Aosty and I reunited this year for another run at the Sea Otter XC course on his beater Univega. Me reprising my role as uber-stoker. We pre-rode the course on a very warm Friday, flatted twice, wrecked once, sending me into a sh*tty mood about the whole idea
On Saturday I strolled by the Calfee booth and noticed their full-carbon mtn tandem show bike. 29er with Zipp 303 rims, Chris King hubs, full Di2 drivetrain, White Bros fork and Calfee's one-piece bar/stem combos front & rear. Total weight < 30 lbs.
the price tag? $20,000.
Craig Calfee was chillin' on one of his bamboo bikes. We chatted for a minute and I joked that he should let us race his tandem the following morning. And instead of laughing me out of the venue, he paused and said "Hmmm, what time is the race?"
Within 10 minutes he had made a few phone calls to check on the bike's status and commitments and cleared it for us to use. He was loaning it to us to beat up for 20 miles without so much as a drivers license. Craig rocks! (disclosure: we've met before so aosty and I weren't complete strangers, but still...)
We ran back to get our pedals and picked up the bike an hour later. Wow. That had an amazing effect on my mood too!
That was the good news. The bad news was that the bike had only really been show-prepped and not race-prepped. We suspect some loose chainring bolts, a new King hub that had some play and some other factors were the cause of us shrapneling most of the drivetrain by Mile 10 and ultimately needing a SAG truck to drive us back to the start. Bummer. We still had a blast, Calfee felt terrible and have promised us a do-over next year. Stoked!
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