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.
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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?