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  • #101462

    Well, I went through my first race, and I have to say…. I hate it. It’s not the racing part, or the large number of people, or the stress. I couldn’t stand the over-competitive pricks in cat 3! Cat 3 the beginner class, the class for people who are just starting out. In the first few miles, I got run into a mesquite tree, over cacti, and pushed off of the trail several times. I would expect that kind of thing in cat 1 or 2 but in 3?! The trail is the same one that I always ride and I am very familiar with it. The places that I got pushed off were places where a large truck could drive down with out problem. Ok so, here’s the story.
    I signed up for the Hotter N’ Hell mountain bike race, in cat 3. My brother and a friend rode with me, although they should of been cat 3. The race got off to a bumpy start. A couple of hundred yards into it a guy lost his chain. A mile in and we get to the woods, someone got a pinch flat, another lost brakes. The pack started thinning and things should have gotten easier, but then people’s ego got before their brains. A rider in a yellow jersey passed without calling out then stopped suddenly in front of me causing me to run off the trail. They flipped me the bird and sped off. (Remember CAT 3). I had a few riders pass without incident and gave another my spare tube. I’m not fast but I’m steady, and I’m pretty good at the obstacles. I passed a few at the stairs, and when we had to jump some roots. We got into the flats again and that meant mesquites. One of the racers I passed caught up with me and was passing when he pushed me into the mesquite trees(and I mean pushed). If you’ve never seen one, they’ve got some nasty thorns. Later, a racer that stopped off the trail, started back up directly in front of me. Luckily I could stop, again I got bad looks and they sped off. I guess I wasn’t supposed to be there. I got started again and got to the RV park (4 miles in btw) and figured it’d get better. Boy was I wrong! We got through that back into the trees. It is very narrow here and no place to get off and let someone pass. Some idiot stopped to pee, and called me an @ss when I told him to get his bike off the trail. And this is actually the end of the people being bad, I got to a camp that is basically a dedicated mtb park. It is very fun to ride, unfortunately I was choking on the dust and had to quit. My asthma was starting to get to me. I pulled off the trail and sat for a minute and out of nowhere I heard the absolutely cutest female voice call out "You can do it!" and I went another mile because of her. I’d like to find her and thank her for being the only one that was nice to me.

    Ok, so my first race was a complete disaster. I hated it, it hated me. So, now I’m going to ride as much as I can, so that next time I’ll make it my B****!

  • #101463

    damn man, that sounds pretty rough. were they all adults?! oh well let that anger fuel your training for the next one 😼 !

  • #101464

    Yeah, that sounds pretty terrible. Someone was wearing a yellow jersey in the Cat 3 race? That’s a Texas-sized ego for sure. 😀

    I say try to find a more low key race and you might enjoy it more. Something like a 12 or 24 Hour race where (most) people are there to have a good time.

  • #101465

    I have heard from racer friends of mine that the beginner class is the worst for that. In the higher categories the riders know how to handle themselves and they (usually) know where they fit in the order of things.

    Like what Trek7k said, check out doing a 24 hour race on a relay team. My first race was 24 Hours of Moab last fall and it was an absolute blast!

  • #101466

    Sounds like some bush-league rookie behavior from those racers. Shame on them.

  • #101467

    My first(and last) race was very much the same. All the lower classes were trying to win before they got to the woods. Getting dropped wasn’t a big deal and I was good at it. All the pushing and shoving to be 49th instead of 50 was stupid and silly. I raced motorcycles and made expert in road racing and motocross with out crashing or hurting anyone. I crashed but it was my fault most the time. The speed and chance of ingury was more severe so is calmed everyone down. I went back to trail riding and having fun. Late braking a fellow rider and making a pass is cool and fun if you don’t resort to hurting someone. Rubbing is racing but bashing is crashing. The pro MTB rcers get close and bump and sometimes wad it up but if someone is riding crazy they let ’em go and do themselves in. I guess I’ve mellowed with age so I’m reeeeal mellow. 😄 Later,

  • #101468

    I picked this race because it’s the only one I didn’t have to travel for. Oh well. I figured there’d be some bumping and grinding, but I was actually pushed. But what can you do. It all in the past and nothing to worry about anyways. I didn’t get hurt, and I got farther than my brother so I can’t complain. So, I’ll learn my lesson, train, and get an attitude for the next one. I’ll kick it’s @$$ next year.

    "maddslacker" wrote

    I have heard from racer friends of mine that the beginner class is the worst for that. In the higher categories the riders know how to handle themselves and they (usually) know where they fit in the order of things.

    Like what Trek7k said, check out doing a 24 hour race on a relay team. My first race was 24 Hours of Moab last fall and it was an absolute blast!

    You know I figured Cat 3 would be fun and Cat 2 would be over competitive. Guess I was wrong about that. Now that I think about it, that does kinda make sense. They’re too competitive for their skill set and over compensate by being too aggressive and ruining it for everyone else.

  • #101469

    That sucks, Dorado!

