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    Lemurian race reports & pics

    This was the easiest and most enjoyable Lemurian's ever. I decided off the line that I wasn't really looking forward to another suffer fest so I backed off on the first climb. Usually I'm cramping half way into the race but this year I had no muscle cramps at all. I ended up with a 2 hours 46 minutes which was fairly consistent to my times in previous years but this one was not so painful.

    I saw empty_beer and grrrah and a few other mtbr jersey's that I didn't know there. I have some photo's that I'll load asap.

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    where's the pics, tough guy?

    we were up there last weekend riding the trails for the first time ever. what an awesomeset of trails!
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    What was your number?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeng
    This was the easiest and most enjoyable Lemurian's ever. I decided off the line that I wasn't really looking forward to another suffer fest so I backed off on the first climb. Usually I'm cramping half way into the race but this year I had no muscle cramps at all. I ended up with a 2 hours 46 minutes which was fairly consistent to my times in previous years but this one was not so painful.

    I saw empty_beer and grrrah and a few other mtbr jersey's that I didn't know there. I have some photo's that I'll load asap.
    If you know what your number was, throw it up, I might have a shot of you.

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    (moved from the other thread)
    What an awesome event that was! Best way to describe the weekend as it was much more than just a race! Finally a race (other than downieville) with some super fun technical descents that we look for on or weekend rides.

    I had a great time, and definately have to come back. I need to break the 3 hour mark, which I was about to do until I slammed my derailleur into the spokes with 1/2 a mile left. Was able to bend it back and limp across the line at 3:01:56 then fix it enough to ride more of the great trails on sunday.

    Had a great weekend camping and hanging out with a great buch.

    #136 if you got any pics

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    Not the greatest picture, You obscured by some other riders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    If you know what your number was, throw it up, I might have a shot of you.
    Corina was #26 (She won her class)
    I was #27

    My pictures as soon as I get into the office.

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    Congrats to #26!

    Quote Originally Posted by jeng
    Corina was #26 (She won her class)
    I was #27

    My pictures as soon as I get into the office.
    How'd your Epic do and what tires did you end up running jeng?

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    I was #90

    Thanks to everyone at Lemurian Classic, the race is one of my favorites and it didn't disappoint this year. I cramped big-time late in the race and ruined my shot at under 3hrs, but I cut off lots of time from last year so Im happy.

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    Loki - wow, good eye! thanks for the pic!

    JMac, due to an unfortunate tire situation last wednesday, I was stuck with 1.9 Kenda Karma's F&R on a HT 29er for the race. I actually thought the tires were perfect for 95% of the course. The other 5% I was praying for my sidewalls, but overall it wasn't too bad a tire choice. I didn't think big volume was necessary like it is in D-ville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47
    How'd your Epic do and what tires did you end up running jeng?
    I ran the nevy/sb8 tubeless combo I always do and they worked great. I saw several ppl by the side of the road changing flats and was stoked it wasn't me. Could have gone lighter tires prolly, but I'm comfortable with this setup. The bike worked great.

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    Couldn't find 27

    But here are the other two.
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    I cut almost 20 minutes off my time from last year. And I was 83% less destroyed at the end.

    I swore last year that I would never race this event again without a bike that fit me. Not the first vow I've ever broken, but possibly the most painful. I can not wait until my frame is ready.

    I was sorry to miss the recovery ride on Sunday, but needed to get home. Rafael and Mat, fun camping with you guys!

    Pretty sure I was #216.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Internal14
    where's the pics, tough guy?

    we were up there last weekend riding the trails for the first time ever. what an awesomeset of trails!
    How about posting a report on your trip? I'd love to hear what you found on the coast!
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    Thanks to all those who helped put this on! What a great event! It was the first race that I have participated in. I have only been out on a few rides this year so I signed up for the 20 mile loop. I was just hoping to finish and ended up with a third for my class. If you happen to have any pics of #280 that'd be awesome. I was on a Specialized Enduro SL, one of the few dual crown guys out there. ha

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    I was #57

    That was a very fun and challenging course...

    Every muscle that could have possibly cramped started cramping at mile 19 until the finish....yep, even my fingers and toes

    My seatdropper made a HUGE difference going through the gnarly/or steep sections...I only walked the boulders on Satan's Crack...did anybody clear that?

