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    first time racer

    So I registered for my first race. I've been browsing the forum and I'm looking for any hints or tips so I don't look like a total newb for my first race. Btw its the Rock Mountain Endurance Series, I assume there are other people on this forum that are racing that series also.
    Thanks for the tips guys
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    Usually to get an answer, you must ask a question first. So....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrk9182 View Post
    I'm looking for any hints or tips so I don't look like a total newb for my first race.

    Was that not good enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrk9182 View Post
    Was that not good enough?
    Lycra full kit. Clipless pedals. Carbon shoes. Carbon bike. Pit crew.

    No, it wasn't.

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    Check, check, check, check, and check. Thanks for your help

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    I only have the lycra full kit and clipless pedals. 40% isn't passing so from one newb to the other: pace yourself, try to get a good start, and if you hear on your left, someone is coming around you on your left, so move over as far as you safely can. Try not to hold up a lot of faster racers either. Move over as soon as you can safely. Stay safe, have realistic expectations, and have fun.
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    Last year was my first year racing and I did the half marathon RME and Winter Park race series.

    They are both a lot of fun, but RME is better and has free Dale's at the end of every race Breck is the best race in the series.

    I did my first race with a camelbak, but switched to water bottle after that as they have lots of aid stations.

    There are some really competitive people in RME, but also a lot of people just out for fun. If you've been MTBing for a few years you'll be fine. On some of the more technical courses (e.g. Breck) there are riders who have great motors, but lack tech skills. Make sure you don't get stuck behind them on the down hills.

    I'm normally dead last at the beginning, but end middle of the pack at the end. Don't get too discouraged if you start at the back. A lot of the guys who races off at the beginning loose steam pretty quickly.

    Enjoy!

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    Looking back to my first time racing, the biggest hurdle I personally had was pacing myself. With the adrenaline at the start, it's really easy to go out much harder than you should. Keep it under control at the start, don't worry about the guys the blast away, your either going to catch them after they blow up or they are just plain faster and you have no chance. The fastest way around a MTB course is at a consistent pace.

    Once you have a few races under your belt, you can get a little more strategic like going out a little hard to get a good position in the single track, attacking on certain sections....but leave that stuff for later.

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    i signed up for my first race, the battle at burlingame. ima do it with my friend. just gonna have fun with it. any tips on what i should bring, like just a camelback?

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    Quote Originally Posted by locobaylor View Post
    Lycra full kit. Clipless pedals. Carbon shoes. Carbon bike. Pit crew.

    No, it wasn't.
    way to respond to a curious member, smart@$$

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    Try the search, it is good!

    First race, what to expect

    My favorite response: "Expect to win while experiencing no pain."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    I only have the lycra full kit and clipless pedals. 40% isn't passing so from one newb to the other: pace yourself, try to get a good start, and if you hear on your left, someone is coming around you on your left, so move over as far as you safely can. Try not to hold up a lot of faster racers either. Move over as soon as you can safely. Stay safe, have realistic expectations, and have fun.
    Agree with this.

    What else?

    Show up early. Give yourself an hour to an hour and a half for registration, warmup, maybe pre-ride if the laps are short and the schedule allows it.

    If you can pre-ride on another day, do it.

    Don't do anything really new or different on race day. That's new and different enough! For example, don't choose that day to start using gels or a new sports drink. If you don't already have a way that you warm up, just ride around for a while, don't get into doing any potentially counterproductive new warmup protocols. The idea is that opening up the throttle at the start of the race shouldn't be a big shock.

    I think that the first couple races are all about figuring out how not to leave time on course. Ride a little more conservatively than you think you need to, especially in the first lap, and try not to launch yourself into the bushes. You'd waste more time crashing than you'd save riding faster.

    In my region, beginners' class is a real crapshoot. If you've been riding for a long time, you might win it while experiencing no pain. In that case, definitely upgrade. On the other hand, for a lot of long-time riders, racing is a real shock and it takes a couple not to DFL. In general, "beginner" means "beginner racer" and not "beginner mountain biker," so it's generally quite an exception for someone to do well in beginners' class the first time - usually there's a learning curve.

