More Noob Racing - Round 1 of the NCHSA, Devil's Ridge Hare Scramble

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  1. nobrakes

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    Thanks to Mrs TW for these pics, she took some really great photos with my crappy little pocket camera. I know getting camera duty kind of sucks, but they way I look at it, the person with the camera gets to tell the story, so we get to see the event through Wendy's eyes, and I think she did a great job of capturing it. I can't thank you enough. :clap

    On to the photos ...

    Setting up at our start row, I like getting the bike up there early to get the start position I want. Also, if the bike is up there, that means I won't be fiddling with it back at the pit and change something I should have left well enough alone. :lol3

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    Back at the pit, Erek's and TD's bike are getting worked over by the pit crew.

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    While the ladies were catching up and enjoying the nice day.

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    About time to gear up, here I am putting on my boots. Yeah I know ... you have to look close, but I'm actually in this photo somewhere. :lol3

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    Tourist, ncTrailBoss, and Lurch likely suggesting some ill-advised setup changes to Tree Dodger's bike.

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    Tarheel Wheeler gives the traditional ADVrider salute:

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    Tree Dodger and Nobrakes - friends in the pits, mortal enemies on the track. :lol3 j/k TD is a good guy! He passed me clean ... twice. Unlike that ncTB fella. :rofl

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    Erek, TreeDodger, Nobrakes, and TD's buddy. Little did we know what lay in wait for us out on the course.

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    Up at the starting area.

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    Yep, the helmet still fits.

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    A sea of bikes, we are out in that chaos somewhere:

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    The launch:

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    Tree Dodger coming up by the pit area:

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    Nobrakes coming up by the pit area:

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    The track looped back up by, this is a few minutes later on the same lap:

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    Tree Dodger's buddy getting advice on which line to take. The smart riders in this race listened to bystanders and took the lines they pointed out. Take the wrong line and you'll likely spend the next 20 minutes trying to get your bike unstuck:

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    Nobrakes in the middle, with TD in front, same area. I remember that spot precisely, there was a big buried root right there that my back wheel is about to go over.

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    Nobrakes in front, TreeDodger close behind and getting a little sideways. That spot is slick, I did the same thing TD is doing the lap before, so this time around I was ready for it. This is such a cool shot - as gnarly as that track was, this was toward the end of the first lap and we both had our fair share of issues. At least I know I got pretty severely stuck once real bad that lap that held me up, not sure about TD but I assume he did the same at a different place, but here we are near the end of lap 1 and we are in the same frame. We couldn't have planned it that way if we had tried.

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    Nobrakes on the MX track. The MX track conditions were perfect. Definitely cannot say the same for the rest of the course. But it was fun, as brutal as it was.

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    Post race, just pulled in, man that was a lot of mud and the course was certainly the hardest conditions that I've ever ridden.

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    Not sure who this is, is this Erek? If so, ouch dude! Did you do that during the race?

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    Trophy - what a hard race. I didn't finish that great, I felt like I could have done a whole lot better if only for two bad choices that cost me a whole lot of time getting my bike unstuck. But apparently a lot other people had similar troubles, so when it was all factored into account, my finish was good enough for a trophy. I must say, my spirits lifted 3 fold back at the number crunching station where they posted the official results and where I learned that bit of news.

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    And after a whole lot of spraying and scrubbing I got all my gear and the bike cleaned up today. She sure looks perty all cleaned up, if I must say so myself:

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    The money shot:

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    And best one of all, one with my sponsor logos - VIU Racing, and AREA 51. :lol3 It sure was great having a cheering section - it don't get much better than that. You don't realize how much that lifts your spirits when you feel like you can't go through one more mud bog, but then to come around and hear the encouragement, it's a big morale booster! That was a first for me. And never having had one, I didn't know what I was missing. Thanks again! :deal

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  2. Tbone

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    Oh man, somebody brought home wood !!!

