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    Any advice, 1st MTB XC race

    I am 74. Will be racing in a 40+ beginner class. 1 lap of about 5 mi's. Location is Patapsco St Park in MD. I am told it is a moderately tough course (have ridden in the area a couple of times) I am riding a 26" HT Marin, a decent low end bike ($500). I have been riding road and MTB's for about a year. I have been running competitive road races for many years so I have some sense of racing competitively.

    Would appreciate any tips.

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    Pre-ride the course if possible.

    Holeshots can be important, but it might be wise to let the kids duke it out, and just settle into your pace at the ***.

    Short race means no need to worry about nutrition, just one bottle should cover fluids.

    Smooth is fast.

    Grin lots.



    Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nacler22 View Post
    Pre-ride the course if possible.

    Holeshots can be important, but it might be wise to let the kids duke it out, and just settle into your pace at the ***.

    Short race means no need to worry about nutrition, just one bottle should cover fluids.

    Smooth is fast.

    Grin lots.



    Good Luck.
    With all due respect Marine: Semper Fi. I am retired army myself, Command Sergeants Major, Military Intel/Special Forces, 1989.

    Thanks for tips. No Holeshot seems smart, I would probable kill myself anyway. In running I never drank for anything less then 1 hr, but hydrated well prior to. Got it on the "smooth is fast", it's the same in running. Not sure about when to grin, is that when I am being passed or should I just laugh at myself.

    John

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    Hooahh Sergeants Major,

    Spent time with a few Army Special Forces in Desert Storm, they were some smooth operators.

    Sounds like you're squared away on the nutrition, but if it's warm, a bottle ain't gonna kill ya to hump around. ymmv

    If you can't find time to grin, then a grimace will do.

    Have fun John.

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