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    Mike, if you're racing RME, I assume you're in or near the Denver/Boulder area. Lots of really helpful folks in the area. I'm not the best source of info but I can help. I'll pm you later.

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    I'll reiterate the "pace yourself" piece. Lots of people go full out at the start (especially in the beginner races, and especially at my local races) and totally blow up by the first climb and end up limping along the rest of the race.

    And honestly, the most important piece of advice is to just have fun. Seriously.

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    The best preparation is to be fit and good with your bike; ride it a lot in the type of terrain you'll be racing on, as best you can.
    Have any changes/upgrades to you bike sorted out days before the race, race morning wrenching is forbidden unless something breaks or you completely overlooked it, -you should do your final tune-up days before.
    Lay out all your clothes and gear 2 days before. Use a checklist, -every pilot in the world can't be wrong. Checklists = less stress.
    Know where you're going to carry/leave your keys etc ahead of time too.

    Be friendly and chatty before and at the start line, you need more friends than foes on the course.

    If it's a long race with a climb near the start there will be lots of time for the group to get sorted out after the start, don't worry about starting position. For short races with lots of singletrack starting position is more important. Since this is your first race, don't worry about starting at the back of the pack, there will be time to pass, and maybe avoiding early on pileups due to too much excitement.
    Politely announce your intention/request to pass, and politely let a faster rider by, if he/shes' been riding your bumper for a minute or more.

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    Much good info here (and elsewhere on these forums) but I'll add one thing that doesn't seem to get mentioned too often:

    Don't expect or think you have to ride (clear) every section.

    This works in two ways. First, at the start especially, there can be bottlenecks making sections that you can normally clear into a mass of humanity along the 'A line.' Don't get frustrated when you have to get off and run around, or even wait a few seconds. Think of it as forced recovery. Second, sometimes there are sections that are just faster to run. I'm thinking of one particularly rocky, slightly uphill section at a local trail - I can clear it (barely) but it requires a lot of concentration and I'm generally not going that fast as I hop around and hope to balance. During a race, not only am I more blown out and less able to concentrate, but its simply much faster to just pick up your bike and sprint/jump over the mini gorges. Plus, there no chance of ripping a tire sidewall on a sharp rock if you're running. Don't be embarrassed, don't morph into a trials rider - summon your inner cyclocrosser.
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    I havent read all the responses in this thread so I apologize for repeating anything.

    two days before race make sure the bike is "dialed in" all tuned up.

    day before race if you can try to pre-ride the course, notice spots that might give you trouble. try to remember spots where you can grab your bottle for a drink if youre not using a camelback. listen to your bike to make sure there are no weird sounds and it is shifting correctly. eat a good recovery meal and drink within 45 minutes of pre-ride. kick back with a movie and get some good rest.

    race day! YEAH!!! this is it the first of many more races!! eat a good breakfast a 2-3 hours before your race ( i love oatmeal and/or bagel). show up early so you dont have to rush around and you can meet fellow racers. do a nice 20-30min nice warm up, try to get your HR up and pumping and your legs ready to go. line up 10 mins before and relax talk to people around you and just relax.

    boom- youre off, pace yourself, ride smart and most importantly... HAVE FUN!!

    Good Luck! and make sure you post how you did and some pics! youre going to have a blast!

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    Like Andrew said go preride the course if the lap is short on race day or the day before if it's possible. Try to keep in your mind where you need to brake hard, the tricky sections, any areas that may be faster to run, etc. Keep mental notes as you ride the course.
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    As everyone else said... have fun!!! That's the main thing.

    Here is something else: if you have any designs on a podium or placing well, don't let the front group get away... you will never see them again, the races are too short (even if you go an do the half).

