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    24HITOP Results - Wouldda, Couldda, Shouldda

    So how did all of you do this weekend?

    My 5-person co-ed team, The Fockers, did surprisingly well considering I was the only person with any 24hr race experience...and even more surprising, could have done *much* better had we not faced a few disheartening mishaps.

    Race day weather was very nice but WINDY. The temps were as good as you can ask for - mid 70's at race start and high 40's at night (which is very pleasant for that race track in Feb). But the wind...it blew almost all 24 hours...and it was not pleasant.

    This was the first year that the event sold out, which made the LeMans running start all the more frenetic. I was the lucky one on the team to do it and what a mess -- appx 500 riders all running to get their bikes (last time I did this LeMans start, there were about 1/2 the riders!). I damn near fell down twice getting kicked by somebody else.

    In any event, our first laps rolled off without a hitch: I had 1:05. Lori followed it up with a fabulous 1:20...then Rob @1:09...Jamie @1:25, and Eric @1:08.

    We kept up a similar pace all the way through midnight. The ONLY mishap we had up until then was on my second lap (just before dark): on the 7th ***** I hit a kicker going uphill with way too much speed, landed hard on both wheels, totally compressed the suspension front and rear (which made this strange farting noise as it hit bottom), and blew out my rear baloon 2.4 Mutano tire (first time I have EVER done that). Sh!t. That cost me 11 minutes. BTW - in case you were wondering, it takes 375 pumps with a dinky hand pump to get 40psi into a Mutano 2.4 tire!

    At 11:50 we started our 10th lap, which put us on a 20-lap pace...which would have been outstanding.

    Things continued along well...until Lori crashed on her 2nd night lap. She crashed somewhere in the Corral Trail, about 1/2 way. The crash took out the light (ripped it off the bars and tore the cord from it too!) and caused a good amount of damage to her elbow and helmet. She had to walk the bike back to the campsite, which cost us 2hrs and a lap penalty. Rob, who was next, took Lori to the emergency tent and hung out with her for a little more, adding more time to our delay. At least Lori had no serious injury. She really was a trooper!

    So on we went, posting times between 1:09 and 1:30. In the end we had 17 laps, which put us in 15th place (in a 7 or 8-way tie).

    The bummer is that had Lori not crashed, we would have had 19 laps (one for the penalty and one more for the time we lost)...and maybe even squeezed in 20 laps given our pace. That would have put us in second or third place.

    I am very proud of the team, especially the ladies. For their first time out they kicked some serious a$$, even on the night laps.

    The #1 goal for the weekend was to have fun...and that goal was certainly met. The fact that we did as well that we did was icing on the cake.

    BTW - we had the 5th wheel with the big skull-and-crossbones flag waving 20' in the air. I can't tell you how many people stopped to take a picture of it!

    Thx...Doug

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    Unfortunately, the run really took its toll on me (painful shin splints, pulled hammy, on top of a nasty papercut from filling out a misplaced waiver the night before), and I was never able to recover. I'm 100% confident that if I would have trained for the run, we would have won hands down. I'm very disappointed.

    In all honestly, we got exactly what we had hoped for: a good time. We had zero illusions of finishing top 10 (or top 20 for that matter). Both our teams had a grand time, and we met our mission: do our best. (I was double stoked when my "3 a.m." lap turned into a sunrise lap due to a teammate's faulty light, and another teammate's OTB (get well Anton).
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    This was my first solo 24 and I got 3rd to show for it. It was a blast, except I had a really hard time staying awake around 4am and my last two laps I had to keep physically pushing my fat gourd up with my hand because my neck muscles gave out! It was an awesome first 24 solo and well worth the drive from SoCal. It was good to see all the cirrus guys and the tucson crew again and run into a lot of the CA people out on the trail.

    Another good race Todd and crew! Thanks also to the volunteers that gave me coke and a t-shirt in the middle of the night and kept cheering me on!

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    we done gone ta ride bikes and have fun. mission accomplished. headwind bad. tailwind good. gordan dnf'd us at 11:57 and i got in 3 fun laps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YuriB
    we done gone ta ride bikes and have fun. mission accomplished. headwind bad. tailwind good. gordan dnf'd us at 11:57 and i got in 3 fun laps.
    I'm likin' the headlamp-headbob tracer in front of the tents.

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    Star and I did three laps each, I think starting out with doubles was a bad idea. At least we stayed out of DFL.

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    Four Monkey's And A Dream..

    did well for our first ever 24hr. race. We each completed 4 laps and had time to spare so the last lap was extra-long on time to make it in just after 12 noon. Our 4 man open placed us around 50 in the ranks when i last checked, so we are proud of our results. We are looking forward to more of these races in the future. Epics puts on GREAT events, thank you very much to Todd and ALL the volunteers!!!

