Sunday, May 6, 2007

EFTA #1 Glocester Grind

I came in last and finished 40 minutes behind the 'main group'.


I flatted twice and had to run the entire last lap because I was out of tubes. Translation: This race, all though it didnt go very well, demonstrated some promise for my title chances this year. The last lap alone took me 1 hour so I would have been right in the thick of things for sure.

First flat came about 2 miles into the first lap, I was sitting in about 5th or 6th( out of I think 10) having beaten some guys off the line. By that point I had put some time into them as well and I was feeling good. Adam had just caught me and I was going to try and hold his wheel as long as I could to put even more time into them and hopefully catch some people in front of me. Then my front tire went flat. probably took me 10 minutes to fix and i was passed by everyone.

Got back rolling and actually caught 2 of the SS'ers who had passed me while I was fixing my flat. which kind of amazed me because at that point I was sure i was screwed for the rest of the race. so mentally i was feeling pretty good, riding well. first lap took 40 minutes, second lap took 30 minutes, 3rd lap took about another 30-35 and right before the finish of my third lap my rear tire went flat. I was out of tubes and pretty pissed at this point because I was going so well, so in typical 'me' fashion i said screw it and started running. Running turned into walking and i pretty much ran/walked the entire last lap (5 miles). last lap took 1 whole hour and I finished in about 3 hours.

My main rival from last year came in 5th at 2h20m and if you do the math of my laps 40m - flat tire =30m + 30m + 35m + what im assuming probably would have been another 35-40m last lap - having to walk and im in at around 2h20m give or take. This is a dude who beat me by usually around 20 minutes last year.

so officially the race was shitty but promising.

Here is a pic of me I found on the interweb from the race (i believe its from my first lap right after my flat):


  1. classic mt bike photo where the photographer stands in the easiest location to walk to and takes the same photo 600 times. nice socks though

  2. Where did you find the pics?

  3. so i did some CSI investigation on my rims and tubes and I have come to the conclusion that i am to blame not the equip.

    turns out all my flats to date on the new ride have been snake bites due to running my pressure too low. turns out you have to run 29ers at more like 40-50psi and I was running at about 35-40 for a cushier ride but running 35 on a 29er isnt like 35 on a 26 its more like 25psi A.K.A WAY TOO SOFT.

    made an assumption and paid the price. lesson learned.

    results are up and I came in 8th