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    Napa Valley Dirt Classic race report

    Today's race course turned out to be much better than anticipated after all
    the rain that fell last night. Cool, mostly sunny, and not as muddy as my short pre-ride
    lead me to believe. I did a quick little spin pre-ride and must have collected about 6lbs
    of mud in just the first 1/2 mile. My Panaracer XC Pro USTs, which worked well enough at Sea Otter last week, were a bad choice. So I took off with my fellow Clydes, and our group of about15 quickly seperated into two groups. I was able to hang for most of the first 10 miles at the back of the first group and settled into "no man's land." Since my tires weren't shedding much of the mud I collected early on, I was doing alot of sliding on some of the short downhill sections. Guessing to be about midpack, I tried to just hammer away, and keep ahead of the guys behind me. The first part of the course was awesome, fast, and not too much mud. My fear became the poison oak, and there seemed to be tons of it. I was fine until I hit "heartbreak hill," or should I say it hit me. I joined most of the other hikers and pushed, and pushed, and slowly the thoughts of "way did I do this race?" filled my head (my head is usually good for at least a few on these thoughts each race). My legs felt like stumps, and as several women, a few fellow clydes, and kids started to pass me, I realized I needed to work at longer training rides. Last week,
    at Sea Otter, I was running just inside top ten, and had about seven guys pass me on the final climb to finish 17th midpack. Heartbreak Hill came at about 1:30 into the race and sure enough, I had nothing left. I sucked it up and finished. That course is awesome, but
    for the 2nd year in a row, that final climb kicked my arse I can only guess that if I'm blowing up 1:30 into the last two races, I need to adjust my training. Before and after the race, I met several of my fellow Clydes and all in all it was a great day
    Every day above ground is a great day!

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    What a fun race!!! I think I have more fun as a spectator than a participant at the nvdc. There are always shortcuts to the next good spot to watch from and you can get there before the racers come through.

    I saw Rafael as soon as I got there and saw IRMB warming up, but didn't see him again after that ( how'd ya do homie?)

    I picked up some Nutter Butters and Fig Newtons and headed out to the Whoops. What a spectacle to watch a beginner come up to those 3 story drop/ g-out for the first time. good stuff! I headed over to catch the fast guys coming out of some singletrack and then back over to the top of heartbreak to pass out fig newtons and nutter butters.

    Back at the finish line, saw some old friends, met morganfletcher and saw some podiums.

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    Weir's elbow

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    Dude's rockin' out.

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    Yeah, that hurts.

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    Fast Guys:

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    Fast Gal:

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    Life's hard when you have to build frames all day... no time to train!

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    Read too many mtbr horror stories?

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    Go Mike
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    Say hello to my little friend

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    Clydesdales... pffffft!

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    A place Zon is becoming quite familiar with

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    It could have been much worse... here's a photo from Angel's Camp..
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    Velocipus...I was talking to a fellow clyde at the finish and he was telling me how he
    forgot? to eat breakfast and felt a bonk coming on...until some dude handed him some
    fig newtons! You must of been gone when I passed by...
    Every day above ground is a great day!

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    my race report

    -great weather and crowd,
    -doing great all the way to the bottom of pope valley.
    -not doing so great by the end of the race.
    -good burritos in St. Helena

    more later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bradmtb
    Velocipus...I was talking to a fellow clyde at the finish and he was telling me how he
    forgot? to eat breakfast and felt a bonk coming on...until some dude handed him some
    fig newtons! You must of been gone when I passed by...
    Yeah... he looked hungry.

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    "Are you racing Expert today?"

    "No, I'm racing Sport today because I just got a new MTB."

    I heard that as I was leaving check-in this morning. It turns out that his new MTB is an Orbea Alma 29er hardtail. Of course he was in my group and I never saw him again after the start.

    Sport 40 to 49 was very good to me today. Midpack 13th finish, 12 min off the lead. More importantly, 20 minutes faster than last year's Beginner race.

    I carpooled up with Tick, another CCCX racer, and forgot my multi-tool, spare tube, CO2. I loaded up my car last night, and when Tick arrived, he wanted to drive. Luckily he had spares that I never had to use today.

