What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

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What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:57 pm

I'n going to be doing this in October/November onwards (once I get my ars* in gear and buy my bike!) and wondered what other stuff (apart from bike, cycling clothes, change of clothes for afterwards, food and drink) would I need to take along with me?

I'm guessing you get a lot more punctures doing Cross than road riding so more tubes etc would be a good idea? Bit stumped as to what else I might need...

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby Dru » Sun Sep 30, 2012 16:20 pm

Just take what you would on a road ride (ie all the spares you think you need) Take a track pump as well if you need to mess about with pressures easily pre-ride.

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 16:55 pm

I got the impression that you end of doing a lot of repairs on these events - true?

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby DHTT » Sun Sep 30, 2012 17:02 pm

Depends how much your throwing your bike around/crashing when I did one last year I didn't have any mechanical problems despite crashing into a fence, cross bikes are pretty tough, its only 45-1hr long so nothing major should go wrong, especially as your starting with a new bike if anything does your on a circuit so could get to pits if you have spare wheels. probably all your going to need.

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby rodgers73 » Sun Sep 30, 2012 17:09 pm

How about afterwards? Do you stick the bike in the car as it is or try and wash it down at the venue?

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby DHTT » Mon Oct 01, 2012 06:50 am

I had a roof rack so it went straight on top, but I guess you might want to take some baby wipes or something to wipe the bulk of it off and then put it on top of some old blankets in the boot?

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby hammerite » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:05 am

Nothing was needed to clean bikes at all last season. I have a feeling this season may be different. Useful to take a brush and a bucket at least to get the worst of the muck off (assuming you have somewhere to get water from to fill the bucket).

Having a couple of bikes to clean (my stepson races too) I invested in a mobiwasher for last season. It wasn't a waste of money as it does the job very well (used it on the MTBs), just the cross bikes never got in much of a state last year.

Food/drink wise, you don't eat or drink during a race. The races I do tend to take place over what I'd class as lunchtime, so I usually have a sandwich mid morning to keep me going until after the race. Sometimes take an energy gel before a race.

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby Dru » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:52 am

I've not seen any repairs in the races I've done a few dnf's (riders crashes) maybe the odd puncture.
Some people don't bring spares - they bring a spare bike - it's quicker to pull in pits swap over bikes and let someones else clean/fix/adjust the other bike etc.

Most places I've been too have a tap and a hose pipe to help wash the bike down afterwards - like has been mentioned before - last season was very dry - this season.. is different! :)

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby Pross » Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:25 pm

The more serious a rider gets the more they take. I have seen people with two spare bikes plus spare wheels in the pit area. They will then have friends or family in the pit area with a power washer cleaning the dirty bikes whilst they ride a spare. However, for most of us it's just a case of turn up and ride - if your bike breaks you never have far to go and so you can either retire or just run the bike around until the end. It might be worth having a spare pair of wheels if funds allow but other than that I would say you don't need anything other than your bike and kit (maybe a water container, bucket and sponge if you have to put the bike in the car after). It's an extremely accessible form of racing so don't over-complicate it (I wouldn't bother with food and drink for the race even unless someone can pass you a bottle in the pit area).

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby rodgers73 » Mon Oct 01, 2012 16:32 pm

No danger of me getting a 2nd bike - this is purely for fun and fitness, not glory!

I did think about one of those garden sprayers that you pump up yourself to generate more pressure as an easy way of hosing off the bike. Like this -

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5L-Garden-Pre ... 20c71ff8f7

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby PuttyKnees » Mon Oct 01, 2012 19:56 pm

hammerite wrote:
Having a couple of bikes to clean (my stepson races too) I invested in a mobiwasher for last season. It wasn't a waste of money as it does the job very well (used it on the MTBs), just the cross bikes never got in much of a state last year.



Thinking of getting one of these. How did it fare against mud - worth getting for the pits?

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby hammerite » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:15 pm

PuttyKnees wrote:
hammerite wrote:
Having a couple of bikes to clean (my stepson races too) I invested in a mobiwasher for last season. It wasn't a waste of money as it does the job very well (used it on the MTBs), just the cross bikes never got in much of a state last year.



Thinking of getting one of these. How did it fare against mud - worth getting for the pits?


It worked surprisingly well when cleaning my MTB. The jet isn't ultra powerful but enough to take most mud off, a gentle brush down of the bike and a rinse and it's pretty much done.

Pointless having one in the pits though unless you have a power supply. I plug mine into the car after a race.

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Re: What would I need to take to my 1st cyclocross event?

Postby Monty Dog » Mon Oct 08, 2012 19:46 pm

The amount of stuff you need really depends on the weather and the course conditions. If it's warm and sunny like yesterday, then very little indeed whereas when it's really mudding a raining, then lightweight waterproofs are a good idea, likewise, plastic bags for muddy kit afterwards and warm, dry clothing. Mechanicals and the like are best dealt with beforehand by making sure your bike is sorted the day before. There's no real need for drinks or nutrition before or during the race as you'll only need what's already stored in your muscles.
Serious racers take two bikes, spare wheels and warm-up on rollers - I prefer to ride around the course to get a feel for the course and conditions.
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