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Old 09-03-07, 08:29 PM
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Need tips for first Mountain Bike/XC Race

Hey guys,

I'm sure this has been covered and I tried doing a search with no luck before posting - so sorry if I offend. I'm a roadie and will be giving mountain bike racing a try in two weeks. I just started road racing this year and have had some good finishes as a Cat 5. Cumulatively, I've spent about an hour on my mountain bike in the last year. The course that I'll be riding is in Huntsville, TX and is a fairly fast course that's not too technical. I'll be riding in the Beginner/Age 30-39 Category. I don't know anything about mountain bike racing and any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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you'll be sweet with your 1 hr experience
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Don't do any changes to your bike the day before the race. No matter what change it is, it will come back to haunt you during the race. It's not the time to try new tires, etc.

And warm up!!! A good warm up will do wonders.
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Originally Posted by Zumba View Post
set booby traps for your competitors in advance.
+100

Just enjoy it. Don't try to be better than everyone else causing you to ride out of your comfort zone. Just do your personal best w/o going out of control. If someone is obviously faster than you and you're on singletrack...pull off and let them pass. Race courteously.

I was racing one time and pulled up on a guy that was in a much slower category...I had actually lapped him. I went to pass him on a rock-strewn, rooty DH singletrack section and didn't give him much warning. I spooked him and instead of moving out of the way, he jumped right in the way causing us both to go flying. I flatted out b/c of that stupid and cocky mistake.

Same race, 1 yr later. A guy that was 15yrs older than me came up behind me on his ExCal and I pushed my XLT piggy off the singletrack and let him pass. I now ride with him once in a while when he feels like "letting me", hahaha.

Have fun with it and be courteous.
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Most of that stuff goes for road races as well. Anything specific to mountain biking race strategy I should know?

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Originally Posted by spessx View Post
Most of that stuff goes for road races as well. Anything specific to mountain biking race strategy I should know?

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Originally Posted by spessx View Post
Most of that stuff goes for road races as well. Anything specific to mountain biking race strategy I should know?

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Oh...didn't know.

Specifically...nope. Just try to pre-ride the course early the day before so you know where you'll need to conserve your energy and where you may utilize your leg strength to make up for your lack of off road technical ability. Actually, that's an assumption on my part. You could be a natural and all you need is an hour in the saddle of a MTB to become technically savvy.
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Thanks Chel - I definitely appreciate the feedback. I don't have high expectations for my technical/bike handling capabilities but I'll let you know how it goes. Who knows I might get hooked and become a convert.

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If you don't have high expectations for your bike handling skills don't sprint to the singletrack. Let others out first, and if you are faster move up. For your first race, just try and find out where you are competitively. Just ride out mid pack and move up if you can. You don't want to hold up faster riders at the start (if there are any).

Also, warmups are key because the starts are typically redlining...although I don't remember that so much from beginner races.
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unlike road tires, Mountain bikes CAN HYDROPLANE
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10 tips for your first Mountain Bike Race

Here is an article I posted at rideyourbike.us on completing your first Mountain bike race it should help answer some of your questions as there are also some stories from other riders about their first Mountain Bike Race experience and a link to books to provide even more information related to specific areas of racing. Hope this Helps http://rideyourbike.us/2009/02/10-ti...tain-bike.html
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Mtn. bike races(beginner) are different than road(cat5) in the fact the strongest rider wins. I do both and feel mtn biking is just about kicking ***** the whole race while road is getting in the right position on the last laps last turn. so go out at threshold, VO2 max every hill, anaerobic the small ones, and basically feel like you are going to throw up. Anything less wont get you squat. If you tried to do that in a road race the pack would swallow you up halfway through the race and spit you out the back end.
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Hey guys,

Thanks for the timely advice! This will really help me prep for that race in '07. Now if I can just send myself back in time terminator style. "I need your bike shorts, your shoes and your bicycle"

Actually, I'm kidding and I do appreciate the responses.

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That's funny, i just assumed.

How did your mtn. bike racing go? how would our answers rate/
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look out for idiots when the go is given and the pack of rapacious glory hogs dig in for their moment at the front. Once it thins out and the climbs begin the boys are separated from the men. Prepare for alot of pain, and yes you will crash.
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Pick Up Your Bike

I saw Roland Green Swap out his Full Suspension for a Lighter Trek 9.0 Carbon when the rain started to come down before his race at Mount Snow Afterwards he stated he swaped his bike for a lighter ride since he knew he would be shouldering it
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Take a giant deuce an hour before it starts. Trust me.
lol. I believe this applies to many things in life.
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Originally Posted by spessx View Post
Hey guys,

Thanks for the timely advice! This will really help me prep for that race in '07. Now if I can just send myself back in time terminator style. "I need your bike shorts, your shoes and your bicycle"

Actually, I'm kidding and I do appreciate the responses.

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Haha! You're probably Cat 2 nipping at Cat 1 by now, huh?
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Originally Posted by tollhousecookie View Post
look out for idiots when the go is given and the pack of rapacious glory hogs dig in for their moment at the front. Once it thins out and the climbs begin the boys are separated from the men. Prepare for alot of pain, and yes you will crash.
Pain and exertion? Yes... Crashing no..
I have yet to crash on a race, I am to focused and concentrated on the race. During a race, I am almost a totally different rider for some reason... I just get that extra rush

I crash more on practice.
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I didn't realize that this is a wee bit old.
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