Big Wheels, Big Mountains, Big Check

Sorry for the quality, my photographer had lots of celebratory beer...

The Over Mountain Enduro was the brain child of endurance downhill specialist Mark Weir. I like Mark a lot. I also like to beat him on his home turf.
That’s what I set out to do at the Highland Moutain Bike park this past weekend in New Hampshire.
Three timed “specials” were on tap, mostly down technical descents, with a little bit of pedaling thrown in to keep everyone honest. There was also a special, optional, timed climb that would earn you a $500 bonus if you were the fastest up it.
During practice on Friday I familiarized myself with a brand new, 2012 Kona Satori. This all new tail 29er is pretty sweet machine. Equipped with a Rock Shocks Reverb dropper seat post and a single chainring up front, I was monster trucking down the gnarly descents with reckless abandon, squirting up the climbs like a bar of soap in the prison showers and grinning ear to ear the entire time. With 130mm of travel front and rear, slack geometry and a super short rear end, the Satori was the perfect bike to do battle with all the bro’s in baggys and 6 inch trail bikes.
Somehow I had drawn plate #1, so I was the first to go. Not wanting to let my number down I put in the fastest time on Special number 1 and Number 2, rode the climbers prime section 3 minutes faster than the next guy, then cruised down the final special in one piece to claim the overall victory. Not bad for a skinny guy in spandex riding on a 29er.
After the race everyone was checking out my bike and trying to figure out how I had done what I just did. Mad skillz and rad bike usually add up to victory though, so I guess they will just have to live with it. I collected my huge (literally and figuratively) check to go with my huge wheels, danced a little jig atop the podium, and headed back to Chicago to do a cross race the next day. Which I also won.
Isn’t bike riding the coolest?

Check out the results here.

Nasty Out

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2 thoughts on “Big Wheels, Big Mountains, Big Check

  1. Vi5a says:

    Were you at NEMBAfest the week before?

  2. I would love to know more about your bike setup. I was planning on setting a Satori up next year for enduro races.

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