First Time Cross Country Racer?

Here are a few things you should know to get you started.

Time to get started!

If you’ve stumbled upon this page, it’s safe to say that you’re interested in getting started with cross country racing. If so, great! Let the fun begin by understanding what to expect and how starting out can be made easy for beginners or those new to riding altogether.

Protect Your Equipment

We know you’re ready to go out and ride your bike like the pros, but first, here are some ways you can show your bike some love.  You should consider normal maintenance as well as a few other things when taking care of your bike. In order to race properly, you should invest in a variety of bike guards. These include skid plates for your bicycle’s frame and protection from the elements such as handguards or rotor/brake guards. You can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars by buying these accessories which are often overlooked but essential to protect yourself while racing  all season long!

Bike Gear- Get the Safety You Need for Your Next Ride With MSXC!

Having reliable protective gear will provide safety on race day. Make sure your full face helmet is DOT approved and no more than 5 years old. Goggles protect you from wind or debris during the race and wearing gloves allows more grip power when racing at high speeds! You will also want to buy riding boots and chest gear. Want to spoil yourself? Go grab some knee guards or braces. Lastly, don’t forget your water pack. Staying hydrated is key to a long distance race. You may consider bringing along a friend that you can depend on to feed you water mid-race. 

Getting to the Race

No matter what vehicle you choose to transport your bike, it is important that you prepare yourself and the driver for unpredictable weather. This means having a backup plan in case of mud, rain or dusty conditions.

Before the Race

Have a goal of being fully prepared two days before the race. That way, if you fall short there is still some time for last minute preparations. Have someone else accompany you on your journey to make sure that everything goes smoothly and according to plan. Make an itemized list of everything needed at least 2 days prior so any issues can be addressed in advance rather than during the trek itself when it might create difficulties or delays.

Hydrate the day before.  Drinking too much water on your way to the race will lead to more pit stops and less energy for the actual race. Preparing for a race is important and can affect how you feel on race day. Before the big event, eat clean to stay energized throughout the competition. Bring enough food and water to the race and remember, you will be hungry after.  Do not eat heavily within an hour of the race. Use this time to consume whole, healthy snacks like veggies fruits , veggies and nuts. 

When You Arrive

Once you arrive at the race, pay attention to the signs and our on-site staff. Your first time may be a little overwhelming, but we make it easy to find your way around.

Let’s start with the basics. First, you’ll want to look for a sign that says “Registration.” This is where you can check-in and receive your stickers and transponders. If you pre-registered then an envelope with your items will be ready here. Finally, each race has its own parking rules so pay attention to our on-site staff. Try to make your decision before arriving on where you would like to park, i.e. track side, or closer to the start. 


The registration area is will typically be found closer to the entrance of vendor’s row. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR HELMET, PHOTO I.D., and CASH. When you arrive at the booth you will fill out your registration form and select your class. Your class is based on your bike size and skill level. If you do not know your skill level, one of our staff members will be happy to help!

Rules of the Races

We know how eager you are to get out there and start winning, but first make your self as familiar as you can with the rules of the races. You can find the rules here as well as a downloadable and printable PDF. 

The Pits

The pits offers a little bit of everything. The vendors are amazing. You can get everything you need here, including food and entertainment! It’s a great place to relax because everyone is so friendly- don’t be shy or stressed out about anything since most people there are happy to make new friends.

Ready to have a blast?

No matter what your goals, whether you’re racing for fun or if you want to race professionally, we’re here to make it easy and fun! So gear up, and we’ll see you at the next race!

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