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    100 mile mixed terrain enduro - pics are up

    enduro!

    this saturday, the 19th-

    100 mile mixed terrain enduro.

    leaves from and returns to SF.

    ride any bike you like, knowing that for part of the ride your weapon of choice will really bring the suck.

    10:00am (civilized) start time.

    REGISTRATION is from 9:30am-9:45am. SHOW UP LATE AT YOUR OWN PERIL!

    food and beer provided for all riders.

    bring a bag with dry clothes in it, it will be dropped at the finish for you.

    $15 is all inclusive.

    pm me for details.

    if you're soft or out of shape, save yourself the brutality.
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    sah-weet! count me in...

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    Damn! I'm going to have to miss it for being in the mountains with family.

    Next time, I'm in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz
    ride any bike you like, knowing that for part of the ride your weapon of choice will really bring the suck.
    A geared hardtail only brings the suck when the gears go bad. Even then it will make a decent singlespeed with a chaintool and a screwdriver. Sounds like fun, but I have to pretend to be a swim meet official for the day.

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    Drop a babyruth in the deep end..

    Quote Originally Posted by Fast Eddy
    A geared hardtail only brings the suck when the gears go bad. Even then it will make a decent singlespeed with a chaintool and a screwdriver. Sounds like fun, but I have to pretend to be a swim meet official for the day.

    That should do it. Hardtail niner would do the trick...



    Supposed to go to FAT but if that doesnt happen it might be kinda fun to see how far one could get..

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    I'm 60/40 for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah
    I'm 60/40 for now.
    I'm 60% as well. What are people riding, bike wise?

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    11 AM, eh? That's a late start for a hundie. Too late for me, anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zignzag
    11 AM, eh? That's a late start for a hundie. Too late for me, anyway.
    Um, it says 10am? Edited? Crappy excuse anyway. Bring a light if you plan to ride that slow.

    10 am is my kinda start time. Get really drunk the night before if you have trouble sleeping in.

    Where's the finish line and apres-ride party, or do I even need to ask?

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    Rolling at 10 am now!

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    Route?

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Hickey
    Route?
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    It will be sent out to folks on Friday, I got some thoughts and I am not looking forward to it...

    Anyone got a cross bike I can borrow, this would not be fun on a SS...

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    Note to applicants, if you don't finish Murph gets to keep your bag of clothes.

    Cool idea Murph. It'd be fun to come by and heckle around mile 90, but fortunately, I mean unfortunately, I'll be outtatown.

    -slide

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    <--- crossing fingers that lugging lights is not necessary.

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    Leave your door unlocked, and the beer stocked!

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    I may be in. Think i need to swap my RR 2.25's on my 29er for something else though...hmmmm...route is published on Friday..guess we shall have to see

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    Cross season seems just around the corner, its that or a SS

    Anyway it's light tell quarter to nine this time of year.

    Keep me posted

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    I have a cross bike you can borrow. 57 cm. PM me if you want to borrow it.


    Quote Originally Posted by baycat

    Anyone got a cross bike I can borrow, this would not be fun on a SS...

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    Murph, you going to be riding? What bike? Pix?

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    i separated my shoulder about three weeks ago so i still am off the bike. = (

    you can ride any bike you like. they will all suck at some point.

    i've got professional photographers for checkpoints to document your smiling faces turning to piles of shattered remains along the way and lots of fun and games in store for everyone at the various checkpoints.

    oh snap!

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    start location will be revealed friday night. route give out at the start.

    i've had a nice set of big maps made up for this, they look freakin' awesome.

    you may end up hanging them on the garage or workshop wall when you're done, they're that cool.

    i'm kinda a nerd like that though, i've always loved maps.

    they also help keep you from getting lost or taking a wrong turn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz
    also, you'll want to look your best- with all the photographers coming out for this one and all...
    but where do we pick up one of these jerseys?


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    those would be the fabulous Sheila Moon!

    http://www.sheilamoon.com

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    Am I the only one doing this on a mtb or is everyone on CX bikes? Oh well, I can always turn around and go to Toronado and Magnolias

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    my girls and I are riding cross bikes. I guess we'll know on Saturday which was the better choice.

