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    Downieville Updates/Results/Race Reports?

    Can anyone up there with wifi give us losers stuck at home some race results? XC, DH, AM pro? I will gladly live vicariously through your race reports as well. Screw the TDF, I care more about who wins AM at Downieville.

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    Yeah, I was just sitten here at work wondering how things are turning out up there. Who's the upset? How's the smoke etc.?
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    Poor cell phone reception up there, and no internet cafes that I know of. We may have to wait a day or two for results.

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    I just got back from racing XC today and don't know many details but Ross Schnell (Trek) won the AM Pro.

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    Correction

    He won XC race, Jason Moeshler was 2nd and Mark Weir was 3rd. Tomorrows DH will make The All Mountain contest very interesting tomorrow! There were some big time MTB celb's there: Brain Lopes, Wayde Ritchey, Greg Hurbald, Jurgen Beneke, Myles Rockwell...the list goes on. None of them seemed to go hard in the XC. Even I past Brian Lopes on the climb, he eventually caught me, and seemed to be taking it easy.
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    Anyone know how Kenny Burt did?
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    How about Tim Olson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip
    Anyone know how Kenny Burt did?
    I remember seeing his name, he was up there but not in the top 5. As for Tim Olson, I do not remember seeing his name, does not mean he was not there. I was pretty out of it after racing and a Beer
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    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by merlin
    I remember seeing his name, he was up there but not in the top 5. As for Tim Olson, I do not remember seeing his name, does not mean he was not there. I was pretty out of it after racing and a Beer

    Thanks for the info!!! Hope you had a great ride! I wish I was there
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    So I just picked up my sister in the hospital after the Downieville Race. She going to be okay, and ended up with a concusion and was helicoptered out of Downieville after she finished. But one of the most disturbing things I heard was this:
    After she crashed, the next group of riders came though while she was in the middle of the trail. The leader of the group asked if she was okay and even slowed a little to see if she was okay. However, the second guy chasing him yelled up front. "Hey man, what the 'F&*^ why the hell are you slowing down for CHICKS." or some variation of that.

    To that guy I just want to remind him that my little sister was outriding him pretty much the entire race. Hope that feels good to be such a super fast guy.


    Sorry, just venting. Thanks to anyone who asked if she was okay, even though they were racing. And for the record. you don't have to stop, just ask is someone is okay and call it over to the trail marshals so they can check on the person. And definitely don't call my sis a chick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin
    He won XC race, Jason Moeshler was 2nd and Mark Weir was 3rd. Tomorrows DH will make The All Mountain contest very interesting tomorrow! There were some big time MTB celb's there: Brain Lopes, Wayde Ritchey, Greg Hurbald, Jurgen Beneke, Myles Rockwell...the list goes on. None of them seemed to go hard in the XC. Even I past Brian Lopes on the climb, he eventually caught me, and seemed to be taking it easy.
    Smoke & were not bad.
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    Thanks for the update merlin!!! Sounds like you did pretty well yourself for an old guy

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    LizzleBot is so tough she made the helicopter wait until she finished the race.

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    Ah beanfink! Yeah, she is tough. She was really scared and I'm glad it ended up OK. Geoff and I and Debbie (the event coordinator) were all really worried about her. A lot of people know her story and are eager to hear she's OK. I was totally surprised by how quickly a seemingly superficial bump got serious. Her bike and stuff are OK, in my garage.

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    Ross Schnell beat Moeschler by 2:30 I think, and Weir by 3:30, in the XC portion of the AM race. Those numbers might be slightly off. Rachel Lloyd won the women, Sue Haywood 2nd. I talked to Ross & Sue yesterday. Ross was on the 6" Trek bike, Sue on the 5" bike. Today Ross has a #42 starting position, Moeschler starts 1st and Weird 2nd. Schnell will have more traffic. I asked him if he could limit his losses to less than 2 minutes and his reply was "I'm going to beat them tomorrow!"

    The AM race will be very exciting. I told them to bring more pros next year. He said Adam Craig heard he was going to Downieville and was excited that WTB was getting some more competition. Would be awesome to see Wicks, Decker, Trebon, JHK, Kabush, Gould, Nash and the rest of the best show up at Downieville.

    Menso was 6th in the Pro AM XC! His dad J.L. was very proud of him, and he also did very well, beating 3:00 by less than a minute on his Superlight. I urged him to ask the boy for a hand-me-down bigger bike for next year's Downieville race.

