2012 Day In The Dirt with MX Vacations Journal

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  1. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    Were you at the XMS at Diamondback this past September?
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  2. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    You wanted to like John. He is nice easy going well mannered guy, but somehow he just didn't seem to care. Pit Girl was talking to Chris' wife about their frustrations and they had a similar experience at the gate. Chris also wanted a 450 but had yet to ride a properly working one. But he never complained once. I elected to pass on the Vet race (I totally regret it now) and my plastic was removed and Chris got back on the 250 I had just raced on with his #157 plates screwed in place.:huh

    Anyway I had a pretty good Moto-buzz going from my GP and I wandered around a bit....Here a couple vintage pics
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    Here's Jeremy Mcgrath making sure his little girl stays out of trouble during her race and Troy Lee helping a downed young rider get on his way
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  3. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    The place was festive and busy but far from overcrowded. I wished there were more vendors.
    Things I would have bought had they been available:
    Boots
    Gloves
    Knee Brace (maybe)

    Leatt was there in full force with lots of their products and staff but just a small handful other vendors were represented.

    Where were
    Fox
    Asterix
    Thor
    O'Neil
    Alpinestars
    Shift
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    There were no factory rigs, not many food choices and While Ricky Johnson, Jeremy McGrath and Troy Lee were there, not many other moto-celebrities were in attendance. Is this event on it's way out? I don't know about last year but they were far from sold out. There were tons of acres of empty space where vendors could have set up shop and catered to the non-rider fans as well as the racers..

    Another thing that struck me as odd were the number of small (under 10yrs) children driving pick-up sized Mules and side-by-sides. It is simply amazing to me that there were no major accidents as many of the kids rode through the pits faster than I ride during the race. I also saw a man who just finished the Coup De Gras 2 hour endurance race riding back to the pits in full gear with an infant under one arm. That will be etched in my mind forever.

    Shortly after my race on Saturday, I started to notice Pit Girl was getting traumatized. She was having trouble completing sentences and kept mumbling about being "on the surface of the sun". It was hot and this was day 2 of 3. John's trailer was modest at best and the closest Porta-Potty was a few hundred yards away( and proper bathrooms much further). There was not a cloud in the sky, the temps were in the mid 80s and shade was scarce. By mid-day John set up a pop-up tent but to Pit-Girls horror, he positioned it over the bikes. Pit Girl and Chris' wife Stef were fuming about...well everything as they squeezed themselves into any shade they could find. At least the forcast for Sunday was supposed to be 10 degrees cooler.

    We started started packing up around 4 and I headed back to the hotel very happy. ........I completed a Grand Prix at Glen Helen A Day In The Dirt on my birthday and didn't lose:clap



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    We had a nice quiet birthday dinner at a nearby seafood place and went to sleep early....One more Race Day left!
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  4. pvangel

    pvangel Team AARP

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    No I was not, I generally only race in the ACR series. You will have to PM me your # when your back.

    Sounds like a great time bike troubles and all!
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  5. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    I heard in the past they include parts of the off-road truck track as well......How long a lap was it last year? Pros are dipping into the high fives but most fast guys are putting down mid 6 minute laps.......My best was....A lot longer:D
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  6. Baja Dad

    Baja Dad Long timer

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    This was the first year for the Day in the Dirt to be at GH.
    I ride GP'd at GH all the time and we get 8- 14 min laps.
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  7. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    Wow, more like GNCC than MX
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  8. Baja Dad

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    The Day in the dirt is a GRAND PRIX style race not a MX race

    We race the MX track every weekend and it gets OLD FAST !!
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  9. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    Sunday morning came early but it was now almost routine and for the first time I found my way to the track from the hotel without the GPS. I was wondering what John was going to do about the bikes. My race was at 9:30am and Chris' was at 9:00am...There would be no time to switch the plastic and transponders. We elected to have breakfast at the track (BIG mistake) and it was overpriced and in-edible. There was a Denny's a mile away, Pit Girl will never let me forget that one.

