2013 GNCC thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Tbone, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Hey I know Josh ! He raced a few FTR races this year and camped with us..tell him Troy said Hi!

    Sounds like that was an accomplishment just to make one lap!
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  2. GI_JO_NATHAN

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    It really turned into one for me.
    My main goals were to not die, or totally kill the XT. Just squeeked by on both of those.. Lol

    I think I forgot to mention, my forks twisted in one of the falls about a third of the way through, so my handlebars were pointed a good bit to the right. That was fun to ride with. Also my DOT K270's mud balled, and couldn't get any traction in the flat sections in the field. I was fish tailing like crazy coming out of the turns.

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  3. 400psi

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    Nice reports guys! It was great to meet you.


    So I turned forty this year! What better way to maintain my youth than try a GNCC race.

    I watched a few of the videos from years past, enough that I got nervous and freaked my self out. But before I knew it we were gearing up on race day!

    Like you guys, I was really nervous at the start. I rode in the trailrider category which started the last. (Lets just say there didnt seem to be many first timers in the class)but who cares.
    From there, you can really see how big 600 riders in a field actually is. Hell it took forever to even see the starter!. It seemend like a fairly large group and they had us double stacked so if I missed my start I was going to get run over by some dude with a pink mohawk on his helmet.

    I got a pretty good start, (read as"bike started") and made it into the first turn mid pack. I was trying to look ahead as much as i could but it was pretty hard to do with all the congestion. Then i hit that first hill. I saw all the carnage and went on the high side and got stuck behind a rider but it looked like they were moving. I got through that pretty quick and then hit that immediate steep ass downhill. Once through that I was able to settle in and catch my breath.

    I couldnt beleive In was actually doing this!

    It was amazing being part of this, all these spectators, signs in your perifery flying by etc. Then I realized that this usually means some nasty crap is coming up. This was the mud hole with hill climb out of it. I went to the left side and was able to get through without stopping which I was glad but the adrenaline was pumping. I really had to settle myself down and tell myself that I had another hour and forty five of this! The course was amazing though, and I made it relatively unscathed throught the remainder of the hills, descents, mud bogs. I felt really good as I went through the line and completed my first lap.
    The second lap was more eventful as I started getting a bit tired and not looking ahead as far. This caused me to pick a couple of bad lines through some hills and mud holes.

    About a mile and a half or so in, I'm not sure what happened, but I whiskey throttled it into a large tree. I spent what seemed like forever, trying to get myself untangled from the bike. I went to pick it up and felt pain shoot through my thumb and my hand! Thats not good. I'm seriously screwed! What do I do now.?! I'll have some water and think about it.

    I eventually got it back on course and gingerly rode it. It was hurting and I couldnt get out of the way of other guys. I got stuck in the mud after the culvert crossing and couldnt get started. I finally got started there and after taking my time and riding another couple of miles, I got back into the infield. I was riding like hell and could hardly turn it. I fell in one of the hairpins and made it a couple of hundred yards to our trailer. Enough! I got off the bike and got a beer.

    I spent yesterday in the drs office getting a splint so I can get my hand pinned back together hopefully later this week.

    For my first racing experience, it was amazing! I have very good friends that helped me and gave me pointers that proved invaluable in the course; race the trail, look ahead, dont worry about the start and give yourself room etc etc.

    The people, atmosphere, and course were fantastic and it was an experience I'll always remember! I am very proud of myself for trying one.
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  4. Tbone

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    Awesome reports guys!
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  5. GI_JO_NATHAN

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    That's some crazy shit Pete. So I sounds like your hand isn't just sprained.. sorry to hear thatl.

    I'm glad you made it past that mess at the mud hole. I really feel like that's what killed it for me. I'm not in very good shape right now, and I went past muscle failure several times trying to get my bike up that hill, while holding in the clutch and front brake. And trying to right the bike. I seriously have a whole new respect for those guys.
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  6. 35xj

    35xj Been here awhile

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    glad you guys had "fun" that was a pretty fun race, other than being crashed into that 6' deep ditch and giving away 7 minutes!
    oh well, another race next weekend...
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  7. GI_JO_NATHAN

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    :huh This guy's mad about 7 minutes....
    Do you have any idea how much time I spent on the side of the trail, trying to catch my breath, and stretch out my hands. lol
    Not to mention on my face! :rolleyes:
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  8. dirtysouthjacket

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    Pete, congrats on the birthday. And that was a great bday present to yourself. Sorry to hear your hand got hurt like that. I whiskey throttled all over the place into trees when I first got mu two stroke. Riding with my hand on the clutch and foot over the brake has saved me a few times. Are you on a 2 stroke or 4?

    I started uploading my video last night, but the interweb went oit in the middle of it. Hopefully, i will get it up in a day or two. Really wish I could make Union.
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  9. 400psi

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    I'm on a 4 stroke.
    It was just a momentary concentration lapse. My own fault. I had just enough time to pick which side of the tree to hit and in the process jambed my wrist into the bars, breaking my thumb. Stupid.
    I'll be back on it soon though.
    Pete
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  10. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Looks like fun, but I'm too old & out of shape to abuse myself ( & my pride! ) by trying to race. I rode with a few racers a Brushy last month and learned my limits just trying to keep up with them...

    They were A class racers, and I'd never even been to a real riding area (where you pay) before. But racing is all about pushing the limits, and I don't enjoy the physical pain that results!! I about broke my wrist...

    I love riding tough challenging trails, but not at racing speed. I'd like to watch a GNCC race sometime though. Looks like some great action.
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    <iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/K7bFy7mQPmA" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" width="640"></iframe><br><br><br><br>Pete, Glad to hear you are being so positive.<br><br>I uploaded the start of the race. Sorry Pete, but I don't think I ever caught what bike you were on in the starting line. Were you next to Dave?<br><br>Video is a little long. First 7 minutes is just me trying to get up the hill!<br><br>I hope to get some time to make a short highlight video, but a branch took out most of my race video.<br>
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  12. dirtysouthjacket

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    I hear you. I won't be doing races that many times a year. Maybe 2 or 3 a year. But it gives me a goal and I rode a lot more offroad the past three months (well really this past month) than I ever would have if I hadn't done the race. The whole point of this was so I learn on something other than my expensive BMW.
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  13. GlennR

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    Where are your next races going to be? Maybe I'll give it a shot. It looks pretty fun.
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    Next GNCC race is in Union SC next week. I was originally planning on that being my first race because it is so close to me, but ended up having a conflict come up. I'd love to do another GNCC race again, but would definitely do another enduro or hare scramble series as well.

    Is anyone going to Union?
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  16. 35xj

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    looks like jon and i are headed down to union.
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    Hey Jesse. Cool video man!
    I didn't race with you guys. I was in the back in trailrider. I'm on a ktm 450.
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    Found a video with me and Jesse in it at the beginning before taking off (at 00:52 just ahead on the right,) then me again after the mud-pit/hill-climb cluster f#@k (at 4:17-4:20 you can see me on the left, after struggling to get up the hill.)

    Edit: Can't get it to embed for some reason.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6y_NW395kLI
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  19. 35xj

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    anybody else racing big buck sunday?
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  20. GI_JO_NATHAN

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    I thought about going to watch, but I've been gone the last few weekends. So I'm going to stick around the house.
    I may ride down for a little while on sunday.
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