    After warming up on the trainer (didn't forget that), I pre-rode the course to the Airport and back to check out the mud. I made a mental note not to walk up the steep muddy fireroad, but to hike straight up the hill. I also checked out the single track bog near the finish.

    Since I also forgot my heart rate monitor (HRM), I had to rely on relative perceived exertion (RPE). I figured I could race consistently at 7 to 8 RPE without bonking. As long as my breathing isn't too labored, I can ride all day.

    I passed a lot of hike a bikers by walking directly up the hill and started increasing my effort on the fireroad. On the first singletrack descent switchback, my pedal got stuck on a root as I was trying to dragging my bike past a stalled rider. I almost yanked out my left shoulder trying to get it loose.

    The leaf litter combined with the rainfall made the singletrack difficult to follow. It's narrow too, just wide enough in some spots for my bars. I notice that my flow is much better this year, as I'm using less brake and carrying more momentum through swoopy sections.

    Two riders from my group caught and passed me after cresting the climb before the Airport, and I had no answer. So, I hammered as best I could and maintained my position to the finish.

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    A great day out!

    Definitely a fun day out. Great organisation, one of the best routes, a lot of friendly cyclists plus a hot shower at the end. Cannae be bad!
    Well, apart from the monster hill and at least 6lbs of cack that filled tyre treads and every other nook & cranny. Can't wait for Howell Challenge though.

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    What a great ride. Nothing like what I've been training on at Annadel. Sadly, I decided to try out Cytomax in my camelback in the beginning (bad idea for my stomach) which really didn't work out for me at all. Later in the course, with all the altitude changes, I was really wishing I had taken sudafed before starting; my sinuses drained so badly, I (being a severe asthmatic) only had 1/2 of my lungs for the climbs at the end, as well as the finish.

    I had a great time though. The people I spoke with there were really friendly, quite nice to see. The dude on the Unicycle was insane; I saw him doing some of the muddy sections of the course. I don't recall ever doing any downhill sections that were that steep in my past riding years (maybe when I was younger & not thinking...) ; I came to the crest & thought "you gotta be kidding me!" but, as I let go of the brake levers everything turned out fine. I'm happy to say I didn't crash

    Oh yes, now on to cleaning up the bike.

    Clay

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    I had an OK race. My son had a birthday sleepover the night before. We had six 10-year-olds running around, fueled by legos, each others company, pizza and ice cream sundaes. It was nuts. They finally went to sleep at midnight and I never fell asleep. Up at 6, fill the truck with people and bikes, off we go. (Google maps says to go up Howell Mountain Rd, don't do it.) Raced sport men 30-39, should have raced Clydesdales. It had rained all night but was clear and cool with bright sun at the start. The course was muddy but could have been much worse. Most of the course had drained well.

    Rode up to the airport and back, returned on the singletrack section. Muddy! Figured I'd do this one for fun, hadn't raced the course before, didn't have any expectations. Raced a Blur with Michelin Mud XCR tires (tubeless) at 30psi. Put some Phil Tenacious oil on my chain and didn't have any drivetrain troubles.

    Saw Mark Weir. "Mark are you going to win today?" "No, I'm a downhiller!"

    Saw imridingmybike before the start, never saw him again. Chuck how did you do?

    There were two Bianchi Ritas at the race. Oh those are tasty. I'd like to try one of those. I bet I'd like it.

    Start was OK. About five minutes in my legs were burning more than usual and I thought "This isn't going to be a good day." The course was fun. I had some vision problems, the insides of my prescription sunglasses were pretty much water. I couldn't see jack. The outsides were spattered with mud. So when I hit the first of the three rock whoopdedoos I just figured I'd trust the Blur and HIT IT. That was fun. Did a couple two-wheel-slides on turns that came up fast. Singletrack was fun but I felt large and ungainly and let a couple people go by me. Couldn't seem to go hard in the singletrack, my heart rate was low, just felt like I wasn't racing. When we'd get out to fire road and I could sorta see I'd hammer and that went well. I got in a rut on the descent where the 4x4s were and went OTB, twisted my bars. Quick bar reorientation and I was climbing. Climbed well, only had to walk a couple of spots on the big climb. My friend Jennifer had warned me it was hell, solid hike-a-bike so I was pleased it wasn't so bad. Passed one or two people after the climb on the flats but I just didn't feel great. Went OTB again on the descent of the super-slippery run-up and did the last 1/2 mile with rotated bar/stem. Doh!

