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Bitter Cold and Snow Can't Stop the Gates Belt Drive!

  December 7, 2011

This past weekend in Colorado saw frigid temperatures, snow, ice and mud out on the cyclocross courses.What better conditions to test both riders andGates CarbonDrives? Whilethe riders suffered,the belts shrugged off the cold and mud, working flawlessly.

Team Gates Carbon Drive leads them out onto course!

Saturday’s race was super cold, with high temps in the teens, and even colder when the single speed race went off at dusk. A heavy coating of snow from the days before meant that it was going to be a tough day. Right from the gun there were crashes aplenty, as riders struggled in the course beat up from a day of racing. The main line was a muddy, icy mess, and getting out of that line meant a sudden stop in 8 inches of snow. Most of the Gates guys started on the front and avoided most of the crashes, and by the second lap a group of five, including three from the light blue team, led the race.

Garrett Davis sliding through the slippery course.

Just before one of the big run ups another competitor made anaggressive pass and nearly tookout those behind,causing agap with Taylor Nye and Taylor Jung chasing. On this day, given the conditions, bike choice was a tough decision, with some riders choosing a mountain bike. Everyone was in survival-mode on this course, and Jesse Swift had to settle for third place with Garrett Davis taking fourth.You can’t win them all, but the team was happy to see that the eventual winner was also sporting a Gates CarbonDrive on his Spot mountain bike!

The mud and snow made for some extra dismounts in Louisville, CO.

Sunday’s race in Westminster offered up temperatures slightly warmer but still below freezing. And of course, no shortage of mud and snow again. Not one to shy away, Mitch Westall lined up for the morning’s 35+ race against the geared crowd. The belt drive once again worked flawlessly, butthe sloppymud and fast paved sections meant Mitch had his work cut out for him. Inthe end he was happy with a well-earned third place.At the other end of the day, Carlos Casali lined up for the singlespeed race, where he was anxious to make amends. Andhe did, leading from the gun and never looking back, taking an impressive win in terrible conditions.