Race report by Bryan Bolt, member of The Path Bike Shop Race Team.
Coming into my second race for the 2016 Fontana KMC Winter Series was fantastic! It was yet another perfect day for the 4th race of the season. It had rained 2 days prior which made the trails desirable for riding and the weather was in the low to mid 70s.
I decided to race in the open class single speed this time around since I had just finished building my new Pivot LES 29er. With the new 142x12 dropout, the bike’s performance was awesome! The course was pretty tough on the single speed due to the short steep climbs, however, I’m glad I geared down to 20t from 19t in the rear and 32t in the front. The bike handled great on the technical downhill and the transfer of power to the rear was effective when pedaling hard. The adjustments definitely paid off showing that I beat my final time by 2.5 minutes compared to my first race in gears in which I also got 1st place.
I can’t thank my sponsors enough and for always cheering me on. Big shout out to The Path Bike Shop: owner Tani Walling & team manager Lou Mollineda