    Finished in 1:56-something, good enough for 9th in my field, would have won the clydesdales, but I'm sick of being a clydesdale!

    My teammate Sean did win Clydesdales, my teammate Mel won her beginner race (19-29?) which was also her first mountain bike race ever, my friend Jennifer was second in the women 30-39 expert race and my friend Devin won the sport singlespeed race. That was cool. My friends Dave and Chris and Cisco raced, but like me were off the podium. We all had fun. After the race I talked for a little while with Curtis Inglis about getting a Retrotec built, and with velocipus and grrrah. Nice to meet you Velocipus! Met Zon too. I won a nice rocket v ti-rails saddle in the raffle, and a t-shirt for my wife. We got a little lost heading out of town but circled back and got TASTY burritos at Villa Corona (I think that was the name?) with Sean, Mel, Barb, Jennifer, Chris, Dave.

    Next year I think I'll try fix the vision problem, bring toe spikes, maybe bring a light hardtail. I'd like to do better next year.

    Here's my motionbased digits:

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/2536678

    My bike is still encased in mud. Going to have to deal with that...

    Morgan
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    Results!

    Looks like Yakaitas and Weir duked it out in pro class. Corey Ward (Photo-John's brother) has them beat though. Nice to see Roger in there too.
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    Open Pro Male 1 David Yakaitis 01:35:20 209
    Open Pro Male 2 Mark Weir 01:35:47 286
    Open Pro Male 3 Aren Timmel 01:38:43 335
    Open Pro Male 4 Glenn Fant 01:49:59 383
    Open Semi Pro Male 1 Corey Ward 01:33:50 427
    Open Semi Pro Male 2 Shane Bresnyan 01:35:05 384
    Open Semi Pro Male 3 Jim Hewett 01:37:09 140
    Open Semi Pro Male 4 Nick Wierzba 01:39:00 291
    Open Semi Pro Male 5 Robert Anderson 01:39:52 152
    Open Semi Pro Male 6 Roger Bartels 01:40:16 469
    Open Semi Pro Male 7 Todd Boothe 01:42:27 163
    Open Semi Pro Male 8 Tsering Alleyne 01:46:12 150
    Open Semi Pro Male 9 Dean Roshard 01:50:06 396
    Open Semi Pro Male 10 Anastasio Flores Jr. 01:50:15 345
    16&under Junior Expert Male 1 Lars Mommer 01:50:24 419
    19-29 Expert Male 1 Anthony Sinyard 01:45:38 364
    19-29 Expert Male 2 Brent Carkeet 01:46:05 375
    19-29 Expert Male 3 Gabe Cheesz 01:59:09 471
    19-29 Expert Male 4 Jason Shueh 02:01:49 360
    30-39 Expert Male 1 Brock Dickie 01:38:14 189
    30-39 Expert Male 2 Chris Brown 01:39:50 135
    30-39 Expert Male 3 Tom Sharp 01:42:41 102
    30-39 Expert Male 4 Danny McNaughton 01:45:42 356
    30-39 Expert Male 5 David Pauls 01:46:19 280
    30-39 Expert Male 6 Max Clifford 01:47:55 142
    30-39 Expert Male 7 Jon Ardell 01:49:22 466
    30-39 Expert Male 8 Ethan Black 01:49:34 504
    30-39 Expert Male 9 Tim Cannard 01:51:33 315
    30-39 Expert Male 10 Ryan Booth 01:52:26 340
    30-39 Expert Male 11 Ray Storm 01:57:13 397
    30-39 Expert Male 12 Bret Wintera 02:00:37 255
    30-39 Expert Male 13 Peter Gilberd 02:03:52 148
    30-39 Expert Male 14 Geoff Luttrell 02:05:28 104
    30-39 Expert Male 15 Lane Miller 02:05:42 386
    40-49 Expert Male 1 Mark Howland 01:37:53 199
    40-49 Expert Male 2 Den Satake 01:37:56 307
    40-49 Expert Male 3 James Coats 01:39:45 368
    40-49 Expert Male 4 John Mundelius 01:42:13 320
    40-49 Expert Male 5 Cesar Chavez 01:42:34 359
    40-49 Expert Male 6 Craig Roemer 01:48:01 137
    40-49 Expert Male 7 Geoff Jones 01:51:06 380
    40-49 Expert Male 8 Berkeley White 01:52:06 496
    40-49 Expert Male 9 Benjamin Schneider 01:53:20 405
    40-49 Expert Male 10 Nabil Samaan 01:56:35 512
