A father/daughter go racing...

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Tbone, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Tbone

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    This weekend brought us to the metropolis of Ona,Fl and the Hungry Catfish HS. This is the same race where last year I broke my subframe 2 miles in, so I'm anxious to put that first lap behind me. Sat course is 7 miles and Sunday is 10.
    Haley race was a short one as 2 miles in she banged bars with a competitor trying to pass and she went down hard (5th gear) She said she was laying there screaming for the person to "get off me" when she realized her bike was what had landed on her. EMT's were soon arrived (we are so blessed to have at least 3 on track at all times spread out with radio's (earbuds) so they can quickly respond) Seems she had injured her wrist so they splinted it up and sent her out on the back of a quad. A few x-rays later (3 fractured bones in her wrist) and she was back at the track to cheer me on the next day. She really is a tough one.

    Update: she's sporting a pink cast for 3-4 weeks ...so no surgery:clap

    Sunday dawned with overcast skies, cooler weather, and the eternal optimism required to go out and battle with the back of the pack:lol3 Seems we had a large line today (16 riders) with some new faces I'd never seen. Set my bike up on the line right next to the points leader (Jorge Colon) so I can keep an eye on him..ha! I make a point of walking up and down my line to wish everyone good luck and take in the comradery that truly makes the next 2 hours fun.

    "beeeeep"..I hustle up to the bike and throw my leg over making sure to keep my eye on the kick starter until it starts to head down. The electric start is too temperamental to trust on the start plus my bike always fires up in one kick in gear(2nd). The rekluse does it's job as I pin the throttle and shoot off to the first corner. I could have fought for 2nd, but putting Jorge(21B) behind me going into the woods was pressure I didn't really want.

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    The little voice in my head (he and I talk all race) is telling me to stay calm and just follow the guy in front of me. I'm starting to gain some confidence as I am running their pace and not killing myself. This works for about 4 miles until we dump into a peat bog. This stuff is like riding through damp mulch that's 18" thick. I for some reason throw my left leg out, the bike goes right and down I go. Here is a direct quote from the guy behind me:
    "This was the first time I wish I had one of those Go Pro Cameras: I wish everyone could have seen Troy's get off on the first lap when we entered the peat/mud section. He was really moving when all of a sudden him and his bike had a disagreement on which direction they should go. I lost a few positions because I could not stop laughing."..good to know I can be entertaining..:p3rry. Nice job I'm thinking as I quickly pick up the bike and scoot off having gave up too many spots. I come through the first lap in 11th place...2nd lap-11th place...3rd lap-11th place....so I'm not gaining but I'm not giving up spots either.

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    On the 4th lap I get passed by friend of mine who's leading the SSB class that starts a row behind me. I fall in behind him and do all i can to keep him in sight...it's working. I'm relaxing as I pretend it's just another ride with Dave and I let him pull me along.We're hauling ass. I come through on the 4th lap still in 11th, but riding well. Soon I'm passing guys in my class who are starting to tire. I notice a friend of mine (Ryan Turner-34B) up ahead and I manage to pass him in 5th gear wide open on a long straight.I holler as I go by knowing passing him was like poking a hornets nest...it means trouble but it's too hard to resist:D he passes me back 4 more corners later in the tight stuff and he's gone..but he knows I was there. Less than a mile to the end and I get passed..I'm just happy with how I've ridden today. Come through and i can't believe it....7th !!!:clap:huh:clap

    Seems some of the fast guys ran out of gas. It was a fast course and at 50 miles total the tortoise beat the hare for a change. I managed to beat my buddy Mark Z (196B) by 4 minutes, but most importantly, this is the race I needed concerning confidence. I can run with some of these guys and won't settle for anything less.

