How to race an Xtracycle – 10 things I learned at the 18 Hours of Fruita

May 4, 2009
The team of Xtracycles

The team of Xtracycles

1.   Take turns wide

2.    Standing while climbing is not recommended; make sure you have a granny gear

3.    Fenders are not recommended when it’s raining – even if it is your townie. Mud gets caught and makes the tires not move

4.    The xtra weight very likely will cause your chain to break if you crank up too hard a hill

5.    The one guy you pass probably totally feels like a looser that he just got passed by a girl on a long bike

6.    When the bike you ride is decorated purple with a glow skull, flags, spoke cards and spray-painted, you feel like aimg_3029 total stud

7.    A start time of midnight makes for a long day, even when you only ride once. Got to cheer on the rest of the team!

8.    The blowup doll strapped on the back of the Xtra is necessary at least for one lap

9.    Beer tastes xtra good – especially when the New Belgium tent is only steps away from the finish line

10.  It’s the most fun on two wheels

Cranking up the final push
Cranking up the final push


  1. Broke the chain, eh???

    I’ve always wanted to do a long race. One of these y’ars…

    Comment by siouxgeonz — May 4, 2009 @ 1:31 pm

  2. my husband broke his chain a few hundred yards from the start – so i spent my lap fretting i would do the same thing!

    Comment by jess — May 4, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

  3. what fork do you have on that specialized?

    Comment by thomas — May 4, 2009 @ 3:21 pm

  4. That specialized it my friend Dan’s bike… looks like that fork could use some lovin….

    Comment by jess — May 6, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

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