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Blood, Sweat, and Gears
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Is there an Arizona race that would well suited for beginners? I'm not ready yet but I would like to have a date that I can use as a training target. I really just want to compete against myself as more of a personal goal. Some type of reasonable distance, not real competitive and hopefully friendly type XC race to get my feet wet on and I will build from there.

BTW, I would like to be rich and taller too! Any help would be much appreciated. :D
 

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The MBAA beginners races are just that, for beginners. Most age groups (mens) have 30 or so racers and maybe a hand full those are competitive. Most races are between 10 to 12 miles. If you can ride that distance without stopping or having a mechanical you most likely wont finish last. I had a lot of fun racing Cat III back in the day.

Link:http://mbaa.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=20&Itemid=35
 

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Great suggestions, I will look into these. I should have clarified what I was referring to by "reasonable distance" I was trying to avoid the 12 & 24 Hour events that I have read about. Something under 20 miles sound reasonable and it appears that most of the above mentioned fits that criteria.
 

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Something I did when thinking of racing was to run the courses that the MBAA races on and compare my times to the finishers in the Cat 3 (beginner) class. It was free and relevant.

I also had two buddies that raced the same class so we had a few "mock-race" training rides. Check out mbaa.net for race courses and distances, most are there and those that aren't- well there are enough racers past and present that could help you with info too.

In fact- I am thinking of hitting McDowell Comp Loops tomorrow. I wasn't planning on running "race" loops, but maybe I will to see if I am faster than the Cat 3 class yet. I raced Sport with is Cat2 and want to race again-when I won't get lapped by hikers!
 
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