    Oh... the Winter Park Series is great too... you should do it. Super fun courses with sick single track, tons of climbing and great people. A terrific place to learn and/or make your competitors cry! (be careful, the Sport classes are super fast... don't underestimate them... however, after the RME, sport would be a good place to be as the racing is pretty clean... you will gain some valuable experience in the sport class in WP)

    Good luck and see you out there!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrk9182 View Post
    So I registered for my first race. I've been browsing the forum and I'm looking for any hints or tips so I don't look like a total newb for my first race. Btw its the Rock Mountain Endurance Series, I assume there are other people on this forum that are racing that series also.
    Thanks for the tips guys
    Mike
    I did my first race last November here is what I learned.

    Tip 1, Bring your normal kit and ride - if you use bottles, use bottles, if you use a camelbak use it.

    Tip 2, Don't ride beyond your ability on the climbs and descents. More time will be lost in a crash or if you blow-up.

    Tip 3, If you are on single track climb and want to pass. Ask. "Like to pass when you a good spot". I get the impression most riders are willing to recognize and allow you pass. Of course do the same when another rider asks for a pass as well.

    Tip 4, Go out and have fun. Chances are you will not win your class, but if ride hard and you will finish fine. Enjoy the ride and the atmosphere.
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    Tip 5, A water bottle is not worth crashing over. Chuck it if you need to.

    On one of my first races I tried to get a quick drink in before the next section of singletrack, but then struggled to get the bottle back in the cage. Heading down a singletrack section at ~20km/h with my head down was not one of my shining moments. It was brought to an abrupt end by a tree that was just off the side of the trail-- fortunately the only damage was to my pride. As my buddy reminded me though at the end of the race, the bottle was worth $2, next time, chuck it if you need to!

    Seems obvious now, but when you are at the limit it's amazing how your judgement can be impaired!

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    Thanks for the tips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlowMaster23 View Post
    i signed up for my first race, the battle at burlingame. ima do it with my friend. just gonna have fun with it. any tips on what i should bring, like just a camelback?
    Going to be my first race too (B@B)

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    Don't crash! Smooth and steady will carry you through...seriously don't crash.

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    If/when you mess up and get in someones way or accidentally buzz their back wheel etc, a heartfelt sorry can turn an agro situation into a no problem mate situation. Good vibes on the course can make you ride so much better.

    Personally I'm a great fan of riding as hard as you can and blowing up! That way you get to enjoy the thrill at the sharp end and it gives you an idea of the pace you'll need to train too.

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    I just did my first MTB race this past weekend. US Cup at Bonelli Park. I can at least offer my thoughts and hope it helps. Much of what I say has already been mentioned.

    1) Pre-ride the course. Knowing what to expect and when to expect it really helped me. They did change the course a little, but didn't tell any of use or allow a pre-ride (that I'm aware of) on the new section. That said, the new section was fun and non-threatening.

    2) Get all your gear and bike ready to go early, at least the night before. That way you just have to worry about getting up and to the event on race day...this helped me ease my nerves a little.

    3) Schedule out the morning of the race...meaning by the hour/half hour. What time do you need to start your warm up, what time you should be ready to stage, etc. I wrote this down.

    4) If you can, get a look at the start line and the first couple hundred yards of the start. Bonelli started on asphalt, then did a little dog leg to the left and up onto a walkway. Half the course went up a concrete wheelchair ramp, the other half they laid sandbags in the gutter to create a ramp. Wasn't a problem, but good to know before you hit it.

    Race time!

    1) Try to get to your staging area early. I can't share any wisdom on where the best starting position is, but I lined up on the middle right in the second row. I knew I'd want to be on the right for the first climb, but felt a little nervous about being on the far right and getting squeezed into the barriers on the start at the afore mentioned dog leg.

    2) At the gun it's gonna take off lite a scalded monkey. I let the "rockets" blast off and hammer forward and rode a brisk pace and allowed myself to settle in about the front of the last third of the pack. There were about three or four guys who took off up that first climb, and I never saw them again.

    3) That first climb sorted things out pretty good and I started the first descent at the front half of the pack.

    4) Ride your own pace. You'll have guys that you yo-yo with all race. Just let it happen and don't worry about it. You can only ride so fast no matter what you do. Trying to chase a faster rider will only cause you to blow-up, or crash.

