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CX Racing in the Snowlexington476
Dec 3, 2003 9:44 AM
Any tips for cyclocross in the snow? Tire pressure? Wider tires (swap the 1.3 MTB tires for the 2.0). We might have one to three inches on the ground for Sunday. Using an MTB hardtail. Thanks.
re: CX Racing in the Snowclimbo
Dec 3, 2003 9:52 AM
depends on the course conditions. Most races in snow end up being wet and muddy, you plow right through the snow in to the mud beneath it. I would use what you normally use in a muddy race, the 1.3's would be fine. Tyre pressure should be as low as you can go to not pinch flat but still get some grip on the muddy conditions, maybe around 35-40 psi depending on your weight if you run 1.3's.
re: CX Racing in the Snowarctic hawk
Dec 3, 2003 10:25 AM
You are soooo right on! Here are the race pics where the snow turned to slush & mud.

In last weekend's snow/mud fest....SS_MB-7
Dec 3, 2003 11:31 AM
In last weekend's snow/mud fest I used a set of Michelin Muds (700x30...actually wider than 30) with 50psi in each. I'm 140lbs. Worked great.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
skinny tires are best.....Dan Cas
Dec 3, 2003 12:57 PM
Fat tired mtb's couldn't even ride downhill.I could only ride downhill,as level ground was a bit heavy for this old geezer.

it would have been easier without the bikes...Dan Cas
Dec 3, 2003 1:14 PM
most used flat pedals and some type of hiking boots.My shoulder was very sore from carrying the bike most of the time.
Where the heck were you guys racing? Looks fun!arctic hawk
Dec 3, 2003 2:36 PM
Where the heck were you guys racing? Looks fun!Inatb
Dec 3, 2003 4:49 PM
Looks like a race i did in morgantown WV, it was super tough, alot of hard running. was NOT fun, but the pain was good
Yeah,it was Morgantown,WV (nm)Dan Cas
Dec 3, 2003 8:27 PM
it would have been easier without the bikes...Doc Hollywood
Dec 4, 2003 4:37 PM
Did they attempt to clear the course of snow? Looks like to you had ride in very deep snow from your posted pictures.

I have ridden on snowy cousres and on the grass and hardtop, the promoters plowed or snowblew a path for the bikes to ride. Any trail riding was left alone because the snow depth was less of an issue in the trees.

If you had to ride in snow more 3 inches in depth, I think it is poor course and isn't in the spirit of cross.

there was no way to clear a foot of snow.Dan Cas
Dec 4, 2003 7:43 PM
We raced it for fun-only about 15 bikes.I couldn't pedal on level ground but the faster guys could.The mtb's just floated on top and couldn't be controlled.I would catch the fast mtb'ers on the downhill and they would leave me like a stone on the run-ups.

I'm glad we did it and will always heve pleasant memories of the lunacy.

The race is on again this Saturday and we are expected to get 2-5 inches down low here,so the park at 1500 ft higher may get blasted again-hooray!

skinny tires are best.....AJS
Dec 6, 2003 9:01 AM
Those tires almost look like Vredestein Campos. What are they?
skinny tires are best.....Dan Cas
Dec 6, 2003 7:25 PM
They may be Campos but I also have some OLD Ritchey 38's that are really knobby.I can't tell which they are.

skinny tires are best.....AJS
Dec 7, 2003 11:12 PM
If they were Ritchey's they wouldn't have the tan sidewalls, would they?? Or were the old ones made like that?
yes,the old ones were skinwall (nm)Dan Cas
Dec 8, 2003 11:10 AM