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CramerTV 01-06-2011 09:34 PM

Another noob goes racing
 
I moved out here a few years back, bought a dual sport last May and recently learned about all the desert racing here in SoCal. I'm a little guy on a big bike so I suspect I'll have some interesting experiences. If I turn into a racing junkie like some people seem to do I'll likely buy a more race oriented bike - if the other half gets something she wants too. :deal

I'm heading up to Teagle Wash for Jackrabbits Hare and Hound this weekend. All I'm hoping for is no injuries to bike or body and a finish. If I'm better than last place that's icing on the cake.

I'm hoping I'll turn in some top 10 finishes this year - how many 40+ beginners can there be? :D

Any advice?

[Running Edit]
Tips
Download and fill out the competition form ahead of time and bring it to the race. Most of the info should be the same - just the name of the race should change.

2011 Races
Jan 9 - Jackrabbits H&H - finished - placed 5th out of 8
Jan 23 - Desert National H&H - finished - placed 2nd out of 6 (3 DNFs)
Feb 13 - 4 Aces National H&H - finished - placed 4th out of 6 (1 DNF)
Feb 27 - Checkers H&H - finished (Whew!) - placed 4th out of 4 (No DNFs)

2012 Races
Jan 22 - Desert National H&H - Finished! - placed 1st out of 1 :)
Feb 26 - Checkers H&H - finished - placed 1st out of 2 - sort of. The other guy was a pie plate. (No DNFs)

TUCKERS 01-07-2011 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by CramerTV (Post 14873315)
I moved out here a few years back, bought a dual sport last May and recently learned about all the desert racing here in SoCal. I'm a little guy on a big bike so I suspect I'll have some interesting experiences. If I turn into a racing junkie like some people seem to do I'll likely buy a more race oriented bike - if the other half gets something she wants too. :deal

I'm heading up to Teagle Wash for Jackrabbits Hare and Hound this weekend. All I'm hoping for is no injuries to bike or body and a finish. If I'm better than last place that's icing on the cake.

I'm hoping I'll turn in some top 10 finishes this year - how many 40+ beginners can there be? :D

Any advice?

"A man's got to know his limitations." Dirty Harry

CramerTV 01-07-2011 10:40 PM

Number Plate
 
One needs a place to put your number and the headlight I put on my bike doesn't leave much room for the numbers. So...

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_cSZBKprgc50/TS...s512/photo.JPG

A couple of bungee cords and a 10" drum head might work. :D We'll see...

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_cSZBKprgc50/TS...%20%281%29.JPG

airborndad 01-07-2011 10:50 PM

Best of Luck to you

1st MOST important thing
DO NOT GET YOURSELF HURT


2nd MOST important thing
HAVE FUN


3rd MOST important thing
FINISH

4th MOST important thing
Let us know how you did

CramerTV 01-07-2011 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by airborndad (Post 14882839)
Best of Luck to you

Thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by airborndad (Post 14882839)
1st MOST important thing
DO NOT GET YOURSELF HURT

Yeah. It takes me a lot longer to heal these days. I still have a little pain in my ribs from my spill on the LAB2V.

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Originally Posted by airborndad (Post 14882839)
Let us know how you did

Will do. I was thinking about joining you all for the ride tomorrow morning (I love the ride from the 138 over to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear) and then heading up to China Lake afterward but decided I had a few more things to do in the morning. I hope to catch up with you all next time.

Enjoy your ride tomorrow!

airborndad 01-07-2011 11:34 PM

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Originally Posted by CramerTV (Post 14882881)
Thanks!



Yeah. It takes me a lot longer to heal these days. I still have a little pain in my ribs from my spill on the LAB2V.



Will do. I was thinking about joining you all for the ride tomorrow morning (I love the ride from the 138 over to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear) and then heading up to China Lake afterward but decided I had a few more things to do in the morning. I hope to catch up with you all next time.

Enjoy your ride tomorrow!

