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Old 12-05-2012, 09:29 AM   #146
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HS#4 Myakka River Log Jam

This weeks report comes from Myakka,Fl which is the site of the Myakka River Log Jam presented by Old School Dirt Riders.The course is usually one of my favorites with a good mix of tight woods, open fields and some stream crossings to cool off in. Sat. track is 8 miles and Sunday's 11.

Haley's race started off with whimper of sorts. The bike started but she was so amped up she forgot to put it into gear..oops. Once that was handled she was off for 90 minutes of fun, and not so fun.The bike with it's improved suspension was much better.. " I have never gone that fast through the woods" she later exclaimed but other issues rose to the top. It seems she was having problems passing an Evo SeniorB rider who upon hearing her yelling stopped in the middle of the trail..which resulted in Haley running into him and going down..apparently this happened more than once. Afterwords we talked about passing slower riders and the responsibility being hers to pass safely and sometimes having to wait until it could be done quickly and safely.

The next issue is being lapped by EvoA rider JP Wilson and deciding to try and follow along,which I told her was a good idea, up until the creek jump right by the scoring chicane. Seems he took a line where he jumped off the steeper section (landing gracefully on both wheels) and up the other side..Haley wasn't expecting the sharp drop and firmly planted herself in the soft sand minus the bike. I'll give her credit she was up and moving quickly (wrecking in front of the crowd will do that) to complete a total of 3 laps. She was mad/frustrated afterwords not to do better so I told her sometimes going fast about is making right choices and minimizing mistakes. We'll keep riding and getting used to a better handling bike along with polishing our mental skills.

Junior C
Place Bike Number Rider Name Bike Brand City, State Points Scored Promotion Points Counted Laps Elapsed Time
0 31 Jake Alsup North Port, FL 0 0 0 0:00:00
0 24 Gabriel Rodriguez Port St Lucie, FL 0 0 0 0:00:00
1 197 Patrick Fitzgerald Suzuki Apopka, FL 50 10 4 1:19:17
2 54 Brandon Groover Kawasaki Palm City, FL 47 5 4 1:23:29
3 133 Brandon Griffith Yamaha Avon Park, FL 45 4 4 1:23:46
4 8 Baylor Pharnes Yamaha Sebring, FL 43 3 4 1:24:58
5 41 Beau Smith KTM Ft. Lauderdale, FL 41 2 4 1:26:05
6 7 Toni Jenkins Honda Avon Park, FL 40 0 4 1:26:15
7 51 Blaine Nicholas Honda Naples, FL 39 0 4 1:27:30
8 40 Anthony Depietto Yamaha Ft Lauderdale, FL 38 0 4 1:29:18
9 78 Logan Branton Yamaha Mount Dora, FL 37 0 3 1:07:18
10 153 Alyssa Mieszczenski Honda Palm Beach Gardens, FL 36 0 3 1:07:32
11 17 Benjamin Strausbaugh KTM Ft Myers, FL 35 0 3 1:08:19
12 411 Jordan Leftwich Honda Sarasota, FL 34 0 3 1:08:58
13 113 Michael Hague-Rogers Yamaha Port Orange, FL 33 0 3 1:09:23
14 266 Gus Mena Honda Sebring, FL 32 0 3 1:10:52
15 519 Kieran Thaler Yamaha Deerfield Beach, FL 31 0 3 1:11:31
16 23 Clay Levell Honda Sarasota, FL 30 0 3 1:11:52
17 218 Cody Weiss Yamaha Oakland Park, FL 29 0 3 1:13:03
18 132 Alexaner (Alec) Hermans Yamaha W Palm Beach, FL 28 0 3 1:13:06
19 117 Haley Schell KTM Odessa, FL 27 0 3 1:14:43
20 22 Austin Crumm Kawasaki Royal Palm Beach, FL 26 0 3 1:16:53
21 142 Kye Jacobsen Yamaha Daytona Beach, FL 25 0 3 1:26:49

My race started out similar to Haley's. I was so distracted by the new use of Haley start box I forgot to put the bike in gear...grh! I headed off into the woods mid-pack figuring it'll be's a long race..little did I know long.

