Anyone here ever raced XC?
I’m just sort of putting my feelers out really. I had a blast at a couple of CX races before christmas. I enjoyed them but it still had a sort of ‘roadie’ vibe to it and although I enjoy riding my CX bike I really am a mountain biker at heart but just fancied something a little bit different to DH and Enduro events I’ve done for the past 10 years. A different challenge but something that’s still very much a mountain bike event.
Njee20 – OxfordshirePosted 3 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
I participated in a few – wouldn’t be right to say raced. Beards ago, mind.
I think back in the 90s you’d get big fields, with maybe the bottom half just out for a laugh. That’s steadily dwindled as MTBing has grown / fragmented, so nowadays an XC startline ranges from the fearsomely fit and strong, down to the reasonably fit and strong. There’s not much ballast like you’d see in an enduro, say.
You should definitely do it, though – it would be an awesome thing to be fit enough to mix it in an XC race, IMO. With a few CX races under your belt you sound well placed to give it a go.Posted 3 years agoadshSubscriber
I did my first in May last year. Went too fast and only did 3 laps of a 7 lapper. Took in a lot of info, trained quite hard and completed some 6hr events about 2/3rds down, did 4 or 5 short course events (real pain) then tbe brass monkeys and came 15th by virtue of sticking with it in bad conditions.
Every one was very friendly. It’s a very welcoming scene. I’d reccomend the Banjo events in South Oxfordshire if you like hour long events.Posted 3 years agostanleighMember
XC racing is great fun .
I’m far from a serious xcer , in fact I treat the Gorricks as my Sunday ride !
It’s no different to a group ride in the woods , except you do it at a pace that suits you.
Great fun & atmosphere for pros & newbies alike.
There is no snobbery or bullying either.
Do it regularly enough & it becomes fun socially as you will see the same faces at each race.Posted 3 years agobob_summersMember
Have done some rounds of the Basque national XC Marathon champs, each about 65-85km with some serious elevation. They would make great, super technical all dayer rides but dangling off the back all the way round and finishing an hour behind the winner was not my idea of fun. Really bloody hard.
A guy I train on the road with is regularly top 10 and was tearing everyone’s legs off yesterday & it’s only February 🙁Posted 3 years ago
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