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Sport Men 24-29
riding for MTBR.com ;)
Sport Men 50-54
30th at 2:02
First race on a SS. Started all the 50-60+ year old Sports together. I should have used gears and carried over the mud. I was 1/2 mile behind just on the race track. Caught and passed lots of riders on the trail. Never, ever had such severe leg cramps on the pavement climb about 3/4 through. They finally went away so I could finish.
Originally Posted by francois
1:50, good for 38th place.
-Tons of fun, swoopy singletrack.
-Only 2 hike-a-bike sections
-The dude wearing a Hawaiian shirt riding a Surly 1x1 who called out "1:26" about what couldn't have been even half-way. But considering I wasn't timing myself, after hearing that I thought I only had about 20 minutes left, so turned it up a bit and started to pick off other riders ahead of me pretty easily. Turned out to be a lot more than 20 minutes left to go, but it was an invaluable mental boost.
-Approaching the big wide mud bog near the end, seeing everyone peeling either wide right or wide left, and me thinking "oh I've got big wheels I can make it through anything" and cutting straight down the middle. Next thing I knew I was axle and elbow deep in the mud puddle. Padre was nice enough as he blazed by to ask if I was ok...
-Knowing ahead of time exactly how the finishing 3k looked. Pre-ride was again, invaluable.
-Not asking myself ONCE "what the heck am I doing out here" like I have in past years/races, because I was just having so much fun this time.
-The chorizo and egg burrito at Tico's Tacos in Salinas afterwards.
12th beginner clyde out of 43 2:06 time, first race ever, lost a minute or so of ride time being a good samaritan, great course, super super fun.
Passed the guy (all in yellow?) ahead of me on the last hill before the racetrack but frt derailer let me down couldn't get on big ring and he blew by me on the downhill. super fun and I can see myself getting addicted to racing soon.
only went over the bars once so I consider it a highly successful first race.
Here are a few random thoughts:
- great beer and a good group of MTBR folks Saturday night at camp A115. Now, that was fun! BTW, did Nativeson make it back home okay?
- over 2 hours, 64th, so basically as slow as ever on my gearie. :)
- started slow, caught up to a few guys later on, but basically stayed slow throughout...
- did not really preride the course, so I was a bit surprised by the jump at the bottom of the first downhill as I was following some guy. It was quite fun though.
- saw 2 guys endoing within secs of each other right in front of me. They probably saved me from doing the same.
- in the last single track with the little whoops, I was too tired and was not paying attention. On a bump, I forgot to pull the handlebar, flew up, landed on the front wheel at speed and nearly endoed.
Overall, that was an awesome ride, and I can't wait for next year.
Pictures of Sea Otter Cross Country Race, Pros and Amateurs
Liam Killeen (England) won the men's pro race and Gunn-Rita Dahle (Norway) won the women's race.
For my pics of the pros and amateurs in the race go to:
Beginner 40 - 45
after 10 miles I realized that I lost my ankle band. I might not tighten it good; first race's lesson ;-(.
My computer says 2:02 of riding (+ 1 or 2 minutes for not riding).
Sorry I didn't have a chance to stop by the mtbr.com booth; my family wanted to go home in hurry when it started raining (right after racing).
Beg Men XC 45-49
1st time racing
I had a total blast!
I exceeded my goals:
Course was fun & challenging. Nice to have such a variety of conditions. I was glad the rain broke for a few days and held off until I was finished. Despite the number of muddy spots, it could have been way worse. I really enjoyed seeing some of the stronger riders that started after our group work their way through the field. While I felt bad for them having to deal with the slower riders, I found it highly motivating. A number of riders in the Jr. sport division went through making it look oh so easy. There were moments when I wished I had a tow rope handy... Despite the frustration some of the riders must have felt, I found nearly everyone to be courteous, friendly and postively motivating. I particularly "enjoyed" my effort on the long climb out. I recall being passed by just a few riders from the Jr. divisions and a few studettes. I had a consistent pace going and managed to pass scores of riders at this point. I particularly enjoyed passing a group of 4-5 guys that were likely in my group right at the top of the climb before the last singletrack. I'd been moving up on them for some time and it felt great to make it by.
1) The start was more important than I thought. I held off at the start and on the track which put me in the middle of my group going into the singletrack. That slowed me down quite a bit as I couldn't get past guys that had challenges or were walking up the climbs.
