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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 10-25-03, 01:46 PM   #1
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30 minute race Sunday, should I bother with fluids or pump/spare on bike..

I have my first race Sunday. Being that it is 30 minutes, should I bother hauling a water bottle and spare tire/pump? I figure if I flat Im out of it and I can just walk back. Same with fluids, shouldnt I be able to fuel up before and be fine for the 30 minutes? Im not new to endurance riding, but this is a race, and Im thinking of wasted weight.
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I have my first race Sunday. Being that it is 30 minutes, should I bother hauling a water bottle and spare tire/pump? I figure if I flat Im out of it and I can just walk back. Same with fluids, shouldnt I be able to fuel up before and be fine for the 30 minutes? Im not new to endurance riding, but this is a race, and Im thinking of wasted weight.
I wouldn't take either. Good luck!
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neither. do better than the badger vs NW today...
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you simply won't have time to drink in a cross race, so don't bother. also, frame-mounted bottles and equipment will get in the way when you shoulder the bike. hydrate the night before and before the race. if you get a flat, you will not have time to repair in and get back in the race.

have fun. we did one today. fun fun, even if i finished dead last.
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Don't bring anything.Good luck.
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Frame mounted water bottles and cyclocross races do not mix well. The added weight and the location of the bottle will hinder your runs. I have a friend give me a hand-out as I come by the pit when I need water.
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