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    I need some good race advice. my first ABR sanctioned race is 67 miles
    I train 30mi at 1hr 40min and 50mi at 2hr30min.
    I need to know what to expect, what to be ready for, how to get ready, and the 10 million dollar question is how do I make sure that all my bikes components i.e. pedals, shoes,seat and areo bars are sized and adjusted to me correctly ??????

    thank you to all that help
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    is it comfortable? if not, go to a bike shop and get fitted, that's how you tell.

    What to expect - fast pace, hard work, total exhaustion, lots of fun. 67miles is a long way for your first race, what category is this for? Is it a hilly race or flat? Is ABR the place running it?

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    If this is a road race, i wouldn't worry about the aero bars.
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    67 miles... ? definitly what cat? Cat 3's out here bairly race these distances.
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Sorry to be blunt, but you're probably not ready. Before participating in a 67 mile road race, one usually has a bit more experience and knowledge (not to mention a properly-fit bike!) than you seem to have.
    Go ahead and make the best of it, but don't expect to place. Make it a learning experience, and form lots of questions.

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    Wow you sure are positive!
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    ^^ No that is totally realistic. Just go out and do it. If you are not riding 80-100 mile training rides then you are not ready for a 67 mile race but who cares just go do it. You never know you may have a natural gift for racing you may get dropped but there is only one way to find out. But I think most people on this board that have been racing and riding for years will agree that if your bike is not yet set up then chances are your going to have a tough time in the race. But still go for it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    Wow you sure are positive!
    The great thing about being a pessimist is that you're always either correct or pleasantly surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    67 miles... ? definitly what cat? Cat 3's out here bairly race these distances.
    My Cat 5 RR coming up this weekend is 57 miles. I think most of our Cat 5 RRs in Texas are between 45 and 65 miles. What are they like on the left coast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfmckenna
    ^^ No that is totally realistic. Just go out and do it. If you are not riding 80-100 mile training rides then you are not ready for a 67 mile race but who cares just go do it. You never know you may have a natural gift for racing you may get dropped but there is only one way to find out. But I think most people on this board that have been racing and riding for years will agree that if your bike is not yet set up then chances are your going to have a tough time in the race. But still go for it...
    Sorry I was refering to the sarcastic comment from the guy who posted after you.

    Most road races around here for cat 5 are no more than 40 miles, most are arounf 30. I have heard that many road races are also around 20 in places in the US. Of course our road races tend to have lots of climbing...
    Just your average club rider... :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    Sorry I was refering to the sarcastic comment from the guy who posted after you.

    Do you even know what "sarcastic" means?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fujiacerider
    Do you even know what "sarcastic" means?

    Cole

    my guess is no

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    Quote Originally Posted by matgarf
    my guess is no
    Don't feed the troll
    Just your average club rider... :)

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