2) I was really glad that I pre-rode the course a week or so before the race. It was very helpful to have some idea of what to expect.
3) I wish I had tapered my training a little more the last week before the race. I could have used about 1 more day off/lighter effort as I still felt the effects of my previous hard ride as I started.
4) I rode faster in the pack than I might have solo. It was nice to watch others take/make the line which gave me more confidence on some of the downhills & singletrack sections than I would have had solo.
5) I was too tenative about passing in the 1st quarter of the race. I should have asked politely and moved ahead rather than waiting for things to clear. That cost me a fair bit of time. Watching the experienced riders move through helped me with that.
6) It was eye opening to look through the results and learn how fast the winners are riding. I saw a time of around 2:45 posted for two laps. I also saw SS times for two laps that were under 3 hrs. Amazing. In addition to better training and dropping some weight, I'll probably need another lung to get close to being competitive in my group:)
All in all, it was a great experience. I'm looking forward to the next one.
All the best & congrats to all you studs & studettes that led the way,
Not really a race report, but I'd like to thank Francios & Derek for takin me and Rockcrawler out to lunch saturday, the food was good, and I love the book I got from the raffle :D
I've got my pics all up, but in the Sea Otter galleries there is no place for Dirt Jump photos (hint, hint). but I won't be home to upload them until tonite, probably after the award for Best Photo has been decided. But I feel my best shots came from the DJ competition.
From what I saw, everyone had a blast, nobody (that I saw) got seriously hurt, and my face, neck, and only one hand is sunburned. The other isn't because it was under the camera the whole time.
I raced Sport class like a bonehead.
Originally Posted by francois
I placed 75th out of 114 riders, about where I placed my first SOC in beginner class three years ago.
I pre-rode the course a few times over the last couple of months, and my best time was 2:07, but I raced 1:56! I was feeling like death for the first half, but then it started to fall in to place. The rim braked weight weenie bike held up, and felt great. The brakes didn't even rub on my flimsy 24 spoke front wheel like they usually do.
At some point (possibly even before the race), I bent my deraulleur hanger a bit, and I could not shift into the biggest couple of cogs without getting crazy chain skip, and could not get up the first 'b!tch' without hoofing it. I also stalled on that steep sandy second big climb.
I was also scaring myself on the downs. The first big down I hit 41.5 MPH according to my computer. The second big paved down I hit 40. The ruts smoothed out a bit since I pre-rode it last.
The mud pits were crazy. I started to get a tad of chainsuck from the first mud puddle, so I hoofed a lot of the other mud to not make it worse.
Overall, I did better than I thought I would.
Originally Posted by pimpbot
That's pretty quick. I only hit 39.5 and I'd say I'm pretty quick coming down the hill.
I liked the first big decent...right off that foot and a half drop. We came across one guy who pooched that part...he was off to the side holding is arm in pain....looked like he was in some pain.
What I really enjoyed were all the 'rain run off's' about half way though the race. I couldn't help but air it out on a few of those. :D
Rumpfy, are you me?
I second the "fun factor" for the water bars/run offs -- yeeHaw! I liked the drop on preride day (Friday), but totally forgot about it come race day (was trying to catch the peleton :)
Managed fine over it despite the memory blip. How about that last singletrack section? Catching a few sweet hips before hitting the runway; what a way to finish a ride!
With a slow start & a good finish, I figured I had finished somewhere in the middle; I was 52nd of 104 men beg/35-39, 2:11 with one crash, one pee break and a few dismounts for trafficy hills. Pretty good figuring, no?
1) rear brake only down sandy hills (heard about this trick on the way home, but better late than never)
2) leave the start faster on courses with lots of single track, especially in beginner's class (again, better late than never)
3) running through mud bogs makes more sense than riding through
4) passing across the Grassy Knoll can take a lot of energy.
5) jumping during a race is really fun!
Thanks all for keeping it fun.
Originally Posted by Rumpfy
I know exactly the drop you're talking about. I hit it at speed, by accident, on a pre-run but used it to pass four guys in the race playing follow the leader around it. I heard someone follow me and he let out an "Oh sh!t".
I really enjoyed the jumps on the final single track. Yeehaaaaaa!
On a Saturday pre-ride, my friend Roy flew off the bike on that spot and hit his temple on the ground. He blacked out for a minute and was not coherent until the paramedics arrived. He stayed at the hospital all afternoon. The next day, he looked pretty good but he said he still had a slight headache.
