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Location: Beaverton, OR
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Short track racing
Does anyone here have experience with short track racing?
I'm signed up to do my first race tonight, and I have no idea what I'm getting myself into. I've seen pictures from the races, but that doesn't really tell me much.
My background: I'm a really slow cyclocross junkie, looking to get a summer fix. I don't really do any mountain biking, so my handling skills need work and I hope this will help. I'm not even sure I have a good bike for this, though I have several that could be passable.
1. What should I expect? It looks like cyclocross without getting off your bike, but I'm sure that must be a ridiculous oversimplification.
2. Which of the following bikes would be least poorly suited to this: (a) Marin Muirwoods 29er
with drop bars and MTB tires (i.e. frankenbike commuter in MTB wannabe configuration), (b) 1989 RockHopper
(i.e. over-the-hill MTB turned commuter), or (c) Kona Jake
(i.e. entry-level cyclocross bike). For tonight the question is moot, because the Jake is currently disassembled for maintenance and I don't have knobbies for the RockHopper, but I could have one of the others ready next week. Do the fat tires on the MTB's justify the extra 7 pounds these bike weigh? Would the smaller tires of the RockHopper make it more suitable than the 29er?
3. Any last minute tips you can give me?