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    Anyone else getting fired up about the classic this weekend? I am heading up Thursday afternoon and on an 11:00am shuttle on Friday to do a little recon before Saturday's race. Staying at Wild Plum.

    In the 3 years I've raced the XC I have always always had major cramp issues. With the help of Osmo Prehydration and a bit more training I'm hoping this is the year I can keep it together. Nothing more frustrating than being stuck on the side of Butcher with quivering legs watching people roll past. Such a rad race.

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    WOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    SuperPro is heading up! We're ~25 deep this year too!

    Look for the SuperPro SuperAid Station at the top of the climb. We'll have ice cold drinks and salty snacks.

    We're camping at Wild Plum right across the lane from Roaring Mouse & Co. Saturday night should be a real show.

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    Sick! Proximity to the SuperPro/RM crew always means good times! It'll be a cylocross pre-party.

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    I am not participating, but I am thinking of heading up to watch the action on Saturday. I live in Sacramento and have never been out to the Downieville area. Photography is my main hobby so I wanted to bring the camera and get some shots from a couple different spots in the race. Any recommendations on particularly good spots for doing this. I will have my truck and don't mind long hikes if needed to get to good areas for photographs. I would prefer off the beaten path stuff and tend to not hang around start and finish lines where it is crowded when taking pictures at events.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucdengboss View Post
    I am not participating, but I am thinking of heading up to watch the action on Saturday. I live in Sacramento and have never been out to the Downieville area. Photography is my main hobby so I wanted to bring the camera and get some shots from a couple different spots in the race. Any recommendations on particularly good spots for doing this. I will have my truck and don't mind long hikes if needed to get to good areas for photographs. I would prefer off the beaten path stuff and tend to not hang around start and finish lines where it is crowded when taking pictures at events.

    Thanks in advance.
    Drive up to Packer Saddle and take photos off of Sunrise Trail. Very cool stretch of single track just after the finish of the main climb. You could also try taking photos on 3rd Divide, but people will be wizzing past at silly fast speeds.

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    I have done a decent bit of sports photography including some MX so the speeds are not an issue. In fact for panning shots the speed is welcomed. Thanks I will look for those areas on a map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucdengboss View Post
    I have done a decent bit of sports photography including some MX so the speeds are not an issue. In fact for panning shots the speed is welcomed. Thanks I will look for those areas on a map.
    Sunrise is a beautiful trail with lots of natural light. 3rd Divide is one of the fastest sections. Baby Heads (Gold Valley) is an infamous section, but that would be a hike.

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    Good luck etuck...may the cramp gods give you a pass!

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    25 deep?!!? Wow! I wish I could hang out for that party but I've only got baby sitting coverage for Saturday...

    My goal has evolved this year from Competing > Racing > Having Fun > Simply Surviving. I used to be pretty fast (around 2:30 for years) but I'm hoping to just go sub 3 this year and not hurt myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucdengboss View Post
    I am not participating, but I am thinking of heading up to watch the action on Saturday. I live in Sacramento and have never been out to the Downieville area. Photography is my main hobby so I wanted to bring the camera and get some shots from a couple different spots in the race. Any recommendations on particularly good spots for doing this. I will have my truck and don't mind long hikes if needed to get to good areas for photographs. I would prefer off the beaten path stuff and tend to not hang around start and finish lines where it is crowded when taking pictures at events.

    Thanks in advance.
    And if you get a decent shot of me, I would be happy to pay you something.

    As for the spot, there is this on place after first divide I think where the riders come through a hole in the fence. Air is possible and there is decent light. I'm not sure if you can drive there.

    Someone else can help me out on this exact locale if they know what spot I'm talking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMM View Post
    Drive up to Packer Saddle and take photos off of Sunrise Trail. Very cool stretch of single track just after the finish of the main climb. You could also try taking photos on 3rd Divide, but people will be wizzing past at silly fast speeds.
    There's a reason they call 3rd Divide the Star Wars section.

    The lighting is not that great on 3rd divide either. Some sun in a few spots, but mostly shade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ucdengboss View Post
    I am not participating, but I am thinking of heading up to watch the action on Saturday. I live in Sacramento and have never been out to the Downieville area. Photography is my main hobby so I wanted to bring the camera and get some shots from a couple different spots in the race. Any recommendations on particularly good spots for doing this. I will have my truck and don't mind long hikes if needed to get to good areas for photographs. I would prefer off the beaten path stuff and tend to not hang around start and finish lines where it is crowded when taking pictures at events.

