Josh to Germany - ISDE 2012

Discussion in 'Racing' started by mknight, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. rooster300

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    Solid riding, keep it up Josh, I know you can make it to the finish! You have a lot of family and friends cheering you on here at home and obviously fans all over the world! You have all ready made us proud. Ride hard Team U S A !

    Mike, thanks for the informative updates, the pictures and info are great! Tell Jenny and the kids Hello!

    Scott & Georgia
  2. Rabbot

    Rabbot rain+superbike=adventure

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  3. Tbone

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    Way to go Josh ! I can sympathize with being a worrying parent! Haley was the last one in on her practice lap last weekend (got stuck 4-5 times in the mud)..I was very worried then so happy when she came in.
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    toro618 Been here awhile

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    In one of the highlight videos an Autralian rider mentioned he bent the front rim and had to replace 3 spokes. Why not just replace the entire wheel to save time? Rules don't allow it?
  5. 400psi

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    This is fantastic!!
  6. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Disassemble!

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    The wheels (hub), frame, and engine of the bike are not allowed to be replaced. They're marked with paint during the initial check-in.

    That's why tire changing speed (with mousse's or tire balls) are a big deal. You only get 15 mins at the end of the day and 10 mins at the beginning of the day to work on your bike. The tires they use have lower profile knobs so the rear is spent in a day and a front might last two.
  7. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Disassemble!

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    Thanks for posting your experiences! I raced both qualifiers this year so it's great to hear and see how all the riders are doing. :clap
  8. Southest US Thumper

    Southest US Thumper Extreme n00b

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    A few shots from 25 September, sorry they're late but we need to go to McCafe for access and that isn't really where we want to spend our time....

    Josh hitting the double that most of the club riders rolled.

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    Billy Burns

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    Charlie Mullins

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    Ran into the Knights at various Special Tests, the whole family rooting on ALL of Team USA!!!! Awesome to be here and catch the action, only drawback is the guys at our campsite that crank ACDC at 5 million decibels from about 10:00 PM till 3:00 AM, oh well, I suppose I could be stuck at the infield at Daytona.....

    GO JOSH!!! GO Team USA!!!
  9. Brodovitch

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    Cool pics & update thanks!

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    hope it doesn't rain tomorrow....
  10. mknight

    mknight Been here awhile

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    September 26, 2012

    The ISDE has really started now. The toughest day so far is complete, and taking its toll on some of the riders, but so many are still doing great. There has been some attrition. I’m happy to report that Josh had his best day yet and genuinely seemed to be enjoying himself today. He was smiling, and bench racing with me on the way back to the hotel after 215+ miles of some of the gnarliest terrain he has ever ridden. He’s not lighting up the scoreboard with his tests, but he’s been consistent and is trying to find that fine line between riding conservatively enough to not jeopardize finishing Six Days, and trying to ride fast enough to obtain good scores. It can be a slippery slope on either end of that spectrum and I’m trusting his judgment since he’s the one actually out there doing the riding and hard work. This is a huge learning experience for him on one of the world’s biggest stages. A good percentage of today was off-road miles and he said there were a lot of gnarly uphills and downhills to really test the rider.

    The weather remains just about perfect….in fact there has started to be dust in areas, but I don’t think anybody is hoping for any rain. The course would be a disaster and probably impassable in some areas if it rains.
    We were able to chase around to one check point and the same special test (the gnarly Enduro test that I posted pictures of last week). Based on the timing of when Josh goes through, we’re able to see most all of the Club riders. I’ve not had the opportunity to see the Trophy Team in any of the tests, but I figure there is a lot of regular media on them, so it’s kind of fun to be “in the trenches” with the club riders and share their photos and stories with so many of you.

    Josh starting Day 3 (the duct tape and zip ties are holding his rear fender together nicely).
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    The pits are quite in the morning after all the riders leave, but by afternoon, they are anything but quiet.
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    We made it to Special Test 3/5 twice today. We were able to cheer on many of the US team riders. I love watching for the distinctive Skunk helmet to come through the trees and then cheer them on. I know as a rider/racer it can give you such a boost.

