Advice on first #enduro tomorrow

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  • Advice on first #enduro tomorrow
  • Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    hi , my first ever enduro is tomorrow. Just after some advice . It’s all done in one day, practice and racing. Day starts at 8am for practice and race starts at 1pm.

    If it was you would you be there for the whole 5 hours of practice ? It’s i think a short course and I am familiar with it (not massively but I have an idea).

    It’s also looking like it’s going to be wet. My main thought is energy conservation and so on. Thanks in advance and all tips gratefully received.

    legend
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    My main thought is energy conservation and so on

    If it’s a short course (as it sounds like with what you say, and the timings) then energy conservation takes a back seat to absolutely smashing yourself at every opportunity.

    steve_b77
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    Yellow wheels, lairy clothing and a pair of goggles will see you at least in to the top 100

    atlaz
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    Unless you’re racing for a top place, surely an extra bit of riding on a course can only increase the fun. If you’re taking the race seriously, go one run through the course or maybe two if it’s really short and then go and rest then warm up on your turbo trainer and go race…

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Please write up a report for me when you’re done… mine is the week after.

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    What turbo trainer?

    Premier Icon sandwicheater
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    Rub jaffa cakes on your nipps, drink a beer at each stage and throw everything you’ve got into the practise.

    Premier Icon fingerbang
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    go as fast as possible

    try and line up so you’re setting off behind a fast guy and in front of a slower guy, then give the fast guy as much time as you can as overtaking or being overtook can ruin stages

    if its short then try and leave the rucksack in the car and take a multi tool, water bottle, spare tube, snack and mini pump either in a pocket, bum bag or strapped on your bike. As I find rucksacks hamper movement on the bike and ruin your centre of gravity

    without wishing to sound sexist – being beaten by a girl can destroy your confidence so try and make sure you beat the open women, the factory riders or sponsored riders can smoke most men so just accept it

    if you’re not chasing an overall result then I think its better to pin it and risk a crash in order to do well in individual stages. Then if you have a poor overall time then you have a great excuse.

    a helmet cam is invaluable for learning your lines but if its a one day event you’ll struggle to have time to do so.

    Premier Icon bigjim
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    without wishing to sound sexist – being beaten by a girl can destroy your confidence so try and make sure you beat the open women, the factory riders or sponsored riders can smoke most men so just accept it

    you sir, are a massive fanny.

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Is having a car essential as like a place to chill or keep food or clothes and stuff ?

    Premier Icon sandwicheater
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    so try and make sure you beat the open women

    Sound advise, ahem.

    Enjoy it and don’t die.

    You’ll be shocked at how fast some people race so forget about trying to get anywhere near the top.

    As.mentioned previously if you have a person or worse a few people behind you that are fast your times will be buggered as you sit and let them past.

    If you have riden the stages before don’t worry about getting there at 8 just turn up before and do some warm up riding.

    Whats the event?

    fr0sty125
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    For practice I would walk a stage then practice it fast but not flat out. Make sure you have good food and water and an idea when you will eat. Try and relax and enjoy the experience.

    A car isn’t necessary, I ride to races from stations 10-15km away. Make sure you have tyres that you are appropriate and you are comfortable on. Get a decent amount of sleep the night before.

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Thanks so far. My wife has the car tomorrow for work, so was thinking about spare clothes, food etc. Everything i need i’m going to have to carry i guess , and as it is very wet and muddy thats probably a little more stuff.

    I have no chance of winning , no way, but of course I want to do as well as possible.

    For the record I believe there is one current MTB orientering World Champion woman racing and three other women who have podiumed in WC events at Downhill.

    Event is in Göteborg, Sweden.

    http://www.enduroswedenseries.se/deltavlingar/goteborg-27-sep/

    Pasta tonight and porridge for breakfast. Think I’ll head there for nine and do as suggested, walk the course then do one ride of each stage. Then try and pin it and do as well as I can, see it is a learning experience for next year.

    Final question… wet and slippery course. Nobby nic 2.4 front or Maxxis Ardent 2.4…. 😀

    Premier Icon BigDummy
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    without wishing to sound sexist – being beaten by a girl can destroy your confidence so try and make sure you beat the open women

    Why would being beaten by a woman ruin your confidence for pity’s sake? If they’re faster, they’ll beat you. Same with the men.

    🙄

    edlong
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    without wishing to sound sexist – being beaten by a girl can destroy your confidence so try and make sure you beat the open women

    oh dear

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Rorschach
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    #pinthemf’r

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Good Ardent already on there and can’t be bothered to change. That’s my competitive streak

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    most of all just enjoy it

    make sure you have plenty of fluid, I like to down a litre or so before i start, better to need a piss while you are waiting for the first stage than to have blown through all your drink

    if its wet, some tissue in a dry pocket to clean your goggles/ glasses at the start of each stage

    have fun!

    matther01
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    Letting ladies win at everything usually ends up with greater rewards for you in the long run 😉

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Should I wear my snowboard goggles? Would that make it look like i knew what i was doing Or quite the opposite?

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    With what helmet?

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    No, you’ll look like a spacker.

    Goggles = full face

    Goggles + pisspot = ENDURO!

    Googles + Bell Super = #moreendurothanyou

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Haha spacker! Ok no pisspot plus
    goggles.

    jimjam
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    Snowboard goggles will probably steam up on you unless you can cut away some foam and get some air moving around. My advice would be to take it easy during practice and be careful not to tire yourself out. For the timed sections get as close to your limit as you can but not past it. You’ll be quicker staying clean and tidy and not crashing as opposed to balls lit and crashing.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    balls lit

    that does sound hardcore

    Premier Icon grahamt1980
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    Balls lit?

    Would that not damage the saddle?

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