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Old 11-26-14, 05:21 PM
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Looking for advice- Racing in the snow

I have two races this weekend in the snow and looking for some advice. I raced/crashed in mud but how different is the snow? I assume it will end up being packed snow
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Best advice is get there early and pre-ride the course. Several times.
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You've heard that eskimos supposedly have 30 words for snow? Well cyclo-crossers need more than that. Snow conditions vary tremendously with the type and pack of snow and outside temps. It can be anywhere from light fluffy powder where your tire cuts through and bites on whatever is under it, to firm slush that rides like mud, to hardpack thagt rides like dirt, to wet hardpack that's like grass to refrozen ice crust. All that in a few hundred yards.

Before you even get to the races, start riding on snow where you can find it, and get a sense of how to recognize and handle various conditions. Then ride the course on the morning of the race, but be aware that if the temps are close to freezing, the course will change tremendously during the race.
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