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I just finished this blog post:

https://homeboyski.com/2008/07/01/tahko-mtb-event-2008/

Check out for pics and a bit of a story from Tahko MTB, Finland (and endurance/marathon race with some fairly technical riding...)

Sorry for not posting (all) the pics straight here but it is quite late and I am lazy...

I don't know if this is more "passion" than "29er" content but I totally dug the 29er on the event and even got couple of comments on how well the big wheel worked on the technical sections (especially downhills, as I was a bit lazy / somehow too "slacker" to really push it on the uphills...the long lines that formed on some uphills were a one reason to this too; the trail got easily very "jammed" and it was not easy to keep pedalling as you had to pass pushing riders on a narrow trail. Well, maybe also cause I just sucked and wasn't prepared for the long uphills - where I live it is quite flat! Longer uphills were clearly my weakest part on the race, gotta admit that)

Btw the 8th guy on the 180km (112miles) class was on the very stock (older) GF Rig! Single speed and big wheels are getting more and more popular also in this part of the world (although I heard that last year saw even more of 'em)

Here is a little teaser pic, this guy rode 120km on a 29er FIXED(!) Surly KM (with a front disc brake). Quite inspiring:

 

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Looks awesome - what part of Finland was this?
Near Kuopio City, in Eastern Finland.

http://alk.tiehallinto.fi/www2/kartta_en/kartta.htm

Click for the "square" of Kuopio, Nilsiä is the place where Tahko Ski Resort (http://www.tahko.com/int/index.php?lId=2&cId=44) is located.

Lots of nice wooded singletrack by the look of it!
That's what we have, lots of! No big ascents/descents by global standard but the trails are fairly good. And there is no lack of the forest/woods...:)

By the way: one English guy from Bristol who rode the 120km loop hanged with our group for a while (had a dinner together). Said he liked the trails. The guy used to did some solo 24hour events etc. in UK but just had a couple of year's hiatus (and IMHO, that fact in mind, the guy did pretty well...120km is still quite a long ride!)
 
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