USA Mountain Bike Pro Racer, Jeff Hall

Thursday, March 20, 2008

SALSA Cycles / Moto Rapido 26" vs Mamasita 29"

Another MTB season, new challenges. Different outlook.

One day Classics, some point to point, Chequamegon 40, Ore to Shore, Iceman. The USA National Championships. Other, large regional type mountain bike races. Maplelag is one. The schedule isn't set. Any venue ideas are welcome.

Another is bike choices. Traditional 26" Moto Rapido or new hot rod Mamasita 29". Moto Rapido is for sure, just thinking of two different choices on varying terrain. Should be very similar weight. Same frame concept. Are the 29" wheels going to be an advantage on the high speed rolling point to point format? Or is someone my size, not going to realize the difference?

These are some of the ideas about the upcoming season. Any feedback is good.

Snow commute in the morning. Might be 3 - 6" fresh.

J Hall

Thursday, March 13, 2008

2007... round the world

Mount Snow, Vermont USA: USA National Championships
Spirit Mountain, Duluth, Minnesota USA
Phoenix, Arizona USA
Monterey, California USA
Los Olivios, California USA
Houffalize, Belgium
Offenburg, Germany
Mount Saint Anne, Quebec, Canada
Banner Elk, North Carolina USA
Brand-Laaben, Austria
Brand-Laaben, Austria
Windhaag bei Perg, Austria
Park City, Utah USA
Snowmass Village, Colorado USA

The results of the Olympic Long Team... I was not chosen.

USA Cycling made the decision to field a 6 man team, instead of the full 8 man Team. So I will never know if I would have filled one of the final 2 slots.

It was a long and rewarding season. Much preparation, with training and money. With more support than I could believe. Team SALSA / HALLN was for sure an underdog. I feel we rode this dream as hard as we could. There was nothing left by September, 07. Norm and I drove to the Finals in Snowmass, Colorado, to save a thousand dollars. Things ended up tight.

Once again, THANKS! To everyone who was a part of the effort.

J Hall