Written by Teddy Homer Thursday, 06 October 2016 00:00
The Bradbury 12 course was fantastic - bone dry, which I like. I am much better at controlling a bike on dry dirt and loose gravel than greasy roots and rocks on corners. Dry or not, the course is so worn down at this point, it's rockier and root-ier in areas than I remember over the years.
The 7ish-mile loop went over Lanzo, as usual, skipped Island (I think that was on last year's course), went to Regan, Ginn, Bat Cave, fire roads, the Fox trails, something that felt like the O Trail at the end and a shorter trek on Knight Woods to the finish.
My teammate was John Sumner, who is much faster than I am, as it appears he's been riding more and surfing. John started things off then it was my go - I had an okay first lap for me (51 minutes).
I could see my front tire - Continental Race King - was losing air fast while I waited for John to finish his second lap. The nice mechanics under the L.L. Bean tent gave me a Stans boost. I got off to a faster start for my second lap, but about 3 miles in, the tire went out.
I was losing air slowly and could hear it as I rode - that cringe-worthy sound of twisted rubber moving around.
By the time I hit the skinny ramp on Fox, I was riding on the rims. Pulled over was a prepared dude who kindly gave me a CO cartridge and pump. I filled up the tire as much as I could.
That air lasted me until about half a mile before the finish; I interchanged between riding on the rim and running with the bike. I decided to run toward the finish so I'd look like a hero.
I swapped tires and rotors on the front wheel of my Santa Cruz for the wheel on my El Mariachi. The tubed tire held up the rest of the day, but I lost energy fast. My last lap - 6th lap - was over an hour.
John finished and did the 7th lap and we came in 4th place for 2-man open. We didn't win a coffee mug, but we had IPAs.
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