    Saw lots of you up there, hope you all had good races. I had a great time until Liza went in the helicopter.

    My race was slightly better than last year;

    • goal of middle ring to the top, check
    • goal of cleaning the entire climb, failed at boulder section where everyone in front of me was walking
    • goal of cleaning the descent, check, well except for an OTB right before the green bridge, where I spun my bars
    • goal of 2:35 or better, failed with a 2:46, good for 22/35 in vet 35-44 expert men. (although Sunrise added length. I was 2:42 last year)
    • goal of beating my friends, failed


    Next year!

    I rode with Herbold briefly on the climb, told him he was my hero. That was cool. Got to talk with him a little after the race, and the SRAM truck stoked me with a part I needed.

    I had two friends do really well; Aron Bonar 1st in vet 35-44 expert and Isaias Job 3rd in 19-34 expert. My friends Geoff and Liza did well, Geoff better than me in my field and Liza raced her very first Downieville Classic, her first time there.

    Here's my motionbased record for the race:

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6232068

    I gave Dirt Diggler the dope on the big Deer Lake / Tamarack / Sardine Lakes / 54 / Haypress epic I did recently and he and some other people are going to ride it today. I hope they have a good time!

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    vodkamike3 Yup allot of these so called macho guys just feel they are such bad arzes if it was the other way around macho chump would have been curled up in the fetal position crying for his life.

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    Dville

    Wow, what a race. The best part was all the support from Dville. My favorite was the guys at the top with cans of Budweiser.

    Although, I left Dville in a helicopter and a bumpin concussion. i do have good memories before I nearly fainted. And happy to say i finished the race even after the crash. Haha
    could have been worse right?i heard someone fell down that steep sketchy rock ledge? .

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    Quote Originally Posted by morganfletcher
    My race was slightly better than last year;

    • goal of middle ring to the top, check
    • goal of cleaning the entire climb, failed at boulder section where everyone in front of me was walking
    • goal of cleaning the descent, check, well except for an OTB right before the green bridge, where I spun my bars
    • goal of 2:35 or better, failed with a 2:46, good for 22/35 in vet 35-44 expert men. (although Sunrise added length. I was 2:42 last year)
    • goal of beating my friends, failed


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    I think I finished right ahead of you to bump you to 22nd. I was right around 2:45, had a mechanical and a crash as well, OTB at the bridge(2nd time in the Dville race). Felt horrible up the climb and spun in granny, next year needs to be middle ring to make it up in under and hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbjtd
    I think I finished right ahead of you to bump you to 22nd. I was right around 2:45, had a mechanical and a crash as well, OTB at the bridge(2nd time in the Dville race). Felt horrible up the climb and spun in granny, next year needs to be middle ring to make it up in under and hour.
    What jersey were you wearing?

    I think I was 1:15 to the timing mat at the beginning of Sunrise.

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    does anyone know what the DH results were (top 3) and the AM results (top 3)?

    if not, when will they be posted?

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    I hear Ross Schnell also won DH..

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    Wow, sounds like the field was Stacked! Still no one knows how Kenny Burt did?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vodkamike3

    So I just picked up my sister in the hospital after the Downieville Race. She going to be okay, and ended up with a concusion and was helicoptered out of Downieville after she finished. But one of the most disturbing things I heard was this:
    After she crashed, the next group of riders came though. The leader of the group asked if she was okay and even slowed a little to see if she was okay. However, the second guy chasing him yelled up front. "Hey man, what the 'F&*^ why the hell are you slowing down for CHICKS." or some variation of that.

    To that guy I just want to send a big ol F*&K U. and also remind him that my little sister was outriding him pretty much the entire race. Hope that feels good to be such a super fast guy.


    Sorry, just venting. Thanks to anyone who asked if she was okay, even though they were racing.
    Was she the one that went over the edge on Sunrise?

    I saw a gal climbing up from there and her bike. She seemed fine when I asked if she needed anything. I think she was wearing yellow, or her bike was. Everything was kind of blurry for me about then. She seem to have a couple of people helping her. So, I'm glad there was some good people there too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip
    Wow, sounds like the field was Stacked! Still no one knows how Kenny Burt did?
    the begginer class was stacked....................
    Someone "beginner" finished in 2 hr and 7 min!!!!

    Even if you are in amazing road shape and this was your first or 2nd mtb race, that kind of time mean you can handle a bike going down fast.