Originally Posted by fred-da-trog
He said he doesn't remember anything between the start of the ride and waking up at the hospital. His techie explanation was his short-term memory was still in a buffer and was interrupted before it could write to disk.
Beg Men XC 45-49
First race ever and I had a blast.
I got to the event early enough to warm up around the parking lot up on Wolf Hill. The vibe up there was great with everyone else getting ready, chit-chatting and warming up.
Felt great on all the hills except for that last one, where my legs gave out to the cramps. I was told there would be two water stations, so I decided not to wear a Camelback. I had one water bottle and a flask of Hamergel. It wasn't enough. I cramped. Next time, I think I'll take two water bottles and use my flask more liberally
My goal was to finish in the top 1/3 and I just squeaked in on that.
~The Arrogant Bastard cheering us on while ascending Skyline Rd. He and the other spectators in the middle of nowhere cheering us on. How cool was that.
~The Mud bogs. Someone at the top of the hill said "you haven't seen any thing yet..."
~Found a pair of riding glasses. I had gone over the bars on a slow bump and when I picked up my bike, I found a cool pair of glasses.
~Using my old tried and true Hardtail for this event. I felt great passing those on their Full Suspension rigs.
I passed over a lot of water bottles, several chains, one Crank Bros. pedal, 2 or three camelback mouth pieces, some gogs from somebodys cluster, and some poor guy face down in the grass hurling.
Next race, I am definitely going to pre ride the course.
I can't wait.
Originally Posted by francois
Ouch, hope he's back to normal now.:eek:
Markatrog: 7th, XC beginer men 45-49 1:57:37
Sport Men 25-29
13th @ 1:35:56
This course was tons of fun, even better while trading lines with Rumpfy mid course. Pre-ride was a must for this. I even made it down those freakin sandtraps they called downhill sections. Some of them were DEEP! Especially for a not-so-technical rider.
Beginner Men 25-29
1:50 9th place
Hitting that drop off at the end of the first downhill at speed even though I had pre-rode the course and knew to avoid it.
Watching a woman in front of me endo into a mud pit so deep that you couldn't see her handlebars at all, much less her front wheel.
Making it through the sand trap downhills without crashing! Gotta love the paramedics stationed at 50 yard intervals on the first one.
Watching some guy who had stopped, flipped over his bike, and was slowly cleaning the chain with a rag. I almost wanted to stop and see if he would give mine a quick service!
Catching my buddy Chris, who had left 5 minutes before me, on the half-way fireroad climb.
Hitting a mud pit on Goat trail that brought my bike to a complete stop, but luckily didn't eject me over the bars.
Making it to the last little climb, right under the campground, only to find some half naked guy in the trail who had one too many beers...
Altogether a blast!
Thats' just too weird, I saw them too. I cannot fathom how they could get dislodged.
Originally Posted by imjps
I am very pleased with my 2:02:14 time. Beg/Sport Singlespeed. Course was great. Much more fun (and harder) than last year.
-having fast guys in front of me going down #50 (sorry to the guy behind me, but we were going fast enough not to get frustrated)
-the paceline of hiking singlespeeds going up #82
-jumps on #11 and #82
-catching a second (or 4th) wind and being able to hammer up #47 and to the track. The cheering crowd helped when one guy yelled "Hurry, there is a girl behind you!" (It was minne mae)
-missing out on my nomad frame by 142 tickets! :mad:
- semi-yaking on skyline rd.
Wow what a great time!! This being the biggest event I have attended I was a bit intimidated by the field. When I lined up for the start and took a look around at the competition it was one of those OS moments. :eek: These guys were studs! They may be clydes and over 40 but many of them were ripped and looked fast just standing there!
Well my plans to at least top 10 quickly changed to hoping to finish in the middle some where’s.
The start was fast and furious and I tried to hang with the front 10 or 15 riders for the track portion. About the time we left the track 10 or so broke away and were off like a stinkin’ rocket. That’s when I felt just a bit of discouragement that I couldn't hang with the front runners. I decided to just run my pace and see how many of the jack rabbits blow up on the hills, it's a long 20 miles.
About the time we hit the single track I some of the slower folks from the previous groups started clogging up the trail. I was glad to get out of the single track so I could start doing some passing and maintain a decent pace.
