Calendar Event: May 31, 2009

Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby alanw on Mon 25/May/09 12:47pm

Racing Ralphs look pretty cool, similar to Crossmark but maybe better?

What about a Fast Fred 2.1 on the back and a Ralph 2.1 on the front @ 45/40 psi? Will this work? I like this option but not sure if a Fred will be OK

Cheers!
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Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby brockman on Mon 25/May/09 6:15pm

alanw wrote:Racing Ralphs look pretty cool, similar to Crossmark but maybe better?

What about a Fast Fred 2.1 on the back and a Ralph 2.1 on the front @ 45/40 psi? Will this work? I like this option but not sure if a Fred will be OK

Cheers!

Do yourself a favour and dont run a Fred -theyre a super fast tyre, but will get torn apart on the shisty rocks before the river crossings..
Best bet is to go for a fast (relatively) lightweight UST tyre like a 1.75 kenda klimax lite out back, with any lightly treaded tyre on the front.. racing ralph, crossmark, larsen mimo etc... you might even get away with a fred up front, but I wouldnt risk it. 40psi all round would hit the spot
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Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby Pies on Mon 25/May/09 6:36pm

Done this 4 times. Couple of times with Larsen TT's, tubes at around 45. No problems. Couple of times with Crossmark UST at 40ish, again never had a problem, touch wood. There is a little bit of slippery stuff going up the first hill, a little bit maybe a couple of hundred meters, before the river bed and the rest is rocky or gravel. A semi slick will be painful on the first hill, but you definitely don't want anything slow on the road. As said earlier, stay away from anyting with silly light sidewalls you'll be asking for trouble.
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Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby UK_Exile on Tue 26/May/09 5:53pm

Race update isn't sound good. Even mention of possibly using alternate course :-(
http://mtbpursuits.com/MTBeventRun79.htm

Snows forecast in the region to 500m Saturday and Sunday.......Tekapo is at 700m :o
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Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby crazychris on Wed 27/May/09 10:05am

How are we supposed to believe the weather forcasters?
2 x websites (neither is met service) say completly differnet things! Northerlies? Southerlies? Warm? Cold? Snow?!?
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Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby crazychris on Wed 27/May/09 11:59am

finally, a reliable report on the river temp at the head of the lake!
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Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby crazychris on Fri 29/May/09 8:45am

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Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby Tama on Fri 29/May/09 9:18am

Good news - the rivers are dropping and the water is draining off the tracks. The snow is melting and the weather forecast is much more favourable.

But do come prepared for the cold and the track will be wet and muddy in places.

Photos of the rivers yesterday:
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Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby sweet_P on Fri 29/May/09 5:04pm

FYI - weather could get a little crappy on Sunday... (Note Lake Tekapo is at 715m I think)

CANTERBURY HIGH COUNTRY

HEAVY SNOW WARNING CANTERBURY MARLBOROUGH : Bitterly cold southerlies are expected to strengthen early Sunday morning. In the 15 to 18 hours starting about 3am Sunday in south Canterbury and starting about 8am Sunday in Marlborough expect 10 to 15cm of snow down to 200 metres with lighter falls ranging from sea level in Canterbury to 100 metres in northern Marlborough. There will probably be 25cm above 500 metres in the ranges of north Canterbury and on the Kaikoura Ranges. After this winds and showers should ease from the south and freezing level rise slowly.

Might be worth keeping an eye on the latest forecasts/sev weather warnings at http://www.metservice.com/public/weathe ... nings.html

Might want to get those winter gloves before Sunday Tama ;)
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Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby Pies on Fri 29/May/09 8:35pm

Could be ok at Tekapo. Statement on the Tekapo visitors pages about it getting shaded by the mountains that surround it. Also weather forcast onhttp://www.weatheronline.co.nz/weather/maps/city?LANG=nz&UP=0&WMO=w3162&CONT=aupa&NOREGION=1&LEVEL=100&R=0 is positive. Glass half full.
The again we could be better off taking plastic bags and sliding down the hills on them. :D
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Re: Run 79 Lake Tekapo Mtb Pursuit

Postby crazychris on Fri 29/May/09 10:03pm

lots and lots of snow nearby, but the lajke level is huge! Trees popping up from the lake. The 'forest' at the end of the road before the finish line is under water!

Gonna be cold (not cold yet) and maybe even a bit of snow, but not expecting a snowstorm.
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