Muddy gravel race. Which tires should I run?

I have a gravel race in Oklahoma that looks like it will be muddy. I have two questions

First
Should I put a faster tire on the rear and the traction tire on the front? Or flip them. Or who cares?

Second
What tires? I have the I’m Vitoria mix right now but anyone got a better choice?

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That red mud sticks to everything - might be doing a lot of hike a bike :hot_face:

Tire clearance will be another consideration.

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Oh baby does it. It is crazy. It sticks to everything.

In case you want to run an asymmetric tire setup, you should put the tire with more traction up front and the one with lower rolling resistance in the rear.

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I heard that you can reduce mud build-up by spraying susceptible locations (clipless pedals, behind the BB, etc.) with silicone. Anybody tried that?

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I will on Saturday. We’ll see how it goes.

An old MX trick is cooking spray to make mud slip off more.

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Pam on pedals is common in CX

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Vittoria is the correct choice. They roll fast, knobs or no. Front or back. In fact I have Terrenos (smooth center, chunky shoulders) that I might put on.

Doing the entire series?

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I will be there for the entire thing!! Stoked for this event. The first one was a blast.

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I’ve read that paint stirrers are great for scraping off the caked on mud.

Check out the WTB Resolute if you have clearance for a 42 and mud. Those have been a reliable choice for me - they have enough knobs to handle the slop but they still roll well down the center.