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Learn to race: Prepping for your event.

Prepping for your event

Never ride untested equipment. If you have a new bike, new wheels or new components, make sure you ride them a couple times before coming to the race. There’s nothing worse than having to make adjustments at the race venue or having a piece of equipment malfunction.

Don’t wear undies? What? Check out this great article, “Really, no undies?” by Serena Bishop-Gordon. While geared toward women, the exact same principles and advice applies to men.

Create a checklist so you don’t forget anything for your first race.

Things to bring:

  • Bike Helmet (requirements)
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Bike shorts
  • Jersey
  • Jacket
  • Arm warmers/leg warmers/knee warmers
  • Baselayer
  • Gloves/hand protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Proof of membership or license
  • Race numbers (pin them to your jersey the night before if you have them- and pin them correctly and on the correct side).
  • Driver’s license
  • Road ID
  • Water bottles (no glass) or Camelbak filled with your preferred drink
  • Food
  • Embrocation
  • Bike pump
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Tire lever
  • Spare tube
  • Towel
  • Cell phone
  • Pre-filled waiver if you’re registering at the race.

Make sure your clothing is weather appropriate. Check the weather forecast and remember that weather conditions can change dramatically.

Nice to have:

  • Safety pins
  • Zip ties
  • Trainer (for warming up)
  • Sun screen/lip balm
  • Extra dry clothes
  • Blanket
  • Extra food/post race food
  • Baby wipes
  • A roll of toilet paper (because you never know)
  • Hand sanitizer

Don’t fret if you forget anything. Don’t be afraid to ask folks for help. (though if you do forget your bike or your clothes you may be in a pickle). You might even make some new friends. If you do forget your bike or your clothes, stick around and enjoy the race!

Proper pinning:

Road racing

Cyclocross

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Pricing schedule

  • Membership Type
  • Adult
  • Junior
  • Annual Membership
  • $30
  • $10
  • Cyclocross Season Membership
  • $20
  • $10
  • One Event Membership
  • $5
  • $5

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