DON’T DESTROY THE TRAIL: IMPROPER PSI WILL RUIN YOUR RACE AND THE TRAIL

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Friday, February 17, 2017
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If I were allowed to tell you just one thing before the race it wouldn’t be about the road crossings, or what to wear or anything else that should really be common sense. I would talk to you about air pressure.

AIR PRESSURE IS CRITICAL. THE “CORRECT” PRESSURE ALSO CHANGES WITH CONDITIONS.

Here are some general guidelines:

1. Never go over 8PSI and only go that high if the trail is ROCK SOLID. You would run 8 lbs. only in the BEST of conditions. NEVER HIGHER.

2. The optimal PSI range in 90% of the conditions you’ll race in will be 3-5PSI.

3. If you are: breaking through the crust, spinning, or cannot seem to gain traction YOUR PRESSURE IS TOO HIGH.

4. BUY A PRESSURE GAUGE!

5. USE THE GAUGE!

6. If you do not use a tire pressure gauge: 3-5PSI tires will feel soft when you put pressure on them. THIS IS GOOD. Your tire will have a “wrinkle” in it… creating a better contact patch for your tire and protecting the trail.

Todd Poquette
Todd Poquette is the Polar Roll Race Director. He is passionate about creating events that inspire and engage riders of all ability levels. When he’s not race directing you’ll find him mentoring and coaching high school cyclists to enjoy a lifetime of cycling and wellness.