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Old 07-21-21, 04:27 PM
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Son Getting into MTB Racing

My 13 year old son is looking to get into youth mountain bike racing. I spoke with the coach of the local team and they start practicing in late winter with racing starting in April. He has been riding recreationally for years, but never with the intention of racing. I was wondering if there are any tips on what he should do in the next six months to start getting prepared. The coach says the races are 1 to 1.5 hours long, so obviously great fitness is needed. That will just have to come naturally as a result of riding a lot as he won't be interested in doing hill repeats. Is there any special techniques or anything that would apply to racing that he wouldn't encounter just riding at a recreation pace?
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