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    Enduro II: 90 mile mixed terrain Enduro - SAT MARCH 20th

    Enduro II

    SATURDAY MARCH 20th.

    Start and end in central San Francisco.

    Ride is ~90 miles give or take. Rocks, roads and dirt. Wind, trees and ruts. Hills... lots of hills. Not for the faint of heart.

    Bring a bag with dry clothes to the start. It will be transported to the finish for you. Finish is very near the start. Full-on BBQ / beer bash and post ride sports massage included!

    All proceeds go to Matt Peterson's memorial fund.

    Details at sfenduro.blogspot.com

    All proceeds go to benefit the Matt Peterson Memorial Fund.

    Who was Matt Peterson?

    Remember last years event?
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    You are the man. I wish I could ride that far. Maybe I'll do an aid station again.

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    Great cause and Crank for the Bank was the shiz.

    In! Like one big flow and gg2mb ride but longer

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    Looks awesome. We need something like this around Santa Cruz.

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    Looks like a fun event.

    I wish there were more info on the sfenduro.blogspot.com as details are extremely vague.

    Did anyone participate in this event before and how did it go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iWiLRiDe
    I wish there were more info on the sfenduro.blogspot.com as details are extremely vague.

    Did anyone participate in this event before and how did it go?
    All of Murphy's events are memorable and kick ass. From his post it appears more details will be posted on Sunday evening. Route is not disclosed before hand to add to fun factor as route finding on these type of rides is half the battle, the other finishing and enjoying all the swag, friends and food/drink. Plus it is a fundraiser!

    Check out the previous edition thread.

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    I'm in -- were do I sign up -- Live in Belmont anybody want to ride MTBs TO and Back from the event -- Belmont as the staging area?
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    If I didn't go off and move to Denver I would hit V2 for sure.
    The last one was one of my most memorable rides/races ever. So much fun and so much pain at the same time. That keg of beer and the lbs of hummus and bread I ate at the finishing party was the best part I think Have fun everyone...this one is a can't miss.

    BTW - not sure if he is doing this one again, but if anyone does plan to do this race that isn't familiar with SF and Marin trails be sure and suck Grrah's (Raf) wheel as long as you can. I think if Jeffh, Rensho, and myself wouldn't have ridden with him on V1 we would have been hosed on this race. The maps you get at the checkpoints are good, but the mistake factor on making wrong turns is still HIGH

    BTW - If the course is anything like last time...CX bike is the ticket IMO. The front suspension on my 29er was certainly nice to have at certain points, but I was eyeing the CX bikes (and that 7-8 lbs weight savings) with envy at about mile 65+

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    The real men rode SS last year. Sick folks.

    The party afterwards is off the hook. Murph knows how to throw a party, and a bike ride.

    Bring a light and blinkie, and lots of food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    The real men rode SS last year. Sick folks.

    The party afterwards is off the hook. Murph knows how to throw a party, and a bike ride.

    Bring a light and blinkie, and lots of food.
    So you planning to enjoy the pain again? If so good luck

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    Hmm, its on a Saturday...
    I wonder if my knee will be up for it... or my legs for that matter...

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    No dinner date conflict for me this time. I am IN!

    I'll be riding a rigid 29er with light tires. How do I know this is the perfect choice? Because that's how my bike is set up right now, and I'm lazy.

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    Hmm.. it's my bday, and my friends said they'd do anything I want... maybe I'll sucker them into a 'nice little bike ride'....

    ...that'd be too mean.

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    Mmm, 90miles can be a lot, especially on dirt.
    Probably a good training for Boggs V...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MSH
    So you planning to enjoy the pain again? If so good luck
    Yes, if the calendar will behave, I will be there. Though, I've been trying to get to the snow all year, and each weekend, there is something prohibiting that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iWiLRiDe
    Looks like a fun event.

    I wish there were more info on the sfenduro.blogspot.com as details are extremely vague.

    Did anyone participate in this event before and how did it go?
    Yes. Great!

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    hey everyone... i could use a couple/few more helpers for the event to man a checkpoint and help with the BBQ after...

    if you wanna hang out but not do the ride PM me.

    thanks!

