Giant Factory Off-Road Team rider Carl Decker put in a strong ride at the Downieville Classic two-day mountain bike race in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, finishing second in the All-Mountain competition that combines the XC and downhill races.
Decker, who has won Downieville’s “All-Mountain World Championship” title five times during his career, finished fourth in the XC and third in the 17-mile downhill this year.
The All-Mountain competition requires riders to use one bike for both events, making it what many consider to be the ultimate off-road test for riders and their bikes. Decker chose to ride the all-new Anthem Advanced Pro 29. Bike and gear choices are always critical for this grueling event. Here’s how Decker explained his setup to best handle the high-mountain climbs and the fast, technical descents:
“I decided to split the difference, hanging my XC-race specific Anthem Advanced Pro 29 with a new 130mm RockShox Pike fork, a larger 180mm Centerline X front rotor, and medium-beefy 2.35 Snakeskin casing Schwalbes—Nobby Nic and Rock Razor—both in the new Addix Speedgrip compound,” he said. “I stuck with Giant’s XCR O carbon wheels to save some weight, and a 34-tooth chainring spinning the XX1 SRAM Eagle drivetrain.”
Downieville also marked the second of three events in the Lost Sierra Triple Crown series. Decker won the first event, the Lost and Found Gravel Grinder, and is now tied with Kabush for the lead going into the final event of the series, the unique Grinduro event coming up in October in Quincy, California.
“I wound up fourth in the XC, third in the DH and second All-Mountain here at Downieville,” Decker said. “And I was actually pretty happy with how I rode. But Kabush rode better. And now I’ve got almost two months to get ready for our final showdown in NorCal—Grinduro. Last year, Geoff bested me by 4 seconds to come second there. But I think I have more than 4 seconds left in me at that event. It’s going to be a good one!”