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Ore to Shore, Hard Rock 48

Team Bikeman - Race Reports

Marquette, MI

August 8, 2015

My race started off well thanks in part to having a preferred start position (it is a large mass-start race, over 2,000 participants between the Hard Rock 48 and Soft Rock 28 races). Then about 10-11 miles in, I flatted my rear tire, a Schwalbe Racing Ralph right in the center of the tread on a sharp rock. Not really a fault of the tire, though—this course is full of sharp rocks on the trails and flats can be common. It took awhile, but despite it being a large puncture, I was able to get the Stan’s No Tubes sealant to do its thing, and inflated with a CO2. Now I was pretty much at the back of the pack, so I had a lot of catching up to do, which can be tough on this course because many of the slower racers tend to walk up the hills and it is difficult to pass them. So anyways, I was riding hard attempting to regain some time, when I missed a turn and inadvertently followed several riders off course for 2 miles. So the first third of my race was not exactly turning out well.

However, it’s a 48 mile race, so I put it down and was doing well and was able to pass a lot of people. The last several miles my rear tire kept feeling more and more squishy, though, and by 2 miles to go I was running my bike in to the finish as I was out of CO2 and it was completely flat. I’m not sure if the puncture opened up again, or if my pressure was low enough that I was burp flatting a little bit on corners or bumps. Either way, I had a lot of people cheering me on as I ran through the finish line, pushing my bike.

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