• 04-05-2010
    breadly
    Nvdc! (napa Valley Dirt Classic!)
    Anyone else headed to Angwin this weekend for this "Classic" race?

    This was my first race ever last year and it's the one that really hooked me on nor-cal xc racing.

    As a true "beginner" I logged a miserable time of almost 3 hours last year. After a year of racing and training i'm headed back for sport class and hope to trim about 45 minutes off of that time....

    Looks like the weather will be nice and the trail should be dust free - I'm having a hard time controlling my excitement!

    -B
  • 04-05-2010
    jdubsl2
    I'll be there! :thumbsup:
  • 04-05-2010
    Brewtality
    Hell Ya!!
    After a piss poor showing at Boggs, I'm ready to stomp on the competition at NVDC:arf:

    Remember to bring some Technu and shower stuff. The trails in Angwin are solid PO right now. The showers at the college gym are open to the racers after the race which helps out with preventing massive PO breakouts.
  • 04-05-2010
    iRoNeTiK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rsquared28
    Hell Ya!!
    After a piss poor showing at Boggs, I'm ready to stomp on the competition at NVDC:arf:

    Remember to bring some Technu and shower stuff. The trails in Angwin are solid PO right now. The showers at the college gym are open to the racers after the race which helps out with preventing massive PO breakouts.

    I will bring my Ivy Block and Technu and shower stuff, good to know, thanks!

    The weather looks to be good for the rest of the week, give the ground a chance to dry up :thumbsup:

    I did it last year (1st time) and came in at 2 hours 15 minutes which placed me 14th out of 30th in Beginner. I'm doing sport this year 19-34, competition will be harder!

    I bombed out on the last hill, I guess I didnt pace myself too well. Oh well, I'm going to attack it like I did last year and hope I'm in better shape so I can go up that damn hill or most of it at least ;)
  • 04-05-2010
    Brewtality
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by iRoNeTiK
    I did it last year (1st time) and came in at 2 hours 15 minutes which placed me 14th out of 30th in Beginner. I'm doing sport this year 19-34, competition will be harder!
    ;)

    A lot harder. NVDC is one of the few area races that is NORBA sanctioned. Not many of us carry annual licenses and NORBA does not allow one-day Expert licenses, so the CAT 2 Sport ranks are filled with CAT 1 Expert racers.:madman: Makes it real hard for those of us that are true CAT 2 Sport racers to reach the podium.:rolleyes:
  • 04-05-2010
    jibmaster
    I'm frantically planting as much PO as possible. I've got a strain that cannot be stopped.
    It will grow vines that will grab and latch on to your front wheel and cause massive endos.
























    It's a joke! Relax!
  • 04-05-2010
    iheartbicycles
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rsquared28
    A lot harder. NVDC is one of the few area races that is NORBA sanctioned. Not many of us carry annual licenses and NORBA does not allow one-day Expert licenses, so the CAT 2 Sport ranks are filled with CAT 1 Expert racers.:madman: Makes it real hard for those of us that are true CAT 2 Sport racers to reach the podium.:rolleyes:

    Thanks for the excuse!
  • 04-05-2010
    12to29
    Is it the EXACT same course every year???
  • 04-06-2010
    Brewtality
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 12to29
    Is it the EXACT same course every year???

    I don't think its exactly the same, but the basics remain. Climb up to the airport, a couple of high speed straight aways, a bunch of sweet singletrack, a lot of climbing, a super steep, sandy drop down into Pope Valley, a super steep climb out of Pope Valley, the big whoops section, then a high speed decent back to the college:thumbsup:
  • 04-06-2010
    mtnmark
    Anyone know the vertical feet for the race? Trying to mentally prepare....
  • 04-06-2010
    Wrong Tim
    Last year my computer clocked 3275 feet climbing. Alot of that comes in one chunk, unfortunately.
  • 04-06-2010
    iRoNeTiK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Wrong Tim
    Last year my computer clocked 3275 feet climbing. Alot of that comes in one chunk, unfortunately.

