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Grinduro Gold

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

All photos © Jordan Clark Haggard

At a length of 63 miles with 8000+ feet of climbing and four timed segments, Grinduro is built to push both man and machine in ways that other races do not. The course layout requires riders to be extremely well rounded to get on the podium. The diversity of the timed segments, a gravel road hillclimb (stage 1), a gravel road descent (stage 2), a rolling road TT (stage 3), and a singletrack descent (stage 4), require the winner to be a strong climber, a powerful road time trialist, and an expert bike handler. The diversity of the terrain also makes it incredibly difficult for riders to select a bike that will give them an edge.

The winner of this year’s men’s race—retired World Cup Downhill pro, Duncan Riffle—very carefully considered every part of his race bike, including the frameset. “The Santa Cruz Stigmata equipped with SRAM Force 1 HRD was always my weapon of choice. Although, this year I did have a Santa Cruz Highball equipped with SRAM Eagle™ XX1 and a RockShox SID WC on hand purely for intimidation factor as I knew many of my top level competitors would likely make the move to flat/riser MTB bars for better control and stability after discovering the technical requirements of the final single-track downhill stage 4 had to offer.” Riffle went on to say, “…but I really did want to prove a point and win this with a proper drop bar bike as I felt—and still do—that this is the spirit of this particular event. Not to mention it makes it a whole lot more fun and risky on the proper DH segments.” 

Reflecting on the ruggedness of the course and the challenges that it posed for the bike Riffle said, “The introduction of hydraulic disc brakes and the SRAM 1x drivetrain to road bikes has allowed these bikes to really do anything, go anywhere and do it all more efficiently, with a more enjoyable and reliable ride then ever. Admittedly, last year at GRINDURO was the first time I had ever ridden a Cyclocross bike, but luckily I was equipped with SRAM Force 1 HRD from the start and was immediately HOOKED. My bike worked flawlessly and I had zero concerns that everything would hold up throughout the near 65 mile day of varying terrain...You really do push the limits of those bikes’ capabilities and it never flinched once.”

Shifters/Brakes: SRAM RED® HRD levers with front shifter removed

Rear derailleur: SRAM Force 1 long cage

Cassette: SRAM XX1 XG-1199 10-42t

Crankset: SRAM RED® BB30 175mm length 110 BCD

Chainring: Force 1 X-SYNC™ 44t

Seatpost: Zipp SL Speed

Saddle: Fizik Arione

Stem: Zipp Service Course SL 90mm

Handlebar: Zipp Service Course SL-80 46cm

Wheels: SRAM Rise 60

Tires: Clement MSO 700x40c

Frameset: Santa Cruz Stigmata 58cm

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