    Course looked rough but way to soldier on !
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  3. MSchu

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    Very cool! Love all these race reports just as much, if not more, than the ride reports!
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  4. NORBVR

    NORBVR Not so gnarly

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    I'll have you know our set-up advice to TD was timely and spot on :rofl

    As to y'all that rode Sunday: :bow


    Peter
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  5. DC950

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    Congrats! That looked like a lot of fun, right out of the latest Shane Watts DVD (which is great btw). Riding in crap like that is where you begin to find out what your made of.

    I rode my dirt bike for the 4th time in 16 months Saturday. Pretty sad statistic but at least I'm riding again.
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  6. Tbone

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    :clap
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  7. nobrakes

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    Thanks for the kind comments.

    I have some helmet cam that will follow, but it will take a few days to get that edited and uploaded. I'm inclined to just post the entire first lap and save the editing time, but it's pretty long. I got stuck real bad the first lap and it took me a while to get out. And I get held up and then stuck even worse on the 2nd lap. Good lord those mud bogs really suck the energy right out of you. I swear my heart rate hit 200 and maintained steady at red-line after that.

    Unfortunately, I'm having some technical difficulties with the video, seems the audio doesn't want to cooperate and is buzzing and popping. It's not on the original, so I'm trying to covert to another format to see if FCE likes that better.

    In the meantime, got a couple more pics to share, these from a local photog. One of the start, and one at some point on the MX track. Nothing too spectacular. Too bad he didn't hang out back at one of the 289 mud bogs on the course, he could have got some pretty exciting photos. :lol3

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  8. RicoR

    RicoR bR41n d4m6ed :/

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    Good job NB!
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  9. nobrakes

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    Thanks Rico! You going to be at Devil's Ridge this weekend? I'll be a spectator this time, but several of our VIU gents will be in the starting gates. If so, look forward to seeing you there.
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  10. nobrakes

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    OK, well, here's the video. This is the start and the entire first lap, uncut, and unedited. I could have edited it and made myself look better, but I think honesty is the best policy. :lol3 And just remember, as you watch this, even though it doesn't look like it would, my effort was good enough for a trophy in this mud-fest, believe it or not. there were a lot better riders than I that were hung up or otherwise detained in the slick greasy clay or the thick soupy mud bogs. I got hung up several times myself, but somehow still managed to place.

    I was actually doing pretty good up until near the end of the first lap where I got stuck. My tactic was to hold back a little and let someone else try it first. And if they made it through, I would take the same line they did. Well that did not work on the one that got me on lap 1. A fella just in front of me made it through just fine, but somehow my tire could not find the bottom and I spent the next several excruciating minutes extracting my bike from thick tar mud as everyone I had just passed went back by me. That was hard to take, I so wanted out of that mud! After that, I slowed way down due to being so physically spent afterwards, and then started making silly mistakes and tip-overs, which led to even more exhaustion. It was a vicious cycle. Anyway, hope you enjoy it. It's not pretty, but it is real. :deal

    Also, I hope to have a highlight vid of lap 2 coming soon. In this one, you will see the mud bog from hell. I would still be in it if it weren't for one fine human being who helped me out. Turns out he's a guy on ThumperTalk that I'd conversed with over there, but had never met. I didn't even know it was him until he posted his helmet cam and saw his view of being stuck in the same mud pit and saw myself in his vid. How cool is that? What a way to meet in meatspace, as they say. :thumb Anyway, that will be on video number 2, coming in a few days.

    http://www.vimeo.com/10225968

    <object width="800" height="530"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10225968&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=10225968&amp;server=vimeo.com&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_portrait=1&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="800" height="530"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/10225968">2010 NCHSA Devil's Ridge Hare Scramble</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user555192">bsd512</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>Lap 1 of the afternoon race of the 2010 NCHSA Season's Opener: Devil's Ridge Hare Scramble. Due to a lot of rain the preceding weeks up until a day or two before the race, conditions were tough. I was doing pretty good up until I got stuck late on the first lap and it took me a while to get out. After that, I was spent and that caused me to go slower and take a few more unnecessary tip overs mainly due to the exertion, ruts, and slick conditions. Lap two wasn't any better as I nearly went over the bars from a hidden rock in a gully, got hung up for about 10 minutes in a mud bog, and worked to near exhaustion to get unstuck. But I persevered and ended up actually getting a trophy for the efforts.<br /></p>
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  11. crankshaft

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    :thumb
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    Another excellent video :D
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  13. RicoR

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    That mud is unbelievable!

