Hangover Hare Scramble Virgin

Discussion in 'Racing' started by EOD3MC, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    Got in a bit of riding today....trails were wet and slick....great practice for balance...yeah, right :D

    Glad the new rear tire is due Tuesday....because I'm headed out again Wednesday :clap

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  2. GordoS

    GordoS Pawn in game of life

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    I've ridden once at Wicomico Park, too expensive to do very often, and I on the hunt for more trails to ride in VA/MD. Only did about a mile on the hare scramble trail at the park -- had my son on his first trail ride, bad idea for a nooby.
    Cheers,
    Gordo
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  3. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    A private area in King George Virginia called Eagle Bay. A yearly membership is $250 for a family. Much better then Wicomico. There is a beginer loop in a grass field. A 2 mile novice loop and a 12 mile expert loop. All are single track, no atvs. Shoot me a pm and I'll send you the contact info if you would like more info.
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  4. Baja Perro

    Baja Perro Adventurer

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    On Dec 1, I raced the Los Ancianos Hare Scramble in the Sportsman(C) 40+ class and had a blast!
    This was the first true off road race I've done and i'm hooked. I've raced a lot of motocross and GP's,
    but this was the most fun ever.
    I know you're worried about being that guy, just worry about being safe. I was very impressed with the
    maturity level of my competitors, not pinning into dust you can't see through, pulling over on singletrack,
    etc.Compared to motocross, it's a gentleman's race. The fact that the race is two hours makes it hard to
    be overly aggressive.
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  5. Whooptydid

    Whooptydid Halfast

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    Like the tribe has mentioned, just enjoy the ride and let the results come as they may! TBone is an excellent mentor to follow as the guy probably has more saddle time than Malcom Smith! Happy Trails brother!
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  6. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    I just rode Wicomico on Friday. Was wet, but there was plenty of traction. The MX tracks were a wet mess. If it keeps on raining it will be a mess on the day of the race. But everyone is on the same track so fair is fair.

    As for racing, if there is a bottleneck don't sit and wait, go around immediately. You can make up 15-20 positions just not waiting at mudholes or steep climbs.

    Enjoy yourself, have fun !

    Post pics.

    Barry
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  7. seasider

    seasider Just a rider

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    Never rode a harescramble but some limited mx in c class and a couple attempts with enduros in NJ.......they were sand whooped brutal!
    Would a kdx 220 in stock form be suitable for this event. I'm in the old guy category as well and just want to try one.
    Thanks for any info.:ear
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  8. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    My daughters have previously ridden the Wicomico trails with a TTR 50 and KLX 110....not sure about the race route, but I wouldn't expect it to be a problem...but I would have some good off road tread.
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  9. crofrog

    crofrog Long timer

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    Rode there today. It's _muddy_. A KDX220 would be perfectly fine.
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  10. Silver

    Silver Dirtnewb

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    Just got my first Dirtbike in Jan of '12. Well, used to have a XR80 I rode in a field when I was 13 or so. Started trail riding on it and have since done 2 Hare Scrambles. One of the things I've noticed is how helpful/nice everyone is. I'm still really slow so run/ran the slowest class and got lapped at my first one by everyone. 2 Mechanicals didn't help with that but I finished a lap and got last place so I was happy.

    You'll waste more energy and time picking the bike back up trying to go fast than you will by slowing down a bit and maintaining a pace you're comfortable with. Also you're there to have fun, the guy behind you banging off the rev limiter and whooping at ya is prob there to win, let him by. I've pulled over and just taken a break to let the whole A and B group pass me as I knew I'd just be getting in the way. Also had multiple guys make sure I was ok while they passed.

    Also agree with the take a break advice if you need to. You'll see others doing the same. Some stop to pee, some stop just for a breather and a drink of water, you won't be the only one.

    My experience thus far is it's good times, good people, and good fun. Slowly but surely upping my stamina for riding further/longer and plan to actual train for this years season and maybe not get a last place at some point.