    40-49 Expert Male 11 Brett Lambert 01:56:38 108
    40-49 Expert Male 12 Rich Gelsi-medeot 01:57:17 288
    40-49 Expert Male 13 Whit Raymond 01:59:33 498
    40-49 Expert Male 14 Mike Anklan 02:00:33 203
    40-49 Expert Male 15 Jeff Hane 02:03:53 147
    40-49 Expert Male 16 Steve Villareale 02:03:55 247
    40-49 Expert Male 17 Paule Bates 02:04:48 183
    40-49 Expert Male 18 Jay Shipley 02:15:22 425
    50-59 Expert Male 1 Mike Bonkowski 02:03:24 273
    50-59 Expert Male 2 Rex Lierly 02:04:50 334
    60+ Expert Male 1 Ron Riley 02:33:43 164
    Open Pro Female 1 Emily Van Meter 01:51:47 215
    Open Pro Female 2 Barbara Howe 01:55:06 413
    Open Pro Female 3 Jamie Stamps 02:00:34 336
    Open Pro Female 4 Marion Jamison 02:14:15 420
    19-29 Expert Female 1 Maureen Kunz 01:59:03 418
    19-29 Expert Female 2 Rhonda Figone 02:01:43 297
    19-29 Expert Female 3 Emma Worldpeace 02:08:21 151
    30-39 Expert Female 1 Megan Clark 02:03:06 399
    30-39 Expert Female 2 Jennifer Lind 02:06:52 327
    30-39 Expert Female 3 Sarah Piccolo 02:10:33 402
    30-39 Expert Female 4 Sharon Hill 02:35:54 230
    40-49 Expert Female 1 Julia Violich 01:59:11 332
    40-49 Expert Female 2 Meiling Yee 02:00:37 197
    40-49 Expert Female 3 Julie Barott 02:16:29 184
    40-49 Expert Female 4 Kathleen Bortolussi 02:35:52 198
    Open Pro Single Speed Male 1 Paul Janney 01:38:57 369
    Open Pro Single Speed Male 2 Rich Maile 01:42:35 319
    Open Pro Single Speed Male 3 Kirk Desmond 01:43:27 289
    Open Pro Single Speed Male 4 Yuri Hauswauld 01:43:50 382
    Open Pro Single Speed Male 5 Dan Harting 01:45:30 464
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 1 Matt Chaney 01:43:21 114
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 2 Roger Lacky 01:44:36 417
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 3 Nick Hanni 01:45:05 316
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 4 James Camino 01:45:07 329
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 5 Mike Ewers 01:47:21 325
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 6 Keith Marchando 01:47:38 379
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 7 Bill Surges 01:48:19 395
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 8 Pat Schott 01:51:16 175
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 9 Erik Thunstrom 02:04:01 127
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 10 Jeremy Bardell 02:04:24 460
    Open Expert Single Speed Male 11 Andrew May 02:06:03 110
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 2 Mike Harrison 01:49:45 218
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 3 Eric Bustos 01:54:11 145
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 4 Dan Henderson 01:55:24 226
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 5 Cisco Moran 01:58:08 354
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 6 Sage Bauers 01:58:39 318
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 7 Eric Olson 02:02:01 314
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 8 Allen Sherlock 02:04:04 497
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 9 Themba Alleyne 02:10:19 465
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 10 Stephen King 02:17:00 388
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 11 Brad Illing 02:18:05 407
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 12 Nick Sysock 02:42:03 324
    Open Sport Single Speed Male 13 Jai Ollie Moore 03:20:38 503
    14&under Junior Sport Male 1 Darik Thunstrom 03:41:05 126
    15-16 Junior Sport Male 1 Avery Jennings 02:14:08 461
    19-29 Sport Male 1 Chad Arkoff 01:47:16 341
    19-29 Sport Male 2 Brad Cabral 01:51:33 505