    I dont want to be too critical, but maybe he should go to the midwest and help with the floods.
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    Get a clue!

    My buddy and I were up the week before the race. He dislocated his shoulder and broke his wrist about halfway down. I ended up pushing his bikes down while he hiked out with a sling we jury-rigged. Of the 15 or so riders who passed us on their way down (including a bunch of guys decked out in Trek gear - maybe the team riders) only two asked us if we needed help. It was pretty obvious he was in bad shape. He even asked the guys in the Trek gear for help and not one even acknowledged him. C'mon this is absolutely ridiculous! No wonder mtn, bikers get such a bad wrap. No other outdoor sport I participate in (whitewater kayaking, surfing, hiking, fishing) has such a crappy/negligent attitude towards helping someone who's hurt. Bottom line in these sports is that you drop everything you're doing for "fun" and offer help if someone's in trouble.


    Quote Originally Posted by vodkamike3

    So I just picked up my sister in the hospital after the Downieville Race. She going to be okay, and ended up with a concusion and was helicoptered out of Downieville after she finished. But one of the most disturbing things I heard was this:
    After she crashed, the next group of riders came though. The leader of the group asked if she was okay and even slowed a little to see if she was okay. However, the second guy chasing him yelled up front. "Hey man, what the 'F&*^ why the hell are you slowing down for CHICKS." or some variation of that.

    To that guy I just want to send a big ol F*&K U. and also remind him that my little sister was outriding him pretty much the entire race. Hope that feels good to be such a super fast guy.


    Sorry, just venting. Thanks to anyone who asked if she was okay, even though they were racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikevano
    My buddy and I were up the week before the race. He dislocated his shoulder and broke his wrist about halfway down. I ended up pushing his bikes down while he hiked out with a sling we jury-rigged. Of the 15 or so riders who passed us on their way down (including a bunch of guys decked out in Trek gear - maybe the team riders) only two asked us if we needed help. It was pretty obvious he was in bad shape. He even asked the guys in the Trek gear for help and not one even acknowledged him. C'mon this is absolutely ridiculous! No wonder mtn, bikers get such a bad wrap. No other outdoor sport I participate in (whitewater kayaking, surfing, hiking, fishing) has such a crappy/negligent attitude towards helping someone who's hurt. Bottom line in these sports is that you drop everything you're doing for "fun" and offer help if someone's in trouble.
    I went down twice yesterday and had the guys right behind me ask if I was ok both times. I blocked their way both times too. I think people get really caught up in the moment and forget to "be human." I'd rather get down 5 min slower and help someone out of a jam, than just blow by and expect first aid to do it.
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    I just got home, I watched the first couple hours of the DH race before bailing. Awesome Week, and a great race as usual.

    XC AM Pro:
    Schnell
    Moelscher
    Wier
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    Menso
    Tim Olson
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    Nathan Riddle

    Pro AM DH:
    Moelscher came in at 45.xx, then Riddle, then it got pretty sparatic. I saw Ross come in, rumored time at 44.xx, so it looked like he had it. Wier came in late, completely destroyed a rear wheel. I heard he flatted, cut off the tire and tried to ride it out. Pretty crazy end for everyone, Im anxious to see the official results as well.


    My sport XC race went better then it looked like it was going to go. The week before I left to DV I broke my big toe after a blow out on a drop. Damn thing got HUGE and hurt like a biatch. Got to DV on the 7th, layed low ad rested and played with the kids, hiking, fishing, etc. Rode from packer lake to the saddle on tuesday afterjnoon, did a couple laps of sunrise, then soloed down the rest of the XC course. I didnt see a soul until Lower 1st divide. Managed a 1:30 from sunrise to town, wit ha swollen numb right foot. I was hot but happy.

    Wednesday morning I went to sierra city to ride the whole XC course, met a guy whos friends hadnt showed so I was going to give a tour. I was on a good pace to the top when about mile 7.5 I cramped up bad. Way dehydrated from the hot afternoon ride the day before. It worked out ok leading a slower rider through and checking out some stuff. Ended up back in DV 4:30. LOL. My cramps continued after intense hydration, and I was getting concerned. I drank like a fish for the next 2 days, and didnt ride the bike anywhere but to town and arounf the cabins I was staying at.

    Friday late afternoon I did a lap of sunrise and some interval climbing around the saddle, felt pretty good, but really wasnt sure what would happen on the climb.

