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First mtb race of the season under my belt...

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So last night there is a sweet local, "grassroots" (i.e. no prizemoney) XC racing series near me that's every Friday night into early July. You get points per race depending on how you finish and then at the season's end, points are tally'd, and overall class champions are crowned and tons of schwag is given out.

For the first race last night about 550 people showed up! :

I raced in the singlespeed Sport category (there are Sport and Expert categories for singlespeeders) and *think* I did ok. There were about 40 riders in my group and I'm hoping I was able to finish in the top 1/3 at least. I got a horrible start and forgot to gun it out of the gate and got stuck mid-pack trying to pick my way back to the front the rest of the time. So we'll see....results posted later today maybe...

No matter how I did though, I might move up to Expert class just because they do an additional lap. I'm doing this series more for training than anything and racing against the much faster Experts will probably get me in better shape than just racing Sport.
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550? Holy Crap! :
I don't even have an inkling to take my bike out yet!!
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550? Holy Crap! :
yeah big turn out for the first race!





sweet sunset too
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I can't even imagine being in shorts right now. Let alone a mtbike race.

Goose bumps! That's what I'm thinking!
Results in yet?
I'm sure you sucked at the highest level possible
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damn thats alot of people to start a race....

how do you guys get buy each other on trail?
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Not to steal the thread but...They start classes at different times, usually 30 secs to a minute, between groups. Spreads things out.
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Sea Otter for me last weekend...

I raced SS Sport too. There were 86 singlespeeders this year...less than previous years. Wonder why?
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I raced SS Sport too. There were 86 singlespeeders this year...less than previous years. Wonder why?
While I ride mainly road and cyclocross I do like the thoughts of a 29'ER single speed MTB fo playing in the woods. In consideration of purchasing one I was talking with some of the guys here that have them and have ridden them for multiple seasons. The overall concensus is that they put a whupping on your knees. Most don't notice it in the first two seasons, but the stresses of climbing and pushing a gear bigger than you normally would for some apparently takes its toll. Alot of these guys are moving away from the singles to multispeed 29'ER's.

**This is second hand view/opinion so I may be totally off base**
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I can't even imagine being in shorts right now. Let alone a mtbike race.

Goose bumps! That's what I'm thinking!
Results in yet?
I'm sure you sucked at the highest level possible
Ooops forgot about this thread....

Well, updates..

I'm racing in the Singlespeed Sport category and there are about 40 guys in my class. Races are held weekly and for the first 3 races I've managed an 8th place for the first race, then 12th, then another 8th last week. You accumulate points over the 12 race series based on how you finish and thus far I am sitting in 6th place overall for the series. I'm really hoping I can get a top 5 or two to challenge for a podium in the overall series points hunt. Just consistently staying in the top 10 should get me close...but I need to do a little better than what I've been doing to have a realistic shot.

Next race is tonight...we will see...

Josh -- Yeah it's not a mass start. Each class goes off in about 1 minute intervals. There's something close to 20 classes (i.e. semipro, Expert, Pro, singlespeed, Beginner, all with various age groups in there as well). Although by the third lap, everyone is pretty mixed up and it can get pretty intense trying to pass and keep your speed up (specially on a singlespeed)...it just adds to the challenge and fun though.
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Next race is tonight...we will see...
Stoked! My goal for this 4th race was finally a top 5 and I got 5th! Next goal top 3! But I might have to change up to a higher gear to catch those guys ahead of me. Seems on the flats they're pushing a higher gear. I never thought so much about gearing until I started singlespeeding



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Its always good to achieve your goals!

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Stoked! My goal for this 4th race was finally a top 5 and I got 5th! Next goal top 3! But I might have to change up to a higher gear to catch those guys ahead of me. Seems on the flats they're pushing a higher gear. I never thought so much about gearing until I started singlespeeding



Where can I get one of those snazzy pmgear shirts:
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Where can I get one of those snazzy pmgear shirts:
They are collector's items now...a small run of them was made about 2 or 3 years ago, but they are long since gone.
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