I heard it got so bad it was basically a hike a bike race before they finally had to call it. At least on the C&O I could keep my speed up.
Originally Posted by Sunyata
I also learned I should probably keep some metallic brake pads handy for these conditions. Resin pads wear fast!
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^ YES! Never ride muddy trails unless on private property and for a stupid race. Our bikes (and the trails) are trashed.
Originally Posted by drevil
That being said, it was great fun until my last lap where I literally could not push the bike because of how much mud was caked on the frame. All the mud made the bike too heavy to even lift. It was a nightmare. Seriously, I had nightmares Saturday night about all the mud.
As for the fenders, it is pretty funny you asked about it. On the first lap (where it was not too muddy, but just enough to be slick and cause that mud stripe), a guy passed me with a fender on. I laughed because his back was the worst of anyone that I had seen so far. I told him that I hoped my back was not that muddy and he looked back and cursed his fender!
But yeah, fenders did absolutely nothing. I have done muddy races before, but this was by far the WORST. To be completely honest, the race should have been postponed. I know the organizers pride themselves on having a rain or shine (or stupid crazy wind and snow) race, but even the first lap was too much. After the first lap, things got pretty dangerous. When a pro tells you that conditions are dangerous, you know things are bad. It was a HUGE mistake for me to go back out, but you know how it goes. Luckily no one got seriously injured. But, like I said, most everyone's bike was completely trashed. And the trails will take a lot of work to get them back into decent shape.