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Old 01-24-12, 10:38 AM
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Tour of New Braunfels?

Anyone going to do the Tour of New Braunfels race this weekend? I think I'm gonna do it but it will be my first race ever so wondering what to expect.
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This should probably be in the racing sub-forum. Yes, lots of other racers are going; it usually has pretty large fields. I've never been but I hear it's a good race. The promoter, Tobin Behling, has been around a long time and does great work.

Check the sticky threads at the top of the racing forum for newbie tips. Also, www.txbra.org has a calendar and discussion forums if you have specific questions.

Make sure you get there at least an hour before your start time. 90 minutes or even 2 hours won't hurt, since it's your first one. Gotta find a parking place, pee (because everybody has to nervous pee/poo before a race), get registered (forms to fill out and sign, unless you have an annual license and have pre-reg'd on the website), get your number(s), go back to the car and pin 'em on, get it wrong, ask for help, get 'em re-pinned, pee again, get the bike ready, ride around a bit, remember you'll need a water bottle, check the time, say OMG! and go looking for the start line.

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Moving to racing forum, you will get much better responses there.
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I just bought an annual license. Wondering how I know where to line up ( is it just first come first serve?), where to get my number, do I have to fill out paperwork, etc..
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You should really read the sticky.

Find the registration table. If you don't know where it is, ask anyone on a bike. There should be lines divided up by day-of registration and preregistered by category. If your race is first, your line will generally be the longest. Get in line. When your turn comes, you will be asked for your license (or authorization to race) and usually an ID. Give them to the registrar. They will look you up and hand you the forms to sign, usually a standard USAC release form and maybe another. Sign your life away. If you are preregistered they will hand you the numbers and point you to the box of pins. Always ask which side the numbers are on. Classy promoters have a sample jersey hung up nearby showing the proper placement. If you don't know, ask. Remember that the number should be upright when viewed on the bike. If I had a dollar for every Cat5 number I re-pinned last year I'd have a free lunch. Ask where the start/finish line is. Get to the start area at least 15 minutes before your start. It's usually a mad rush to line up but it's not going to matter much for Cat5. Pay attention to the officials during the instructions as there may be rules and conditions that are race-specific, i.e. neutral rollout.

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Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
Remember that the number should be upright when viewed on the bike.
They let it slide if you happen to be 13.

Added it edit:

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Thanks shovelhd that helped a lot. Do you only put numbers on your bike or bike and jersey? Also I am gonna pre-register online so do I still need my license and to sign my life away at the race or is it enough that I have already signed all that stuff when I bought my annual?
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Also any other tips? Like should I try to blast out of the start or is it kinda a lazy first few seconds to get everyone clipped in and ready to start hammering?
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Expect some delightful wind on the 2nd half of the road course
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Cat 5 goes early on Sunday. It's going to be cold cold cold. If you have a trainer you can bring to warm up on you'll be glad you did.

If you're doing both days the first day's circuit race is held on chip-seal roads, so I would say full PSI is not necessary and 5-10 PSI lower might give you better traction.

Second day is on standard country roads with some rollers on Centerpoint Rd., a then some winding road on York Creek Rd. with water crossings, then a long return trip at negative gradient back to the start/finish on S Old Bastrop. S Old Bastrop has a lot of loose gravel hugging the right side at certain points, so stay to the left.
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Originally Posted by bostongarden View Post
Expect some delightful wind on the 2nd half of the road course
I really hope it doesn't rain. Also I am kinda wondering what to wear since it will prob. be a little cold at the start but warm up to the sixties part way through. I don't want to freeze at the start but I also don't want to boil at the end.
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Originally Posted by Beau210 View Post
I really hope it doesn't rain. Also I am kinda wondering what to wear since it will prob. be a little cold at the start but warm up to the sixties part way through. I don't want to freeze at the start but I also don't want to boil at the end.
Just wear what you'd normally wear for a fast ride starting at that time. Maybe bring sweats and a jacket to warm up a bit, then take 'em off just before you go to the start line.

Do you only put numbers on your bike or bike and jersey? Jersey only.

Also I am gonna pre-register online so do I still need my license and to sign my life away at the race or is it enough that I have already signed all that stuff when I bought my annual? Nope, you sign ink on paper for every race you start. Some races have already checked your license online, but bring it anyway.
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p.s. better pre-reg immediately, the races are filling up.

http://www.bikereg.com/events/regist...?eventid=14903
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Thanks shovelhd that helped a lot. Do you only put numbers on your bike or bike and jersey? Also I am gonna pre-register online so do I still need my license and to sign my life away at the race or is it enough that I have already signed all that stuff when I bought my annual?
Depends on the race. I've only seen bike numbers for stage races and fred fests.

Learn to pin your number on correctly.

You need to sign the form(s) in front of the registrar after they have verified your identity. Online registration is preregistration only. Get there early, especially for Cat5, because even if you are preregistered, you can get bumped out of the field if you arrive late and the promoter gives your slot away to a waitlisted rider. Get used to this routine. Every race will have some variant of it.
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Also any other tips? Like should I try to blast out of the start or is it kinda a lazy first few seconds to get everyone clipped in and ready to start hammering?
Get clipped in ASAP then ride your race.
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Draft and don't take a pull unless they force you to.

My friend is riding Cat4 Women and expects to win, then move up to 3s. I expect she'll accomplish that.
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
p.s. better pre-reg immediately, the races are filling up.

http://www.bikereg.com/events/regist...?eventid=14903
Just registered. It looks like I'll be riding with about forty guys so far.
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Don't forget to eat enough at the right time before the race, pack enough easily consumed calories for during the race, and have something for after the race.

Do not wrinkle the number up or fold the edges under to make it "aero". Both of those make it much more difficult for officials to read the number. You want to make it easy for them to read so you get your finishing position recorded. Having the number upright when you're on the bike means pinning it to your side. I put the bottom edge of the number on the jersey's side seam (the forward of the two side seams on my jerseys, some only have one seam).

Remember that it's supposed to be fun or at least feel good when you're done.
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Is my number supposed to look like the one above?
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Don't forget to eat enough at the right time before the race, pack enough easily consumed calories for during the race, and have something for after the race.

Do not wrinkle the number up or fold the edges under to make it "aero". Both of those make it much more difficult for officials to read the number. You want to make it easy for them to read so you get your finishing position recorded. Having the number upright when you're on the bike means pinning it to your side. I put the bottom edge of the number on the jersey's side seam (the forward of the two side seams on my jerseys, some only have one seam).

Remember that it's supposed to be fun or at least feel good when you're done.
On the other hand, if you screw up pinning your number, and the official crumples up your number while fixing it, don't say anything.

(I've seen it done)
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Have fun out there. I enjoy the crit (which is really a circuit). The RR is fun too. Great event, should be good weather.
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Yeah I'm gonna do the RR. The crit kinda makes me nervous because while I'm not terrible at cornering I could def. use some work on it.
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Yeah I'm gonna do the RR. The crit kinda makes me nervous because while I'm not terrible at cornering I could def. use some work on it.
You should do it. It's not really a crit, it's a 2 mile loop. There is only one turn that could be considered a corner, but everyone slows pretty hard anyway. Plus it will count towards your 10 races to upgrade.
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Agreed, I think the corners are probably more dangerous in the RR, because they may surprise some folks in the pack who aren't paying attention. The circuit and the RR are both very safe courses.
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I'll be there, but have not raced it before. Some guys on my team said that if the wind is from the normal direction, people will attack early and often.

It's a pretty flat course, so I'm hoping the extra pounds I'm carrying don't drag me down too bad.
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