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    What a day, what a race. I'll try to regurgitate some of the endless conversations I've had over the last 2 days with my fellow racers (Zen Turtle, zx6Roxy, MrCrash, FawnDog).

    Started in Beginner, small field this year, lined up next to a "beginner" rocking one of those new Look full carbon hardtails. He made a nice run of it but I caught him in a mile and never saw him again. Came out feeling great, caught up to the Sport field in no time, started passing people.

    It occurs to me about 20 minutes in, Im leading the Beginner class and my group!

    After that it was a slow grind up to the top of Sunrise. Cramps start talking to my legs here and there but Im sucking down Gu and SportLegs trying to manage them. We hit the Sunrise, do a little chasing, do a little waiting, saw some good crashes.

    Spit out onto the bottom of Sunrise and its roadie-time, all my commute miles kick in and Im flyin', too much so and I cramp huge. Get off the bike for a moment, legs are in major pain. They loosen up and Im back on, but working extra hard not to go "over the limit" to put my legs into cramping. Baby-heads, hauling ass, got a little squirly, someone got it on video.

    I drop some more chasers on the climb up to 3rd Divide, feeling awesome to be leading Beginner, seeing myself on the podium, balloons, strippers, monkeys riding miniature horses, the works. Over the other side and Im crushing 3rd faster than I've ever ridden it... a few moments later the rear end gets wobbly and Ive got a flat. Repair goes bad and I've got to run the bike, RUN it, down 3rd to the safety point and get air. Lost all kinds of time, podium gone, heartbreak. Thats racing.

    12th place - 3:24 - 40 minutes behind the lead.

    After hearing that Menso blew both front and rear on 3rd in the DH I didn't feel quite so bad, a bit vindicated. Probably running Sport next year, not fair to sandbag the Beginner class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holiday
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    .Ross Schnell won the XC and the DH and of course the AM.
    Great guy, he introduced himself on a shuttle and we had a good chat. very humble, down to earth guy. we were talking about all the big names out to challenge Weir and he had nice opinions, but didn't bring up himself. he said the biggest names wouldn't be the AM contenders, it would be weir, moesler, chris sheppard, olson and he didn't mention himself... Weir had a dnf mechanical on 3rd devide while on pace to set a new record.


    and of course,
    holiday won the sport 35 plus AM (by 25minutes ?, i had a good climbing day...) 2:35 xc, 58 dh

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    congrats holiday! good bumping into you on the climb on Saturday! you were hammering!

    My singlespeed beat me up pretty good, and I knew it was going to be difficult for me, so I had a pretty modest goal of just beating 3:00 hrs for the XC. I ended up at 3:01...19th in Open Singlespeed based on the preliminary results that I saw. It was actually pretty fun watching the time tick away on my bike computer on first divide and racing myself knowing I was going to be very close to my goal.

    Next year, I'll probably be on my all-mountain bike and see if I can do better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by holiday
    Yep,
    .Ross Schnell won the XC and the DH and of course the AM.
    Great guy, he introduced himself on a shuttle and we had a good chat. very humble, down to earth guy. we were talking about all the big names out to challenge Weir and he had nice opinions, but didn't bring up himself. he said the biggest names wouldn't be the AM contenders, it would be weir, moesler, chris sheppard, olson and he didn't mention himself... Weir had a dnf mechanical on 3rd devide while on pace to set a new record.


    and of course,
    holiday won the sport 35 plus AM (by 25minutes ?, i had a good climbing day...) 2:35 xc, 58 dh

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    While removing Weirs timing chip at the finish line, he was talking about the tire failure and riding it out, said that when things came apart, just before the bottom of starting the first divide, he figured he was on a 42 minute ride for the downhill, based on his Garmin. I don't doubt him, Mark is a meticulous guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    Wow, that's truly impressive. Dezmin is amazing. Who is Snover? Amazing for it to come down to 3 seconds.
    Conrad is a triathelte/ former Triathelete from tahoe.
    We all know who Dez is, right?
    Yuri is a former Soulcraft racer who is riding for Marin now, and usually does the endurance thing. Odd to see him on an SS 9er though. He pushed a 32x18. I was 32x19, and a lot of the other niners were 32x20. The 19 was a tough gear, and the only part I walked I got a massive side stich. Serves me right for walking.
    I heard I got 13th or so in SS. 2:27 or something. Who knows, I finished the race, and then rode back down to Goodyear's Bar, and took the N Yuba to Rocky Rest, and was camped nexrt door at Indian Valley. about 3 hrs to get back from Dville. And in the river with the dog and a book 15 minutes later.