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    Reid Brown
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    Derek Steahly
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    Nick Hamill
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    Nick Canny (for those of on the west coast, Nick looks like David Pearson riding a 250F every time I see him….great kid and strong support here for him). He had some bad luck today and went over the bars. He had to swap bars out at Check 4 and dropped about 30 minutes.
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    Michael Jolly
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    Rachel Gutish (Rachel has been amazing to watch and she has put down some great scores. Unfortunately today caught up to her and she’s injured her foot or leg. She hour’d out today but the crew went to work on her bike and they’re going to use the exception rule and allow her to keep riding (but not for a medal) tomorrow. I will wait to see in the morning if she is able to ride and she was really hurting. This girl is tough as nails so it wouldn’t surprise if she rides.
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    Josh Knight
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    Sarah Whitmore. Sarah has been an asset to the women’s team, but she broke her knuckle on Day 1 and has been toughing it out. She got behind on today’s schedule, but is still riding. The first pic is her just after leaving Check 4. We then saw her in the special test on the gnarly hill climb.
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    She got up past this point and then got stuck in one of the big ruts with roots. I could see her raise her arm to the Marshall to ask for help (the riders were told that the Marshalls had to help if a rider was really stuck and if they did not, that it should be reported). My wife was standing right there trying to help point out the preferred line. The Marshall stared at Sarah and just shook his head. That set my wife off and she let “mama bear” loose on the guy. Some other Marshalls eventually came down and helped Sarah.
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    Back at Check 4, we saw all the club riders come in.
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    The miles were starting to take their toll on the bikes.
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    Devin Bolin leaving Check 4
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    Nick Hamill
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    Scott Bright leaving Check 4
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    The family was so happy to see Josh at Check 4 and know that he was still riding well and surviving the day.
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    Josh leaving Check 4
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    Then it was over to Test 3/5 again to try and help the riders. Josh told us at the check that there was a super gnarly hill that was causing a lot of problems. He said he got stuck for about 2 minutes on the hill during the first test trying to get through all the carnage.

    This is the scene arriving to that test. It’s up in the hills. The scenery here is amazing. It’s not visible in the picture, but to the north in this picture is a huge castle up on a hill top. Directly across the dirt lane from the test start is a beautiful farmers field with jersey milk cows munching on postcard picture perfect green grass. There is still a very old-school east German feel to the area at times.
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    It didn’t take us long to find the hill he was referring to. We just walked into the woods and then started following all the cheering sounds.
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    Reid Brown
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    That’s mud flying up in the air in the foreground. We were getting plastered with mud and sticks.
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    Me using my “American stick” to point out the best line to Josh up the hill.
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    Every time a German rider would come around the corner at the bottom of the hill, the entire place would go nuts. Cow Bells, Air Horns, and German flags being waved. I gotta admit, it was totally cool.

    Josh made it up without too much issue compared to the first time but it was hard to avoid all the carnage.
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    Back to the pits and anxiously waiting for all the riders. Josh made it in on time and had a good tire change and a smile on his face.
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    Day 4 is next.
  11. mknight

    mknight Been here awhile

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    Here's a little video clip I took at one of the Enduro tests today. This gives you an idea of what Josh and all the U.S. riders were dealing with today (and they get to do it twice again tomorrow).
    http://youtu.be/D7-ZgtMpi20

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  12. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    wet logs, roots or even branches SUCK !
  13. Holeshot

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    Great day today Josh! That hill with riders all over the place looked like hell... Josh's times have been really consistent indicating how steady this young man is riding; very impressive.:clap

    I've been checking the FIM test results (at work) during the day and I start to get freaked out if I don't see Josh come in when I'm expecting to see him. I'm getting a little taste of the nerves you must be feeling at times, but also the sense of elation watching (online) him ride in to complete each test.

    Hurrah for this young rider and hurrah Team USA!
  14. racerxx276

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    Hi Mike,

    Boy your doing a better job or reporting than all the other "news" sites!

    Looks like Josh is adapting well, those root hills look nasty.. especially with the euro tires, which don't work at all !


    As a side note, 5 other trophy women houred out today, Rachel should be proud to make it this far... what a great experience to have at such a young age!

