This weekend is not only my birthday (15th!), but also my 2nd try at the Dirt, Sweat, and Gears 12 hour. Last year, things went horribly wrong when rain at the start turned the course into a disaster area of dense, sticking mud. You couldn’t roll a bike on the ground because it would immediately clog so horribly that the wheels couldn’t turn.I resorted to carrying Ryan’s road bike for 3 miles in order to get in my whole 2 laps.
The current prediction for Saturday’s weather is a 40% chance of storms. So, I’ve got a contingency plan- if it rains, I keep riding the MTB until the mud starts to stick. When that happens, get to the pit and swap out for my CX bike. Being lighter and less cumbersome to shoulder, it will be easier if the course is reduced to hiking as it was last year.Ã‚ I even threw a skinny (27c!)Ã‚ grass tire on the rear for mud clearance, so it should be able to roll if I need it to.