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    Senior Member TimJ's Avatar
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    What to bring to a cyclocross race...

    Anyone seen this? Via bike snob:

    Cyclocross racing is not for those with minimalist tendencies. There is gear for warming up, gear for racing, gear for cooling down, gear for the bikes and gear for creating a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. In addition, it is often not enough to have a single piece of equipment or clothing; several may be needed for the day. Only rookies show up with a single pair of gloves. A simple 45-minute race may require more gear than a week-long summer tour, but without the right gear your day can quickly go downhill.
    Check it out, it's effing ridiculous.

    The set-up
    1. If you are going to be at the race all day you’re going to need to eat. Make your set-up area the place to be, by cooking your own brats and making warm drinks using a simple camping stove. The Coleman PerfectFlow has a side for grilling and a side for boiling water. It is easy to light and uses basic propane canisters that you can find at any major retail store. www.Coleman.com

    2. Coffee is the perfect way to stay warm while giving you that extra boost you need to clear the sandpit or cheer on your friends. Use a French press to make fresh coffee and keep your crew energized all day. The Glacier French Press from G.S.I. comes in either 33- or 50-ounce capacity, is simple to use, rugged, and stays warm on cold days. www.gsi-outdoors.com


    3. If you are going to make coffee, make it good coffee. 53×11 Coffee is owned by cyclists and is certified Fair Trade and organic. Blends named Big Ring, Early Break and Chain Breaker will make you want to put the hammer down. Go with the Chain Breaker blend for a darker roast that also does well as espresso. www.53×11coffee.com
    Kind of makes me want to puke.



    Also I'm sad because I'm gonna miss the whole season cuz I was/am hurt and now I'm hurt + totally out of shape. Pity me.
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    Overacting because I can SpongeDad's Avatar
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    Can't be taken seriously. No reference to beer.
    “Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm." (Churchill)

    "I am a courageous cyclist." (SpongeDad)

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    I don't go as far as bringing a camping stove(but that would be sweet) although I can say that at the end of a day of cross racing my car looks like a homeless person has been living out of it with all of the clothes, tools, and food/wrappers strewn about inside.
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