    Saturday morning went to Sierra City early had breakfast and waited around with the other 800 some odd riders. I was 5 minutes ahead of my normal pace by the left handed switchback after the loose shale about mile 3. Suprised, I didnt want to risk cramping and held a bit of a slower pace than I felt I could pull, I ended up at teh top at 1:18, exactly my typical pace and feeling pretty lively still. Sunrise was a bit of traffic, but made more passes than I expected on the narrow and twisty trail, then slowly picked off more and more along the way. I remember going through First Divide smiling and pushing along, I thought am I delierious or did I not ride hard enough. I shouldnt be this happy right now. I pulled into DV at 2:46 with no mechanicals or big blunders along the way. I cleaned all the sections I knew would be plugged up with walkers and unprepared riders. Knowing the problem areas from last year and warnign the rideres directly around me while in groups kept us moving whe neveryone else was bobbling or waling. I definitly look forward to next year!

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    There were some timing issues with the transponders but luckily there was manual timing in place to rectify. According to the initial electronic results, two sport women would have won pro womens XC by a decent margin. So, I imagine the beginner guy with the super fast time probably had a chip issue also....

    This DVille was my first ever XC race and only my third ever race period so I was pretty nervous going into it, not knowing what to expect and all. I decided to race AM Expert (34 and under) just to be sure I wasn't a sand bagger. My weapon of choice was a 32.5 pound Giant Reign X with a single 36t front ring. This is my only weapon so there wan't really much choice ha-ha.

    I got about 3-4 hours of crummy sleep before the XC so I wasn't feeling exactly chipper, but I felt pretty much okay once the adrenaline kicked in. I finished the XC in 2:41:34 which was good for 8th. Even though my Reign X helped me to pass a lot of people on the DH portion of the course, I was still pretty far back already just from pulling 32.5 lbs up that biznitch of a climb. I definitely think the balance between light-weight/DH-worthiness needs to be shifted more to the XC side to be competitive at Dville. Next year....

    I was pretty smoked today for the DH but I managed to put together a 54:51 for 4th place. No major mistakes, the only thing holding me back was my fitness.

    I'm not sure yet what my overall position was but I doubt if I gained more than a spot, if that, so I'm guessing I stayed in eighth but I won't know until the results are posted online.

    It was such a fun weekend. Like I said, I've never raced XC before and barely raced at all so I've never dug so deep for so long. A 6 hour ride with your buddies doesn't even compare to a 2.5 hour race! When the gun goes off you just give it 100% until you cross the line. Definitely the most fun I've had in a long time! I will be back next year for sure with a bike that is not more than 28 lbs.

    BTW, Lopes ran a 2:18 in the XC so the guy who said he wasn't that fast must be pretty darn fit!

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    Home again

    Menso and I are home again after 4 days of riding in Downieville.

    Menso and I both had a great race. Menso probably biked too much on Thursday and Friday to beat Jason or Mark to the top of Packer Saddle, but he was not too far behind. He had a good descent and outsprinted Tim Olson to the finish line for a very nice sixth place in the XC with a time of about 2:05. He double flatted on the landing of too big a jump on third divide in the DH race, so he didn't do too well there. His Downieville podium streak ended, but his pro debut was impressive.

    I moved up from Beginner and had my first Downieville Sport race. The Sport starting crowd was huge: it took me more than 30 seconds to even get passed the start line and the road was so packed that it was hard to pass anyone. The forced slow start may have been good, as I felt really strong the rest of the climb. I walked the one boulder section with everyone else, but cleared all the other sections easily and was at the start of Sunrise in exactly 1:18 (about 8 minutes faster than last year). I was concerned I would hold up other sport riders in this twisty and somewhat technical downhill section, but managed to stay right with the riders in front of me and didn't get yelled at or passed by the riders behind me. Sunrise added about 11 1/2 minutes (for me, less than 7 for the top pros) to the race course compared to last year.
    I passed a few more riders on the fire road climbs to Babyheads and even passed a rider or two on the downhill, but quite a few would pass me when they had the change. I slowed down too much and fell sideways in one especially bumpy section of Babyheads, where at least 6 riders flew passed before I managed to jump back in the race, and still had to put a foot down in some sections of Pauley Creek and allow a rider or two to pass. I have to work on that momentum thing some more...
    I almost cramped up when passing a Team Wrong Way rider on the 500 yard climb before third divide, but managed to shake it. I knew I was close to making my goal of breaking three hours, so I pushed extra hard on the pedaling section of upper and lower first divide, sprinted the road to the finish line for an official time of 2:59:55. Last year my time was 3:04:25 so I gained 4.5 + 11.5 (sunrise trail) = 16 minutes this year. Not bad. Let's try to do that again next year, when we'll have to go down there and practice more. Fremont Older just doesn't prepare me well for Sunrise, Babyheads or the Pauley Creek Trail.