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    I'll be on a mt bike.. And a bungee cord for the road sections.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    It will be sent out to folks on Friday, I got some thoughts and I am not looking forward to it...

    Anyone got a cross bike I can borrow, this would not be fun on a SS...
    I've got a 55cm cross bike. It's heavier than my FS mountain bike though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah
    I'll be on a mt bike.. And a bungee cord for the road sections.
    Oh good..at least someone else will be!
    I'm hosed anyway you look at it...my training has been crap since Boggs and Sea Otter. I will just try to survive and hope to complete it DFL.

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    No bike ride for me, but if you need support wagon that night let me know.

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    I've started to build the bike for the ride last night. Can't wait. It is going to be a monster.

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    Monster Cross Yeti

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    Anyone know a shop in the South Bay that has a good selection of CX tires? Morgan gave me a heads up on a good East Bay shop, but I'm working down this way today (in San Jose/Milpitas). Going to throw some CX tires on the 29er.

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    Good luck

    Quote Originally Posted by MSH
    Anyone know a shop in the South Bay that has a good selection of CX tires? Morgan gave me a heads up on a good East Bay shop, but I'm working down this way today (in San Jose/Milpitas). Going to throw some CX tires on the 29er.

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    Good luck Mark! Try and track down a set of Michelin or Schwalbe's - they've got good volume and can be set up tubeless w/Stan's easily: Try Wheelaway in Campbell, or Palo Alto Bikes. Wish I could make this one - sound like it'll be a slice.

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    I have a pair of WTB Cross Wolfs if someone wants to use them for the ride.

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    enduro!
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    i'm in

    i need to spend some quality time on my ss in prep for SSWC. So i'm gonna bring that saturday. maybe the cx bike if i'm feeling like a weenie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSH
    Anyone know a shop in the South Bay that has a good selection of CX tires? Morgan gave me a heads up on a good East Bay shop, but I'm working down this way today (in San Jose/Milpitas). Going to throw some CX tires on the 29er.

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    If you don't find anything, I have a new set of Michelin Mud2 I'll sell you.

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    Thanks John and Tom. I ended up swinging down to Willow Glen Cycles and picking up a set of Panaracer Cinders. Hopefully they aren't too much of a pain to set up tubeless.

    Thx!
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    Suggestion for the southbay folk... I'm thinking parking at the Daly City BART (or other) is probably a good idea. I may do so anyways to avoid having to ride the hills of SF post ride.
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    the best place to park will be... in central SF. the start point will be revealed late friday night.

    the star is a mere design element and has nothing to do with the route.
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    She should get into the mtb clothing design area as well.
    My presence would be the equivalent of painting lamb's blood on your frame, causing the "angel of crash" to nail me instead.

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    If people need a place to park that is close to the bridge, plenty at my house or a place to stash stuff. pm me.

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    I'm 95% now. Raf, don't bail.

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    The girlfriend and I are doing a checkpoint for this one.

    I'm starting to wish that I had decided to ride it.

    I'm sure that feeling will go away when I see you guys at mile 70 (or wherever), though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    If you don't find anything, I have a new set of Michelin Mud2 I'll sell you.

    haha! cross tires!

    good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz
    haha! cross tires!

    good luck!
    and this is funny why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MSH
    Oh good..at least someone else will be!
    I'm hosed anyway you look at it...my training has been crap since Boggs and Sea Otter. I will just try to survive and hope to complete it DFL.

    MSH

    mountain bike!

    HA!

    best of luck to both of you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    I'm 95% now. Raf, don't bail.
    I'm in.. not bailing... at least not until the 50 mile point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by velogirl
    and this is funny why?

    i'm just being silly. don't worry, cx tires will sucks just as bad as mtb tires.

    you know, the whole cake amd eating it too thing.

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    Oooh, I love the mystery!

    I'm doing it on a hardtail with semi-slicks. I've done road centuries that way -- it's not TOO slow. I don't own a cross bike. Maybe that will be my next purchase. I haven't bought a new bike in a couple of years, so I'm due.

    What is considered central SF, anyway?
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    The Mission, edge of the Panhandle maybe.

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    Good choice. have fun!

