preparing for an xc race

fat and happy
fat and happy Posts: 76
edited May 2007 in XC and Enduro
Ok, so I have decided to enter a race later this year, but was wondering if you guys could give me any tips for training/ race preparation/ race selection.
Im only 17, so would be looking to enter a race with age catagories, and I do xc running, so am quite fit but dont know much about training on a bike- any tips welcome.
Was looking at the pro cup, would that be a good first race?
Also im not looking to spend much more money on upgrading my bike (a hardrock which im slowly upgrading)but if anyone has any cheap ideas please let me know.