    It was brutal, but I still had a lot of fun -- definitely doing it again next year.
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    One of the nice things about living in a small town is that the Lemurian gets great coverage in the local newspaper. Here's a link! http://www.redding.com/photos/galler...22nd-lemurian/ There was also a nice pre race article on Friday. Great pics Nate, thanks for helping out Saturday
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    No problem Ron

    Thanks for the beer

    Here is 57 and 216
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    Quote Originally Posted by jeng
    Corina was #26 (She won her class)
    I was #27

    My pictures as soon as I get into the office.
    Good job! The only problem is the picture of #26 looks suspiciously like you and not Corina.

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    The last picture in the Redding.com gallery includes women's winner Carrie Edwards (on the right) and Women's 40+ winner Julie Bates.

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    This was my first race, what a blast.I'll be back next year.got any pics of #45 ?

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    Photogs

    My friend Kevin took most of these.
    Here's all of em
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    Here's some:
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    Yup

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    This was my first race, what a blast.I'll be back next year.got any pics of #45 ?
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    Lemurian Guy - You guys put on a great event! A bit of a sufferfest on the SS, but the singletrack is always worth it
    Loki - Any pix of #1?
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    what a day

    Lemurian was only my second real race, my first being the beginner XC course at Sea Otter last weekend. Hamana has traditionally had a HUGE presence at Lemurian, and my friends told me that if I was going to go to all the way up there, then I should do the 21 or 26 mile course and forget about the 8 mile. Uh, OK, so much for taking it easy! I had heard lots of stories about the climbs, the heat, the pain, etc., but I had also heard that the trails were really fun and that the scenery was beautiful. I figured I would sign up for the 21-mile course and just treat it like a ride - finish, not crash, enjoy the views, etc. Then someone (cough, jeng, cough) told me I had to "kill it", and "not look at flowers." OK then! I decided I would at least try and keep up a faster-than-touring pace, even though since I didn't pre-ride the course I had no idea where to push it and where to hold back.

    Overall, I have to say that the course is AWESOME. Yeah, the climbs suck, but you don't feel as bad pushing your bike uphill when everyone else around you is doing the same! My highlights:

    * Seeing a bald eagle soar above me while riding across the dam, and pointing it out to other riders (and then seeing an osprey after the race!)

    * Handing out my extra shot blocks to grateful "red riders" (they're so fast!) when I took a break to get some food in me

    * Creek crossings - I have never ridden through creeks like that before - wheee!!!

    * Seeing my teammates on the course - jeng, wrong way, the pink one, boy Dana, mfine

    * Brandy Creek singletrack!!! Holy crap, I have never felt so "on" before during a new descent. The trail sorta reminded me of Solstice - not as steep, but the technical parts were so. much. fun!!

    * How freaking friendly everyone was! I was talking with a slew of other riders during the race and you could really tell that everyone was there to ride and have a good time. It was like the exact opposite of Sea Otter.

    * Three words: TRI-TIP FOR LUNCH. !!!!!

    I crossed the finish line after 3 hours and 18 minutes with a huge smile on my face. I was so stoked to just finish the race in a respectable time without crashing. During the awards ceremony, my friend Mo and I were the "Hamana Girls", making sure our teammates were photographed getting their medals with our team/beer banner. We were talking when all of a sudden a bunch of people started screaming my name. I turned around, and the ladies at the podium asked me, "are you [my name]?" I said I was, and then they said "well come get your medal!" "WHAT?!? Are you kidding me?!?" My jaw dropped - I had absolutely no idea that I had come in second in my age group (not that there were a lot of other women in that group, but still). I have pretty much never won a medal in anything athletic in my life, and it was the biggest surprise. I don't think I stopped smiling for at least another hour and a half. I know it doesn't really mean all that much, but it was a new feeling for me, and it felt pretty incredible!!!

    Suffice it to say that I can't wait until next year's race!!! Mad props to all the Lemurian sponsors - you guys/gals do an incredible job putting on a really fun and friendly event. I'll see you next year for sure!!!
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    That was a mountain bikers race! From a first timer's perspective, I agree with others that it's a tougher track than Dville XC course, due to the additional climbs and many sketchy descents. Some really fun trail though. Great event!

