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scared of racing in rain....(4 posts)

scared of racing in rain....jayz
Apr 18, 2001 8:57 AM
this is my first year racing road, and with the great weather we have been having up in the Northeast..im sure that i will have to do at least one race in the rain...however..im pretty nervous about this.

any input on how to handle the bike, pack, etc with slick roads?
maybe i just get a little too scared..but i always feel like i am teetering on the edge of going down...actually, i always felt this way on a motorcycle in the rain as well...

any help? thanks
-j
simple - train in the rainclimbo
Apr 18, 2001 9:45 AM
don't wimp out when it gets wet, get out there and learn how to handle your bike in all conditions. Good way to do this is ride cyclo-cross too.
re: scared of racing in rain....Old guy
Apr 21, 2001 9:06 AM
Riding off road in the off season when it's slick will help your bike control skills. Cyclocross. MTB. Hell, even motocross.
re: scared of racing in rain....NEIL
May 3, 2001 10:52 AM
I made a rule with myself, that if on race day it was raining, especially if it was a crit, I wouldn't race. I would much rather give up the entry fee to save a mangled bike and treat road rash for weeks. It just isn't worth it. I don't make my living riding a bike.

Everytime I sat out the race and watched guys from my race hydroplane and slide out into corner hay bails, I never regreted my decision. There is always a next time.

NEIL