I entered my first hare scramble on Sunday. It was a blast, but very, very tiring. I am use to riding 4+hrs strait, so it wasn't horrible, but I took a bad spill and all the nervousness makes you feel worse. It was a learning experience, and I didn't go out to win my first race, just to finish. I learned a lot. Here are a few things I learned for other newbies like me. I have only been riding for the last 4 months, so I'm still fresh. 1. NEW TIRES. Mine were so so, I figured I wasn't going to win, so why bother:bonk:. I was wrong, I would not have fallen if my back tire didn't lock up on the slippery down slope. The front washed out a lot b/c the side lugs are all torn off. 2. Eat breakfast and take a shit b4 you go. I didn't have breakfast and needed to take a crap:moon: before it started. 3. Stand up more! I sit way too much. All the faster guys:ride: were standing when they passed me. 4. Don't go out the way to let others pass. They will pass when they can:worthy:, I lost a few places from letting another rider pass and nearly fell my self. 5. Try to get a decent start, easier to be up front than trying to pass all the slower riders. 6. Try not to fall:banghead:, there was a guy I kept having to pass b/c I would fall and he wouldn't, even though I was riding faster than he was. He was very consistent. These are a few pics that I show up in. The rest are at http://es.zooomr.com/photos/oswaldoavalos/ My next race is in November, but I don't know if my schedule will permit. It was a blast and I recommend all bike owners to do at least one race. How often do you ride with 120 other bike nuts like yourself?