    yah and near the end when I'm more tired :D put it in the middle!
  • 04-06-2010
    merlin
    I will be there with a bunch of my teamates, all racing Cat 1 .....First race on my new bike :thumbsup:
  • 04-06-2010
    maleonardphi
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rsquared28
    A lot harder. NVDC is one of the few area races that is NORBA sanctioned. Not many of us carry annual licenses and NORBA does not allow one-day Expert licenses, so the CAT 2 Sport ranks are filled with CAT 1 Expert racers.:madman: Makes it real hard for those of us that are true CAT 2 Sport racers to reach the podium.:rolleyes:

    Thats why I upgraded to Cat 1, to avoid the sandbaggers ;) But what sucked about expert/cat1 last year was that they eliminated the semi pro category. So those guys had the option of a free upgrade to pro, or could drop back down to expert/cat1. So I think all around, having one less category makes every category tougher.
  • 04-07-2010
    NoBalance
    Definitely going to be there. However, I am not seeing the point in actually RIDING up the big long climb out of the valley. Its more relaxing to just walk up the hill with everyone else.
  • 04-07-2010
    sparkie
    I will be walking my SS out of the valley ;)
  • 04-08-2010
    tamjam
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by sparkie
    I will be walking my SS out of the valley ;)

    That makes two of us :D !
  • 04-08-2010
    iheartbicycles
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tamjam
    That makes two of us :D !

    I haven't done this race since it was called the Napa Knobular (1997'ish) - so my memory is a bit fuzzy.

    How far in is the big climb?

    Anyone got GPS tracks?
  • 04-08-2010
    tamjam
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by iheartbicycles
    How far in is the big climb?

    I haven't done the race since 2006, but as I recall, it's basically at the end. On SS it's unrideable, at least for me. So once you get to the point in the climb where you can actually start turning the cranks again, there is a short, sucky bit of climbing left, and then it's all downhill from there to the finish (basically re-tracing the starting climb up to the airport). If I am mis-remembering, someone please feel free to correct me.
  • 04-08-2010
    Jski1911
    Hey Jibmaster
    Jibmaster,
    How muddy will it be up there after a week of sunshine but relatively cool spring temps?
  • 04-08-2010
    NoBalance
    Here's my record of the race from last year ... beginner category with a 15 minute chain fix thrown in! Its pretty much the same course every year.

    <iframe width='465' height='548' frameborder='0' src='http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/19038293'></iframe>
  • 04-08-2010
    jibmaster
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Jski1911
    Jibmaster,
    How muddy will it be up there after a week of sunshine but relatively cool spring temps?

    Conditions will be perfect.
  • 04-08-2010
    merlin
    Forecast is for rain Sunday :rolleyes:
  • 04-08-2010
    iheartbicycles
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by merlin
    Forecast is for rain Sunday :rolleyes:

    good thing the race is on sunday!
  • 04-08-2010
    tgoff
    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/forecast/wxt...58&lon=-122.45

    NOAA is forecasting 1.92" of rain for all of Sunday. I hope that is not correct otherwise it will be wet and wild.
  • 04-08-2010
    marty crosley
    Anyone race here in the rain ? Just want to know what tires to have ready....thanks
  • 04-08-2010
    Brewtality
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by marty crosley
    Anyone race here in the rain ? Just want to know what tires to have ready....thanks


    Black rubber with knobbies, filled with air. :D
  • 04-08-2010
    marty crosley
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by rsquared28
    Black rubber with knobbies, filled with air. :D

    No I didn't ask what came on your Mongoose from Walmart. I wanted to know if this course that I have not been to needs a true mud tire if it rains. Does that help ?
  • 04-08-2010
    bhylee
    nvdc
    hey guys, I've been riding the race route all week, and the trail is looking super sweet! There still a bunch of mud/water on the lower loop and sand hill is deeply rutted. Unfortunately, its supposed to rain sat night/sunday morning-so get ready for some mud. See y'all here on Sunday!
  • 04-09-2010
    ziscwg
    I cant afford to go to this race.





