Monday, August 11, 2008

Xterra week

I made the drive to Ogden tonight to pre ride the Xterra Mtn Bike course. It's a fantastic route taking the racers from Pineview resevoir up to Snowbasin ski resort where you get to stop climbing long enough to change your shoes before logging more vertical on your feet. It was a good ride tonight, took it at 85-90% of race pace and felt pretty good. The course is a good mix of rocky sections that require you to ride pretty light to avoid tire issues, fast flowing sections, short sections that get a little steeper and require a hard effort to keep pace, and a fun little downhill smack dab in the middle. The trails in good shape for the most part.

Pssssssssssssssst vs. Pssh. It happened again, got a little carried away coming back down from Snowbasin (which may be the most rewarding downhill I've ridden after a climb) and went into one of the many rock gardens on the jeep road near the bottom with more speed than necessary. These rock gardens aren't the baby head type rocks, these are really, really sharp. Probably got a little careless after getting through most of them fast and fine, working on riding light, when I hit a rock wrong and was on rim before the Stan's sealant knew there was a hole to seal up. A flat out puncture takes about 2 rotations to empty out the air in the tire. Was fortunate to be close to the car so just hoofed it the last few minutes to the car - but am kind of ticked about having to replace a $60 Specialized Fast trak SLK tire after only putting 5 or 6 rides on it.

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