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Discussion in 'Racing' started by mknight, Jun 17, 2012.
Thank you so much for posting these reports!!!
Thanks for keeping us informed. Real treat for me to see this stuff.
As always, nice write up Mike! Keep it coming as you can.
They shared the link for Live results today. It is:
Be sure to bookmark that one everyone. Nothing there yet, of course, but will be in a few more days!
September 20, 2012 (Thursday)
With Joshs bike ready and prepped yesterday, this was the only day for the rest of the trip that we didnt have any big obligations. We decided to walk another test this morning, and then do one touristy type of activity while we were here.
Josh, Benji, and I went to the second test that will be used on Days 3 and 4. It is a test that has a pretty good variety. There is a traditional big grass track, combined with a small motocross section that is essentially built in a rock quarry, and then some rocky trails bordering the forest.
The finish of the test comes down this big hill.
Looking back the other way with the grass track in the background.
They only had one side of the ribbon up when we were there, but were working on it. This was traditional pasture type grass
.could be slick if wet, but should otherwise rut up nicely. The soil seems to be a clay type, so it could also be pretty snotty if wet.
This picture is overexposed, but the MX section is in this flat valley. Theyve come in with a dozer and built up jumps and berms, but the soil is basically like reject from the rock quarry so its a lot of rock mixed with the soil.
The test has a few tricky off-camber grassy hills like this.
And then borders the forest down in a big gulley with lots of rocks.
And up a nice big hill.
This was on the side of a vendor shack there at the test. This one is for my friend Jon at LocalHeroMX.com back in Utah.
With the good weather and relaxed itinerary for the day, we decided to go check out the Buchenwald Memorial (concentration camp). My wife has read volumes on the holocaust and also lived in Germany for four years, and has always dreamed of bringing her kids back to try and give them some perspective and appreciation for this dark spot in history.
It was sobering to say the least, to visit such a facility that was very small in comparison to some of the other camps such as Auschwitz. Nonetheless, the sheer magnitude and scope of this camp was startling.
The crematorium was particularly powerful.
The sections outlined in black rock behind us are where the barracks stood. They were all pretty much destroyed by the bombs during the liberation but there are many foundations still standing.
I know this doesnt have anything to do with motorcycles, but I feel it is important that if we are to come half way across the world, to understand the history and culture of the host country. That is part of the magic of the ISDE, similar to the Olympics, in that it is a melting pot of cultures.
Having my son participate in the ISDE and having the gift of my family here to support him is a dream. However, my perspective was reinforced today that in the grand scheme of things, racing motorcycles around the countryside is quite trivial, but also a wonderful privilege to be representing our country and the freedoms we enjoy.
Tomorrow morning is a team photo shoot, followed with administrative inspection (all the paperwork), and then bike inspection and impound. After that well focus on spending the next 3 days walking the tests and preparing in other ways. I know Josh (and all the riders) are really ready to get this thing started, and it will only be amplified over the next few days after they cant touch their bikes.
Awesome thanks for the updates!
Thank you for taking the time to do such thoughtful updates, loving it!
It's threads like this that make folks check on ADVrider as soon as they can get to a computer.
GO GET 'EM JOSH!
Mike - I am loving the detail. Thanks for taking the time. Team Walker is getting their Josh T-shirts warmed up. They'll likely stink by the end of the week.
Go Go Go Go
All I can say is WOW! Thanks for taking the time to keep us all up to date and share your experience. I see all the bikes in the pits and my heart starts to beat fast.. just as if I was there.
GO JOSH! and good luck to all the riders on Team USA!
Heck I feel special knowing it was acknowledged ! Thanks again and keep up the good work guys.
Good morning, Sachsenring! 4°C, 39° F . Will be a nice day. Maximum of 19 °C, 64° F to be expected.
done! thank you
I'll make you a deal. When that tire and mouse is worn out. Send it to me along with a the receipt. Ill cover the cost of the tire, mouse and shipping +$25 So I can hand some original Josh to Germany bling on my wall
That made me laugh :) Due to customs issues, I'm not sure we'll be able to take any of the tires/bibs home with us. I think most guys end up selling them used at the end of the event to the locals.
The bandwidth in the hotel is so horrible, I'm going to have to try and upload pictures and an update at a different time. The entire U.S. Team is staying in the same hotel and every single person is using their phone, iPad, or laptop it seems.
Today was the final day to work on the bikes. The entire team went to administrative inspection (paperwork) this afternoon, and then to get their bikes inspected and impounded. A few of the Trophy guys failed sound check, but seemed to get it easily taken care of. Josh passed without a problem. The view of the impound is impressive......hundreds of bikes all lined up, ready to go. I will share pictures when I can.