    5) Talk out there. Not necessarily idle chatter, but let riders know what you're doing, where you are, throw a warning back to the riders behind you if the trail does something funny, that sort of thing. Be positive and cheer on your fellow racers. Be nice! LOL!

    6) RELAX! I did crash once on the second lap and lost a bunch of positions and some skin because I got a little too nervous and tensed up. Patience would have paid off in this situation. I think the key phrase here is HAVE FUN! LOL!

    7) Keep your expectations realistic. I finished 12 out of 15, ten minutes behind the first place finisher. (1:00 to my 1:10) My goals were to finish, and not be last...so successful race in my book.

    I know I didn't offer anything new or revolutionary, but thought I'd give a first timers perspective while it's fresh in my mind. I am very pleased with my first result and learned a lot about what I need to work on and where I need to improve for the next one. Heck, just staying rubber side down would've been worth at least a position or two. Also, I think I left a little too much in the tank. Pace yourself yes, but that pace should be your personal all out effort...I guess pace yourself does not necessarily imply "go slow". I found my strengths to be the climbs and the flat fast sections (there was so flat-ish fire road that was hard packed and smooth). I'm weak on sharp descents and technical sections. I think the saying goes race your strengths and train your weaknesses?...I have goals for the next one!

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    Pacing is huge, as has been mentioned. Remember that you are probably going to be really nervous which will spike your heart rate a little bit. Personally for me, having a heart rate monitor and knowing my limits was incredibly important.

    Know the course, around me you typically can't pre-ride the course until sometimes the day before the race. So I look for the race profile on strava or whatever from the previous years. Are there real long climbs, short punchy climbs, more of a flat speed fest? I then try to replicate the course on the road bike or mtb trail as best as possible. It helps me to feel right before the race as if I'm mentally and physically prepared because I've trained for the course itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlowMaster23 View Post
    i signed up for my first race, the battle at burlingame. ima do it with my friend. just gonna have fun with it. any tips on what i should bring, like just a camelback?
    How was your first race? Was it harder than you thought? Did you feel prepared? I raced for the first time at the landline classic in hingham,ma last year I loved it! Doing my second at the end of April Massasoit lung opener.

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    My first race (King of Burlingame) went well. 2nd place (Beginner, 40+, 3rd overall beginner).

    Wish I knew the end was coming when it did, I left a little too much in the tank.

    Overall it wasn't very technical, but I was hesitant on the tech parts, chose to walk some things (was on rigid SS, only 4th ride on it). I might have been able to clear, or didn't attack them well enough and dabbed, got off. It was a time trial format, so I didn't really have to contend with messing up those behind me when it happened.

    I am hoping to do at least 4 races this year, none near my house, and I dont have the luxury of being able to head to these plaecs before the race, so I'll always be first time riding.

    Will be interesting to see how next one goes with my first mass start (Hop Brook Dam or Fat Tire Classic, Root 66 Series in NE)

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    Pee early and often before you line up.

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    Rather than make a new thread I'll post up in here.
    I'm looking to enter my first MTB race at the end of the month. It will be the "Back to the Bogue" race at Chickasabogue Park in Mobile, AL. I'm lucky since I live just a couple of miles from the park.
    I found an old race map and rode it this weekend. I was quite slower than last years Cat3 winners (assuming they had the same route) but I wasn't really pushing hard. I plan on riding the old race route 1-2 times a week up to the race and see if I can improve my time.
    It's just for fun but if I like it I can catch another race in the same series over at Pensacola at the end of the summer.
    I meant to do that.

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    Im doing my first race May 29th.. 2013 Louisville MTB Short Track Series

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    Good info on this thread, doing my first race this summer and wondering what to carry for spare parts and tools? Race is two twenty mile laps on fairly technical terrain.