    Cheers!
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  11. Shooter1

    Shooter1 Been here awhile

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    I'm 57 years old and race in the Forward Motion Hare Scramble series, (Kansas/Missouri, Senior class #1017). I only race 2 or 3 events a year anymore and it's mostly fairly tight woods, and a scramble is 2 hours long. . Like the other guys have said, limit your caffiene the morning of the race, and start hydrating alot a few days before the event. Be carefull what you eat the night before. It's very important to settle into a pace that is comfprtable for you. I usually ride at about 85% of my true ability which leaves a little left in the tank when I come across someone in my class and have to battle with him, or have to pass slower riders and have to work to do so. On your sight lap, look for potential cut lines, (legal) you could use if you come across a bottleneck. My goal is to never stop and I rarely do. Sometimes I may barely be moving after a nasty creek crossing where I might get stuck or have trouble, but I try to keep going. Pace yourself and you can always pick it up a bit as you move thru the race if you feel like it. I ALWAYS feel like I've been run over by a truck after the race and especially the next day at work, I'm damn near an invalid, but racing dirt bikes is some of the most fun I've ever had. Good luck. and report back how you did.
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  12. anotherguy

    anotherguy Long timer

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    Work has interfered and I will not be able to race next weekend. Dammit.
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  13. Silver

    Silver Dirtnewb

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    That is awesome!

    The ones I have done were the ATVMotion(Now OHSCS) in Oklahoma. They don't do sighting laps. Also what I've been told a few times is 25 yards to either side of the trail is ok in a bottle neck and not considered cutting. Now, probably clipping 25 yard shortcuts the whole time prob is considered cheating but to get around a bottle neck do what you gotta do within those limits.
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  14. Pomo

    Pomo gonzo

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    In the tight woods, I think you would be hard pressed to find another passable line within 25 yards for most of the track. Maybe the terrain isn't this extreme, but at the Snowshoe GNCC guys would take lines through 18" ruts filled with clay and sucking mud because the alternative was bushwacking.

    Hill climbs seem to be the worst. One guy doesn't quite commit and you end up with a parking lot. If you're going to half ass anything, make sure it's not a steep hill! :deal

    On the subject of sight/practice laps, I don't find them to be all that useful. Except maybe for knowing when an "oh shit" moment is coming up (steep blind downhill, gnarly hill climb, etc). In mountain biking they are much more important because it affects your strategy to a large degree; if I know the top out on a long climb is coming up I can turn on the afterburners and drop/pass whoever is near me. On the moto as a noob racer I don't have the chutzpah or skill to do anything fancy strategically.

    Though I will say that traffic jams are thankfully rare in the enduros out here, and when they do happen it's because there is literally only one line to take (e.g. coming out of a steep, narrow wash) so there's not much to do but take a breather.
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  15. crofrog

    crofrog Long timer

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    Little bit of sighting from last week.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/56538241?byline=0&amp;color=ff9933" width="800" height="600" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/56538241">Riding with Shaun @ wicomico</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/crofrog">Chris Shafer</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
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  16. seasider

    seasider Just a rider

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    Just drove five hours for this the first ride of the new year:clap
    A nice dinner and a wake up and then......probably get my ass handed to me! Be kind to the old guys like me.....:beer
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  17. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    At the Hare Scramble getting registered...
    Little one won't be racing...another $50 for an AMA membership for only one race wasn't in the budget :cry
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  18. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    Well....I achieved my goal....made it to the checkered flag :clap
    managed to complete 4 full laps of the 7mile track.

    Pictures and video later....
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  19. Southest US Thumper

    Southest US Thumper Extreme n00b

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    Congratulations!!!:clap:clap:clap

    Got bitten by the bug now I suppose and got what? Another 51 Sundays to do some Racing to get you through the Year!
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  20. EOD3MC

    EOD3MC What will break next

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    Got a teaser shot a friend of mine took and posted on another thread...

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    Had no problems with the DRZ on any portion of the track...ok, almost any portion of the track :D
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