Monday, March 09, 2009

Real Rampage

So, great weekend for riding, racing and relaxing. Ty and I headed down Friday morning, beat all the bad weather, checked in the COndo and then went out for a Pre-Ride. We had a huge group, we waited a few times. On the bottom of the first DH Ty and I decided to go too fast, right before the las descent into the wash climb I sliced my rear tire. Thinking that the course was not the best choice for my first attempt at running non tubeless, tubeless. Got a tube in and finished up the lap. GL and I called Keating to bring me a UST down. The front tire was sweet, Continental Protection Series Speed King. I need the rear to be UST though.

Race day, had waffles, but not with chocolate milk, big mistake.

My race started well, a lot less dicey than 2008. I settled into the top 10. Above the first wash, BK mashed on by me. Soon after so did Karl. The throttle, Tim W. and Dave (Red Rock owner) and I battled it out in close proximity for the rest of the first 2 laps. A little bit into lap 3, I heard my legs say NO MORE TODAY. So I just kept pushing, barely. Dr. X, Sam, Rich and a few others blew by me, as did several of the 30-39 riders I had passed in lap 2. I'm just glad I held Fitty Watt off.

I limped in for 12th. I did not hydrate enough, but really, the result and 3rd lap blow up are right where I need to be.

Fred and Karl were looking to have spectacular results before mechanicals took them out of contention.

Sunday we had a mass of Revolution riders and Kuhl riders on the Goulds/Jem/Hurricane rim loop. I rocked the long sleeve Masher Thermal Jersey, to pay Homage to BK's 1st place Utah Rider in expert 40+. Dave Cole and Matt Bradley even joined us. It was an awesome ride. Wedge and I then traveled back to SL County to prepare for work and snow, booooo.

So official announcements are expected this week, but a bit of a teaser preview for Bobby Fresh's big news for 2009.
Most of ya knew it already though.

5 comments:

Rick Sunderlage said...

Nice race. That Expert group was huge. Glad you only had tire issues on the pre-ride.

Thanks for the link!

bradkeyes said...

It's always a good day on the bike if I can pass you. Thanks for letting me have a good day. I'm sure you'll get even at Cholla.

Derek said...

I tried the non UST tubeless experiement on the back and could never get it to work. I've moved to a 29er and UST tire selection is pretty limited. Is there a better chance of going non UST tubeless on a 29er?

MtbAllDay said...

I've been running exclusively non-UST tubeless on 29ers for over two years.

I've had fine success with Kenda Karmas and Stans tires both, but of course sidewall slices are more of a hazard than with UST because the sidewalls are thinner. This isn't specific to 29er. Same with 26er, although full-suspension helps and most people are not running FS on the 29er.

Rick Sunderlage said...

I run regular 29er tires (kenda Karmas & CrossMarks). They work great as a tubeless set up (Stans)as long as you don't pinball between rocks.