    It's too close to some of my fav wineries. It would be a $500 race day.
  • 04-09-2010
    ziscwg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by marty crosley
    Anyone race here in the rain ? Just want to know what tires to have ready....thanks

    If it's muddy, nothing too fat. 2.0 or thinner with nice sticky rubber and wide spaced nobs. A Kenda small block 8 is a BAD choice. You want it to slice into the mud, not float on top of it. Then you need the sticky rubber to grip any wet roots or rocks.
  • 04-09-2010
    iRoNeTiK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ziscwg
    If it's muddy, nothing too fat. 2.0 or thinner with nice sticky rubber and wide spaced nobs. A Kenda small block 8 is a BAD choice. You want it to slice into the mud, not float on top of it. Then you need the sticky rubber to grip any wet roots or rocks.

    I got SM8 on the rear and too lazy to change tires :nono:

    I ran Nevegal 2.1 front and SM8 2.1 Rear at Boggs last weekend in the mud and it worked well, but wish me luck! :eek:
  • 04-09-2010
    ziscwg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by iRoNeTiK
    I got SM8 on the rear and too lazy to change tires :nono:

    I ran Nevegal 2.1 front and SM8 2.1 Rear at Boggs last weekend in the mud and it worked well, but wish me luck! :eek:

    that climb at the end could be "fun" with a SB8 back there.
  • 04-09-2010
    iRoNeTiK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ziscwg
    that climb at the end could be "fun" with a SB8 back there.

    Yeah "fun," if we had motors we could remove the "" around fun :D

    Last year, I was on a HT and Panaracer XC Pro's, but I had mechanical issues and couldn't shift all the way down to the lowest granny, so a goal of mine this year is to make it up all (or most) of the hill without stopping.

    For those who did Friends of Tamrancho race last year, remember that grueling uphill section? I barely made it up that up, some girl even pushed me up a part of it so I could keep going! I feel like the NVDC climb is very close to that grade but only longer! :rolleyes:

    Oh and it's time to go to REI and get a rear fender, I bought a SKS front fender for Boggs and it worked well, but I want to join the crowd of riders who spit dirt in peoples faces who are behind you ;)
  • 04-09-2010
    rensho
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ziscwg
    I cant afford to go to this race.

    It's too close to some of my fav wineries. It would be a $500 race day.

    +1, or more.
  • 04-09-2010
    MichiganMat
    Can anyone fit me into their carpool for Sunday?
  • 04-10-2010
    12to29
    Looks like it will probably be a muddy and sloppy with potential of 50 mph winds! I have never rode there in the rain but I am sure it could get nasty.
  • 04-11-2010
    mudworm
    Lost Bike Seat Bag with keys inside
    If anyone found a bike seat bag with keys inside of it please call
    edit: keys found. At home heater on.
    Post by cold, wet and hungry
    Thank you
  • 04-11-2010
    Wrong Tim
    That was hard.
  • 04-11-2010
    NoBalance
    Yeah, all over the place. Did Boggs 5 just get owned?
  • 04-11-2010
    tamjam
    Hardest race ever. Mud coming out of every orifice. Missed my start. Never caught up to the 14 other Cat 2 Single Speeds so achieved my first DFL, by default. So glad I did it. Sea Otter will be a cake walk next weekend!
  • 04-11-2010
    breadly
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Wrong Tim
    That was hard.

    Understatement.
  • 04-11-2010
    tomass15
    And we thought Cool was muddy this year, today put mud race at a new level! Great racing with all you out there today who braved the elements!
  • 04-11-2010
    marty crosley
    That was so much fun. Trusting my WTB's all day. What about those mud slide downhills. Epic. Mud blind all day. Hope for a dryer Sea Otter. If anyone has photos please post or a link because it's hard to describe that much MUD !!!!!!!
  • 04-11-2010
    dognaught
    Borrowed Mini-Tool
    That was rough. What a mess. My derailer hanger broke off just before the big climb and I had to hike out. Of course, with all that mud, pretty much everyone had to hike up the big climb. :rolleyes:

    To the guy that gave me his mimi-tool so I could yank off my chain and derailer.... send me an email and I'll get that back to you. Thanks so much for that! Love the good will out there today.

    chrisk (at) vidog (dot) com
    Team Sheila Moon
  • 04-11-2010
    Passenger13
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance
    Yeah, all over the place. Did Boggs 5 just get owned?

