So Friday evening we headed up to Brad P's house. He grew up in the same neighborhood as me in Pinckney and moved out to Phoenix in 94 or 95. I still remember going out to visit him to do Cactus Cup way back then...
|Had to rock the Bontrager skinsuit!|
Aero to make up for the heavy bike!
So once again I found myself on a start line of an MBAA race w/ a trail bike. That's right I raced XC on my Remedy 9. Luckily the courses out here are a little more tech than the courses back home. I was able to suffer through the climbs (Remedy pedals pretty good) and use the 140mm of travel and Rock Shox Reverb dropper post to my advantage on the descents. Of course after the dust settled I was locked in with Travis Woodruff my buddy and Momentum Endurance coaching colleague. Ben Sonntag of Durango and Bryson Perry of SLC were long gone. Trav would try to drop me on each climb and I would try to recover on each descent. With 1.5 to go I tried attacking the descent and got a gap, but Trav closed on the pedaling section. It was a heated battle that came down to the last corner. I tried to stay patient. I was riding the corners a little better(maybe it was the 2.35 knobbies) than Trav and when he started to slide I went. It was just enough grip to get the last spot on the podium!
First race of the year!
That evening I was pretty smashed and vegged on the couch and watched all the Olympics that I could handle.
|Supersition Mtns in the background.|
I have also been doing some testing for Wolftooth Components since I have been out here. Midwest proud! Lets just say I am really impressed. I was pretty happy to be running the light set up while Trav was crushing me on the climbs in the race last weekend!
I was able to remove my front shifter, f. der, inner & outer chainring, cables, housing, and frame fittings and replace with a WT 34 narrow/wide chainring.
|Clean look and light weight.|
So far the set up has been flawless and I have done everything from racing XC to 4 hour trails rides, to gnarly 2 + hour descents...not a single dropped chain.
All you need is a Shimano R. Der. with a locking clutch and you can do it....I actually ran this setup on my Superfly for Iceman this year.
The exciting part is the new GC(Giant Cog). Its a replacement cog to convert your Shimano cassette to an 11-42. You simply remove the 17t cassette and spacer and install the 42 GC on the inside of the cassette.
The production models will be available soon and improvements have been made(not sure how you can improve perfect though!)
This weekend I'm hoping to make it up to the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo and have some fun ripping more trails! WooHooo - Thanks for reading. Next up - Training in Tucson w/ the Czech's!