How do I join the New England Juniors Racing Association?

All you need to do is join the Google Group from this link:  NEJRA Email List

Do I need to join a club or team to enter a bike race?

You don’t have to join a club or team, but it is the best way to learn the skills and develop the fitness you’ll need to enjoy bike racing.
See the Resources page to find a club.

What do I need for my first junior race?

You will need a bike in good condition, a USA Cycling racing license and a helmet.

How do I obtain a
USA Cycling
racing license?

A USA Cycling racing license can be obtained through the USA Cycling website.  Juniors under the age of 18 must scan and email, fax, or mail in a license waiver with a wet signature of parental consent. Your USA Cycling license will arrive via mail. USA Cycling licenses cost $30/year.  If you are not ready to commit, you can get a one-day license at the race for $10 which can be applied to your annual fee.

How old do I have to be to enter a junior race?

There are different age categories at different events. You must be at least 10 years old (racing age) to obtain a USA Cycling license. The most common age groups are 10-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18. Sometimes, these groups are combined as U15 or U19.  There are also youth or kids races at many venues for the under-10 set.  These are usually free.

How do I know what my racing age is?
Your racing age for the road racing season is whatever age you will be on December 31st of that year. For instance, if your birthday is on December 31, and you will turn 11 that day, your racing age will be 11 for that entire year (January 1st on). For cyclocross, it is a bit different. Your racing age is what age you will be on December 31st of the year that the cyclocross season ends. Since cyclocross ends in February, your 'cross racing age is a year older than your road racing age. Your USA Cycling racing license will have your road racing age printed on it.

How do I register for a race?

Registration is done online at http://www.bikereg.com. For some races, you can also register on the day of the race at the registration desk.  As a junior (under 19), you will need a parent to sign your registration form at the race.

I hear there are limits on juniors gears, what are junior gears?

Junior road racers (aged 10–18) are restricted to certain gears. The easiest way to explain this is that when the bike is in the highest gear combination (big chainring in the front/smallest cog in the back), the bike must travel no more than 26 feet (7.93 meters) in one revolution of the pedals. Bikes do not usually come factory equipped for junior racing, so some modification is needed. Obtaining the correct gear can be accomplished by blocking out some of the larger gears. Gearing should always be checked using the roll-out method.  Gear restrictions do not apply in cyclcross racing.

What is roll-out?

After a road race (and sometimes before the race), the officials will check the gearing by putting the bike in the largest gear (big chainring/smallest cog) and rolling the bike backwards for one complete revolution of the pedals. The bike must not travel more than a distance of 26 feet. Racing with a bigger gear or not showing up for roll-out immediately after the finish will disqualify you from the race.