My journey to V2R and other racing nonsense

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Kanook, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. frog

    frog Long timer

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    Through rawhid. News from the remote pit is he is tired. Maybe it was the 400 plus miles he just rode.:clap
  2. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    one more pit and and 50 miles.. then his tired ass can rest..
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  3. dumbgirl

    dumbgirl Been here awhile

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    Hang tight...I know you must be going CRAZY with the sun in your eyes and some TT's up your ass! Nice work so far!!!
  4. frog

    frog Long timer

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    According to his spot he is climbing the fun rocky shit then down to the finish. Fano is fishing ice cold beer from the cooler for Schylars finish celebration in about 45 min.:clap
  5. pilo

    pilo Rhymes with below

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    Yep - Those rocks are a nice treat at the end!

    Been following all day. He's doing awesome.
  6. dumbgirl

    dumbgirl Been here awhile

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  7. frog

    frog Long timer

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    Finish:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap:clap
  8. pilo

    pilo Rhymes with below

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    Saw it on Race-Dez....well done Kanook.
  9. commander51

    commander51 Been here awhile

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    Hahaha I just saw him on the finisher ramp getting interviewed, he looked like he could of done another 200 miles. Nice work:clap
  10. dumbgirl

    dumbgirl Been here awhile

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    GREAT JOB!! You gave such a polite interview too...your hair was kinda a mess though.:clap:clap:clap:clap:1drink:1drink
  11. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Thanks everyone for the encouraging words and all the support. I couldn't have done it without you.
    Now I'm just chilling in the back of the jeep listening to fano and my wife argue about how to get to Reno :)
    I'm trying to shake stomach cramps I've had since mile 300 ish. Too many strange liquids and foods.
  12. frog

    frog Long timer

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    Fano is arguing.... never. Awesome job.
  13. mknight

    mknight Been here awhile

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    Congrats Kanook. I haven't chimed in until now but been watching this thread and your progress. I love to see the "locals" doing these big kind of races. Awesome :clap:clap
  14. Johnny_5

    Johnny_5 Disassemble!

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    :wave Congrats on the finish, and here's some some pics from Pit 14

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  15. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Thanks for the pics. Those are great. Also thanks for the help with my crew.
  16. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    That is one long moto ride... congrats dude!
  17. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    Thanks. It was a long haul but I'd do it again.
  18. fano

    fano here and there

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    What a fun weekend. Schyler kept us busy all day long so we didn't have any free time to be uploading pictures, so here are few I have.
    Tech inspection

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    Last minute reminders

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    Getting ready to start

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    Start

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    and a little over 13 hours later - Finish :clap:clap:clap

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    well deserved beer

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    No official trophy so this must do

