Wednesday, October 17, 2012

WORS Wigwam MTB Challenge and Mud

I just did a show on Mountain Bike Radio that recapped the recent WORS Wigwam MTB Challenge race with the guy that makes the show go, Todd Nutter. Todd has done written and video reporting for the series since August and has brought a new feel to the series that was starting to diminish.

The topic of the show and race was the rain and mud. Racers got out, slid around in the mud, destroyed brake pads, and had a great time while doing it.
photo by XTRPhoto

It got me thinking about riding/racing in the rain. I've had races that have been muddy and cold and it was fun. But, at the same time, it's expensive. After what the riders went through at the WORS race, you'd need to pull apart your entire bike (especially full sus!), repair hubs, bb's, headsets, maybe replace drivetrain parts, replace brake pads for sure and maybe even rotors. It's not like doing a running race in the rain. Not only is it expensive from the individual perspective, it's extremely expensive in elbow grease.

The Wigwam MTB Challenge director, Jon Holcomb, called in to the show and indicated that there would be a significant amount to get the trails back to normal. With the help of volunteers, it'll happen, but that's a lot of time, money, and energy just to fix something that didn't really need to happen. Or did it?

Racing is supposed to be just fun. It has to be otherwise people wouldn't show up. But, what if it's more than just fun? What do racers think about all week while they are working for money to pay for the replacement parts? Why do racers spend several hours per week training, prepping, and thinking about the race? It seems to me, while fun, that the race and community is more than fun - it's passion, life, and hope all wrapped into a muddy, gritty, grinding drivetrain.

What do you think about riding and racing in the rain? Is it worth the fun or should it be saved for another day?


  1. As a Citizen racer in the WORS series, and a Member of the Fat Katz bike club (that hosted the race), I could have not had a better time racing in the SLOP. I smiled the entire race and loved ever minute of the race....... sure clean-up, and rebuilding will NOT be fun, this day, this amazing day, was worth every penny it will take to rebuild...... oh, and having a steel, SS 29er with a carbon rigid fork was the way to go for this ride

  2. Nice. Yeah, it's not everyday you get to go out and ride around in stuff like that. I posed the question because I know it's a love/hate type of thing. Some people on facebook started the discussion about whether the race should have happened. I think, as long as you guys are willing to repair it, have at it. You see that video Todd Nutter posted - it's up on the WORS facebook's sweet.