    Senior B
    Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Points Adv Laps Elapsed
    1 37B Stephen Morris 528470 Yamaha Fairhaven, MA 50 10 5 1:52:00
    2 21B Jorge Colon 1053545 KTM Orlando, FL 47 5 5 1:53:05
    3 4B Daniel White 658438 Yamaha Clermont, FL 45 4 5 1:53:27
    4 90B Shawn Norton 491616 Yamaha Okeechobee, FL 43 3 5 1:56:35
    5 34B Ryan Turner KTM Casselberry, FL 41 2 5 1:57:59
    6 38B Curt Epperson Yamaha Lakeland, FL 40 0 5 1:58:37
    7 117B Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 39 0 5 1:58:46
    8 321B Sergio Santana Sr KTM Kissimmee, FL 38 0 4 1:30:10
    9 222B Ronnie Hames KTM Daytona Beach, FL 37 0 4 1:30:45
    10 17B Marcelo Dadone KTM Aventura, FL 36 0 4 1:31:40
    11 11B Ian Joubert Honda Homosassa, FL 35 0 4 1:34:03
    12 420B Mark Prenoveau 834253 Yamaha Orlando, FL 34 0 4 1:36:26
    13 29B Jeff Chambers Kawasaki Punta Gorda, FL 33 0 4 1:36:44
    14 196B Mark Zaremskas 505078 KTM Eustis, FL 32 0 4 1:38:02
    15 43B Mace McMillan 617268 KTM Plant City, FL 31 0 4 1:47:31
    16 122B Scott Shepard Honda Stuart, FL 18 0 3 1:25:20
  2. DC950

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    that's great! It's really awesome to see how much better of a rider you've become. Inspiring too.
  3. frenchy750

    frenchy750 Work work work work work

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    As a new racer in the US Desert Racing Series in California, I have to say I am THOROUGHLY enjoying this thread!

    Thanks for putting the time in to write up your races, and good on ya for involving family as well! Some day I hope to race with my boys too (though I'm pretty sure they'll beat me every time)

    Keep up the good work!
  4. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Thanks guys! I took a race off (the back to back weekends kill me) but I'll be at it in 3 weeks on a track I help layout, so I'm hoping for a home field advantage.:evil

    Also I'm thinking of doing the GNCC series opener next Tuesday:huh (River Ranch...near Daytona)
  5. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    I'm calling this year the "dream season"...:D

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  6. DC950

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    wow. :bow
  7. Steverino

    Steverino Arrogant Horse's Ass #1

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    Way to go Troy!

    Sold my 950 and come September gonna buy a more woods/offroad scooter. Thanks for sharing!
  8. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Hey Steve !!! It's so much fun, dare I say to the point that street riding reeeeeally seems boring:lol3 I wanna see some pics when you get one!

    Here's a few pics from the GNCC last week. I had heard horror stories about the track down here as they've used this property for the 4th year in a row. It ended up not being any worse than what I's seen in our local series, just had to race it for 2hrs plus (2 hr 13 min to be exact:huh). I got a good start (4th place) heading into the woods and made a pass early for 3rd. Over the next 3 laps I pretty much held my own. I ended up finishing behind all the guys I usually do in our local FTR Senior B races so was nice to at least beat all the out-of-towners. Those poor bastards must have wondered why they came down here for endless sand whoops and palmettos fields.I still don't know how the pro's race for 3 hours on a beat up track...7 laps!

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    Westgate River Ranch
    River Ranch, FL - Round 1
    Senior C (40+) - Class Results
    Place Nbr Name Hometown Brand Laps Elapsed
    1 809 SERGIO SANTANA KISSIMMEE, FL KTM 3 02:03:43.109
    2 821 JORGE A COLON ORLANDO, FL KTM 3 02:04:16.703
    3 322 MIKE M ZABARAC MIDWAY, GA SUZ 3 02:08:25.953
    4 589 SHAWN M NORTON OKEECHOBEE, FL YAM 3 02:08:27.968
    5 382 TROY A STAINBROOK ODESSA, FL KTM 3 02:13:55.265
    6 469 EURO J MENDEZ WINTER GARDEN, FL KTM 3 02:14:07.140
    7 893 ANTHONY W STOUT BRISTOL, VA GAS 3 02:19:32.734
    8 396 DAN D KUSTER LOUISVILLE, KY KTM 3 02:19:35.250
    9 317 DAVID ZIMMER MARTINSVILLE, IN KAW 3 02:38:08.437
    10 495 NERIO YEPEZ DORAL MIAMI, FL KTM 3 02:47:26.281
    11 342 STEPHEN GOODRICK FORTVILLE, IN YAM 2 02:14:11.062
    12 369 LUIS LUZARDO VENEZUELA, FL HSQ 2 02:35:46.312
    13 447 CHRIS B REID LAKELAND, FL YAM 1 00:54:24.781
    DNF 630 IRVIN KELLY KISSIMMEE, FL KTM 0 00:00:00.0
  9. Bluebull2007

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    Nice pics! :clap
  10. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Thanks!

