pace, and that, as your friends respond, a burst of adrenaline feeds your need to lead? That’s racing! That intensity and excitement of pushing just a bit harder is what bicycle racing is all about. To help you get off on the right pedal in this great sport, we've put together this guide. Who knows? It might help you become the next Lance Armstrong?

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