With hopes of selling more UGLY! Pads and selling off some extra parts I have, I've rebuilt and upgraded my XC bike to race trim. I will be sporting a red set of Sun Ringle Equalizer Wheels, a new Suntour Epicon 100mm Fork and a FSA Alpha Double 36/24 Crankset. My bike will be relatively heavy for a XC bike (I predict 26.5lbs), but for me, on a budget, that's what I will have to live with.
I'm still sticking with an 8 sp. in back, since it's what I have and really not in the position to be upgrading my drive train at the moment.
This will be my first MTB race, so it will be interesting to see how hard this will be in comparison to cyclocross racing.