    Sounds like it did. The ONLY saving grace from Boggs was that it didn't rain (only a short hail shower)! I stayed home, watched the Masters, Paris-Roubaix and the Giants game. To all those who raced today, way to "harden the f*ck up. Ronnie Johns would be proud :thumbsup:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unkIV...eature=related
  • 04-11-2010
    jdubsl2
    Everyone who raced today is top notch in my book. Way to tough out the elements! You all rock!

    Overall, I had an excellent race. Once you embraced the rain and the mud, it was a great time. I hardly noticed the 'poor conditions' once my blood got pumping. It didn't take long for the Curse of Chainsuck to kick in, but I kept it under control and didn't snap my chain. Big ol' Kenda Nevegals worked out well for this one! I noticed a few people having a hard time out there with less aggressive tires.

    This was my first Napa Valley Mud Fest and definitely not the last! I heard there's a "dirt classic" next year?

    I finished in 2hr12min for 5th (of 15) in 19-34 sport.

    So. F'in. Fun. :thumbsup:

    Thanks, Carmen for capturing the aftermath of this most muddy day.



  • 04-11-2010
    lars@thc
    Hard as nails!!
    That's what all you rippers are who raced today! I was in Napa for a wedding think'n how close I was to my favorite xc race, yet so far... Spoke with an older rider at the wedding who owns two Ottis Guy's,,,

    ,,,then I'm driving through St.Helena in the pissing rain and what do I see on the roof of a Suby? A sweet Ottis Guy, muddy as all hell, brown number plate. Damn.... Nice ride to whomever drove solo to race on that v-braked classic!

    Can't even begin to think about how brutal that climb outta the hole was... oh, wait, I've been in there on a very similar day to today! Stupid fun.
  • 04-11-2010
    mudworm
    If anyone has pictures, please post up links. I'm especially interested in seeing #247. ;)

    Well, what can I say -- mudworm finally got to play in the mud. Total immersion style, head to toe and inside 'n out. I was one of those lucky ones who finished the ride safe and sound with a big smile though. A plastic grocery bag outside of my helmet and a free oversized plastic poncho (got it from last year's Death Ride) kept my head and core dry, which turned a would-have-been-miserable ride into a just-a-bit-uncomfortable ride.

    My real ordeal started after the ride though when I found out that my saddlebag was gone with all my keys inside, so I couldn't get in the car and couldn't buy any food or beverage. Dripping mud, I stood in the shower in my riding gear and then waited through the entire awards ceremony hoping someone had picked it up and turned it in. Eventually, the course sweep came back without good news for me. By then, despite having a towel and a fashionable blouse donated by two kind ladies, I was shivering uncontrollably. The race organizer, Michael's wife and two beautiful daughters took me into their house, put dry clothes on me and fed me with the best soup I had ever had in my life. I gradually thawed.

    Oh, that earlier message was posted by my hubby from my computer before he started to drive north with a valet key to my car (and later he edited it to remove his phone number). In the mean time, Michael and one of his daughters went back out on the course to start taking down the signs.

    My luck then suddenly turned. Michael phoned home saying they found my saddlebag right at that first Wall. I must had lost it by the end because I was able to hear my keys rattling inside for the most of my ride. It turned out that the entire clip broke from my bag probably just from the constant vibrations. That was the first and last use of that ToePeak bag. Lesson learned: always keep the essential stuff on your body when riding.

    This is my first NVDC ride. 2:52 on my GPS, which I stopped a couple minutes after passing the finish, placing me 2nd in my Sport age group. I guess I'll have to come back to do it on a nicer day to see another side of the area. One guy commented that he had been racing NVDC since 1994 and this is the worst ever condition, so there is hope.

