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    Beginner, Would like to race at Northstar XC this weekend, looking for info

    Hello, first post to MTBR after lurking for a while. I would like to try out the XC race at Northstar in Tahoe this weekend. I'm going to be 'that guy' with a camelpak, platform pedals, and baggy clothing but I'm not too worried about that. One issue I may need to fix is my helmet. I still ride my old protect ski/skate helmet, any chance in hell it will meet the helmet requirements? It would just add to the terrible sight of my attire if I included a protec with a gopro clip on top lol. I'm also wondering if you can purchase a single day US Cycling Licence at the registration for $10. Aside from that any good infor would be appreciated. I plan on doing the lowest possible skill class. I only ride for fun and don't train but can do 3000' vertical gain over the course of 7 miles at a decent pace without stopping. No clue what other metric to gauge myself on. What should I expect? I plan on not attacking the start and letting the field sort itself out, no plans but to have fun after that.

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    Just go out and have fun. Racing is a great way to learn the ropes.

    Make sure you bring or borrow a helmet that meets the standards:

    "At all times when participating in or preparing for an event held under a USA Cycling permit, including club rides, all licensees who are mounted on a bicycle must wear a securely fastened helmet that meets either the US DOT helmet standards or one of the following standards:

    (1) American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard Z90.4;
    (2) Snell Memorial Foundation Standard "B" or "N" series;
    (3) American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standard F-1447;
    (4) Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard CAN/CSA-D113.2-M;
    (5) U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standard for bicycle helmets;
    (6) European Committee for Standardization (CEN) standard for bicycle helmets

    Riders shall show documentary proof of this, such as a manufacturer's label, upon request by event officials. Beginning January 1, 2010, only the DOT, CPSC, and CEN helmet standards will be recognized.

    Riders should always be aware of the following:

    � A helmet is only effective when fitted correctly for the rider and strapped on correctly.
    � Once a helmet has struck an object, it may no longer be adequate to protect the user from a subsequent impact. Such a helmet should be returned to the manufacturer for evaluation or destroyed and a new helmet purchased. Such damage to a helmet may not be evident to the user.
    � The helmet rule is in force anyplace in the vicinity of a USA Cycling sanctioned event from the opening of registration to the final awarding of prizes for the event."


    I had this issue with one of the kids on the team I coach. He insisted on using a snowboard helmet because it looked cool. But at the end, it didn't meet HS league rules (no full face allowed. That's a strange rule), and we had to scramble to get him another helmet.
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    Northstar has been pretty tight lipped about this xc series. It used to be on Thursday nights staring first week in July for 8 weeks. With all the Tough Mudder events, concerts, etc. Northstar has had to change it up. I dont know why they have the USA Cycling license requirement, they have never had it in the past, but one day passes are always available. I have raced this series for the past five years and I'm not sure what to expect this year. Usually there are about 50-60 riders spread out in several classes, they start in the village and climb up 6% a bit past mid mountain, then back down to the village usually via Deerpath and Mineshaft. My advice is come out and have fun.

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    Thanks for the reply. I am a bit suprised at how little info there is on their website. Not even a POC. Do all classes start at the same time?

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    They posted the course on their site. They classes go off in one minute intervals.

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    FOUND IT, thanks!

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    New question, how many laps is the race?

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    My guess from past experience, Cat1 will do 3 laps, Cat 2 2 laps, Cat3 one lap. We ran a similar course in a thursday night race last year, each lap was about 11 miles with about 1800 ft of climbing.

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    Thanks for the info! Are you going to be racing this weekend?

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    Yep, I will be there. I'll be on a Titus Carbon Rockstar.

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    Right on! I'll be on my 2011 Giant Anthem X 29er 2. Going to do the Begginers class, age 19-35.

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    Well, how did it go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    Well, how did it go?
    It went well! Was 2nd of 3 in beginners men's 19-34. 3rd was a buddy I convinced to come ride with me and first was a young guy in full UCLA road riding Lycra. My lap was 47:50, the fastest in beginner was like 41ish. Overall had a good time and me and my buddy are going to participate all summer

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    Glad you had a good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr View Post
    Glad you had a good time.
    What about yourself? Which class did you race? It's amazing that they raffle off such huge prizes with such a small number of participants. That GoPro package would have been killer!

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    That turn out was pretty poor, they used to be on thursday nights but they decided to try something different with the weekend races. There was a thursday night series in Reno that had just ended on thursday prior to this race, I know many riders skipped this race just because they hadnt really recovered yet, plus there was a large USA Cycling event in Nevada City. I finished first in Cat 2 45-54, 1:17:38.

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