Hi! Just signed up and extremely new to mountain biking. In fact, have been using a 1977 Schwinn Continental for most of the mild off pavement stuff. I think it is time to upgrade. I have some bikes in mind, but, more importantly, I am considering entering a race in October - The Chupacabras 100k. I am active on my road bike, averaging about 125 miles per week. It's time to play in the dirt. I have found data info on this ride and looking for more current info. Before registering, I want to make sure that I can handle the dirt. First things first, yeah, the bike...this week. Second - anyone have any thoughts on some skills programs? Mountain Bike training...do's and don'ts - maybe a mountain bike clinic of sorts? I have seen the You Tube stuff and that is great, but I find it best to by-pass some of the trial, error, repair and hospital expense and seek out the Pro's. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated. Lastly, I don't don the bibs of a younger rider. By the time this race comes to pass, so to will be the passing of my 6th decade on this rock! Thank you!
Wow, the Chupacabras is a heck of a race to cut your teeth on. I ran it twice in 2000 and 2001. Roadbiking will give you a good cardio base but handling the technical sections takes practice. Walk any sections you feel unsure of. Lots of racers do. Also, most ride a hardtail for this race.