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    Susitna 50 Report

    The following info was conveyed to me by Thirstywork via phone.
    The 1/2 Sucked Orange bike ( aka; el gato ) and its trusty riding partner Thirstywork were the first over the finish line, followed by Joe P. then by John E !
    Thirstywork , JP and John are Frigid Bits homers !!!! Thirstywork will hopefully chime in and give us a race report.
    Congrats to all and I'll have a beer or 2 for ya !
    The times are now up and the 1/2 Sucked orange bike pushed and carried Thirstywork to the finish line with a time 2hr:39:30 min; Joe, 3:03; John 3:13.
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    Not to be left out: Brian at 4:20 (with a brief Tim Kelly escort). Not exactly up to par with the other Frigid Bits boys but in line with my previous efforts. I'm happy with it for my first ever, especially considering I somewhow managed to lose my water bottle at mile 1.5. OUCH!. I was afraid that Greg was going to go for another lap and double me up. Great work guys!
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    Man I've been totally spaced all day...I forgot about the Su starting this weekend. Congrats to all the 50ers and good luck to the 100ers. I drank enough beer for you all tonight so far...

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    I was so tired tonight, I didn't evn want beer. That' sunheard of! Thank goodness you took one for the team and didn;t let that beer go to waste. I'll pull my share tomorrow when I'm camped out on the couch.

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    yep just an orange blur.

    nice write-up in todays ADN - looks like doing the frigit bits series assures a top 10 finish - I'll work that into my training..

    http://www.adn.com/outdoors/winter_r...-8543215c.html

    also a pic from yesterday's course, now I know what BillM means when he talks about "seeing the little people" - this is in no way a promotion for Travelocity
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    Frigid Bits Riders: Congrats!!

    It was an awesome day to be out enjoying the Alaskan winter yesterday. Frigid Bits riders were showing their mad skills on the trails at the Su 50k. It was good to see Greg, Joe, John Brian and others rolling in, in such good style. It was fun being cheerleader and moral supporter. But, I'd rather be racing. I'll definitely be on the start line next year. No more excuses, or wussin-out!

    Cheers boys!

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    Frigid Bits training camp

    A big thanks to Carlos and the Frigid Bits for preparing us all for the effort. Those races singlehandedly eased the suffering yesterday. Course conditions ranged from a little softer to a lot softer in areas compared to last year or even just a couple days ago. Pete's and Tom's times in the 100 are pretty damned amazing. Just to give you an idea of the trail conditions-most of the hill climbs were unrideable, due to the dogsledders dragging their brakes. They cut deep ruts into the hills about 10" wide that were covered with about 3"-4" of dirty mashed potatoes. Since they run both directions, you got it both ways. On the flats and out in the open, it was pretty solid underneath an inch or so of fine, moist and densely packed powder. They had gotten more snow up there than I had figured, but all in all the course was in great shape. It was about 28 and sunny. There were many more bikes racing than in past years which was great to see. And as always, the competitors in this race are the most friendly anywhere, which is particularly good with an out and back format. Great job to all the riders, FB or not. Thanks to grill meister Tim for joining the fun and cheering us on, and thanks to Tony also, it was good to chat with you. Hope you all will join the festivities at Goose this Saturday night, and stay for the infamous tailgater.
    Here are a few pics from the race. Don't know who took them, Rio just handed me the disc and asked me to post. The first one is John Evingson, I don't know the guy on the John Deere, but that bike is really cool. Check out the trail conditions on the hills. The rider in the Spaghetti O's jersey is SkiMonkey.
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    Frigid Bits Homer stats ( revised )

    Name Time MPH

    Greg 2:39 11.9 MPH
    Joe P 3:03 10.4 MPH
    John E 3:13 9.8 MPH

    Revised distance : 31.72 miles
    It is also worth noting that Joe P. was piloting a semi phat tire bike so, he gets the
    " Frigid Bits Tough as Nails " Award .... just way phat in the back and a slocat wheel up front !