    19-29 Sport Male 3 Andy Anderson 01:51:56 365
    19-29 Sport Male 4 Jacob Seigel-Boettner 01:59:01 389
    19-29 Sport Male 5 Antonio Miranda 02:02:27 403
    19-29 Sport Male 6 Alex Yuen 02:05:55 374
    19-29 Sport Male 7 JB Ferrarone 02:13:43 260
    19-29 Sport Male 8 Cody Smith 02:28:30 463
    19-29 Sport Male 9 Garrett Sellers 03:00:35 277
    30-39 Sport Male 1 Philip Hynes 01:43:37 117
    30-39 Sport Male 2 David Kyle 01:43:57 459
    30-39 Sport Male 3 Antonio Ricaldo 01:48:38 513
    30-39 Sport Male 4 Alex Macswain 01:51:51 500
    30-39 Sport Male 5 Matt Leonard 01:53:51 109
    30-39 Sport Male 6 Leif Rohrbach 01:54:31 352
    30-39 Sport Male 7 Carlos Torres 01:55:01 514
    30-39 Sport Male 8 Jesse Rosen 01:55:57 219
    30-39 Sport Male 9 Morgan Fletcher 01:56:57 266
    30-39 Sport Male 10 Gary Shockey 01:57:41 242
    30-39 Sport Male 11 Fritz Wisor 01:57:42 401
    30-39 Sport Male 12 Art Laforteza 01:57:42 158
    30-39 Sport Male 13 Jay Bretz 01:59:04 331
    30-39 Sport Male 14 Andy Hosler 02:00:49 499
    30-39 Sport Male 15 Dylan McReynolds 02:01:36 221
    30-39 Sport Male 16 Chris Johnson 02:02:29 304
    30-39 Sport Male 17 Gary Locken 02:04:34 170
    30-39 Sport Male 18 Chuck Stewart 02:04:56 138
    30-39 Sport Male 19 Rico Mundy 02:05:22 275
    30-39 Sport Male 20 Aaron Svitana 02:08:26 268
    30-39 Sport Male 21 Chris Duburg 02:09:15 259
    30-39 Sport Male 22 Tim Chaille 02:09:27 362
    30-39 Sport Male 23 Greg Bowen 02:10:14 430
    30-39 Sport Male 24 Jesse Warda 02:11:22 173
    30-39 Sport Male 25 Joey Figone 02:11:53 381
    30-39 Sport Male 26 David Minor 02:13:01 129
    30-39 Sport Male 27 Ari Golan 02:15:49 182
    30-39 Sport Male 28 Richard Schwerin 02:15:53 130
    30-39 Sport Male 29 Tonjy Anderson 02:18:02 373
    30-39 Sport Male 30 Eduardo Avelar 02:18:34 217
    30-39 Sport Male 31 Larry Morris 02:21:14 339
    30-39 Sport Male 32 Doug Rea 02:21:20 136
    30-39 Sport Male 33 Danis Glenn 02:22:04 239
    30-39 Sport Male 34 Peter Sterlacci 02:23:57 305
    30-39 Sport Male 35 Mike Williams 02:24:21 162
    40-49 Sport Male 1 James Puckett 01:50:05 157
    40-49 Sport Male 2 Tom Rosencrantz 01:50:17 393
    40-49 Sport Male 3 Luke Shenefield 01:56:11 283
    40-49 Sport Male 4 Dan Muhic 01:57:16 254
    40-49 Sport Male 5 Bruce Armstrong 01:58:34 113
    40-49 Sport Male 6 Norman Field 01:58:59 168
    40-49 Sport Male 7 Lee Cohn 01:59:14 421
    40-49 Sport Male 8 Chris Kovash 01:59:31 376
    40-49 Sport Male 9 Ron Dickenson 02:00:21 265
    40-49 Sport Male 10 Noel Radcliffe 02:02:06 176
    40-49 Sport Male 11 Kevin Macway 02:02:08 358
    40-49 Sport Male 12 Mark Bruzzone 02:02:28 119
    40-49 Sport Male 13 Richard Jacinto 02:02:44 187
    40-49 Sport Male 14 Rich Desmond 02:02:56 229
    40-49 Sport Male 15 Brendan Mitchell 02:03:19 186
    40-49 Sport Male 16 Scott Thomason 02:03:20 122
    40-49 Sport Male 17 Mike Abbott 02:05:24 311
    40-49 Sport Male 18 Chris Handy 02:05:56 424
    40-49 Sport Male 19 EA Morgan 02:09:40 128
    40-49 Sport Male 20 David Flandry 02:10:26 412
    40-49 Sport Male 21 Kevin Pierce 02:11:09 195
    40-49 Sport Male 22 Dirk Asch 02:11:10 350
    40-49 Sport Male 23 Talbott Houk 02:12:13 111
    40-49 Sport Male 24 Robert Picard 02:13:28 101
    40-49 Sport Male 25 Romon Nacion 02:13:37 301
    40-49 Sport Male 26 Dane Libby 02:13:41 333
    40-49 Sport Male 27 Randy Fette 02:14:08 371
    40-49 Sport Male 28 Quintin Easton 02:24:19 180
    40-49 Sport Male 29 Cyrus Farivar 02:24:59 107
    40-49 Sport Male 30 Angus Murray 02:25:28 165
    40-49 Sport Male 31 Kurt Brown 02:27:54 317
    40-49 Sport Male 32 Rex Heywood 03:10:34 391
