It went surprisingly well given my fitness level - I finished 10th out of 45. The course was fairly technical, so I managed to hide my lack of racing and training over the summer pretty well. I was sitting in 7th for much of the race, but faded to 11th and then got back up to 10th at the end. I'm insanely happy about the result - my best result ever, so hopefully I'll keep this kind of momentum going.
Last season I was running much higher pressure in my tires and was sliding out all the time and then my season was cut short by an ankle sprain before I could try a lower pressure, so this time I started at a low pressure and it made a huge difference pretty much everywhere. I've always been good at barriers, dismounts and remounts, and negotiating tight, twisty courses, so with the added traction and grip, I could go much faster.
Thats awesome to hear!
Tomorrow night starts the Wed's night race series with a 'Cross clinic then we race for the next 4 weeks. After going tubless on my XC bike this year and being blown awayt by the results I am trying out a Stans tubless conversion on the cross bike (have heard plenty of mixed reviews). Have done 2 longer trips on em inclucing some rocky single track and fast dirt roads. Wondering how they will be in faster tight corners. Would rather find out tomorrow then my first race.
What I found was that I burped air all the time during the race and wound up with no air in the tire on the last lap - I wound up running 80% of the last lap as a result. I ordered a set of tubular wheels and tires the next day and haven't looked back since.
Kinda what I expect. I have a similar chain suck problem on the xc bike. Only happens during race situations. I may make these my training set. The shop I ride for can set me up on aluminum tubulars on the cheap. Just don't wanna be that guy that buys everything in the world before I actually hit the race course.
Ive seen a lot of issues with people running tubeless in cross. I also think that a good set of clinchers, setup with the proper air pressure will do fine now that there are so many excellent clincher tire choices. If you have the money and time try tubs, but I don’t think you need them by any means.
Clinic was tonight. Tubes are going back in lol. Took all of 2 times round on an off camber tight turn to burp it. Had to bump up to almost 40 to make it not. Started at only 35ish so not even that low by any means. I can probably run that safely with tubes on this course.
Was a good night all together. Learned some things. And felt good with my handling and barriers. Next week we race.
Raced the first night of the training series tonight. Won the B race. Probably had 1/4 to 1/2 lap on second by the end. What's the deal with an upgrade? I know I have to request it but can I use mountain results as examples? Or should I ride for a few weeks and see what happens. Don really wanna be "that guy". Tons of fun though.
Well I haven't had much time to work on my frame and with races starting in about 2 weeks I decided to pick up a different frame to use until I finish mine. I found a person selling a soma double cross in my size at a reasonable price so I picked it up. Now to build it up and practice some mounts and dismounts.
couple of questions:
1- I have the option of running 9 or 10 speed on my cross bike which would you do?
2- Tires. I know everyone has their own preferences but I'd like to get both a grass and mud tire. I was looking at the clement las for grass but wasn't sure on a mud tire. I do have last season's speed kings that I used but I wasn't overly impressed with them. So vortex what say you?
people always put alot of emphasis on mounting/dismounting. Its great to have dialed but most of the venues (at least around here) have you mounting/dismounting once or twice a lap, ie not that often. as long as you can get on and off without falling in the C race you good. cornering is key though...
personally id do 10, but id stick with whatever the rest of your bikes are.
i love the clement pdx's a bit aggressive for dry but ive used them as an all around. Speaking of which I have a set of PDX and LAS clinchers on the way!
Yeah just 4 to 3. My level of fitness is much higher then my race experience. 2 years XC MTB(probably 11 races total) and then just this one 'Cross race. Race cat 2 XC with a 4th place finish as my best this season. Last year cat 3 I was top 2 every race but 1.
That being said. This may be isolated because it's a training series and I may get my ass kicked in the future. I also wouldn't mind the time to build up my bike handling and such. Just don't want to be crushing people while I'm doing it. I'd rather be the guy being crushed and having something to chase.
Thanks for the input guys.