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Hi all, I raced for the first time at switchback my track here in butler Pennsylvania and it was a 55 minute race 75% track 25% trail and about halfway through my hands and fingers really started to cramp and it became painful. I am planning on racing awrcs(2hrs) in the spring and I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what they did to solve it, thanks. Also I do not get "arm pump" at least I haven't ever got it yet.

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yup.  ride more!!!  toughen those hands up.  happens all the time at the start of the summer, or after ive taken a few weeks off due to work/rebuild, whatever.  ive had them cramp so bad I could barely open them enough to take them off the bars, I damn near needed to get pulled off the bike!

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Hi all, I raced for the first time at switchback my track here in butler Pennsylvania and it was a 55 minute race 75% track 25% trail and about halfway through my hands and fingers really started to cramp and it became painful. I am planning on racing awrcs(2hrs) in the spring and I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and what they did to solve it, thanks. Also I do not get "arm pump" at least I haven't ever got it yet.

Hydrate and eat bananas for a couple days before the race. Avoid coffee and alcohol at the same time. Also, quit hanging on so tight.

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Hydrate and eat bananas for a couple days before the race. Avoid coffee and alcohol at the same time. Also, quit hanging on so tight.

I was thinking about the bannas and I try to drink as much water as possible and I don't drink coffee or alcohol so that's not an issue. But I think I was hanging on so tight because it was my first race and I was nervous and also the 250 two stroke power probably didn't help that issue lol

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Avoid coffee and alcohol at the same time.

Jesus christ man... just go ahead and kill me already... :cry:

I am just a beginner and an old man to boot, I still get sore hands and fingers but I got a pair of those spring hand squeeze exercise things and leave them on the coffee table where I watch the boob tube, while I am not cured they definitely have made a difference....

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Cheers,

Jon 

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Keep your fingers off the clutch and break levers unless you need them.  Lots of people in that other thread said I was nuts, but they didn't read all my posts apparently.  Note the italicized part of the first sentence. ;)   Hands fully on grips...as loose as you can.

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Gripping with all might is what you want to do when riding a punchy bike like a 250 2t but really its being relaxed and having proper body positioning. My fingers KILL ME after the first 10-15 minutes but I usually stop under a shade tree. Kill the bike. And press my fingers back on the grips to relieve the pressure. After I do that I looses up a bit. Works every time. Lately I have been lifting and trying to strengthen my hands arms and lose weight - gain stamina. I know MX doesn't spell out fit but being fit is definitely #1 or #2 on the list to be able to push like in a race.

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I do the same thing in races but can play ride at the same pace with out cramping. You just have to focus on not gripping the bars too tight.

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