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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 07-01-09, 05:14 PM   #1
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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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Old 07-01-09, 05:52 PM   #2
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Check out the "Tips for Newbies" thread in the cyclocross racing sub-forum:

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Old 07-01-09, 05:57 PM   #3
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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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