For any of you that are racing on teams, I'm curious how you went about getting on your team. Also, what do you think the biggest benefits are to being on a team?
I'm having pretty good success with my racing so far. My new job has given me a lot more time to train and I feel like I'm on the verge of a breakthrough with both my racing and fitness.
If nothing else, it seems like joining a team might help me to push myself to that next level.
Another thing you can do is inquire with the top three teams on your local series points race. On our local series, they give prizes for the best team results at the end of the season. Those teams are usually interested in getting more riders, especially if they are good.
Second, is to get with a shop. With one local shop here in Utah, you just buy the shop Jersey (50 bucks), and they'll give you 50 percent payback. You also get discount on bikes and products, but have to commit to at least 6 races I believe or you get nada at the end of the season. Need to be a top racer in your catagory though.
Thirdly, is to join a sanctioned cycling club. A club is different in that you pay the club fee, get a jersey, and just race. Payback and bike discounts vary with the club. There is really no qualifications for getting on a club versus a team; pay the fee, you're in!! Clubs are pretty good because they seem to have more revenue than expenditures in that they host races which make money, have lots of non-racing members that pay fees, and seek a diverse background of sponsors; beyond just a bike shop (our club has a car dealership, mortgage company, the state transit authority, a construction company, and a bike shop!!!!). They also have pretty fun road group rides; this is where I bond with fellow racers and have all sorts of discussions, whether it be racing, training, political, etc. But most clubs seem to be more road oriented.