    I did my first race a few weeks ago at my local trail (didn’t have to travel, knew the trail, etc) and had a blast!

    Granted, there were only five of us in Cat 3, but everyone was very nice and I didn’t notice any egos.

    It looks like you did pull a few lessons from the experience so it wasn’t all bad. 😃

  • #101470
    "Jared13" wrote

    That sucks, Dorado!

    I did my first race a few weeks ago at my local trail (didn’t have to travel, knew the trail, etc) and had a blast!

    Granted, there were only five of us in Cat 3, but everyone was very nice and I didn’t notice any egos.

    It looks like you did pull a few lessons from the experience so it wasn’t all bad. 😃

    We had something like 10 in Cat 1 and the rest of the 200 between cat 2&3, most in 3. I didn’t know if it was just egos or more of a combination of lack of experience, heat (109), and stupidity.
    But at any rate I’m planning on hitting the trails again this weekend and giving it another go. I’m going to enjoy all the new obstacles before they rot away. They added some ladders???, improved some rock gardens, added a river crossing where you ride through the river, and a couple of other things if I’m not mistaken. I’ve never ridden a ladder. Anybody know what that is?

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  • #101472

    Cat 3 is always filled with sandbaggers. Many of them have Optical-Rectalitus. For the riders that aren’t doctors. That is where the optic nerves get crossed with the ones in your a** and give you a sh*ty out look on everything. Their motra is "I haven’t been riding much so I’ll smoke the slow newbies". When the slow fit newbies pull away they try to overcome fitness with treachery and then the bad things start. Funny how that works out. 😄 Later,

  • #101473

    I don’t want to mention names but some one here on singletracks (cough* cough* dgaddis) has put on some very fun and laid back races in the Augusta, GA area. You are more than welcome to come, race, hang out, volunteer, what ever……… 😃

  • #101474
    "brianW" wrote

    You are more than welcome to come, race, hang out, volunteer, what ever……… 😃

    +1 – come on down! In October we’re putting on the Baker’s Dozen 13hr race. You can ride solo or on a 2, 3, or 4 person team. It’s all about having fun on your bike with a bunch of like minded people.

    In fact, we’ve got a Singletracks.com team consisting of me, Trek7k, and the Blogger Formerly Known as Goo (aka mtbgreg1). You’re certainly welcome to hang out with us and share pit space. I’ll be camping the night before at the race venue, and maybe the night after, but not sure. The other guys may or may not be camping, not sure what their plans are yet.

    EDIT: oh, I see you’re in TX…Augusta is a bit of a drive LOL. I thought you were in NC for some reason.

  • #101475
    "dgaddis" wrote

    [quote="brianW":pnnrjh2l]You are more than welcome to come, race, hang out, volunteer, what ever……… 😃

    +1 – come on down! In October we’re putting on the Baker’s Dozen 13hr race. You can ride solo or on a 2, 3, or 4 person team. It’s all about having fun on your bike with a bunch of like minded people.

    In fact, we’ve got a Singletracks.com team consisting of me, Trek7k, and the Blogger Formerly Known as Goo (aka mtbgreg1). You’re certainly welcome to hang out with us and share pit space. I’ll be camping the night before at the race venue, and maybe the night after, but not sure. The other guys may or may not be camping, not sure what their plans are yet.

    EDIT: oh, I see you’re in TX…Augusta is a bit of a drive LOL. I thought you were in NC for some reason.
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    I wish I could come down. But between college and work I couldn’t do it. If I were closer I’d come in a heartbeat. I’d like to see what good riders can do. I’m usually stuck going out on my own. I don’t get a chance to watch other riders.

    "maddslacker" wrote

    Ladder:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl … rwwaTH7OR0

    Is that what a ladder is?!! That’s AWESOME!!!! Oh man. I’m definitely going out to find that this weekend. Man, it about time some cool things were built. lol. I’d build some myself but I don’t know how. I’ll start studying some of the obstacles and see about making some at my place.

  • #101476
    "Dorado" wrote

    We had something like 10 in Cat 1 and the rest of the 200 between cat 2&3, most in 3.

    Ug, that doesn’t sound like fun. Cat 1 and 2 had probably 30-50 in each. I was very happy to race with just 5 😃

    "maddslacker" wrote

    Ladder:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl … rwwaTH7OR0

    Not all ladders would have teeter totter in them, right?

  • #101477

    That was close to my experience when I roadraced motorcycles a few years back. The beginner class was by far the largest field, and the riders were most likely to pull bonehead moves that put other riders in danger.

    Seems like lots had visions of professional careers dancing in their heads or something. Whenever possible, I would try to ride in any other group — the experienced racers might have lapped me about once every 4-5 laps (!) but they did so without trying to run me off the damned track.

  • #101478

    I have a pretty poor attitude at times. If someone pushed me off the trail my motivation to keep riding would be to catch up to that #@$% stick and get my revenge. Revenge is a dish best served cold 😼

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