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    MBAA #4 Sierra Vista Foray at the Fort

    Wondering who is heading south to take in a lil racing at the Fort?
    We'll be timing as usual...hope you guys are digging the lap splits.

    REMINDER - to bring your insurance card for your vehicle and ID as this is on a military base.

    Also - Sunday - SUPER D! Check it out...details on the webpage.

    Side note we have been updating the site furiously lately, we'll get final details on remaining races up ASAP...registration IS open...deals being finalized NOW...thanks for your support of the MBAA!

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    Definately. Love the course, looking forward to riding on something other than the desert!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99erz
    Wondering who is heading south to take in a lil racing at the Fort?
    We'll be timing as usual...hope you guys are digging the lap splits.

    REMINDER - to bring your insurance card for your vehicle and ID as this is on a military base.

    Also - Sunday - SUPER D! Check it out...details on the webpage.

    Side note we have been updating the site furiously lately, we'll get final details on remaining races up ASAP...registration IS open...deals being finalized NOW...thanks for your support of the MBAA!
    Not racing this year, but this is by far my favorite event of the series.
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    I'll be there, first time around.

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    Prerode the course over the last two weekends. It's still pretty rough. Not nearly as in good shape as last the year on the weekend before the race. Lots of horse traffic on the course has chewed it up good. If it isn't any better by this weekend it will be technically challenging for a lot of people.

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    I will be there too-first timer on this course with no pre-ride. Should be interesting. Can it be pre-ridden on Friday afternoon?

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    Friday afternoon prerides are always a good thing. Course is marked and ready to go.

    There was a big college rodeo down there three weeks ago that's where a lot of the horse traffic came from. Definitely a course that will keep you on your toes.

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    See you guys there, we'll be there with our crew from Tribe Multisport.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slugobikes
    Friday afternoon prerides are always a good thing. Course is marked and ready to go.

    There was a big college rodeo down there three weeks ago that's where a lot of the horse traffic came from. Definitely a course that will keep you on your toes.
    Do we just go to the gate for the base and they will let us in to ride?

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    From the mbaa.net website...

    Allow yourself plenty of extra time day of race to get through security at the Fort. Please watch your speed on the base. There is a strong military police presence and you will be ticketed for speeding!

    Racers need to Bring ID, current registration and insurance for vehicles. 12 years old and older are required to have an ID Card.


    Just tell the guards you are going to Wren Arena to pre-ride the race course. We ride on the Fort quite often and it's never an issue.

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    Camping?

    From the MBAA website:

    "*UPDATE* Camping will be FREE on the South Side of Canelo Road. There are to be no riders, parking, or camping on the North side as it is reserved for horseback riders this weekend. Camping also available (for small fees) at the MWR RV parks on FH."

    So is this the race course/event/start/finish side of the road, or the opposite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cru_jones
    From the MBAA website:

    "*UPDATE* Camping will be FREE on the South Side of Canelo Road. There are to be no riders, parking, or camping on the North side as it is reserved for horseback riders this weekend. Camping also available (for small fees) at the MWR RV parks on FH."

    So is this the race course/event/start/finish side of the road, or the opposite?
    It's the venue side.

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    What is everybody riding? I can't decide between my 29er Hardtail or my 26 FS???? Last year I raced on my 29er FS. I don't have that bike anymore. I can't really remember how rough the course is. ..........

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    course is pretty smooth... a hardtail works great!

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    I rode it on a 26er HT last year. Was good on the climbs, but didn't feel like I could let it hang out on the DH.

    I'm on a 26 FS this year and while it's quite fast in the DH, I gave up a little in the climbs.

    I think I'll try a 29er HT next year, might as well run the table!

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    You'll want the advantage on the climb as opposed to the DH sections as you can make up more time going uphill than you ever could going down hill.
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    Thanks guys! I think I am going to go with my Niner SS.......it should be brutal.....

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    Soooo..."There are to be no riders, parking, or camping on the North side as it is reserved for horseback riders this weekend...?" Are we going to be dodging equestrians out on the course?