We get to the first deep water crossing and I see Troy Weeks (#325) take a line up inside a small palm tree just on the other bank. I follow him and just as he passes it the palm frond swings back and grabs the bike.....ooooooover the bars I go. The bike flips with me and is now facing the wrong way as the rest of my class attempts to slide by. I apologize to (eventual Women's A winner Kerri Chambers) as I had caused her to check-up and dump her bike also. Soon I'm back underway with lots of passing to do.
So I spent the rest of the lap trying to get to the front. I catch back up to Troy Weeks at the end of the lap and settle in to try and get by. I look over and in disbelief see the enduro course..what?? Seems I had been too focused on passing Troy plus under the assumption he would take the Hard split so we were on the bypass. This was roughly 40 seconds longer than taking the endurocross section..dang it! The 2 lines merged just at the scoring chicane and I see riders I had passed before and now have to do all over again..sigh.(7th place at this point)

I spend 1/2 the lap trying to undo the damage. I come up on newly minted SSB rider Jack Hatfield(#392) for the 2nd time who's a good friend and a great rider so we go back and forth a few much fun racing buddies! I'm following close on a slower rider when I look over..I did it again..missed the cut-off! At this point I almost cried..I'm riding well, feeling good, and I shot myself in the foot again. Totally dejected I can't even look at the scoring chicane as I head off to try and salvage what's left of the race and my dignity.(5th place at this point)

I manage to get by Troy Weeks and hook up with a GMA rider by the name of David Johnson(#103). At first I was hollering at him to let me by but as time went on I realized he was faster in some areas and was running a pace I could keep up with most of the time...I had my rabbit. We hooked up and were flying! He even pulled over at one point to waive me around and I motioned at him to keep the lead. Eventually we come up on Marcello Dadone(#15) whom I've had fun battling so far this year. I holler "Wooooooo" as we both pass him and I know he didn't see me coming I really make a point of looking for the hard/easy split this time and see it as David takes it anyway. Towards the end of the enduro cross section I look over and see Marcelo but I know I have it covered if I don't screw up. I roll through the chicane with the white flag still out and I finally look up to see my position...2nd!!!

It's almost hard to believe as I head back out for a potential lap 4 following my rabbit David for the whole was fun!! I ended up coming in at 2hrs and 1 second so my 4th lap didn't count but was good training running that hard when I was that tired.
It was later determined that a rider in my class had a malfunctioning transponder so I got moved back to 3rd but this is still the best I've ever ridden in the B happy!

Super Senior B
Place Bike Number Rider Name Bike Brand City, State Points Scored Promotion Points Counted Laps Elapsed Time
1 212 Kai Ramadan KTM West Palm Beach, FL 50 10 4 1:57:01
2 362 Deneweth Ken KTM , FL 47 5 3 1:28:29
3 117 Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 45 4 3 1:30:08
4 15 Marcelo Dadone Honda Aventura, FL 43 3 3 1:30:09
5 863 Troy Weeks Kawasaki Wauchula, FL 41 2 3 1:30:51
6 392 Jack Hatfield KTM Trinity, FL 40 0 3 1:31:51
7 92 Tim Willis Honda Bradenton, FL 39 0 3 1:32:20
8 325 Frank Gamperl Yamaha Deerfield Beach, FL 38 0 3 1:32:26
9 46 David Wildner KTM New Port Richey, FL 37 0 3 1:32:47
10 8 Levic Allen Honda Valrico, FL 36 0 3 1:34:58
11 26 Woody Crumm KTM Royal Palm Beach, FL 35 0 3 1:36:05
12 664 Mike Veach KTM Tampa, FL 34 0 3 1:37:39
13 188 Don Polanis KTM Dade City, FL 33 0 3 1:39:29
14 35 Daniel Holder KTM Apopka, FL 32 0 3 1:42:30
15 17 Todd Strausbaugh Yamaha Ft Myers, FL 16 0 2 1:04:35
16 712 David McDaniel Honda Bradenton, FL 15 0 2 1:15:05

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