Noob question here. Why don’t you see more mudguards in races like these? Weather seems incredibly different between states and seems like the added weight is nothing compared to added comfort? Or is it because you can’t keep dry anyways?
Not fashionable / cool.
With mudguards and a good waterproof jacket you can keep pretty dry even in a thunderstorm. But it doesn't rain that much on most races (compared to say PBP 2007 when it rained most of the way) so it doesn't become that critical.
The rain, like everything in the US ,is supersized.
In 2016 there was a rainstorm in Kansas that stopped everyone and caused the field to bunch up -There were about 1o riders staying at in Newton all at once as a result .
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