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    The Classic was just that. Classic! It's like mountain bike heaven during that weekend. Hats off to Yuba Expeditions and the Trail Stewardship for putting together such a stellar event! The best event on the calendar.

    I randomly met Mr. Crash, and we were lucky enough to watch the pros start up the first climb on Sunrise. We got to see Menso, Lopes, Simmons, etc. cranking that first climb.

    Every year it gets better and better. Next year, it will be all volunteer for me. I did a superman over the bars on 3rd divide.... at full speed. I had visions of wheelchairs in my future as my head, neck and spine took the brunt when I tried a tuck and roll from a flat trajectory. After I laid on the ground for a few minutes wigging my fingers and toes and making sure my back wasn't broken, I got up and finished the race - my ultimate goal.

    Two riders that passed stopped ask checked my condition (I looked grim), asked me if I knew my name, where I was, etc. they even passed on my number info and notice of crash to the next check point. Thanks so much guys! It was huge to hear some voices after such a scary moment.

    So the intoxication of competition and speed put me in a world of hurt, but also know that intoxication is not too much not to pass on a fellow rider down. Thanks again.

    Probably some cracked ribs and (hopefully not) some spine carnage... I'll find out at the doctor's today.

    Congrats on the 5th place Merlin, that is huge!

    And Menso! 6th in XC pro!!!! wow! Your future is bright indeed! nice one!

    Rumors were that Weir flatted on 3rd, rode until the tire came off, then rode 1st Divide on the rim, until the wheel gave up, and ran the rest of the way in. wow! Someone correct this if this is wrong, as this is all hearsay.

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    I've got a 5" travel Giant XO but decided to ride the Giant hardtail instead. Running 4" up front, v-brakes and 2.25 Schwalbe Racing Ralphs with Stan's.

    I warmed up on the climb, only had time for one interval. Downed my Almond Bumble Bar and drank some water.

    Is it just me or is that beginning a mess? I didn't know the expurts were gonna start with the pros. Pros go, then we go. Ok.

    I had just gotten back up to the mid of the start after having my cassette tightened by the Shimano wrench. I was also having some shifting trouble due to new housing (when the housing rubber shrinks and the metal wires stick out and contact the cable) and dust, etc in the line. I also wasn't too sure about the air pressure in my shock because it was really sticky on Thursday's pre-ride. I let out some air and lubed it up. I also got a puncture on the pre-ride and was concerned about getting another during the race so I decided to take it a little easy on the tires. Overall I was a little unsure. Sure about the climb and my fitness, but not so much on the descent.

    Climb starts. It was thick and tight at the start. I put my HR at 180 and went up and up. Passed tons of people. Ran into some of my friends after the start of the gravel, including Merlin who was laboring up the climb. He later made good time on the descent and gained a lot of time on me.

    I was able to make the entire climb, no walking. I kept enough room in front of myself when the climb got a little techy so I wouldn't be forced off. It worked. The climb was a mix of seated climbing and standing.

    I downed Gu packets every 20 minutes on the climb and was drinking water and Hammer Perpetuem.

    I crossed the timer mat above Sunrise at 1:05.

    I was passed by a few people coming down Sunrise. For the next 20 or so minutes I was yo-yoing with a gentleman wearing a Schwalbe jersey. I'd pass him on the roads and he'd pass me on the descents. I took it a little easy, was worried about flatting.

    Hit the gravel and mashed it out. Commuting on the single speed road bike has made me fast on the flats. I passed a number of people before I hit the Baby Heads. I went down Baby Heads pretty conservatively and was passed by a number of people. This was the last time I saw Schwalbe Man. Crossed Pauly Creek and no cramping! Sweet!

    Continued down Third Divide and kept getting passed by folks on big bikes. It's pretty much what I expected. I should note that I rode here Thursday, and before that it the 2005 race that I rode here last.

    Hit Lavezzola Road and caught a Folsom Breakout rider. We battled a bit on the road and he hit the singletrack before me. I motored down the singletrack when I could, slow on the rough stuff, hammering on the flats. Didn't get passed on this section. Finally some singletrack I wasn't getting passed on!

    Hit the road in town and passed a rider with a flat rear tire. Saw the Folsom Breakout rider but couldn't reel him in....