    Thanks in advance.
    Hiking up Lower or Upper 1st Divide will have several good spots with river scenery/drop offs to work into the photos, if that's of interest.

    Upper 1st divide (I'm a little to high on the rock for race photos):
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    Rocky takes his photos every year near the top of Lower 1st Divide, in the white/chalky turn. I like his shots because everyone is usually filthy dirty by this point in the race (and the spot has good lighting and contrast). There's a spot a little below here that has a real chunky corner with a steep drop to the river that might make a good spot too.

    Note: you likely won't be able to drive up Lavezzola Rd. north of town (due to the race), but hoofing it or pedaling up is easy enough.

    As GMM said, Sunrise is also a good spot... riders might be a bit more bunched up there.

    On Sunday for the DH race, the waterfall would be a good one! (hike/ride down the course from the top)
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    Will be up for the entire weekend as well not racing but spreading some Sweat Buster Stoke and my buddy is doing some volunteer video work as well. Hope to sneak in several rides as well. Trying to get up there Thursday but its looking like Friday now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    And if you get a decent shot of me, I would be happy to pay you something.
    If I take shots I will post them on my flickr account and then post a link in a new thread about a week following. I need to have a chance to go through the files.

    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    As for the spot, there is this on place after first divide I think where the riders come through a hole in the fence. Air is possible and there is decent light. I'm not sure if you can drive there.
    I have been looking at the course map:

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    Does anyone know if Lavezzola Road is open to vehicle traffic during race hours? It seems to overlap and cross with the course from D-ville through the First Divide area so I am a bit skeptical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Hiking up Lower or Upper 1st Divide will have several good spots with river scenery/drop offs to work into the photos, if that's of interest.
    This appeals to me most. I can pedal up the road a bit to find a good place.

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Rocky takes his photos every year near the top of Lower 1st Divide, in the white/chalky turn. I like his shots because everyone is usually filthy dirty by this point in the race (and the spot has good lighting and contrast). There's a spot a little below here that has a real chunky corner with a steep drop to the river that might make a good spot too.
    The linked photos are a lot like how/what I would shoot. Tight framed probably small telephoto work. I really need to better figure how to do good wide angle stuff though with all that great scenery incorporated. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Note: you likely won't be able to drive up Lavezzola Rd. north of town (due to the race), but hoofing it or pedaling up is easy enough.
    I was starting to figure as much after review of the course map.

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    I'm heading up Friday evening. I'm trying to keep my "stoke" under control so I don't have high expectations. The altitude is tough. I never get there early enough to acclimatize. The way I see it I'm just doing a mountain bike ride on Saturday with a few hundred other people.
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    Speaking of Stoke. As part of Medical Response planning had a chance to recon emergency LZ sites for both the Classic Race Course and the Lost Sierra 50k Endurance Run (sept 28th). Both races are fundraisers for SBTS trail development. Thank you Care Flight for providing the flight and for supporting the races. Here's to nobody needing a ride out, but it's good to be prepared. Have fun! (I sure did!)

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    I have some good bikes that should do really well at downieville. That's why I'm not going!
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    very last minute, but will be car camping in the wild plum overflow lot. If we get kicked out or something, I have beer if anyone has an open spot

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    Levi Leipheimer will be racing Downieville!! Get some photos. Say hi.

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    Anyone have results for CC yet? Had an All Mountain entry and then broke my collar bone at Northstar on Thursday. The three buddies I was with kicked me out of the car at Reno airport and headed back up. We rented the house right at the end of Hospital Bridge if anyone wants to stop by and punch them for me!

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    Anyone have results for CC yet? Had an All Mountain entry and then broke my collar bone at Northstar on Thursday. The three buddies I was with kicked me out of the car at Reno airport and headed back up. We rented the house right at the end of Hospital Bridge if anyone wants to stop by and punch them for me!
    Carl decker 1st. Adam craig 2nd. Not sure of 3 and 4. Billy Damon 6th. Jason moeschler 7th. Kenny burt might be 5th? I may have 5th, 6th, 7th messed up but am sure of Decker and Craig. This is second hand info. Heard levi flatted
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    Thanks for the update and nicely done!

