Don't get discouraged if you don't place as well as anticipated. There is nothing that can mimic the fun and pain of CX race. So get out there, give it your all and be proud of yourself for doing it no matter what the end result is. You will forever be hooked!
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Forget about winning for a bit. Instead, focus on really learning to ride your bike and having fun pushing yourself to the edge. Also, if you grab a burger hand up only take one bite.
Many stress how important it is to do the barriers right, how to effectively carry your bike, and other such bike gymnastics. Id say, It's your first race! So dont stress out about that stuff. Stay relaxed and calm, trust your tires and make up time in the corners. Minimize your weaknesses and take advantage of your strengths. USAC riders! Racing at 5pm in Vegas can be a challenge. Stay out of the sun through out the day. If you can, then warm up in the shade. Even 30 minutes in the desert sun, without proper care, can leave you sapped of energy. What saved me last year was a sock of ice under my jersey and a few cans of coconut water. You might feel like you are not sweating and thus not loosing water, but its simply evaporating before you can even see it on your skin! Good luck!
1st CX race in 2 weeks. Best advice I've gotten so far: Yes, practice those mounts/dismounts. Yes ride a lot, esp. intervals & cold-start springs. Yes, arrive early & get a good warmup. But don't forget to have fun!
1 - Practice, practice, practice, then practice some more. 2 - Find the right tire pressure for you. 3 - PPPPPP's: Proper planning prevents piss poor performance. 4 - Know where to conserve energy and find spots to make up time.
Best tip? Don't be nervous, like myself. My 1st cx race is this weekend in Kirkland, Washington and I'm scared sh**less, but I know it'll be just fine as the cx community is pretty damn cool up here
The best tip ... the hardest part of cross racing is getting to the start line, after that it is just fun! There are so many excuses and life has a tendency of getting in the way so no matter what, get to the start line and you will have a great day.
New cross racers: Practice dismounts and remounts- Alot of time is given up at the barriers and run-ups if you can't dismount and remount smoothly. First time at Interbike: Make a list of what you want to see and go to those booths first- you won't believe how BIG it is until you realize you've been there 3 days and realize you missed a lot! As for CrossVegas, no tips are necessary: Just have fun!