    All in all when I left town my results showed 14th place with a time of about 2:30. Winner of my class was at 2:03. I prefer to get crushed like this than lose by just a couple minutes.

    Maybe next year i'll bring the big bike...
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    if anyone is interested...

    1. first dville xc race...did the dh for 6 yrs...
    2. i think the xc is better than the dh...
    3. xc time was something like 3:20...flat at mile 2...had a great time...don't know my results...ran sport men 35-44...got out of town quickly after the race...
    4. dville classic has grown way too big now...course is packed...i'm guessing i'm gonna hit traffic no matter how fast i climb the beginning...
    5. i'm glad to see more pros getting in the mix...makes it more interesting than just waiting to see which wtb guy will win...
    6. does anyone know how many xc racers there were this year?
    7. was anyone wondering when you were going to be handed a COLD bottle of water at the "aid stations"?...
    8. i absolutely love dville!...just not sure i want to race it anymore...a weekend with friends minus the crowded trails would be just as good if not better...
    9. i'm sorry for the injured racers, but i'm also sorry i don't feel guilty for not stopping to check on people...we did pay a lot of money to race (part of those fees went to EMTs)...all i'm asking of the people that are close to those who were injured is to relax for a second and try to be objective...
    10. i hope i can get back before the winter sets in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holiday
    holiday won the sport 35 plus AM (by 25minutes ?, i had a good climbing day...) 2:35 xc, 58 dh
    Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by darth tracer
    I was planning on having a great ride on Sat. I totally blew up. I am not sure exactly what happened. I had my usual meal the morning of, i hydrated all week, and even prerode the course the previous two weekends without any issue. I started out on the pavement cruising along in the middle ring trying to find my groove, i was not really being passed, and not really gaining any ground. My pace was comfortable i could hold a conversation if needed. I hit the u-turn on to the road and all of a sudden my heart rate spiked and started sweating uncontrollably, i was dripping like I have never done before. I then got very light headed and nauseous and couldnt slow down my breathing, I got a chill and then felt feverish. Then i started sweating profusely again. I pulled off and felt really weird. I was passed by about 50 or so riders and decided to continue on, i hit the water shower thing and it started again, i was in my granny gear hoping to have it pass and continue on just to finish. I started to cramp in my quad and a few seconds later my calves. I pulled off again and was passed by another 50 or so people. I remounted just hoping to get going with all images of grandeur gone. I could barely turn over the granny gear. I started walking. I kept pulling over feeling really feverish and sweaty and dizzy. I was determined to get to the top so i just walked. I beat all of 10 riders to the top. One of the women at the top was very kind and kept asking me questions about how i felt and etc, I guess i didnt look so good. I ended up turning around at that point and rode down the trail of tears that i walked up after 4 or so bottles of water. I am still unsure what happened or why, i am not a newbie to racing and have my routine pretty dialed. It happened as fast as turning off a light. After the short ride my legs felt like i just did an all day epic or a long race. I am crampy in one calf today. If any one has any ideas please let me know as it is a little worrisome. Thanks to all of the people that asked if i was ok. All 200 or so.
    I agree with 29Chico on his hyponatremia assesment. Altitude was probably also a contributing factor.

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    4. Nope. I won the Sport in 2005 by getting to the top first. I barely had any traffic on the descent this year (I was traffic to a few people).
    7. Nope. Any water made me happy. I found it hard to drink out of the bottles but was very glad to have them.
    8. I had a hard time walking more than 20 feet and not running into someone I know. I love it!
    9. I think if you are not going to make the top 10, then what's the problem with making sure injured people are ok. Some people are racing up there, lots are trying to survive. If I had seen any injured riders I would have made sure they were ok, and I was gunning for the best result I could get. I was hoping for top 3, but not surprised by 14th.
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    you have a right to your opinions...so do i...sorry if i offended you...

    i guess i'm just not good enough to enjoy the dville classic.

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    As Diggler mentioned, Kirt Fitzpatrick is down right now in Roseville with a fractured neck. He's alone since his family is in the East Coast. That is a bummer since help and support is key.

    If anyone is in the Roseville area and can offer help or support, please do so.

    Here is Kirt (on the left)and Ty just a few weeks ago with us at Downieville.

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    How about Nathan Riddle?

    As of the week before the race he had a cast on his arm due to a busted wrist. His mountain biking this summer consisted of him riding a trainer while watching his pre-ride video from last year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    As Diggler mentioned, Kirt Fitzpatrick is down right now in Roseville with a fractured neck.
    Such a bummer! I know Kirt was bummed about his Saturday race and thinking about skipping Sunday. I hope he heals OK, and is racing cyclocross with us in the Fall.

