Time for a Change
After much hemming and hawing, I've decided to make the switch from my beloved Panaracer Rampages to Schwalbe Racin Ralphs as my race treads for the remainder of the season. If my calculations are correct (Hill Junkie, can you confirm these?) by losing roughly 200 grams of weight per tire I'll be 14.3% faster over the course of a 1.5-2 hour race making my finish times 8-12 percent faster. By those numbers, I would have mopped up the entire expert field at the Horron on Harding Hill and made the elite winner, Matt Okeefe, drink from my saturated chamois. Why didn't I do this sooner?
Tire 1. Taaaahhhhh daaaaahhhh!
Ralph's on the left, Rampage's on the right.
A match made in heaven. Even the name works. Who is this Ralph and what makes hm so special?I'll be trying the new tires out tomorrow night when I pre-ride the course for the next race, the Camden Snow Bowl Run Off. It's not shown on the flyer but this year, the Run Off is combined with the Fat Tire Festival which included (among many other things) a short track race on Saturday. A two-fer weekend. Who can resist? More info to come!