Saw a lot of biffs and had to take evasive action on several occasions to keep from running over downed riders and bikes, definitely kept you on your toes. It was pretty easy to spot the areas where riders crashed, just watch for piles of water bottles, broken fenders, and miscellaneous other bike stuff.
After the downhill on the pavement section I started catching up with some of the jackrabbits who were beginning to feel the hills. What a great feeling to pick 'em of one by one. This seemed to give me a burst of energy and I actually started thinking top 10 again. By the time the Jacks Road climb came, I had dropped a couple more and now I began to think top 5. Hammer time! Sucked down a gel and a few gulps of water and I was off.
When I Hit Skyline I spotted what looked to be another clyde up ahead in my sights. As I passed him he asked what class I was racing and said he was in Beginner Clyde. He told me there was only one or two other clydes ahead in my class and would I like to work together to catch them. Hell yea! So off we went after a green jersey about 200 yards ahead. I closed within about 50 yards of what turned out to be the 3rd place finisher and could get no closer once we hit the final single track do to the pack of slower riders that were between us. Finally managed to get around a bunch of riders on the final mud climb and broke onto the race track for the final push to the finish. I saw what looked to be a clyde 75 yards up ahead and man did that get the adrenalin flowing! Shifted into the big ring and put my chin on the bars and gave it all I had left. Right at the final turn I caught him and blew by hammering for dear life. Crossing the finish felt so good!
The Beginner Clyde (Paul) I was working with finished just ahead of me and greeted me at the finish pumped that he and captured first place in his class and said I had snagged either 3rd or 4th in mine. I couldn’t believe it! What a day, what a race, what a finish.
The main lesson learned for a big race like this is to get a decent start and just run your race. Sooner or latter you’ll catch up with the riders who didn’t and blew up. It’s a long race and anything can happen.
I was glad I went biff free as I don’t need any more body damage. I have enough aches and pains.
Glad I did the pre-ride the week before.
Helping out at the MTBR booth on Saturday was a blast.
Cant wait until the next race!! :D
ok my stuff..
+40 Open Clydesdale
Originally Posted by francois
9th of 25 (on a Single Speed/29er)
Team Santa Cruz- 01:55:01
I did the +40 Open Clyde race. Saw some familar faces in the crowd. I have to say I was expecting to see a bunch of grey haired, beer gut dudes but no way. Most of the dudes at the starting line after the gun went off came to throw down.
My single speed was as I expected very spinny on the track. I got a great jump at the start but by the time the hill climb began I was almost at the back of the pack! That is until the hill climb. That's when the BIG BOI factor seemed to kick in with a lot of my fellow bretherin. One by one, I began to make up ground. Being 230lbs. I'm definatley one of them, I just probably spend more time climbing hills to make up for it.
Once at the top of the track, and off to the ridgeline speed run, I kept pace with a fellow MTBR member, (his handle escapes me). He and I had pre-rode on a group ride before and I knew that in the beginning I'd be seeing some of him. Sure enough, he and I went back and forth for the first few miles. I'd climb a hill and pass him. He'd descend the hill or hit a flat and pass me. It was a friendly exchange, and we even encouraged one another. Finally on one twisty hill climb, I got past him and didn't see him again.
At least a couple of slower groups got released in front of us as well. I think I was preaty polite, typically, I'd yell the standard "On your left!" wait for a line to pass and go for it.
A couple of times I scared the shite out of some of the female sport riders by getting (in their minds) too close. I never hit/touched anyone though. My way of politely pushing people along was to get behind them and encourage them (let's em know a faster rider is behind em), and typically they would let me pass.
Along one of the first twisty, uphill singletrack portions I started keeping pace with what appeared to be a speedy female jr rider (or maybe she was racing up a class or two). Instead of passing her, I just trailed behind since she was kicking ass and passing alot of other riders. When we'd come up to typically slower guys, I'd announce "On your left, lady coming through!", and folks would make way and we'd buzz on by. I noticed she seemed to be breathing rather rapidly but was still maintaining pace.
Once we got up to the top of the summit, and hit a fire road, and she seemed to have an emotional breakdown. I began to pass her, gave her a pat on the shoulder, and told her she was doing great, and to just stay smooth.
Afterwards I kind of felt like the big bad monster nipping at the heals of an innocent. At the time all I thought I was doing was giving her some encouragement and a chance to lead. Or maybe she was a first time racer, and was just feeling the pressure of the race? Who knows for sure but her.
Oh well, like Forrest said, racing is like a box of chocolates, ...ya just never know what your gonna get.
