Baja 1000 for the Wounded

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Cornbread82, May 2, 2012.

  1. pilo

    pilo Rhymes with below

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    Nice project guys. I just donated.

    For what it's worth I solo'd the 1000 last fall and learned a few things along the way and raised a little $$ for a local charity. If interested you can read the whole sordid affair here.

    In no particular order, here are a few thoughts:

    - sort out your nutrition for training and racing
    - ride enough so your hands/arms don't fatigue. That will make the biggest impact
    - sounds crazy, but spend time on a rowing machine if you can't ride.
    - pull the smog stuff off of the 450x - no reason to have it on.
    - buy a used 450x for pre-running and to have as spare parts. You can use the wheelset (and everything else) and sell the bike for what you paid for it when you are done.
    - set the valves before the race
    - run tall gearing (14/48 or more if you are faster) and get the jetting sorted
    - get the suspension dialed if you are planning on running at a fast pace
    - steering stabilizer of course
    - make sure your light setup is bright. It can't be too bright (need aftermarker stator)
    - pack a spare filter with you
    - sat phones of course for you and chase
    - torque all bolts with a torque wrench before the race.
    - true wheels and torque spokes
    - Mousse's front and rear (unless you are pro-level fast, then just front with HD rear)

    I'm sure there is more, but that's all I could come up with now. Have fun with it!
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  2. Cornbread82

    Cornbread82 Sir Crash A Lot!

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    Pilo, first thank you for your donation to the WW's, and I am going to be reading about your race thanks for sharing it.

    Training is going good except the fact that I can't ride as much as I want, the closest place is about 2hrs. away from me so that is putting a dent in the riding part. I am trying to get out for one 8hrs. ride every week, I know it isn't enough but right now that is the best I can do. I do hit the gym 5 days a week never thought about doing the rowing thing but sounds like a good idea.

    I am going to try and sale my KTM to get enough for another 450 so I can use it to ride and pre run, but can only get one if I can sale the KTM.

    The gearing is something I was thinking about, don't worry we will not be going we will not be going that fast:D I think I have the jetting good but we will see next week, I will be taking it out for a shakedown. It should be good from sea level to 4000 ft.

    We did pickup Cyclops as a sponsor for our lighting, Darryl is helping us out in a big way! We will be running his LED race light with helmet lights. We are also getting the stator from him, and an upgrade on the headlight. Never know if we will make it to the lights before dark!

    I have been looking at the bib mousse, I know we will be running them in the front haven't decided on the rear yet.

    If you can think of more to please send it to me, that is one big reason I started the thread bunch of people with tons of experience.

    Thank you,
    Brett
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  3. wittyusername

    wittyusername Baja Basketball

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    Thank you for your donation Jeremy! Team TCB really appreciates it!!

    Everything is starting to come together for us. We hope to have the option to buy t-shirts on the site any day now. Working out the bugs.

    Scott
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  4. wittyusername

    wittyusername Baja Basketball

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    Hey Pilo - this is all great stuff. Exactly what we were hoping to see.

    I'm overseas with work right now and am really concerned about my training...or lack thereof. I never thought about using a rowing machine when riding is unavailable. I'll definitely be spending a lot more time on the rowing machine. Thanks for the advice!

    Thank you for your donation! This little project is really starting to take off.

    Scott
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  5. wittyusername

    wittyusername Baja Basketball

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    Click here to visit our Race for the Wounded Facebook page.

    Don't forget to "like" us.
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  6. Bronco Driver

    Bronco Driver Been here awhile

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    Hey Andy- Long time no type(lol).
    How's it going? We've missed you in Baja.
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  7. Cornbread82

    Cornbread82 Sir Crash A Lot!

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    Hey Ed, when I first started this project I tried to talk Andy into riding with us:D Let me know if you find the radio gear Airborne!
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  8. Bronco Driver

    Bronco Driver Been here awhile

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    Andy rode with us in 2009.We couldn't have done it without him
    We had 4 riders and our cumulative age was 200 Years.

    Attached Files:

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  9. Cornbread82

    Cornbread82 Sir Crash A Lot!

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    Man what a small world it is, that is just to cool!!:clap
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  10. TCB Rider

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    Hi, I'm Randy, Team TCB (Rider), Baja 1000 For the Wounded. www.RaceForTheWounded.com I live in Colorado Springs, CO and do most of my riding in the mountains on the Cpt. Jacks trail system, with my XR 650R. I was up there last week and couldn’t make it to the top because of a snow drift; next time I'll bring a Shovel.:huh <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    A couple months ago, Scott (Rider), Team TCB (Taking Care of Business), sent me a message, asking if I would be interested in racing the Baja 1000, to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. I didn’t hesitate to say yes, but I didn’t realize how much effort that it was going to take; not just for putting together the resources to complete the race, but to raise $50,000!
    Scott, Brett (Riders) and I have worked together in the Middle East, protecting government personnel. 3 years out of the past 6, I have spent in the Middle East and I have missed anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and all major holidays. We have all made sacrifices and have seen firsthand, other veterans that have not been as lucky as us, to make it home in one piece; this is why we’re doing it.
    Those of you ADV Riders in the Colorado Springs vicinity, on Tuesday night, 6/19/2012, Bristol Brewing Company is hosting a fund raiser for Wounded Warrior Project and they are going to donate $1 for every beer sold that night. :freaky In addition, the GM at Bristol’s is going to bartend and he's going is going to donate his tips. Please join us.:clap
    Randy
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    Randy@RaceForTheWounded.com
    Cell: 719-310-2873
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  11. Cornbread82

    Cornbread82 Sir Crash A Lot!