    Keep it upright!

    Don
  15. pilo

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    Mike,

    You are racer, coach, dad and doing an awesome job at all of it considering how level headed Josh is riding and making decisions. The whole fam (heck all of Utah) should be proud and Josh should be stoked with himself. Thanks for taking the time for the report. We all know how long race days become, and having the daily update is superb. Thanks....

    Now pat that kid on the back and remind him how many peps around the US are cheering him on...
  16. dmaxmike

    dmaxmike former quadtard.

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    Go Josh! And thanks for the great updates and pics! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Well...this sums up how I feel!!!!!
  18. mknight

    mknight Been here awhile

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    Bandwidth is horrible tonight. I can't get any pictures uploaded, but I've got a ton of great ones.

    Here's a recap of my observations from today, but I can't post any pictures at this time, and I admit I'm exhausted :D

    September 27, 2012

    I commented yesterday that it was becoming more apparent how much of a challenge it is to just finish the Six Days. Today reinforced that principle even more. Unfortunately there was some more attrition among the team as bikes and bodies wore down. We woke to rain this morning and I wasn’t sure anyone wanted to get out of bed, but it turned out to be a beautiful day.

    Charlie Mullins ended the day with an injured shoulder and down about 42 minutes. Kurt Caselli high-sided in a test right in front of me (as I was taking pictures) and I was convinced he had broken his hand or wrist or something by the way he was favoring his right arm, but apparently he finished the day just fine.

    The women had some tough luck due to the super gnarly conditions. Rachel Gutish hour’d out again today, but I have to hand it to her, she is one tough cookie and an incredible rider. Mandi Mastin toughed through the day and was close to hour’ing out, but I think she made it. I don’t know where Sarah Whitmore finished.

    The Junior Trophy Team is doing awesome and currently in third. Thad Duvall is turning a lot of heads and despite being on the Junior Trophy team, is beating most of the Trophy team and dabbling in the top ten on some tests. Jesse Groemm has proven to be a very capable replacement for Stew Baylor's spot.

    Among the Club riders, Nick Hamill had trouble with his Husky 250F at the end of yesterday. This morning during the work period, they swapped all fuel components (pump, sensor, etc.), but it did not start and run properly after the 15 minutes. His bike is parked and his Six Days is over. I feel horrible for him but he was upbeat tonight when talking to him and grateful for the experience.

    Scott Bright from Colorado crashed somewhere in a transfer section and broke ribs, collapsed lung, and I think some vertebrae. He’s in the hospital overnight, but should be OK.

    Ron Schmelzle was DNF’d at the end of day yesterday after being directed down the paddock wrong and riding backwards. With the assistance from Gunny, they were able to get him riding again and he rode like a man possessed today putting down some great test scores among the club riders.

    All the riders were absolutely spent after today. Talking to Billy Burns tonight at the riders meeting, he said the past two days were the toughest two days he’s ever ridden in the 4 ISDE’s he has ridden. Destry Abbott made similar comments about how you know it’s tough when the east coast GNCC riders like Charlie Mullins talk about how tough it was. Josh said it was just insane uphills and downhills that went on forever. He said they were way tougher than anything he has ever ridden at home.

    Ironically, Josh had his best two days when they were the gnarliest. He had a couple of decent test scores today and is remaining consistent, moving up to 39th C1 rider. He was totally exhausted at the end of the day, but had another huge smile on his face. I’ve tried to encourage him to take in the moment. Never again, will he be 17 years old, racing his dirt-bike across the countryside of Eastern Germany in amazing conditions, and among some of the toughest riding anywhere in the world.
  19. ICERIDER

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    :D:DOh this is the report I was waiting for!

    We are all so thankfull that it's going so well, and I don't know how you can find the precious time to keep us up to date Mike.

    Yes, it's good when the Thursday is over and Josh is in such good shape. Good luck tomorrow, and yes, Josh and you all are not only doing well in the 2012 ISDE but in Life's Big Picture.
  20. AZ Air Hd

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    Thanks Mike for all the great pictures & reports on Josh & all the US riders.

    S/ Taylor's Grandfather in Arizona