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    Great job Kanook

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  19. Kanook

    Kanook Adventure zymologist

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    As I sit here trying to write some kind of race report I'm having trouble. This was the biggest thing I've ever done but I can't recall exactly where and when particular things happened. I know I started and I know I finished. I'll just start writing and see where this goes.
    I left the start, not sure the exact time, and just tried to get into a grove. The dust was of course bad but luckily it was a bit cloudy so the sun was not too big of an issue. The plan was to skip pit one and refuel at 2. Fano taped a mileage and pit list on my tank with the pits I would stop at circled. Otherwise I probably would have missed my stops. Because of the spread between 3 and 4 I had to stop at both of those pits. It was between 3 and 4 where myself and about three other riders went the wrong direction due to missing course markers. Damn cows. I guess this is where the pros got lost also. I did get back on course and headed into pit 4. At 4 Fano noticed that my countershaft sprocket bolt and washers had moved. When I replaced the sprocket before the race I had made a mark going from the bolt head, across both washers, and onto the sprocket. I lost this bolt once before and had the sprocket come off, wedge in the swing arm and snap the chain, I didn't want this happening during the race, I did use locktite and I torqued it to spec but it backed off a little anyway so Fano re-tightened the bolt. Off i went. The plan was to skip 5 and meet up again at 6. When I reached 6 Fano rechecked the bolt and it had again backed out slightly. At this point I grabbed a new bolt and washers from my pack and had him replace them and use red locktite. With a secure bolt and a full tank I headed out. The plan was to skip 7 and stop at 8. The whole way to 8 between watching for rocks, and trying to stay hydrated I kept peering down to the sprocket to make sure the bolt was still there. At one point I actually stopped to check it and the new mark Fano made with a sharpie was misaligned and the washers had moved once again. Damn it! When I reached 8 Fano checked the bolt but it seemed to be tight so maybe it backed a little before the locktite took hold. More fuel, water/food, and a cool towel on the face from my wife and off I went. Next stop 10. I don't recall anything to much between 8 and 10 other than I was having a ball and feeling great. The dust was finally not an issue and the bike felt great. Pit 10 more fuel and water. Off to 12. It was about 5 miles before pit 11 that the fun was going away. I was still feeling good and riding well but my vision went to hell. I attributed it to my eyeballs bouncing in my head for 350 miles. At pit 11 my crew was there and flagging me in. I wanted to keep going but I guess there was a miscalculation on mileage and they would not be able to get to me at pit 12. So I was topped off with fuel and water and was told I would not see them again until pit 14. Yikes. My wife could tell something was up with me but I played it cool so not to worry her and headed off. I had arranged fuel help at pit 13, the remote rawhide pit, so even though I wouldn't see my crew for 88 miles I did have fuel waiting for me. The ride to 13 was hard. I was still riding strong but I was having trouble focusing. I describe it as looking through the wrong end of binoculars. I would keep looking at my speedo to get my eyes to focus and then look ahead. My crew had called Craig at 13 and said I was on my way so when I rolled into the pit they were ready. They were absolutely great. About four guys came rushing up. One had fuel, one had ice cold water to pour down my back, another had some Gatorade and a straw, and the fourth wiped my goggles. Craig if your reading this, thanks a lot that was awesome service. During my top up at 13 I was told to watch out for some nasty ruts caused by the hard rains that had been happening recently, but I was tired and caught bits and pieces of this warning, but I definitely heard Craig say as he pointed off to my right "there's the the helicopter, you've got about 30 min until the trophy trucks catch you, get going"
    Off I went, full of fuel and drink and my eyes still playing tricks with me. I entered the big rolling hills that Pilo had told me about but instead of being able to enjoy them I proceeded over each one with caution. Between my vision and something someone said about some washed out sections, I rolled over the top of them scared to see what was on the other side. And of course at the peak of each one looking back to see if there was a monster. It wasn't until after the rolling hills and onto a narrow rocky course that I finally saw the first truck. It was still about 200 yards off but I was ready to bail off the road and was looking for a spot. Turn my head again and 200 yards had become 50, oh shit, and off the road and into some small bushes I went. I sat for a few seconds to let the air clear and see if there was another coming but the coast was clear so I got going. A moment later I turn to look back and there is number two. This time I tried to get off the course but the side was too steep so about the time I got up, I started to roll back down, the buggy passed me with inches to spare. This was awesome in a "I'm scared for my life" kind of way.
    I survived maybe one or two more passings and the ruts, which were huge. They would have swallowed me and the bike. I can't believe the amount of rain that must have come down.
    I rolled into pit 14 and admit to my wife I'm having issues. She knew. Craig called her from the remote pit and told her I was on my way and that I looked pretty tired. My wife had also been on the phone with frog back home and he told her she needed to get me to take a break, sit down relax, and eat more. So with her prodding I did. I was making good time but I wanted to finish. While Fano attached my light I sat and ate and drank and attached my helmet light. This was my longest pit stop but I needed it.
    When I finally felt a little rested I geared up and was back on the bike. I gave my wife a hug and told her and Fano I'll see you at the finish. 14 to 15 was a blast. My vision was bit better and the course was mostly wide fast dirt road. It was awesome being tucked behind the bars, flying down these roads and having spectators cheering an waving me on. There was a nice wind from left to right so I stayed to the left and when the cars whipped past, their dust was no issue.
    I rolled into 15 and right out.
    The next 46 miles were hard. My vision was going again and the rocks were brutal. The nice thing, the sun was still up, the bad thing, at pit 14 I switched out my tinted goggles for a pair with clear lenses. Going right into the setting sun coupled with my crappy vision made for a slow pace the last 20-25 miles. All day I'd had a couple close calls but no get offs. It was about mile 528 I dropped my bike. It was a rocky downhill section and I was just crawling, picking my way through and the front end washed out. I picked the bike up, nothing was broke, so I was back on my way.
    I was about a mile away and realized I was going to make it. I started screaming "I did it, I fucking did it" and patted the 450's tank like it was my trusty steed.
    I crossed the finish line, thanked Casey, and proceeded to the podium where I'm sure I sounded like an idiot. Which apparently went out all over the web. Damn, if i'd known I would have at least combed my hair ;)
    I ended up finishing in 13 hrs 19min. 8th in class and I believe 56 overall. I'm very pleased with that. I told my self I'd be happy to finish in 14 hrs with a mid to upper 30 mph average. And I beat the setting sun:)
    I'd like to thank everyone again. Pilo, frog with the parts and supplies and everyone else with encouraging words.
    And of course my awesome crew, who i apparently didn't give one moment of rest, Fano who was always on top of the bike, it worked perfectly, except when he almost forgot to fuel me dealing with the sprocket issue:0
    And of course my loving wife who made sure my water was topped off, my food was fresh, my face was wiped with a cool towel, and that Fano was on time;)
    Thanks guys!
  20. DirtySantana

    DirtySantana Chopper

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    Nice job, Congrats!:clap