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Congrats holiday!

post #1 of 15
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so this past weekend was the Downieville Classic XC and DH races in Downieville, CA. (www.downievilleclassic.com). It's one of the premier races/events in Norcal and is a super gnarly race course. The XC course is a point-to-point 29 miler with about 4,413 feet of lung busting climbing followed up by 5,692 ft of arm busting technical downhill.

The XC race starts out with a grueling 8 mile climb known as the 'Trail of Tears'. It gains 3,000 ft in 8 miles and is super exposed, loose, shaley...all that good stuff. About halfway up, I get stuck behind a slower group of riders, couldn't pass on my singlspeed, and had to dismount, and as I'm waiting for an opening in the procession of riders so I can get back on my bike, i see a few people I know and cheer them along as they pass.....and then I finally get back on my bike and I hear someone say from behind me "hey are you Ron from Kirkwood?"....turns out it was Holiday!

Within a minute he cruised on by me at a very impressive pace. And looks like he was fast enough for first place in his category in the sport all-mountain category.

Congrats buddy! you crushed it!!!
post #2 of 15
All of you all amaze me! I've just become comfortable with down hill a teensy weensy bit and love to see someone who is accomplished at XC and DH do what you do!
Definitely a work of art, from some skilled riders!

Huge thumbs up!
post #3 of 15
Pretty impressive. 7% grade. That sounds like a really rough climb for a SS.
post #4 of 15
Congrats--I admire all you steeplechasers from afar!
post #5 of 15
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Originally Posted by tromano View Post
Pretty impressive. 7% grade. That sounds like a really rough climb for a SS.
The first 8 miles are brutal. Here's the elevation chart from my GPS:
http://tinyurl.com/5d46qs

Here's the link tomy entire MotionBased stats of the race:
http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6232043


My SS gearing for this was 32:18 (26" wheels).
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
The first 8 miles are brutal. Here's the elevation chart from my GPS:
http://tinyurl.com/5d46qs

Here's the link tomy entire MotionBased stats of the race:
http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6232043


My SS gearing for this was 32:18 (26" wheels).
Holy Shit!
post #7 of 15
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Holy Shit!
I second that! Wow! :
post #8 of 15
Congrats! Holiday rules.

Michael
post #9 of 15
Tyrone: My SS gearing for this was 32:18 (26" wheels).

Makes sense, but still impressive for such a long climb. Did you have front suspension for all the descending, or did you go rigid?
post #10 of 15
My guess is he had his reba, I only know because Tyrone SC Chameleon is a sick bike.

fireroads....whats up with cali and fireroads?

Me = giant singletrack snob
post #11 of 15
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Makes sense, but still impressive for such a long climb. Did you have front suspension for all the descending, or did you go rigid?
Nah, as josh mentioned above, I generally use a front shock. I have a Rock Shox Reba on my SS Chameleon which has 85 - 115mm of travel + remote lockout. I kept it completely locked out for the first 8 miles during the big climb, and then had it opened to full travel for the rest of the ride.

Nearly all of this ride is on very technical singletrack (especially the descent portions). There are very few (if any) who do this ride/race rigid.
post #12 of 15

Biking

Wade, Congratulations quite an accomplishment.
post #13 of 15
Tyrone: I have a Rock Shox Reba on my SS Chameleon which has 85 - 115mm of travel + remote lockout.

Sounds like the perfect setup, especially the remote lockout. And congratulations on doing this race on an SS. That is impressive! I would love to try that Downieville course. I have never climbed steadily for an hour anywhere (road included). We just don't have any mountains here in Ontario.
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Sounds like the perfect setup, especially the remote lockout. .
yeah the lockout is key I think in singlespeeding with a front fork. Especially when you have lots of climbing. Obviously, you stand so much on a singlespeed.......and it drove me nuts when I switched back to a shock after riding fully rigid for a year to feel the shock suck up all my energy and momentum when standing and climbing as it worked through its travel.

I use the lockout so much it's as intuitive now to hit the little thumb activated lockout mechanism as it is to grab the brakes.
post #15 of 15

Thanks!

Thanks for the recognition, Ron, uh, Tyrone.

as we all know, we don't ride mtb's for or race for recognition, but it does feel nice.

I have to admit, I never locked out anything, even though i can lock out both the front and rear of my cdale rize. I like a smooth climb as well, these days...

Also, since we're looking at gearing: I run a 1x9. after years of riding single speeds exclusively, I still don't believe in a front derailer. a 33 tooth chainring, sandwiched by ground down rings creates less choices, better clearance, tighter chain, less noise, no throwing chains... (anyone want more reasons, let me know, but it's so damn good!)
I like your gearing choice, Tyrone, that's what I run on my SS in tahoe, straight up, straight down gearing, just a pain on the fast open areas, or what i used to call "spins of shame" since you can be passed by your grandmother.. . that is also what i hear conrad snover who won the SS class runs (truckee local).

I will be back next year, such a great event. if you can get in, i highly recommend it. where else can you have moments like some of my favorites... my favorite competiive moment (no, not passing Tryone, who was smiling as he suffered by the way), was passing famous freerider, Wade Simmons just before the trail turns downhill and really rough on pauley creek (he started 5 min ahead) and he never caught me on the DH. i was pretty stoked on that.
also, beating guys like Miles Rockwell and Greg Herbold, old world class DH guys in the All Mountain created a good feeling.

So, enough blowing my horn. Thanks again for the kudos.
one of the best things, great training to be ready for next ski season...

Cheers,
Holiday
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