Sunday, September 19, 2010

Cross, Worlds and Vegas Baby!

Well, it is officially game on. The first cross race of the season never fails to remind me of one thing, cross is real hard. I mean you are either coming off the mountain bike with disc brakes and suspension or the road bike with smooth roads. Then you do an hour long suffer fest on bumps in hot sun. It can't even be cold for the first race. My hands hurt, my back hurts and must of all my skills are hurting.

But the race was pretty awesome. It is always nice to ride from your house to the race. The race was pretty well attended and it was good to have Zane and Brady there. Brady and I rode together off the front until the 3 laps to go then he flatted. I had to ride away with out him. Allen from Boulder Cycle Sport was coming up fast so there was no sitting up.

Our new Ridley X-Fire are pretty dialed. Super stiff frame with good cross geometry. The really cool trick set up we are using this comes from the help of Mavic, Stan’s NoTubes and Clement Tires. Running clincher tires tubeless makes it really easy to race cross and budget while still have multiple tire choices and running low pressure. I was able to us the PDX tire on my Ksyrium Wheels at 32 PSI.

In other news I had a really awesome time at MTB Worlds a couple weeks ago. Some good friends from the East Coast came up to watch and one was even kind enough to shoot and edit some video from his iPhone.

I ended up 40th which I was pretty stoked about.

Now I am mentally preparing for Vegas. I am not so much worried about the race, but more about entering the bizzarro world that is Las Vegas and industry juggernaut know as Interbike. I flew over Vegas once and that was over whelming. No plan to get to and from the airport, so if you see some lost kid in LAS, it is probably me. Cycling Dirt will be streaming the race live.

See you out there
Mitch Hoke

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