    Quote Originally Posted by Zignzag
    I'm doing it on a hardtail with semi-slicks. I don't own a cross bike. Maybe that will be my next purchase. I haven't bought a new bike in a couple of years, so I'm due.
    Good bike choice Rob. Have fun! At least there won't be any thunderstorms, 95 degree temps, humidity, 5:30am starts or multiple laps of Tire Mtn. / Winberry Divide on this one. And don't break your bike on this one, okay?

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    Sweet. I'm in, with another buddy Kent.

    Jeffh spent some time last night adding (the cx purists are holding their breath) 2 bottle mounts to my cx frame. It is now ready to rock.

    Murph, there won't be any rocks on the course will there? My tires are very fragile and aren't planning for any flats.

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    No kidding.,.

    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah
    I'm in.. not bailing... at least not until the 50 mile point.
    But i wonder in what city that 50 mile mark is....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sashax
    The girlfriend and I are doing a checkpoint for this one.

    I'm starting to wish that I had decided to ride it.

    I'm sure that feeling will go away when I see you guys at mile 70 (or wherever), though.
    I'll bring your garmin parts.

    Corn Flake

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    "this is interesting" you say, but you're on the fence.

    maybe this will move you...

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    POW!

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    ULTRA REFLECTIVE- STUNNING
    PINK!

    NOTE: you don't have to be the fastest to win!

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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz
    NOTE: you don't have to be the fastest to win!
    Where's the keg of Double Daddy or preferably Pliny? That is motivation!

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    prizes? there are prizes? yippee!

    hey, I saw a not on norcalcycling flickr that the route is heading down the peninsula. is that true? if so, that impacts my transportation choices since I'm a pen-dweller.

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    the route has yet to be announced.

    BELIEVE NOTHING.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz
    BELIEVE NOTHING.
    Muahahahaha....

    Contgrats on getting some Mousey Schwag. Say hey to that bald British dude for me.

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    Where's the meet?

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    finalizing details.

    stand by for start time. if you've not said you're doing this and you plan on it, please say something now so i can better plan for the correct amount of food/beer at the end.

    thanks.

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    Planning on it.

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    meet: 9:30

    if you try to register past 9:45 you wait till the ride leaves at 10 then you get to register, so be on time.

    golden gate park, south east side of the polo fields.

    park off john f kennnedy drive on the north side of golden gate park.

    the further east you park the better.

    middle drive is closed on saturdays. don't screw yourself trying to park there.

    use google maps, look in golden gate park for the big oval, towards the west end.

    bring a bag with you dry clothes.

    no need to bring a u-lock.

    bring your own gels/bars/blocks/bananas.

    bring a cell phone if you have one.

    2 water bottles or a camel back or you don't start.

    bring exact change if you can please. that means a ten and a five or three fives.

    i don't want $5 in quarters.

    bring layers, it could go from way hot to hella cold.

    in the hinterlands, there's no tools, so bring you own.

    finally, may god help you all.
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    Murph, add another one to my group. Jdubs is joining as well.

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    not even a hint on whether we're going south or north? I only ask because I can take the train if we're heading south. hint? please?

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    I guess I am riding to the start...

    If anyone wants a good pre-ride cup of coffee and breakfast close to the spot, I will likely be at the velo rouge cafe near Arguello and Cabrillo before hand.

    nice cycling themed coffee-shop.

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    If I don't wake up with a cold tomorrow I'm coming. I'm needed elsewhere in the mid afternoon, so I will likely bail early and not be there for the food/beer.

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    I'll be there with rensho and company.

    Now for the bike de jour

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    frick. i so am committed tomorrow. this sounds like so much fun. murph, i'll get you for not consulting me on the day....

    bring back stories (morgan, tom, jeff, rafael) and make them good. have fun y'all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt_Diggler
    frick. i so am committed tomorrow. this sounds like so much fun. murph, i'll get you for not consulting me on the day....

    bring back stories (morgan, tom, jeff, rafael) and make them good. have fun y'all.
    fail.

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    This has to be the coolest thing I've ever read about on this website. Unfortunately, I'll be riding my bike around the Anderson Valley drinking Boont Amber and wine. You know what they say about excuses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Murph, add another one to my group. Jdubs is joining as well.

    Change of heart. Count me out. I'll be sleeping in and watching cartoons and hitting UC early afternoon.