    I enjoyed myself, even though my "race" ended an hour into it when my rear derailleur stopped working, but I kept riding so I could see the whole course. I musta got off my bike 25 times to manually move my chain out of my spokes or out of granny (it kept bouncing up there). Then, about 2 miles from the end, it just exploded off... so I removed my chain and scootered to the finish, happy to be done.

    2:51 was my time... plenty of room for improvement next time. Turns out the cable was completely frayed near the grip... very odd. I shoulda just raced the SS

    Where was the photog set up for this shot? I'm #201... chasing down the pack of fast mo-fos:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer
    Where was the photog set up for this shot? I'm #201... chasing down the pack of fast mo-fos:
    He must have been on a hill on the east side of the dam. The course turns right and starts down the hill. With the huge lens he had, I'm sure he could get shots from quite a distance.
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    I sure picked a punishing course for my first ever race. I didn't exactly set fire to the 20 mile course, but finishing was my main goal and after being passed by so many 'red plate' racers I now have something to shoot for next year and much needed training motivation.

    Thanks to Ron for putting on a very well run event. The course markers helped a ton and made navigating the terrain much easier. It was also reassuring to see all of the volunteers throughout the course providing encouragement. Thanks tons.

    If there are any photos of 318 feel free to post 'em up (just not one of me hiking).

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    Good job! great ride

    only my third race ever (my first was this years NVDC, my second was this years SOC XC)... Had a blast, rode some of that that sketchy downhill that i never would have thought I could ride before and had a big grin at the bottom. Definitely wishing for rear suspension by the end!

    Definitely not fast, was amazed by how many red plates blew by me on the second climb, but man was that fun - if anyone caught a photo, i think i was 272 (with the red sea otter jersey)...

    thanks to everyone there for being so darn friendly - whoever 305 was - thanks for showing me the line on some of those tough spots!

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    Nice.....

    Quote Originally Posted by jeng
    I ran the nevy/sb8 tubeless combo I always do and they worked great. I saw several ppl by the side of the road changing flats and was stoked it wasn't me. Could have gone lighter tires prolly, but I'm comfortable with this setup. The bike worked great.
    .....no flats is good . I take it you'd use the same setup for d'ville unless you do the AM and use the Remedy? But would think you'd make up more time on the up with the Epic then you would gain on the downs with the Remedy.

    Hope you and the mz's didn't get your numbers switched, hate to have her loose out on her podium on a technicallity!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47
    .....no flats is good . I take it you'd use the same setup for d'ville unless you do the AM and use the Remedy? But would think you'd make up more time on the up with the Epic then you would gain on the downs with the Remedy.

    Hope you and the mz's didn't get your numbers switched, hate to have her loose out on her podium on a technicallity!!
    No, no. She got her medal. I just misstated numbers in my post. I think it would look funny if I went up there for the female 19-29 category winner

    Remedy, Remedy, Remedy, without a doubt for Dville. Same tire setup. Remember the trail of tears is only about 1/3 of the total AM time there. The Remedy corners waaaay better and descends like a downhill bike which should help me on the other 2/3rds of the race.

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    breadly - that's a pretty aggressive set of "first races"... now you just need to add D'Ville and you've got most of the CA epics.

    My first time riding this since 2003 when it was at a different location - I therefore took it a little easy and actually found the climbs pretty easy since it wasn't too hot and they were so shaded. Of course, if I was hammering I would have found them a lot harder!

    I had a great time - traded spots with a bunch of folks many, many times. The only thing I would do different (besides ride harder) is bring some chain lube.

    Any photos of #126 out there? Probably an embarassing one on the road where I was clearly sucking wheel...

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    Yeah, my plan was to do the sea otter this year as an introduction to MTB racing, but I was goaded into NVDC and Lemurian by a much faster, more experienced friend (he hit the podium at SOC and only 1 or 2 places off at NVDC and Lemurian)...

    That being said, i've had a blast and would love to try for D'ville too (if i can get my fitness level up to par)... Anyone here ride the point-to-point there with a hardtail before?

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    It was my first time doing a "real" mtb race, and I completely established myself as a roadie. Did well up nearly every climb (but began to blow towards the end, some of those hills felt like they went forever) and had people swearing at me (and to be fair, a few swearing back to chill out) for holding them up on the downhills. The race was honestly a bit beyond my ability level, especially as I got tired and had a hard time keeping focused. I walked an embarrassing amount of the course. Came in around 3:10.

