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  1. fumanchu

    fumanchu Limited User

    Dec 25, 2015
    First time poster here so "Hello everyone!"

    I'm new to the sport (first bike purchase last fall) and to ODSC & OFTR events. I plan on riding in Simcoe county forests mostly but want go to events too. Planning on attending the Beagke Bash trail ride & would appreciate any good advice for a noob around preparing for and/or participating in an event like this. Wouldn't mind knowing if other novices are going too so I could maybe nake contact with some folks there.

    Thanks in advance !
  2. OFTR


    Mar 5, 2016
    Make sure you have water with you, in a camel bak or similar. Take in water after every section of single at a minimum. Have fun. Ride the single track at a relaxed pace. Don't worry about trying to keep up with faster riders. If you go in too hard at the start, you'll be pooched before the end of the first or second section. Single track is kinda hard at first when you're new, but it gets easier as you learn. Even then, it's still physically demanding. Have fun. Ride at a pace you can sustain for 3-4 hours. There's nothing undoable on this course for novice riders.
    Don't be afraid to skip sections if you're getting tired. Have fun. Don't be afraid to take a few minute break here and there if you need it.
    Go to the gas stop even if your bike doesn't need it - you will. Slosh down a gatorade there, and have some chips or something salty.
    Just make sure you're following the arrows they tell you about in the riders meeting. Make sure you're at the riders meeting - they'll sound a horn telling riders to get to the meeting. There are 2 riders meetings; the first one is for the enduro, the second one 1/2-3/4 hour later is for the trail ride. Have fun.
    I suggest arriving at least an hour before start time. This will give you lots of time to get ready, get signed in, sound test etc. and figure things out as a newby. That hour will go by quick.

    Air your tires down to about 12 lbs or so.
    Have good boots, gloves, some kind of upper body protection as well as knee protection.
    Have your bike ready for basic tech/sound inspection; under 94 db, mirror, working headlight, brakelight, etc.

    Don't be afraid to ask questions of anyone around you at the start and thru the day. People are helpful.

    Perhaps ask the organizers to announce at the riders meeting about other novices.

    Welcome to the addiction :)
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2016
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  3. 2006KLX250S

    2006KLX250S ODSC-OFTR Member

    Aug 20, 2015
    Addiction is right. I ride that area often enough if youre looking for ppl to ride with. Usually can get at least a couple others to join me when I go down that way.