(I love the ride from the 138 over to Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear) ME TOO

Big Bear to China lake seems like it would be a good ride
__________________________________________________ _________
I will have to try to get in a ride with you before the Kings of the West REMIX
Congrats on making it onto the " IN " list
__________________________________________________ _
Just wait til you see what you got yourself into :rofl

CramerTV 01-07-2011 11:48 PM

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Originally Posted by airborndad (Post 14882973)
I will have to try to get in a ride with you before the Kings of the West REMIX

Definitely! I'm looking forward to meeting all the KOTW guys and gal. It sounds like a fun loving group.

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Originally Posted by airborndad (Post 14882973)
Congrats on making it onto the " IN " list
__________________________________________________ _
Just wait til you see what you got yourself into :rofl

Thanks! I was really psyched when NMBMN gave me the good news. I'm still excited. I only learned about the first one the weekend before it went off and wanted to do it so bad but I didn't have any of the gear I needed for an extended ride. I followed TrailTrick's SPOT online - it was an awesome distraction while at work. I don't think I got much done that week. :)

Now all we have to do is wait the 4, 5 or 6 months until the next one doesn't happen. ;)

P.S. Read your father and son ride report a few months back. Nice. I can't wait to go riding with my son. It will be a few years though - he's not yet 2.

CramerTV 01-09-2011 10:40 PM

Jackrabbit's Hare and Hound - 1/9/2011
 
Wow. Today was the most fun I've had on two wheels since nearly hitting 100mph on a dry lake bed the first time (Oct. 2010). I accomplished two of my goals - to not get hurt and finish. I did, however have a mechanical issue. My rear fender broke off and the fenderbag with the toolbag inside got caught and locked up the rear tire. I lost about 7 minutes and my license plate. :D

So I'll be ordering the plastic tail section along with the euro tail-light and blinkers - and a new license plate. Hopefully I'll be back in business for next weekend.

I bought a new GoPro and was able to record the whole beginners loop so I hope to be able to post a video sometime soon.

We'll see if I can swing another weekend race out of my wife for next weekend - there's an enduro in Johnson Valley. I've never done one before so it should be interesting.

Jurgen 01-09-2011 11:58 PM

Moved at request of OP.

MotoMike 01-10-2011 08:05 AM

Welcome to the dez! Conditions were absolutely perfect yesterday. That was a perfect race race for a first timer.

eatpasta 01-10-2011 09:05 AM

other n00bs are curious how the new n00b did...


:ear

CramerTV 01-10-2011 01:57 PM

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Originally Posted by MotoMike (Post 14902161)
Welcome to the dez! Conditions were absolutely perfect yesterday. That was a perfect race race for a first timer.

Thanks for the welcome! I was very happy to not have to deal with the dust. My hat is off to the Jackrabbits for putting on a great race!

I am SORE today. I might not go to next weekend's Enduro after all and just wait for the next Hare and Hound on the 23rd.

eatpasta 01-10-2011 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by CramerTV (Post 14905559)
Thanks for the welcome! I was very happy to not have to deal with the dust. My hat is off to the Jackrabbits for putting on a great race!

I am SORE today. I might not go to next weekend's Enduro after all and just wait for the next Hare and Hound on the 23rd.

I could hardly get out of bed after my first race - how did you DO?!

CramerTV 01-10-2011 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by eatpasta (Post 14906303)
I could hardly get out of bed after my first race - how did you DO?!

Sorry about that. I don't know - I thought the results were to be posted in the next day or so. Is there another way to know how I did?

eatpasta 01-10-2011 03:43 PM

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Originally Posted by CramerTV (Post 14906494)
Sorry about that. I don't know - I thought the results were to be posted in the next day or so. Is there another way to know how I did?

you can ask right when you finish. it usually takes a week or so to get the proper results

how did it feel? have any crashes?

jeez, its like pullin hens' teeth over here!

:lol3

report, already!


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