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Old 11-17-2006, 08:23 AM   #6
kenaroo
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Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Austin Tejas
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Have fun and be carefull.

few tips and Check lists

Starts:
Don't worry about winning or being first into the woods. Practice your dead engine starts in 2nd gear (at least 10 times to get the feel) and just cruise to the first turn and let all the other idiots fight for the holeshot. you can't win on the first turn, lap etc. good trick is to watch the starter a few times before it's your turn to start. look for his actions and starting habits. some starter have a routine. some lift thier foot right before they drop the flag, or look up/down, twitch their hand etc. This will help you get a good start.

in the woods/trail:

Stand up as much as possible. (that is untl your legs give out)
Look as far foward down the trail as you can to pick lines and see corners. if you catch yourself looking at your front fender... tell your self to look up and forward.. It's much easier to set up corners and find the best line when you looking down the trail.. Always look where you want to go and never fixate on the danger or hazard. Same thing with ruts.. look towards the end of the rut not at your front wheel.

Take time to pick a good route throught the water crossing. make sure that you have a good exit on the other side. taking 5 seconds to determine your route through a water hole is better than being stuck for 5 orf 10 mins or being soaked for the rest of the race.

Don't follow someone if possible.. Check alternative lines and use those to pass or to see down the trail. If you cant see because of dust, slow down until you can see.

passing and being passed:
IF someone is behind you and pushing you and you begin to feel uncomfortable, just let em by when you get to an opening. point which way you want him to pass you left or right. if someone real fast is coming up on you (10 + mph faster) JUST HOLD YOUR LINE. The faster rider will find a way around you. If he starts hollering at you to move over.. do it. but in a safe place and where you have room. Always keep looking where your going.. and don't look back. word of warning... some riders get a little over zealous when hollering at you to move over with cus words, don't let that bother you.


Pitting:
Plan on stopping on the second lap in the pits for gas, water and just to check your bike out. just take 10 seconds to make sure your good to go to the finish. have an extra set of google and gloves ready in case you need a change.. Keep them in a large zip lock bag so they don't get dirty before you need them. Use a marker to write your riding # on the tank and bags so you can find them. Ask for help in the pits, get your buddy or someone you meet at the race. tell them your intent to pit.

Bike:
Don't worry about making your bike look like a factory racer with all the bling. forget the new decals, trick racing #s etc. (heck, most of us just screw them up the first wreck we have anyway.)

Make sure your bike is in the best condition as possible.
Change oil
clean air filter
check spokes and tighten and ture.
New or almost new tires front and back,
Use HD inner tubes. with proper PSI in the tires
make sure your chain and sprokets are not worn
check cables and make sure they are lubed, slide easy and are not freyed.
Make sure you have enough gasoline for the ride.
Check and use locktite (blue ) on all the bikes nuts and bolts. do not locktite the screws going into the gas tank's brass inserts because they could be pulled out or stripped.

Body:
Don't skimp on the personal protection.

Helmet... most important. make sure it fits well and is less than 2 years old
boots.... make sure they are not wore out and have proper ankle protection
wear, Knee guards, elbow guards and a chest protector.
Wear a camelbak or some sort of drink system. Use 50/50 gatoraide and water mix.

Food:
Carbo load tonight with spagetti, or something simular. don't over eat.
Hydrate, Hydrate, hydrate. if your not drinking a gallon of water by tonight your behind. Yep you'll pee a lot but there is nothing wose that dehydrating and bonking during a race.
breakfast.. 2 hours before race.. eat light.. bananas, fruit etc.. eat a few whole grain bagels or cliff bars to get the calories. No junk food or high sugers.



I'm sure there is more... but this is a good start to making sure you have a successful first Hare scrambles.
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