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Suburban 06-06-2009 03:16 PM

First CX race this fall....newb
OK 4 months or so untill my first cx race. where do I begin for training? I'm coming from a paved environment, so I'm looking for some ways to acclimate to the soil.
Also, how do I get my peeps out to cheer, my wee ego needs this too.

brock 06-08-2009 08:25 AM

"where do I begin for training?"

Keep riding! Cyclocross races are right about 45 minutes, and you're at threshold the whole time. So, intervals and such to do whatever you can to raise that. Tone back the long endurance rides as you get closer to the season. If you race, crits are good practice - always on, brake hard, hammar, repeat.

"I'm looking for some ways to acclimate to the soil."

Cross isn't as technical as XC, but certainly has it's own aspects. Hit up the Alpenrose cross clininc in September, smooth transitions will help a lot. Get used to riding on dirt and gravel, Forest Park has lots of good options. Then go to your local park and make up twisty-turny courses over the grass. Hop off and on at random points to confuse the locals. Mud, well, you'll figure that one out on the course ;)

"how do I get my peeps out to cheer"

You tempt them with promises of beer and heckling, hot legs in spandex, and Belgian frites. And what the heck else is there to do on a rainy October Sunday?

fredlf 06-09-2009 12:32 PM

learn how to fall off
I've given this advice to beginning MTB'ers, but I reckon it applies just as well to CX. Find a nice grassy hill and practice falling off your bike. Try it a few different ways: off the back, over the bars, laid over sideways, etc. It will increase your comfort level considerably when you're on questionable terrain and reduce the possibility of an injury.

boneshaker 09-23-2009 08:53 AM

Just go ride. Battle at Barlow this weekend, which is a great venue. There's no better training than race day :) I'll be in a maroon VW camper, come say hi.

boneshaker 10-07-2009 10:37 AM

Did you make it to Alpenrose Suburban? Rainier is this weekend and it's a great course as well. Hope to see you out there.

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