    However, the organization was great, the area beautiful and I had a good time, with many opportunities for goals in the future.

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    I think I was #228

    This was my second Lemurian and first time on the long course. In fact, that was the first time I've ever ridden 26 miles in one shot, but I do love an adventure!
    Oops #1 was arriving with just enough time to register, use the port-a-potty and line up for the start. However, after a slow start I felt great and was very proud of myself for making it up almost every climb on the bike except that terrible Salt Gulch section. This alone was a major improvement for me over last year.
    Oops #2 was running out of water and not bringing enough Shot Bloks leading to bad cramping after the Salt Gulch hike. After that I was mentally toasted but was still able to stay on the bike for the rest of the course (which felt like forever). I was very sad to not be able to truly enjoy the awesome Brandy Creek trail as I was just focusing on not crashing. Unfortunately I was unsuccessful and went OTB and hit my quad hard.

    Overall I accomplished my goals of actually passing a few people on the climbs and the singletrack and of not walking my bike on the climbs. Next year my goal is to not have any logistical errors influence my finish time. Gotta get my crap together! Final time was 3:52 but I feel I can do much better next year

    Best part of the weekend though was Sunday afternoon. Camped out with my wife and took her riding along the Clear Creek Canal Trail. It was only her second MTB ride ever so we did didn't do anything crazy. I gave he some coaching on basic shifting technique, climbing and how to pick a line and lean forward, how to get her weight back on descents so she isn't terrified of an OTB, etc. It was pure joy to see everything just click with her and watch her clean the short technical climbs and descents and have few problems with the rocks and roots!

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    Hhmmmm.......

    Quote Originally Posted by jeng
    No, no. She got her medal. I just misstated numbers in my post. I think it would look funny if I went up there for the female 19-29 category winner

    Remedy, Remedy, Remedy, without a doubt for Dville. Same tire setup. Remember the trail of tears is only about 1/3 of the total AM time there. The Remedy corners waaaay better and descends like a downhill bike which should help me on the other 2/3rds of the race.
    ..........Remedy, interesting. Never been to D'ville, race or otherwise, so I'm picking for info. Signed up for the xc and trying to get a feel for things. Thinking of 2.55 WW up fr (would need to get), Mutano 2.4 rr (have).

    Btw OT, you guys see the CrashMaster (aka andy) anymore?? Heard he moved back to Marin but not seen much action from him in here......

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    Found ya.

    Quote Originally Posted by hokeypokey
    breadly - that's a pretty aggressive set of "first races"... now you just need to add D'Ville and you've got most of the CA epics.

    My first time riding this since 2003 when it was at a different location - I therefore took it a little easy and actually found the climbs pretty easy since it wasn't too hot and they were so shaded. Of course, if I was hammering I would have found them a lot harder!

    I had a great time - traded spots with a bunch of folks many, many times. The only thing I would do different (besides ride harder) is bring some chain lube.

    Any photos of #126 out there? Probably an embarassing one on the road where I was clearly sucking wheel...
    You were in the dark and out of focus, so its not the best picture by any means.
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    Ron! Thanks so much to you and your team for putting on a great event once again! I last rode in 2007 due to a broken leg in 2008. I was motivated to beat my 2007 time on the intermediate course so I dropped 35 lbs, actually trained and finished in 2:40 beating my 2007 time by 1 hr 6 min to top it off I got 3rd place 35-39 year olds. Icing on the cake. Watching the red plates fly buy was inspiring so I'm stepping up to the long course next year. Everyone out there is totally cool and out to have a good time. What a great sport.
    If anyone in the south bay wants to ride let me know. Any pics out there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    If you know what your number was, throw it up, I might have a shot of you.
    Hey Nate, #94 here... Im pretty sure Camille snapped a pic of me, I didnt notice her till I was just passing she was hiding in a tree.
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    This race was pretty awesome. My first race ever (just got into Mt. Biking in January of this year) Also my first time riding a continuous 26 miles. Finished around 3:30. I was shooting for under 4:00 since I had no rest all last week after working on steep ground for 10-12 hour days. Was really concerened about not finishing the long course and almost switched to the intermediate course, glad I didnt. Thanks for the motivation Nate. Also, I'll be back in Redding Thursday night so I have Friday-Sunday off for a wet weather ride. Loki, or anyone else with pic's I was #94
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    That was no doubt an absolute blast...most fun I've had at a race by a long shot. I'll be back for sure. As others have said, everyone was super friendly, even those I was going head to head with. And post-ride lunch was fantastic. Thanks much to the organizers and volunteers.

