TR Super Poster
Joined: 29 Jan 2004
Location: Bowen Island/Vancouver, BC
|Posted: Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:49 pm Post subject: Looking for a partner? Here are some tips.
|The TR is a great event, but for many people the prospect of 7 days of riding is a bit much. Hence some of us may have to go beyond our circle of regular riding partners to find someone determined and/or silly enough to do the race.
If you are looking for a partner on the Singles Bar here are a few things you should probably include in your posting.
-Location (You'll probably like to go for a few "first date" rides with procpective partners
-Age and gender (Some people may be hoping to compete in a specific category and need to find a partner to fit.)
-The model of bike you ride (This will give prospctive partners a bit of a hint about your style of riding. If you are on a carbon hardtail they should probably expect to go hard and fast all day long. However if you are on a 6" and 6"/150mm x 150mm all mountain bike then they should expect to have a bit more fun on the descents than the climbs.)
-Your racing history (Is this the first multi-day race you've done, or do you have a few TransAlps under your belt. Also, what sort of results have your achieved? Top 1/2 of the field, top 10 in your age group etc. My goal in XC races is the overall winner's time plus 50%. This seems to be a useful benchmark for some people.)
-Your riding style/schedule (Are you a roadie looking for a first serious off-road expereince, or an experienced downhiller? Do you commute 30 kms by bike every day, or try to squeeze all of your rides into the weekend?)
-Your goals for the race (Race, ride, take lots of photos etc.)
Hope this helps.