    Great averages !
    Last edited by rio; 02-18-2007 at 06:12 PM. Reason: distance

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    mph figures

    Hey Carlos,
    One of the race organizers told us the race is longer than 50k's. She didn't say how much longer, only that they use the Nome sign as a turnaround out of tradition. Last years race was probably a true 50k because the turnaround was earlier. I didn't have a computer, so I have no idea of mileage or speed, but Joe seems to think this year could be as many as 4 miles longer. If that's the case it'd be 35 miles. I would be interested to know if anyone had a computer or gps on the course. Tony, any idea?

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    Lil'Susitna 51.048 K

    Thirstywork -

    You have me dead to rights, no doubt, I am a gearhead and had my bar-mounted (safety wired) GPS with me - total of 31.72 miles - or Lil'Susitna 51.048 K.

    I will send off some friends next week at 2:00 form the Knik bar and tour out (advanced groupieism), but will return early enough to demonstrate my commitiment to the Frigit Bits school and show for the ice crit and burn barrel deflowering - my wife will be there too.

    speaking of wives - Thirsty's wife was the first place female skiier in the Lil'Su 51K...
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    Relay deflowering

    Relay teams will be determined by random draw


    Quote Originally Posted by Mesotony
    Thirstywork -

    You have me dead to rights, no doubt, I am a gearhead and had my bar-mounted (safety wired) GPS with me - total of 31.72 miles - or Lil'Susitna 51.048 K.

    I will send off some friends next week at 2:00 form the Knik bar and tour out (advanced groupieism), but will return early enough to demonstrate my commitiment to the Frigit Bits school and show for the ice crit and burn barrel deflowering - my wife will be there too.

    speaking of wives - Thirsty's wife was the first place female skiier in the Lil'Su 51K...

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    Little Su trail pics

    Here are a few pics (above) for those of you wondering what race conditions were.
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    A big thank you

    goes out to Charles for the photos and to Thirsty Work for posting the pics !
    The big guy on the John Deer farm and snaux bike is Mark from Wild Fire bikes !



    Quote Originally Posted by thirstywork
    A big thanks to Carlos and the Frigid Bits for preparing us all for the effort. Those races singlehandedly eased the suffering yesterday. Course conditions ranged from a little softer to a lot softer in areas compared to last year or even just a couple days ago. Pete's and Tom's times in the 100 are pretty damned amazing. Just to give you an idea of the trail conditions-most of the hill climbs were unrideable, due to the dogsledders dragging their brakes. They cut deep ruts into the hills about 10" wide that were covered with about 3"-4" of dirty mashed potatoes. Since they run both directions, you got it both ways. On the flats and out in the open, it was pretty solid underneath an inch or so of fine, moist and densely packed powder. They had gotten more snow up there than I had figured, but all in all the course was in great shape. It was about 28 and sunny. There were many more bikes racing than in past years which was great to see. And as always, the competitors in this race are the most friendly anywhere, which is particularly good with an out and back format. Great job to all the riders, FB or not. Thanks to grill meister Tim for joining the fun and cheering us on, and thanks to Tony also, it was good to chat with you. Hope you all will join the festivities at Goose this Saturday night, and stay for the infamous tailgater.
    Here are a few pics from the race. Don't know who took them, Rio just handed me the disc and asked me to post. The first one is John Evingson, I don't know the guy on the John Deere, but that bike is really cool. Check out the trail conditions on the hills.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rio
    goes out to Charles for the photos and to Thirsty Work for posting the pics !
    The big guy on the John Deer farm and snaux bike is Mark from Wild Fire bikes !
    I just found out who the guy on the John Deere Bike is- Andrew Hodson. He was up from Colorado. Thanks for letting us know, Andrew. Post some pics of the Colorado riding if you get a chance. I'll send you this one.
    Last edited by thirstywork; 02-21-2007 at 07:07 PM.

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    who is he ?

    Ok, folks who is the mystery rider on the JD sno bike ?


    Quote Originally Posted by thirstywork
    I don't think that's Mark on the JD. I think Mark was on the course heading to the 1st checkpoint.

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