Won a race once. AND DON'T YOU EVER FORGET IT

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  • tom 12:02 pm on January 17, 2007 | #

    I see your problem. You weren’t using shimano brake pads!
    /waits to be told they were the first set that wore out/
    ;0)

    Well done BTW.

  • dgpowell 12:08 pm on January 17, 2007 | #

    The wait is over!

    I can confirm that shimano backing plates provide better braking than kool stop ones…although neither provide much more than about 3 corners worth of metal on metal braking

    cheers!

  • matt 1:28 pm on January 17, 2007 | #

    You’d have won if you didn;t have a silly bit of plastic hanging off the back of you RACE bike.

    Buy EBC pads next day, goodridges blow.

  • dgpowell 1:49 pm on January 17, 2007 | #

    I’d have won if i hadn’t convinced myself about other people’s support eclipsing what i could achieve (ie if i’d stopped thinking “they’ll all have brakes and i’ve not got any”)

    My lap times were getting quicker and quicker after the “stopping incident” because i was getting more and more into riding the course again…didn’t feel tired or anything, just sat at a nice pace and enjoyed it rather than racing

    < cockyness >
    if i’d put the hammer down i reckon i’d have got another lap in and won even with the “stopping incident”
    < /cockyness >

    and that bit of plastic kept my arse from getting sandpapered raw, it’ll come off for shorter races or TOTALLY dry ones
    :p

    will try EBC next time

  • matt 2:13 pm on January 17, 2007 | #

    “if i’d put the hammer down i reckon i’d have got another lap in and won even with the “stopping incident””

    You carried a hammer around with you?. no wonder you lost .. erm I mean came second. 😉

  • dgpowell 2:37 pm on January 17, 2007 | #

    I had 2 dinotte batteries, 3 powerbars, 1 squeezy energy gel bottle, 1 spare tube and 1 minipump on my pockets while racing

    it looked like i had a hammer with me, even if it didn’t feel like it!

  • matt 4:19 pm on January 17, 2007 | #

    Bloody hell.. tape all that crap to the bike!

  • Guy 7:45 pm on January 17, 2007 | #

    from the fact you’re wrapped up like a marshmallow-man I guess it was a bit cold

    you look like a proper dodgy northener in the pics, is that a mostache in the bottom pic? Are you on the run with nicked car steros?

    (well done btw, looks wet n cold)

  • dgpowell 9:45 am on January 18, 2007 | #

    It was just constantly raining (or sleeting, or “proper” snowing) with wind, so you got saturated then had all the heat whipped off you

    in the last pic (where i look fat for some reason) it’s a mud-stache
    ha!
    geddit?!
    from wiping my nose with grime covered gloves

    nicked car stereos? no, but each time someone rode past with functioning brakes i did eye the pads up jealously

  • tom 11:15 am on January 18, 2007 | #

    if i’d put the hammer down i reckon i’d have got another lap in and won even with the “stopping incident”

    But you didn’t.
    Now you know though that you have to keep riding the whole 24 hours to have a chance of winning and just because it’s gone tits up for you doesn’t mean nobody else is having problems.
    Good training experience I reckon. Roll on summer.

  • Wayne 1:25 pm on January 18, 2007 | #

    Mud – stache,LOL, in some circles they call that a dirty sanchez!! – well done cocker you look very unimpressed with the fruit bowl thing that 1st place got Angela would love to make trifle in that !!

  • dgpowell 2:27 pm on January 18, 2007 | #

    “Good training experience I reckon. Roll on summer.”

    Yup, definately, there’s nothing like a bit of adversity to build up resolve
    🙂
    “proper” training kicks in next week, so should be in uber good form come the bigger summer races

    Angela doesn’t make trifle, she’d just fill that bowl with crisps (and then eat all of them herself)
    😉

  • matt 6:46 pm on January 18, 2007 | #

    “Angela doesn’t make trifle, she’d just fill that bowl with crisps (and then eat all of them herself)
    ;)”

    UNTRUE. we all know that between opening the pack and tipping the pack to the bowl you’d have swung in, open mouthed and snaffled them all before they even got close to the bowl 🙂

  • Mark 6:30 pm on January 20, 2007 | #

    Well done dude!

  • dgpowell 8:37 pm on January 21, 2007 | #

    cheers dude!

    looks like all that posing we did for uni prospectuses didn’t pay off though!

  • Mark 10:58 pm on January 22, 2007 | #

    I still have a copy of that somewhere! That photographer really was a bit of a spanner.

  • dgpowell 10:11 am on January 23, 2007 | #

    Even scarier: the uni is still using some of the pics!
    I think printing services still have picture of me on steve’s old xc bike with body armour on 🙂

  • dan 9:05 pm on January 28, 2007 | #

    Dave or anyone else, two questions…

    1) where can you get those Geax 29″ tyres from in the UK.

    2) Are those Planet X MTB rims in those pictures?

  • dgpowell 9:48 am on January 29, 2007 | #

    If anyone can get the tyres it’ll be Brant at on-one – he’s uber helpful.
    Other than that i’ve seen a few people on the mtbr 29er forum selling them before now, admittedly most of them are US based, but it’s always worth a look

    yes, the rims are planet x a57 sp pro’s. They’re supposed to be road rims but seem more than up to the task of ‘Big XC’ provided the wheel build is alright