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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #30 on: September 30, 2012, 05:22:40 PM »
Great way to demoralize a few racers when you can absolutely blow by on a curve. At least in the Cat 4 ranks there are quite a few guys who either don't trust their tires, don't know how to corner or are simply afraid to take a corner. Good for me though. I gain the most in corners so I'll take it. I love pushing grip limits of my rubber :)



Or are running their tires too high. I'd rather pinch flat here and there than be out of every race b/c i can't corner though.
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« Reply #31 on: September 30, 2012, 05:27:02 PM »
Yeah, good point. Too high of pressure doesn't instill much confidence in cornering either.

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« Reply #32 on: September 30, 2012, 05:28:58 PM »
Thanks shovel and makel  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #33 on: September 30, 2012, 11:04:23 PM »

Or are running their tires too high. I'd rather pinch flat here and there than be out of every race b/c i can't corner though.

tubulars!!!! :)

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #34 on: September 30, 2012, 11:15:05 PM »
tubulars!!!! :)


I picked up some wheels on ebay right before i broke my collarbone. I haven't decided yet whether I'm going to shell out for tires this year or wait for next year. I think it depends on whether i decide i want to race out the season after my collarbone heals or just take an extended off season. Part of that may depend on my range of motion after I get out of this sling.


Either way I think I'm going to be doing a fair amount of swimming this off season, i want my range of motion back, and I doubt anything other than some fairly serious yardage will get me there.
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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #35 on: October 01, 2012, 12:06:17 AM »
I'd wait until next season to glue them up and toss like 3oz of Stan's in each.  The Stan's will dry out in three or four months.

I've f###ing loved training and racing on my Challenge Grifos.  Bottomed out both the front and rear multiple times and they're still going strong. 

Happy with today's race.  Did ****ty fighting for position on the first lap but I was real consistent and never crashed on the super technical and sandy course.  Went a long way in making up for my weak start.

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #36 on: October 01, 2012, 12:10:40 AM »
I'd wait until next season to glue them up and toss like 3oz of Stan's in each.  The Stan's will dry out in three or four months.

I've f###ing loved training and racing on my Challenge Grifos.  Bottomed out both the front and rear multiple times and they're still going strong. 

Happy with today's race.  Did ****ty fighting for position on the first lap but I was real consistent and never crashed on the super technical and sandy course.  Went a long way in making up for my weak start.


If i come back to racing as soon as my sling comes off i might get in another 7-9 races. That may be worth buying and gluing up tires. The other alternative is doing 1 or 2 races, or just waiting out road season. I really want to do at least one race, under the jump right back on the horse theory. I'm not sure I'll be able to decide whether to race out the season or just wait until road season until i find out just how much i've lost though (physically as much as mentally)
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« Reply #37 on: October 01, 2012, 02:35:52 AM »

If i come back to racing as soon as my sling comes off i might get in another 7-9 races. That may be worth buying and gluing up tires. The other alternative is doing 1 or 2 races, or just waiting out road season. I really want to do at least one race, under the jump right back on the horse theory. I'm not sure I'll be able to decide whether to race out the season or just wait until road season until i find out just how much i've lost though (physically as much as mentally)

sorry to read about your injury. i'm of the 'life's too short' mindset. if you have that many races, hell--even if you have just a few--might as well get some enjoyment out of them. i took mine out on some trail today. my frame of reference is a long time running MTB tires tubeless at low pressure...the feel of a good tubular on the same trails is pretty amazing. not a long-term test and i'll wait until i start racing them, but i was impressed with the way they grip and hold on off-camber stuff. i ran them at 25psi to start (700x32s). you're also likely a much better rider than i am--'crosser especially--so i bet you would get even more out of them than i do.

do you ride rocky courses? are punctures stan's is likely to seal probable? there are some tubulars with a puncture resistant layer (will slightly reduce that tubular feel, but not by much) that may be just fine w/o stan's. that's what im going to run.

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #38 on: October 02, 2012, 12:09:47 AM »
sorry to read about your injury. i'm of the 'life's too short' mindset. if you have that many races, hell--even if you have just a few--might as well get some enjoyment out of them. i took mine out on some trail today. my frame of reference is a long time running MTB tires tubeless at low pressure...the feel of a good tubular on the same trails is pretty amazing. not a long-term test and i'll wait until i start racing them, but i was impressed with the way they grip and hold on off-camber stuff. i ran them at 25psi to start (700x32s). you're also likely a much better rider than i am--'crosser especially--so i bet you would get even more out of them than i do.

do you ride rocky courses? are punctures stan's is likely to seal probable? there are some tubulars with a puncture resistant layer (will slightly reduce that tubular feel, but not by much) that may be just fine w/o stan's. that's what im going to run.


I don't know what you're smoking that makes you think i'm such a good rider, but I'll pm you my address if you'll send me some.


I'm keeping an eye out for a deal on grifos right now, I'm not quite willing to shell out for fmb's or dugasts unless i find a killer deal. Maybe next season. I'm planning on sitting down with a calendar and trying to outline a training plan for next year if I race cross from when I'm healed through Christmas, just roughly estimating it looks like I'd have to give up some upgrade points to do it. I'm not sure how I feel about that, it's not a definite deal breaker though.
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« Reply #39 on: October 02, 2012, 08:31:00 AM »
I'm planning on sitting down with a calendar and trying to outline a training plan for next year if I race cross from when I'm healed through Christmas, just roughly estimating it looks like I'd have to give up some upgrade points to do it. I'm not sure how I feel about that, it's not a definite deal breaker though.

When you come back you are going to crush it. The upgrade points will take care of themselves.

I like your idea of swimming to rehab the shoulder. Makes perfect sense.

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #40 on: October 02, 2012, 09:57:22 AM »
When you come back you are going to crush it. The upgrade points will take care of themselves.

I like your idea of swimming to rehab the shoulder. Makes perfect sense.


It'll keep me off the trainer/rollers more, which I'm guessing will keep me saner. And I can't see many ways to get the range of motion I developed by swimming back without swimming. It's pretty extreme in it's demands on shoulder flexibility relative to most other things, and I don't know how to do those other things!
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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #41 on: October 02, 2012, 10:43:44 AM »

It'll keep me off the trainer/rollers more, which I'm guessing will keep me saner. And I can't see many ways to get the range of motion I developed by swimming back without swimming. It's pretty extreme in it's demands on shoulder flexibility relative to most other things, and I don't know how to do those other things!


I recommend moving for RoM exercise!

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #42 on: October 06, 2012, 08:27:02 PM »
I only got lapped by three people instead of everyone this time, and I wasn't last.


It was a women's open race.


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« Reply #43 on: October 06, 2012, 09:44:31 PM »
I only got lapped by three people instead of everyone this time, and I wasn't last.


It was a women's open race.

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Re: CX Race Report Thread
« Reply #44 on: October 06, 2012, 09:54:50 PM »
Good job makel!!