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I will be participating in a (7) race cx series on Vancouver Island this September.
I consistently road bike 40km’s per day 5-6 days a week, on my Orbea Orca.
I have never grouped ride, I just typically go out and spin. Have an after ride expresso and cliffbar.
From what I’ve seen, I sense cyclocross will be about suffering, maxing out my heartrate, and getting muddy.
This is going to be a whole lot a fun in my mind.
1) How much running will I need for a base for racing cx?
2) How should I change my riding on my road bike and how should I start training on my cross bike?
I have a strong mountain bike background: circa 1992-2000 on my Merlin Ti and Rocky Mountain Blizzard.
Hardtails with rigid forks, so I learned how to find the best line on singletrack and do not feel this will be a weakness.
3) I have never dismounted on a cx bike before so not sure how to go about this. Lots of youtube video on this. Is it that easy?
I have a Ridley X-Night frameset (okay…baby boomer budget, but got a sweet deal on it at my LBS).
For the build I have a Shimano Dura Ace 7800 drivetrain and (2) sets of Easton EA90 Aero clinchers.
Both wheelsets have Shimano 6700 cassettes (12-25T)
I plan to use the existing 130mm crankset diameter so I will be limited to chainrings between minimum 38T and maximum 48T (Ridley chainstays).
4) What would be the best chainring setup?
5) Tires. I am NOT ready to invest in Tubulars this year, so what folding clinchers tire brands and models would be best for each of the (2) wheelsets?
6) What tire pressures for what terrians and weather conditions?
Besides questions 1-6, have I overlooked anything else? Thanks.
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1. You won't need any running as a base. You will rarely run more than 20-40 feet at a time.
2. Ride your cross bike on the road to shake it down and get used to the riding position. If you want to be competitive, start doing intervals; ride on group rides that make you suffer; get a power-meter.
3. Dismounting well = practice. It took me a few races before I became accustomed to dismounting.
4. A cyclo-cross specific chain-set 46/38 and as big as you can get away with in the rear.
5. If you bought a cross specific carbon frame w/7800 you are ready to invest in tubulars. They are THE most important part of a fast set-up. If you want I'll even build you a set of wheels. You don't have to spend a ton but you have to spend something. PM for details.
6. Tire pressure is course and rider weight/style specific. You'll figure it out. Generally low to mid 30's for rear and a little less for the front.
7. Take your cross bike on some singletrack before your first race. It's good for the odd stare and lots of fun if you can pass someone on a "proper" mtb.
2) Don't change your riding on your road bike. Start training for 'cross by throwing in some rides on your bike between now and then. After Sept NBC, nothing but 'cross
3)Yeah, there are youtube videos out there but there is more to it than that. Find your local cross practice and/or a cross clinic. Well worth your time.
4) 38/42, maybe 44. You're not going to use anything bigger in racing. And I'd highly recommend something higher than a 25 in back.
5) Get the Clement PDXs. They are superbe mud tires and do well in the dry. If you wanna go with two wheelsets get Challenge Grifos and the PDX's.
6) There's a lot that goes into that. Riding style, terrain, tire choice, body weight.
http://pittsburghcyclocross.com/2010/09 ... is-mayhew/
7) Subscribe to Cyclocross Magazine and get any back issues you can. And, as I mentioned, find your local cross practice.
Enjoy and write a quick report when you've done the race.
There is some work ahead of me to prepare.
maggierose: picked up a set of tubular Tofu Cubus 700x32 tires. There are two LBS happy to build a wheelset for me.
What to get...hub, spoke, rims. $750 budget max.
mayhem: just ordered 38/44T fsa chainrings. Going to go to each race with one set of clinchers and tubulars.
The reviews on the Clement PDX are amazing. No LBS on Vancouver Island where i live sell them. Hmm...
BTW, just ordered CX Magazine.
Attempting to source a local rider to show me the ropes.
I just found out also the is an underground cx club that set up courses every week, and email us the night before on where to meet and ride.
piranha: nice to know at our young age it is all about meaning and not ambition. I don't care (okay maybe a little bit) if i finish last. It's about living the bike culture.
Just found out two top cx riders from europe are racing in Seattle this September. Road trip!
The race I did were 1 dry on grass, one on frozen fields and one with quite heavy mud. I only have 1 wheel set and used Vredestein Premiato tyres which were OK apart from in the heavy mud.
Did 3 races, great fun and will be entering more this season.
"Sometimes you don't need a plan. You just need big balls." Tom Boonen
Thanks Voo. I am finding the dismounting to be quite challenging and not smooth at all. My brake caliper arms (Avid Shorty Ultimates) have a massive wide open stance, and I am finding my leg is hitting one of the arms quite often. Very frustrating. I have mounting the bike down perfect and contribute that to my mountain bike era(circa 1991-2000).
New chain rings go on tomorrow. 38/44T (currently 39/48T)
New 90mm 6degree stem also. (currently 110mm)
Having fun should alway be priority one however.
The underground cross isn't likley to start till early sept.
Pm me if you want to ride.
The only thing I would change from a largely stock set up this season is maybe a 12x28 rear cassette for the short steep technical pitches. Everything else such as tubs or tires can wait till next season. There were lots of high end bikes in the sport category in Edmonton. Impressive for a six week Alberta season. The Ridley won't be out of place.
Practice mounting and dismounting and mounting some more. Then shouldering and running. If getting the bike on the shoulder becomes second nature, you won't tire as quickly over longer stretches or sand. A couple of hours on this will get you started.
Velonews has some helpful videos on their front page under popular videos for cyclocross technique.
Go out and have a blast.
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