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Napa nat's-a contest of spare bikes(5 posts)

Napa nat's-a contest of spare bikesB123
Nov 11, 2002 2:41 PM
I think the Napa nats are going to be a contest of strenght and bike changes...

The local Norcal race in a vineyard very similar to Domaine Chandon had clay like mud that stuck to everything. Winners weren't the strongest...but the ones with spare bikes. I'm definitely going to find a friend with a bike I can borrow.
spare bikes, skinny tires, and triples (or single speeds)Jakob
Nov 11, 2002 3:05 PM
Indeed, spare bikes were the key yesterday. i got second to the kid who's parents were cleaning his bike and switching them every lap. It ended up with he and I lapping everyone else in the field. I was just lucky to not get lapped by him!

I started on my lighter, racier bike but had to run half of the third lap because my michelins had attracted so much mud that both wheels were locked up. i switched to my heavy-as-all-get-out surly, which has skinny tires with fewer knobs, and did the rest of the race on it with few probs. The triple (the bike is now my touring/adventure bike) was actually really helpful for the super slow climbs.

last year's domaine chandon course was kinda wet but not too bad. i mostly remember the grass areas being a little boggy.
spare bikes, skinny tires, and triples (or single speeds)atpjunkie
Nov 11, 2002 4:11 PM
If I go to race on Sat. I'm definitely bringing both bikes. I already am training my girlfriend as a pit crew. She looks damn fine in wellies. I don't think the course will be like toasted head, I don't think they'll have an intentional mud bog and the soil in Napa is different than Sac. less clay as it's not an alluvial plain like the central valley.
spare bikes, skinny tires, and triples (or single speeds)Jakob
Nov 11, 2002 4:32 PM
I think you are right about the Napa soil not being as clay heavy as the valley.

Ernesto didn't have to bother with the intentional mud bog. The rain took care of that for him.
spare bikes, skinny tires, and triples (or single speeds)atpjunkie
Nov 11, 2002 7:09 PM
Luckily he didn't get Napa or Sonoma's Rain. My family is still in Sonoma (2+ inches first day of storm) Central valley was a little drier. All is better than the clay we have here in Sandy Eggo. Absolutely Impossible. I posted earlier about it, look for SD Mud