Had a pretty awesome time at the Shasta Dam GP on Sunday. The A/B ride race started at 9AM or so, and their loop was 36 (!!!) miles. Their race ran REALLY long - so the C race that was supposed to start at 1pm didn't get off the line until 2pm. Of course, it started raining at exactly 1pm, so we sat there getting soaked and cold on the start line waiting to race. In what was a GREAT decision, they shortened the course to about 12 miles for us. I was wearing new shoes (GT216AAA fatty up front, GT333 120 in the back) thanks to the @Mongo134 thread about how great the GT333 is with tubliss. And, they delivered. As you can see in the below (blurry) video, ZERO front end washout and great grip on the climbs.
I'm riding in C Senior Plus (45-49) on a '13 KTM 250XCF-W. I finished 3rd in class (out of 8). I ditched my goggles after the first lap, as I was so furiously pulling on the roll-off string that I ran out of film. Turns out the INSIDE of the goggles were fogged and wet, and rolling off was doing nothing anyway. I *hated* riding without goggles from a safety standpoint, but man did I ride faster when I was able to actually see! I was also riding with a partial cast on my left hand, recovering from a torn tendon on my thumb. This ended up being a non-issue, and my thumb felt great afterward.
Sorry in advance for the sometimes blurry mud-covered video. I tried my best to keep it clean, but with wet gloves and constantly trying to keep my own googles clean, there are some sections that are mud covered. I'll try to edit together the clean sections. Anyway, this is about 1/2 of my first lap, starting about 15 minutes after the start.
Thanks so much to the Redding Dirt Riders and the rest of the D36 volunteers. Truly a first class event!