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post #1 of 8 Old February 7th, 2019, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
 
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Tips for Racing first time

So I'm planning to enter my first race in a few months. It's a woods race, very muddy and rocky. Kinda like GNCC I guess. Trails are wider though as the main event here is full-size trucks and buggies. It's an endurance race consisting of a 3-5 mile loop and generally runs about 2 hours of race time. I'll be running my basically stock XP1K with the required safety gear. I'm looking to ease into this and finish rather than win. I'm only expecting 10-15 entries in the UTV class. Any tips on what my strategy should be? Right now I'm thinking take it easy and finish. my buddy, who races a full-size buggy, finished 2nd in class last race simply because he finished. It can be pretty brutal -think amateur Ultra4. Any input from guys who've raced before is more than welcome. Thanks!
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Re: Tips for Racing first time

1st race, 1,) FINNISH! 2,) Control yourself 1st lap, most wrecks occur then because you are over amped, you can go faster 2nd lap as you learn the course and pace. 3.) Don’t worry about the other guy, run the pace that saves your machine and 4.) HAVE FUN, that is why you entered right? You are super bummed after when you have to fix a rig because you where racing someone just to beat them , let them pass. I stay in 4x4 mode the whole time for better control also, good luck.
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Thanks! Yeah thatís pretty much what I was thinking.
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Re: Tips for Racing first time

good advice there ^^

Check with the rules, if you can walk or mountain bike the course the day before, thatís huge. Make notes of bottlenecks, hills, mud and possible passing sections.

You wanna keep a good pace, itís not a trail ride but donít bust your machine up... fine line there. You should be able to get into a good groove after your first couple laps... 50% of the guys will put themselves out by going to hard the first two laps... you can gain a lot of ground.

Make sure you train, cardio is important here, helps with arm/leg pump and keeping your wits about you. If you get tired you start doing dumb shit, that ainít good. Make sure you hydrate... and remember to breathe; so much other stuff going you can forget. (Seriously, you will find yourself holding your breath...donít)

Maintain your buggy, grease everything, new fluids, air filter and top off fuel. I liked to that a couple days before the race, helps get your mind in the right place. Most of racing is mental... go to your happy place lol

Have fun, itís very addicting...


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Re: Tips for Racing first time

Where is the race? I just got my 1st SxS and I'd be interested in racing as well. Ive never raced by slow and steady sounds about right. Finish and learn for the next race. Im in the Sourheast.

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Re: Tips for Racing first time

The race is in central PA. Line Mountain. Right near AOAA. They have 4 or 5 throughout the year. Lots of different categories-bikes, quads, trikes, several different full-size. But only one UTV class as of now, so I could be racing against anything from a Rhino660 to a Turbo S. Apparently though, the turbo machines donít have an advantage here because of the terrain and the belt life. Thatís what I was told last time I was there to spectate. Thanks for the advice guys!
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Re: Tips for Racing first time

Who is the race promoter? When is it? I am trying to get into racing my self, just posted about my 900S build. I am in south eastern PA and the D6 Hare Scramble series is running a few SxS races this year. That is the only ďlocalĒ series I know of. I like the sound of the track/race set up you are talking about, would love to get some more info! Thanks
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Itís called Line Mountain. Located in Coal Township. They used to have a website, but now only on bookface, which I donít do, but if youíre on there you should be able to find it.
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