Cyclocross Tips

5 Tips for Your First Cyclocross Race

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So you decided you want to enter the crazy world of cyclocross? Cyclocross is a lot of fun, but it’s also pretty intense. Here are 5 tips to make sure there won’t be too many surprises at your first race.

Pre-Ride the Course

Cyclocross courses are known to throw everything at you. It is a really good idea to get to the course early enough to pre-ride the course so you know what you’re in for.

Practice Cyclocross Barriers

What’s so hard about going over a little wall with your bike? It’s a lot harder than it looks. Practice carrying your bike over barriers BEFORE raceday. Curbs or parking barriers are a great way to practice.

Cyclocross Barrier

Jumping a cyclocross barrier

Practice Mounting and Dismounting

In a cross race you will have to get on and off your bike A LOT during the race. It’s a good idea to head to a grassy area and practice mounting and dismounting your bike as fast as possible. Make sure you can also get into your pedals quickly.

Get a Good Warmup

The intensity will be high the entire race, so get a good warmup while you are pre-riding the course.

Pre-Hydrate

Make sure you are well hydrated before the race because it will be pretty difficult to get a drink during the race with all of the turns and barriers.

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