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    Menso De Jong finished 3rd. Totally stoked for the boy!
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    Another great Dville in books. I was climbing really well - for me - until right before the false summit but got a bit too feisty trying to pass people and felt the legs starting to twitch. By the summit I was off the bike and in full leg seizure mode. Right before sunrise a spectator who is my new hero gave me a bottle of pickle juice. Saved my ass.

    After the normal congo line down Sunrise which was a full 5 minutes slower than in my pre ride, I started feeling ok again and managed a decent run down. Cramps cost me a few minutes but didn't ruin the day. Stoked!

    Mr. Pickle Juice Man, you freakin rule! Hope everyone had a good day out there. I'm happy to be back in 58 degree San Francisco but it was a killer trip. Wild Plum is an amazing camp ground.

    I'd love to hear some race reports from some of the super fast peeps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post
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    Would be interesting to see what happened to Levi. Looking at Strava, he is the new KOM on the climb to Packer in 46 minutes; he averaged over 10 mph. Yikes!

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    Nicely done, Menso, podium with Adam Craig and Carl Decker is darn good. Never mind that Levi flatted, that's all part of mtb racing. Ryan Chandler in 8th place had a great race too! Well done.
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    Eh, sorry. Posting from my iPhone with one hand while feeding baby with the other at 4am in Downieville with questionable Internet will result in sideways photos. Sorry for the neck ache.

    And also just realized that in my sleep deprived haze I didn't see that results were already posted on page 2. Doh, going back to sleep now. Carry on...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong View Post
    Nicely done, Menso, podium with Adam Craig and Carl Decker is darn good. Never mind that Levi flatted, that's all part of mtb racing. Ryan Chandler in 8th place had a great race too! Well done.
    Sharing a podium with Decker and Craig is so great! Those guys are the real deal - up and downhill.

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    Fast boys here. I was 4th in Mens 45-54 Sport at 2:41. Was in the top 20 in the Sport class up the climb until we ran into the tail end of the expert field then it was congo line galore, cant believe the dumba$$'s that walk their bikes up the main line and wont get out of the way. I was pretty sure I was up to second in my group as I passed a crap load of guys on the way down then I hit that last climb after the foot bridge and cramped up badly, had to get off and stretch and pop some salt tabs. Was off the bike for a few minutes and couldnt push any gears for the last 6 miles or so, had to spin. Ended up two minutes out of second place.
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    ^^nice craigsr. awesome day and I had a pretty great race, pulled 4th in sport 35-44. I broke my shifter cable and had to do the last 1/3 of the race as a single speeder in my 34x11 combo... ouch!

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    Great job!

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    Nice job Craigstr (did you ride the El Guapo?) and hardboiled. I thought only us slow guys get stuck behind the congo line. It was really frustrating to feel good on the 2nd half of the climb and have people walking on the rideable lines (Sport rider here). Really got held up on Sunrise, but I couldn't complain because that's what happens when you don't climb with the fast riders. I did PR the baby heads, and also 1st Divide so I'm glad I was at least able to finish strong-- well if you can count 3:15 as strong.

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    I rode the carbon rockstar. There were congo lines everywhere, didnt matter where you were. Just finishing is strong at that race!

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    Nice job everyone. Looks like Levi got to the climb with about a 4 minute lead. But he flatted and had a slowwwww repair.

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    Looking forward to seeing how the overall standings turn out. I know Macky (4th in XC) was 9th in the DH. I guess I never realized how good of an all-around rider he was. Super nice guy too!
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    Downieville was super fun! raced there for the first time this year, All Mountain Expert Men 34 and under, managed 19th in XC with dropped glasses at the top of the climb and ran out of water before Baby Heads, time was 2:28, Didn't stick around for official DH results, but preliminary results had me in 9th with 54.11, anyone know when Official results and all mountain results will be up? Such a fun weekend! I'll be back next year..
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    Just out of curiosity, what bike was Decker on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post
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    Nice.
    You're only the third person to post this up.
    And one of them was a sleepless lady feeding a baby at 4AM.
    Uh... I posted the first one, they're for the XC race.

    These are for the DH race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mestapho View Post
    Uh... I posted the first one, they're for the XC race.

    These are for the DH race.
    My bad. They all look like blurry little lines to me.
    I'll edit my last post and rep you when available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47 View Post
    Just out of curiosity, what bike was Decker on?
    he was on a 650b trance/anthem 4 or 5 lookin bike.