    Good to hear your team did well Doug. Next time try not to park right next to the port-o-pottys!

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    tease. WE WANT MORE PICS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    [QUOTE=dgangi]Things continued along well...until Lori crashed on her 2nd night lap. She crashed somewhere in the Corral Trail, about 1/2 way. The crash took out the light (ripped it off the bars and tore the cord from it too!) and caused a good amount of damage to her elbow and helmet. She had to walk the bike back to the campsite, which cost us 2hrs and a lap penalty. Rob, who was next, took Lori to the emergency tent and hung out with her for a little more, adding more time to our delay. At least Lori had no serious injury. She really was a trooper!


    I volunteered for the weekend. I was up for almost 40 hours doing various things. Everything from working the timing tent, to handing out awards, to de-flagging the course. It was a good time, although tiring. I think I lived on sugar, caffeine, and beer all weekend. I was the time keeper when Lori came back from her crash. I hope she was OK. She was on the verge of tears when I saw her.
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    It was my first 24 hour and I had the best time, simply enjoying every second on the bike. My team got locked into an epic 24 hour battle with Team Loon-e for second place in 150-199 co-ed. It was literally down-to-the-wire - when my team mate Tim handed me the baton at 11:41 am on Sunday, we were just 10 seconds in front of Loon-e. However, I was feeling totally inspired and hit those trails so hard that I put in a (ahem) 58:07 last lap (my fastest of the event) and second place was ours.

    Big thanks to Todd and the Epic Crew for a great event, to my awesome team mates Randy, Maria, Beau and Tim, to Scooby and the Team Fetish people and sponsors for all the organisation and looking after us, to my friend Rob for lending me his Light & Motion lights and to Loon-e for top competition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YuriB
    we done gone ta ride bikes and have fun. mission accomplished. headwind bad. tailwind good. gordan dnf'd us at 11:57 and i got in 3 fun laps.
    I like the pic, how long was the exposure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyBike'sBroken
    I was the time keeper when Lori came back from her crash. I hope she was OK. She was on the verge of tears when I saw her.
    She's OK now -- just a cut on the elbow and a few bruises on the leg. I think she was more shaken up than anything else. This was her first 24-hour event and first time riding so many hours at night. She's also from St Louis and has little experience riding in the desert, which can be really intimidating...especially when she walked her bike back in the dark with only a 1-AAA flashlight. Combine all of those factors with a crash and I'm amazed that she held it together as well as she did.

    Lori's first night lap was 1:20, which totally kicked a$$. That was 25 minutes faster than we thought she would turn in! So we were very worried when the 2-hr mark came around and she was nowhere to be seen...

    And kudos to you Aaron for volunteering. I volunteered at the last 24HOA that they held in Ftn Hills when I was nursing an injury...and I quickly disovered that volunteering is the next best thing to racing. Thanks again for your efforts!

    Thx...Doug

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Mikey
    I like the pic, how long was the exposure?
    12 seconds i think. i was sitting on the rock face with a few other people fer that one.
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    This is just need to know information: Am i supposed to enjoy the irony or pity the sincerity?

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    I had some in my camera .. ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by yetisurly
    I had some in my camera .. ..
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    yea but ya didn't get the lady with the painted on jersey so what good are ya?
    This is just need to know information: Am i supposed to enjoy the irony or pity the sincerity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetisurly
    and more
    and then some more were found
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    Results are up on the EpicRides site. Star and I came in 53rd. Woohoo!

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    good stuff
    Nobody gives a s#$t you singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YuriB
    yea but ya didn't get the lady with the painted on jersey so what good are ya?

    all I saw was the man with the painted on jersey.

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    Awesome pics!

    It was great seeing everyone down there. Great times! Here are a few pics we took...



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    A few pictures

    Thanks to the a blown headgasket in my truck, my lady and I loaded up the car, completely


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    Our team (Lite-Brite #529) did much better than we thought we would. Last year we did 16 laps and came in 39th. This year we got in 20 laps and finished 12th!!!! Not bad for a bunch of out-of-shape weekend riders.

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    Well I am finally coherent enough to post. It was a great weekend, my first true 24 hour experience (crashed out on first lap 4 years ago) and the first 24 hour race for 4 out of our 5 co-ed team. We were lucky to have a some assistance who had done several team and solo events and really helped us to run things smoothly. Despite the lack of 24 hour experience Santan Racing managed to pull out a win in the co-ed 150-199 by a lap and a bit! Our lead out guy managed to tow Tinker around for most of the lap before Tinker dropped off on the Sisters climb and he came in first place with a 55 minute lap! We had 12 minutes on second after our first rotation and slowly gained time over the evening.