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    Trying to decide between my Niner (geared) with skinny tires, or throw caution to the wind, and rock my SS.

    Will there be company spinning out on the roads with me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twelve_volt_man
    Trying to decide between my Niner (geared) with skinny tires, or throw caution to the wind, and rock my SS.

    Will there be company spinning out on the roads with me?
    Not I

    See ya'll in 2 hours.

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    Everyone still alive? Jealous could not make, at least I got to ride Ellsworth bikes @ St. Joes with the chica

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    not sure about everyone, but the three token chicks (Lorri, Lauren, Katy) finished with flying colors.

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    Was hecka fun! Thanks again, Murphy.

    Cx bike was a good call, but low gear of 38x25 was tuff.

    Mm... beer...

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    What a awesome day! Murphy and crew really put on a first class event. Thanks again Murphy!!

    Had a great day of riding with grrrah, rensho, jeffh, zignzag, and renshos buddy Kent. It was a long, hard one...about 10.5 hrs in the saddle...Murphy really put together a great route...but it certainly was a challenging one.
    My spordic training since Boggs and Sea Otter really showed...I was hurtin big at the end. To add insult to injury there was that ridiculous headwind climbing out of Sausalito.

    Anyway, I'm beat...time for sleep!

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    Top notch event Murphy. Thanks a ton!

    Plus a big thanks to the crew for their awesome help at the checkpoints. You kept us upright and rolling.

    For those interested in numbers, here are some stats from my gps:

    Trip Odometer: 89.93 miles
    Max Speed: 40.8 mph
    Moving Time: 8hrs 16min
    Moving Average: 10.9mph
    Stopped Time: 1hr20min (beer breaks)
    Overall Average: 9.3mph
    Total Ascent: 9939 feet



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    Cheers!

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    WOW !

    A BIG thanks to Murphy and his crews for making this happen

    And the maps Murphy had made were the best

    Here's the B ride @ 87 miles and 9,321 feet of climb. (Motion Based Shows 11,004)

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/i...kValue=6298716

    We started running late, made it back to Pantoll Ranger Station around 7pm and made a route change to miss the last check point at Pelican Inn and ride out Panoramic Hwy. The Beer calling was very strong at this point. I don't think we would have made it back to SF before 10pm if we went to the Pelican Inn.

    I had a love hate relationship with my Cross bike yesterday but in the end it was my best buddy. No flats or crashes

    Also a big thanks to grrrah and his navigation skills for getting us through this

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    Murphy, thanks for taking the time to set this up. That was awesome in many ways. Your help staff along the route, stocked with beer and snacks was a welcome sight. Please thank them again for us.

    The CX bike was a good call. Some sections were sketchy coming down CX tires. Not sure how the heck Dave made it on the road bike!

    Oh, and Roaring Mouse is a cut above for donating all that super cool stuff! Thanks Chris.

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    Wow!

    That was amazing, and I only did half of it! Big thanks to Crossett & Gray for leading me through SF and up into Mill Valley. My only complaint about the early part of the ride was that it can be hard to obey all traffic laws when you are trying to go fast, but breaking them would generate a lot of ill-will towards cyclists.

    I've only ridden in Marin once before, so almost all of the route was new and wonderful for me. West Ridgecrest was beautiful, and I loved rocking the Bolinas ridge trail on the 'cross bike. I ended up in the lead for a while on Bolinas ridge, but then flatted twice on the miserable bumps coming down the Jewell trail. I had to be back in San Mateo in the early afternoon, so I dropped out at the checkpoint near Lagunitas. Fortuitously, I ran into two lovely ladies at the Lagunitas checkpoint who were riding to the city, and they pulled me all the way back at a blistering pace. I ended up doing less than 80 miles total.

    I was third when I dropped out, but this would not have lasted-- the remaining climbs would have completely crushed me. If I would have finished the race at all I would have been a quivering mess. Congratulations to everyone who finished!

    When is the next one?

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    I wrote about the Enduro, with pictures and motionbased stuff here:

    http://www.hahaha.org/blog/morgan/?p=10

    Whew, that report is almost as long as the ride!

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    I think of the 9 finishers whop did the whole thing, 7 were on cross bikes, one was on a SS 29er, and one was on a road bike. (!!)

