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Old 06-19-2013, 12:13 PM   #1
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:34 AM   #2
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You were missed in NC, Mr. Alvarez....



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Old 06-25-2013, 11:38 AM   #3
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You were missed in NC, Mr. Alvarez...
Thanks Ian, I really wanted to go and see you all but I had just spent two extended weekends away riding at the Morton's Spring Fling and three days at the BMW PC. I wanted to spend some time with the wife and kids. I hope to see you in Sept! Are you going to enter "Mighty Whitey" again or bring the HP2?
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:22 PM   #4
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I'm in!!! Just got my confirmation e-mail. I know I don't have a chance of winning but for $200, it will be worth the experience. I'm going to have FUN!!!

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Old 06-28-2013, 01:05 PM   #5
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FYI...If it's anything like last year, your "roommate" will be a big field full of tents and men snoring!
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Old 07-01-2013, 01:05 PM   #6
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Thanks Ian, I really wanted to go and see you all but I had just spent two extended weekends away riding at the Morton's Spring Fling and three days at the BMW PC. I wanted to spend some time with the wife and kids. I hope to see you in Sept! Are you going to enter "Mighty Whitey" again or bring the HP2?
The HP2e isn't what you bring for tight going... it's a smash-over-the-open-country machine.

If I go, I'll no doubt ride the R80G/SPD+, and hopefully be able to follow the course a little better this time....

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FYI...If it's anything like last year, your "roommate" will be a big field full of tents and men snoring!
No camping on-site this year.

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Old 07-02-2013, 08:41 AM   #7
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Being my first year, I have what might be a strange question. Do they change either the course or the scoring based upon which bike you are using? I ask because I had planned on bringing my 2008 GSA but now my father-in-law has suggested that I could use his 2007 G650X Challenge. Obviously, this is a better off-road bike but it is also one that I have never ridden and I'm just wondering if there is any reason I shouldn't start riding it now to get used to it before the event. Do they make things easier for the bigger bikes?
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:45 PM   #8
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Do they change either the course or the scoring based upon which bike you are using? Do they make things easier for the bigger bikes?
I have no idea what they will do this year, things might be 100% different. Last year the only requirement was that the bike must be a BMW GS, 650 or larger, any year. The skills challenges, routes, obstacles and performance grading was the same if you were on a GS Adventure or a 650 Funduro. Once the top 12 guys were chosen, everyone had to ride one of three provided F800GS's.
Regardless of the bike you take, I would recommend the following:
1. Practice very tight, V-E-R-Y slow, 180 degree lock to lock turns on both pavement and dirt.
2. Get used to deep and loose gravel and sand.
3. Practice some single track, tight woods trails at slow speed.
4. Practice your steep uphill climbs and decents.
5. Become excellent at track stops. (completely stopping the bike for 1 to 2 seconds and resuming motion without putting your feet down or stalling)
6. Become very good at crawling the bike slowly along, in a straight line, at a snail's pace without stalling or touching the ground.
7. Prepare to have fun!
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:22 PM   #9
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I have no idea what they will do this year, things might be 100% different. Last year the only requirement was that the bike must be a BMW GS, 650 or larger, any year. The skills challenges, routes, obstacles and performance grading was the same if you were on a GS Adventure or a 650 Funduro. Once the top 12 guys were chosen, everyone had to ride one of three provided F800GS's.
Regardless of the bike you take, I would recommend the following:
1. Practice very tight, V-E-R-Y slow, 180 degree lock to lock turns on both pavement and dirt.
2. Get used to deep and loose gravel and sand.
3. Practice some single track, tight woods trails at slow speed.
4. Practice your steep uphill climbs and decents.
5. Become excellent at track stops. (completely stopping the bike for 1 to 2 seconds and resuming motion without putting your feet down or stalling)
6. Become very good at crawling the bike slowly along, in a straight line, at a snail's pace without stalling or touching the ground.
7. Prepare to have fun!

Great stuff Eddie. I'm practicing all of this, but am a bit concerned about the "track stops." Completely stopped for 1 to 2 seconds? Completely? I have a hard time figuring this one out. I'm pretty good at my slow speed control and can bump along in traffic better than most but a complete stop is very different than "almost completely stopped." Is there a trick I don't know about? Does this involve turning the front wheel back and forth?
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Old 07-08-2013, 12:48 PM   #10
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Great stuff Eddie. I'm practicing all of this, but am a bit concerned about the "track stops." Completely stopped for 1 to 2 seconds? Completely? I have a hard time figuring this one out. I'm pretty good at my slow speed control and can bump along in traffic better than most but a complete stop is very different than "almost completely stopped." Is there a trick I don't know about? Does this involve turning the front wheel back and forth?
Yes, it's a complete, motionless, stop. No fancy tricks, just come to a full stop, I like to use the rear brake to settle the bike, look w-a-y ahead not at the bike or 5 feet in front of yout tire, balance the bike with your feet, knees, bodyweight, and bar, then pull away...practice makes proficient. Practice on hard and soft surfaces, not sand or deep gravel.
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:18 AM   #11
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Yes, it's a complete, motionless, stop. No fancy tricks, just come to a full stop, I like to use the rear brake to settle the bike, look w-a-y ahead not at the bike or 5 feet in front of yout tire, balance the bike with your feet, knees, bodyweight, and bar, then pull away...practice makes proficient. Practice on hard and soft surfaces, not sand or deep gravel.
Yeah, but in the event last year, you needed to use the front brake, too, because the trials stops were on a steep downhill slope.

Rear only and your bike slid forward.
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Old 07-09-2013, 04:17 AM   #12
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:12 PM   #13
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Old 07-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #14
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