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    First Race

    Hope I don't offend with the spandex comments. Loved the experience, might take awhile to embrace the culture. Can't wait to race again.

    http://thehoughs.wordpress.com/2009/...clocross-race/

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    Nice!

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    I was reading your post and saw Swope Park. I was surprised, so I scrolled back up and saw KC Cup...hey, I was there too. My first race too, though I did the spandex thing. It was a fun race, and you live in a great town to like cross racing. Maybe I'll see you around some time!

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    the good thing about spandex is i never get my shorts snagged on my seat when i remount... iv learned 2 things really quickly through a lot of error, #1, that the crotch of your shorts loves to get caught on the back of your seat remounting. and #2 my junk will not fit between my tire and brake bridge! That and the Dikc pad is the best invention ever!

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    The spandex is all about function, really. Loose shorts get caught on your seat in remounts, and spandex is cooler too since there's fewer layers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nelzar13 View Post
    the good thing about spandex is i never get my shorts snagged on my seat when i remount
    I actually have snagged my spandex shorts when remounting during a race. I won't comment on what that means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by futuregrace View Post
    Hope I don't offend with the spandex comments. Loved the experience, might take awhile to embrace the culture. Can't wait to race again.

    http://thehoughs.wordpress.com/2009/...clocross-race/
    Nice report. Definitely bring a couple of friends next time! Ideally, cyclocross shouldn't be about spandex and speed so much as it is about mud and fun. If that's not the culture where you are, keep bringing more people until that is the culture.

    Around here, the cross culture is just incredible. Most people do wear spandex for the reasons stated above, and a lot of them are really fast, but ultimately it's about having fun. I'm absurdly slow, but I've never caught even a hint of condescension about it from anyone.

    In my first race (last year), I was sucking wind so badly at one point that one of the spectators pushed me up a hill. What I've found is that if you're really, really slow but you do it with a smile you'll be a crowd favorite. And as you get a little bit faster but keep smiling, you'll still be a crowd favorite. Mostly, I think they like to see people suffer and smile at the same time.

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    Maybe I'll try the spandex out, most people were very nice it was more just realizing I stood out. Like I said, I loved it, want to get a cyclocross bike now and race every chance I get.

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    i want a moonwalk at my next race!

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    great write up and great ride too! I'll be doing my cx race at the Boulevard Cup. It'll be my first bike race in probably 6-7 years. Wish I could have gone out to Swope but had to go to StL for family stuff. See you at the Boulevard race, eh?

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    Awesome! I had my 1st race on sunday also. And I couldnt have done it without my little girl ringing the cowbell and holding up a strawberry shortcake coloring book picture that she wrote go daddy on. Kids make getting your butt kicked seem like a victory.

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    Nice writeup. And great support crew!
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