Parker wrote:Mostly people don't race because they're unsure of what is expected of them in a race
- how much of a turn on the front to take
- going into a corner
- working together
- pace lines
- being unsure of their skills (are they good enough)
Been racing for a couple of years, and yes those were most of the fears I had, in the end I found outhow much of a turn on the front to take
as little as possible, preferable nonegoing into a corner
everybody corner's differently there is no right way or wrong way, just try and stay as close as possible to the wheel in front.working together
it is a race you don't work together, you co-operate with others to achieve a goal. ie chase a break, get away in a break. You use minimum effort for maximum resultpace lines
raced probably 100 times, never even seen a half decent paceline in a race, it is disorganised chaos (see above comment)intimidation
don't be, you are not racing for sheep stations, most racing is a fun social eventbeing unsure of their skills
if you can ride a bike for an hour, you can race, there are no special skills or abilities require (BTW that was my big fear).
Back to the OPs question, it depends they may have a silver licence which gives them insurance (and ability to ride time event) but not a gold licence (required to race).
Our club has a social group which rides a couple of times a week and a race group and I am sure none of the social group race. They want something very different from their riding.
Most of our new racers come via Saturday morning shop rides There are three different shops, but all have a few racers of varying levels in them. People quickly realise they can race too, after a few rides and a couple of hard sprints with people who race.
So back to the original question, I would get a couple of the regular racers to go on the coffee ride a few times and see if people want to race. Failing that, go out to the other local group rides and start riding and talking with non racers and try and convert them.
The only guided races I know are the junior race Peel puts on before most races (not the climbing handicaps). Where the juniors go out a do a lap of the course (8 to 10km) under supervision of experienced racers and then sprint the last few hundred meters. If somebody wanted to learn the basics of racing, I am sure they could tag along on the race to watch and learn.