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    Ha! I had breakfast with Lopes Thursday morning at The Wooden Trout. Worked the timing section on the top of the 7 mile climb out of Sierra City. Even with flourescent red cones, these guys climbing have numb minds from lack of oxygen at the top.... I counted 6 racers that flat out blew it and went down the old race course and pavement despite me waving them to the left over the pads to trip the timers.

    We had some problems with installation of the chips by a few young riders that FAILED to read the mounting directions. They need to be installed by the racer very low on the fork leg, within 6" of the bottom so that the timer mats pick them up and get a reading..

    Way fun and cool group of people at Dville... Met HB of SRAM and passed out cherry snowcones for RoxShox, SRAM, Truvative Group, had coffee most mornings with Jourgen , didn't even know Brian Lopes was sitting next to me at breakfast.Today, I got to touch Mark Weir's remains of a bike while removing the timing chip from the forks.

    Absolutely a blast... it's easy to see why Downieville is a classic. I drove 464 miles from LA Wednesday to get there, almost 9 hrs on the road, and I didn't even race, just volunteered. Way, way fun event, got to shuttle Thursday and Friday.

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    Unofficial results that were first posted. We had to leave before the the actual Official festivities.
    Downhill Pro's
    1. Ross Schnell
    2. Jason Moeschler
    3. Nathan Riddle
    4. Myles Rockwell
    5. Brian Lopes
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    i got 8th in single speed. had a flat on the fire road just after sunrise?? no idea what i could have hit. i also had to stop to tighten my non-drive side crank that was falling off after the climb. without the bad luck i think i could have podiumed looking at times. i was 2:32, winning time was 2;18 for SS.

    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.

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    Top Three SS XC
    Conrad Snover 2:16:19
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    Nuts, Completely Nuts. Cannot imagine how you single speed guys do this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Menso and I are home again after 4 days of riding in Downieville.

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    Wow for Menso. He's quickly rising up the ranks of top US pros!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt_Diggler
    i got 8th in single speed. had a flat on the fire road just after sunrise?? no idea what i could have hit. i also had to stop to tighten my non-drive side crank that was falling off after the climb. without the bad luck i think i could have podiumed looking at times. i was 2:32, winning time was 2;18 for SS.

    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.
    Wow, looks like you were cruisin before the mishaps. Great job Ty! How did Kimmel and Leva of Team Sexual Camel do?

    Awful news about Kirt. Wow. What a bummer. Keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt_Diggler
    i got 8th in single speed. had a flat on the fire road just after sunrise?? no idea what i could have hit. i also had to stop to tighten my non-drive side crank that was falling off after the climb. without the bad luck i think i could have podiumed looking at times. i was 2:32, winning time was 2;18 for SS.

    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.
    Wow man, that sucks. I'm pretty sure he started the DH right behind me. Was he #75, right? Hope he's okay!

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    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.

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    kimmel was 11th in expert. Leva crashed coming onto the pavement with one mile to go and broke his brake lever and dislocated his finger, finished 17th expert. could have been a better weekend for the camel....

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    Quote Originally Posted by strom
    Unofficial results that were first posted. We had to leave before the the actual Official festivities.
    Downhill Pro's
    1. Ross Schnell
    2. Jason Moeschler
    3. Nathan Riddle
    4. Myles Rockwell
    5. Brian Lopes

    Wow! Sounds like Moeschler/Weir's reign is over. Crazy stuff. Awesome reports everybody.

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    2:59:30 good for 27th out of about 80 racers in my age group - 35-44 sport my #643, Angioplasty w/ stents in March really messed up my race season. I did one CCCX xc on the SS , one cccx DH and Dville; that was the extent of my racing this year.

    I did not train at all for this race, other than 2 pre runs last weekend of the descent portion, so I'm hoping that next year with some conditioning I'll be cracking 2:45. God willing and health allowing.

