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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 09-22-02, 03:14 PM   #1
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Training for races

I am extremely competitive and need to set some cycling goals for myself. I want to continue to push myself, and I think cyclocross is something I want to try, and I know it will be a huge challenge. What kind of things should I do to get myself ready for my very first race? Is this something I should even be contemplating?
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Number 1: Practice skills. Mounts and dismounts are everything, and races are won and lost in transitions.

Number 2: Short-recovery intervals with high-HR time trials. You won't get much opportunity to recover, so you have to train your body to recover where it can. A typical routine of mine is twelve two minute intervals at 90-95% maxHR, each followed by 45 seconds recovery, with two 10 km time trials @ 85% maxHR mixed in... often, but not always, like this: [6 intervals, time trial, 6 intervals, time trial].

Number 3: Run. There's a lot of running in this sport.
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Well like any other sport, people will tell you what is absolutely the best/ most important thing for training.
Here are a couple links for you to research so you can decide for yourself:
Napa Valley CX-beginners tips
Cyclocrossworld.com-pics and pro racing
cyclingnews.com-intro to cross

If you don't have a cross bike, you can go try with your mountain bike. Best way to learn is to watch so checking out some races in your area might be a good idea.
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Thanks for the info.
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