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    Give me the low down on the SLC XC scene...

    Hey everyone, there is a possibility of me moving to Salt Lake City for work in about 6 months, which is pretty awesome because I love the mountains and snowboarding, but more than riding the slopes I love me some XC racing. So, what is the scene like in the Salt Lake City area? I know there are some epic trails out there, but is there a race series or anything? I know there is the Mountain States Cup over in Colorado, but that is some serious traveling. This would be a sweet opportunity for me, for sure, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to give up racing XC to do it... Thanks guys!

    Edit: I just found this - http://www.intermountaincup.com/race...tpage&Itemid=1

    It looks pretty interesting...any of you guys race in this series and care to comment?

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    The Intermountain cup rocks.

    Its one of the best organized most competitive race series anywhere. The people who win thier classes in the Icup are always close to the top at nationals. XC racing is alive and well in SLC. We have 3 XC races a week in the summer. Icuo on sat, Tue night training races at solitude, and wed night at solider hollow/sundance. I would wager that SLC has the best xc race series going. Don't forget your climbing legs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedalfaraway
    Its one of the best organized most competitive race series anywhere. The people who win thier classes in the Icup are always close to the top at nationals. XC racing is alive and well in SLC. We have 3 XC races a week in the summer. Icuo on sat, Tue night training races at solitude, and wed night at solider hollow/sundance. I would wager that SLC has the best xc race series going. Don't forget your climbing legs
    Sweet dude, thanks! What's the training like out there calendar-wise? I'm sure that during the winter it's trainer time and cross training time, which is sweet because that means snowboarding, but hopefully not losing too much fitness from not being able to get out and ride on the roads/trails.

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    Here is the website to the Intermountain Cup race series. Extremely well organized series. http://www.intermountaincup.com/race/index.php

    Here is a link to the Cycling Utah website that has a race calender for Utah that includes all the ICup races and others. http://www.cyclingutah.com/

    If you are into longer races here are a couple sites to check out.
    http://www.parkcityperfect10.com/
    http://americanmountainclassic.com/Home_Page.html

    And there is always the 24 Hours of Moab.
    http://grannygear.com/Races/Moab/index.shtml

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    Quote Originally Posted by AggieXCRacer
    Sweet dude, thanks! What's the training like out there calendar-wise? I'm sure that during the winter it's trainer time and cross training time, which is sweet because that means snowboarding, but hopefully not losing too much fitness from not being able to get out and ride on the roads/trails.
    It varies quite a bit. This winter we just had (are still having?) was a brute. We were able to ride into November but we paid for it with massive snow and a really late spring. Higher trails are still closed. Normally I think we would be riding above 8k feet by now.

    Chuky and I picked up Nordic Skiing to stay fit, there is a handful of XC honches up in Park City that do both and it's quite a workout.

    Road riding is usually possible all winter, but February is when we usually have some sunny, dry 40 degree days that make for good base miles. Again, this winter it snowed constantly and I probably didn't really start road riding until mid-March.

    It's easy to get down South for good riding during the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AggieXCRacer
    Sweet dude, thanks! What's the training like out there calendar-wise? I'm sure that during the winter it's trainer time and cross training time, which is sweet because that means snowboarding, but hopefully not losing too much fitness from not being able to get out and ride on the roads/trails.
    All I have to say is: www.splitboard.com combined with some avy training and you can not only stay fit over the winter, but you can improve your fitness while schralping some of the worlds finest pow. As my split days per winter outnumber my resort days per winter I have noticed a nice improvement in my spring riding fitness.

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    **Edited to add that I'm no HR monitor wearing carbo-loading XC racer though.
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    You will find that training here is VERY different from what you would do in a warm state like Texas, particularly if you are on a real training schedule with power and HR numbers, as well as hourly goals.

    We raced and trained in LA for years, which is pretty similar to TX in terms of year-round rideable weather. When I was road racing and living in SoCal, I was always amazed at how poor the fitness of my Utah based teammates was in early spring. Frankly, they just couldn't hang. I figured they were lazy and just didn't have the gumption to get out there in the cold and work out.

    Now I live here in UT, and I understand perfectly what the poor fitness was all about. It is very difficult to get quality training in when you are looking for ice, trying to keep your toes warm, can't feel your hands and just want to go snowboarding. I love doing workouts on the trainer (in fact, I feel pretty strongly that the most beneficial interval/TT workouts are on the trainer), but, I think that you have to be able to look forward to riding outside to make the trainer time okay. 3 months of solid trainer time would be daunting to even the most dedicated athlete.

    Nordic skiing is awesome, and a really solid workout. In a good snow year, you can count on 3 groomed tracks w/in 1/2 hour of SLC. Nordic is more like swimming than it is running. W/out good technique, it is very difficult to get any sort of long slow endurance type skiing in. You will need to take some lessons if you want to learn quickly. The smallest grade, the shortest hill, will send you into your anerobic zone. You will need a full season of skiing to gain any efficiency.

    We did find that the 1st winter of Nordic really helped us with our altitude adjustment. I had a very difficult time riding in low HR zones for the first summer, but after a winter of learning to skate ski, I was able to ride in very low zones when the trails did finally clear. The guys who regularly kill everyone on XC bikes are on Nordic skis all winter. They are very good at both sports.

    I seriously doubt that hiking, etc in a casual, undirected manner would allow for the kind of fitness a real racer needs here. I find that after a winter of casual nordic training I am faster than the non-racers, but get creamed by the people who maintain real schedules.

    As for heading south. Yes, you can do this. Last year, it worked well (we had an early spring), this year, we did several rides in snow, in Moab. Training down south might work, it might not.

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    Last edited by chuky; 05-29-2008 at 08:46 AM.
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