Mud Sweat & Gears 20....13!!!

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Re: Mud Sweat & Gears 20....13!!!

Postby hopper1 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:07 pm

Got my 'self assessment' last night... Think I can manage higher than 6 throughout that lot :wink:

Watched a couple of videos on You Tube :shock: Certainly looks harder, when viewed through a GoPro on a chest strap, than BBC's version on my telly... Gulp!
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Postby hopper1 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 20:29 pm

Also noted that the guys riding the Hadleigh course all seem to be using narrow bars!... My 660mm seem like Ape Hangers, in comparison :shock: :|
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Postby VWsurfbum » Tue Dec 11, 2012 06:07 am

I have 680 on my HT, 700 on my 26" full suss and 711 on my 29we full suss, it's about feeling comfy when your riding non stop for a couple of hours!

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Postby evo3ben » Tue Dec 11, 2012 08:23 am

Bars are very personal pref to be honest. I have 620 carbon flats with bar ends, perfect for racing for me personally. Have tried 680 riser and flat bars for racing and didnt feel good. 580 flats are too narrow for me.
There are some XC race courses where anything 680 or more wont get through the trees! If i remember rightly, MSG Tunstall is one of them.
Narrower bars have there ups and downs. Wider the bar, the easier to control steering, the narrower the bar the smaller gaps you can fit through. Take Thetford winter series races. Alot of people on the course, 300+ mass start and alot of overtaking needed. Narrow bars help get past people easier in tighter places.
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Postby C0LL0 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 13:14 pm

Nailing it down the last red route at Bedgebury yesterday on the 29er with wide bars, I looked up to see two trees with red crosses on the them soo close together with the track in between, I closed my eyes as I shot through, I thought I felt myself graze both trees as I went through :lol:

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Postby pilch » Tue Dec 11, 2012 13:32 pm

evo3ben wrote: Narrow bars help get past people easier in tighter places.


yep, had an off at Tunstall last year because of wide bars, clipped some old boy and we both ended up on the floor, I was in such a rush to get going I didn't realise my bars were rotated 180º so had a few comedy moments where jumped on my bike, but I just couldn't work out how to ride it....

....some may say that I still haven't worked it out :lol:
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Re: Mud Sweat & Gears 20....13!!!

Postby bigdawg » Wed Dec 12, 2012 09:55 am

looking at some of the pictures I took theres a real selection of bars being used - the uk guys seem to have at least 680s

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Re: Mud Sweat & Gears 20....13!!!

Postby hopper1 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:34 am

As said, they are a very personal choice on any bike.
Mine feel great for me, yet from my perspective, they seem so wide in comparison to others.
There'll be sod all to it, I know, just 'looks' different :roll:
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Postby C0LL0 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 13:51 pm

It's my last day at work so may not get the time to post on here as I'll be too busy, so to all that know me & everyone that I know, have a great Christmas and a happy new year, see you all on the other side when training begins again :lol:

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Re: Mud Sweat & Gears 20....13!!!

Postby evo3ben » Thu Jan 10, 2013 13:28 pm

Happy new year all! :D

Been very quite on the MSG front. Anyone any news on the TBC venues, race times etc? Couple of months and we will all be racing again! 8)
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Re: Mud Sweat & Gears 20....13!!!

Postby bigdawg » Thu Jan 10, 2013 13:34 pm

not heard anything re confirmed dates or venues, but first race is pretty much going to be tunstall again.

hoping to catch up with matt soon though..

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Postby C0LL0 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 13:14 pm

on the MSG facebook page 6 out of the 8 rounds are confirmed

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Postby evo3ben » Sun Jan 13, 2013 07:36 am

I just thought it a little strange that apart from 6 confirmed venues, there are still 2 to be confirmed and no event information at all i.e. race times, format, costs etc.
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Postby VWsurfbum » Sun Jan 13, 2013 15:04 pm

ollie51 wrote:clicky: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/?series_id=310

No Hadleigh farm, though?

yet, pretty much. a fore gone.

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Re: Mud Sweat & Gears 20....13!!!

Postby ollie51 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 16:50 pm

It's far too technical for a regional level race to be fair - there's only a handful of riders in the eastern region who could get an XC bike round that course unscathed.

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Re: Mud Sweat & Gears 20....13!!!

Postby VWsurfbum » Sun Jan 13, 2013 17:16 pm

your assuming that the other routes wouldn't of been put in by then?

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Postby bigdawg » Mon Jan 14, 2013 09:25 am

theres been a rtace held there already after the olympics - the UK under 16s championships - in which girls as young as 13 rode the course (and rode it incredibly well!!) it only took a few adjustments - I think we may see hadleigh there eventually but knowing how the council are making people jump through hoops just to walk over there im assuming its taking time.

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Re: Mud Sweat & Gears 20....13!!!

Postby pilch » Mon Jan 14, 2013 12:40 pm

1st 4 entered :D
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Re: Mud Sweat & Gears 20....13!!!

Postby C0LL0 » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:10 pm

there is the national round 5 at Hadleigh in July, with open and fun class races on the Saturday, so don't know why a regional race can't be held there.


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