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Old 05-18-11, 05:44 AM
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Setting up a CX course...

Hi all!

I was wondering if anyone knew of good resources for setting up a decent CX course.

My son and I have been eyeballing this secluded place in a local park. I think it would be a great place to setup an event or to practice riding and techniques.

Anyone help me with this?

Thanks!
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The more races you go to, and the more you watch online (esp. superprestige), will give you ideas for what works and what doesn't. Check the USA Cycling rules for specific rules on course design.

Invite some experienced cross racers to preview your course. They'll be sure to have plenty of suggestions, some helpful, some not.
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Thanks!

Right now we are just looking at basic layout so he can begin to practice what he may experience in an event. Neither one of us have very much experience with this, so I was wondering things like course length, paved length, trail length, obstacles and types. You know, just general information. What people here may have seen on different courses. Any help is appreciated!

I don't really know of any cross riders around here...
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Burney's book is a great resource. arkansascyclocross has links to some good beginner videos on the right sidebar. Search youtube for "superprestige".

Some common features to practice: Wide off-camber turn. Sharp off-camber turn. Hairpie turn. Sandpit. Barriers section. Barrier in front of a run-up.

Basically, course designers like to include anything that robs you of momentum. The best courses combine flowy sections with awkward difficult sections. Practice those dismounts & remounts until they are automatic. Practice starts.
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Originally Posted by flargle View Post
Hairpie turn.
I've heard them called lots of things, but never a hairpie turn.

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Originally Posted by ridethatbike View Post
I've heard them called lots of things, but never a hairpie turn.

Whoa, Freudian slip!

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http://mfgcross.com/

If you look under series info you can see maps of the courses, just set up a loop that takes about 8 minutes and build some barriers and have a crack at it!

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Thanks scrub!

Cool barriers! Lightweight and not too rigid as to hurt someone. Guess I need to figure out where I would place them and then price the piping.

My son and I are planning to go out to the park tomorrow. I will take some pics of what it looks like and post them, it would be great to get some input from the good folks here about it.

Cool site, I'll have a look at it more over the weekend. I've put a call into the Parks and Rec Dept here in my county to see if we could do this kind of thing in our local parks. Might be able to start up something. I really want to encourage the kids to get involved. I enjoy watching them race!
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The barriers cost me about $10 in 3/4 inch pvc and couplers, they just pull apart to fit in my bag. Two are 40cm high and the other is about 25.
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