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    from 1/26 near Seattle, a break in the heavy rains we've been having. I had a solid lead, but flatted last lap for dfl. Satisfied with the good lap times and very good day-of strava segments. My now 15yr old son had a really good day, 3rd in 'cat 2 open' (all ages cat2, starts 30 sec after cat1 old guys, one less lap). I'm very happy that he's interested in racing another season with me.
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    Great photos, and very cool to read about your son racing too. My kids aren't interested at all - much more interested in computer games...! :-(

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    (me again?) Very chilly/wet/rooty/rocky on 02/02, I found a soft spot that looked solid but wasn't and took a good otb onto my head and shoulder (but missed landing on the big rock), - sore shoulder today from that one. Both the kid and I got 2nd in our groups. (Jason; he plays a LOT of video games too, but keeps his grades up so we don't limit it too much). My son was 2nd in his group by just a couple of seconds, - he did great, he's climbing better than the guy who's been beating him, and the rest of the courses in this series have more elevation.
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    I got 2nd in my 1st race back in 50+. I had the wrong tire for course conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoney.Sanders View Post
    I got 2nd in my 1st race back in 50+. I had the wrong tire for course conditions.
    Here is the actual photo of me.
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    not mtb but a lot of people did it on MTB's (and really the better tool for the race)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mackdhagen View Post
    monster cross
    not mtb but a lot of people did it on MTB's (and really the better tool for the race)
    I bailed this year but my buddy who has a nice gravel bike chose to ride his blur (and won). The first year there were so many cyclocross bikes and so many flats. It was amusing.

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    3/1, near Seattle: I had a large part in the course design (that never hurts). We've got a 360 acre park with a bunch of trails all over, we did a totally different course this year, including some trails that had never been raced on, and I think it turned out great. It seemed to me that it was a little harder course that it appeared at first, and the third lap (3 laps for cat1) might be pretty hard. I did my long-race start strategy of almost no warmup, starting a little easier and staying in the top 5 until I warm up and feel like passing. I ended up feeling good and getting the win in cat1 50+, getting a decent gap mostly on the 3rd lap. My kid (now 16) got 2nd in the quick Cat2 Open group, which is kind of working out to be between cat2 and cat1 (and 2 laps when cat1 does 3 laps).
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    First round of the Mud, Sweat and Gears series in the east of England. My first race in Vet 50 and a big field of riders including a few national front-runners. Course was surprisingly dry after months of rain and after being gridded at the back, came through to 10th out of 42 finishers.
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    Very chilly and a bit muddy. I wasn't quite fast enough, 30 seconds behind 1st in my group, - guy in red behind me passed not too long after. My kid got his first win in the 'Cat2 Open' group. He was very pleased. Later in the race, I snagged my nice Spec arm warmers on a Rhododendron bush and tore a hole!, dang-it!.
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    And we're back! Me TT'ing at a unofficial state TT this past weekend. One thing's for sure, we need sports in our life to keep us sane. I'm coming back from a broken rib with about a week back on the mountain bike, and felt good about making the top 25/150.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chomxxo View Post
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    And we're back! Me TT'ing at a unofficial state TT this past weekend. One thing's for sure, we need sports in our life to keep us sane. I'm coming back from a broken rib with about a week back on the mountain bike, and felt good about making the top 25/150.
    And I thought my wife had skinny calves.
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    2nd race of the season, a time-trial, riders at 30 second intervals. Short course, fast and furious. Managed to hold on by 24 seconds and come in first, but the top sport passed all the other experts, leaving a big "gap" in the race. The fun part is you don't have someone next to you to know whether or not your are pushing hard enough. You could tech it out with power meters and HR, but it's fun to race against yourself. Muddy and wet, but not cold and a real good day for racing. Everyone had a great time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LMN View Post
    And I thought my wife had skinny calves.
    Lol I've been accused of many things, but never that. This season I'm age-grouping it in Cat 1, not going for the pro-level greyhound look anymore, maybe doberman-level.


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    Quote Originally Posted by chomxxo View Post
    Lol I've been accused of many things, but never that. This season I'm age-grouping it in Cat 1, not going for the pro-level greyhound look anymore, maybe doberman-level.


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    You need a bigger bike. . Seriously, it looks like you are running 20inch wheels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chomxxo View Post
    Lol I've been accused of many things, but never that. This season I'm age-grouping it in Cat 1, not going for the pro-level greyhound look anymore, maybe doberman-level.


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    LMFAO youíre giving opinion on bike fit and geometry....Jesus Christ
    never seen such a monstrosity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peabody View Post
    LMFAO youíre giving opinion on bike fit and geometry....Jesus Christ
    never seen such a monstrosity.







    Yes I agree we need bigger wheels, but Iíve only just gotten you all used to decent geometry.... the 36er revolution is not gonna be televised...


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    Quote Originally Posted by chomxxo View Post







    Yes I agree we need bigger wheels, but Iíve only just gotten you all used to decent geometry.... the 36er revolution is not gonna be televised...


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    Dang it, that is a very light bike for a tall dude and it looks capable enough.

    I'm not really into the recent trend of heavier bikes, but also going full weight weenie is too expensive.

    For xc bikes my personal target is 10.5kg-11.5kg (23-25lbs), anything over that and is too much for me.

    A friend of mine recently changed his xc bike for a downcountry bike at 30 pounds, he regretted it on the first 2 rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TDLover View Post
    Dang it, that is a very light bike for a tall dude and it looks capable enough.

    I'm not really into the recent trend of heavier bikes, but also going full weight weenie is too expensive.

    For xc bikes my personal target is 10.5kg-11.5kg (23-25lbs), anything over that and is too much for me.

    A friend of mine recently changed his xc bike for a downcountry bike at 30 pounds, he regretted it on the first 2 rides.
    Thanks, I was pleasantly surprised as to how it came together. Removing the KS Lev dropper post removed 1.3 pounds by itself (!) but I've got an AXS 150mm on the way for the offseason and rockier courses.

    To get back to the OP, I probably did my last race on 2.1" tires, which is cause to some of the oohs and ahs of scale. I started racing at a time, not long ago when those were considered "wide" tires and it was "pro" to race 1.9s. It was probably a good choice for this TT however, with some open drags through a pasture populated by longhorn cattle.

    I'll be switching to knob-trimmed 2.25s for XC race season with my foam inserts, they inspire more confidence with pretty equivalent speed, and maybe build some wider, stiffer wheels from Carbonfan, as long as she stays under 23 pounds

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