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    humble pie...

    So every year at DVille I'm reminded of two things:
    1) There are some fast riders out there. 2) I'm not one of them. Really, I'm just in awe of those of you who have the same problems I did (cramps, mechanicals) and still manage to pull out amazing times. I consider myself a decent rider, but every year that is placed firmly in perspective by the blindingly fast riders that come out for this race. Congratulations to all of you! I'm really just in awe...

    For my part, I'm still chasing the elusive sub-3hour time for now the fifth year in a row. I'll definitely keep plugging away at it, but it's become demoralizing that I can't seem to improve my times. I got to Sunrise in 1:20, a reasonable time for me with some gas still in the tank, and never having ridden that section of trail before really enjoyed it a lot. Certainly a good addition to the race. Felt OK on the traverse, held my own down Pauley despite a bit of cramping in the traffic jam after the creek, but mid-way down Butcher got a rear puncture that wouldn't seal. I've been running tubeless for so long that I'm out of practice fixing a flat (losing the skewer nut and having to hunt for it didn't help, nor did the cramps), and I lost count after 20 riders went flying by. The rest of the way I rode pretty conservatively, having used my only tube and not wanting to flat again. So I just took smooth lines, enjoyed the ride, and still managed to pass some people before hitting town. Overall time of 3:05, still in the top half of my category, but on the back side of the damned 3hour mark! I guess taking the extra time of Sunrise into account, it's still a personal best, but I'm still pretty disappointed in my performance. Next year...

    But I will say that despite people's complaints of the race becoming too big, the organizers are really stepping up to the plate and putting on a top-notch event. There seemed to be more volunteers than ever, and everything was so well run. There's still such a great vibe, and I had plenty of people ask me if I was okay when I was fixing the flat. Awesome, awesome event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    As Diggler mentioned, Kirt Fitzpatrick is down right now in Roseville with a fractured neck. He's alone since his family is in the East Coast. That is a bummer since help and support is key.

    If anyone is in the Roseville area and can offer help or support, please do so.

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    Is he at Kaiser or the other hospital (can't remember the name)? I'll try to get there this afternoon.

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    ...and still a bit sore from the experience- it was beautiful. I have come to love and appreciate Downieville for the unique experience it affords me. I volunteered last year and wanted earn my turns on the xc this year in addition to helping out. A big thanks to everyone who supported and encouraged me along the way. I tried to give back with a pump here and a tube there. I joined the Stewardship and I'm looking forward to investing more sweat in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oso Negro
    I joined the Stewardship and I'm looking forward to investing more sweat in the future.
    Me too! I'll join BTCEB next.

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    I believe Tim Olson got 6th just behind Menso! Who BTW out sprinted him in the final stretch. Damn that boy is fast!

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    KUDOS to the Downieville Clinic staff who all did such a fine job working real hard to support this great race!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt_Diggler
    yeah- that's right. number 75.

    i'm hoping that he doesn't have to wear one of those ridiculous halo things. surgery would definitely suck. fusing those vertebrae (cervical 5,6, and 7) would leave him with very little range of motion. based on his condition i think he'll come out of it okay. he was in pretty good spirits considering and the fact that he walked out and was able to deal with the pain makes me think that while the skeletal damage looked bad on the CT scan, it probably didn't leave him with much nerve or soft tissue damage. sucks he's up in roseville right now alone and busted. guess that's mountain bike racing.
    Damn, he and I were talking a little bit just before the start. He asked me if I'd ever done the race before, to which I said "no, but I know the course fairly well". He was riding a full-on cross country bike if I recall, I remember thinking the DH race would be pretty hairy on the bike he was on. I hope he makes a full and speedy recovery, please give him my well wishes!

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    Should I post the photos of the result sheets?

    I took some photos of the result sheets on Sunday afternoon. I believe they cover some XC categories and some early DH results, but not AM combined. Anyone care to squint at them? I have to ask because it's a bit time consuming to post the photos. I'll only do it if there is interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudworm
    I took some photos of the result sheets on Sunday afternoon. I believe they cover some XC categories and some early DH results, but not AM combined. Anyone care to squint at them? I have to ask because it's a bit time consuming to post the photos. I'll only do it if there is interest.
    Sure, if you have Expert 35-45 Final results, I'd like to see them

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    down the rock ledge

    Quote Originally Posted by beanfink
    i heard someone fell down that steep sketchy rock ledge? .

