Road Racing is mass start, first over the line wins racing. This is affiliated by British Cycling.
You need to be a British Cycling member and have a Racing License to enter road races.
You will start out as a 4th category (novice) rider and there are plenty of races which are specifically for this category only.
If you finish in the top 10 in a race you will gain BC ranking points which will allow you to move up through the categories. There is full details on the British Cycling website (https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/road) but as a quick guide:
4th Category: A new junior or senior licence holder.
3rd Category: Any junior or senior licence holder who has gained 12 points during any one season whilst holding a 4th category licence. Note: Riders are never downgraded to 4th category once a 3rd category licence has been achieved.
2nd Category: Any junior or senior licence holder who has gained 40 points during any one season whilst holding a 3rd category licence. To retain a 2nd category licence for the following season, a rider must obtain at least 25 points in events open to that category of rider.
1st Category: Any junior or senior licence holder who has gained 200 points during any one season whilst holding a 2nd category licence. To retain a 1st category licence for the following season, a rider must obtain at least 100 points in events open to that category of rider.
Elite Category: Any Senior licence holder who has gained 300 points during the previous season whilst holding an Elite or 1st category licence,
A rider who, at the 31st December of the previous year, was listed in the top 10 in the Senior Men’s National Cross Country MTB Rankings may also claim an Elite licence
Road racing covers not only longer races on the road but also the local criterium racing which is held on both closed circuits such as airfields and car racing tracks, or shorter road circuits. With a huge variety of racing available there’s opportunities for riders of all ages and abilities to take part in healthy competition through the spring and summer months.
The club has a number of riders actively racing this year (2014), led by ex South West Division Road Race Champion, Adrian Sluman – riding 2nd cat this year. There are also some experienced riders in the club who no longer race but are happy to pass on their experience and advice (e.g. Tom Cann, Jon Ellis and Steve Toze).