What did you/ what should have you/ what are you going to run psi in your tires (specify if clincher or tubular) at Natl's today-Saturday? Trying to determine as I predict the course will vary from a mix of wet playdoh to lake-bottom muck once the grass is gone. Does a firmer tire cut through it, or is it better to have softer pressures & more float?
Thanks! I think you early racers are gonna be the sodbusters for the event. By the time we Saturday racers go, It'll probably be a granular muck, with none of the fiber content on display on your bike. Cleanup will be fun.
Yesterday I raced at 11am in the B 30's and ran 26 front and 28 rear in tubular tires of course. The course was really slippery as the frozen top layer melted. Ran a Dugast Rhino in the front and a recent replacement with a Challenge Fango on the rear. It was the first ride on the Fango and I was very impressed with how it hooked up providing great traction.
Given the forecast for warmer temps and a lot of wind (40 mph), I expect the course to dry up some more by Saturday, so it will be a game time decision on which tires to run.
The first day I ran too much pressure at 29 front 31 rear because I dialed them in for the hard frozen ground we saw durring the warm up lap. Sunday's elite face was a little different. It was extremely tacky, but still was nice to push some lower pressure for more control. I ran about 27 up front and right around 28 in the rear and they worked great until I rolled the rear on the second lap in VERY good position in the race.
BTW, these were grifo's. I don't reccomend them for conditions like thursday (layer of thin loose mud over frozen earth, but REALLY enjoyed them sunday for the tacky stuff.