Pardon my absence, I’ve been totally consumed by the race.
Mary took off from Banff, AB last Friday & has been riding a strong, smart race ever since. She’s in Lincoln, MT, as I type this. Having my spouse out there has been an adventure in itself, though incomparable to what I’m sure she’s experiencing…
Oh- and before I forget: here’s a new, very good SPOT leaderboard page to use. Thanks to Jeni T for that one. 🙂 The site leaderboard went a little crazy but this, along with the one on MTBcast is good. Jeni’s allows you to look in by specific rider, so it’s my favorite now.
So, about the bike:
Mary is riding a Song 29, named Frieda. She’s purpose built for this job. Some racers are secretive about their gear selection but Mary told me it’s ok to share. I’ll tell you about the bike- if you want to know what’s in the packs you’ll have to ask Mary. 😉
Song 29 softail, easygoing bike, Cane Creek damper- make to take abuse.
Low bottom bracket, slack head angle for low CG & stability on fast gravel roads.
Large front triangle for *cargo room* (thanks to Jeff’s handiwork at Carousel Design Works)
Full length cable housing to handle all weather conditions
3 h20 holders
3+ hand positions, including the custom “Fred Bar” we made to mount the Syntace XXS aero bars. The Fred bar also affords an shorter, upright position to ease the back muscles. Primary bar is an On One Mary bar. Bars are taped to be comfy in all temp ranges.
Rock Shox Reba SL 29″ fork- 80mm setting
No Tubes wheelset- American Classic hubs laced to 355 29″er rims
Kenda Small Block 8 tires- light & fast.
Wide gearing: 11/34 Shimano XTR titanium cassette
Middleburn 20T/29T/42T crank, steel middle ring for long wear. Self-extracting bolts
Phil Wood square taper bottom bracket- smooth & extremely durable
SRAM hollowpin chain
Shimano LX front derailleur- good tire clearance for the big wheels, shifts good
SRAM X0 Blackbox long cage derailleur- wow
SRAM X0 shifters- also wow… we soldered the ends of the cables so they can easily be pulled for lubrication
Avid Juicy Carbon brakes, 6″ rotors
Time ATAC Carbon XS pedals
and that’s about all I can think of at the moment. Cool, eh?! 🙂