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JeffOYB Posted - Jan 22 2013 : 3:07:01 PM
Is there any sense that our Michigan race courses are a bit too easy, that they reward pure power and flat-out speed more than handling or nimble skill?

Many mtbike races have sections of singletrack that let those with more skill make up ground on the those who got ahead on power alone.

Sections that reward handling skill don't have to be very difficult and they can be set with any equipment at any width -- just make the course twist and wind a lot more in a particular section and have it go up and down a sidehill/sideslope area, maybe give it an offcamber turn or two. Of course, the narrower you're willing/able to set the more "color" a course can have.

Even some road bike races (often) and running races (occasionally) will throw in sections that require more skill and give athletes with different skillsets a chance to shine.

--Jeff Potter
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JeffOYB Posted - Feb 21 2013 : 11:03:39 AM
Well, was the technical aspect fun? A plus in your view?

What about the higher high speed?

Now, there are different kinds of technical -- some add adrenalin and danger to the mix and not everybody likes that.

Cyclocross seems to have slower speed trickiness required. Mtbiking seems like it might, more often, have the "whoa, I'm going way too fast" feel and a different skillset. I could see XC skiing being laid out to give scary challenge -- and not always being more alluring for it.

These differences might seem subtle but they're major differences in cycling attraction so maybe skiing should attend to them. I don't know the right terms for them. Maybe highspeed-technical and lowspeed-technical are good enough for now. "Lowspeed-technical" doesn't seem like it would be much fun but maybe like with cyclocross you would need to experience it to "get it."

--Jeff Potter
dirtkahuna Posted - Feb 19 2013 : 3:53:27 PM
The Forbush Corners race required a lot of technical skills, especially in the first 1/3. It's been a while since we had to twist and turn so much, often at considerable speed. I also believe I hit my maximum speed of the year out there on the "Back 40" section! Forums © 2004-14 Go To Top Of Page
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