Monday, February 2, 2009

IceSlickle Bicicle or Death Race 2009?

I don't know if they have a name for this race.  Maybe the Art Shanty Project Bicicle Race 2009, but whatever it is, there should be something about the risky nature of this race in the title.   Ice biking is tricky. You usually don't know when you're going to fall, but you do know that it will be quick.   Swoosh and you're on the ground.  It's a humbling experience, and I try to get up as fast as I can ,hoping no one saw.  Hopefully, you don't hit too hard.  I don't pretend to be an expert on ice biking but I am pretty good at falling.

So, how do you keep from falling, when riding on ice?  We'll from what I could tell from the riders at this event, you have 2 choices.  One is to put as much metal on your wheels as you can, hoping that it will dig into the ice and keep you from ending up on your bum.  The other idea seems to be going with the narrow tires that have surface contact with the ice that presses down hard, and avoids slipping.  

When you fall down, you got to get back up on the bike.  
Which isn't easy on ice.

The Winner!
This guy had more steel on his tires than 
there is on the rest of his bike.

Riding off into the sunset.

If this race was any indication, it looks like lot of steel studs are the way to go.  The guy with the studded tires, rolled over everyone else.  He looked stable, while the others seemed to be riding very cautiously.  And some of them, fell.

And this is just a qualifying race.  There are 2 more races next weekend at 2pm on both days.   The championship is in 2 weeks on Sunday, February 14th.  


m e l i g r o s a said...

AND what do you mean bored with your blog?! this is something that Id otherwise not see unless I was visiting somewhere or moved. these pictures are great i♥ enjoy them so much. my favorite is the super studded tire man :)

spiderlegreen said...

Thanks Meli, if I may call you that. I just wanted to promote some of the other great sites, like yours, that I have links for. It was just an attention getter. It worked! ;)

Yes and super stud will be back for the finals in 2 weeks! So stay tuned.