    Kudos to everyone who finished the race and I'm sorry for anyone who could not finish due to mishaps (mechanical or physical). Thanks everyone who helped me when I was feeling miserable, especially Michael's family! You all are such beautiful people! :thumbsup:

    P.S. Once I finish with my full report (bike and tire talk), I'll post up the link here.
  • 04-12-2010
    Wrong Tim
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jdubsl2
    Everyone who raced today is top notch in my book. Way to tough out the elements! You all rock!

    Overall, I had an excellent race. Once you embraced the rain and the mud, it was a great time. I hardly noticed the 'poor conditions' once my blood got pumping. It didn't take long for the Curse of Chainsuck to kick in, but I kept it under control and didn't snap my chain. Big ol' Kenda Nevegals worked out well for this one! I noticed a few people having a hard time out there with less aggressive tires.

    This was my first Napa Valley Mud Fest and definitely not the last! I heard there's a "dirt classic" next year?

    I finished in 2hr12min for 5th (of 15) in 19-34 sport.

    So. F'in. Fun. :thumbsup:

    Thanks, Carmen for capturing the aftermath of this most muddy day.





    You sure you were there? You look a little too clean to me.
  • 04-12-2010
    mtnmark
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance
    Yeah, all over the place. Did Boggs 5 just get owned?

    Made Boggs look like a walk in the park!

  • 04-12-2010
    MichiganMat
    1 Attachment(s)
    MuddimanMat got worked yesterday.

    Had a great ride, legs felt awesome, toasted scores of my competitors on the technical downhills, and lived to get 3rd place in Cat 3. Scored a seat in the raffle, got a t-shirt to prove it, and had some kick-butt mexican food with Justin. A great weekend overall.

    All that mud and rain, and this event was STILL EASIER THAN COOLEST 2009! Coolest 2009 set the bar for misery and filthy riding, everything else pales in comparison to that weekend, so I was in a totally happy place for the entire ride.

    Mudworm: so glad you found your keys, I was bummed for you!
  • 04-12-2010
    Max Trail
    Hell Yeah!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lars@thc
    ...Stupid fun.

    Hey Lars,
    Matteo and I were out representin' THC on a day to remember. It seems like weather is always a factor at NVDC; either mud and rain, or brutal heat.

    I broke my chain at the very bottom before the climb out, and by the time I got it fixed with frozen wet hands, I was cold and cramped for that climb.

    I'm still pulling little bits of dirt out of my eyes... but no stop at the emergency room this year.

    Brian
  • 04-12-2010
    iRoNeTiK
    Results are up! I didn't stick around to see where I placed since I was wet and cold and then more wet and cold :D

    Open Pro Male 1 Aren Timmel 01:40:42 00:00:00 429
    Open Pro Male 2 Mark Weir 01:40:43 00:00:01 320
    Open Pro Male 3 Jim Hewett 01:40:45 00:00:02 103

    Wow, wish I could have seen that man! Anyone got pictures they want to share? Thanks!

    http://web2.puc.edu/Pioneers/NVDC/10%20results.htm

    I got 7th out 24th Cat 2 19-34 with 2 hours 18 minutes, 5 minutes slower than last year, damn weather! I did Cat 3 last year.

    19-34 Cat 2 Male 1 Frank Spiteri 01:51:03 00:00:00 342
    19-34 Cat 2 Male 2 Owen Ransom 02:05:01 00:13:58 212
    19-34 Cat 2 Male 3 Nathan Brown 02:07:02 00:02:01 255

    Time to move up Frank? :o That time would have placed you easily second in Cat 1 19-34 :rolleyes:


    Anyway, it was a fun race and it was fun at the end looking at people's brown faces while my face was clean, GO FENDERS!

    I totally failed at this years goal of climbing most of the climb due to no traction and chain suck in granny gear. Although walking up the climb wasn't as painful as last year and I felt stronger and not as tired, so that's good!

