Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Miami Beach
Bikes: Specialized FSR xc
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Since no one has answered you yet and I'm pretty new, at least I can share the best thing that has helped me so far... searching online is a great resource, and to my surprise I have gotten in touch with some of the greats by accident! There is so much info out there... This is just an example of what I find by searching on the net... By varying word combinations you can pretty much find anything specific you want, maybe helps cause websites are part of my daily JOB! lol!
From what you are saying you probably are good doing sport anyway cause you have been riding for 5 years so good in that category anyway, just have to practice in local races and meeting people!
Oh, almost forgot, a great resource, I bought this book "Mastering Mountain Bike Skills" by Brian Lopes and Lee McCormack, you can find it on amazon or ebay. It has pictures, stories, advice, really recommend this if you don't have it already, also there are mtb dvd's and other stuff out there to get hyped... I really believe in motivation to just get out there in the first place!
Link I found recently posted on the internet and great advice on this forum too, many experts and regulars on here, search, and you will find. Here is a response someone gave me:
I found this great link that explains more about training and road riding, racing, etc...
The article is spot on about building a base. Road bike, mountain bike, doesn't matter. Time in the saddle builds the base. If you can do the time on the bike you want to race, even better!
I find gravel roads to be ideal. I ride the mountain bike,I leave from the front door, ride the road to the unpaved roads, there is little traffic, and great scenery.
I would like to know more about working on race pace too, cause when I train I am much more "laxed" and during the race much more intense so a lot mental wise to prepare, and another thing is helping me is just being active, whether running before work or going to my local barbeque park and riding "off the path". There are paved roads in my park not far from where I live but I went off the paved road in the park, found a loose tree log and put it so I could practice jumping and hopping over it, etc. There is so much, if you like it and have fun like me, improv in any situation is great, also ride my road bike when I get stressed out, helps much, etc... Just sweat and have fun! Newbie advice but at least I responded!
Last edited by prhey404; 11-03-08 at 10:49 PM.