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4/12/08 Practice, Practice, Practice

One of the most challenging technical aspects of Team RAAM are Racer Exchanges. With Exchanges, a primary component, as with the entire race, is safety. You must be safe with your Racer Exchanges.

What should you do? First off, read the Racer Exchange Rules (sections 1125-1130). Then read them again. Now simluate this with your favorite old toy cars, or anything else you can imagine being a couple vehicles and a couple bikes. You will quickly see the various possibilities and situations. You will want to review this with your racers and your crew so everyone knows how it works and what's happening.

Finally, it's time to put it into practice. If your team lives close go for a weekend long race simulation training ride. Practice Crew changes and racer exchanges. You can take that one step further and challenge a UMCA Record! What an accomplishment that would be. Read. Practice. Do. You'll be ready.


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