Yeah. I raced last year on Grifo XS and found them to be good but they were questionable through some of the muddy sections. I used Schwalbe CX Pros the year before and was faster, but I think everyone was faster in 2011. Garrigan lost more time last year than I did (lol). But he was still 40 minutes ahead of me. I think he was using white Grifo XS as well. Just wondering what other thoughts are out there. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts on all rounders for this race. Merry Christmas! Thanks for chiming in!
If the terrain creates possibility of pinch flats I'd go for tubular wheel/tire combo first off all. As far as the tire I've tried these two (road tires) in such conditions and both were excellent:
Vittoria Pave CG
I also would say that Continental Sprinter Gatorskin 25mm tubie would be great too. I sell it for $50.27 each shipped with a coupon 5OFFNONSTOPAT75. Sorry for shameful advert :-(
I only raced road bikes in these types of races.
Sounds like file treads with a bit of side knob (in case of excess mud) would be the way to go, BUT I have not ridden this course myself. That said... Grifo XS isn't bad, but there's the Duro EllieMae, Kenda Happy Medium or Ritchey SpeedMax that have a bit more side knob. Clement has a few "gravel grinder" treads that may fair well, also.
If especially dry, I'd roll with Clement's Strada LGG is the 28c.
It is a 70 Km course and does include about 15 Km on paved side roads
I came to the same conclusion, while trying to predict the 2013 course using the info published on the parisancaster.com website. Trouble is, I am not 100% sure. Their website says 8 km of paved roads for the P2A race and 10 km for the StG2A race. I think you are right, though. Where did you get that 15 km from?