    It was far harder and more grueling than I expected and I think everyone faces the inner demons with a no energy lap at some point. We were also fortunate to have no flats or mechanical failures and only one crash which only resulted in a bent derailleur hanger which was easily fixed back at camp.

    For all you i-pod wearers out there, at least keep the volume low enough so you can hear someone coming up behind you and asking to pass. Our one crash occured when a lapped rider suddenly veered to the left just as my team mate was passing despite the fact that he was yelling "on your left".

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    Our lead out guy managed to tow Tinker around for most of the lap before Tinker dropped off on the Sisters climb and he came in first place with a 55 minute lap!
    cholla cactus rules!

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    Tinker actually repassed our second rider, I caught up to him right as he was coming back into the tent, but then he went straight out again. I know he doesnt ride that pace for all 24 hours, but it was impressive the speed he can maintain probably quite comfortably for at least a few hours.
    Nothing like having the real pro riders show up any delusions of adequacy you might have!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Wombat

    For all you i-pod wearers out there, at least keep the volume low enough so you can hear someone coming up behind you and asking to pass. Our one crash occured when a lapped rider suddenly veered to the left just as my team mate was passing despite the fact that he was yelling "on your left".

    Kevin
    Glad that you had a great time at the 24HITOP! Congrats on your win!! It was an awesome event. Thanks to Todd, the Epic Rides Crew and all the participants for making this one to remember!

    I agree with you that the Ipod wearers should keep the volume down. Sorry to hear about your teammate's crash when he was passing another rider.

    Food for thought -

    This was my 5th 24 hour event. I am a slower rider and was passed a # of times out there. I was not wearing an Ipod. 95% of the riders that passed me did so in a very safe and coutious manner. Tipically I would either hear them coming up on me or they would say someting like "When you get a chance". If not right away or as soon as I could move to one side of the trail or off the trail, I did so and waved them on. They would pass me and we would wish each other a good ride or something like that. In the Team Captain's Meeting, Todd addressed this issue.

    Tinker also passed me twice and did so in this manner and he was very nice. It was so cool to ride behind him for a few seconds. That guy is SOOOO SMOOTH!

    5% of the riders that passed me would yell "On your left/right" just as they were passing me. This scared the crap out of me a few times and once caused me to crash. Because of the wind in your ears, it is not always possible to hear a rider coming up or what they say. When the passing rider tries to take control of the pass in this manner, it can cause confusion and mishaps.
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    ... and if we just ... Rockin it!

    Yeah, rough stuff! Nice pics everyone and thanks for being so supportive and making it such a good time! I'm having a hard time staying awake at work today so I had to take a side venture to check out the pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoplea
    Food for thought -

    This was my 5th 24 hour event. I am a slower rider and was passed a # of times out there. I was not wearing an Ipod. 95% of the riders that passed me did so in a very safe and coutious manner.
    I agree, in fact I would say that 98% of the riders being passed/passing are doing so safely, unfortunately it only takes a couple of inconsiderate people to make a mess of things, and in the heat of competition sometimes people do things they probably wouldnt ordinarily.
    One of my team mates used a bell and said it helped a lot as people would tend to hear it better than a voice and then move over when the trail allowed, I think I will try it next year.

    It was a great event and a chance for mountain bikers to ride as a team which doesnt often happen. Next year we have to come back and go for 23 laps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoplea
    Awesome pics!

    It was great seeing everyone down there. Great times! Here are a few pics we took...
    So I'm assuming that's your boy in the lineup? I was standing a couple rows behind him. I must have been just barely out of that pic. I heard him say he was doing the race with his dad. I saw a Duo team called "Me and mini me"...you guys?

    Seeing him there totally inspired me to do this race with my son when he's old enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoplea
    5% of the riders that passed me would yell "On your left/right" just as they were passing me. This scared the crap out of me a few times and once caused me to crash. Because of the wind in your ears, it is not always possible to hear a rider coming up or what they say. When the passing rider tries to take control of the pass in this manner, it can cause confusion and mishaps.
    What about the ones who didn't even yell anything, and just whipped by, like this little snot did to me on the Junebug trail?

    (Tell Tyler it's not nice to disrespect his elders. You're the only one I've told that I was passed by a 12-year old, so keep it to yourself.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    What about the ones who didn't even yell anything, and just whipped by, like this little snot did to me on the Junebug trail?

    (Tell Tyler it's not nice to disrespect his elders. You're the only one I've told that I was passed by a 12-year old, so keep it to yourself.)

    He is a really good rider. I rode behind him and past him and then repeated a couple times while stopping to take some pictures on Sunday morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by art_vandelay
    So I'm assuming that's your boy in the lineup? I was standing a couple rows behind him. I must have been just barely out of that pic. I heard him say he was doing the race with his dad. I saw a Duo team called "Me and mini me"...you guys?

