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    Belmont Half Mountain II - post your time

    The second running of the Belmont Half Mountain is underway. Time yourself on the route before June 1st and enter your results in the form below. See last year's thread for history and inspiration. Maybe someday there will be a local midweek race series and we won't have to do this.

    The Route
    Waterdog Park in Belmont, CA. Start at the Carlmont cul-de-sac trailhead. Your first challenge is to ride over the rock on the left in the photo below. There is a 20 second time penalty if you don't.


    Now climb Upper Creek trail, continuing up Finch. After the 18 switchbacks, stay to the right. Immediately before the wall, you will see a large rock step-up to the right of the trail. Climb the center of this. There is a 30 second time penalty if you opt out or dab.


    Now you only need to climb the wall. Finish when you reach the large rock in the photo below.



    Time Bonuses
    • Waterdog trailwork: 30 seconds Put in a day of volunteering at one of the Waterdog trailwork events. Because of the limited time frame (I only see one scheduled trailwork day in May), you can apply any day of trailwork you already did in Waterdog this year. Doing trailwork in Soquel Demonstration Forest on the 8th will also count because there is a scheduling conflict with Waterdog. Disclaimer: this undertaking is not sanctioned by, nor affiliated with, the Waterdog trailwork efforts.
    • Sick Air: 20 seconds Post a photo in this thread of yourself getting sick air (any time, any place). The sickness of your air will be judged by the MTBR peanut gallery.
    • Haiku: 10 seconds Write your commentary and lame excuses in the form of a haiku.
    • Trials: 60 seconds Post video of yourself doing rad trials moves onto and off of the big rock at the finish.



    After some technical difficulties, the spreadsheet appears to be working. Let me know if you see any problems.

    Legend:
    1 - Rock at the start
    2 - Step-up at the end
    A - Trail work
    B - Sick air
    C - Haiku
    D - Trials
    <iframe width='870' height='500' frameborder='0' src='https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=0Avle-zC211zfdFZDNHNwS3JYX1BCbUZNOWNFNUw5enc&hl=en&singl e=true&gid=1&output=html&widget=true'></iframe>

    <iframe src="http://spreadsheets.google.com/embeddedform?formkey=dFZDNHNwS3JYX1BCbUZNOWNFNUw5e nc6MQ" width="760" height="700" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>

    Clarifications
    • Post as many attempts as you like. Time bonuses apply to all your attempts and can be submitted any time before June 1st, but penalties for failing on the technical features are specific to each attempt.
    • Post your sick air shots, trials videos and trailwork reports in this thread; I'll add them to the spreadsheet.
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    Other things

    If you aren't familiar with Waterdog, check out the map at Passion Trail Bikes.

    If you want an idea of previous times on this course, we did a hill climb (minus the technical bits) a while back.

    If you aren't comfortable with the technical parts, use spotters. This would be particularly wise for the first rock roll-over.

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    Postin first in this thread just like last time

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    Krishna, thank you again for setting up the second annual waterdog unofficial event. I was up there yesterday riding and the weather was great. I will time myself next time.

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    I don't know if I can handle the disappointment of measuring how much I slower I am compared to this time last year, but I'll probably try.
    Thanks for setting this up!
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    Thank you for all the opportunities for bonuses. By my calculations I can get my horribly slow time reduced by 1:20~2:20 depending on if I can do anything with that big rock at the end. When/where do we submit our sic air pic?

    Here is mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsimbu
    When/where do we submit our sic air pic?
    That's perfect. You are now 10 seconds ahead of J.

    I took a run up it this morning, and indeed my dreams were crushed by the step-up at the end.

    I'll add some clarifications to the original post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpd
    That's perfect. You are now 10 seconds ahead of J.

    I took a run up it this morning, and indeed my dreams were crushed by the step-up at the end.
    Don't worry, that 10 sec. lead won't last long.
    (I thought it was worth 20??? or was it only queazy and not fully sick enough for the full 20 sec.?)

    That step-up at the end is a tough nut to crack. Is the branch that used to hang right in the way still there? I've never done it but go close, only to be snagged by that branch and brought to a sudden halt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsimbu
    (I thought it was worth 20??? or was it only queazy and not fully sick enough for the full 20 sec.?)
    J had a haiku for 10 sec. 20 - 10 = 10.

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    Great!
    ** rubs hands **

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    Thinking of this week
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    Look at my best time.
    Be AMAZED! ... by my slowness.
    Now you feel better.

