First Time Race Preparation


September 11, 2016

First Time Race Preparation

By: Chris Blais / Blais Racing Services
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Before going to your first race, be sure to know exactly where you are going and where the race location is. Some races can be in remote areas. Race arrows are normally placed out on the main roads and highways to help direct you to the race location. Be sure to check the race organization’s website and/or Facebook page to see what you may need to be able to race in a specific area. Green/ Red Stickers are mandatory on BLM land, along with a spark arrestor for your bike. Make sure to know when sign ups are open and closed and be there with plenty of time to sign up. It’s always better to be there as early as possible the first time until you get the hang of things and get more familiar with the races and where everything is located – restrooms, pit area, staging and start/finish lines. If you are by yourself, park next to a group and let them know this is your first time. Most people have no problems helping you out and keeping an eye out for you during your race. I recommend always bringing someone with you in case something happens or you get hurt.
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Make sure your bike and equipment are ready to race! You will want to do a full prep on your bike before each race, especially your first one. When racing, your bike will take much more abuse than just trail riding around. Tires should be at least ¾ tread. Having fresh tires is important for your safety. Bring your bike full of gas and a full 5-gallon spare can with you. You will want to bring shade, some type of carpet to re-fuel on, tools and any spare parts you have for your bike. The worst thing is to DNF (did not finish) your first race. You always want to try and finish no matter what!
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Come mentally and physically prepared to race. Make sure to start hydrating 3-4 days ahead of time and carry water during the race in some type of CamelPak system. Bring snacks and food that sit well with you. Don’t eat too heavy before any race as your nerves and the constant pounding will make you not feel well. The most important thing of all is to go out and have fun! It’s very important to finish your race so you can gain the experience. After your first one, it gets easier and you will figure out a system that works well for you. GOOD LUCK!


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