From 2 months ago I knew the 3rd stage of the league races is going to be in Ramsar one of the Iranian cities on the Caspian Sea rim. Tuesday I found out the race is going to take place on Thursday and Friday I was in Arak where im studding at university so I called some of the riders to find out exactly where and when should I go. Then I called one of the Araki riders and asked him if he wants to come with me or not and the answer was : Of course .We didnâ€™t have training and we hadnâ€™t organized ourselves in a team so our purpose was just to have fun â€˜take some photos and clips and to see what the riders in other cities have done. We set off 7:30 on Wednesday night and after a 650 KM trip and some rest in the middle we got there 8:00 Am .When we arrived at their hotel they were going to a nearby restaurant for breakfast and we joined them. Right after the teams set for the trails both XC and DH trails were near each other and in the hillside . 10 KM â€˜s of a asphalt road through the mountains covered with Caspian forests deep valleys so foggy you couldnâ€™t see the bottom and some gravel road we went in the forests deeper and we where there .The XC race started 10 AM .The trail was a loop of 5 KM some parts a muddy fireroad and the rest single track with 2 inch deep mud .In the previous days we had heavy rainfalls and now mud. 45 XC competitors hit the race curving through a descending fire road and 5 minutes later they were on the opposite side of the valley their bikes on their shoulders walking on a short non ride able section and after that came a combination of single track and fire road both in a hard ascend a part which made 6 riders lose their chains due to hard hammering . 7 rounds and the exhausted riders with a brown coat of mud on their bikes and themselves . The winner was Ali Reza Mohammadian and he was now celebrating his unbeatable 1st place as he was in the same place in the 1st and 2nd stages .Meanwhile the Downhillers were training on the muddy trail it was a 3 KM trail which was something like a stream basin but handmade. The first part was wide enough for 2 riders and curved through the small hill like grass covered lumps which sticked out of the trail like a camels hump here the riders has to control the bikes over muddy stones and some times small drops. A little further it was so narrow that sometimes it was hard for the wide DH riser bars to steer through it and this roofless tunnel continued for 200 meters but the cool section of this narrow part was its entrance which had a small drop with mud covered stoned at the landing many riders nosed here but alas there was no where to stand and take photos from them .the last section was easier wide and lumpless an with no stones the riders could now pedal a little here and after a few burms they were at the finish line. The DH race took place 2:00 PM
The things the XC riders needed to be allowed on the race was medical insurance and a helmet but the Downers had to ride on full suspension bikes (hard tails were forbidden) â€˜Medical insurance and full face helmet .
Friday the races were held at the same time and trails but this time the point were given to teams not to individuals . As I had an exam of the stupid university I had to get back to Arak and lost the Friday event.
MTB is developing very fast here and I could see the progress in this race the riders had hard training and were far more technical â€˜ the referee group had spent a lot of time to find technical trails and now I though they really knew what a technical trail should look like and more important the riders were equipped with new bikes and components unlike the previous events there were not just Giant bikes (some of you got interested on my previous posts on the race reports on why are there only giants here) We had some Specialized Demo â€“ Mountain CyclesÂ¬ â€“ Peugeot â€“ Merida â€“ Trek â€“ GT bikes and the Giants were not equipped with their factory setting this time I saw some cool parts on them like Boxxer â€“ Sherman â€“ Marzocchi 888 and Junior â€“ Avid Juicy 7 â€“ Easton â€“ SID world cup Athens full carbon â€“ Egg beaters â€“ Scot tires â€“ Specialized 3.0 tires â€“ Giro helmets â€“ Six Six One amours andâ€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..
You know some times I think the Californian guys such as Johny .T â€˜ Joe Breezer â€˜ and the other pioneers had done their job. Now MTB is spread over the globe and people are having fun with it every where and every time.
Well after all this race influenced me a lot and now im determined to organize a team from University or maybe from a company . And also I got out of doubt to continue my training on XC or DH I like DH and thatâ€™s all so now I need a good bike .
I have made three choices here which bike do you think is better for me .
1- Giant Faith 1 for 2700 $
2-Kona Stinky 2004 (not used) for 2300 $
3-Used Giant DH Team for 2500 $
Mention that im light weight im 58 Kg so I donâ€™t need KMâ€™s of suspension travel and controlling heavy bikes in the trail is a bit hard for me.
Today when I came back to Arak we went for a short ride .on the trail I met some rider friends and they were panicking why havenâ€™t I called them up and informed them on the race and I promised them for the next race.
The photos : here and in the next replies I have in this post you can see the pics of the event.
These pics in order:
1 â€“ Mohammad Nouri The Asian Medalist on the trail head
2 â€“ Riders showing their new bikes
3 â€“ Korosh Who is always in the 1st five with has new fork
4 â€“ riders getting back to the trail head for more training
5 â€“ Ali Reza The XC winner
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