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Discussion in 'Racing' started by nachtflug, Sep 17, 2012.
plus there was a cocktail waitress there.
this outta be good!
I think they are now owned by Mitas. Not sure if there is still a factory in Sweden. Try Troy Safari Carpenter.
When does the race start???
I work for Trelleborg, a different division but all the moulds and as far as i know and possibly the compound technology was sold to the Czech company (MITAS).
Bit of a shame but such is life.
ok...I wasn't REALLY in the market for Trelleborgs but I do appreciate the concern.
lets see. got side tracked tuesday night making plans for wednesday night.
got side tracked wednesday night...
and was out like a light last night by 9pm...
where were we?
I remember...I remember the alamo!
before the first race started at what was now to be noon, I did take a little bit more of a walk past the 7 mile transponder tent. there was a hill...so up it I went
not exactly Erzberg but a hill none the less and a nice example of upstate soil.
the hill dumped the riders into this. if this isn't an example of why this part of the state is the perfect storm for good riding I don't know what is. from this position Rt 8 is directly behind me and the pro MX track is to the right, maybe 1/2 mile away?
when we were in our teens in the 70's two friends of ours from separate families both moved "upstate" to this type of land, both to dairy farm. this truly is nirvana when the weather is right and it was for GNCC.
I poked back around in the woods some more (I need to shoot more enduro/CC) and waited for the now very soon start of the first "race" which would be the 2 hour run of lemming who were going to get 7-8 laps on part of the pro MX track. riding this event should be a no brainer if you can swing it just for that chance. the turn out was huge for good reason.
the last photo op before the start was some of the pro KTM riders had caught wind of the water and came out to preview the section. I could be wrong but I believe this is Charlie Mullins.
so I went back to the hill to shoot and then it started. all of a sudden, bikes started coming by and they just....never....stopped coming by!
it was so cool it really was. not the best picture but my first glimpse of the conga line of XC's, YZ's WR's, CR's, EXC's, RM's, FE's, KXF's etc etc.
shooting on the hill just wasn't working out to my liking but I took a few. this one serves the purpose of showing the hill and also illustrates what was from my perspective the fact that if there was a guy on a real "MX" bike, and he was hauling ass, he was probably on a KXF. there was a lot of Yamaha's but they seemed to be woods modified YZ's mostly. a fair amount of Honda, and Suzuki seemed to be the least popular, Husqvarna and Berg aside. Of course more KTM's than you could shake a stick at of every size and model.
before long I returned to the 7 mile transponder tent and settled in right behind the uprooted roots and watched the show from very close quarters.
basically I'll post them as I took them, these being one's I've deemed worthy of sharing.
this was a decent shot but on review I noted also it was one of the 150XC's in the event.
he's got a little loft from the large roots which were perfectly straight across their line as they came up the grade. they would provide some drama in the coming laps.
I'd really like to ride one of those 150's...
it was basically like a costume party, much more varied than standard MX for both bikes and riders.
no 2 seemed the same...
this is only 2. sometimes they came up 3 wide, and on rare occasion some attempts at 4!!!
to them this was a place to pass and pass they did. just a hoot to sit and watch.
I'll admit I'd never heard of her but Maria Forsberg was in the event and she wasn't afraid to scratch up the now what I've come to realize was factory plastic.
she's closer to my protection than she looks and trust me she's passing.
Owego Taxi was nice enough to provide taxi service even as far out as the 7 mile mark which I thought was nice.
again this isn't a Justin Barcia whip but it was cool as all get out watching them pass as they all grappled with the grade, the roots, traction, fatigue, and tight spaces. I'd got to another one of these in a heartbeat.
like I said it was somewhat of a costume party and when this clown came by I shouted and kind of scared the shit out of him as he didn't know I was there.
the next time by he shouted back!
didn't look at all the entrants but a fair amount of Canadians in the girls class's and for the record they were all doing just fine thank you very much (speaking of the girls in general not canadians in specific)
I know what it's like to be 7 miles out and it isn't easy and they forged by every bit as game as the guys.