This Saturday I am racing The Tour of the White Mountains a single track mountain bike race in Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ. Over the weekend they got rain and even some snow, and it looks like more rain is in the forecast for Friday and Saturday.
Living in Phoenix, this is not something I have very much experience with. Heat and dry trials is what I’m used to.
I’m wondering what everyone’s best tips are for a cold and muddy mountain bike race. Here are some topics I’m curious about, but all advice is greatly appreciated:
- The dirt up there is pretty sticky and will start to cake onto the bike, is there anything to limit this?
- Trying to keep my hands and feet dry
- I was planning on racing my Specialized Epic, but depending on the mud I think my Trek Stache (3 inch tires) might be the better choice.
Epic Rides mentioned they have a Plan B and C, but they didn’t release what those are. My guess is this race will go from 90% single track to a gravel grinder. If they reroute us to the fire roads, the mud will less of an issue and more about staying warm and comfortable for 5-6 hours on the bike.
Thanks for everyone’s help!