This is the current state of the seat stay on my old racing bike. Fortunately I have some pretty great people supporting me who scraped some money together to help me afford a new frame in time for the Tour of Battenkill.
Road racing is damn expensive. Probably why so many talented people simply never get a chance. But then again allot of people are also intimidated by their mental image of road racing. When it comes down to it the hardest thing about it is getting a racing license and getting to the start line.