    Sea Otter shall be dry but that course only gets better with some rain a day or two before, tames the sand. See ya guys there, Cat 2 25-29, 7:30am Saturday! :eekster:
  • 04-12-2010
    mudworm
  • 04-12-2010
    lars@thc
    Way to fly the colors...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Max Trail
    Hey Lars,
    Matteo and I were out representin' THC on a day to remember. It seems like weather is always a factor at NVDC; either mud and rain, or brutal heat.

    I broke my chain at the very bottom before the climb out, and by the time I got it fixed with frozen wet hands, I was cold and cramped for that climb.

    I'm still pulling little bits of dirt out of my eyes... but no stop at the emergency room this year.

    Brian

    Nice goin, mates! Yessir, "a day to remember" is always a good story... Bummer on the chain! Damn, sounds like you were not the lone ranger on that one, but right before the climb,,, ouch.

    Stoked you got to head straight to the warm food...!! I bet Matt was too:) Roadside burger at Gotts?
  • 04-12-2010
    apfinney
    Well I am from the UK and these conditions were almost the worst I have raced in. The worst it was -6C before the start and we had to break the ice in the portable toilet!

    I had a great time, the course was fun (apart from that last hill!). I managed to cycle straight into a creek at one point. Straight over the bars, completely immersed - quite funny.

    Looking forward to doing a fast Californian race soon......
  • 04-13-2010
    NoBalance
    Crazy ride! I had my doubts about this once when I showed up at the venue but just shut my brain off and went ahead with the ride. Twenty minutes in I wondered to myself if perhaps I should just bail on this race.

    Starting with the initial fireroad after the first singletrack, it was mostly the same mucky, peanut-buttery gunk for much of the fireroads. The singletrack was actually a bit better but still very beat up. I don't know what the trails were like for the Expert and Sport class but my god the trails when I got to them were a disaster!

    Climbing up out of the Pope valley(?) was different this year from last -- not because I did any riding, mind you -- mainly because I could hardly get a grip on the trail with my shoes let alone any tires.

    For a while there I thought chainsuck (granny) was going to get me but as the trail finally became ride-able I was able to make up good ground once again and pass a bunch of folks walking up a rather mild incline.

    This was yet another "survival" race rather than one that really affected my cardio in any way. Amazing experience ... and I think we all knew going into this race that when we made it out, it would be quite rewarding.

    My bro came along and took a bunch of pictures at the final single-track section. You may notice the accumulation of water change from when the Pros come through to when I came through. That was one big bog!


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscanxs/4516714125/" title="nvdc10_0006 by KrisCanXS, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2759/4516714125_6e7ae21e63_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="nvdc10_0006" /></a>

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    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscanxs/4517348318/" title="nvdc10_0017 by KrisCanXS, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2792/4517348318_2bf98f7bf3_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="nvdc10_0017" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscanxs/4517348436/" title="nvdc10_0019 by KrisCanXS, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2798/4517348436_5f32c356c6_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="nvdc10_0019" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscanxs/4517348628/" title="nvdc10_0022 by KrisCanXS, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4062/4517348628_dd3cec8147_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="nvdc10_0022" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscanxs/4516715625/" title="nvdc10_0024 by KrisCanXS, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2705/4516715625_8b6c9f9578_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="nvdc10_0024" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscanxs/4516716799/" title="Seth by KrisCanXS, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2728/4516716799_69f9813989_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="Seth" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscanxs/4516719455/" title="nvdc10_0065 by KrisCanXS, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4063/4516719455_5ac351f86f_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="nvdc10_0065" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscanxs/4516719871/" title="Mei by KrisCanXS, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2749/4516719871_07ea2dbaa4_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="Mei" /></a>
  • 04-13-2010
    marty crosley
    Great photos. I hoped that your brother was an event photographer. I would love to buy a photo of my self at that mudbog Please let me know if we can get photos.
  • 04-13-2010
    iRoNeTiK
    Thanks for the photos, my face (#243) is so clean compared the others. A lot less fender use than at Boggs, strange.
  • 04-13-2010
    mudworm
    Yes, I remember seeing your brother. I thought he had to be paid to be standing out there in that cold and wetness. What an awesome bro you got there, NoBalance! I have never been so excited to see a picture of me on a ride. Please give your bro a big hug for me and tell him I said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" Next time when we are at the same event, please be sure to find me. All you need to utter is "NVDC" and I'll buy you each a beer!