    50-59 Sport Male 1 Robert Ubry 02:02:52 192
    50-59 Sport Male 2 Matt Dunstan 02:03:01 349
    50-59 Sport Male 3 Norm Schoenhoff 02:03:25 258
    50-59 Sport Male 4 George Cruz 02:06:41 202
    50-59 Sport Male 5 Matt Nolan 02:07:34 249
    50-59 Sport Male 6 Chris Burgeson 02:08:20 398
    50-59 Sport Male 7 Thomas Wood 02:10:22 270
    50-59 Sport Male 8 Joe Radoslovich 02:15:22 355
    50-59 Sport Male 9 Brian Birch 02:15:50 131
    50-59 Sport Male 10 Dan Nelson 02:17:08 103
    50-59 Sport Male 11 Mike Sinyard 02:22:15 363
    50-59 Sport Male 12 Jim De La Riva 02:23:38 378
    50-59 Sport Male 13 Roy Benton 02:26:48 233
    50-59 Sport Male 14 David Beasley 02:31:16 213
    50-59 Sport Male 15 Roger Jorgensen 02:39:58 194
    50-59 Sport Male 16 Frank Morrow 02:49:52 322
    Open Clydesdale Male 1 Sean Smith 01:59:35 224
    Open Clydesdale Male 2 Paul Coleman 02:01:27 106
    Open Clydesdale Male 3 Curtis Inglis 02:03:54 408
    Open Clydesdale Male 4 Todd Silski 02:11:03 344
    Open Clydesdale Male 5 Michael Dunn 02:12:27 299
    Open Clydesdale Male 6 Pat Murphy 02:15:15 415
    Open Clydesdale Male 7 Jeff Butterfield 02:18:41 248
    Open Clydesdale Male 8 Mike Colombani 02:20:59 328
    Open Clydesdale Male 9 Mark Vann 02:22:42 502
    Open Clydesdale Male 10 Brad Bargmann 02:28:04 185
    Open Clydesdale Male 11 Corey Dahline 02:30:54 343
    Open Clydesdale Male 12 Rich Gutierrez 02:38:02 353
    Open Clydesdale Male 13 Doug Brummett 02:44:17 181
    Open Clydesdale Male 14 Jared Sellers 02:56:33 506
    19-29 Sport Female 1 Kari Bianchini 02:24:53 274
    30-39 Sport Female 1 Shelly Wado 02:13:37 387
    30-39 Sport Female 2 Kim Ligman 02:20:22 267
    30-39 Sport Female 3 Amy Saft 02:20:38 468
    30-39 Sport Female 4 Christine Anderson 02:25:57 372
    30-39 Sport Female 5 Daniela Becker 02:29:10 426
    30-39 Sport Female 6 Karen Kefauver 02:36:37 169
    30-39 Sport Female 7 Stephanie Minami 03:18:26 206
    40-49 Sport Female 1 Kristin Montimone 02:13:41 366
    40-49 Sport Female 2 Jayne Peterlin 02:22:54 228
    50+ Sport Female 1 Nancy Thomas 02:24:11 370
    13-14 Junior Beginner Male 1 Stewart Perry 02:25:28 308
    13-14 Junior Beginner Male 2 Carson Heywood 03:00:32 390
    15-16 Junior Beginner Male 1 Ben Sukys 02:05:40 337
    15-16 Junior Beginner Male 2 Tristan Cole 02:28:38 179
    15-16 Junior Beginner Male 3 Ryan Heywood 03:04:37 392
    17-18 Junior Beginner Male 1 Patrick Meyer 02:11:22 303
    19-29 Beginner Male 1 Cody Carter 02:10:53 250
    19-29 Beginner Male 2 Jason Lehman 02:25:37 272
    19-29 Beginner Male 3 James Martin 02:27:31 263
    19-29 Beginner Male 4 Corbin Bosse 02:30:28 139
    19-29 Beginner Male 5 Clayton Carstens 02:33:10 177
    19-29 Beginner Male 6 Nick Dibben 02:40:16 298
    19-29 Beginner Male 7 Andy Galffy 02:42:39 309
    19-29 Beginner Male 8 Matthew McGee 02:55:26 357
    19-29 Beginner Male 9 Matthew Finger 03:00:34 223
    19-29 Beginner Male 10 Bryan Coller 03:02:25 400
    19-29 Beginner Male 11 Jacob Hansen 03:25:29 208
    19-29 Beginner Male 12 Jonathan Heldt 03:25:53 132
    19-29 Beginner Male 13 Jeremy Heldt 03:26:18 134
    19-29 Beginner Male 14 Don Cometa 03:36:03 302
    19-29 Beginner Male 15 Clay Carley 03:36:23 116
    30-39 Beginner Male 1 Geoff Black 01:58:38 231
    30-39 Beginner Male 2 Frank Sisneros 02:04:04 348
    30-39 Beginner Male 3 Joe Pessano 02:05:40 508
    30-39 Beginner Male 4 Vincent Colt 02:10:29 342
    30-39 Beginner Male 5 Rafael Rius 02:10:58 144
    30-39 Beginner Male 6 Sean Watkins 02:11:58 423
    30-39 Beginner Male 7 Auggie Timbol 02:18:13 377
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    Great race, perfect day, frantastic people!

