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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 12-10-07, 01:46 PM   #1
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First race yesterday

Well, on the suggestion of some friends, I tried my first 'cross race yesterday. Eugene, OR if anyone else on this forum was there. Got my but thoroughly whipped, but still enjoyed it, should have started earlier in the season.

Any training tips to avoid embarrassing myself next year?
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Old 12-10-07, 02:15 PM   #2
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No no no....... blame it on the equipment
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Old 12-10-07, 02:25 PM   #3
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Any training tips to avoid embarrassing myself next year?
Ride lots.
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Old 12-10-07, 04:20 PM   #4
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Do as many crits as you can in the spring and summer. Also, get your body as light as possible without looking like a twig.
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Meh. It's 'cross. Drink beer, eat too much, race. Repeat until March.
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Move to Belgium.
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Well, this got me quite the mixed bag of advice :^).
Blaming teh quipment works for now, I'm riding a old mtn bike for 'cross currently.
Ride lots is in the plan, in fact pretty much was the extent of the plan to date.
Ride crits. Hmmm.... I can do that, then go back to the first tip (blame equipment). Loosing some weight would not hurt.
Drink beer, eat too much, race- The most appealing advice, but since I don't care for last place, maybe not the ideal plan.

Thanks for the "help", next season will be better!
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Drink beer, eat too much, race- The most appealing advice, but since I don't care for last place, maybe not the ideal plan.
Well, I've been following it diligently and have not yet ended up in last place. Reconsider?
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Nice To See Your Firt Race Done,ive Only Just Had My Bike And Went To Watch 1 At Redditch On Sunday,looks Great But Donot Think Im Fit Enough To Do A Race Yet At All,will Do 1 In Jan,any Tips Etc
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Wow That's An Interesting Way To Write.
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Nice To See Your Firt Race Done,ive Only Just Had My Bike And Went To Watch 1 At Redditch On Sunday,looks Great But Donot Think Im Fit Enough To Do A Race Yet At All,will Do 1 In Jan,any Tips Etc
Just do it! Even if your DFL you'll still have fun.
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See, you already learned the most important thing. You found out just how bad racing hurts. You already know the only way to inoculate yourself against the pain is to train that hard. Build a decent endurance base and do intervals, short and long. I like pyramid intervals (google 'em) and I like adding a run to the front of each one. It hurts pretty bad.

There are training tips all over teh interwebs, figure out what you need and have fun with it.

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