When you go to race on other country, there is many things which makes the difference depending on which race you are going to. For examble the sign up, you might be able to do it on your own. Or for some races you need to sign up thru your cycling federation. Those races are pretty much the Championships and Eurorounds and Supercross (which is only for elite riders). You better be up about 2 weeks before the race to be able to pre-sign. Just call up who ever is having the race, or send them an email. Some things what you should notice:
- when the sign ups closes
- how much the racing cost (pre-sign or on the day)
- what if you won't have enough riders to make the class? Is there usually enough riders for your class? (so you don't travel long way with no reason)
- when is the TM meeting?
- can you ride on the track the day before
- can you race with any number you like? what colour plate you need?
- do you need a side number?
So after all these, when you get to the race meet, there is few things you need to take care of. Most important is just to be on the line when it's your time to race. It's good to take some time to getting know the system. Some countries call you up by name, some by number, some care if you are there and others don't mind to go look for you. Language might make it little more difficult. Yours or your kids name might be spelled out all funny. Sometimes there is someone who tell you which gate you have and sometimes they don't. Even if they do, it's probably with the local language, so it's good to check the gates before hand. There is differences, like in NZ you don't get to know the gate before you get up, and you will have different group for all your starts, while in most of the Europe you the races are ran the same as big UCI races are. Usa is a different story again, or many stories, because they have many ways to run the races! The key is to not expect anything. Some of the best memories of my life is from racing in foreign countries and I have done pretty much in my life.. :)
Somehow I have the feeling that I have rode about these things before. The point is anyway that it doesn't take a lot to go to races on other country. For most of the people it gives lots. You don't need that big budget ether. Some Swedish families are welcoming you to stay at their place even they don't know you before. The same thing is pretty much all around the world in BMX community!!
Onus in on. Tomorrow starts the March, and that means it's only a month to go until the first race. It has being pretty interesting half professional life. Right now I'm even too tired to find any photos to picture this. I will tell you more next time :)