Begs the question would you have done better on a more state of the art machine!? Although I'd rather you didn't, I can imagine all the losers going home and having an epiphany.
Might have done better on a megabucks wheel/tubular combination, certainly (but for convenience clinchers suit me better as I only have one 'cross wheelset which has to do for training as well as getting me to/from the actual races). But I wouldn't have swapped all of the other kit for the world, especially as it's nice, robust 8-speed stuff - having seen many a rider on 10-speed/11-speed kit suffer written-off rear mechs & gear hangers and/or snapped chains due to the stuff not coping well in an off-road arena, in some ways I'm better off as I am!
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