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MCF member clubs welcome new members of all levels. Here are just a few.
Minneapolis Bicycle Racing Club
Contact:  Jim Flanders
Website:  Flanders/MBRC
 
Gopher Wheelmen
Contact:  Matthew Sterling
Website:  gopherwheelmen.org
 
SilverCycling
Contact:  Steven B. Knowlton
Website:  SilverCycling
 

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Road Racing
MN Road Bike RaceRoad bicycle racing is a popular bicycle racing sport held on roads (following the geography of the area), using racing bicycles. The term 'road racing' is usually applied to events where competing riders start simultaneously with the winner being the first at the end of the course. It is one of the most physically demanding sports that one can participate in.

Road racing is popular all over the world, but especially in Europe. The most competitive and devoted countries are Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, although the sport is popular also in Australia, Russia, and the United States.

Road bicycle racing began as an organized sport in 1868. The first world championship was in 1893 and cycling has been part of the Olympic Games since the modern sequence started in Athens in 1896.

Road racing in its modern form originated in the late 19th century. The sport was popular in the western European countries of France, Spain, Belgium, and Italy. Some of Europe's earliest road bicycle races remain among the sport's marquee events. These early races include Liège-Bastogne-Liège(established 1892), Paris-Roubaix (1896), the Tour de France (1903), the Milan-Sanremo and Giro di Lombardia (1905), the Giro d'Italia (1909) and the Ronde van Vlaanderen (1913). They provided a template for other races around the world. While the sport has spread throughout the world, these historic races remain the most prestigious for a cyclist to win.
 

Criterium Races

A criterium, or crit, is a bike race held on a short course (usually less than 5 km), often run on closed-off city center streets.  These races are very popular in the United States.

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Stage Races

Stage races consist of several races - 'stages' - ridden consecutively over several days. The competitor with the lowest cumulative time to complete all the stages is declared the overall, or General Classification (GC), winner.

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Single-Day Races

As the name implies, single-day races include 1 race event on a single day.  The first competitor to cross the finish line after completing the prescribed course is declared the winner.

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Time Trials

Time Trials are races against the clock, involving one rider or one team alone.  These are great races for beginners not yet ready for racing closely next to others.

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