    As I was getting dressed in the trailer Chris came in not very happy.....His race from Saturday was not scored! John had forgotten to switch our transponders after my GP. Shortly after that Pit Girl and Stef came up to tell me the bad news about my being scored a DNF. WTF:eek1 I sicked Pit Girl on them so I'm sure their ears were ringing even if they didn't do anything:lol3 (*they fixed it)


    There was another theft overnight and this time it was right here at Glen Helen! Apparently someone/people broke down and stole a really cool Red Bull tent....They were pissed and relentlessly asked for it to be returned over the loudspeaker....Then they threatened to search every car and truck....Then it was forgotten..
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    So it turned out John would put me on his son Lucas' bike. I made sure my new transponder was zip-tied tight and headed over to staging. This would be the 3rd 250 I would ride in 3 days. Fortunately, it was the best. It had the gearing of the bike I rode Friday with the solid power (and front brake) of the bike I rode on Saturday.
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    This is a massive radio controlled helicopter/camera....It was amazing to watch and you can see it's pics on racerxonline.com
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    I felt as good as I could. I didn't overeat or drink Saturday night so I was steady and relaxed on the line....Probably too relaxed. There was a poor kid next to me that was scared shitless. I hope passing me made him feel better.

    The race started exactly the same as last race although I gave it bit more right wrist and got by the slowest guys in the first turn....But then I was by myself for almost 2 laps (with the exception of passing and being later passed by a downed rider or 2) This probably slowed me down as well as I had no one to chase or be pushed by. Of course, after those two solo laps I was passed by wave after wave of fast riders until I passed the checkered flag. The only memorable experience from that race was a nice size table that I completely cleared after getting enough speed by trying to keep up with a fast rider. I would finish 112 out of 116
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    It turned out the weather forecast was a cruel hoax. The temps were as hot or even hotter than the previous two days with even less breeze. Pit Girl wasn't doing well and was trying REALLY hard not to lose it. Thank god she had Stef to vent to or I think she'd have gone AWOL. As I was watching a race from the fence, I was chatted up by an older gentleman who was a Cobra mini-bike dealer. It turns out as I found out later, he was interested in buying John's business. This was John's last ADITD. Maybe that's why he doesn't care?

    We decide to stay and help with the Moto-a-Gogo race which is (an expensive $85 per person) team race. In this GP, you and a partner trade laps for 70 minutes and a "pit" person changes the "garter" (you must wear on your wrist at all times while riding) to and from the rider-partners every lap. I elected out of this one (glad I did) and helped Stef "pit" for Chris and Andy. The challenge of this race is staying hydrated when your lap was done. An entire backpack full of water bottles were consumed by Chris and Andy.
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    After that there was just one more race.....The Coup De Gras......It's worth doing just for the cool penny! It's a two hour survival race or anything you want it to be....Just ride for two hours non-stop:eek1

    Three cheers for Chris (aka The Lapper) who rode the:

    Vet GP
    Moto-a-Gogo
    Coup De Gras

    Nearly back to back :clap
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    We packed it up and said our goodbye's and went back to the hotel...Just to realize we (I) forgot a bunch of stuff in the trailer:eek1.....oh well back to Glen Helen one more time:huh Actually we met John at the Denny's right by the track.
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    We stopped at a wonderful restaurant called Richie's Diner on the way home and I had hickory smoked filet mignon...mmmmmmm..A meal fit for a carnivore:D One of the best and least expensive meals we had.

    Monday morning we slept in as long as possible, packed up and drove to Santa Monica which was less than an hour away.
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    Then we checked into the Holiday Inn right across from the pier
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    And that about wraps up my ADITD MX Vacations journal. Sadly my MX Vacation experience was not great. I was very lucky not to get hurt on Friday when the caliper in the 250 I was riding fell off. It is clear after 3 days of bike problems that John does not properly maintain his machines. I had to pay $75 in fees he was supposed to cover and he did not cater to the ladies at all even though he was aware that I was bringing Pit Girl. I wish John the best in his future endeavors and may even try MX Vacations again under new ownership.

    All in all it was a great adventure and I accomplished all my goals....

    Have an amazing time
    Participate in a few races
    Stay healthy
    and not lose!

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  11. pvangel

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    Still a great experience bike problems and all! Thanks for sharing:clap
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  12. 5Chord

    5Chord No Short-Term Memory

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    It absolutely was! PM Sent
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