    It just dawned on me that NoBalance, you and I have a long history. You were there at my first race, and you were there at my last race. :)

    I love that picture of #355. That's the spirit!

    P.S. I hope your brother has no issue with me reposting the picture in my blog. (Let me know if it's inappropriate.)
  • 04-13-2010
    schnapmaster
    Pro Race Report
    Wow! It looks like the trail got nastier the farther back you started. I was the second person of everyone to get to most of the trails, and they didn't seem as bad.
    Check out my race report for the details of the heartbreak finish
    http://summitcallup.ning.com/profile/JimHewett
    Maybe it will be sunny for Sea Otter?
  • 04-13-2010
    NoBalance
    Marty, I am working on getting my bro to do photography and video for events and will probably eventually provide an interface for digital purchases. For now its free to use on Flickr but not all racers pics are up.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscanxs/4518395494/" title="marty by KrisCanXS, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2774/4518395494_5edb9663a4_b.jpg" width="683" height="1024" alt="marty" /></a>
  • 04-13-2010
    breadly
    Let us know when the rest are up on Flickr. I loves me some race photos!
  • 04-13-2010
    marty crosley
    NoBalance..Yo and your Bro Rock... This just made my week..I have told people about the rain/mud but this is IT !!!!!! I to offer beer in the future and look forward to his photography business. THANK YOU !!
  • 04-13-2010
    NoBalance
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by breadly
    Let us know when the rest are up on Flickr. I loves me some race photos!

    Actually thats it. Give me your race # and I'll see if I have a pic.
  • 04-13-2010
    dognaught
    If you have a pic for #141 that would be fantastic. I was the guy with no drivetrain pushing my bike. :)
  • 04-13-2010
    NoBalance
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mudworm

    It just dawned on me that NoBalance, you and me have a long history. You were there at my first race, and you were there at my last race. :)

    I love that picture of #355. That's the spirit!

    P.S. I hope your brother has no issue with me reposting the picture in my blog. (Let me know if it's inappropriate.)

    I think I actually saw you but wasn't sure. I wondered if you could even survive in that kind of weather. You can use the picture as you want. Its my camera and Flickr site so no problems there.

    That was a difficult race to stay on your wheels for at least 30% of the trail ... I had to go extra slow just to keep on the bike, in some areas; with others, speed was your friend.

    Its interesting that the pictures make that one spot look like perhaps it was the muddiest but honestly after enduring the entire course of peanut butter mud and dozens of huge puddles, it was really nothing.

    Biggest problem for me was my prescription sunglasses had partially muddy water droplets on them the entire time, distorting my vision. I really had a hard time seeing anything clearly and that stressed me out all day. Just glad to make it out of there!

    Here I am reaching the final puddles - I did have both front and rear fenders but those only helped so much ... say Hi if you see me at Sea Otter this weekend (40-44 Cat3 XC). I will probably do some pre-riding on Friday and find a spot on the course to take pics of the Cat1 racers, then same thing on Saturday for Cat2.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscanxs/4517353204/" title="Kris by KrisCanXS, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4517353204_b59e25efa4_o.jpg" width="1004" height="1506" alt="Kris" /></a>
  • 04-13-2010
    iRoNeTiK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance
    Here I am reaching the final puddles - I did have both front and rear fenders but those only helped so much ... say Hi if you see me at Sea Otter this weekend (40-44 Cat3 XC). I will probably do some pre-riding on Friday and find a spot on the course to take pics of the Cat1 racers, then same thing on Saturday for Cat2.

