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The Life of a Single Speed Enthusiast - INTERVIEW - Tyres and Soles
Single Speed Racing. An Act of Self Abuse or Utter Enjoyment? You Decide. When I first started mountain biking back in the days of 90mm stems, I had grand delusions of becoming a 24 hr XC machine (high hopes for someone built like a rugby union second row……….well I actually was a rugby union second row). Thankfully I found shuttle-fed freeride and Enduro. But before I did, I managed to dip my toe into the world of MTB endurance racing with a total of 3 races under my belt (one 6 hour event as part of a 4 man team, the old Scott 24 Hr at Mt Stromlo and a crampfest formerly known as the Dirtworks 50). All were completed on a 5” travel, 27-speed trail bike that weighed about the same as a collapsed star. With such fond memories, my perception of the Single Speed World Championships had always been that it would be a weekend of abject misery undertaken by masochistic mountain biking purists with a propensity for leg waxing, protracted debates over the lightest dust cap to use and of course, beards. If dragging my heavy arse to the top of Mt Stromlo multiple times in the …