    I got a call from WTB at like, noon the day before the race asking if I wanted an AM category. Said hell yes! I've never won a sport race so I figured I wouldn't have a chance in expert. I didn't take it very seriously and just rode around chatting with folks and stopping for a few margaritas. I had a blast.

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    Great job all of you that participated! This year was the best I've been to yet, great conditions, perfect weather, good food/brews/tunes, no serious drama and pretty much free of major crashes/injuries. Here's a short montage of the 30+ hours of footage we captured shooting for the SBTS documentary, thanks to our awesome crew of talented volunteers. This is all raw (unedited except for the music) footy just from Saturday. Some of you will see yourselves in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntermos View Post
    Great job all of you that participated! This year was the best I've been to yet, great conditions, perfect weather, good food/brews/tunes, no serious drama and pretty much free of major crashes/injuries. Here's a short montage of the 30+ hours of footage we captured shooting for the SBTS documentary, thanks to our awesome crew of talented volunteers. This is all raw (unedited except for the music) footy just from Saturday. Some of you will see yourselves in there.
    Nice! Cant hardly wait to see the final product! Love the Floppy Cam at 3:00ish! -Adrian

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    I collected some of the info and put in this article:

    2013 Downieville Photos and XC and Downhill Results and Video | Mountain Bike Review

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    Any more results? Any results for the pro women?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK47 View Post
    Just out of curiosity, what bike was Decker on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMM View Post
    Would be interesting to see what happened to Levi. Looking at Strava, he is the new KOM on the climb to Packer in 46 minutes; he averaged over 10 mph. Yikes!

    Just glacing at strava, he appears to have 8:30 min or so of stopped time between 3rd and 1st divide. Maybe a tire or other mechanical
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    Sounds like he had a 4 minute lead at the top, flatted at the start of 1st Divide... about a minute later Decker passed him... so Decker and company were gaining, but if he didn't flat, I think he very well could have held off Decker on 1st Divide... it might have been a really exciting finish. (Given that Decker put exactly 4 minutes on Levi in the DH Sunday... although the DH is shorter than the XC DH)

    I also heard a spectator was trying to help him with his flat... the tube valve wasn't long enough for the rims he was running, so he was struggling with Co2? On Strava, it looks like he also stopped briefly near the end of upper 1st Divide to possibly add more air.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    On Strava, it looks like he also stopped briefly near the end of upper 1st Divide to possibly add more air.
    No that's where he crashed right in front of me! I came around a corner and bike, body and lots of dirt were flying everywhere! He was gettin' up pretty slowly and didn't respond to my "R U OK?" until the second time asked. Later he said that was a weird thing where a flat rock was kicked up and wedged between his rear wheel and the frame, stopping the wheel.
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    Levi was serving beer at the New Belgium tent after the race. He was really approachable and we commiserated about flatting almost in the same spot about the 23 mile mark -my second flat : ( He seemed very happy about his climb and said that was definitely played to his strength.

    This was my first time at Downieville and my first time ever on those trails. The event was great fun and I can't wait to try it again. BTW I'm 5'9" 155lbs and Levi made me look like a fat guy...
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    Funny Levi story: My buddy, who podiumed in sport XC and has some guns from going to the gym was outside the store with no shirt on, standing next to Levi. Levi sized him up and asked, "Do you take steroids or something?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    Funny Levi story: My buddy, who podiumed in sport XC and has some guns from going to the gym was outside the store with no shirt on, standing next to Levi. Levi sized him up and asked, "Do you take steroids or something?"
    Too funny. In a dry Levi sense of humor kinda way of course.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    Eight years ago, I had just started mountain biking seriously and rode a couple of times with Francis on the local trails (Fremont Older) and in Santa Cruz, where I was slowly figuring out the downhill part of mountain biking. That summer (2005), Francis offered to take my buddy Pierre and me to a race in this place called Downieville. After meeting my mom to assure her that this stranger could be trusted with some 15/16 year olds, we headed up the day before the race. I remember peeling my white knuckled finger off my bars multiple times during our preride, and then suffering through the race on the single speeds we were riding at the time, in around three hours.

    After that, mountain bike racing became my passion. I won the Junior X all mountain the next two years (2006, 2007), and standing on the podium in 2007, I figured that was the last time I'd get a medal at Downieville, since the big boys go so fast! Those results set me up for a future of collegiate and national series XC racing, with a two year foray into road riding culminating with 2012 on Jelly Belly, which served to build my fitness and remind me that I really just want to ride my mountain bikes.