    I'll keep my fingers crossed about going this weekend.

    I'd love to do a hare scramble one of these days...
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  14. IT 400

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    To truly appreciate what is going on, I suggest that while you watch the video, you jump rope during the smooth sections, when you get to a DRY turn do squats, on muddy sections (but not bad enough to eat a motorcycle) do squat-thrusts (you know where you squat down, put your hands on the floor and shoot your feet out behind you and then pop them back under yourself and stand up), and when "Sir Brakes" comes to a stop, as in stuck or falls over, do push ups with your feet elevated, until he gets moving again (I nor the people standing on the hill beside the course give a rats rearend if you can't do that many push ups, DO'EM ANYWAY YOU SISSY!!!!)...Okay, now on the second lap we're gonna strap on the ankle weights and lay a 25 pound of dog food across the tank...:lol3

    Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong "Sir Brakes":bow
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  15. Tbone

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    I'm 4 minutes into this video and I've got arm pump already..:D

    Honestly , those conditions look like zero fun.
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  16. nobrakes

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    That about covers, IT400. :deal

    The conditions were tough, but even given what I know now, I would do it again in a heartbeat. Only this time, I would do better because I would be smarter about line selection and more careful about getting hung up in one of those mud bogs.
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    I think you did great picking lines, it just only takes a mistake or two to eat up your time/energy.

    That second lap must have been brutal once that mud got turned up and the ruts got deeper...:huh
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  18. DC950

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    Amen to that brother! Testify for us!

    If you haven't done it, get Shane Watt's latest video. It's all about mud, ruts, and logs. It's great and actually entertaining.

    Rode Saturday for the first time since Thanksgiving. It was a muddy mess at a hilly place where I'd ridden only once, 3 years ago. I practiced the stuff I saw in the video and was amazed at how well I rode. I repeatedly rode right around or across crap that would have had me on my face or dog paddling through before. Once you accept the fact you need a solid surface no wider than the width of your hand to ride on, you really can take lines you wouldn't even have tried before. Figuring out the front really should be out of the rut if the rear falls in was like enlightenment from Buddha himself. I learned so much that I'm taking his class next month.


    One more thing (while I'm on the soap box in Nobrakes' thread no less :huh). It's great to dream about Dakar and the Atacama and Sahara deserts. It's even better to actually race something. If you have anything between a TTR90 and a RxxGS, you can get out there and ride Hare Scrambles and Enduros. Put down that ice cream cone and go do it!
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  19. Tbone

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    we expect a full report...:deal
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  20. nobrakes

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    Excellent, thanks, DC! I just ordered Wattsy's new DVD, didn't even know he had a new one out or I would have already got it. Thanks for the tip.

    And I agree on the bike, you don't need the latest or greatest to have fun or even do well in these races. I see all kinds of bikes out there. One guy this past race was on a 1979 IT400 and I think he did better than me, and was probably 15 years older than me, and I'm no spring chicken at soon to be 44 in about a month. And I really haven't been riding all that long, personally I think racing is one of the best ways to gain a whole lot of experience packed into a short amount of time. I've only done a handful of these races, but after each one, I can feel my confidence increase, not to mention actual skills. In a race, you're forced to make quick decisions - pick a line and go. I've found that I'll do things in a race without even thinking about it and it will turn out great, while if just trail riding I would tend to over analyze and maybe not even try some particular obstacle. But I've done things in races that have really surprised me - didn't think I could do that, but I did. So it's a great way to gain experience and practice technique in situations and terrain that you may not normally encounter when riding more casually, and build confidence that you can overcome some of these harder obstacles if you just try them. I've certainly learned to trust my bike a lot more to do the right thing, and it usually does, within reason.

    So if anyone is on the fence about doing a local hare scramble or other format, grab whatever bike you have and sign up. Just ride within your means with the goal of just finishing and you will have a great time and not be disappointed - guaranteed! :thumb
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