It can unfortunately be a bit difficult in many areas to find information on bike racing. If you are fortunate, your area might have one or two clubs that have been around for a while and you could simply join. They would likely have a some sort of group ride or at least a private facebook group where you could ask questions. If really lucky, perhaps someone(s) willing to mentor a new racer.
To find those types of clubs:
- Ask someone locally to point you in the right direction. If you have a good LBS that’s an easy place to start.
- Contact your local association (LA’s are the local USA Cycling groups)
- Get on Bike Reg, find the next local race(s) and go over as a spectator to see who is racing. If there is a dominant club you’ll figure that out quickly by the jerseys
USA Cycling Local Associations Find a Local Association | USA Cycling
Bike Reg https://www.bikereg.com/
To find local events, for example, navigate to the main BikeReg link. Use the Event Calendar pull down menu and since it’s fall season in the USA, select cyclocross.
I’m in NJ/PA region so to find local stuff I would choose Mid-Atlantic.
Scrolling down the list, can see there are several weekly CX practice events run by local clubs. Even if I don’t race CX, if I wanted to learn more about the local race scene, I can pop over to the weekly practice, find a friendly looking person and ask for help.
Scrolling a bit further, I can see a State Championship event. Those are generally well attended and will have racers, spectators, local association people and USAC officials. Folks will be busy at times but if you go check things out and wait for a quiet(er) time, there will be folks willing to help point you in a good direction.
Absolute worst case to get into road racing. Buy a cat 5 license and enter some spring training races when March and April rolls around. Jump in and give it a go. But it is nice to have someone to help you along with those first events. Its not hard to go racing but some of the things aren’t obvious either.