I have never raced but there is a cyclocross race at a park near me next weekend.
All it said is some sand and some drop offs.
I would like some advice on selecting a bike and setting it up.
I have Bianchi Cylcocross Concept and Salsa La Cruz Ti. They are both Ultegra and greared the same 48/39 12-28. Both cantilever and weigh about the same. The concept is my workout bike and the Salsa by daily banger / commuter.
The Concept feels faster but the Salsa feels more stable. I also feel like the Salsa can take a crash better. So my thought is the Salsa.
I take it they race with cleats? For a first race should I cleat. I am comfortable with cleats.
I have touring tires on them now but I have some Conti 32 Twister. Would they be OK? Would I run them at max pressure? I weigh 165.
I also have a Niner Air 9 Carbon single speed mountain bike with carbon fork, disc brakes, and tubeless. I am not comfortable on big drop off on my cyclcross.
I rode the park on four set ups.
With 32 mm it was just too fast for me. There are some downhills with rocks that I would need to run at max pressure and even not in a group picking my line I was not comfortable.
The Air 9 was super stable but not very fast. I rode the park 15 minutes each direction and if the long hill is uphill then the single speed is not geared correctly but I am pretty sure they will have us ride down that hill.
The Salsa with 38 mm small block at mid pressure felt stable but still has a speed.
As far as cleats. I would not want to ride the downhills without em. Getting bounced hard enough that need bike attached.