Stage 2 of the BC Bike race was a mixed bag for the Cannondale OverMountain team of Mark Weir and Jason Moeschler. Jason seemed to have shook out all the Taiwan travel from his legs yesterday but apparently it came back today. Though Mosh felt "relatively destroyed" on the climbs the team was able to gain back time on the slick, rocky and rooty descents thanks to the Jekyll's ability to "adjust your attitude."
"I used the attitude adjust lever almost as much as my shift lever," said Jason. "Anytime we went up I switched it to the 90mm travel Elevate mode for quick acceleration and then right back to the 150mm Flow mode so I could get on the gas over the rough stuff."
But not every climb was smooth. "I kept it on Flow for many of those rocky, rooty climbs. You need all that travel to hold traction," countered Weir. "On that last sweet rolling section I had it on Flow and rode it like a pump track, compressing and pumping for maximum traction, letting the suspension settle into its travel."
Weir continued to explain that on a mixed bag of a day like today like Campbell River, where you're constantly powering up nasty rises and squirting down slimy, slick shoots where one mistake will leave you carcassed in the rocks, he flicks that suspension switch as much as the lever on his adjustable seatpost. "With all the varying terrain like rock drops, rock ups, rooty sections, it almost gains you a gear, I feel like I don't have to shift as much, it gains a gear by just changing travel."
Another benefit for the OverMountain stars: Attention. "It's cool because everyone is looking at our bikes, wondering how we ride them here when there's World Cup riders on hardtails. I think it comes down to us going fast but also having the most fun out there," explains Jason.
As for the race, Jason said it started well. "We got a good start and were right where we wanted to be going into the first singletrack. There were maybe 15 guys ahead of us, we were in the second bunch of about 15 and led that as we hit the singletrack. It would have been perfect but the start effort really hurt me so Weir had to slow down and wait for me, which normally we're always an even speed. My travel just hurt my fitness."
Though they were pinning it on the downhills Mosh just didn't have the short, steep climbing power so they just had to watch people pass by. But it didn't do the team in by any means as Jason explained. "Even with me hating it on the climbs we were still radically faster than everyone on the downhills, we'd put it in Flow mode and go by like they were tired to trees so they had to chase that much harder to pass us back. Had I been on form today the bike would have been insanely more helpful with all that travel."
Ultimately, thanks to a little attitude adjustment the OverMountain team held onto it's 5th place GC standing in the open men's duo class. Not a bad day after all.