    For some reason this race seems to be the toughest XC event in the region and this weekends didn't disappoint. The course reminds me of this,,




    ,, all uphill. I don't know how it's possible for a loop course to be all uphill unless they had Escher design it.

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    Well, I did about 15min faster than last year. I failed to defend my DFL title in the clydes, but was close. This race brings out a fast clyde class. If I had run the beginner class I would have been about mid pack. I wrote up a detailed ride report on my blog if anyone is interested.

    Zon, I couldn't agree more. Maybe it is because even the DH on the course are bumpy/technical so there really is no rest.
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    Is that velocipous leaning against the balcony laughing at everyone going around and around?

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    I had a great race yesterday. My carpoolers all canceled on me, so I drove up alone, as my son, Menso, was heading for the high school race at Angels Camp.
    I improved my time by 33 minutes over last year's race, when I was walking quite a few of the downhills. This time I just keep going fast, keeping up with the riders in front of me during the downhills and passing a few on the uphills. Even on the brutal climb towards the end. I finished in 2:14, but was disappointed to miss out on a podium spot. The winner in my category (beginning Men 40-49) had me beat by11 minutes or so. He had won Beginning Men 40-45 last year by 11 minutes. I guess some people never move up to sport?
    I'm definitely doing this race again next year, but I'll move to sport 50-59.
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    Awesome time JL

    Sorry I bailed on the carpool yesterday.....dang Coe ride zapped me pretty good...total 100% jelly legs....i would have been useless on a SS...

