Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - Ditch Cross goes long

Tonight we go long.

Laps should be about 8 to 10 minutes.

We'll be riding across some bridges and using parts of the Ditch you haven't seen before.

We'll need some help to get this accomplished quickly tonight.
Show up at 5:15 p.m. if you can to assist putting flags in the ground and assembling barriers.

Racing starts at 6:00 p.m.

Here is some fuzzy GPS tracks from last week.

Beginners welcome - Make yourselves known. We can help get you started.

  • Bring a friend, bring someone new to DitchCross!
    1. Make sure they bring a bike and a helmet.
    2. No helmet - NO practice 
    3. Bring your smiles, great attitudes and willingness to learn.
  •  Watch Video - great on the bike camera - example of a regional cross race. 

Coaching Stuff -
  • Video; Study how and where people are using their brakes (when they shouldn't be), watch the sand pit section (see how many struggle and go so slow?), watch the sections in the video where the riders are going down slightly - see how many are NOT pedaling and are not passing? You go downhill, you pedal, you go around a tree, you pedal if you can. You have an opportunity to pass, go and pass ---- never settle for sitting on a wheel --- Race your crossbike. You ride around a sweeping turn, find a way to pedal. Pedal in, pedal out. Shift before the turn, plan before any hills to shift before the bottom(to avoid shifting under heavy load), brake and adjust your speed before the turn. How about those turns in the video? Are the riders taking the BEST line and fastest line through each turn (or are they mindlessly following wheels?). How would you have ridding sections different if you were wearing that camera? Are people looking around the turns with their head and eyes as they approach each turn?
  • Never ever stop pedaling your crossbike.
  • Never stop thinking, improving while you are racing.

See you at DITCH Cross -

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