    I was right. I did want to ride. But I also watched all the racers stumble in and was glad I wasn't racing...

    Still, what a great event. Fun stuff. Total props to all you folks who rode it.

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    So, after spending the day cleaning up the wreckage of yesterdays epic, I knew I needed to make sure I thanked a number of people for helping make my first ever race a success.

    Johnny and Turpe (Jonathan) and Devin. You guys made your checkpoints into much more than just a place to get your card punched. Jonathan had a challenge for the riders where they had to decipher a Cockney rhyming slang phrase. I love the idea of adding confusion to a physical challenge. Then at the BBQ, these two guys were busy in the kitchen like a couple of pros.

    Kelleigh and Sasha made a large dart board out of an image of me and made people shoot a dart at it, aiming for my heart, out of a real blow gun.

    Joy and Emily, you both helped keep haggard racers on track and going in the right direction. From the feedback I got you both had your spots set up with beer and snacks to put smiles back on their face. Joy’s checkpoint was so appealing that by the time Emily came to pick Joy up, she had random hikers sitting down to hang out for a beer. Emily drove some sags back home and helped keep the checkpoints stocked. Thank you for making this a success.

    Dirty Dave: Big Game Hunter. A bruised palm is no way to get down rough hills. You sat down next to me when you knew you had to abandon with a look on your face like someone had just slam dunked you new puppy. I gave you a cold Bud from my hidden stash (rangers don’t like open containers) and you smiled enough to turn the frown upside down. You ran the grill at the BBQ like nobody’s business and kept the ravenous racers at bay long enough to for me to keep the food coming. You’re a credit to big game hunters everywhere.

    Maribeth and Jeremy, thanks for taking the time to shoot so many great photos. Without you this would just have been a memory. I look forward to putting up a site where I can use them to document the ride and show people just how epic it was.

    Mo, thanks for making store runs and coming in under budget. You’re being so stoked about bringing me change made me smile.

    Chris Lane from Roaring Mouse Cycles- 1000 thank you’s! Your generosity made more than a few people’s day. I don’t think that anyone expected to see such high caliber prizes given away at such a tiny event. People were more than just surprised, I think everyone knows you run a great shop, but time and again you show your support for the community with more than just great service. Thank you very much indeed. For those who don’t already know, Chris provided a brand new LeMond Poprad cyclocross frame (OX Platinum tubing!) in any size to the winner, as well as a pair of Chris King headsets with custom top-caps.

    Nick thanks for the maps man! Everyone loved them. They really made it easy to follow the route. A few people made some wrong turns here and there in the heat of the moment, but with maps that good people don’t need any markers (assuming they can read a topo map).

    To everyone who came to ride, thank you! I had no idea of how to really gauge the number of people coming. My estimates were 15-20. Then, in the two days prior to the start, the number swelled. And swelled. I envisioned (to my horror) 40-50 people showing up and me being woefully unprepared.

    There were thirty-two people who started. Eight finished the whole course. Twelve people did all but the last (horrific) dirt climb in favor of taking the road to get out. The mileage ended up being almost the same, but with one less climb at the end. Had the ride started an hour earlier, I think that those eight would have done the whole thing; that’s a lesson for next time. The three hard-core women who entered rode together and had more fun than any other group I think, judging from the massive ball busting they gave me all day. They rode a little more than half the course and were taking photos the whole time. Of those who abandoned: one cracked a frame, one broke a mech hanger, one had early dinner plans, one was bonking and needed a pack of cigarettes and one got lost. One flatted on the way out of the polo fields, not to be seen again. One bailed at the start of the Bolinas ridge fire road, I think he was just chilling out there enjoying the beers and the sunlight filtering through the trees. Twenty seven of the thirty two starters came in under their own power.

    After it was over I thought that everyone would have a bite and drink a beer and bail. Wrong. The party went on until 11pm and we almost killed the entire keg of beer. The amount of food consumed was three times what my expectations were. It was a great group of people and I think everyone was having a great time. I learned a lot about what goes into pulling something like this off and look forward to applying those lessons in the near future. Maybe next time I’ll make the course a little bit shorter, but a little bit steeper.

    photos here: http://www.jeremyharris.com/data/web...t02/index.html (link fixed)

    and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnnyj...65794464/show/

    More to come!
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    ouch

    Brutally Awesome!

