• When mud tyres ruled the earth…

    raquel welch considers her tyre options Yesterday’s leisure lakes race was won (by me) mostly on the choice of tyres.
    well, i say “choice”, the choice was made several months back when i fitted the Fire Mud Pro’s to my spare wheels and then left said spare wheels buried under a pile of rags in the kitchen. When i came to fit the wheels on saturday (as the “race” wheels needed more cleaning) i couldn’t be arsed to swop the tyres for anything else.

    Anyway, the course was possibly the muddiest i have ever seen it and after following rich and steve round a practice lap, watching them both struggle for grip far more than me, i realised that i had unwittingly given myself a nice advantage. Not that the tyres stopped the bike squirming like an oiled eel in a butter factory, but i seemed to be getting round more corners than anyone else.
    This proved to be true in the race itself, where i had an awful lot of fun wrestling the bike round the stodgy, slippery singletrack for several laps…possibly too much fun considering how tough it actually was, and managed to ride away from everyone else (or “corner” away from everyone else, more accurately). Hurrah!

    For the more geeky among you, i raced for 53mins 12secs at an average heart rate of 189bpm (max 196bpm), over a distance of 11.7 miles. which sounds rubbish, but it really really was that muddy.


    11:23 am on December 11, 2006 | 8 Comments | # |


  • matt 11:29 am on December 11, 2006 | #


    Can I Cut and paste this this to DSP?

  • dave 11:32 am on December 11, 2006 | #

    knock yourself out!

  • Rich 1:04 pm on December 11, 2006 | #

    When we got the trophies, it turned out I came second. I have got your trophy at home, I will bring it along next week

  • dave 1:37 pm on December 11, 2006 | #

    Woo! 2nd on a semi slick rear tyre, ace!

  • matt 2:57 pm on December 11, 2006 | #

    were there only 2 racers?

  • Rich 3:00 pm on December 11, 2006 | #

    Close, there were 3.

  • dave 3:03 pm on December 11, 2006 | #

    There were more starters than that weren’t there?

  • Rich 3:28 pm on December 11, 2006 | #

    Maybe there were 4. If you count all of the people who were too afraid to race in the muddy conditions, I beat about 20