What a fantastic race! I was there a day early hoping to get in a pre-ride, not being familiar with this trail at all. But with a bog day of bike races Saturday I couldn’t get a shuttle. Today we had eight unicyclists, compared to just three last year. The only real inconvenience was having to wait nearly three hours-once everyone, including more than 110 mtbers-arrived at the starting point.
The bike race started but since it was a timed race, each went in 1 minute intervals, and the bikes went before us. Finally, after waiting nearly 3 hours, we started our race. This course, known as the “Super D” is a 5.5 mile DH trail that throws a bit of everything at you, from smooth single track, to rutted, tire-catching tech sections, to extremely tight u-turn switchbacks, to rocky outcroppings. There were several flags that said “DANGER” in bold letters…for good reason.
I had never ridden this course so I had no clue as to what was coming up, and at any moment you would hit a sudden steep, gravely section that would quickly get you back pressuring with all your might to stay in control! This was especially scary since I chose to ride my 36er!
Let me just say that this course was tailor-made for a kh 29er with a magura; and Ian and Tony, the two guys who helped organize this ride, and have ridden this trail many times, had exactly that setup. The 29er is lighter than my 24 Muni, nimble and fast and extremely maneuverable. My 36er feels like a friggen tank compared to it.
At the last moment I found out that an past riding buddy from San Diego, Eric, aka, Mango, was going to be rounding out our group of eight. Knowing his amazing riding skills, I knew he would likely be the winner. He is one of the best I’ve seen at MUni and trials and 36er. Oh, and Eric also rode his 36er…with 125mm cranks compared to mine with 150’s, which I felt would be better for me and give more control. My only other choice was my 24 Muni, and I knew I wouldn’t have stood a chance against the bigger wheels.
Long story shorter, Eric had the fastest time and came in first. I came in second with Eric ahead of me by 80 seconds. Not bad considering he also is 29 years my junior! Ian placed third. Everyone did a great job and we all had a blast. :)
(24 not used in race, lol)