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    I think I'm going to come out on my SS and ride until I can't ride anymore. There is no way I can make 90 and 10k but I can always hitch hike home.......

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    Fun!

    Sounds like "fun", and a great cause. Unless I have to escort the "dirt smurf" up to the NorCal HS MTB league race in Granite Bay, I'll be there.

    Assuming there is such a thing, I'm hoping the CX bike is the right choice. And the long range weather forecast looks good too.

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    Update via Murphy with approximate meeting location, beer sponsor and swag!

    "Our good buddy Stein over at Spaten is pulling out all the stops so to speak and tells me Spaten is going to be providing their delicious Munich beer for all of us to enjoy! It sounds like he's got quite a bit of it and he also mentioned Franziskaner Weissbier too!

    Mike's Bike's is in with some prizes for us and checkpoint help and the fabulous Sheila Moon said she's got a trunk full of sweet gear to give away. Marin Bikes is showing up to race and they're pitching in to make the prize trove grow. A generous sponsor has also donated a new Flip video camera to be given away as a special prime.

    Chris Lane from Roaring Mouse has been keeping a lid on his plans for us, so I know he's brewing up something special. Also, the peeps at Cyclocross Magazine are throwing some subscriptions our way to give out as prizes and Carlos at Bike Monkey is going to make sure we look good.

    I'll post an update on the start location and parking details soon. It will be near the Panhandle area of Golden Gate park or thereabouts. The details will become available as soon as I can get them to you.

    Other notes: BRING BLINKY LIGHTS!!! You won't need a lock, but bring some blinky lights with you in case you get caught out after dusk, just to be sure.

    More updates Friday or Saturday... stay tuned!"

    http://sfenduro.blogspot.com/2010/03...-sure-you.html

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    more updates from the weekend, more to come today too!

    check back for latest: http://sfenduro.blogspot.com/

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    Wednesday AM Update:

    Ok, so this is a real treat... sponsors are getting a hold of me now to include items in the prize trove for this event! When's the last time that happened?

    The list of sponsors has grown to include:

    Boozley's Pickle's and Preserves (DFL Brad, local bike racer has taken is hobby business full time!)
    ALITE
    SIDI shoes
    Big Swingin' Cycles SF
    Fairfax Cyclery
    Sunshine Cyclery
    Chuey Hats
    Pedal Revolution
    Volich Farms

    there's a couple more i'm forgetting now too i'm sure.

    we're making the maps tonight and the t-shirts are in the works.

    i checked out part of the course and there are some MEAN ruts out there!

    we made the menu last night and my buddy Stein from Spaten came by and dropped off cases and cases of delicious Munich beer.

    more updates later today! check out the website listed in the above post for more.

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    Dang it, I knew this was coming and after reading the thread from last year looked like fun! But I'm going home this weekend, can you guys postpone it? haha

    HF everyone! Take pics, the weather will be AWESOME!

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    if anyone is going to come up form the Santa Cruz area, please PM me as i've got a racer who wants to come and needs to carpool.

    thanks!

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    Frontier flight 0165 3/18 Departs Denver 9:10PM arrives SJC 10:51PM ...OK I'm dreaming.

    Murphy...is the plan to make this an annual deal? If so, with better planning, etc on my part, I will be there nxt yr

    Have fun everyone....post lots o pix and vid if possible. Have to live vicariously!

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    Decisions, decisions.

    Well, I'm definitely "in" and looking forward to this little extraviasco.

    And as much as I'd like to use the CX bike, I'm now leaning toward the 29er hardtail w/low drag tires [kind of a CX bike on Roids]. I'm hoping to guard against the possibility of the "organizers" tossing in ascending Willow Camp, toward Bolinas Ridge,

    http://www.gatetrails.com/mounttam.html

    or groveling up one of the other dirt covered elevator shafts that litter Tam with a 34 x 27 low, or being subjected to some other example of "cyclo-sadism" I can't foresee.

    Decisions, decisions.......

    You guys couldn't have picked a better day weather wise - long range forecast is for @ 70 degrees on Saturday.

