Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Race Report: Manitoba Provincial Mountain Bike Cup Race #2

Event: Sandilands Cross Country Mountain Bike Race

Category: Masters +40 Expert

Laps: 4 of 9 km

Kilometres: 100 km to the race, and 39 km race

Place: 2nd Masters Expert, 3 overall (i.e., across the line) Single Speed!

Bike Set-up:
Frame: Giant XTC 2 to 1 Single Speed

Wheel Set: (Front) Mavic 317 rim, Revolution Spoke with aluminium nipples, (Back) American Classic Single Speed Hub, Revolution Spokes with Aluminium nipples, Stand 355 Rims

Tires: Fast Freds 26 x 2.0 at 40 (front) and 50 (rear) psi

Fork: Sibex Rigid Mountain Bike Fork

Handle Bar: EC90 Carbon Straight Bar

Bar Ends: Serface Bar Ends

Stem: Syntace 99 mountain bike stem

Saddle: I-Fly

Stem: SDG aluminium post

Crank: some cheap 170 mm crank

BB: XT Square taper

Pedals: Eggs beater stainless steal

Other: Road handle bar tape, all Ti bolts, Bontrager race light tubes, Ultra flate CO2, Park race tool, Carbon H20 cage

Gear: 40/16

Bike Weight: 17 lbs 11 ounces

Weather: Sunny 20ÂșC with ~15 NNE Wind (a perfect race day)

Race Course Condition: Very fast, tacky soil with 3 huge deep puddles in the normal spots.

Race Course Changes: Danny R. added a new section just before we climb back up out of the escarpment pushing the lap distance up to an even 9 km. It is an undulating off camber section that swings around in a wide arch to hook up with the last climbing switch back. This course, which was once best defined as a “road race off-road” is becoming climber race. The course becomes more technical and challenging every year. I think we will have to have Provincials here in a year or two.

Number of Single Speeders: Unlike last year, there was a very poor turn out of Hooligans. By my count there was only 3 of us; Graham, young Chris Benson, and myself.

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Coach Dave

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