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any advice out there?Rode Warrior
Nov 21, 2002 12:09 PM
I am going to my first race this Sunday, and was wondering what to expect. I have done only one MTB race previously, and really don't know what I'm in for. I'll be racing the Cat4(I believe)/beginner at the Boulder race. I don't have a 'cross bike, and my road bike is still damaged, so I'll be using my rigid MTB. I know I can't use bar ends, and have heard no water bottle cages, but not much more specifically. Any help will be appreciated. I will also be there early to volunteer so I can pick up/photograph as much as I can.

Thanks in advance,
what to expecteurochien
Nov 21, 2002 12:55 PM
Basically count on a time-trial type effort with a bunch of anaerobic efforts thrown in and minimal recovery. Of course it depends on the course, but the Boulder courses have a great mix of pavement/dirt and technical sections that favor horsepower. Be ready for a fast start (sprint) to the first barrier or technical section, where if you're stuck in the middle of the pack life will pretty much suck for a lap or two. There might be some contact with other riders. If this happens, don't take it personally and just lean into whoever's leaning into you and no one will get hurt. After that initial brutal start, it will be survival (threshold style) and trying to reel in people to move up the field while negotiating technical sections of the course, including dismounts and remounts, as smoothly as possible (to conserve energy). Hope you've been practicing because you don't want to find out the day of the race. Draft other people on the road sections if you can, and try to drop people where you know you're strongest (be it on the road, in the dirt, on runs). Have fun. You should have snot and drool all over you when you're done after your 45 mins. Enjoy!
LOL, thanksRode Warrior
Nov 21, 2002 1:02 PM
I'm looking forward to the snotty, drooling, tripping and bleeding fun!

LOL, thanksatpjunkie
Nov 21, 2002 2:21 PM
yea by lap 3 there will be a photog ready to take pix and all you'll be thinking is "I'll look Rabid" foaming puking mess
Hydrate well before the race. good luck. keep telling yourself

"this is fun, this is fun..."
case in point. . .Jakob
Nov 21, 2002 2:30 PM
this isn't just ugly. this is finish line ugly.
more pre-race advice pleasebuffalosorrow
Nov 21, 2002 5:07 PM
My first race is Sunday, the site says the race starts at 10am. How early should I arrive. What I a good list of items to pack? (I'd rather be prepared than regret missing an item)

Thank you.
more pre-race advice pleasebk19
Nov 22, 2002 7:17 AM
I would arrive by 8:00 to 8:30 at the latest in order to allow time to register, warm up, and pre ride the course.

As far as race bag goes a lot will depend on the weather:
Spare jersey (long or short sleeve- warm up in one and if it gets wet/muddy you will still have a dry one to start with)
Arm warmers (if you have them)
leg warmers or tights
spare base layer (see jersey)

wet rag (to wipe down with)
dry clothes

Of course, don't forget food and hydration necessities.
more pre-race advice pleaseEric Marshall
Nov 22, 2002 7:18 AM
If I drive to a race, I usally try to get there an hour before start time. This gives me plenty of time to decompress from the drive, register, potty, etc. before I need to worry about warming up. I also like to bring clothes for a variety of weather conditions. I too would rather be prepared than not :-) Lots of folks bring trainers to warm up on, otherwise you'll have to warm up either on the course or side streets, etc. I don't bother bringing a heart rate monitor. I know it'll be high! And if you have a cow bell, bring that along too. Can't have too many cow bells!
Nov 22, 2002 4:35 PM
sweet Christopher Walken SNL reference
more pre-race adviceeurochien
Nov 22, 2002 7:24 AM
If your race starts at 10:00, make sure you arrive at the race site around 8:30 to sign up and get situated. Take a solid 45 minutes to 1 hr to warm up out on the course to preride and check out potential difficulties if the promoter allows it (watch out for competitors out on the course and stay out of their way) . Start by riding around slowly and then do a few sprints and maybe a couple of 2 minutes race-pace efforts to get your body ready for the race, otherwise the first half will be pure hell for you. It's a matter of personal preference but I avoid eating at least 2 1/2 hrs before the race. If you're starving, maybe have a gel with 8 oz of water but beware of the effects of the intensity of 'cross on a full stomach. Don't forget to take a leak 10 minutes or so before the start. Line up early so you can get a good position at the start, you category is likely to be crowded... You won't need food, water or a toolkit. If you have spare wheels, you can leave them at the pit generally located not far from the start/finish. You can also bring a floor pump, rags and lube just in case you get your bike all gunked up while preriding, so you can clean it up real quick before the race. Have a good time.
re: any advice out there?bwj75
Nov 22, 2002 8:13 AM
Bring trash bags to throw all your nasty stuff in it after the race!!
re: any advice out there?Rode Warrior
Nov 22, 2002 11:43 AM
great idea!
re: any advice out there?atpjunkie
Nov 22, 2002 4:37 PM
Spare wheels or bike if ya got it. dry stuff to change into, little cleaning kit for you and bike. bring a friend to help and introduce to the sport.