    I am thinking a tube, multi-tool, tire tool?
    Do people carry pumps, CO2 cartridge or both?
    What else should come along for a race of this type?
    Thanks

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    You can fit a thin tube, chain/multi tool and 2 small tire levers in a seat bag, I have carried a small pump or c02. I've only flatted twice racing, maybe I'm lucky... my rear bearings seized once and that was a long walk back to start/finish.
    Ideally you will not need to work on your bike during the race. I've added some latex to my tubes in my tubed racebike, I figure it will stop/slow any thorn punctures for the duration of the race. I guess I would just be all-done if my tubeless bike got a flat, I'm kind of counting on my tubless wheels staying inflated. The latex in my tubeless should be enough for any thorns, a big hole in the tire is going to take you out anyway unless you want to carry a spare tire with you!

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    Thanks, I run tubeless, so was really just curious how racers go about flat repair.

    I think on the bike a tube and CO2 cartridge would be fine, can have a pump, more sealant, and additional tube at the turnaround area. I updated worn parts already, and will have LBS check over the bike a week or two before the race.

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    I carry one less tube, but otherwise the same stuff as for trail riding. "In order to finish first, one must first finish." Especially on a course that long - that's a lot of miles for something to go wrong.
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    Thanks for the tips everyone. Had a ton of fun doing my first race.

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    Thought I would give my 2 cents worth. After racing for several years this is what I do at every race.
    1. Line up on the front row or as close to the front as you can.
    2. When the gun goes off, go as hard as you can to get in the woods first or near the
    front. It can be hard to pass so get there first and let them pass you.
    3. It will hurt like HELL!!!
    4. Go as hard as you can for as long as you can. Remember "Out of sight, out of
    mind"
    5. If you go as hard as you can as long as you can, you will never say, "If I only
    went harder"
    6. If you crash you know that you crossed that line of being out of control. You know
    to back off. (I crash as least once every race, that way I know I'm going as fast
    as I can and still be in control.)
    7. When you pass, make it count. That means make it look like you are much faster
    than they are and they probably won't try to pass you back.
    8. Remember, always be humble. Someone is always faster.
    9. Have fun. Try to talk to everybody you pass. Be nice.
    10. Last... IT WILL HURT LIKE HELL!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rich-hud View Post
    Thought I would give my 2 cents worth. After racing for several years this is what I do at every race.
    1. Line up on the front row or as close to the front as you can.
    2. When the gun goes off, go as hard as you can to get in the woods first or near the
    front. It can be hard to pass so get there first and let them pass you.
    3. It will hurt like HELL!!!
    4. Go as hard as you can for as long as you can. Remember "Out of sight, out of
    mind"
    5. If you go as hard as you can as long as you can, you will never say, "If I only
    went harder"
    6. If you crash you know that you crossed that line of being out of control. You know
    to back off. (I crash as least once every race, that way I know I'm going as fast
    as I can and still be in control.)
    7. When you pass, make it count. That means make it look like you are much faster
    than they are and they probably won't try to pass you back.
    8. Remember, always be humble. Someone is always faster.
    9. Have fun. Try to talk to everybody you pass. Be nice.
    10. Last... IT WILL HURT LIKE HELL!!!!
    Don't you risk blowing yourself up too much doing this? I realize you have to train for the start but if your just getting into racing I wonder if this would be the best way to approach the race.
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    That could be true. But this how I have always raced and trained. I rode with a lot of faster riders so I was always chasing. But I have never had a race that I said afterward, "I wish I had gone harder". You always find a way to finish the race. You just may not be going as fast as you want.

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    Something I enjoy about track is that it gives me more license to go ahead and open the throttle.

    Racing XC, it's not like the distance itself is hard for any of us. Lately, I've been trying to ride harder from the gun and worry less about the second half. I haven't started winning, but I think I'm doing better.

    There are some aspects of endurance racing that I think would be really cool without the competitive aspect. But when it's XC - I can ride those trails on my own out with friends for free. Sometimes they're trails I wouldn't even bother with outside of racing. I pay to race because I want to see if I can beat some people.

    That said, I think just trying to ride one's own best race is also a perfectly good goal, and probably the better one for a first race and however many it takes to stop leaving time on course.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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