Oh...and thank you for the comments everyone. It keeps me motivated to try and keep everyone updated when it would be easier to go to bed
WE are loving you RR on Josh to Germany and so many ,many of us are pulling for you and Josh.
I did several 2 Day Qualifers in BC in the 80's , top guns in BC at that time were the Graffunders, Cory dad/uncle , Al and Guy Perrit, Blake Chupa, etc. I was luck enough to end up with several Bronze and Silver finish metals. Still hanging on my wall.
Ride to finish Josh, ride to finish, places will take care of themselves.
The very best , keep us posted
In that case Ill take an autographed 8x10 of josh and the 1st place trophy
September 21, 2012 (Friday)
Today was the last day to work on the bikes before impounding them for good until the racing starts Monday morning. Its amazing how you can think you are totally ready, and then go fiddle around on the bike for half a day.
Everyone was doing last minute stuff to their bikes. There is a small practice MX track that several riders rode to (about 8km away). Others just took their bikes out on the city streets for a run through the gears. Josh did this just to make sure everything was OK.
He (and everyone) are just super anxious to ride.
The Trophy, Junior Trophy, and Womens Trophy teams had a photo shoot.
They will do a more formal one tomorrow in all their gear, along with the rest of the U.S. Team riders.
Heres an aerial view of the Sachsenring circuit to give you an idea of perspective.
Russell Bobbitts bike.
Jeff Fredettes bike.
Joshs bike ready to roll.
The entire family has been helping.
That Duvalls bike ready.
Charlie Mullins bike. Notice the markings on the tire for rotor and sprocket side. All the little details to remind a rider of the simple things when theyre working on their bike.
The first step was to go through administrative inspection this afternoon. This involved all the paperwork, and if you thought signing up for your local race was bad, thats nothing. There are all sorts of details with this process, including insurance, licensing, FIM license, registration, Anti-Doping policy, confirmation of payment, transponders, drivers license, etc. The entire team walked down to the offices together. It was cool to see all the riders together. The U.S. team is one of the biggest teams so they were quite the presence walking through the pits all together.
Me and Josh
The teamwork starts already. Josh and Reid Brown got it each others back.
Josh and Reid have become good friends.
The ISDE will be in Italy next year. They have a display to help promote it for 2013.
After Admin, it was back to the pits for one final bike check, application of numbers, and ISDE license.
Thank you to the Hamiltons and the Gerritt Hamilton Memorial fund. Josh is proud to represent them at this years ISDE.
Putting numbers on the bike started to make this all feel more real. (Check out the little dinger bell on the handlebars. Mirror and horn are required to make it through tech inspection. I had brought a cheap one from Walmart but they had these in a little dollar store next to the hotel and it fit better.
Once again, rather than send everyone individually, the entire team went to the tech inspection, sound test, and impound together.
I believe the sound test is a bit different than years past (maybe the same as last year). They hold the sound meter a certain distance behind (about 3-4 feet) and then rev the bike to full rpm and take several tests. Here Taylor Robert gets checked. He failed the first time, and had to come back as did a few of the other Trophy guys but they all got it sorted out quickly.
Josh and Jeff Fredette waiting in line for sound test.
Josh made it through fine, and then went to the next stage of inspection where they checked everything on the bike and put paint marks and stickers on those key parts that cant be replaced during the 6 days.
Then it was time for impound. If youve never seen a bike impound at the ISDE, it was quite the site to behold.
And he makes it, number 579.
At that point, it all started to sink in even a little bit more. Back at the pits, the USWE folks were there (thank you USWE and offroadchampions.com) providing the team members with their choice of their awesome hydration systems. This is hands-free style that Kurt Caselli uses (or they have traditional non hands-free tubes) and they are a sponsor and provider to the entire team this year.
Tonight at the Riders meeting, they had all the riders sign a Team USA Arai helmet to send back to Japan for Mr. Arai. They also had a big Team USA ISDE banner that all the riders signed, that they will be auctioning with any money earned going back to the team.
The bikes are all impounded. The focus for the next two days will be walking tests and mentally and physically preparing for the 6 days. Lets go!
Fantastic report - simply fantastic!
Spotted Cathy at the inspection desk as well
Gonna try and follow the live tracking for today, wishing everyone -and especially Josh- a great race
Awesome!!! I am so Psyched for this!!!
GO Team USA!!! GO Josh!!!
PS: When you go to Sardinia next year sign me up as the Tee Shirt Ironing Guy, Italy is Incredible!!!