First XC Race
I just finished my first XC race. I feel like I learned alot. I got caught up in the adrenaline rush and made the classic new guy mistake of starting off at too high a pace. This translated into a 9 min difference between lap one and two on a 5.5 mile ( 11 mile total) course.
I ran in the beginners senior men I (2 laps for 11 miles age 19-29). This group unfortunately starts first, because they think you are fast, and everyone else was. I have heard other people make it sound like beginners class is a joke, and maybe it is at other places, but here i think alot of the riders should be riding in a different class, but go to beginners to grab the points (aka 1st in beginners is worth same points as 20 in sport so if you are on the cusp, or a short distance guy you grab the beginners points). I was shooting for 90 minutes and I finished in 87 stopping for one pee break and some running up hills (alot the 2nd lap) as I said a 9 min difference between laps that I need to work on. fastest guy finished in 70 minutes so 17 min off the leader didn't strike me as horrible.
I decided to go with the hydration pack (good move unless you have a team passing you bottles), and was glad I did. I wrecked once due to my front tire digging into the soft dirt/sand (racing in the pine barrens of jersey) someone ran over my rear tire, but nothing was messed up. Alot of people had mech trouble (the only ones i passed ). the course was pretty fast with tight single track, stream crossing (very rocky), Some very tight corners, alot of bridges, a tone of soft dirt/sand, and a TON of roots. The hills were short and steep (pain in the rear with roots), but pretty flat for the most part. It was a great start for me and I would defiantly tell anyone who likes XC biking to go give it a shot.
(sorry no pics [no one came with me] but there may be some on line at some point)
sorry if this is long winded and doesn't make any sense, I am pretty tired and am going to take a nap now.
Last edited by heckler; 05-31-08 at 10:55 AM.
good job man.
Racing is fun.
But I havnt been able to race another race this year due to mech. failures on my bike lol.
How many times are you going to break/smash/total/obliterate your rear derailleur? Have you still not gotten that fixed?
Originally Posted by Cheeto
Also, smashing your mech on whatever you smashed yours on is NOT the mechs fault.
EDIT- Wait, do you mean mechanical failures? Not mech (derraileur) failures?
Double Edit- Actually, why do you keep breaking crap?