It was hard to get a good view of Francis Mourey’s LaPierre bike at Wednesday night’s CrossVegas. The French champion with Française des Jeux rode a smart race, staying off the front until, quite literally, the last 100 meters.
Mourey’s LaPierre featured Shimano’s Di2 shifting and surprisingly, Challenge clinchers. In perhaps a sign of things to come, his frame included disk brake mounts on the seatstay and a removable rear brake cable stop. Like most pros in the U.S. and Europe, Mourey is not ready to run disks, which the UCI approved for cyclocross late this summer. But LaPierre wants to be prepared if the competition begins using disks to its advantage during the season.
FdJ is sponsored by Hutchinson and the team planned to use the company’s tubeless ‘cross tires this season. But that was made impossible when the UCI banned tires wider than 32mm. Hutchinson’s Bulldog and Piranha tires are available only in 34mm, at least for now. So on Mourey’s trip to the States he’s currently running Challenge clinchers with latex tubes. He ran about 32 psi in the front and 34 psi in the rear Wednesday night and never entered the pits with any troubles. At the much wetter Seattle races last weekend he ran Michelin Mud clinchers.