    Seeing him there totally inspired me to do this race with my son when he's old enough.

    That was us. It was so cool doing the event with him. I wanted to make sure that he had fun and did not "over-do-it". He is already talking about doing it again next year!

    We look forward to seeing you and your boy out there soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    What about the ones who didn't even yell anything, and just whipped by, like this little snot did to me on the Junebug trail?

    (Tell Tyler it's not nice to disrespect his elders. You're the only one I've told that I was passed by a 12-year old, so keep it to yourself.)
    OOHHH! I guess I need to re-visit trail etiquette with my son - AGAIN! Here I am talking about proper trail etiquette and I cannot even get my own son to behave! You are more that welcome to give him a spanking the next time you see him.

    Don't feel too bad. He just turned 13 on the 12th.

    BTW - The bell idea is a good one. It seems to work well for singlespeeders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcoplea
    OOHHH! I guess I need to re-visit trail etiquette with my son - AGAIN! Here I am talking about proper trail etiquette and I cannot even get my own son to behave! You are more that welcome to give him a spanking the next time you see him.

    Don't feel too bad. He just turned 13 on the 12th.

    BTW - The bell idea is a good one. It seems to work well for singlespeeders.
    In all seriousness, he was behind another rider, who both took advantage of my "down time"
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    Great job everyone!

    Good job Fockers and everyone else.....it was a tough event with the relentless head wind. Damn....
    I always miss the voyeurs on the trail...guess that is the penalty I pay for doing solo
    As for little Tyler....he was awesome....I seen him twice out there. What a trooper ...more of a stud than I was at that age.

    So on to the next event...keep it upright...when possible
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    This was my First 24 - Did a duo - Came in 32nd!!

    What a great time and great pictures everyone! We stopped riding at Midnight, then my alarm clock didn't wake me up at 6:00 because of all the wind noise in my tent. We each did 6 laps, and we lived on peanutbutter, chips and salsa, saltines, gatorade and beer. I also pounded the hammer gel while riding. It was so windy, my partner's tent blew away in the middle of the nigh Saturday. I'm losing my duo partner for next year, so let me know if anyone's down for a duo next time.

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    Duo?????

    Go solo baby

    I got 7th in solo s/s even with 4 night time mechanicals ( 2 flats, light quit working and crankset bout fell off)

    The wind was a bidch.....sapped every ounce of life out of me....but then it could have rained
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    I am in LA right now and had to miss the race this year, but my mom just sent me the paper and I was reminded of what i missed

    (Arizona Daily Star)

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    Hey!

    That dude was cruising with me during a morning lap! Loved the makeup

    scanjok, would have been nice to have a beer with ya...long time since the Soul Ride

    Maybe next year

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    who else saw the plush toys fighting?

    Quote Originally Posted by onegearqueer
    That dude was cruising with me during a morning lap! Loved the makeup
    At around 4:45 AM I came to the top of Wahoo Rock and there were these two people dressed up like plush cartoon characters having a silent boxing match. It was way trippy--or was it actually a hallucination? Could be. Pretty funny sh!t.

    Arizona, you are a very cool state. And the OP is easily the coolest competitive event I've ever been part of. My story is on my blog (see sig).

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomP
    At around 4:45 AM I came to the top of Wahoo Rock and there were these two people dressed up like plush cartoon characters having a silent boxing match. It was way trippy--or was it actually a hallucination? Could be. Pretty funny sh!t.

    Arizona, you are a very cool state. And the OP is easily the coolest competitive event I've ever been part of. My story is on my blog (see sig).
    I saw them too. I thought I was the only one or that it was in my head or something. It really freaked me out for some reason.

    It was some good dirt though. Glad I got to experience it without the rain (2005)!
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    The plush toys leapt out from behind the cholla right at the Option split, startling the crp out of me. As they were blocking the route to the rock, I made the right turn, poured on the gas, and went around.

    Odd as heck, but funny, too. Chilly Willy and Alvin the Chipmunk spooking riders in the early hours of the morning. How surreal can you get?



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    yep

    When I went by they had some kind of light on them and were dancing around ....I thought I done passed out and was dreaming I was in Disneyland! Then the rock face drop came and I knew I was still in this 24hr hell

    They should have had topless chearleaders with pom poms

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    Quote Originally Posted by art_vandelay
    So I'm assuming that's your boy in the lineup? I was standing a couple rows behind him. I must have been just barely out of that pic. I heard him say he was doing the race with his dad. I saw a Duo team called "Me and mini me"...you guys?

    Seeing him there totally inspired me to do this race with my son when he's old enough.
    I just found another pic from the start. Which one is you?

    Marty

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