My first cyclocross race, advice please.
IME everyones going for it, they’re less techy than XC races so it’ll be like an off road TT.Posted 9 years ago
It’s also hard to recce the course unless you arrive early. Because they’ll usually have U10, U12, Youth races before the Seniors and they don’t hang about between classes.
Oh and run lots tis often quicker.aPMember
Techincally if its not a high category race then you aren’t allowed to have drinks handed up – however normally no one cares. Its only if people get arsey that you may find that the commissaire stops it happening.Posted 9 years ago
He’ll need to be somewhere sensible where you won’t be going flat out or weaving between trees. I assume that it’ll go in and out of the velodrome/ athletics track? I remember whatching Steve Douce (I think it was) riding on his forehead for about 5 metres just after he’d come on to the track at Aldersley. Went to hospital and everything.Mr AgreeableSubscriber
I’ve posted this before but it’s completely spot on.
“I’m the egg master!”Posted 9 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
General rule is that there is NO food/drink to be handed up at any point. You are allowed to change bikes/wheels/spares in the pit zone. If you break your bike 10 yds out of the pits you must run the length of the course back round to the pits to change.Posted 9 years ago
You don’t need a drink, it’s only an hour. Drink well beforehand and have some recovery stuff pre-mixed for straight afterwards. If you have time to drink you’re not trying hard enough!
Are you doing it on your MTB or do you have a CX bike? If it’s MTB fit the thinnest mud tyres you can and pump the suspension up hard.rsmithMember
The course at Aldersley Stadium is more technical than most, so you should have an advantage against the clueless roadie types. This being the case though, you really need to hammer it on the “in between technical sections” to keep your place.Posted 9 years ago
It’s an interesting course so just enjoy it. It’s your first one so no-one’s expecting anything. I was seriously into my racing last year, but now I just race them for fun. I enjoy myself, ride as fast as I can, and if I beat some people in the process then great.
I might be there, but will probably enjoy a clubrun more, so may do that. I don’t think the WMCCL guys will care if you have a drink tbh and there are no specific pits there, but most congregate around the finish line.
Have fun, Rob
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