September 27, 2012 (coming a day late due to Internet connectivity issues).
We started the day at the first check point to assist with an oil change, and then on to the grass track special test. There are so many dedicated volunteers that really make this a huge team effort. Can’t thank them all enough.
When we got to the grass track, it was a muddy mess. It is a big field on a hillside and all the turns were off-camber. They had ridden it the day before so it had nice berms, but we had a lot of rain in the morning, so the first riders were at a real disadvantage.
Look at the mud flying off their bikes.
Charlie Mullins (Later in the day, as I’m sure most of you have read, Charlie hurt his shoulder. They thought it was broken, but I believe concluded it was dislocated. He was back about 42 minutes on time, but finished the day strong). That same night, he took the time to ask my kids how “their Six Days” was going, despite being in pain himself. Seems like a great guy.
Taylor Robert was right on Caselli’s heels in the test.
A few corners later, Caselli went down right in front of me. He highsided on an off-camber right hander trying to take the inside and stay on the grass. He did not get up too quick, and was really favoring his right arm/shoulder. I was convinced I had just witnessed him being done with his Six Days right in front of me, but somehow he got on and pressed forward and finished the day. Here is a sequence of photos showing him getting up and then continuing on….elbows down, favoring his right side.
Jesse Groemm has had a VERY solid Six Days and has been an asset to the Junior Trophy team.
He was eating serious roost at this moment.
Not an American, but I liked the photo.
Travis Coy from the Junior Trophy team.
We had rain in the morning, but the day turned out to be beautiful. I liked this photo…..my kids enjoying a Bratwurst in the parking area of the special test with a German castle sitting on top of the hill behind them, with the sounds of bikes racing around the hillside, and Airhorns and cowbells galore. It was great.
I love seeing these little German cars.
My girls hiking back up the hill to cheer on the rest of the US riders. They know every single one by name and race around to every corner to cheer them on.
Reid went down in the same corner as Caselli.
Josh had to do some passing in the grass track.
Mandi Mastin. The women had a rough day but she rode hard.
I love this picture….Josh doing his best to maintain traction on a slippery off-camber with his Mom, sister, and two brothers cheering him on in the background.
Rachel Gutish. She injured her leg the day before, hour’d out, but had the opportunity to re-impound and ride for the team. Most men would say no way, she got up and gave it all she had. Tough girl! Unfortunately her day didn’t end well again, but it was definitely not for a lack of trying.
Chris Storrie. How cool would it be to ride the Six Days with your Dad. Chris had some bad luck early in the week that set him back, but he continued riding.
We then went to try and catch Josh and the other riders at one more check.
When we showed up, the Purple Helmets were there. A bunch of Crazy guys that ride total rat bikes, and do all sorts of crazy things.
There was a small Endurocross section just before the check.
Jeff Fredette. I still can’t say enough good things about Jeff and what an accomplishment it is for a 54 year old to be competing in his 32nd ISDE.
He is the ISDE.
Wonderful support help again!
Typical German countryside on the way back to the paddock. I know I’ve said, but this place is amazingly beautiful. The weather has been next to perfect.
Riders at final pre-check. They took advantage of this time to scrape mud off bikes, and prepare for their 15 minute work period.
Josh had another solid tire change.
Reid Brown has been like a big brother to my kids. He asked Benji (my youngest son) to help him with his tire change. Class act Reid Brown.
Even my daughter Kaytee got in on the action to help around the pits.
Josh and Reid with a smile on their faces after finishing Day 4.