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5 Tips to Get Started with Mountain Bike Racing

Ok, raise your hand if you bought a bike in the last six months.  With the pandemic keeping us all at home and off of public transportation more and more Americans have been investing in a simpler way to get around and get exercise.  According to the New York Times, “In March, nationwide sales of bicycles, equipment and repair services nearly doubled compared with the same period last year, according to the N.P.D. Group, a market research company. Sales of commuter and fitness bikes in the same month increased 66 percent, leisure bikes jumped 121 percent, children’s bikes went up 59 percent and electric bikes rose 85 percent.” (Goldblaum, May 2020) 

As the world heads back to normal in 2021 (fingers crossed) what will you do with your new hobby?  Rev3 is hosting several cycling events from May through October of 2021 where you can show off your skills and enjoy some friendly competition with like-minded individuals.  The question is, how do I prepare for a mountain bike race?  These are the top five things to consider when preparing for a race.

  1.  Training Plan:  How long will you need to train to perform well in a mountain bike race?  There are many factors to consider.  The distance of the race, your base fitness level, and the terrain are just a few.  There may be some races that you can go out and do without training.  Others may take more time and planning, even working with a veteran racer to prepare.  Ask around, many members of our Adventure Club have raced our events before in addition to other races.  Some race over 100 miles in a day!  There is a wealth of knowledge on our team.  Ask questions!  They will be glad to help.

  2. Nutrition:  There are many factors when considering nutrition for a mountain bike race.  Determine how many calories you will need per hour when performing at a high output.  Find what works for you!  There are a variety of consumables that can be carried with you in your jersey pocket or pack.  (Insider tip:  Don’t try something new on race day!  You never know how your body will react.)  Keep reading the Rev3 newsletters for tips from our very own nutritionist Vanessa Spiller!

  3. Equipment:  Make sure that you have the right bike for the type of race you are joining.  There are many different styles of mountain bike racing and many different styles of bikes.  Not to mention the importance of knowing how to care for and maintain your bike so it is in race condition.  Not sure how to do certain repairs?  Check out the Rev3 YouTube channel for tutorials on basic mountain bike repair and maintenance.  When in doubt, check in with your local bike shop for a pre-race check-up and to answer any last-minute questions you may have.

  4. Pre-Ride:  If you can, get out and pre-ride the course.  This will allow you to adjust your fitness and equipment as well as to pick the best lines.  Rev3 has maps and route information available for every race.  Check out the Rev3 Strava page for group rides before the race.

  5. Have Fun!  Mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, in general, tend to be laid back people.  Enjoy the ride and the time spent with other individuals who will support and cheer for you no matter what.  At Rev3 we strive to build a culture to uplift each other and help each other grow.  Have a question?  Just ask!  Want to grab a beer?  I’m sure someone else is just as ready as you!  Chat, socialize and just enjoy the atmosphere of the event.  You’ll find you want to sign up again and again!