Indianapolis: Ryan Schnitz Friday summary

Schnitz Pondering Saturday Strategy On his only qualifying pass of the first day of the U.S. Nationals, Ryan Schnitz nailed a 1.065 60 foot time, then was suddenly off the power very early into the run. "On the 1-2 shift, the bike did a violent...

Schnitz Pondering Saturday Strategy

On his only qualifying pass of the first day of the U.S. Nationals, Ryan Schnitz nailed a 1.065 60 foot time, then was suddenly off the power very early into the run. "On the 1-2 shift, the bike did a violent jerk," reported Ryan, who sat up in the seat and had a long way to coast to the first turn-off. "My anger grew as I went down the track. When I got to the end of the track I looked down and saw the chain off the sprocket and said 'How did that happen?' The bearing popped out of the wheel hub, bent the axle and cocked the wheel. We're lucky. A potential tragedy turned in to a minor repair."

"We high-tailed it back up for the free session for the Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle just to get some data. We had a good 1.05 60 foot and slowed up a bit down the track, so we're trying to figure out what that's about.

"We had a lot of variables as to why we slowed-a heavier wheel and tire, brand new chain, and the fuel curve could have been a little bit better. We've just gotta figure out what we're gonna do for the Pro Bike Battle. Where we're at right now isn't really competitive, but we've got all morning to figure out something."

-credit: sr

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