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Old 11-28-06, 11:58 AM
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Something to replace those missing threads

I spent my weekend updating & analizing the WV Mountain Bike Association database of members & racers, and have a question for all you NON RACERS and occassional racers out there: Why don't you race, or race more?
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Old 11-28-06, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by apclassic9
Why don't you race, or race more?
Because training, traveling, and sitting around waiting for starts, awards ceremonies, etc. all cut into time that I prefer to spend riding my bike where I like and having fun how I like. Plus I don't have to pay entry fees to receive prizes I don't want. Furthermore, I don't like stressing over sandbaggers, crappy timing, or if an event is run poorly.

I have raced BMX, XC, and DH, but after a certain point (enlightenment?) I realized that for me, cycling is no longer a competitive venture and that I don't really care if someone is better than me - because someone always is.

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Old 11-28-06, 12:34 PM
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I don't race more because my wife already forgets what I look like from time to time.
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Old 11-28-06, 12:38 PM
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Gastro's post says it all for me, I do have one race a year I try to do, and one triathlon, Also this year I plan on running a marathon. that's all the training time I'm willing to invest!
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Old 11-28-06, 12:43 PM
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Gastro - if you weren't so darn fast you wouldn't have to worry about waiting around for the awards ceremony.
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If I could, I would race every weekend. For me it is not about winning or losing. I just love seeing different places, riding on different courses, and meeting and riding with other riders who are way over my level. It's a great experience, and I can't get enough of it. The only thing that stops me racing more often is the lack of time.
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I found that racing sucked the fun out of riding for me. I didn't ever just "go for rides", I was training. I drive 6 hours on a Sunday morning so I can pay race fees to some promoter who couldn't give a rat's ass about the riders, just so I can suffer for 2 hours on some dull trail with 50 people I don't know. Why would I pay to ride with strangers when I can hit some sweet trail in Kananaskis after work with my best friends, then be home in time to watch Lost?
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Old 11-28-06, 02:14 PM
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competition can pervert the simple pleasure of an activity.

...and ditto what Gastro said.
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I agree with gastro and pinkrobe...the only race I look forward to is the 24 Hours of Adrenaline...and not because of the race but because of the atmosphere, the people, and the fun you have over the whole weekend.

I ride a lot with commuting factored in and some of my riding partners say I should put more effort into racing but I enjoy riding for a thrill, not riding for a time.
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Old 11-28-06, 02:36 PM
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Originally Posted by born2bahick
Gastro's post says it all for me
me too. I raced bmx as a kid, it was fun, but now I have a life other than just biking.. crazy I know.
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Old 11-28-06, 03:07 PM
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The moment of clarity explaining this came when I sat around carbo-loading on the nicest day of the month in preparation for a race the next day.

I don't race more often because I like riding too much.
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Old 11-28-06, 07:03 PM
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I'd love to be able to race DH but over here we don't really have that strong of a riding community and the only kind of races around here are XC ones. Riding XC if fun but I don't think racing it would be. I want to get into racing but there aren't many opportunities for me over here.
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Old 11-28-06, 07:05 PM
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well, I do occasionally race but I seriously dont like short-track XC Racing, I much prefer long distance XC, like my coming jamboree which is 47km. Im not sure this is long but here in Malaysia, its very rare to see a 75-100km race. Most short-track races here is about 20km. Pretty short so thats why I hate this kind of race, its all about stamina and speed. Long track work for me because Im good at pacing my self. haha
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I didn't think you had even done a long race yet. At least that's what you said a couple of weeks ago.
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Im young, and dont feel i would be good enough. I feel like i odnt have anough time to train inbetween school and XC/Indoor track/Spring track (which all help my cycling).
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well this week is a 47km race, practically I only do 2 47km race this year, bummer, and I know that Im better at pacing myself then just bursting out all my energy
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Old 11-29-06, 05:55 AM
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I ride for fun and to push myself. I don't care how fast someone else is. I really had fun at the 24 hour race I did this summer but training for it SUCKED. I had to go out and "train". That kills the wholle reason I ride.....fun. If you're some one who is competive the racing is perfect for you but I'm just not wound up like that.
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yeah, I like your idea mtnbiker66, I just love cycling fast, if I managed to ride faster then a car going uphill, i will be super happy
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Originally Posted by wheelhot
Most short-track races here is about 20km. Pretty short so thats why I hate this kind of race, its all about stamina and speed.
20 km races are all about stamina?

No they are not, they are all about deciding on how much pain you are willing to tolerate for an hour or so.

Gastro's post summed it up for me also. I will do 4 or 5 races a year between mountain bikes and tri's, and thats enough.

The biggest detriment to me is the travel time commitment.

Oh, and the water bottles. Really, how many freaking water bottles can you have? My whole basement is stuffed with them. and they are always the cheap crappy ones.........
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In many ways, cycling for me has been about getting away from the stresses of everyday life. If I started competing seriously, the need to get in proper training time would add stress to one of the activities that helps me deal with stress. Additionally, it's a good time to get out with my buddies and bullsh!t for a few hours.

That's not to say I'd never race. I did enter one this year. I quickly learned about how fast I'm not.

My goals next year include completing a century on my road bike. I'd rather train for something like that because it's less of a race and more of a personal challenge... if that makes any sense.
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My goals next year include completing a century on my road bike. I'd rather train for something like that because it's less of a race and more of a personal challenge... if that makes any sense.
Make sure you get a couple of buddies in about the same shape as you. That makes the century a blast. I was only able to do one this year but it was one of my favorite rides. I still haven't broken the five hour mark though, this one took 5:06 with 2,045 feet of climbing.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
Make sure you get a couple of buddies in about the same shape as you. That makes the century a blast. I was only able to do one this year but it was one of my favorite rides. I still haven't broken the five hour mark though, this one took 5:06 with 2,045 feet of climbing.
My best ever was just over five hours also, But I rode so many centuries that year, that i kinda got burnt out and went back to trail rides the next year, only rode about half as many miles total this year but they were mostly on mountain bikes
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Originally Posted by LowCel
Make sure you get a couple of buddies in about the same shape as you. That makes the century a blast. I was only able to do one this year but it was one of my favorite rides. I still haven't broken the five hour mark though, this one took 5:06 with 2,045 feet of climbing.
Thanks for the suggestion. I am actually hoping to get at least one other person to ride it with me. Right now I'm trying to make a plan on how to train for it. Then next season, I'll start inquiring about some centuries organized locally. I'm doubting I'll be doing it in 5 hours. I think just finishing would be my primary goal. After that, I can see about bettering my times.
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Originally Posted by born2bahick
My best ever was just over five hours also, But I rode so many centuries that year, that i kinda got burnt out and went back to trail rides the next year, only rode about half as many miles total this year but they were mostly on mountain bikes
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Some interesting replies... Of course, one of the reasons I truck all over to take my kid to races is so that he can hang out with a bunch of MTBers - someting sorely lacking in our neighborhood!
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