    It should be a freakin blast.

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    I was thinking the same thing about being good training for Boggs V. That and Murphy throws a great party. I wish I could make it but work has me out of town again and I think my kids might start to forget what I look like. I'll have to wait for the Murph's party up at Boggs. Which, by the wayn, I might have to take a page out of plim's book for my technique as I'm in sad shape. Too bad since I've got the perfect monster cross bike for this.
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    PARKING.

    Best best is to look for parking along Fell or Oak St. both are high traffic one ways and you can find some spots right next to the Panhandle park. Otherwise Fulton St. which parallels GG Park always has tons of parking, even for big ass SUVs. And then cruise through GG Park to where ever the meeting spot is. No meters and all day weekend parking in these locations.
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    ^^^ what he said.

    if you're thinking about driving up from the south bay or east bay wherever, the Panhandle of Golden Gate park is one of the easiest places into to get to from the freeway and it's usually easy to find parking there too.

    from 101 take the Octavia exit to Fell St... that's all you need to know.

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    I'm so looking forward to this.
    I think I'm going to try to do the longest ride I've ever done on my full suspension bike, or gear way down on my 'cross bike. ****.

    I still don't know what bike to ride. I think I'm going to flip a coin.

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    So bummed I'll miss this. Wife's new job, (putting on mtn bike races for kids!) puppy shots and my boy's jazz trumpet lessons (that he dislikes) take precedence. *sigh* Have fun y'all.

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    I'm in!

    Got the "hallpass" from the wife and I am good to go. I was going to ride a single speed but a buddy of mine who did it last year on a single is doing it on a geared bike this year. Hmmmm...I'm thinking cross bike
    Speed costs money, how fast can you afford to go?

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    Missing this for the 2nd time

    makes it suck just that much more. Guess ill have to wait for SFlow.

    have fun everyone. update frequently

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    edit:

    meeting spot is

    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...02068&t=h&z=19

    "Start location is the statue (it's William McKinley actually) at the far east end of Golden Gate Park's Panhandle. It's the corner of Fell St. and Baker St. The CA DMV is right across the street. Street parking should be easy."
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    I plan to be there,

    Working on bike prep today, rigid 29er with gears I know it's going to be the wrong bike half the time.....

    should be fun.

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    Cross bike it is.
    Can I borrow someone's full sus for a downhill or two? I'll lend out my cross rig for a climb in exchange...

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    new updates:

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    OK Murph, save a beer for me, even if I don't roll to the finish till 10pm...

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    rensho... you'll be FINE!

    final updates: sfenduro.blogspot.com

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    That was the hardest friggin' ride of my life.

    And definitely one of the best.

    Thanks so much to Murphy for putting this on and opening up your house for the after-party, all the people manning the checkpoints and all the other racers for being such good company -- especially Johnny Moab for giving me the push to pedal up to Radio Towers and back.

    I finished DFL with Johnny Moab, but, to my own complete surprise, did 100% of the ride. 95 miles, 11500ft. in about 12.5 hours. I'm off to bed now and might wake up by Monday.

    Thanks again. So awesome.

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    Great Job Justin!

    Quote Originally Posted by jdubsl2
    I finished DFL with Johnny Moab, but, to my own complete surprise, did 100% of the ride. 95 miles, 11500ft. in about 12.5 hours.
    Great job Justin!

    I'm so glad you finished. I had visions of you and Johnny Moab somewhere out in the headlands @ 3am "spooning" to stay warm

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    Thanks, Murphy!! That was an incredible ride. Brutal, but incredible. Great planning, awesome volunteers, and a killer route (in more ways than one!) ... kudos to all involved. One day later I'm wondering if Chex Mix turtle bars are the ambrosia they seemed when we were standing under Sir Francis Drake facing the last hellish climb.

    OH, and thanks to the weather gods for bringing the temps down from Friday!

    Margaret and Tony Z

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    Awesome, awesome, awesome. Thanks to Murphy for organizing and throwing one hell of an after party.

