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How do I get started?

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How do I get started?

I am a noob when it comes to cyclocross. I'm getting a Surly CC for my commuter /all around bike. I want to do some races for fun eventually. Should I just train riding some trails and then enter a race?

Love to hear from anyone around L.A. that can recommend places to ride
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That's a great way to get started. Ride some trails, ride some road, get comfortable on the bike. Ask around to see what races are available, and see what categories they have for beginners. The best way to learn is to just get out there and try!

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I am a noob when it comes to cyclocross. I'm getting a Surly CC for my commuter /all around bike. I want to do some races for fun eventually. Should I just train riding some trails and then enter a race?

Love to hear from anyone around L.A. that can recommend places to ride
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If the CC doesn't put a smile on your face, you are doing something wrong!!
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thing about Cross Races is you have to learn how to get off the bike, jump barriers placed on the course,
then jump back on, and keep the momentum up as you do.

Course designs vary, of course, there should be some sections .. faster to run up, carrying the Bike,
than granny gear your way up, in the saddle.


often races are set up in City parks , many tight corners to create a maze effect,
for riding the lap, distance, within a small area.

Portland folks used the County fairgrounds a few years ago, out here..

their Halloween Weekend races moved to Bend, since then.

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Originally Posted by fietsbob
thing about Cross Races is you have to learn how to get off the bike, jump barriers placed on the course,
then jump back on, and keep the momentum up as you do.

Course designs vary, of course, there should be some sections .. faster to run up, carrying the Bike,
than granny gear your way up, in the saddle.


often races are set up in City parks , many tight corners to create a maze effect,
for riding the lap, distance, within a small area.

Portland folks used the County fairgrounds a few years ago, out here..

their Halloween Weekend races moved to Bend, since then.
Thanks. I think they have a lot of races in Griffith Park in Los Angeles. I can easily ride my bike to the park so that is probably a good place for me to start riding some trails. There are some other trails close to my house but they are steep inclines
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Search or local club sites or ask at a bike shop for training sessions. They usually start around Aug and focus on the technical things. Your first race will probably be crazy and kind of suck. This is normal. Keep at it.
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Originally Posted by rms13
Love to hear from anyone around L.A. that can recommend places to ride
I always love riding around Griffith Park. Ride at night cause there's a few trails that the urban cowboys protect and will try to shew you away.
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