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    Hi Liza, I know Morgan and meet you briefly in front of the Chris King booth. Glad to hear you are OK! Morgan was super stressed!

    I know my buddy John Blackwell from the Sheila Moon team went off the edge. Fortunately he is ok and finished the race with only a few cuts and scrapes...whew!

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudworm
    I took some photos of the result sheets on Sunday afternoon. I believe they cover some XC categories and some early DH results, but not AM combined. Anyone care to squint at them? I have to ask because it's a bit time consuming to post the photos. I'll only do it if there is interest.
    I would love to see them too!

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    Kirt's Status- They haven't gotten MRI's back yet, but the neurosurgeon didn't think they needed to do any surgery - that he'd likely just be in a neck brace (not a halo...bummer. Those are sweet) for 3 months. Basically, that's the best news that he could have gotten given that c6 was literally split in half. Let's hope that the MRI confirms it. If the first opinion was correct, a teammate will be picking him up at the hospital tonight.

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    good job Ty and holy crap...kirt!

    [QUOTE=Dirt_Diggler
    my buddy kirt fitzpatrick was heading into the expert AM 7th today and crashed on sunrise and broke three vertebrae in his neck. the medics did a poor job taking care of him. he walked out. we took him to grass valley hospital for a CT scan where they found the fractures- big fractures. then they transferred him to roseville. not sure if he'll need surgery or what. will know tomorrow.[/QUOTE]

    Nice work Ty! I've seen you descend, no doubt you would have been on the podium! Next year man!

    Holy shite! WTF? This is the first I'm hearing about Kirt! Jezus! How can we get in touch with him? Whose taking care of Diego? Do we need to help him get back home? Let's make a plan to get him back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvcx
    I believe Tim Olson got 6th just behind Menso! Who BTW out sprinted him in the final stretch. Damn that boy is fast!
    And just so we all know, iluvcx KICKED ASS and got 3rd expert, 19-34.

    Yeah!

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    There you have it.

    Sorry, I don't have time to label them. You'll just have to click on the image to see the full-size, which seems very readable to me, hopefully to you too.

    Since all the results will be published online, I hope I'm not violating anyone's privacy by doing this. Also, the pictures were taken on Sunday afternoon. They might be preliminary. If you see mistakes, please don't hold me against it. Also, beware, they seem to have done some cutting and pasting to shuffle people around in the XC result posting, so some columns do not make a lot of sense in some categories (such as Time Back).

    Incomplete XC results (some categories):

















    Some, maybe all, DH results (not AM combined though):







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    Quote Originally Posted by jane
    KUDOS to the Downieville Clinic staff who all did such a fine job working real hard to support this great race!
    Yes, and big big thanks to Debbie Bonovich for all her help after Liza got went in the helicopter.

    Debbie, you rock.

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    Thanks!!

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    how long does it typically take before the official results are posted?....

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    Quote Originally Posted by punkassean
    how long does it typically take before the official results are posted?....
    Last year's races were 7/14 & 7/15 I believe, and the results were posted 7/17.

    Morgan

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    Bex Volunteer Race Report

    It's my 10th year at the Classic either racing or volunteering or both. This year turned out to be a quick volunteer-fest, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
    Saturday: Arrived at river jump time, and immediately received my assignment from Deb to be involved in the DH timing tent the next day.
    Watched the night time festivities from the WTB balcony. Very cool. Tame Saddletramps performance though....very family oriented this year~
    Slept in my wonderful Subaru in front of the library and was up at 5 to drive to the top.
    Checked over 200 DH racers....chip, helmet, number, name....do you remember that? Did you have fun? I hope so!
    Props to all the kids who had their ish totally dialled as far as which direction to have the zips, it's a learning curve and we hope to have everyone 100% next time!
    More props to all the timing crew up top: Metal, Chris, Padraic, the weigh in guy, Carrie of the amazing timing duo, and the awesome cool vibe up there in front of Sunrise even though you're all nervous as hell
    Back down to town by 3 and out by 5...fun times, thanks to all of you who said hi and sat a spell to talk! Hope you all had great experiences and I look forward to seeing you on the trails!

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    And just so we all know, iluvcx KICKED ASS and got 3rd expert, 19-34.

    Yeah!

    Morgan

    Iluvcx is Isaias?