    Route was . As soon as we got to the Legion of Honor from the starting point to get the maps I knew this would be epic. Weather cooperated and trail conditions were good. After reaching the first checkpoint atop Mt. Tam I was already spent. Descent down Eldridge brought me back enough to make my way to the golf course and start climbing up Pine Mountain. But a wrong turn took me to the wrong lake . Should know my local trails better. Was spent trying to correct my mistake and had images of pulled pork and Spaten dancing through my head and made my way down to the singletrack and home.

    Congratulations to all who finished that ride, everyone out there was freakishly talented and crushed it. I need to ride some more. Jameson brought me back to life.

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    Tell me someone took some pictures of this thing.

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    pix from checkpoint 4.

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    What a great time!

    Thanks Murphy, I had a blast! It was a pleasure meeting you and doing this event. The Coke at the base of Loma Alta was a godsend. Thanks also, so much, for opening your home to us after the event, the food was wonderful and the hospitality better still.

    Having no personal knowledge of the route, and no desire to see how quickly I could get lost, I took in the sights and played "follow the local" all day. The second we started dropping down Eldridge Grade, I knew using the 29er hardtail was the right choice. Aside from JeffH, Rensho, Justin, and Ryan, I tagged along with Johnny Moab, a plague of rodents [the Roaring Mice], Tony Z. and finally "Wes" intermittently during the day. Thanks you guys! You kept me company and saved me from testing my feeble map reading skills. I'd still be out there circling some neighborhood in Larkspur w/o you!

    I really enjoyed taking in the GG bridge on the way out and coming back in; probably only second to seeing the "Mice" euthanize themselves en mass descending Eldridge and on Pine Mountain aboard their CX bikes. I never knew rodents could whine. Going up Railroad, I was nearly mesmerized by the views of the bay. All great stuff out there on Sunday. Makes the broken finger and 2 ticks I had to pull less annoying.

    Hope there's an SF Enduro III. I'll be looking forward to it!
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    First off I would like to thank datenschwanz for putting on a great event. I also would not have made it through this day without the encouragement of jdubsl2, jms and rensho who kept me going.

    Race Report: SF Enduro II

    Having done the first SF Enduro a little over a year ago, I really wanted to make the second running of this race (I use the term race loosely for me since I just wanted to finish after making all the check points)

    The Start was 9 am in Golden Gate Park at the William McKinley statue. 66 riders signed up for this day of pain. I saw my other Wrong Way team mate Erik Trauschke a few minutes before the start and he was planning to latch on to Isaias Job wheel and not let go for the day. There’s no way I can ride at Erik’s pace, so no thought entered my mind of ever riding with him. My plan was to pace myself and ride with a group of friends for the day. No classes for this race and Murphy announced two bonus sections out on the course, the first one would be a loop in Tamarancho of all single track for a 1.5 hour time reduction off your overall time and a second bonus, a climb up Loma Alta to the top of Big Rock to the Radio Towers, for a 2 hour time reduction. At this point at the rider’s meeting, no one new where the ride was going yet, no maps of the course had been posted, we had all been told no matter what bike you bring it will be the wrong bike at some point!

    Last year I rode my Salsa Cross Bike and cross bikes dominated that race, I had a feeling Murphy would make this race a little tougher on the Cross bikes so I set up my 29er Fisher Superfly full rigid with some fast rolling tires this time.

    We were told to put all our bikes on one corner of the lawn about 100 yards away and come back to the Statue for a quick riders meeting. The first maps where set down by our bikes on the lawn and we were told that a second map would be at a Check Point at the Legion of Honor for the rest of the race course. After a quick briefing on the race we had a Le Mans Start with a run around the McKinley Statue and off on the bikes.

    It was mayhem and confusion, after getting our first map, we had to ride to the Legion of Honor and pick up a new set of maps for the rest of the ride. Hopping on our bikes and heading out into the street of San Francisco. Once rolling I tried to get together with my group that I planned to ride with for the day. Our group of 6 quickly became 4 with Justin, John, Craig and I. Craig was our navigator since he knew San Francisco and Marin well. After the Check point at the Legion of Honor and a new set of maps, we headed over the Golden Gate Bridge into Marin for a climb up Mt. Tam on Old Railroad grade.

