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    First Race Advice Needed

    Hi there- I need some help from you experienced CX racers.

    I'm planning on trying my first cross race at the upcoming NJ State Fair July 31st: https://www.bikereg.com/events/ConfL...p?EventID=7612

    It's not a true CX race - more of a crowd pleaser, so the course is very short and even features a run-up over a car.

    In any case - all sources tell me that this would be a good way for a novice to get his feet wet.

    I've been riding all year - mostly short/fast rides and long rides on weekends and am in pretty good shape for my age (42) but realize I'm probably a far cry from race shape.

    I'm in the process of hiring a coach - but any tips you can tell me would be greatly appreciated in terms of training or general race strategy.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Check out the "Tips for Newbies" thread in the cyclocross racing sub-forum:

    Tips for Newbies

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    velonews.com has some video explaining how to attack the barriers.....get off bike, jump over barrier, get back on bike. watch that, make a pvc "barrier" and start practicing. sounds like your fit so its going to be a lot of technique. don't slip on the car! and remember to have fun and not take it too seriuosly!

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    The first order of business is to learn how to dismount and remount well.

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