As Joe mentioned so eloquently yesterday, I am planning on doing a Roubaix-style race this Sunday. This will be my first race in such an event (I’ve never done any kind of road racing), and would appreciate any advice, tips, or tricks my fellow racers might be able to provide.
First question… tires. I have thrown some of these puppies on: Challenge Parigi Roubaix clinchers. They are pretty wide, with a chevron-style tread. But the forecast for Sunday is rain. If it ends up being wet, should I go with my Michelin Mud 2 CX tires instead? And what pressure should I run?
Second question… repair kit. I was going to bring two spare tubes, a patch kit, and a pump. What else should I bring (there will be no support vehicles or stations)? Chain tool? Multi-tool? Really, if I have a major mechanical, I was thinking the only really important tool would be a cell phone to call someone to pick me up.
Apparently the group gets pretty fractured (everyone from elite to me start at the same time). How do I make sure I don’t end up racing by myself, or in too slow of a group (I know, unlikely scenario)?
Helmet… is it lame to wear a visor in such a race? Help me to not to look like a dork.
That’s all I can think of… any other wisdom you can impart?