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    Woo hoo, I can't wait!
    I'll probably hurl a lung.
    Hope I'm not dead last.
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    This is about as close as I'll ever come to "sick air". Air sick is more likely.
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    Rock in front of me
    Umph... Uh Oh... Ouch! P.O.? No!
    In sweat I awake.
    Inch by inch, I will get there...
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    Ahh, you mean WATERDOG. I had no idea this thread was about Waterdog and ignored it as it sounded like a silly fireroad or worse, road climb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpd
    Time Bonuses
    • Waterdog trailwork: 30 seconds Put in a day of volunteering at one of the Waterdog trailwork events. Because of the limited time frame (I only see one scheduled trailwork day in May), you can apply any day of trailwork you already did in Waterdog this year. Disclaimer: this undertaking is not sanctioned by, nor affiliated with, the Waterdog trailwork efforts.
    Since the Waterdog trailwork is on the same day as the Demo trailwork, can we get credit for either one? I'm already signed up for Demo.

    I know I'll need the bonus!!!
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    Maybe Canyon Creek with a requirement to ride the log is better then Upper Creek? Too late I guess to change.

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    I hope this drop counts.
    Drops are like air, just downward
    I need the bonus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goin' medium
    I hope this drop counts.
    Drops are like air, just downward
    I need the bonus.
    Dude, for some real points you need to dig up that video of the gap drop you did that spits you out towards Bullwinkle!
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    Tsimbu: OK, you can count the SDF trailwork on the 8th because of the conflict; I'll update the original post. The branch over the step-up is gone!

    goin' medium: That looks fine to me, though as mentioned I'm not the final arbiter of gnar.

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    Was on a Passion ride this evening and it seems that some people think the route starts on Lower Creek Trail. I just checked.

    Quote Originally Posted by kpd
    ...Now climb Upper Creek trail, continuing up Finch...
    Inch by inch, I will get there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudworm
    Was on a Passion ride this evening and it seems that some people think the route starts on Lower Creek Trail. I just checked.
    You mean Canyon Creek?

    I think that's a better start indeed, but that's not what KPD ordered.

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    Turns out I was wrong
    J's lies and propaganda
    Upper creek it is

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    Upper Creek, I went
    My lunch did not come back up
    Wonder how I rate?
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    Waiting for Alan to post the video for the last bonus.

    We'll see how it turned out.
    Any bonus for going over the bigger rock at the beginning? (The one to the right in the picture.)
    Alan has video of that too. I threw a rock on the back side to make it rollable without hitting the bashguard (at least not hitting it too much )
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsimbu
    Thank you for all the opportunities for bonuses. By my calculations I can get my horribly slow time reduced by 1:20~2:20 depending on if I can do anything with that big rock at the end. When/where do we submit our sic air pic?

    Here is mine.

    Here's Travis's Big Rock stuff



    <object width="400" height="300"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=11564541&amp;server=vimeo.co m&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_port rait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=11564541&amp;server=vimeo.co m&amp;show_title=1&amp;show_byline=1&amp;show_port rait=0&amp;color=&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="400" height="300"></embed></object><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/11564541">Untitled</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user2723433">Alan Strahsburg</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    I've never ridden Waterdog. kpd, can you show me around, and let me attach a tow rope to your bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by astrahsburg
    Here's Travis's Big Rock stuff
    Hahahahah. That looked awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsimbu
    Hahahahah. That looked awesome!
    You made that first rock look too easy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrahsburg
    Here's Travis's Big Rock stuff
    Wow! Really cool! The video glitched out a bit at the most exciting part though-- is it just an encoding problem, or is the original footage bad?

    For those of you that haven't been up there, that big rock is right on the edge of a very large drop-off. If you lose it towards the downhill side you're falling/tumbling for at least 15 feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slonie
    I've never ridden Waterdog. kpd, can you show me around, and let me attach a tow rope to your bike?
    Hell yeah! Just let me know what your schedule is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsimbu
    Any bonus for going over the bigger rock at the beginning? (The one to the right in the picture.)
    No time bonus, but you definitely get style points. I'll try to embed the results spreadsheet now.

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    PTB crew went up tonight and posted.

    Backpedal lookin back. Note uncharacteristic finger adjacent to brake lever



    wddung:



    Me, KITTED OUT with a hurf durf face. Please do not cut the cute girl in half next time k thx



    Me, (nearly) sick, (gasping for) air on that rock.



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    Quote Originally Posted by kpd
    Wow! Really cool! The video glitched out a bit at the most exciting part though-- is it just an encoding problem, or is the original footage bad?
    Hehe...yeah....encoding problem, that it!

    Why are there two results for me? I've only done one run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsimbu
    Hehe...yeah....encoding problem, that it!

    Why are there two results for me? I've only done one run.

