Participated in the Weiser River Trail event again this year, on the Rover.
This year was more challenging. Did not get a head start on the MTBers and they were soon passing me up. Rover was not as fluid in comparison to last year's ride, felt at times like I either had a flat or something was slowing me down. Then too the trail had been rained on most of the previous weeks up until the day of the ride, so the trail was indeed softer. Some parts had that swamp mud in the lower sections that really killed traction on the power wheel.
Did find myself spinning out on the power wheel on the trail. The Marathon Plus are bullet-proof and not had a thorn issue since putting them on, however I do wish that Schwalbe would offer the same protection on a tire with hybrid traction - both road & hardpack tread traction.
Flats wise the Marathon Plus did well. Last year was spinning out in spots - this year was not the case. But I did take a detour at Fruitvale and hit the asphalt! Nothing was stopping or slowing me down then!! Was FLYING!! Okay, 18.8 MPH, but sure was nice to get in the upper gear range. After a few miles of that it was back onto the trail as there is no safe shoulder on the new highway above Council, ID.
This year I learned a lesson about paying attention to the body.
At first I did not care for the laid back at the start, so raised the seat up a notch for more power/leverage. Did have to take the left leg out of the clipless platforms to pedal mid-foot, since the left leg I think is a bit longer. Once I got down the trail a ways I laid the seat back again. The cushion that @Jrobiso2
recommended performed well this year. Had no issues with poking in the thighs.
However, the trail felt different. I was going slower than expected. Places where I should of been able to cruise through I wasn't. Pine needles do slow a person down, and those dern large pine cones were bad. Then too the WRT fold did not unlock all of the gates, which meant having to slow down and creep through in 1st gear, or lifting the front end over the horse-friendly barricades. The turf was soft. Balloon-tired MTBs were flying down the trail better than the normal tires, from observation.
So I was pressing harder this year and was in 4th gear most the time. Some spots I got into 6th where the trail was slightly steeper, but was in 4th for the most part. Once getting to the half-way snack spot I realized I was up a slight creek. I forgot my snacks, and what was on hand for those of us who were in the back was not good. Was water and birthday cake flavoured GU packets - YUK! That was it. The MTBers that got there first reaped the rewards. Did not know this was a race! Though was to be a relaxing venture.