Racing Tips


1.  Take the challenge to do that first race!   Remember, we were all beginners at one time, so set realistic goals and have fun.

2.  Check your bike ahead of time for any possible mechanical problems and make a last minute check of equipment the night before the race.  Helmets are required and don’t forget your shoes.  It’s a good idea to carry a spare tube, multi tool, and some way to inflate your spare tube.  Nutrition is up to your preference.

3.  Arrive early for the first race to make sure there is adequate time to learn the registration process and procedures, do a warm up, and take care of last minute equipment check and details.  Some riders like to arrive early enough to pre-ride.  If you choose to do so, keep track of time for pre-race meeting and starting time.

4.  Race numbers are to be attached to the handlebar and should be easily observed from the front.

5. Attend the beginner clinic and pre-race meeting.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Line up at the starting area at the pro per start time and in the correct class.  Everyone in your class will have the same number series.

6.  During your race, be courteous when passing and move over for faster riders.  It’s always a good idea to announce your intentions when passing or approaching:  Example-”Rider back!” When approaching from behind. “On the left!” When passing on the left.  Racers riding always have the “right of way” over racers walking their bikes.

7.  If you feel uncomfortable with riding a particular obstacle, dismount and walk.  Safety first!  Skill will come with practice and experience.

8.  In the event of a mechanical problem or flat, move to the side of the trail out of the way of other racers.  You may receive assistance from other racers if they choose to offer help.

9.  If, for any reason, you are not able to complete the race, please report to the main scoring table and indicate that you are a DNF “Did Not Finish”  This will help the race promotion crew in the scoring process and confirm your

“where abouts” for safety reasons.

10.  After completing your first race: “Congratulations, you’re a mountain bike racer now”!  Results will be posted as soon as all racers have finished and all times scored. Awards ceremony will follow at the conclusion of all the races.  Start setting goals and making plans for the next UFD Race!


Before the Race…Training

You should be able to ride for 3-4 hours at a sustained pace without calling your significant other to pick you up.  You should be able to diagnose and perform most basic repairs on your bike.  Taking a little time to pick up some mechanical skills can benefit you in these races.  It’s not a bad idea to do a little running.  When you are really tired, you may be walking your bike.

Basic Equipment

Bike- Your bike should be in excellent running condition.  This event is not the time to ride that worn out chain for one more event. You’ll be surprised at the toll an event like this can take on your bike.

Tools & Parts- In the case of Rapture in Misery take enough tools to help you finish a lap in the case of a mechanical. Carry two tubes, tire pump, Allen set and chain tool.  And make sure you know how to use them.  Don’t wait until the event to try out a new CO2 inflation system…know how to use it beforehand.  In the case of the epic style events, We suggest adding a spoke wrench, a couple more tubes, extra chain links, duct tape, zip-ties, and prayer.

During the Race

Pace…if you get tired, take a rest.  Don’t start the race too hard.  Remember the Tortise and the Hare?  This is a long race…you’ll be surprised how much ground you’ll make/gain at the end if you stay consistent.

Crashing is bad.  It will affect your performance and possibly that of your bike. Try not to crash…unless it is in front of our photographer…then it is encouraged…nothing is better than a good crash photo.

Some of the trails you will be riding are intermediate to expert level trails.  If you feel nervous about riding a section you might consider getting off the bike and walking.  Nothing is worse than a broken body and a broken bike.   Sometimes walking is a good break anyway.

Water.  This is a must.

Food.  In training, note what works well for you. Also, bring a large variety of food.  You never know what might sound good to you after many hours in the saddle.  Personal favorites that fall outside of the traditional sports nutrition

category: Ensure (big calories), Sour Gummy worms, fried chicken, pretzels, graham crackers and peanut butter, grocery store pastries, peppermints, baked potatoes.  These are examples… find out what works for you and what you’ll like to eat when tired.

The Weather

Temperatures may range from below freezing to 70 degrees and can vary dramatically in the course of a couple hours. Be prepared to ride in anything from extreme cold and rain weather gear to shorts and short sleeves.