    I will be there for the Cat 2 race, 7:30am, blaaaaaah! Probably be wearing my CCCX or Pyramid Brew Jersey, just yell out when I pass you :D
  • 04-13-2010
    breadly
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance
    Actually thats it. Give me your race # and I'll see if I have a pic.

    any of #120?

    Thanks in advance!
  • 04-13-2010
    tomass15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance
    Actually thats it. Give me your race # and I'll see if I have a pic.

    Any of #435, 101 or 102?

    Thanks, Great pics from what i have seen so far!
  • 04-13-2010
    NoBalance
    Posted 120 and 435 to the flickr album. Number 102 was totally blurry and 101 doesnt even show up in the results on the PUC site. If you can give me the finish time of 101 I may be able to determine where in the photo set to look.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscan...7623844427870/
  • 04-13-2010
    tomass15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance
    Posted 120 and 435 to the flickr album. Number 102 was totally blurry and 101 doesnt even show up in the results on the PUC site. If you can give me the finish time of 101 I may be able to determine where in the photo set to look.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscan...7623844427870/

    Thanks, thinking about it, 101 DNFed before the camera.

    How about the other Chico boys, Aren 429 winner. Crumm 284 at 2:43

    Thanks a bunch!
  • 04-13-2010
    NoBalance
    431 and 367 already are on flickr. the earliest pro rider we got was Nitish Nag at 1:47
    added #284 just now. check flickr site.

    Also there are many other races on my flickr account - check the Sets.
  • 04-13-2010
    breadly
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance
    Posted 120 and 435 to the flickr album. Number 102 was totally blurry and 101 doesnt even show up in the results on the PUC site. If you can give me the finish time of 101 I may be able to determine where in the photo set to look.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriscan...7623844427870/

    Thanks a lot! I hope i speak for everyone when i say that we really appreciate the effort of camping out in the rain to make these pics available for us!:thumbsup:
  • 04-13-2010
    tomass15
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance
    431 and 367 already are on flickr. the earliest pro rider we got was Nitish Nag at 1:47
    added #284 just now. check flickr site.

    Also there are many other races on my flickr account - check the Sets.


    Thanks a bunch for taking on the rain for the pictures, great quality and in brutal conditions!
  • 04-13-2010
    mudworm
    Having seen the whole photo set, I can't believe how lightly some riders dressed. How in the world did they survive?

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by NoBalance
    Biggest problem for me was my prescription sunglasses had partially muddy water droplets on them the entire time, distorting my vision. I really had a hard time seeing anything clearly and that stressed me out all day. Just glad to make it out of there!

    Having lived my life with strong prescriptions (-6.5), I think I know how much that has sucked for you. I can't imagine riding with bouncy vision, let alone in that kind of condition. What has saved me is the daily disposables. They are on the expensive side, but I get to enjoy the benefit every waking hour of my life, which pretty much makes it worth more than any bike upgrade I do. (Sorry about going off track.)
  • 04-13-2010
    kpd
    I love your outfit, Mei. Kind of post-apocalyptic mud zombie, but wearing a jaunty shower cap.
  • 04-13-2010
    mudworm
    Hey, I did what I had to do -- gotta make sure not to mess up the hair do! :D
  • 04-14-2010
    mtnmark
    Anyone know of any other pics out there? Looking for lucky # 158.
  • 04-14-2010
    wykes
    love the photos!
    the photos are great, very nice quality, thanks so much for sharing!

    I was really wishing brightroom or someone was there on Sunday, if you get a chance we'd really appreciate it if you have either 250 (2nd place cat 3 19-34) or 219 (4th place cat 3 19-34).

    :thumbsup:
  • 04-14-2010
    tomass15
    A buddy asked about his number 392 at 1:55

    Thanks again, everybody is amazed we all raced it and very cool to have pictures!
  • 04-15-2010
    spaak
    Calistoga Bike Shop Photos
    Congrats to everyone that slogged through the race last Sunday: a serious mtb race!
    I found more photos on Calistoga Bike Shop Facebook page from three different spots including the Whoops.