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Half Kowalski 2014

By - Posted on 22 September 2014

NB: Originally posted elsewhere on the Global Riders Network and appears via syndication.
Re: This ride meeting: 
Kowalski Classic 2014
Did not finish
Race Category: 
50KM/Masters Male

A few days before the race I find out my race wheels have a cracked hub, meaning I was riding the race with wheels and tyres set up for goofing around in the bush. I also only recently picked up a Specialized epic and am still dialing it in.

The result was the bike was a pig to ride and I don't think I will every get used to the grip shift and 2 x 10 chainring.

I was doing pretty well in the first 10-15 km and had lost a few places in the initial surge but started to slowly pick people off. Handling was difficult when descending but as long as I was doing ok and was riding steady for a negative split.

The track congestion was difficult and at about 10-15 km it seemed the race was one huge conga line. I kept losing momentum from mis-shifting and wasn't decending very quickly at all. I figured I was only in the race to enjoy the trails so I just got off the trail and let the race pass by, then jumped back in for some nice stretches of uninterrupted riding.

The riding was good and I am always happy to ride the Kowalski's trails. At 41 km I saw the start/finish and decided I'd had enough and took a short cut back to record a DNF.

sounds like you had similar issues with me last year, riding the kowalski with a new Epic.
You've got a great bike there, once you get used to it, it's a great piece of engineering that will change your riding.

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