Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: San Francisco, CA
Bikes: 2 Felt F1X's, Surly Steamroller Fixed / Free, 2007 IF Crown Jewel, 2007 IF Planet X Singlespeed
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1. what cat do you ride on the road? if i were you id race c's. you will be amazed how fast ppl are. generally the c's are early in the day, so if you do well you can always do another race if you have anything left in the tank.
2. definetly practice mounts and dismounts. and practice getting back up to "cruising speed" quickly after you remount. the starts are FAST -- basically a sprint, so get to the line early and be warmed up and ready to hammer. dont eat anything for 2 hrs previous to the race...fluids and gel packs are ok. try to get a good start so that you dont get trapped in a bottleneck when the course narrows. make sure you PLACE your bike down after carrying it...dont plop it down because you will likely drop your chain. dont "jump" back on your seat...try to simply swing your leg over the saddle in one fluid motion. make sure your cleats and pedals are in good shape and working properly. be prepared to be at your redline for the entire time -- if you are resting you are doing something wrong. pre-ride the course and make sure to get your tire pressure right. ideally, you want to run the lowest pressure you can get away with without flatting/bottoming out. bring a spare set of wheels to put in the pit if you have them. if the course is dry and flat/fast, you can run higher tire pressures. definetly wear glasses, and full-fingered gloves are always a good idea. unless its frigid i always wear shorts or knickers, and a jersey with or without arm warmers. you will be working so hard and in so much pain that you wont notice or care how wet/cold/hot you are....but dont make the mistake of wearing too much. you will be going all out so you will get warm. start hydrating the night before. you wont have time to drink during the race (and take off your cages if you have them).
also, you can use embrocation if it gets cold to help loosen up/protect your muscles/skin. and if its really cold you can protect/open up your chest with some vicks menthol rub. bring warm dry clothes/hat, etc for after the race. bring a recovery drink/food. try to keep your bike as clean as possible b4 the race if it is muddy...a clean bike is a fast bike. have run and ride hard. soon you will be hooked. cx rocks.