It's been some time since I've had a chance to race this event and the 1 year I did it I had a handful of drivetrain issues.  Being new to the mountain bike scene and hearing that this was the race to be a part of I decided to enter.  Little did I know at the time, but sand and dirt and mud wreak havoc on a drivetrain; something I was unfamiliar with being a roadie.  Long story short, my front derailleur stopped working about 1/4 of the way through the race and the rear got bumped by a fellow rider rendering my highest 4-5 gears useless, so I started playing with riding a single speed.  It's been an exciting 4.5 years of SS-ing it out.  So the question I would have for the experienced Icenman racers out there is what gear ratio have you felt is most beneficial at this location.  I know preference is a big key between mashing or spinning it out.  Any input is welcomed!

Cheers! 

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Craig Van Renterghem

I have used a 34(oval)x16 the last couple of years and have been happy with it (29"). Only had to run up Anita's Hill but it was faster than most riding anyways.