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Old 05-31-08, 10:42 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 05-31-08, 11:32 AM   #2
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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.
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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?

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?
Crap.


Double Edit- Actually, why do you keep breaking crap?
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