"Having just done the Cycle-Smart CX camp and having a coach tell me what to do really helped. I can run my Michelin Muds (blue!) clinchers at 35 psi and corner really aggressively. I'm about 78kg.
Before the camp, I would habitually…"
"Totally by feel and traction. When training I run higher pressure so I can avoid pinch flats. On race day I go for maximum traction for the conditions. In the Pacific North West that pretty much means rain, and mud. Since I…"
"I'm pretty much with the group on this although I don't quite like to bottom out my rear (or the tire) on the warmup lap. May try that in training and see if I can get along with it. Still use a manual pump but also a digital guage with…"
"I'm all about testing different tyre/pressure combos 'in the field' before race day (ie on practice/training rides).
this helps me get a faster idea of a baseline pressure and also how well a pressure is working (compared to…"
"I will agree the baseline pressure is a good idea, but it's really about experimentation on non-race days that is the way to determine your approximate tire pressure for a given tread. Recently I've found the limit on back-tire pressure…"
Hey JMack, I read that you're doing an article on long-distance 'cross-type races. I've started a thread on the CXMagazine forums that identifies a number of these types of events if you need more information on them.
I can't wait to read the article. Those types of events just have a certain pull that really excites me.
Karen Jarchow took a bunch of great pics yesterday and she says it is fine to use them, she offered to send high rez versions on a disc. I can get her your e-mail. Alot of what she took is on my Addicted to Bicycles blog today...use what you want, we had a great turn out and some great races with some pretty big names...
Perfectly OK to use the image. I'll send over a full-rez (600dpi) actually as scanned tonight, but in the meantime you could download a slightly compressed / scaled down image of the same pic here:-
Where you'll see there is a full caption / info too...
Whilst on the subject. Although I have a limited no. of vintage shots like this (a few) - I have been sent some pix by a former UK Pro' rider from the late '70s / early '80s - Barry Davies, which might be of interest. You can find some downloadable versions of a small no. of these pix on the same blog (on the earlier pages from Sept. '08). I'm sure Baz would have no objections to their use.
He contacted me because of my connection now with the Iron Cross races organised by Mark Laser / Yellow Breeches Racing out of PA, USA. and he plans to ride this year's race during the coming October. Iron Cross and the Three Peaks are certainly races which are worthy of editorial comment / feature in any 'Cross publication - they attract scant attention really considering their importance, and if you need anything connected with either event (pix /text) let me know. Aagin I have both 'stuff' and the contacts.