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Old 03-24-10, 10:20 AM
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Doing Ronde von Manda/Manor as first race(s) - any advice?

Hey guys,

I'm doing the Rhonde von Manda/Manor races east of Austin this weekend as my first races. These are two Cat 5 just over 30 mile road races on 11-13 mile circuits.

Just wanted to ask some advice on these courses as this is my first race. I've done alot of reading (Bike Racing 101 the book, tons of forum posts, talking to a Cat 2 friend a bit etc.). Do you feel I need to warmup beforehand? Are there roads nearby to warmup or should I bring a trainer? Will I need water handed to me in the zone with this short of a distance?

Any other advice is great. Thanks!
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I haven't done those courses / races but I'm from Dallas and I'm familiar with the area. I don't think there are any big hills, probably just some prairie rollers.

If it's at all windy, expect to be lined up in the gutter or on the centerline (I don't believe they have full road closure) in the crosswind sections of the courses. Do not cross the centerline or risk DQ (or death by oncoming truck).

So if it's windy, it'll line out and become a true battle of the strongest with the pack splitting into shreds. Solution: start at the front, stay near the front (first 10-15 guys). Try to find two or 3 guys who will trade pulls with you.

If it's not windy, then the pack will stay compact on those one lane roads, with lots of surges and brake-grabbing as people sit up at the front. The accordion effect will be bad, and dangerous - increasing the chance of crashes. Solution: start at the front, stay near the front (first 10-15 guys).

GET THERE EARLY for the 5 race because you'll have forms to fill out, lots of other newbie 5's running around in a panic, and expect long lines. I'd say at least 90 minutes before start time you should be parking the car.

You should warm up a bit, get loose roll around maybe a jump or jam or two. Use a trainer if your comfortable with it and have a routine, but you might have to look around for a good piece of ground to set it up. One of those races only has parking on the side of the road.

More info here:
https://txbra.org/events/event.asp?EventID=1954
https://txbra.org/events/event.asp?EventID=1955
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Warm up for sure. You won't need any handups from the feedzone. I also haven't done this course before and kinda doubt I'll be going this time around, but like creaky said: likely to be rollers and no big hills.

Take at least a Gu with you and put a sports drink in one of your bottles. I'd eat a couple bananas the day before, even if you don't normally cramp during rides. Take position whenever you have the opportunity. If you're stuck in a crosswind, move up as best you can.

Most importantly, have fun! What are your goals for the two races?
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My only goals are to finish with the main pack and not crash - this is the first time I've ever raced.
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees
GET THERE EARLY for the 5 race because you'll have forms to fill out, lots of other newbie 5's running around in a panic, and expect long lines. I'd say at least 90 minutes before start time you should be parking the car.
I can pre-register and pick up my packet at a bike shop tomorrow in Austin. If I do that, do you think I still really need to be there 90 minutes early? Thanks again.
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still an hour then.. warm up well. - a good 20-30 minutes
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Originally Posted by eavonius
I can pre-register and pick up my packet at a bike shop tomorrow in Austin. If I do that, do you think I still really need to be there 90 minutes early? Thanks again.

Yeah good call. So then I'd shoot for turning off the car an hour before start time.

Pin your numbers at home (I'd guess they'll have 2 - one will go horizontal, centered in the back on the bottom hem of your jersey. Ask at packet pickup how they want you to do it.
Careful that your pockets are still accessible. The other number likely on the side, maybe right or left, the bottom of the number aligned with the side seam of your jersey so it's vertical when you're standing up. Check the fit while bent over, no tugging or flapping.

Have enough time for a good breakfast 2 hours before start (at the latest) and hopefully a good bowel evacuation in the comfort of your own home (trust me on this).
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees
Yeah good call. So then I'd shoot for turning off the car an hour before start time.

Pin your numbers at home

Have enough time for a good breakfast 2 hours before start (at the latest) and hopefully a good bowel evacuation in the comfort of your own home (trust me on this).

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