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Rode my first race today and with the experience of the race will answer my question. The route was not as technical as I thought it was going to be. I wish I had gone with a faster set up. 35 mm would have been fine. Go with the lowest tire pressure you think you can get away with. And I wish I had gone with the Bianchi. It feels a little longer ...


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So I did my first race to today and here is my take on first race strategy. Unless you are a solid road or mountain racer don't even think about staying with the leaders. The pace is fast. It is faster than you can ride. It was two gears faster than I thought it would be. For non a racer I am a good rider and in very good shape. I got lapped 30 ...


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Many first time cross racers use a mountain bike. It makes perfect sense, don't go out and spend $1500+ before you even know whether cyclocross is your cup of tea. Most all races allow mountain bikes, the only type of equipment that's usually forbidden is a fixed gear. A full suspension mountain bike will do just fine as an introductory race vehicle. Your ...


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CX is a blast! It is also a 30 to 55 minute sufferfest of intense aerobic effort where your heart will be exploding out of your chest, your lungs will sear and your legs will be screaming at you. Given this is your first race ever, if this is a USAC sanctioned race and they have a pure category '5' race that is the one you want to ride in as it will just be ...



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