    This year, thanks to generous support from Clif Bar, I'm back on the mountain bike circuit while I work towards my MS Geology degree at CSU East Bay in Hayward. I've been flying out to all the ProXCT for the last two months, and originally was planning on calling it a season after nationals two weeks ago, but a broken chain five seconds into the race led me to sign up for Downieville a week ago in hopes of a better end to the season.

    I did my traditional warmup, leaving the car in town with my sleepy girlfriend and riding up Hwy 49 from Downieville, and then did my best to represent the brand by giving my extra Clif Shot to a late arriving rider that forgot to bring ride food. Confident in my pack skills, I lined up in the middle of the pro women, chatted with some friends, and then snaked my way to the from as soon as the race started. Two things played to my strength for the climb this year: compared to the ProXCT's, this was the mellowest start all year, and also Levi Leipheimer showed up. Normally, the road part at the start is relatively chill until suddenly everyone goes nuts trying to be in the top ten onto the fireroad. This time, Levi started grinding out the watts two minutes in, and it instantly went to single file, with everyone riding their own pacing, knowing that following the leader was futile. After five minutes on the dirt, I was already alone, with Levi in the distance, Adam Craig and Carl Decker a minute up, and Los Gatos local Alex Wild dangling fifteen seconds up. And that's how it stayed until I finally caught Alex before the last climb to Packer Saddle. I slurped a Clif Shot as I went past the feed zone, and switched to my second bottle maybe ten minutes from the top. We crested the top together in about 51 minutes, just one minute down on the Giants duo and a whopping five or so on Levi.

    Alex let me have the lead into Sunrise, and unfortunately had dust problems knock out both his contact lenses, shit-canning his race, and leaving me alone on the mountain. Opposite the experience of basically everyone else at the Classic, for the top ten pro men raceday is the one day all year where we don't have to pass anyone at all, and I was in for a long and lonely descent. I didn't know how far ahead I was of fifth, and knew I had no chance of catching the three in front, so I erred on the side of caution and rode a very mediocre descent for most of the way down. For example, I went a full 30 seconds slower down Baby Heads than I have in the past.

    I probably should have ridden with more urgency, but out in the solitude and having kind of mentally checked out after XC Nationals, I was having a hard time convincing myself that I was in a race. As a result, about a mile before the bridge to the Third Divide climb I got caught by Macky Franklin. Since I'm not a dick and also wanted some karma points before passing on the climb, I let him go by, then found my race mode and went after him. At the bridge he had about ten seconds on me and Jason Moeschler was just about on my back, but I threw it into gear and stormed the climb in less than three minutes, passing Macky and putting at least forty seconds into the cramping riders behind me.

    From there on, I was in full race mode, pedaling out of every turn with the knowledge that I was really racing for a podium place. Levi gave me a "go Menso!" as I passed him pumping his tube at the entrance to First Divide, and by the time I hit the pavement I was well in the clear and could coast in to town. This was a marked departure from passed years, when I used the short road section to pass a few more riders with my roadie power, even getting a silly Strava KOM for my efforts back in 2011. With the 3rd in the bag, I enjoyed my ride into town, swerving through the hay bales and high fiving people along the way.

    Levi may have the KOM, but I successfully defended my 180+ pound title.
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    As promised, here is the raw "dailies" from Sunday's DH, set to a bit of music. Again, these are raw and unedited (except for the bike flying over the camera, which I slowed up a bit). The eventual documentaries from this weekend and the rest of our shoots in the area should be out within a month of New Year's if all goes well. And I have to give another huge thanks to the talent and hard work of our volunteers this weekend!

    We have a ton of footage, and we have practically every racer on film somewhere, so keep an eye out, you're in there somewhere. I know for certain that there are a few MTBR's in there as well. Menso, not sure if you are in this montage, but point it out if you are.

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    Levi gave me a "go Menso!" as I passed him pumping his tube at the entrance to First Divide...
    Huge congrats. Great result at what is one of the all-time best races anywhere. A true mountain bike race.

    And nice write-up too!
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    Had good luck and my best XC race so far this year. But bad luck in the DH. Oh well! Always a blast of a weekend!

    Here's my write up: Clint Claassen: 2013 Downieville Classic
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    Great overall result Clint and nice write-up! You have certainly had some bad luck with tires. I saw you on 3rd Divide and I think 1st Divide with flats on your training ride the previous week.

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