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First road race tomorrow, expecting rainAndy
Sep 6, 2002 8:24 AM
I was contemplating entering my first road race Saturday morning but we are expecting a major storm system bringing lots of rain. I don't even own any rain gear. I'm wondering if I should just forget about the race -OR- go out and buy some rain gear tonight after work. I hate using new equipment in a race situation without trying it out a few times. Temps should start out in the lower 60's and rise to about 75 by mid afternoon.

Also, since I'm new to racing, I don't exactly have the best bike handling skills. I'm really leaning towards bagging this race. Someone talk me out of doing this race so I'll feel better!
re: First road race tomorrow, expecting rainBryanJL
Sep 6, 2002 9:18 AM
Well, since you asked.....

Rain + your first race + not-so-great handling skills = recipe for danger

So, if you want me to talk you out of it, I'd ask you this:

Which would you rather be laying on tomorrow--the pavement or your bed?

Sleep in!!

I wouldn't race in the rain, for me it's not that much fun. I could use the sleep more than the risk and whatever reward I'd be able to get (which is probably pretty slim, especially in a first race).

So, you asked me to talk you out of it, hopefully I did. But if you do race, then good luck and have fun!!

is this the Anderson race?jessah
Sep 6, 2002 11:17 AM
No... Eureka road race (nm)Andy
Sep 6, 2002 11:25 AM
Eureka road race has quite a downhill at the start...Brooks
Sep 6, 2002 2:35 PM
and is a recipe for disaster in the rain for new racers. Skip the race and ride when the clouds break up. Or go in the rain just to get a feel for that kind of riding. Be very careful as Utah hasn't had rain in awhile and the oil on the pavement will drop you fast. I know, as I fell two weeks ago after our last shower just starting up from a stop sign and making a turn. Two pedal strokes and turning the wheel and BOOM I'm laying on the pavement. Just bruised, no slide as I wasn't going fast. Be careful!

By the way, are you riding Logan-Jackson the following Saturday?
No... on LoTaJaAndy
Sep 6, 2002 2:51 PM
I haven't done any long rides this year except for the ULCER and since I'm pretty new to all this... I figured I'd better not attempt it until I get more experience under my belt. Also, some people on my team were talking about haw bad it was with the construction that's going on. I think there's 12 miles of road work on the course this year. Everybody said it was bad when they had to go through it two years ago.
re: First road race tomorrow, expecting rainbob_vanderhaus
Sep 6, 2002 10:24 AM
Don't be afraid to race in the rain, I live in the NW and if I was scared of the rain, I would have to forget about half of the races. If you do decide to race tomorrow, I would NOT recommend trying raingear for the first time. You need to spend some time riding in the rain to see what gear works best for what conditions. Nothing is more of a beginner move than showing up for a 60 degree wet roadrace with full raingear. You will overheat in the first 5 minutes and you will not have the skills to take it off on the bike in a pack.
You're rightAndy
Sep 6, 2002 12:47 PM
That's exactly what I was thinking. I would probaly have to stop to take off my stuff and by then there's no sense racing if you're going to be stopping here and there.

That brings up a good point... I should be training in the rain just for situation like this. The next time I bag a workout because it's raining I'll think twice.
go and volunteer to helpDougSloan
Sep 6, 2002 5:47 PM
Go to the race, but don't ride this time. Offer to work a corner or intersction, sag, or something. They will appreciate the help, you will learn something, and you won't have a potentially horrific first race experience.