Q: Dallas White Rock Lake Adventure Race: Will we need a city map & can we use a road bike?
A: We’ll provide maps IF they are needed for any race. It’s always good to bring a Ziploc baggie, a highlighter and a marking pen to an adventure race…just in case. You can also bring a compass, but NEVER a GPS, unless you want to be disqualified. A1: No road bikes are allowed, though you may change tires during the race. NOTE: The White Rock race does go off road.
Q: What type of shoes, clothing and gear should I wear for a 2-3 Hour Sprint Adventure Race?
A: Shoes: Here is what we see most. The racers that have lots of cycling experience and have bike shoes with cleats will typically switch shoes during the race for each event. Other teams choose to do the entire race in their running shoes and regular bike pedals. You will obviously have a quicker transition without switching shoes, but probably a slower bike leg if you are doing it in running shoes vs. cycling shoes (provided the bike leg is long enough and fast). What you choose on race day is up to you, as you consider a combination of your cycling ability, the terrain & trail conditions, whether the bike leg is split up with running or continuous and finally how you will function with your teammate.
Clothing: In the shorter races, no one takes time to change clothes. Most racers will wear what I call a triathlon short with a thin pad. You almost always get wet in the paddling section, so you can still run in them because the pad is thin, but yet there is enough protection from the pad for the bike also. Plano Cycling & Fitness and Richardson Bike Mart carry them if you live in the Dallas area, and they’re surely happy to mail you a pair. That is not to say you can’t race in something else. Some racers compete in running shorts, or gym shorts, or cycling shorts. For 2-3 hours, you can do almost anything….but the tri-shorts will leave you in the best condition after the race. I’ve even seen a Superman and Batgirl costume at a race. For the upper body, the women typically wear jog bras and a technical fabric shirt that breathes well, or a t-shirt. The guys will also wear either a technical fabric shirt or a t-shirt. If it is cooler temperatures, be prepared with either tights or knee warmers for your legs, full finger cycling gloves, and a long sleeve technical fabric shirt that breaths well for your upper body and that has sleeves that can easily be pushed up if you get hot. Also consider layers when it is cooler temperatures and light jackets for wind or rain. Remember, once you start racing you’ll warm up FAST.