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Is Schwab Sat. or Sun.? How about a tire recommendation?(11 posts)

Is Schwab Sat. or Sun.? How about a tire recommendation?Pack Meat
Nov 1, 2002 6:51 AM
The ACA sit has it listed as 11/2 Sunday but the flyer, which I'm more inclined to believe, says Saturday.

What tires do you run for this race if it's dry sand, wet sand or ice????
re: Is Schwab Sat. or Sun.? How about a tire recommendation?wahleyed
Nov 1, 2002 8:16 AM
We're headed down tomorrow -- Sat.

There's no pavement on that course -- may as well run your favorite knobbies.
re: Is Schwab Sat. or Sun.? How about a tire recommendation?p lo
Nov 1, 2002 8:35 AM
i pretty much run Sprints or Muds everywhere.....

but in the past (when dry) i have run skinny knobby tires there. last year i used the 29 mm Geax Blades or Victoria Mastercross. i think if it is wet sloppy snow i will use the Muds. If it is frozen and fast i'll do a lap with the Blades and see how they grab?
what did you think about the course?p lo
Nov 4, 2002 7:35 AM
i thought the laps where a little long and too boring. but we have a lack of promoters in colorado so i went and supported the race. but i have to admit the lack of technical sections and abundant climbing leaves that as my least favorite course of the year. Am i alone in this thought?

p.s. my crappy finish could have something to do with my perception of the course :)
SurprisingBipedZed
Nov 4, 2002 8:01 AM
When I was pre-riding I thought the snow throughout the course would cause carnage and that it would be a race decided by who could stay upright the most. Turns out the traction wasn't too much of an issue and I ended up really enjoying the course. I liked the mud and snow combo that really tested bike handling. Clipping back in to my pedals was also a frequent challenge. That climb with the barriers at the top was the most painful aspect of any course in recent memory. I lost most time on the long snowy decent - didn't have the cojones to go as fast as the leader. Each lap I had a close call on the decent as I was forced to go past my comfort level but managed to keep it upright the whole race.

My only complaint was that we went one more lap than we should have and I felt it the last time up that climb.
I have mixed feelings about it.Pack Meat
Nov 4, 2002 8:18 AM
I liked all of the different sections of the course but maybe it was to long. The long climb was too long and then to put barricades at the top was just brutal. They could have put a triple in the forest or just cut the forest out all together and put the triple on the section where we started.
what did you think about the course?eurochien
Nov 4, 2002 8:38 AM
I'm bummed out because I had to drop out before even completing a whole lap (mechanical). I liked that new backside section, especially with the two logs, reminded me of a race I promoted that included a fallen tree. Tried to bunnyhop both and ended up on my face during warm up. Did anyone bunnyhop both during the race? The snow probably made the difference in lap times compared to previous, drier editions of the race. How d'you end up in the 3s Craig?
2nd againBipedZed
Nov 4, 2002 9:10 AM
Couldn't hold the winner on the descent, but was able to stay with him a few times up the climb. Does anyone know who JJ Clark is?

I was all set to bunny hop the log barriers when the guy in front of me (eventual winner) face planted on the second log on the first lap. I quickly re-evaluated my decision and dismounted. Probably the wisest choice since I hadn't practiced hopping them in warmup. Hunter said he hopped them each lap and it was a huge advantage with the climb right afterwards. He ended up 4th in 35+.

How is the Empella? I did the same exact thing to my Steelman on Friday on my lunch ride and had to take it to Wheatridge to have the hanger straightened. Ended up needing a new derailleur. Luckily got it all fixed in time for Saturday.
2nd again!eurochien
Nov 4, 2002 10:35 AM
Good job! You're on a roll.
The Empella's OK, the derailleur is toast though. Had to replace that and get yet another derailleur hanger (proof that it did its job). I'm not very lucky at those Schwab races, I dropped out of the Masters in Golden because of a mechanical on the first lap. No overall for me...
Next week-end will have a flair of what it used to be like with two races... Good luck to you, keep doing what you're doing because it really works!
what did you think about the course?p lo
Nov 4, 2002 9:42 AM
i was bunnyhoping them.... they were only curb height, only difference was that it was hard to maintain speed for the second barrier. it really didn't matter though cause i was riding up the rest of the hill so slow......

hopefully it was just a bad day for me.......
too longCosmo2
Nov 4, 2002 9:12 AM
Kinda in the same boat as you, had a miserable day so it must be the course! ;-) Did think the climb was a bit much for a cross race and I hate gravel anyway. The course would have been much more fun in the dry or even backwards. Given the weather I think the short course would have been better for racers and specators but all in all a great job by the Cody folks.