NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
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Hmmmm, tough decision. A semi-slick would be a good compromise, but it will suffer if the terrain is loose or the conditions do turn muddy.
I would probably run a semi-slick in the rear and a short knobby in the front. Most of your weight is on the back tire and a semi-slick will be better for the road section. A knobby will hum on the road, but will be of significant benefit during the descents. Especially if it's rainy!
If it does rain the days before the race and the forecast is for rain, I would forget about on pavement performance and run full knobbies front and rear.
If you do get a chance to pre-ride the course and it's pretty tame. i.e., no steep climbs, not a lot of loose soil, mostly jeep roads or smooth singletrack then I would go with semi-slicks front AND rear.
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