I attended yet another snow bike race and this time w/ the Family in tow. The kids and Jen were looking for a getaway weekend so we headed up to the Cayuna Whiteout. The weekend was fun and the only mistake I made was not bringing my ice racing studs...next year!
The fatbike race was not a technical challenge for the most part, but I still got some good intensity in. Yes, I got caught on camera trying to cheat the wind by getting in the fat bike TT position.
Next year I hear they will have more than one short stretch of singletrack. If so, I will be back.
In Tech news, I have been running a super secret drive train. It is a standard 10 speed rear, but with my beloved XTR Shadow Plus rear derailleur (clutch type...I will never run a non-clutch rear der again) and a chain ring from a new company called Wolf Tooth Components. The super secret part is that w/ this combo, no chain guide is needed because of the wide and narrow teeth on the chain ring which keep the chain more aligned on the chain ring (a la XX1 but can be run much cheaper with XT, XO or X9 clutch type rear der). There are a handful of us testing these chain rings including some guys aggressively riding dirt in CA and Mike Curiak who currently crossing the AK wilderness with a middleburn direct mount version. The summary of the testing is that the performance has been flawless with no chain dropping, so go order yourself one! Check out the sram direct spline mount option that is in development (product page), and recall that SRAM just announce X9 and X5 fat bike cranks.
I hear a carbon fat bike is still coming my way... soon. Look for the all the details in the next couple weeks.