I learned some valuable lessons from my first race. Some things to remember:
- Racing at 6800' bears little resemblence to biking at 1000'. Especially when you drive up 1 hour before you race.
- Repair your rear wheels before arriving late to register for your race
- Pre-ride the course -- I think my wrong turn at the finish might have cost me a minute or two.
- Elbow pads are not optional equipment. Do not find this out on a 6% downhill slope.