    Lets just say it's not the encoding, but rather the original video. Crappy cell phone....hehehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by astrahsburg
    Here's Travis's Big Rock stuff
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    Tsimbu beats rock too

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    awesome stuff travis, i wish i was there to see you climb that big boulder

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    Quote Originally Posted by tburger
    Rock Paper Scissors
    MTBR rules apply
    Tsimbu beats rock too
    Awesome!
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    Coughing and sneezing forever
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsimbu
    Hehe...yeah....encoding problem, that it!
    Hah! I was trying to give you the benefit of the doubt... I did see that you were grabbing the branch overhead at one point, but up until the 'encoding problems' started, that looked solid.

    Quote Originally Posted by tsimbu
    Why are there two results for me? I've only done one run.
    Really? Someone entered two results for you. I can delete one-- let me know. Maybe this entry form won't work out after all.

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    I put in my form last night.

    After researching my issue, you may have to escalate my ticket to the next tier agent

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpd
    Really? Someone entered two results for you. I can delete one-- let me know. Maybe this entry form won't work out after all.
    The 11:10 time was my entry. I don't know who put in the 11:30. Maybe that was Alan inputting his time...although his time was 12:00 as he was just behind me. Of course he stopped for some guy going down the switch backs, maybe he took off the :30 for that. I just pushed past him. This a race damn it!
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    D'oh my submission did not appear in results.

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    Submission form FAIL.

    Don't worry-- I have all your entries, and I'll get them showing up correctly in a bit. For now you will just have to bite your nails over who might be ahead of you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpd
    Submission form FAIL.

    Don't worry-- I have all your entries, and I'll get them showing up correctly in a bit. For now you will just have to bite your nails over who might be ahead of you.
    KPD, do you do these things so that you can win them? I'm just saying...
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    Quote Originally Posted by elennane
    KPD, do you do these things so that you can win them? I'm just saying...
    You make a good point, and I was embarrassed about winning last year. I was surprised no one faster than me posted, and this year I'm still holding out hope that one of the numerous Bay Area riders faster than me will give it a go (drawn by the international renown of the event, if not by the fabulous prize money).

    I thought about recusing myself from competition this year, but that seemed kind of lame too. What would you do?

    One difference this year is that there are two minutes worth of time bonuses available, and it looks like I will only earn 10 seconds, so my competitors have 1:50 up for grabs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpd
    What would you do?
    I will make sure that TR knows about this and get him to post a time. Cannonhead too.

    These events are great and fun, dont even trip about being first.

    You know your boy diver and a few others like Zen Turtle are going to get up on this. I wonder if the Redwood Shores dwelling mtbr staff are going to post. Yes, thats a callout.
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    Wow — Kpd, just when I thought you were a nice guy, I am convinced that you added the rock penalties just for weenies like me!

    Carbon Cranks, Carbon pedals no way am I ready to smash ‘em up on the rocks. Ok maybe the real story is I am just not good enough. Darn my parents and sponsors wasted all that time and money on my motoX future, just to see me get broken then end up with as scared and wimpy mtb rider.. So after looking at the rock and deciding.... Ya, I really do suck – I gave it a go anyway.

    7am no cars, so I should be good I thought.. Climbing finch I had to pause twice for hikes with dogs coming down — hum should I give up?? Na, I already stared with a 30 second time penalty so it does not matter. Did the center step at the top. 6:08 moving with a 6:13 running time (includes the pauses for hikers and dogs). Add the penalties and I am way too slow.. even if I go back and run the rest faster, the rock at the beginning will still mess with my head!

    BTW Ran up Berry the other day to see what my time might have been on that course.. this is a MUCH safer course – as the chance of encountering a blasting down-hill rider is far less.. Good course! Nicely done!

    Jt

    Oh I don’t have any sick air shots or even get air – well maybe something very old, somewere from the motorcycles ;-) I do have a shot from my new $200 9meg point and shoot/ I did a test of the video clip, first climbing the top of Chaparral in real time, then the turn down berry in slow motion (at 210fps!) -- just sat the cam on the ground and rode by to see how the slo-mo worked.

    http://www.destinationproductions.co...st_iPod_Lg.mp4

    YES I look look a dork ( maybe I should get more of a time penalty for being a dork too ;-) ) I am used to that, but the camera really is sooo cool!

    Here is one of my 10 year old pitching ( he throws about 52mph) check out the rotation of the ball! http://www.destinationproductions.co...o2_iPod_Lg.mp4

    Hope that gives you an idea of just how good the $198.00 camera is,you can get them here.. http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...Navigation&q=1 The photos it takes are nice too.

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    I tried the first rock
    Let's just say, the good news is
    My wrists aren't broken

    Thanks KPD!!
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