    Last year I started cramping before the water curtain thing, about 1/2 hr into the race and battled cramps the whole race to finish in 3:30:xx, this year I conquered the cramping issues and cracked 3hrs, so I'm pretty stoked.

    This year, I was in the mix of riders, and I must say that the traffic jams are dangerously slow, and were a bit frustrating..... But that's racing, I'll just have to beat them to the top next time.

    If I got into the All Mountain I would have been 2nd in the XC, and since descending is my strong suit I imagine I would have done pretty good. If the times were posted correctly.

    I'm eager to see my split time.

    It was a fun race and a positive experience for me this year. Healing vibes to the injured racers....

    And to the complaints about racers being oblivious or callous, we have to remember, THIS IS RACING and as such, we ALL signed acknowledgment's of consent and willful participation in an event with the inherent risk of being hurt or killed. If you're signing the waiver you're CHOOSING to take that risk. Living life to the fullest isn't always a walk in the park smelling roses. On the way down to the 3rd divide bridge I watched a guy overcook and rag doll in front of me about 30 yrds, I saw him jump up and asked if he was ok, but I didn't stop, does that make me an a hole too?

    It is sad to hear of the poor medical treatment of Kirt..... D'ville is very remote and trauma medicine is a LONG way away, it is very important for good acute first aid in such conditions. Hope he's OK.

    And the head injury, glad she'll be ok. Knocks on the knoggin are potentially fatal. Props to her for racing though.... I love to see female racers!!! .... courageous! Rock On!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyBoy
    Ha! I had breakfast with Lopes Thursday morning at The Wooden Trout. Worked the timing section on the top of the 7 mile climb out of Sierra City. Even with flourescent red cones, these guys climbing have numb minds from lack of oxygen at the top.... I counted 6 racers that flat out blew it and went down the old race course and pavement despite me waving them to the left over the pads to trip the timers.

    We had some problems with installation of the chips by a few young riders that FAILED to read the mounting directions. They need to be installed by the racer very low on the fork leg, within 6" of the bottom so that the timer mats pick them up and get a reading..

    Way fun and cool group of people at Dville... Met HB of SRAM and passed out cherry snowcones for RoxShox, SRAM, Truvative Group, had coffee most mornings with Jourgen , didn't even know Brian Lopes was sitting next to me at breakfast.Today, I got to touch Mark Weir's remains of a bike while removing the timing chip from the forks.

    Absolutely a blast... it's easy to see why Downieville is a classic. I drove 464 miles from LA Wednesday to get there, almost 9 hrs on the road, and I didn't even race, just volunteered. Way, way fun event, got to shuttle Thursday and Friday.


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    In the middle of the trail is one thing off the trail is another

    To clarify, my sis was in the middle of the trail immediately after her crash. The guy was getting yelled at for basically not running her over.

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    Dirt_Diggler,

    Good news for your friend Kirt is that even if he was fused his range of motion (ROM) would still be fine as 90% of ROM comes from c1,c2. Hopefully he just fractured the Spinus Processes which will heal fine. Important thing is that he is walking and talking and not paralyzed.

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    bizzare day for me

    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.

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    Darth:

    My guess is hyponatremia, the symptoms are a pretty good fit. Possibly you over hydrated w/o consuming enough electrolytes and went too low on your blood sodium level.
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    update

    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

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by strom
    Top Three SS XC
    Conrad Snover 2:16:19
    Dezmin Wilder 2:16:22
    Yuri Hauswald 2:22:32
    Nuts, Completely Nuts. Cannot imagine how you single speed guys do this.
    Wow, that's truly impressive. Dezmin is amazing. Who is Snover? Amazing for it to come down to 3 seconds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt_Diggler
    i got 8th in single speed. had a flat on the fire road just after sunrise?? no idea what i could have hit. i also had to stop to tighten my non-drive side crank that was falling off after the climb. without the bad luck i think i could have podiumed looking at times. i was 2:32, winning time was 2;18 for SS.

    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.
    Great job Ty. Sounds like an easy 5 mins or so was lost for sure.

    What tires did you end up running?

    Hope Kirt makes it out OK, that sucks to hear that. Those Halo things are scary looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Fremont Older just doesn't prepare me well for Sunrise, Babyheads or the Pauley Creek Trail.

    - J.L.
    LOL I use to ride there. You gotta go ride Montebello/Kenndey. That will prepare you for the climb. I did a 37:00 up Bello a few weeks ago, then bonked on the climb at Dville.

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