Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Training for Sea Otter XC race
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04-07-08, 10:03 PM
So I've entered the Sea Otter Classic in the Beginner Clydesdales Mountain XC category (yes it's a real category! :D ) This is going to be my first race ever. The bike's set up and I'm riding as much as I can up until the event. Any suggestions from Clydesdales who have raced competitively? Anything helps!
Also if you are entering any event of the Sea Otter, say hello here!
04-07-08, 10:12 PM
COOL! Good Luck!!
I have participated in numerous races, I don't know if you can call it racing competitively, as I have a hard time finding races with Clydesdale classes to enter.
My advice: don't get to excited and go out too fast- find your speed and go with that. Save some for the final push to finish, its far easier to make up some time/speed than it is to try to finish after you have bonked.
Any suggestions from Clydesdales who have raced competitively?
Yep- Have fun. :D
If you can preride the course at all, do so. The closer to the actual event, the better.
But since this is your first race, have fun and use it as a learning experience. You will learn a lot about how racing works and how you work in those conditions. Pay attention as this racing stuff is addicting and you'll probably want to do it again.
04-08-08, 04:18 PM
Preride is impossible, as I don't live anywhere close to Monterey. This biker does not plan on losing!!
I checked up on the course and watched a yuutube video of someone running the majority of it. Doesn't look like a big challenge in terms of climbs, plenty of nice flowing XC trails. Can't wait!!!
04-08-08, 08:18 PM
thats great i just entered a race at the end of may, how long is yours? did you debate different catagories?
04-09-08, 11:05 AM
The XC race is 1 lap at 10 miles around Monterey, CA. Roadie racing really isn't my thing, so it had to be mountain cross country. The clydesdale category was a no brainer though, considering I'm over 250lbs ;) I need to keep my stumpjumper in good condition for the race, so it's in the garage in favor of training on a singlespeed rockhopper around town.
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