battle on the Beach – who's in?
monkeyp from your description you were parked next to me. (I was on the On One Lurcher). Hope you had fun on the fatty, I was surprised how fast some of them were going at the start! I thought they’d be plodding along putting in a ton of effort and getting nowhere fastPosted 4 years agoIanBMember
I was there, going for the Most Niche Bike award on my belt drive SS Qoroz Lefty 29er
I though I’d try one-cranked SS fat bike for a bit on the first lap 😕 😳
Felt it was probably a niche too far, so bolted crank back on for laps 2 and 3
Great event though. Really enjoyed the course. Singletrack was brilliant on the Singular Puffin.Posted 4 years ago
5th Open male fat bike, fwiw. Maybe first SS, not sure…
What a great day! Punctured on the first lap and had issues re-inflating which Charlie the Bike Monger’s mechanic helped with. Massive thanks to him as it would have been game over otherwise. It seems the fattys were suffering from loads of punctures in the woods.
Managed 9th fat bike in the open category, 66th overall. Annoyed as I was feeling great until the mechanicals. Could have done with some tri-bars on the fatty for the beach section!
Not sure if fat was the ‘right’ bike, but it probably allowed more riding than any other type of bike. The only climb which wasn’t possible was the ‘cliff’.Posted 4 years agorusty90Member
That was a memorable day! I’ve never ridden a race quite like that before;Posted 4 years ago
runningwalking up a sand dune with bike on my shoulder one minute, ploughing through knee-deep bog the next. Being lapped by George on his fatty was a humbling experience. Well done Matt Page for a superbly organised event.geeMember
My fat bike tubeless guide…
Decided to go tubeless on the fat bike tonight. I’d squirted some sealant in the tubes in the mean time, but as the tubes are so enormous the weight was considerable. Before I started the weight was 29.7lbs on the scales.
I used 3 layers of gorilla tape on each wheel, then refitted the tube, inflated to 25psi to seat the beads, then very very carefully let all the air out, removed the tube keeping one bead seated (this took a couple of tries), the fitted the valve and 150ml of tubeless sponge (Nuts! I usually use 50ml). The technique which seemed to work best was to lay the wheel down with the loose bead facing down to force the tyre into the well of the rim under its own weight.
Hanging the wheel like you do with a normal bike just didn’t work as the tyres are so heavy they pull down and open up a big gap between the rim and the tyre.
I then used a gas canister to get it seated and finished off with a track pump. Seems to be holding air fine, was a little weird when I rode it round the road as the bead seemed to be leaking air under load – never had this before with tubeless so will leave it to seal overnight and see what happens.
The weight was 27.9lbs on the same scales when I’d finished – happy days! It is really noticeable on the fat bike as that’s 1.8lbs off the wheel weight.Posted 4 years agoIdleJonSubscriber
monkeyp, I think I passed you on the beach on the last lap. I did say hello but the wind probably took it away. (Green jersey on an old silver Kona Jake.)
I also saw MTQG’s jersey a few time but not close enough to see the uber-niche bike.
I thoroughly enjoyed the event and thought the finish summed it up. I went into the arena behind a fat bike who was following a full-sus 26er. We all sprinted…. Great fun.
Big thanks to Matt and his helpers.
Would anyone have changed the bikes they used? I would do it again on a cross bike but maybe with slightly wider tyres. (I had 32mm front, 35mm rear.)Posted 4 years ago
Gee, sounds like you need a Cheetah, commonly used for fitting truck tyres.
I wouldn’t change bikes, I reckon a 29er hardtail was ideal, and I don’t think I lost out too much riding single speed, but a set of aero bars would have helped on the beach.Posted 4 years ago
MTG – been wondering the same myself. As I said above, the fatty allowed me to ride more than I would have on any of my other bikes, but I bet the biggest gains could be had on the parts where a fast bike with semi-slicks would excel.
That said, it was fun tackling the soft sandy sections.Posted 4 years ago
Bit of a nightmare for me, crashed heavily on the first lap and had to retire with sore ribs 🙁Posted 4 years ago
But a great event, very interesting seeing all the different bikes racing together, and that no particular bike seemed to have an advantage over the full lap. Particularly impressed with how capable the fat bikes were. Not just with riders like gee on them, but with more normal people on board as well.
29er HT would seem the bike of choice next year!
That said. The race was won and lost on the beach section. If you could get in with a group who all worked together then you made good time .. if you were solo going across it, or if nobody wanted to help you, then you lost either big time or what was left in your legs.Posted 4 years agotazzymtbMember
Singlecrack…I still think it most un sportsman like that you hid from the wind behind my substantial girth for the whole sodding beach ride..spinning your gearie legs and chuckling. ..I will get you back young man, just you wait..it’ll be dog poo on your bite valve or similar! 😀Posted 4 years ago
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