Last year the challenge at the World Cup in Windham was the dust, this year at Windham PRO XCT it was the heat and the mud! Mountain bike races are never the same, ever. That is one of the things I love about this sport. In the lead up to a race like this the conditions are always changing. The first day the course was mostly dry and a low profile tire was best, but that changed quickly with overnight thunderstorms that hit Windham hard. There are a lot of bike setup decisions that have to be made before you hit the start line. Here is my bike setup for this race:
Bike: Norco Revolver FS
Tires: 29×2.2 Kenda Honey Badger XC PRO with TR casing on Stans Valors
Tire Pressure: Front – 21.5 PSI Rear – 22.5 PSI
Fork: Rockshox RS-1 setup with 15% sag at 100 psi with 3 tokens
Shock: Rockshox Monarch XX setup with 20% sag and 145 PSI
With a setup like that I hit the ground running and had a really good race this past weekend! I finished up 4th in a very strong field of North Americans and Europeans. This was my best finish at a UCI HC event thus far and I am really happy I made it happen.
Check out some photos from the weekend of racing from Caroline Gauthier