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is it even worth it?

doing this adventure race thing tomorrow that includes a 4 mile bike section. Is it even worth going clipless if I have to factor in transition in and out of running shoes? Racing with flats sounds less than appealing or efficient to me but its only 4 miles on paved path or gravel.

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For me it would, but it would depend on your style of pedaling. Most experienced riders will spin circles and require clipless, but if you are a pedal masher then it wouldn't matter.
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I spin, so thinking i'll find racing with flats pretty frustrating. Hope the format will allow for transitions. Not a lot of information around this race

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I'd bring both and a pedal wrench just so you're not ass out.
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Good call, will do

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Have fun and let me know how it is.
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How much time do you expect it to take to pedal 4mi? Compare that to how much time you will spend changing shoes. I would think the cycling shoes may be worth it.
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hard to say, and thats how I've been trying to reason through it. Not knowing what the course will be like and how crowded it will be, 15-20 minute range is what I'm guessing. So lets say total transition (getting on and off bike) may take 10% of the estimated time, will clipping in save at least that much time in covering the distance? Hard to say. Not a lot of info at the moment, hope to learn some more at the packet pickup tonight. Anyway, its only 4 miles so not a lot time to accumulate the gain in efficiency.

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Assuming a normal transition area, it takes me about 10 seconds to put my cycling shoes on.
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if I can do both transitions in under a minute, its probably worth it to me to clip in

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At bigfoot it took me 5 min each transition but I wasn't trying to be fast. That race was longer so my real goal was to finish.
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Good luck Bro - Stop,pedaling though and beat the fuck outta that beautiful KTM you bought

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At bigfoot it took me 5 min each transition but I wasn't trying to be fast. That race was longer so my real goal was to finish.
Yeah this is just a shoe change really. Turns out its 7.5 miles, will definitely clip in

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Good luck Bro - Stop,pedaling though and beat the fuck outta that beautiful KTM you bought
Ride often close to home. Wheelies like a champ and playing with sliding the rear. Too much fun to be legal, and usually isnt

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Damn. I didn't see this thread. I'd wear the clipless. I tried pedaling on flats about a year ago and it was a mess. I'm so used to spinning circles my feet were leaving the pedals on the up strokes. I don't know what type of shoes you have for your bike but my mtb shoes go on quick with two Velcro straps. My road shoes have 3 and I use them for tris. They are pretty quick too. If you reall want to get adventurous you can leave them clipped on the bike and learn the flying squirrel mount. You ride up to speed on top of the shoes and then slip them in and tighten while moving.

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went clipless and definitely the right decision. Transition was a breeze (didn't try the flying squirl method). I passed soccer mom's and hybrid riding suckers left and right. I think I demoralized a couple guys trying to get through a short section through the woods. Both were struggling and one just passed the other, then I blazed by both of em. It was fun.

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Haha! sounds like good fun KC!

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That is awesome, way to represent. How was the race overall? It sounds like something I would try.
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results are in. The good news: 7th men's overall. The not so good news: only 36 men competed
Surprised myself and did a lot better than I expected, for primary goal was to complete it, and secondary goal was to be in top half of the field.

The rundown:
Running I sucked, between 9 and 10 minute pace earned a 10th overall. Bike I dominated, 3rd overall in that section and I was up against some cross bikes which was a definite advantage on that course. Kayak I tied for 3rd overall and the spread was tight, apparently I paddle like a boss! 11th in the obstacle course as I took a break to regroup before tackeling the high wall, which looked like 12-15 feet over asphalt. Turns out it looked more challenging than it really was, so lost some time there.
The field didn't strike me as elite or anything, but I'll take my place and chalk it up as a win for me. Moral of the story is this shit was fun and a good way to break up the norm. Will definitley keep an eye out for these type of events in the future. Next stop, warrior dash in a couple weeks.

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nice job, congrats 7th out of 36 is pretty good.
i missed out on signing up for the warrior dash in time so ill be doing the muddy mayhem in August @ Wilmont Ski resort.

anyhow do you have a link to the event you did? id like to see what its about and if there are any other in the area

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Thanks, it was a good time. There having another one October 20th in Rockford. Will probably do that one too as registration for that was thrown in with the aurora race, and it would be a good precursor for the Spartan race the following weekend which I'd like to do. I'll have to look into the muddy mayhem too

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