Cross Tires

I'm trying a casual CX race in Philly this fall, (Papertrail Bike Cafe) considering running my Panaracer Comets (38c) that are already on my gravel bike. Although if anyone's got some 2nd hand tires for sale or suggestions I'm open to it.
I got no tyres for you, but I will tell you that a “casual CX race” doesn’t exist. You may tell yourself that, but once that start horn/gun/whistle/trombone goes off, you’re gonna turn yourself inside out for the next 30-45 minutes and then throw up us you cross the finish line.
Damn…. Now I miss racing.
 
I got no tyres for you, but I will tell you that a “casual CX race” doesn’t exist. You may tell yourself that, but once that start horn/gun/whistle/trombone goes off, you’re gonna turn yourself inside out for the next 30-45 minutes and then throw up us you cross the finish line.
Damn…. Now I miss racing.
Oh no 😆 I'll report back in October once I've bought a pit bike and signed up for 6 more races.


I did race XC (running) back in high school, so I hope I've prepared my suffering tolerance enough haha
 
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Oh no 😆 I'll report back in October once I've bought a pit bike and signed up for 6 more races.


I did race XC (running) back in high school, so I hope I've prepared my suffering tolerance enough haha
Oh man... ok, so..... I did my first race on a borrowed CX bike. After they revived me at the finish line, I swore off everything bike related, forever. 45 minutes later I was scrolling thru LBS inventory for a CX bike. A week later I got fit for my new bike.

Not sure about XC running, but for CX, hour HR goes like this:

Resting HR, get called up, add 30bpm while waiting for start. Start horn sounds, HR spikes to just below Max within 90 seconds. Then the next 30-45 minutes your HR is Max +5-10. Then you finish, and wish you stayed home.
 
If you ran XC, your pain threshold is pretty much already cx-ready.
Perfect ;D

Oh man... ok, so..... I did my first race on a borrowed CX bike. After they revived me at the finish line, I swore off everything bike related, forever. 45 minutes later I was scrolling thru LBS inventory for a CX bike. A week later I got fit for my new bike.

Not sure about XC running, but for CX, hour HR goes like this:

Resting HR, get called up, add 30bpm while waiting for start. Start horn sounds, HR spikes to just below Max within 90 seconds. Then the next 30-45 minutes your HR is Max +5-10. Then you finish, and wish you stayed home.
I never wore an HR monitor during my races, but this all sounds familiar. The hardest part of any XC race was not going out *too* hard, and still having something for the last quarter mile kick. But usually about 2/3 through you'd have this constant "WHY AM I DOING THIS" feeling, and then I'd find another gear to keep going. I miss it in some sick kinda way 😆
 
Survived my first race! 30 minutes, I think I finished around mid-late pack (14th out of 19) but had a blast. Didn't fall, so I assume I wasn't turning fast enough 😆
 

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