Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Bike Racing Discuss pro racing, the big races, and even the small backyard races. Don't forget to update all the members with your own race results.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-10-07, 10:23 PM   #1
LaMar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: St. George, UT
Bikes: Scott Genius RC 10, Mongoose IBOC Comp (commuter bike)
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What to carry on a race?

I rode in my first race ever this last weekend and am totally hooked. I noticed watching all the expert racers that they don't seem to carry a lot of stuff with them. I on the other hand was wearing my Camelback, had an extra tube, tools, even my car keys. Okay, so I got a few kinks to work out.
What should I carry with me besides water and nutritional type stuff? I assume most racers carry the least possible items, right? Any advice for someone new to this?
LaMar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-07, 10:42 PM   #2
ken cummings
Senior Member
 
ken cummings's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: northern California
Bikes: Bruce Gordon BLT, Cannondale parts bike, Ecodyne recumbent trike, Counterpoint Opus 2, miyata 1000
Posts: 5,601
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You do not even need to carry ID, your race number will do. On criteriums not even water bottles. I worked neutral supplort at several races and had water for racers while I changed their wheels. Go to a few races and see what others do. Consider joining a team. Join the USCF or whatever it is called now.
ken cummings is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-07, 08:17 AM   #3
apclassic9
Caustic Soccer Mom
 
apclassic9's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Millstone WV
Bikes:
Posts: 1,760
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The expert racers are probably running tubeless, but the probably also have a tightly rolled up tube or two in their jersey pocket..

Spare tubes, a CO2 cannister, a multitool, a spare connex type link for your chain. Tube & multitool in your pockets (jersey or camelback), CO2 taped to your seatpost, chain link taped whereever. energy packets stuffed into your shorts leg or taped to your handlebars. A tire iron or two (but you could use your quick release handle for that).

Get one of those key boxes & leave your keys - there is NOTHING like having to retrace an entire race course to look for tham after they inadvertantly fly out of your pocket! Talk someone in to going to the race with you for support.
__________________
As with mud, life, too, slides by.
apclassic9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-07, 03:45 PM   #4
dminor 
Moar cowbell
 
dminor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: The 509
Bikes: are awesome.
Posts: 12,427
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
AP nailed it - - the perfect amount to leave to be minimalist, but the right things to take to save you from a DNF. I'll add this, though - - As long as you have your Camelbak, there's no harm in one key. Just take the key or your keyless remote off the keyring and leave the rest in your vehicle. Camelbaks usually have a key ring inside one of the pockets.

Welcome to racing!!
__________________

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Twain
"Don't argue with stupid people; they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience."
dminor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-13-07, 08:19 AM   #5
LaMar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: St. George, UT
Bikes: Scott Genius RC 10, Mongoose IBOC Comp (commuter bike)
Posts: 25
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for the responses and the advice. It would be nice not to have to carry anything, but I was wondering what I would do if I did get a flat or had mechanical problems. I think I'll try some of your ideas on my regular rides to see what works before the next race. I'm sure I'll figure things out as I go.

Thanks again.
LaMar is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:47 PM.