Bluebonnet Adventure Race (2016 TSCARS #1)



Q1: What type of shoes, clothing and gear should i wear for a 2-3 hour sprint adventure race?
A1: 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. Richardson Bike Mart carries 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.

Gear: You’ll need to be able to carry water with you and occasionally you’ll ride or run to the paddle, so you’ll need to be able to carry 50oz of water and your running shoes on your bike. A good pack holds a hydration bladder and some gear, plus the ability to tie things to it.

Note: You might want to go to Facebook page and look at the albums to get more of an idea of what the racers are wearing, how the race looks and just what all is going on. We hope you’re enjoying our races and feel free to email or call if you have a question.

Q2: How does the race work and what happens to all my gear while i am racing?
A2: We have a transition area roped off that you will place all your belongings in. Some teams will bring blankets, or a mat to mark their territory (within reason) within the transition area. It is first come, first serve, the morning of the race as to where you pick your transition area within the boundaries of the roped off area. There is a specific entry and exit to the transition area with a lane down the middle. Bikes must be walked through transition at all times. You are welcome to bring a cooler and chairs for your area. Remember, adventure racers are self-sufficient, so you are responsible for having enough fluids and food for the length of the race. You can refill on liquids and foods each time you come through transition area if you keep your cooler there. You might find a bike pump or tool box beneficial if you are mechanically inclined... no outside support is allowed once the race starts. Usually the race starts on foot, then paddle and then bike. Usually you will go through transition between each leg of the race. We will let you know in advance if you will be out on the course for say two disciplines of the race, so you can carry extra water and specific shoes if needed...

Q3: How does this race work with a teammate? do we each do a leg of the race or do we stay together?
A3: You must always stay with your teammate (within 20 seconds of each other). This is not a relay race. You can do whatever you can to help the slower person. For example - some racers actually tow the slower runner on the run with a bungee (that is up to each team). You may find this is hard to do when you are running on single track trails and trying to pass other teams, but there are plenty of jeep road sections also where a bungee can be beneficial. With practice, anything is possible!

Q4: What type of bike must I use?
A4: All racers must bring a mountain bike or mountain biased hybrid to every race, including the urban adventure races. A mountain bike and CPSC approved helmet is on the required gear list for each race.