    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    I had a great race yesterday. My carpoolers all canceled on me, so I drove up alone, as my son, Menso, was heading for the high school race at Angels Camp.
    I improved my time by 33 minutes over last year's race, when I was walking quite a few of the downhills. This time I just keep going fast, keeping up with the riders in front of me during the downhills and passing a few on the uphills. Even on the brutal climb towards the end. I finished in 2:14, but was disappointed to miss out on a podium spot. The winner in my category (beginning Men 40-49) had me beat by 8 minutes or so, but he won Beginning Men 40-45 last year by 11 minutes. I guess some people never move up to sport?
    I'm definitely doing this race again next year, but I'll move to sport 50-59.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    The winner in my category (beginning Men 40-49) had me beat by 8 minutes or so, but he won Beginning Men 40-45 last year by 11 minutes. I guess some people never move up to sport?
    I finished 2nd to him last year. My 13th place Sport time yesterday beat his by 29 seconds. I looked him up at usacycling and he's been racing Beginner class for a few years. But probably not enough for a mandatory upgrade.

    There's always some fast local needing to represent at every race. We need a local race to get in on that action.

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    Wow, that's a big improvement Richard. Congrats on the 13th place in sport. I think that's more impressive than winning Beginners.

    It would be nice to have a local race: MTBR.com cup at Santa Teresa or Henry Coe would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rj2
    I finished 2nd to him last year. My 13th place Sport time yesterday beat his by 29 seconds. I looked him up at usacycling and he's been racing Beginner class for a few years. But probably not enough for a mandatory upgrade.

    There's always some fast local needing to represent at every race. We need a local race to get in on that action.

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    rj, J.L.

    Great Job,

    Sounds like a fun event, I knew I should have gone. Too much work around the house this weekend.

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    Take a look at the guy who won the beg 30-39. Sandbagging SOB.
    Clydes were great. This field was much faster than my first race at cool this year. Tried to stay with those three in front for the first mile and realized that this was going to have to come to an end soon or I was going to DNF. Had to slow down a bit. Great Race overall. Had some great battles with some other clydes.

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    Sandbagging

    Wow, under 2 hours and still a Beginner?

    Off course, I would say anyone finishing under 2:14 should have moved to sport, but I also like the rule that if you make the podium in the beginner race that you should move up to sport. Gary Breazeale was 3rd in 2005 and 1st in 2006 and kept me from a well deserved medal in 2007. (Thanks to JeffH's absence, since he might have pulled in just ahead of me). Anyway, 4th place is good and 33 minutes improvement in one year is even better! Let's keep doing rides. Saratoga Gap on Saturday morning 9am? I'm starting to like this mountain biking

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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Wow, that's a big improvement Richard. Congrats on the 13th place in sport. I think that's more impressive than winning Beginners.
    Thanks. The best part about getting faster is catching up to all the fit females, pausing for breath, then continuing onward.

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    Tires

    So, in hind sight since I am kinda new to riding, what tires would work best in those conditions? I was using WTB WeirWolf 2.1 tubeless and they sucked. Guys riding past me had tires that cleared the mud much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heywood jablome
    So, in hind sight since I am kinda new to riding, what tires would work best in those conditions? I was using WTB WeirWolf 2.1 tubeless and they sucked. Guys riding past me had tires that cleared the mud much better.

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    I ran IRC Mythos II XC 2.1's and they were awesome. Cheap , light , effective, what more could you ask for.

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    I've posted my photos (or, perhaps my wife's photos) here:

    http://64.142.37.188/familypictures/...umName=album08

    Clay

    PS, thanks for the encouragement on the course... whoever you were. I remember hearing "Yeahhhh Bullit!" and "Nice pass!" running up one of the hills as well as many other hoots & hollers on the way. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbc
    I've posted my photos (or, perhaps my wife's photos) here:

    http://64.142.37.188/familypictures/...umName=album08

    Clay

    PS, thanks for the encouragement on the course... whoever you were. I remember hearing "Yeahhhh Bullit!" and "Nice pass!" running up one of the hills as well as many other hoots & hollers on the way. Thanks!
    I wondered if that was you... I also wished you a good time slogging that beast out of the depths of the valley... All of the hooting and hollering came from three people. we would watch a group come through and then head off to the next interesting trail feature to watch folks come through again.

    Sorry I didn't stick around to give you a nutter butter after the long climb... I had to go "encourage" near the end of the race.

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