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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 08-18-13, 04:17 PM   #1
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Finished my first cyclocross race..yay!

It was a "training race" so there were no cat designations, just a delayed start for the female participants. So I was with hotshots, which was fine, I just wanted to focus on finishing.

It was dry, hot, and hella bumpy. There were about 60 people and everyone was super nice and encouraging. I was however, passed by two 12 year old girls, which hurt a little . Had they stayed on for more than their 2 laps I would've crushed those chics!!

Either way I did 4 laps in about 48 minutes. Not bad for 290lbs if I do say so myself. Felt good in the end.








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Old 08-18-13, 04:36 PM   #2
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Very cool and great job. Way to represent the Clydes!
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Old 08-18-13, 05:32 PM   #3
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Congrats! Just starting out & hoping to get started with some racing myself, the competitive aspect is great motivation for me. What are your tire/ wheels? Any pointers would be great!
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Old 08-18-13, 05:53 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Gotta rep the clydes!

Happy, my tires are 32 but you don't want tips from me. Search these forums as there is a TON of useful info out there. I also started this thread http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...lclocross-Tips
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Old 08-18-13, 06:42 PM   #5
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You are a brave and intrepid individual! I know from experience that racing is tough. Congrats on challenging yourself and doing good!
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Old 08-18-13, 07:21 PM   #6
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nice job!! I can't wait for cx season here in socal
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Old 08-19-13, 07:44 AM   #7
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Nice!

First race locally is Sept. 7 ... trying to talk myself into doing it. I've got the bike, but my legs/lungs need more work.
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Old 08-19-13, 02:05 PM   #8
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This picture says it all! Congrats! Way to represent us "beefier" guys!
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Old 08-20-13, 04:48 PM   #9
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I'll add my congrats as well. I wish I could race some. But right now meds won't allow it.

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Nice job. Love the picture. When's your next race?
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So TourDeHood ... tell us more. Well, tell me more, because I'm trying hard to talk myself into doing the season opener on Sept. 7 but I'm unsure.

Been back riding seriously for about a month and a half now (was off for three months coaching little league) and I feel like I'm getting back into shape, but I'm still not 100 percent there, plus I'm a big clyde like yourself.

Would you do it again? Did you feel out of place? What were your goals? Did you ever feel like you were going to die on the course?
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It was a "training race" so there were no cat designations, just a delayed start for the female participants. So I was with hotshots, which was fine, I just wanted to focus on finishing.

It was dry, hot, and hella bumpy. There were about 60 people and everyone was super nice and encouraging. I was however, passed by two 12 year old girls, which hurt a little . Had they stayed on for more than their 2 laps I would've crushed those chics!!

Either way I did 4 laps in about 48 minutes. Not bad for 290lbs if I do say so myself. Felt good in the end.







Bad ass! I've wondered about cyclo-cross, at about 280 I'm in about the same boat as you. This is encouraging, thanks for sharing!
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Nice job. Love the picture. When's your next race?

Thanks! I have one this weekend in Western Ma. The lowest Cat is 4 so I signed up for that.
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So TourDeHood ... tell us more. Well, tell me more, because I'm trying hard to talk myself into doing the season opener on Sept. 7 but I'm unsure.

Been back riding seriously for about a month and a half now (was off for three months coaching little league) and I feel like I'm getting back into shape, but I'm still not 100 percent there, plus I'm a big clyde like yourself.

Would you do it again? Did you feel out of place? What were your goals? Did you ever feel like you were going to die on the course?
Well, I'm an introvert by nature so I was certainly nervous, and felt a bit out of place for a number of reasons, weight being just one of them. Men and women alike were lapping me but had kind words as they passed (mostly women). The crowd was supportive as well. There were moments that I felt a tiny bit like a charity case "look at the big guy trying his hardest" but my GF told me that simply was not the case. A guy at my LBS told me to keep it in a low gear and keep spinning. So my goal was to keep pedaling and not stop the bike. That was it. I wounded up stopping about 3 times however but it was less about my wind and more about the terrain in my mind. I was breathing heavy the entire time but not like I was going to pass out. By the end, my arms, fingers were feeling numb but fortunately that's just when they told me it was going to be my last lap so I gutted it out.

That said. My next one is on Saturday....

As much as I enjoy an occasional long ride, there is something about the quick hard burst of this type of riding that appeals to me. As a younger athlete, I was always more partial to explosive, fast twitch muscle stuff (football, basketball, etc) as opposed to endurance sports (soccer). Get in, go hard, and be done.

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Way to go TDH. But, I gotta' say, 48 minutes sounds a whole lot more "endurance" to me than "fast twitch". As much as dirt, mud, hard work, suffering and beer should be something that is embraced in New Zealand, we don't have much in the way of CX here. None in Auckland. And, I don't own a CX bike. So, the best I can do is look forward to the summer crit season.

Keep up the good work and I look forward to your next report. Never forget, each and every one of the guys in the Tour de France has been dropped more times than any of us will ever be.
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Well, I'm an introvert by nature so I was certainly nervous, and felt a bit out of place for a number of reasons, weight being just one of them. Men and women alike were lapping me but had kind words as they passed (mostly women). The crowd was supportive as well. There were moments that I felt a tiny bit like a charity case "look at the big guy trying his hardest" but my GF told me that simply was not the case. A guy at my LBS told me to keep it in a low gear and keep spinning. So my goal was to keep pedaling and not stop the bike. That was it. I wounded up stopping about 3 times however but it was less about my wind and more about the terrain in my mind. I was breathing heavy the entire time but not like I was going to pass out. By the end, my arms, fingers were feeling numb but fortunately that's just when they told me it was going to be my last lap so I gutted it out.

That said. My next one is on Saturday....

As much as I enjoy an occasional long ride, there is something about the quick hard burst of this type of riding that appeals to me. As a younger athlete, I was always more partial to explosive, fast twitch muscle stuff (football, basketball, etc) as opposed to endurance sports (soccer). Get in, go hard, and be done.
Former athlete here too ... what is it about us big football guys that we end up on bikes??? LOL

Anyway, you may have just convinced me to do this. Thanks man! My Cat 5 race is slated for 30 minutes .... I figure I can suffer for that long, yanno?
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Former athlete here too ... what is it about us big football guys that we end up on bikes?...
I can't speak for anyone else, but, when you've got a back and knees like mine you sure as heck aren't going to take up running:-) It's cycling or swimming and roads or trails are a lot more common than lap pools. But, I already cycled throughout my athletic career, having picked it up as a preteen.
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Good point! I've been lucky though ... got through Football without any knee issues. I'm probably predisposed to them, thanks to my dad (he's had both knees replaced), but knock on wood I'm ok for now. Worst I had was a shoulder issue.

And I too have ridden since I was a kid. Probably started in the mid-1980s, pre-teen years too. My dad started riding distance, and I followed suit, riding a dream of a red Peugeot for miles and miles in the midwest sun. I miss that bike. I'd have outgrown it by now, but I loved it
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