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24 Hour Mountain Bike Race with Cyclocross(14 posts)

24 Hour Mountain Bike Race with Cyclocrosssnwbdrhoon
Dec 19, 2002 11:37 AM
Riding solo or in a team?
Overall thoughts?
Anybody do it?

I'm thinking that I will switch to the 'cross bike for a fun last lap. Has anyone raced an entire 24 hour race on a 'cross bike?
No, but...PirateGirl
Dec 19, 2002 11:55 AM
I've done a 25 mile cross country MTB race on a CX bike. The story is here if interested. It's quite fun. Get used to people looking at you funny like "you're actually gonna ride that thing on the trail?" Plus, it's fun to pass people on MTBs during the race riding the CX.

I say go for it! I've done a 24 hour race (24 hrs in the Old Pueblo) on a MTB and if I ever did it again, would probably ride the CX. 24 hour races are fun when you're on a team that has the same goals you do. If you're doing it for fun, make sure the others are too, and aren't too worried about race standings. Take it from me, this is how you do a 24 hour race in style ;-)

24 hour races are crazy anyways, so you'll stand out in the crowd with the CX. If you decide to do it, be sure to post about it. I'm sure it will be an interesting story.

Good luck!

re: 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race with Cyclocrossdonutman
Dec 19, 2002 12:43 PM
I have raced the Canmore 24 Hours for the last two years on a Cannondale XS800. I have the bike built up with flat bars instead of drops. Both years I raced on a five person team so I only did four or five laps. It is great, that course is mostly cross country ski trails and middle ring climbs so the bike was perfect. I would highly recommend racing 24 hours on a cross bike, it is fun to be different.
re: 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race with Cyclocrosssnwbdrhoon
Dec 19, 2002 1:23 PM
THanks for the confidence. I've did my first 24 hour race last year at Great Glen, NH. A great race except for when my Nite-Rider crapped out halfway through the 2 am lap. My buddies and I do it for fun, and the plan is to do Great Glen again and Snowshoe. I thought it might be fun to use the CX bike for some of the laps, as my Fuel sometimes seems to be less than the most efficient bike (yet so much more efficient than other Dualies)....
'Cross Bike at Snowshoetriangleforge
Dec 19, 2002 2:21 PM
I actually thought for awhile about using a 'cross bike at Snowshoe last June, but hardly to be different. Given that the course is so over-the-top difficult (especially if it's wet, which it always seems to be), I figured I'd be better of with ten pounds less bike to tote around on the extensive running/walking/half-blind staggering sections of the circuit. On the very wet practice lap the day before the race, I would have definitely been faster with a cyclocross bike, as I was on foot for a huge amount of the loop.

By the time the race ran, however, big chunks of the course had drained somewhat, so I was defnintely better off on a MTB, albeit a hardtail -- my much beloved Fat Chance.

We were planning on it...adventurefind
Dec 19, 2002 1:55 PM
My buddy Sean and Jake were planning on it, but Sarah and me are moving to WI in April. So DA! on that.

Hopefully they'll do it, if not, I'll find a crew to do the 24 hrs of 9 mile in Wausau, WI, but I'll do it on my Gunnar Cross Check.
I still wanna do it! NMJakob
Dec 19, 2002 2:28 PM
I've seen it done..jrm
Dec 19, 2002 3:56 PM
at the sea otter 24 hours of adrenaline. After some laps though ive gotta think that its would really wear you out.
Against the rulesOffRoadTourer
Dec 19, 2002 9:50 PM
Officially speaking riding a cyclocross bike in a MTB race is a breach of UCI rules.

The UCI rules for MTB racing clearly state that a MTB must have wheels that are 26" in diameter or smaller.

I'm not saying I agree with it, just that you are lucky if you get away with it.
Measure your wheels!Jan Gerrit Klok
Dec 20, 2002 1:49 AM
They're 25 inch exactly. UCI has crappy rules, very outdated and invented for the wrong reasons.
Buy a wheelset, what do you get? Rims, spokes, nips and hubs. Not tires.
Measure a 26x2.1" tire. 26+ inches I tell you! 90% of all mountainbikes are illegal, at least if based on the rules they will outlay a crossbike or 29". I think it's unfair to outlaw 29" in mtb races. It's an mtb after all, and 5" riders are allowed to get a wheelsize they like (24"), but my 6'4" self wouldn't be allowed to get available wheels that are a bit larger than average. I hope to be able to convince the UCI that they're hampering the bike market with their senseless rules.
The 35mm tire width for CX is a good thing, but stay away from rim sizes. It hardly ever makes sence to race a CX <35mm bike in MTB races other than for fun. You'll opt for wider tires and have it look like a real MTB.
UCI suxadventurefind
Dec 20, 2002 8:03 AM
From the issues that came about from the UCI officials at the Nationals, the UCI simply sucks!

Anyway, at the 24 hours in Laguna Seca, there was a team of 9 riders, all on unicycles. UCI rules don's and hopefully, will never apply.
re: 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race with Cyclocrosssnwbdrhoon
Dec 20, 2002 5:09 AM
As far as I know, no 24 Hour Mountain Bike Races fall under the UCI domain... soooooo... their rules wouldn't apply, but you guys do bring up a good point about 29ers or bikes with larger tires...
24hrRaces - UCI can kiss our hairy #*$% ...!phatlizard
Dec 20, 2002 6:49 AM
That hopefully stays until some stupid promoter of a race would like to run a "Marathon-WC" - that is when UCI wakes up and takes over! That happened here in Europe - so now those grass-root-races will see UCI-officals telling you that you can't take your hands away from the handlebar when you cross the finish-line - or they have to disqualify you ....

Aaaaargh don't even get me started on UCI ... !

re: 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race with Cyclocrossterminaut
Dec 22, 2002 12:04 AM
I raced on the MTBR singlespeed team at the 24 Hours of Laguna Seca (along with the likes of Francis and Mark Weir) earlier this year using my cross bike. The Laguna Seca course had a lot of high-speed chatter bumps, and after three laps I had to borrow Francis' bike to ride due to pain in my the palms of my hands. Thanks to my zippy teammates we still manage to place second out of 31 teams. :-)