    Water management was a key for me since I was only using two bottles to keep the weight down. After we made the summit of Mt. Tam we all topped off our bottles at the look out and had a quick bite to eat before headed down Eldridge grade. Craig quickly flatted in the first ¼ mile and was fully prepared to deal with it. Eldridge grade was littered with cross bikes and MTB’s with flat tires. About 2/3 of the way down Eldridge we stopped to regroup and wait for Craig with some Roaring Mouse riders on cross bikes waiting for one of their team mates that flatted. They were not roaring about their cross bikes at this point and they were eyeing our MTB 29er’s with envy.

    Just past Lake Lagunitas we were now a group of 10-12 with the 4 Roaring Mouse riders and our new navigator Moab Johnny, who lives in Fairfax and knew all the local trails.

    Johnny knew where all the hidden water spots where and kept us on track for the rest of the day.(we owe this guy big time) We all headed off for the climb up Pine Mt with Johnny leading the way to the next check point.

    We climb out of the canyon up to Check Point 3 at White hill fire road and then headed off to check point 4 for the Tamarancho extra time loop. At check point 4 we came across Erik and Isaias, they had just finished their loop in Tamarancho. Erik gave me a few words of encouragement and I was off for my bonus loop in Tamarancho.

    After Tamarancho we headed to Check Point 5 with a stop under the bridge at Sir Francis Drake Blvd. before the climb up Gun Shot. Murphy was there with cold beers, cokes, Water, and popsicles, wow how nice was that at mile 45. All I can say is the climb up Gun Shot SUCKS, but Check Point 5 was at the top and the out and back extra time bonus to Big Rock started there. I made it to the top of Gun Shot about 5:10pm and missed the 5pm cut off for the extra time bonus. I was pretty beat at this point anyway so no great loss for me. My buddy Justin and Moab Johnny went for the bonus anyway. Out of the 70 riders, only 9 made this extra bonus climb, (Team Wrong Way rider Erik Trauschke being one of them).

    From Check Point 5 I now had a 25 mile ride back to San Francisco, I was on my own now since Justin and Johnny where going for gold. I did take a wrong turn going back down Gun Shot and ended up on Sir Francis Drake Blvd., for the long road ride back to San Francisco and the Party at Murphy’s place.

    My stats where 9,940 feet of climb 81.82 miles, I made all 5 check points for the Enduro plus the Tamarancho bonus loop.

    Can’t wait for the next one.

    My Garmin track for the ride

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    Going into this ride, I wasn't planning on being real competitive for any kind of top finish. Instead, I made it into a long ride with friends across new terrain and trails making sure to leave enough time to stop for some photos. Sorry for the crappy quality, they're 2MP cell phone pics.

    Here's everyone gathered at the McKinley Park start.


    Our first checkpoint, the Legion of Honor


    First ground-level glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge


    Getting ready to cross


    Our four man team rolling across the Golden Gate


    Rolling into Sausalito.


    At our first hint of dirt, a fire road climb, everyone scatters for a piss break.


    We reached the West Point Inn


    And were rewarded with a great view from the top. It's hard to believe we started in the city which is now so far in the distance.


    My trusty companion enjoying the view


    Johnny Moab had a new following after displaying total confidence in knowing the route. We gathered at this water stop before continuing on.


    Hey look! More climbing! We're really out there, now.


    After making one of the checkpoints, we rode some trails. There was a lot of deadfall which made for a lot of hike-a-bike.


    Moving forward into/in Tamarancho.


    The King of Pain himself. I enjoyed a cold Coke, water refill and some unbelievably tasty caramel twix bar thing at this checkpoint before climbing/walking Gun Shot.


    More incredible views.


    Johnny Moab at the base of Big Rock. We had just dropped down from checkpoint #5 to begin the time bonus (haha) up to Radio Towers.


    I remember saying "Damn. That's a big rock!" Thus, the name... "Big Rock"


    Lucky for me, the climb up to the radio towers was not that bad. It was pretty buff, swoopy trail that made for a great descent.


    At this point, I am freaking exhausted and the towers look really far off. I am beginning to question if this was a good idea.


