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What's a solid time up Mt. Falcon for someone who's going to be entering their first race soon(if achilles allows it)? I'd like to atleast place half way up in beginner and was wondering if that's a reasonable expectation based on my time up Falcon. I've seen a few posts on the internet about sub-30 times...damn!! I hope those are pro-level racers! :eekster:
 

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What's a solid time up Mt. Falcon for someone who's going to be entering their first race soon(if achilles allows it)? I'd like to atleast place half way up in beginner and was wondering if that's a reasonable expectation based on my time up Falcon. I've seen a few posts on the internet about sub-30 times...damn!! I hope those are pro-level racers! :eekster:
I would say you need to be around 35 minutes to do well in beginner, under 30 to be top of sport, and under 28 to be top in expert. I'm talking east parking lot to the shelter.
 

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Chuck Norris can do it in 3 minutes... twice.

 

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Just a thought but if ANYONE on this board is climbing Chimney in 35 minutes and is racing as a beginner...PONY UP and change your class.

Chuck Norris is sandbagging...NORBA has him listed as sport.:p
 

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Just a thought but if ANYONE on this board is climbing Chimney in 35 minutes and is racing as a beginner...PONY UP and change your class.

Chuck Norris is sandbagging...NORBA has him listed as sport.:p
The OP was for Mt. Falcon miSSionman, not Chimney :ciappa: ....but yeah if you can climb either Mt. Falcon or Chimney in 35 min. or less and are in Beginner class I'd say you're sandbagging :nono:
 

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The OP was for Mt. Falcon miSSionman, not Chimney :ciappa: ....but yeah if you can climb either Mt. Falcon or Chimney in 35 min. or less and are in Beginner class I'd say you're sandbagging :nono:
Right~I just ate paste so got Chimney and Falcon mixed up...I am productive today.:skep:
 

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I would concur with BipedZed. If you're under 30, you're doing well. A solid Pro rider will turn in a time in the low 20's.

However, a 30 minute effort only tells you have fast you can go for 30 min. Most XC races are 3-4 times as long! Furthermore, don't let your PR up Falcon convince/deter you from racing. Take it from someone who races a lot, the pleasure of racing isn't the result, it's the battle within yourself that is most exilarating! Sure, doing well against others is motivating, but doing better than YOU think you can do is why we race.

So, if you're ready, don't hesitate! Zip tie that number plate on, and give 'er hell!
 

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The Best way to figure out where you are as a racer, is to enter the race as a beginner and experience it. That said, any training, riding, and hauling butt to the top of anything can only make you stronger.

I know a guy that races sport and places in the top 15 and does Chimney gulch in 40 to 45 minutes.

There was a pro Yeti Racer (Pam?) that now works at Cherry Creek Athletic club that did Mt. Falcon in 33 minutes....

I haven't timed myself in a while, but 45 minutes to mt falcon was about my time. I rode up there once when a trail runner (and all of his 20 buddies) were hitting the parking lot (lower) to the bench in 20 minutes flat. That's hauling! They passed most bikers on the DH too.
 

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mtbjedi1 said:
I would concur with BipedZed. If you're under 30, you're doing well. A solid Pro rider will turn in a time in the low 20's.

However, a 30 minute effort only tells you have fast you can go for 30 min. Most XC races are 3-4 times as long! Furthermore, don't let your PR up Falcon convince/deter you from racing. Take it from someone who races a lot, the pleasure of racing isn't the result, it's the battle within yourself that is most exilarating! Sure, doing well against others is motivating, but doing better than YOU think you can do is why we race.

So, if you're ready, don't hesitate! Zip tie that number plate on, and give 'er hell!
Yeah, but everybody else gets all weird when you take a nap during an XC race (in a pinch, a camelback makes a great pillow). It seems that you're supposed to train and stuff before you race.
 

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How are your descending and bike handling skills? If you feel that you are balanced in climbing and descending and are doing sub 30 Falcon times you should do OK in Sport Class.
 

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the pleasure of racing isn't the result, it's the battle within yourself that is most exilarating! Sure, doing well against others is motivating, but doing better than YOU think you can do is why we race.
The *pleasure* of racing is when you get to look down and heckle all the losers from the podium!

This is merely conjecture on my part; haven't actually had an opportunity to experience it.
 

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IndecentExposure I haven't timed myself in a while said:
IE, thank you, I was starting to feel like I was quite the slug, cause 45-50 min is my range, heck, I know where I am at 25 min, and it is no where near the shelter.
 

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Well, looks like I'll get my a** kicked but oh well, it should still be fun! I'm looking at signing up for the Eldora race next month so maybe I'll see some of you guys there.

By the way, are there any local races near the Littleton/Highlands Ranch area? I've looked everywhere but can't seem to find a single one.
 

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Well, looks like I'll get my a** kicked but oh well, it should still be fun!
That's the right attitude! We ALL got our asses kicked when we started, but you have to start somewhere. Like someone else mentioned, it's the self-improvement that was the most rewarding for me when I was racing, not necessarily podiums, although those are great too. When I first started racing in CO, I was struggling to break 50 minutes on the Falcon climb. At my peak I was doing the same climb in 27 minutes - so enjoy your first race and let it motivate you to continue to improve.
 

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Well, looks like I'll get my a** kicked but oh well, it should still be fun! I'm looking at signing up for the Eldora race next month so maybe I'll see some of you guys there.
Hey acro, I'll most likely be doing that race too in the sport class. Have fun and good luck. See you there.
 

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Last year I timed it and was at 33.5 minutes. I don't do shorter XC races, but if I entered one I would go as a beginner, but that's because I've never done an XC race.

I think I remember reading that the one-legged rider that recently died (diabetes?) was sub-30 on Falcon.
 

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just do it. go race!!!

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If it hurts any more than blowing up my legs at Hall last Monday I think I'll love it!! I'll just have to see if it works out that weekend with my Mom being in town.

Looks like Friday AM or Saturday PM is going to be the first Mt. Falcon ride this year. I know you've got to work but if for some reason you can make it let me know. That would be sweeeeeet!! See ya...
 

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How are your descending and bike handling skills? If you feel that you are balanced in climbing and descending and are doing sub 30 Falcon times you should do OK in Sport Class.
Or you'd still be okay in expert and wouldn't be sandbagging.;)
 
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