CX Es­sen­tials

Gear for be­fore and af­ter the race You have to look af­ter your­self and your bike be­fore and af­ter a cy­clocross race. Here are a few top items that will help to make race day a lit­tle bit bet­ter, no mat­ter how your legs are feel­ing.

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Gear for be­fore and af­ter the race

You want to get your tire pres­sure just right for the best grip on the course. The Sch­walbe Air­max Pro dig­i­tal pres­sure gauge A ($ 29, schwal­be­tires.com) can give you an ac­cu­rate read­ing in sec­onds in p.s.i., bar, kpa, or kg/cm2. It’s com­pat­i­ble with Presta and Schrader valves.

The light­weight Castelli Cross Pre­race jacket B ($ 345, castelli-cy­cling.com) keeps the chill away be­fore you get to the start line. Pri­maloft 60 in­su­la­tion at the front keeps heat in, while wa­ter­re­pel­lent sleeves and back pan­els keep wa­ter out. Ahead of race day, you might want to work on balling this jacket up and toss­ing it ac­cu­rately. The jacket looks pro, so you want to look pro chuck­ing it to your friend on the other side of the tape ahead of the start gun. You don’t have to jam a bot­tle in your jersey pocket or mount a bot­tle cage to stay hy­drated dur­ing your pre-ride. The Fab­ric cage­less bot­tle C ($ 19, fab­ric.cc) comes with two bolts that sit proud of your down tube. The bot­tle slides onto these bolts di­rectly. Once you’ve fin­ished pre-rid­ing the course, leave the bot­tle some­where safe and your bike is ready for you to shoul­der and carry up any run-up.

While most races have a bike-wash sta­tion, you can avoid the line with the Moun­tain­washer D ($ 199, mec.ca). Fill up its 15-l reser­voir, and then hose your bike down with spray gun, shower head or bush at­tach­ment. The washer runs off of a 12-volt out­let i n your ve­hi­cle. The wa­ter comes out at 43.5– 130.5 p.s.i., so the spray is safe for the fin­ish on your frame, and around the seals and bear­ings.—

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