    Closing in on the radio towers. The couple manning the checkpoint had already begun their descent. (Sorry I forget your name) turned around to verify we made the summit and checked our time cards.


    The sun began to set shortly after we got back to checkpoint #5. What a sight, though!


    You can't tell in this picture, but my calves were pulsating. The day of pain was beginning to really take it's toll. I had been feeling a golf ball sized knot in my left calf which luckily never turned into a full blown cramp.


    Saying goodbye to our last piece of dirt for the day.


    Lights on.


    Only the GG bridge and Presidio stand between us and completion.


    Murphy's is close.


    No pictures of the tasty pulled pork sandwiches, beer and cookies.

    Garmin: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/27564245 It has a few flaws because at some point I bumped the 'stop' button and then left it running once we got back to Murphy's. But, you get the idea: this is one big, serious mother of a ride.
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    Great job! Truly an impressive feat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffh
    ....Having done the first SF Enduro a little over a year ago, I really wanted to make the second running of this race (I use the term race loosely for me since I just wanted to finish after making all the check points)...
    Sweet race report Jeff and congrats! Looks like you guys had perfect conditions to. How did the route compare to V1? Did the 29er end up being the right choice? I know I was looking with envy at your guys CX bikes in V1.

    I was thinking about this all day on Saturday and how much I wanted to be there. I'm going to do everything I can to make V3.

    Again nice work everyone!

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    Wow and I hurt from Coe. Makes our ride like a trip around the block compared to your. Sounds like it was a blast. No wonder you couldnt make it.

    I was wondering if you would have any energy to party after

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    Murphy,

    Thank you and Emily for hosting us. That was the longest ride I've ever finished. I was stoked. Still a bit beat up too.

    No bonus nothing for me, just 5 check points and a lot of sucking Roaring Mouse wheel. Thanks for the pull back to the city guys. I think I'd still be at a coffee shop in Sausalito drinking milkshakes if it wasn't for the little pace line on the way home.

    I was the guy in the red and white OC kit. Good to meet everyone I met out there. I know I had a good little walk with Jdub on the way up the furnace climb. All you guys that did the bonuses are savage!

    2 pulled pork sandwiches, 3 pieces of chicken, half a tub of hummus, and at least 10 cookies later I was back to somewhat functional. Doesn't have to be fun to be fun!

    See you at Boggs.

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    Impressive ride!

    to everyone!
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    I saw a threesome on their cross bikes working their way through the rock garden at Tamarancho while I was on my mellow ride. Harsh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spindelatron
    I saw a threesome on their cross bikes working their way through the rock garden at Tamarancho while I was on my mellow ride. Harsh.
    The rocks at Tamarancho were nothing compared to Eldridge, I must have passed 15 guys with flats on the upper section. That was a tough ride for me with 5" of full squish...I can't imagine doing it on a rigid cross bike even with all the pavement. One guy did it on a road bike too.
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    What was the CX to MTB ratio? The stuff some people can ride on CX bikes amazes me.

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    Say 5:1 on CX bikes to mountain bikes.

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    Darn Good Times!

    Thanks Murph, Emily and all the volunteers for putting on a great race! It was a blast!

    I started the race with the intention of doing the whole thing but after being beaten up on my cross bike going up and down hill I was happy just to finish the short course. This was definetly a MTB race and not for the faint of heart. Skinny tires, rigid fork and 36x25 gearing all got a little old by the end of the day

    Ended up doing 70 + miles and 8,200 feet in about 8.5 hours. It was all worth it when we got to Murph's place for chicken and pulled pork. Kudos to Emily on the chicken. Also I got to spend quality time with my fellow Roaring Mice. It was great having wingmen. Overall it was a great day. Can't wait to do it again.

    The only down a part was the flat tire I got riding the 8 blocks back to my car at the start line. After getting down Eldridge and Pine Mt. without a flat, I get a punture on Masonic Ave. Talk about ironic
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    Bummed I missed it and wish I could have suffered with you all. Sounds like an awesomer route than E-1.

    But if it makes you feel any better, I think I sprained my neck chilling on Pacific Beach (SD).

