Racing my new bike at the Midweek race in Park City Photo: Lori Leger
It is a Pivot Les 27.5 hardtail. The 27.5 represents the wheel size. There are now three standard mountain bike wheel sizes. The 26", the 29" and my new 27.5". Pros and cons can be argued for each wheel size, although even though I only have a few rides (and one race) in on my new bike, I am feeling confident that the 27.5" wheel size is the perfect wheel size for me. Once I have done a few more rides on varied terrain, I plan to write a comprehensive review of my new bike. Something to look forward too.....
In the meantime, my mountain bike race season is ramping up. This past weekend I raced the Wasatch Back 25. It is a lumpy, chunky, rough 25 miles so it was a no brainer to ride my Pivot 429C dualie! After over two hours of racing I beat my goal race time of 2:20 by 6 minutes and ended up finishing 2nd overall. That said, there is always the goal of getting faster, although I do feel like I am making progress in that direction. My race starts are improving and I am not coughing up a lung after the race. Progress! Additionally, all the core work I have been putting in to regain post-abdominal surgery strength is paying off. This was my longest, roughest race of the year and my back held up nicely.
Some photos from the weekend:
It was a warm, dry, and dusty day in the Wasatch. Photo: Lisa Palmer Leger
Lori's photos always make me look fast:) Photo: Lori Leger
Leading a group of super fast Summit Bike Club girls up the climb Photo: Dusty Powers
A few minutes into the race. My starts are still hard, although improving. Photo: Lori Leger
There are so many highlights from the weekend, however the bottom line is that I love riding/racing my bike. It makes me feel strong, healthy, happy, and most importantly.....alive; something I strive and work hard for every single day.
Shannon and I also have some other exciting news. We are officially Park City homeowners. We pick up the keys tomorrow!