    The best way I could describe the day. Pulling up to the polo grounds, I knew I was in for some trouble when I saw the talent that showed up, and that I was the only one with a mountain bike (a couple others showed up later). The alleycat chase around part of the City was pretty cool, then we set off for the real challenge of Marin.

    I brought a rigid 29er with 2.0 Karma tires. For the first 20 miles or so, I was envious of the cross bikes. Still, I felt great going up RailRoad grade and up to West Ridgecrest, but once we started going down the second half of Bolinas Ridge, I was glad I had a bit more volume. Things were going well, but the temps starting to heat up. Once we hit San Geronimo, bam, I ran right into a wall. It was here where I realized how cruel Murphy really is. Cruising along Pine Mountain, I would say to myself..." I have the right bike now.. but it still sucks!"

    I was toast, but was able to slowly spin out of it along pine mountain and get a bit of the groove back, especially after passing the topless hiker. Getting to the crew at the Damn checkpoint was perfect! I took a swig of something, but I don't even remember if it was Jack or Jameson. Off we went. Climbing the seven b!tches and watching the sun inch down, I started to have doubts about finishing, and with MSH's help, we convinced the others in our group to skip the drop down to Pelican Inn. (we may still be out there).

    Of all the times I've climbed out of Sausalito, this one hurt the most. Crossing the bridge was like riding through a car wash on a 35 degree day, but we made it. Then I had the bright idea to stay on the high side of the Presidio (avoid the climb up to the presidio gate), and exit the arguello gate (a bit longer, but less climbing). It was fine but when we had to cruise through pac heights, we ran into an unexpected 3- block climb. Oh well, we finished right as daylight was ending (~8:30), after about 10 hours. If I had an extra hour, I probably would have been stupid enough to go by Pelican, but I am glad I didn't.

    Getting to the finish line, and finding the wonderfull spread of food (thank you _?_, sorry, catch the name in my numb-mindedness), and the party in full swing was the perfect end to a brutally awsome day! Beer, Jameson, guacamole, and freshly cooked animal flesh, YUM!

    Can't wait to do it again (with more sunblock).
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    new information reveals that sasha and kelligh's 'shoot murphy' game required the wearing of a pith helmet?

    a pith helmet? really? where the hell do you get a pith helmet these days??

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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz
    new information reveals that sasha and kelligh's 'shoot murphy' game required the wearing of a pith helmet?

    a pith helmet? really? where the hell do you get a pith helmet these days??
    And goggles!

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    Pith helmet

    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    And goggles!

    Morgan
    We held the safety of the racers high on our list, hence the safety equipment.


    You guys were just lucky we didn't have enough space to set up the cupcake slalom.




    Especially cause the cupcakes were stale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffh
    .....Also a big thanks to grrrah and his navigation skills for getting us through this
    No doubt there. Thanks a million Raf!!
    If I would have been doing this solo I would have been hosed. Maps were fantastic but I would have had to stop a gazillion times to figure things out. I'm not at all familiar with the Marin trails.

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    Epic fun!

    Thank you Murphy and crew.

    Hey South Bayers, we should organize something like this.
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    photos from devin

    lemans start
    crossett and grey
    crossett and grey
    hans, morgan and mattias
    steve catched back up after an extra beer
    baack out to bolanias ridge fire road
    dave on the right- rode this on a road bike!
    turpe (johnathan) helps all
    ...and was laughing about it
    andreas cracked his frame
    morgan and steve
    checkpoint at alpine dam

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    So Glad you didn't get busted! Remember that any ride with more than 11 people needs a "Permit"...... Sounds like so much fun and with great support. What was the winning time? How many finished and such? I want to do it if there's a next time

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    posted some photos here -- mostly of the girls (since we never saw the boys once we crossed the bridge).

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...a&id=617196282

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    isasis takes a big hit off the gel flask...mmmm!
    james fixes his flat
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    Quote Originally Posted by datenschwanz
    new information reveals that sasha and kelligh's 'shoot murphy' game required the wearing of a pith helmet?

    a pith helmet? really? where the hell do you get a pith helmet these days??
    Hell yea!
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    wow! there's something very sexy about men and blowguns.

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