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    A better question is

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus
    What was the CX to MTB ratio? The stuff some people can ride on CX bikes amazes me.
    LOL! A better question is, "How many riders would do that same route again on CX bikes?". I can tell you the three Mice I rode with were intermittently lamenting their equipment choice. Like I said to Tom [of Roaring Mouse], "For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction". This was in reference to using a CX bike again this year, after that equipment choice absolutely ruled last year. I guessed, correctly [thank gawd], Murphy no doubt took note of past events, and made damn sure it wasn't going to be as "easy" [and that's a relative term] for cross bikes to dominate this year. After all it was billed as an "Enduro", not a longass CX ride.

    During the day, I had more than a few offers to trade bikes, which, I politely refused. And I fielded more than a few set-up questions regarding, "which 29er should I buy". There were a number of places @ Pine Mountain, where it was too loose or steep to ride a CX bike, and even with a semi-slick 2.2 Raven rear tire, I rode past the erstwhile lycra clad Sierra Clubbers. Rode up Loma Alta w/1 dab too - steering error. And Tamarancho was really a kick w/that hardtail.

    Don't misinterpret this, I nearly rode my CX'r, I love my CX bike, and I have no doubt the absolutely fastest choice to do this event is still a CX bike - "if" everything goes right, the rider has mad skills/fitness, "nads" the size of cannonballs, and didn't care about being able to lift his arms to button his shirt the next day. I am not that skilled. My balls aren't much larger than BB's, and I had the energy to do a 16 mile ride @ Demo on Sunday with my [Kish] 29er.

    Cutting through all the babble it's still about what one is comfortable and confident riding. I know the only thing I'd do differently equipment wise for that route, is use a more aggressive front tire. The Nanoraptor was a major handful down Eldridge. I ran out of talent in a marbley corner @ 1/4 of the way down and ate sh!t. And I've got the "Jimmy Dean" breakfast sausage shaped, broken middle finger to prove it too.

    Really doesn't matter what you ride. Just ride something and do the the next SF Enduro. It's such a great day.

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    Well, of the top four riders, two were on mountain bikes (both 26, I think) and two were on CX bikes.

    So it's not like one was a clear advantage over the other. But I bet mountain bikes were substantially less painful...

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    I felt bad for all the CX guys as I blasted by them on big tires down Eldridge, but was jealous of them on the road stretches. I imagine the Tamarancho bonus wouldn't have been much fun on a CX bike, either. I think the fact that it's so unclear which bike was truly better suited for this says something about the course being what was advertised. Truly mixed and on any bike, you'll regret it at some point.

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    Next time I am rocking a motorized recumbent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    Next time I am rocking a motorized recumbent.
    Well, if you get lost, doesn't really matter what bike you're riding, does it?

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    The CX bike wasn't that bad. You needed to slow on the rocky DH, and the mudpits kinda sucked for your expensive wheels/rims. While the techy DH sections were a handful, the roadburn sections were nice to just put your head down and TT.

    Murphy and Emily, and the helper crew, thank you very very much for taking the time and energy to put this on. The race/course/party was truly epic. You guys are the Kings of race planning and prep. This E2 seemed to go off without a single hitch. Well done. I lift this free/empty Spaten to you all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubsl2
    I think the fact that it's so unclear which bike was truly better suited for this says something about the course being what was advertised. Truly mixed and on any bike, you'll regret it at some point.
    That, in a nutshell, is why this event is so intriguing to me. That and the pulled pork.

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    We've got some t-shirts left if anybody wanted to get one and forgot PM me! Just $5 and the money goes to Matt's memorial fund!

    They're fitted, black, and have the super cool Enduro II logo on them.

    We also have a few left over posters and map sets. Same deal, PM me and they're set aside for you.

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    That was really wild! My report is posted here: http://cxteam.blogspot.com/2010/03/e...as-report.html

    Congratulations to all the riders, and many thanks to the volunteers.

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    Freaking incredible! The rides just keep getting bigger and bigger, but this was MASSIVE. Congrats to all of the folks that stepped up and attempted this. Finishing is a true feat.

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