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    I'm guessing that's a fully rigid SS?? You SS guys are brutal. You make me feel like a wimp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fattirebliss
    Thanks guys! I think I am going to go with my Niner SS.......it should be brutal.....
    Becky you're gonna rock that course!!

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    Not fully rigid here......tried it and hated it! This will only be my second race on a SS. I don't expect too much! Thanks Phil btw...

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    This was the most awesome race. Great race. Great venue. This is a true mountain bike course. What an amazing course. I can't wait to go back. Sun N Spokes did a great job. The timing people were great. Thanks to all the volunteers! I had such a wonderful time.

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    Great job to mike and the gang for putting on a great race! It's turning out to be a great series and will be even better next year.

    And to the guy in the orange and blue jersey who got a little too impatient with my female racer friend in the pink Tribe Women's/Jobing.com kit, if you read and post here, you need to learn some passing etiquette. Learn it before Prescott because if it happens again to my friend or the other girl in pink (my wife), I'll personally show you how not to pass WHEN I catch up to you.

    Other than that, good times!!
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    Super fun event and course - Awesome job to MBAA, The HUB timing group, and all the volunteers. Easily my second favorite course (right behind Estrella) in the series. Looking forward to the rest of the races this year!!!

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    Great event although I wish the turnout were better. I am sure the economy and gas prices hurt that a good deal. Well, maybe I shouldn't whine about turnout too much given that I didn't best my time (18 seconds slower actually) from last year but went from 7th to 2nd so WOOHOO!! I did pace myself perfectly meaning I never suffered much and never had to stop/walk any of it. I just need to go faster apparently. I did learn that globe's event will have a section labeled the "separator" that is a 4/10ths of a mile climb at 24% grade. I get the feeling I will be walking some of that!

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    The separator sounds awesome. Can't wait to go check out the course.
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    Darn, I'll be out of town for the Globe race. The separator is exactly the kind of terrain I like to ride. Well, my little sister is lucky its her college graduation otherwise I'd re racing.

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    Bummed I missed out...was beat from our event yesterday but wanted to check out the Super D. Hopefully next year...any body got any super D. pics or video or stories?

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    AH! I almost forgot to say thank again to the guy with the single speed S-Works 29er that loaned me a saddle (since mine broke the day before), THANK YOU AGAIN!

    You don't happen to have a spare geared S-Works 29er frame in large I can borrow for this weekend do you? (It's looking like a saddle wasn't the only thing that broke on me this weekend.)
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    spare s-works 29

    Check with Brandee at Global Bikes they had Specialized in this week for their new location grand opening yesterday...they may have some in stock or be able to find you a solution of some sort.
    Jon at SMC is also a good contact on Specialized stuff...hit them both up and hopefully you have a solution.

    Thanks for the good feedback on the race/venue etc.

    With the slight lull in schedule we are re-focusing on dialing in some things (website, promotions and other goodness) take advantage of the Buy 3 get 1 Free promo and help get some First Timers out there with that offering as well (first timers race for $20 - their own category etc) gets them out and hopefully gets some more folks in to the sport!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamen00
    Super fun event and course - Awesome job to MBAA, The HUB timing group, and all the volunteers. Easily my second favorite course (right behind Estrella) in the series. Looking forward to the rest of the races this year!!!
    Tom - good to see you out there - congrats on yet another win in your pocket.

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    A big thanks to the organizers for the First Timers class. The $20 deal turned me from a season-long spectator who brings his bike "just in case" into a participant. Great deal, and I will be back for more racing.

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    I think it's pretty safe to say the timing issue at the first race was clearly just an isolated issue and not representative of how the MBAA races are being run this year. Since then, everything seems to have gone smoothly on race day.

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    Agreed!!! Everything has been spot on the rest of the races this year - the timing has been spot on, and the awards have been done very shortly after the race is finished which is very very nice!!! Also - the timing of the different waves going out has been great!!! The way they are split up this year is awesome - the faster guys are not having too pass hundreds of slower riders - and the slower riders are not getting frustrated by being passed by tons of people!!! That is one of the biggest things that I have noticed during the races...