    Loki, any shots of #47?

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    Found 94 but no 47

    Quote Originally Posted by troutbum24
    Hey Nate, #94 here... Im pretty sure Camille snapped a pic of me, I didnt notice her till I was just passing she was hiding in a tree.
    Here you go Blain. I'm going to be out of town this weekend. But I might be up for a Friday evening ride.
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    BEST_LEMURIAN_EVER! Even though I didn't ride my fastest time this year, this was by far my best Lemurian race in the 6 I've done. The food was great - BBQ was perfect. The course was fast and fun as I expected but the weather was just perfect. I can't wait until next year.

    Hey Pirhana426 - thanks for the shot block! That was pretty sweet 'cause I just got my second wind afterwards.

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    LemurianGuy---Do you know when race results will be posted on the Lemurian website? I saw the sheet that was posted after the race, but the one I saw didn't have the breakdown by age categories. Thanks!

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    The web guy has the results, but we're a freebie so I guess he's taking care of his paying customers first. I'll get the results tonight and post them here, they'll eventually make it to our website
    www.shastalemurian.com!!

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    yay

    Quote Originally Posted by Skratchy
    Hey Pirhana426 - thanks for the shot block! That was pretty sweet 'cause I just got my second wind afterwards.
    Awesome; I'm glad it helped! I carried waaay too much food with me during the race - I packed a PB&J sandwich (!!!), 3 Gus, 4 packages of shot blocks, and a package of Enervitene. I did the same thing at Sea Otter. Apparently my brain equates "racing" with "getting lost in the wilderness for a week", and I pack my Camelback accordingly. I have to work on that.

    BTW, did anyone get any pictures of #257 (me)?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    Here you go Blain. I'm going to be out of town this weekend. But I might be up for a Friday evening ride.
    I know that guy (151) thats Rocky Shook, that guy's an animal of a climber, good job Rocky.
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    Results!

    Here they are, perhaps I can get the age group results soon.
    Attached Files Attached Files
    www.shastalemurian.com!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47
    ..........Remedy, interesting. Never been to D'ville, race or otherwise, so I'm picking for info. Signed up for the xc and trying to get a feel for things. Thinking of 2.55 WW up fr (would need to get), Mutano 2.4 rr (have).
    The sidewalls of the Mutano seem a little thin for Downieville. I'm actually going the other way around with it - WW 2.55 LT w/ Inner Peace sidewall rear, and a Mutano 2.4 front. I like the side grip of the Mutano a little more than I do the speed and cushiness of the WW 2.55 up front.

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    Although I'm not the best representative of the muni (mountain unicycling) community, placing 8th of 9 riders, I'll take a stab at a report. The weather was perfect--best in the past 4 years!--and the course was in good form, though a little more torn up on Brandy Creek in some places than in years past. Geoff, the crazy guy on the 36er, set a new uni short-course record at 57 minutes--about 7 minutes faster than anyone had previously done. Amazing. The fact that he cleaned nearly every climb is pretty remarkable, from my perspective!

    I had a pretty significant improvement over my previous times. In 06, it was over 2 hours for the short course (also my first MTB race on a unicycle); 07 was 1:48, 08 down to 1:42, and this year I took 7 minutes off the climb and 8 off the descent for a 1:26. Now I guess I need to bring my 36er next year so I can carve another 1/2 hour off my time to get in Geoff's league , as my 29er didn't have the speed I needed (it couldn't have been because I'm fat and slow, could it? Naw, must have been the equipment) . Still, I cleaned a whole lot more of the course than last year--I was in the "flow" zone, I guess.

    What a great time! Thanks to all who made the day possible! And if anybody has any pics of the unicyclists, I'm sure we'd love to see them.

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    pic of #21

    Hey Loki -- any shots of #21? Thanks for checking.

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