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Join Date: Apr 2005
Bikes: Steelman EuroCross, Gunnar Streetdog, Independent Fabrications Deluxe
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Assuming you have good NTB bike handling skills then the only thing you can do at this point that will be helpful is practice your dismounts, remounts, carries and run ups. I'm from Portand and we have clinics here to teach beginners those skills. The transitions are the things that make the most difference in a race. You have to be able to approach the barriers at speed, slow down at the last second, dismount the bike running and get back on without loosing time. If you found someone in your area who could demo the proper technique for you and give you feed back that would give you your best chance.
Carrying your bike on your shoulder sounds easy but again there are skills involved that you need to learn.
As far as conditioning goes, it is a little late to look at improving your aerobic capacity but you should consider running a few times a week, continue your riding and practice your transition and carry skills constantly. I will often dismount and re-mount when I come to stop signs, just to keep it fresh.
You don't want to use toe clips w/ straps, use clipless pedals otherwise you will have problems.
I ride on a 1 mile loop where I get a chance to practice all the skills for 45 min, when my alarm rings I do the last lap as fast as I can and try to sprint at the end.
One more thing, cross courses often have off camber turns that are a ***** when muddy so practice that too.
Hope this helped. Sorry I don't have any contacts for you in NYC. Good luck, have fun and don't take it seriously if you fall everyone does including the pros.
Last edited by 42x16; 09-28-06 at 04:08 PM.