Did you see the latest on the WWW? Cyclocross is coming. In fact, depending on where you live it might already be here.
It seems that in the last few weeks of August, so many people start to get into cyclocross-panic mode.
Stress about tires. Panic about tire pressure. Worry about mounts/dismounts. Much chatter about call-ups. So much stress and worry.
Well, here is what I think about all of this cyclocross panic:
- Why are you racing cyclocross?
- Are you a professional cyclocross racer who is making a living racing your bike?
- Why are you freaking out?
As someone who has raced a lot of cyclocross at many different levels in many different countries – I can attest to the cyclocross-panic mode being universal. I also think it’s getting worse with every passing year.
If your dismount before the barrier is not super smooth – it’s okay. Sure, you haven’t been running – that’s okay – you’re a cyclist. And yes, even the top pros grab a handful of brake when they know they shouldn’t.
Have fun. Go out and race. Keep some perspective on why you’re racing. Don’t get sucked into spending hours obsessing over call-ups.
Get on your bike. Line up. Start hard. Keep your head up. Look through the corners for your exit.
Set your dismount speed. Remount when you’re ready (the number of steps after the barrier doesn’t matter).
Try not to brake too much but remember a controlled speed is always better than chaos.
Be friendly to the other racers. Thank the organizers. Encourage people when you’re standing on the sidelines watching.
Remember that it’s bike riding.
It’s cyclocross season – it’s the best time of the year. So enjoy it. Stop stressing.
See how much fun it is when you smile and goof around?