Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Cowtown, AB
Bikes: Titus El Guapo, Misfit diSSent, Cervelo Soloist Carbon, Wabi Lightning, et al.
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If you have a chance, pre-ride the course a few times so you know what's ahead on race day. Then you can make changes to your bike setup or strategy. Many races have a flat, open start, but quickly turn narrow and start climbing. If the course profile forces the pack into tight singletrack, it's in your best interest to be at the front of that group. At that point, you can recover a bit, as it will be difficult for riders to pass you. Later on, you can open up the throttle and make some gains on the field. Watch out for crashes, which can be very common in Beginner class.
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