10-2 2010 California State Pro Champ. Endurance Fat Tire 50 Mile mountain bike race
By Dave Santos on October 21, 2010
This 50 miler was two 24 mile laps with a 2 mile parade lap. The course got a bunch of rain the night before so the conditions were awesome. After the race began, the selection was in the first few miles as we entered the hills. Just before mile 4, I noticed my back tire was getting really soft. As I continued to ride, it got worse and worse until I had to stop. I decided to go back to the pit to try and fix it for good. After hiking/riding my bike 3 miles to the pit area, I installed a new tube and got it ready to ride again. At this point I had lost so much time I debated just calling it a day. Instead, since I was already out there, I figured I might as well keep racing to get a good ride in and to see how many people in the other categories I could catch. As I got through the first lap, I started feeling great. By the second half of the second lap, I caught up to and passed several other pros which landed me a 5th place finish, Dave S.
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