What is it about a course that determines how much float you want in a pedal?
I don't change float based on course. Pedal float, to me, is an aspect of bike fit, and I'm not someone that adjusts my bike fit really, regardless of what terrain I'm riding.
Do you use a lot of the available float in the pedal? Do you stay with the standard 13-degree setup?
I always use the 13-degree float. I like to be able to clip out instantly if I'm pushing through a turn and need to put a foot out quickly.
You rode the XC 12 at Mid-South gravel in Oklahoma and Unbound in Kansas, right? Why did you make that pedal selection?
Both Mid-South and Unbound have pretty unpredictable conditions. It can seem like a nice day out, and there will just be this random mud pit in a ditch you have to ride through. Like I said before, you just have to be prepared for anything in a lot of these gravel events, and so if I have to jump off at some point, I want to be able to clip back in quickly, even if my shoe is caked in mud.
And then you rode XPRO 15 at SBT GRL, a road pedal. Why did you make that decision?
SBT is a very fast, predominantly smooth race by gravel standards... it plays out much more like a traditional road race, and the speeds are more like a road race, too. In an event like SBT where aerodynamics and power transfer are crucial, and it's very unlikely you'll have to get off the bike at any point, the XPRO 15 is the ticket for me. Sure enough, I ended up in a sprint for the win at that one, and although I didn't have the legs to seal the deal this year, my equipment was geared toward making the most of a close finish like that.