I'd really like the opportunity to have one for about two weeks this year (one in December and one in January).
The rest of my winter training will be spent on gravels on 700x45s as that is what is available to me right in my backyard. Simply can't justify the expense of owning one of the damn things.
Would want to get a few rides in to increase comfort level and then race the Tuscobia 75 mile event (sorry to wimp out from the "big one", but it just doesn't fit with my plans and goals) in late December. And then similar situation in mid January for Triple D.
No promises I won't show up for both on my 29er if something doesn't work out (or that I won't ride the Mamasita at both regardless based on snow conditions), but I'm having a hard time with justifying the entry without knowing I have the weapon.
Rain. - On or off has been the theme for rain this summer. We are either in a long dry spell or we'll have a week or two of on and off rain, like now. Yesterday ...
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