I Have A Confession
This is hard for me to say after trumpeting the single speed horn for the last year but I've found recently that I really like gears. Gears on my bike are fun. Not because I can ride faster (unless it's a super fast course like the Big Ring Rumpus) but because I can climb slower. After this weekend's race, The Pinnacle, and a visit to the Camden Snow Bowl last evening I can safely say that lots of climbing, especially the super steep climbing at the bowl, is way more fun when you're not about to rupture a spleen mashing a much too high gear up a much too steep trail.
More gears equals less pain. Duh.
With that said, I do actually still enjoy the ss for most riding/racing, just not at the ski resort type courses. It just so happens, though, that I have three of those type races coming up in the very near future so it looks like those gears will be on for a bit longer. Fear not though, once the Snow Bowl race has come and gone, so will be the gears as I prep for the Bradbury 12 and my defense of the solo single speed category.
Speaking of 12 hour races, I got an e-mail about a potential new 12 hour race happening in Presque Isle this September. Presque Isle is a pant load and a half of driving away but damn is that course fun. Somehow we'll have to find a way to get a group there. Anybody want to join a two man ss team? (Laps?) It's a week before the Bradbury 12 so I can't imagine stacking two 12 hour solos together but six hours? That sounds like a good warm-up for Bradbury.