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CX Race Preparation(7 posts)

CX Race Preparationsuperdreadnought
Jun 15, 2003 6:04 PM
How do you prepare for your first CX race? Will be having a bike built by the end of summer. Race CX MTB, and try to race a little road as well.
just prepare to suffer...weiwentg
Jun 15, 2003 6:25 PM
you'll want to run short distances to prepare your body. when your running base is there, you could do running intervals up hills. otherwise, CX races are just like XC races but shorter and more intense. as far as bike handling, if you can race XC, you can race CX.
I second that!cxer
Jun 15, 2003 10:38 PM
weiwentg probably described it best. Just prepare to suffer. Pure pain. Hit redline and stay there until you cross the line.
get Simon Burney's Bookatpjunkie
Jun 16, 2003 11:36 AM
it has great cx prep in it. make sure you run, also IMHO get a heart rate monitor and practice until you can do about an hour at lactate threshold with a couple spikes to max HR. after you get it going find or create a course where the laps are 6-10 minutes long, varied terrain with portage, practic there as well to simulate race conditions and go harder than you think you can.
I second all of the above! Burney's book is great IMO. (nm)pdg60
Jun 16, 2003 12:52 PM
Find real people, too!triangleforge
Jun 16, 2003 1:10 PM
I'm a huge fan of Simon Burney's book and would also recommend Patrick O'Grady's online 'Cross 101 (probably just a couple of clicks away from his homepage at

But there's no substitue for watching & talking with real 'crossers when it comes to picking up some of the more specialized skills in cyclocross racing. If a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to learning something like a full-tilt dismount, watching someone else and then having them critique your efforts is worth a million.

Starting in late August or early September, several of us in the Washington DC area will start to get together one morning a week and begin with practice barriers, turns on grass, and generally honing our skills for cyclocross season. Beginners, gawkers, and sundry hangers on are always welcome. Find a similar crew in your area, and you're on your way!

Find real people, too! Agreedatpjunkie
Jun 16, 2003 2:24 PM
cxers a generally very friendly, find somebody in your area to learn and train with