    MBAA has really stepped it up the last few races and they have been about the best run MBAA races I have done in the past 6-7 years! AND - how cool is the buy 3 races, get one free... for about the same price as a lot of other events - you get to do 4 races at different venues!!!!

    All the MTBR guys need to get out there and do a couple of the event the rest of the year - a really great day on the bike with a lot of really cool people!

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    As the timer and one of the guys behind the scenes, it is good to hear your feedback, good or bad...we take it...we must adapt and do our best to keep ya'll happy.

    Indeed we are dialing in our timing...thank you for your patience! Hope you enjoy the lap times we have had available and we are working on getting them available ON site...as well as a few other little tweaks to make things more techno-saavy...first and foremost our goal is to get you guys finish times that are accurate and timely.

    Start times are a by-product of the board, USAC officials and your feedback - thank YOU for your input!

    Deals - yea...the Buy 3 get 1 Free is our way of trying to get a few more folks out there, as well as the First Timers class...now go spread the word (please!).

    Coming soon - MBAA discounts at LBS...we will have this in our newsletter and on site...
    Website changes - you'll notice we are tweaking/updating the site more often now...
    Newsletters - sign up on the website...we won't send a million, but when we do, we hope you read 'em and they are slightly entertaining or give you a deal.

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    I haven't raced this year due to work commitments, and after the disparaging comments on the first race of the year, was afraid it was going to be status quo. I am very thrilled to hear that the parties involved in running this series have "whipped it into shape" and are making the locals happy to spend their dough-progress is fun to watch and I bet it feels great to the promoters as it should.

    Here is to hoping I make one event this year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 99erz
    As the timer and one of the guys behind the scenes, it is good to hear your feedback, good or bad...we take it...we must adapt and do our best to keep ya'll happy.

    Indeed we are dialing in our timing...thank you for your patience! Hope you enjoy the lap times we have had available and we are working on getting them available ON site...as well as a few other little tweaks to make things more techno-saavy...first and foremost our goal is to get you guys finish times that are accurate and timely.

    Start times are a by-product of the board, USAC officials and your feedback - thank YOU for your input!

    Deals - yea...the Buy 3 get 1 Free is our way of trying to get a few more folks out there, as well as the First Timers class...now go spread the word (please!).

    Coming soon - MBAA discounts at LBS...we will have this in our newsletter and on site...
    Website changes - you'll notice we are tweaking/updating the site more often now...
    Newsletters - sign up on the website...we won't send a million, but when we do, we hope you read 'em and they are slightly entertaining or give you a deal.
    Can you switch up the start times? I'm always stuck riding in the last heat. It'd be nice to ride earlier once-in-awhile when it's cooler and I don't have to wait around all morning to race. That's my only complaint. I realize someone has to go first and last, but it'd be nice if it was different for each race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merost
    Can you switch up the start times? I'm always stuck riding in the last heat. It'd be nice to ride earlier once-in-awhile when it's cooler and I don't have to wait around all morning to race. That's my only complaint. I realize someone has to go first and last, but it'd be nice if it was different for each race.
    The rumor I heard is the start times get switched each year, so that no one group has to go at the same time year after year.

    I know last year the Pro/Cat1/2 Men went out earlier (8:30 wave starts I think) after Marathon. Cat 3 men were last wave(s).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merost
    Can you switch up the start times? I'm always stuck riding in the last heat. It'd be nice to ride earlier once-in-awhile when it's cooler and I don't have to wait around all morning to race. That's my only complaint. I realize someone has to go first and last, but it'd be nice if it was different for each race.
    Start times are switched on a 'season' basis. Like someone already posted last year the Pro 1/2 & Marathon had the early start and the Women and Cat 3 had the later start. We have found that if you start switching categories start times around during the season it gets...lets just say bad. Folks will still show up at the same time they showed up last time expecting their wave to start.

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    Just send all the groups off at 10 am in a big mass start. There shouldn't be any issues doing it that way :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbkracr
    Just send all the groups off at 10 am in a big mass start. There shouldn't be any issues doing it that way :-)
    I like it

    Although for some reason I am picturing those blades gladiator's used sticking out of some bikes and wheels.

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