MBA: Is there any other really nifty trick you have for
setting up your bike?
J.C.: The BlackBox shifter and the Grip Shift—these are
my main tips. I do get to ride WTB prototype saddles
M. W.: Sorry, top secret.
J.M.: A lot of people think this is weird, but I don’t use a
stem cap. Why carry around the extra weight? Also, I always
build my wheels with super-light bladed spokes. It saves 30
grams per wheel over 2.0 double-butted round spokes and
does not sacrifice anything in strength. Finally, I sneak
titanium bolts onto my bike wherever I can. Paying attention
to weight is still really important for enduro. Some of these
races have some pretty tough climbs within the timed
MBA: Do you use any superstitious stuff? Do you prefer
a certain racing number? Is there anything you always carry
with you on a ride?
J.C.: I like the #1 plate on my bike [laughter]. I wear on
my back #31. It’s my lucky number that I use since I can
print something on my jersey. It’s 13 in reverse and my
birthday, so it should be a lucky sign.
M. W.: No way. I’m too old to be superstitious.
J.M.: No, I have no superstitions. I just stick with gear
that I know well and is comfortable.
MBA: What are the special and out-of-the-ordinary items
you put in your pack for an enduro race?
J.C.: I always carry some zip-ties (they can always save
your ride) and a $5 bill, in case I’m struggling and need a
M. W.: Cash for a beverage after the race, a hat because I
hate it when I burn my head, and AKA RC car tire glue in
case I cut a tire.
J.M.: I carry a whistle with me. Is that weird? Mark and
“A good snack
Ben almost left me for dead once. They were ahead of me
on a descent; I crashed hard and was not able to yell loudly
enough for them to hear me. It was a bad situation that could
have been a lot better had I had my whistle. I also carry lots
of food. Usually real food—potatoes soaked in olive oil and
salt, cherries, pears, trail mix, chocolate chip cookies, peanut
butter and jelly. A good snack goes a long way in the middle
of a race. ❏
goes a long way
in the middle of