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  11. gun 4 hire

    gun 4 hire FTR SSR #90b

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    U da man Troy!
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  12. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Well boys and girls it's that time of the year again..RACING time !!! The first HS of the year was cancelled due to the very wet summer we've had down here (sorry to the rest of the drought stricken country). That means the first enduro of the year is on deck and they happen to be offering a Jr. enduro on Sat. I figured Haley needed the seat time and the format was something she'd never done before so off we went. I also brought along 2 young brothers who's dad is a close friend of mine and suffering the end stages of ALS. The chance for the boys to get out and ride their new 85cc bikes (Just coming off 65's..both "A" riders) was too good to pass up.
    The format was presented just like an enduro. The 13 kids who showed up all had row assignments (grouped by bike size/age). First row left at the key time of 9:01 (Really 1pm in the afternoon) and 1/2 way through the 18 mile loop there was a check point to get scored at.

    Row 4 anxiously waiting their minute

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    Haley was looking forward to using her newly installed rekluse in the more technical stuff and not using the clutch lever:D

    The Tolken boys raring to go.

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    and they're off! I told Haley the main goal was just to finish. The big bikes were doing 2 loops (36 mi total) so she would hopefully have a break between them. Myself and 2 other guys gave them a several minute head start then took off to ride "sweep":D which was a blast. I eventually caught up to Haley. Not long after starting to follow her she stopped and yelled " Quit following me!!!! You're making me nervous!":huh which I understood so I started giving her a head start then running her down. After the first loop she ended up having 15 minutes to eat something and get ready for the 2nd loop.
    Despite being wore out soon she was up on the line again ready for the 2nd loop. She was running about 7 minutes overall slower for the 2nd loop but did manage to finish the whole 36 !!! A great sense of satisfaction was taken home along with a nice plaque for 4th place!!! She was the only girl there for the Jr event one of only 2 women to compete over the course of the weekend so cudos to competing against the boys. The Tolken boys did well and Josh was only 4 points away from hi-point for the event!



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    Haley loved the rekluse and after a sore butt for several days I've got a EE soft seat ordered for her bike:lol3
    I'll be competing in the 59th annual Little brown jug enduro this weekend (Greenville,SC) so looking forward to some clay and no sand!
  13. ian408

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    That's awesome on both your daughter and your friends kids account.
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    brent tex Been here awhile

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    Nice one Troy.
    Congrats to Haley, Matthew and Josh.
    Youre a good man Troy.
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    kenny61 TBI survivor and damn proud of it

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  16. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    I know Chris would do the same for me. Hope to see you soon Brent!

    :lol3 just miles of sand and pine trees.
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    Excellent updated! Keep having fun, the both of ya :freaky
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    I had a good day for my first Super senior HS. Looks like B class for first points race.
    Second loop during the rain was brutal, the enduro classes left the line in a complete down pour !
    The amount of roots and palmettos while wet made it interesting for sure. They put on a great race.
    See you guys at Bartow. She should be very proud of herself, that first loop was tough and somesections were like hallways going through the brush. Sooooo hot out too ! Good for her !
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    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Great job Dave! See you at Bartow for sure!
  20. Future ten

    Future ten Been here awhile

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    Can't wait for the first top end job, 300 kit is going on ! I got such a great deal on the 250 that the 300 wasnt worth the extra 2 grand almost. What a great bike ya have there T, they move through the woods like a demon !
    T I'm right in shady hills/Springhill if ya ever wanna hit croom we're there a lot. Heading out in the am. That second lot at the end of the black top is mostly FTR guys on the weekends.