    ISAIAS Kicked Ass last year with a top 10 and KILLED it this year with a 3rd!!!!

    Rock on Bro!

    Roaring Mouse is a top shelf team to boot!
    Earn your turns. )'(

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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzaholic
    Conrad is a triathelte/ former Triathelete from tahoe.
    We all know who Dez is, right?
    Yuri is a former Soulcraft racer who is riding for Marin now, and usually does the endurance thing. Odd to see him on an SS 9er though. He pushed a 32x18. I was 32x19, and a lot of the other niners were 32x20. The 19 was a tough gear, and the only part I walked I got a massive side stich. Serves me right for walking.
    fritz, hey, that was me behind you for a bit telling you to "drink" sorry if it threw you off. i think i was mostly just thinking out loud to myself, trying to remind myself of how important it would be.

    32x18 - OUCH. i ran 32x20. it really made the climb pretty easy, but i paid for it on all the fire road sections. 32x19 would have been nice, but i would have had to walk i'm sure on that last steep section after the water station at the top. next year, be fitter and stronger. there isn't much i could have done to make the race any faster except to be able to pedal on the roads more and to have avoided the flat and mechanical- which never should be an issue on a SS.

    anyway, you doing howell or SSWC? i think that's gonna be the only other races i do this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbecky
    Checked over 200 DH racers....chip, helmet, number, name....do you remember that? Did you have fun? I hope so!
    D'oh! That was YOU?

    We've only chatted online and never met in person.

    I would have been more chatty
    -ROXY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.P
    I randomly met Mr. Crash, and we were lucky enough to watch the pros start up the first climb on Sunrise. We got to see Menso, Lopes, Simmons, etc. cranking that first climb.
    It was good to meet ya - glad you're okay after that fall! I can't imagine something going wrong on 3rd divide.

    Just curious - was your race number 152?

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    7/11 Sport Vet Men 35-44 1:13:41.7

    I got 7th out of a whopping 11 entrants and didn't win AGAIN !!!

    Lots of fun and lots of MTBR people up there made it exciting. Hope I get in again next year so I don't have to do the XC !

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    Quote Originally Posted by zx6roxy
    D'oh! That was YOU?

    We've only chatted online and never met in person.

    I would have been more chatty
    mtnbecky rocks she is awesome!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by punkassean
    how long does it typically take before the official results are posted?....
    You're such a moose knuckle f-ing donkey Sean! Nice racin' dude.

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    how many guys were entered in the xc for sport men 35-44?...

    only 11???...i must have been last then (around 3:20)...ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by historeeteacher
    how many guys were entered in the xc for sport men 35-44?...

    only 11???...i must have been last then (around 3:20)...ouch!
    that's the DH he's talking about. 86 entrants in 35-44 sport class. i had 3:19 and change and that was "good" for 56th (at least according to the sheets posted sunday around 8:30a).

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    thanks...that's what i thought...i was right around your time, but didn't stick around to see the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singletrack Addict
    You're such a moose knuckle f-ing donkey Sean! Nice racin' dude.
    Ayyyy Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit outta my hat! ha-ha...

    Thanks, if this is who I think it is, then you too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCrash
    It was good to meet ya - glad you're okay after that fall! I can't imagine something going wrong on 3rd divide.

    Just curious - was your race number 152?
    Yea, it was cool to meet you too. I enjoyed chatting with you throughout the race. Pre nerves, post exhaustion, and finish stoke.

    I just got back from the doctor, and praise the Mountain Bike Gods, nothing broken. I am truely blessed.

    EDIT: I am still truly blessed, but the Radiologist found compressions and irregularities in the T1 vertebrae. I just need take it easy while it heals in 4-6 weeks. I can still hold my 1 year old

    Yep, I was #152.

    P
    Last edited by Mr.P; 07-17-2008 at 06:11 PM.

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    Wow. I hope Kirt's ok!

    Scary.

    I hear Blackwell's fine, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbecky
    involved in the DH timing tent the next day...More props to all the timing crew up top: Metal, Chris, Padraic, the weigh in guy, Carrie of the amazing timing duo, and the awesome cool vibe up there in front of Sunrise even though you're all nervous as hell.
    Thanks for you work, all of you ran it as smooth as a baby's bottom. Very comforting when you are a bundle of nerves.

    P

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    Quote Originally Posted by sashax
    Wow. I hope Kirt's ok!

    Scary.

    I hear Blackwell's fine, though.
    John??

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