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Old 05-02-2010, 10:44 PM   #46
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Quick update:

I just got in from the race - I'm pretty beat. It was a great day, got to hang out with friends, had a surprise and welcome visitor from the VIU make the long trip out for support, and the course was pretty EPIC by most standards. Some of the climbs and course sections were Gnarly with a capital "G." There were severe bottle necks in some places where normally sane people somehow lose all rational thought, and some places had many good riders floundering like it was their first time on a bike. It was pretty tough.

I'll post more later, but I did pretty decent by my standards - I got a 10th place finish out of 21 riders. I was working pretty hard to do that, and it paid off with a trophy. Sweet! And it wasn't even a mud race - even better!
awesome!!



thats a great finish!!
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Old 05-03-2010, 06:36 AM   #47
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Good for you. There is something to be said about staying calm and rational going into those bad uphills. Some guys just don't get it and turn a snotty section into an impossible mess for everyone behind them.
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:12 PM   #48
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NCHSA Round 3: Brushy Mountain Hare Scramble

PRE-RACE

As I mentioned before the race, pre-race practice did not go well. In hindsight, I think it was due to being tired. What I may have neglected to say when I said I rode like crap was that I spent the first two hours clearing the trail of briars and overgrowth before I ever got on the bike. I was making heavy use of a gas powered hedger to do that, and lifting it head height and more for the better part of two hours must have done my arms in. So my practice ride left a little bit to be desired. Unfortunately, it had me doubting myself and questioning my bike set-up. That was Friday evening, race was Sunday.

But the bike running poorly was very real, and I spent Saturday, the day before the race, removing the carburetor and giving it a good cleaning. I removed the top and the needle, removed the float bowl and all the jets, and removed all the vent tubing. I cleaned out the body and all the passages with high pressure cleaner, inspected and cleaned all the jets, replaced all the vent tubing with new, and generally did everything I could to eliminate any trouble spots. I then took several short test rides, which resulted in a needle clip adjustment and several fuel screw adjustments before I was satisfied. Have I mentioned I am soooo ready for fuel injection?

After all that, I then had all the regular prep to do like making sure my gear bag was packed, got ice, fruit, and drinks from the store, camel back filled and packed into the cooler, sandwiches made, cooler packed, tools packed up, truck and bike gassed up, and all the gear loaded. So it was a busy pre-race day for me.

And I didn't sleep all that great that night. So I was a little apprehensive going into this one. All this just as I was thinking I was starting to get the hang of the racing routine ...
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:27 PM   #49
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RACE DAY




Picked up my buddy ... and then there were two.




It was great having someone to go with. The drive is long and boring. My buddy Jeff is not new to bikes, but is new to off-road and new to racing also.

We get to Brushy Mountain and the place is packed. We can't even get to the main parking lot due to it already being full of RV's and toy haulers. The lady at the gate directed us into the camp ground a few hundred hards away were we set up shop:




We end up pitting beside some acquaintances we met at the Devil's Ridge race. Even after only having done about 5 races total, I'm already making lots of friends and recognizing a lot of the folks there. It's a pretty small community where it seems everyone knows everyone else. Turns out there would be about 180 riders in our afternoon race and nearly that many in the morning Pro/AA race. That's a lot of people, and most seem like great people and would do anything for you if you needed a part or something, many would just give it to you without asking anything in return.
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Old 05-04-2010, 02:43 PM   #50
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The rest of the day up until the race start was pretty uneventful. We got signed in, got our punch card, etc, walked about a mile of the track to check it out, and watched the pro race start. The main thing that had me worried was the narrow chute of the start. All the bikes lined in in rows, each row being flagged off at 1 minute intervals. So as many as 20+ riders all careening to the tree-line where they all had to funnel in between two big trees just 2 or 3 bikes wides was pretty harrowing. To make matters worse, going from the bright sunlight of the field into the darkness of the woods, there were even more trees just beyond the tree line in the middle of the trail you had to avoid, and just beyond those a slick mud hole to navigate - of course, all this while in a pack of 20+ riders, all of whom are trying to be in front.

So I had that to think about for several hours before my race started.


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Old 05-04-2010, 03:29 PM   #51
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you gotta fit between those trees there in the middle?!?



did anyone actually think this through??
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Old 05-04-2010, 03:58 PM   #52
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you gotta fit between those trees there in the middle?!?



did anyone actually think this through??
Yep, the two big ones. The guy on the bull horn said DO NOT go through the tape, that if it was too tight, you could shoot the small gap to the right of the big tree on the right. But it get's worse - just beyond are more trees right in the middle of the trail.

A guy in the pro race at noon crashed pretty hard, there, took a while to clear the bike and make sure he was OK to move before continuing the row launches. I thought it was pretty dangerous, and it had me a little worried. I was prepared to just hang back and be last if necessary vs getting busted up in a heap.
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Old 05-04-2010, 04:01 PM   #53
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Yep, the two big ones. The guy on the bull horn said DO NOT go through the tape, that if it was too tight, you could shoot the small gap to the right of the big tree on the right. But it get's worse - just beyond are more trees right in the middle of the trail.

A guy in the pro race at noon crashed pretty hard, there, took a while to clear the bike and make sure he was OK to move before continuing the row launches. I thought it was pretty dangerous, and it had me a little worried. I was prepared to just hang back and be last if necessary vs getting busted up in a heap.
would it be that bad to leave in two's and do time trials instead of straight racing...?

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Old 05-04-2010, 04:34 PM   #54
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That's not the hare scramble format.

After having been through it, it turned out it was pretty navigable. Aside from a few incidents, most folks made it through OK, though I think someone did actually break their toe in that "gauntlet."

I really wish I could continue the report, but work is calling and I need to attend to that before I can post up the rest of the repot. Don't go away, though, I've got snapshots from the helmet cam coming up, as well as the whole first lap of the course on helmet cam as well. And I was not entirely successful in avoiding the trees as you will see at the end of Lap 1. Of course, this particular tree had course markers all over it, so that makes it even worse that I hit that one - it's lit up like a Christmas tree, you can see it from a mile away - yet that's the one I smack right into. And ... to make matters worse, since it was near the end of the lap just before scoring, I had my little snafu right in front of about a thousand spectators. Noooooo, it couldn't happen miles back in the woods where if a dirt biker hits a tree and no one is around to see it does it make a sound? Nope, it happened where LOTS of people saw it, one nearby girl even screamed a little.




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Of course, this particular tree had course markers all over it, so that makes it even worse that I hit that one - it's lit up like a Christmas tree, you can see it from a mile away - yet that's the one I smack right into.
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you know they cover target fixation in the motorcycle safety course.... right?


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Haha, true, but it wasn't exactly that. The call from the booth is that it was the inadvertent wheelie out of the rutted turn just prior and my inability to straiten it out that caused it. The play stands as called.
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The call from the booth is that it was the inadvertent wheelie out of the rutted turn just prior and my inability to straiten it out that caused it. The play stands as called.




speaking of dumb crashes - I just finished bending my handguards back so that they dont shut off the motor whenever I turn to the right.....

Lets hear it for noob racing!

Hip - hip!

Huzzah!!
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All the veterans are probably reading about our floundering around in these threads and making all kinds of fun of us when we aren't looking.




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All the veterans are probably reading about our floundering around in these threads and making all kinds of fun of us when we aren't looking.




ahhhh who cares - it makes life worth living!

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ahhhh who cares - it makes life worth living!

Right on brother!
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