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2012 mountain bike races

I thought there was a race thread but I do not see it. Sylvan island and Iola are coming up. I want to try sylvan island and just registered for Iola.

What races are you doing?

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I'll do Sylvan pending decent weather, Iola, and not sure of anything else. It depends on how tri season goes, but I get my MTB fix with the Xterra races too.
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Sylvan is great in any weather, i had the most fun there when it was pouring rain during the race! As long as shit does not hit the fan at work, i plan on doing that one. We'll see about iola. Might be traveling for work that weekend. I havent looked farther ahead than those two races

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I looked into Sylvan and thinking that will make for a pretty good first mtb race. Watched some vids. Looks like a relatively flat course and not very technical from what I can tell?

That and the meltdown are all that I have planned for this year so far.

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Easiest course out there in my opinion. Great first race. My kid will be doing that one too. You better beat her.
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Easiest course out there in my opinion. Great first race. My kid will be doing that one too. You better beat her.
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Just push her over on the start, she is only 60 pounds.
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You won't see her, you will be racing expert I assume? With your numbers you will have no problem! Do it!
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You won't see her, you will be racing expert I assume? With your numbers you will have no problem! Do it!
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No skills needed! It's all flat! Just hammer!
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The only obstacles there are slower riders in the singletrack.
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Its all flat but more technical than iola or most of palos. Lots of short ups and downs, roots, rocky edges, etc

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Its all flat but more technical than iola or most of palos. Lots of short ups and downs, roots, rocky edges, etc
Maybe closer to SWK?

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Don't listen to this fool. It's a flat island. How hard can it be? A few lefts and rights and the race is over. Easy.
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I said technical, not difficult not ups and downs like swk, less frequency and less effort needed. Sylvan is the ideal first mtb race for sure. There will be plenty of newbs that are easy to spot. Key to sylvan is the start. Be ahead of the epic bottleneck at beginning of singletrack and you're set

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Don't listen to this fool. It's a flat island. How hard can it be? A few lefts and rights and the race is over. Easy.
Dont ever take kens guidance as factual. He told meulen and i that iola just had one hill

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Yes, there is a super duper bottleneck at the start, but there is a drag race up to it, so either show up strong, or be aggressive in passing, or suck.
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Dont ever take kens guidance as factual. He told meulen and i that iola just had one hill
I knew you would bring that up.
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Alright sounds good to me. And I've seen the massive bottleneck you both mentioned in a couple vids I've watched. Will keep that in mind at the start.

Any tips on passing in a race on singletrack? Do you voice your intentions to pass first and give them a chance to move over or just jam it up in there at your first opportunity?

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Any tips on passing in a race on singletrack?
That depends on what class you plan on racing...

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Alright sounds good to me. And I've seen the massive bottleneck you both mentioned in a couple vids I've watched. Will keep that in mind at the start.

Any tips on passing in a race on singletrack? Do you voice your intentions to pass first and give them a chance to move over or just jam it up in there at your first opportunity?
My personal policy is always to give them a chance to move over at a safe spot by saying something when you are coming up on them. If they have a chance and don't move over, then make a move when you feel there is room without saying anything. Better riders will make a pass seem easy. The start does not apply to this though. Shoehorn your way in front of as many mofos as you can.
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That depends on what class you plan on racing...
Originally novice but I noticed they have a maverick class that I'm now considering. 1 lap more at 11.25mi total. Novice starts at 9am and maverick at 10:30 which could be a big part of the deciding factor with the race being a 2 1/2 hr drive away and all.

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I would do maverick if i were you, especially if you're in reasonable shape and comfortable on singletrack. In novice you get kids riding bmx bikes, guys on hybrids, right alongside ultra competitive non-racer types. Its a mixed bag fo sho

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Sylvan in 11 days. I hope everybody has been busting ass to not suck.
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Dont know if i'll do well, but i'm committed to not walking any hills at sylvan

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Me too. Not sure I'm up to 2.5 hours of pain yet. Thinking about not running the expert class.
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