Ask A Student: Your First Race

“Racing can be scary but there are always people on the trail and in Pit Zone to support you. It’s important to keep that in mind and to go out and enjoy yourself.”


“Give yourself a break, especially if it’s your first race. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Also, you don’t really need to bring a full waterpack, a water bottle is usually enough to get through the race”


“Everyone gets nervous on the starting line. To manage my nerves, I like to feel prepared so I pre-ride everything 2x so that I know every nook and cranny of the trail. I also rely on my friends to take my mind off the race and time flies”


“It’s a bike race, it’s going to hurt a bit for everyone, remember that your suffering is likely shared, and that the harder you work, the better the feeling of reward after!”


“Make friends and connect with everyone!”


“Remember, the race isn’t just about the competition, it’s also about having fun and being outside with like-minded people!”


“Racing is scary. It’s ok to get nervous, that means you care. Don’t be afraid of being nervous or unsettled, go out and have fun and do your best!”


“Just have fun and relax. Also, to try to drink and eat good foods that won’t upset you during the race. Oh, and don’t go so hard at the very start!”