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    Hey all would like to let everyone know that we have just picked up or final ride to team TCB:D

    Now don't ask how but we got us a "RINGER" Ed, aka "Bronco Driver" a disabled vet with over 30 years of Baja under his belt!!! We are very proud to have him as part of our team and know that our chances of getting a finish have just went WAYup with him on board!!!

    We now have 3 generations of vets that will be riding this years 1000, from Vietnam through today on one team how cool is that!!:freaky
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  12. Baja Dad

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    BIG ED is the man!!!!!!
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  13. wittyusername

    wittyusername Baja Basketball

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    Good to see you here Randy. Out little project is really taking off.
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  14. wittyusername

    wittyusername Baja Basketball

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    I second that. Welcome to the team Ed!! Our chances of getting our bike across the finish line just went up exponentially.
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  15. Bronco Driver

    Bronco Driver Been here awhile

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    Thank You . It will be my honor to do what I can to see this endeavor succeed and to honor our Wounded Warriors.
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  16. AirborneAndy

    AirborneAndy Vagabond

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    Hey Ed :wave glad to see you're on board. I'd like to pre-run with you guys if you dont mind :D. And, my two buddies that chased for me all 3 years want in on the fun too. So, you'll have another chase vehicle if you want it.

    Brett, I dug thru my garage and found my radio's. This is what I have:

    1 - Yaesu VX-170 (5 watt handheld for the rider to carry)
    1- Yaesu FT-2800M (65 watt mobile unit for the chase rig)

    I also have an aircraft quality helmet headset w/boom mic, harness and handlebar mounted PTT button. Not really necessary but kinda fun to have :lol3.

    Anyhow, you are welcome to use whatever you like.
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  17. Bronco Driver

    Bronco Driver Been here awhile

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    I too have a radio,Mobil,for my Jeep and can get another maybe 2. 45 watt.on the one and the other is 100 watt.
    When the 100 watt is used the vehicle using it shoes sign of microwave abuse:lol3
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  18. M.A.G.

    M.A.G. I heart Penalties

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    Not sure if this will help or not in your endeavor, but...I live in Columbus, GA right now ( ewwwww ) and will be moving hopefully soon further south ( Mobile ). That said, my team ( 2 of us, and our pit crew ) "raced" the B1K in 09, and early on in the race I sent the bike cliff diving and could not go on. Bones can be such fickle things.

    When it comes time to head to Ensenada, and you find yourself short a pre run bike, look me up if need be. I have an 05 XR650R I will happily loan you if you promise to bring it back.:lol3 It's my only bike, my race bike, and it has been worked over pretty well. Great suspension, everything essentially you have to do anyway, has been done. I have a few races to do between now and then, so I can't promise what shape it will be in when the time comes, but again, you are welcome to it to pre run with. We came up short a bike when we got there, and had to rent a huge piece of shit to pre run with, and it was not a good time.

    Because of the connection not only of having been a brother in arms ( I did boot and AIT at Benning, swore I would never go back ) but also the connection a lot of us have come to know on this website, I'm happy to help where I can.
    The best place for you to train locally ( I think you said you were nearby, right? ) is the Kentuck Trail complex in Talledega. It's about an hour and half away, and is the closest thing to racing on the moon ( Baja ) that you will find here. It's a two way trail, with animals ( turkey and deer ) that will run beside you and tell you how slow you are, and when you get fast and complacent, an atv will come around the corner and scare you again. I searched high and low for a local place to train, and it's the best I found, and it's cheap, and often vacant.
    Anyway, when the time comes, look me up here if you need another pre running bike. Gotcha covered.
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  19. Cornbread82

    Cornbread82 Sir Crash A Lot!

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    MAG,

    That is great man, as of now I think we have it covered on bikes but you never know!!!! Who are you with at Benning? After 20 years in I will tell you that if you are in the INF. you will never get away from Ft. Beginning!!!LOL
    What race's do you have coming up?? I will be out of country again for the month of June but will be back and would like to run a few Scrambles or Enduros!

    I am going to check Kentuck out, also going to go to Highland Park to do some riding. I am about 45 min north of you in Thomaston, ever want to go for a ride let me know.:freaky

    Brett

    Andy we will put the radio to good use, we can just use it in your chase truck and setup the head set during the pre run if you think that would be good. I think that having commo with the trucks is key and with the rider would be a big plus!!
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  20. M.A.G.

    M.A.G. I heart Penalties

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    Nah, I ETS'd in 94 if that tells you anything. Wound up back here out of pure coincidence, lucky me. And my experience pales in comparison to those listed on your website even though I was an 11B.

    Highland Park is fun. Lots to do, but also a lot of people around. It's a good time. But Kentuck, will train you.
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