Anyway, once we hit the mud bog area (right before the 2nd sand hill descent), this other racer in my class on a white Santa Cruz shows up. He passed me giving me some props for riding single. So I tagged long behind him. We kept again going back and forth. I'd clear the puddles cyclo-cross style by running through them. He'd catch me on the downhill areas or the flats with his gears. I'd then pass him on the hill climbs. Finally I got out and ahead of him on Skyline Rd, on our way to the 44.
I made several passes by dismounting and running around folks on the short hills where a lot of people were granny gearing. By the time I hit Jack's Road, my slight scoliosis was kicking in along w my sciatic nerve...pain! Every bump and jarring of the rear of the bike began to echo up my hips and back. Then I got the only 4Km to go voice in my head. Okay, charge!
And about then who would you know shows up, Mr. white Santa Cruz bike dude! Yikes, where did he come from. Oh well, we had some encouraging exchanges. I just kind of felt like, "Oh well take it, I don't care anymore". Then I caught up with him. He noticed our exchange as well. He said,"Same thing all F*ckin race, back n forth with us! (smile)"
Finally on the last hill, with less than a mile to go, I began to taunt him while on his wheel, "Don't let me catch you now big boy!" With that he took off like a bullet. I just smiled and let him go figuring he was long gone. I got to the twisty section of single track right before the entry to the track, and ...there he was...within my sights again. I busted past the tight, uphill right turn cyclo-cross style passing 3 people. Got on his rear wheel and wispered..."I'm baaaack." He looked back and was very surprised. With that we hit the track together in a full sprint passing people left and right. My 29er wheels helped get me down the hill preaty fast, but his gears won out in the end. He beat me by 4 whole seconds! After the finish line, we both exchanged hand shakes and had a good laugh about the whole thing.
Oh well, great race and even better racers. My hats off too everyone who had the courage and the game to enter and finish!
Oh yea, volunteering Friday at the MTBR booth was a blast. Good to finally connect some handles w/ some faces.
-definatley as stated earlier, ride your own race a lot can and does change over 20 miles. Today, I feel like I'm very done with racing...for a while at least ;-)
-all those complementary water bottles at the bottom of the first few hills, they really came in handy, and I had a good time guessing what the flavors were...yummm!
I did the pre-ride on my hard tail, but raced on the full suss. During the race I forgot I was on a full suss and therefor forgot to unweight the back a little when I hit those water bars. Each time the suspension would soak it up then buck me forward a bit. Three really close calls...
Originally Posted by fred-da-trog
XC Sport 35-39
With all of the rain we have had this year, this was only the second time on the bike for me. I think that prevented me from being agressive enough at the start of the race as I entered the single track too far back and paid for it being behind slower riders on the climbs. I too found some tough going in the mud and sand. I went down on one of the first ultra sand pit singel track downhills and was made worse when I was run into from behind while tryiing to get going again. I was also sucked into one of the mud pits of death taking my bike to a screeching hault. Luckily I was behind a slower rider and did not have enough speed to go catapulting over the bars. By the time I was on the long climb back towards the track, my drivetrain was having substantial chain suck issues, especially in the middle ring. I tried to climb in the big ring as much as possible but no matter what I tired I could never get a good rhythm. Even with all of the problems I enjoyed the race.
I was first bummed out that they changed the course this year, but I thought it was still a great layout. Outside of the mud bogs, I thougth the course was in very good shape. If the conditions were dry I think some of the sandy climbs and decents would have been much much more difficult. Maybe we will find out next year.
Beg Men, 30-34
First off, my personal goal was to finish in the top half of the group. Last year I finished 66 out of 99. This was my second Sea Otter and third race overall. So I'm really happy with my result.. both my place and time. Beating 2 hours became an on course goal once I started the last climbs of the course. My pre-ride times were both over two hours (2:05 and 2:16 moving without the paved race track portion).
I don't plan to race much, but I'm happy with my preperation for this one: pre-rode the course, trained a bit, picked some good tires, and personally wrenched my bike into tip-top shape.
Yeah, I could've gone faster on the first singletrack sections (down and uphill), but probably not *much* faster. I'd like to think that I saved some energy for later and my time/place wasn't affected too much.
The course is really fun, and pre-riding it (twice) really helped mentally and technically.
Mud bogs... I cleaned most of them and walked two. Watching a guy in front of me endo spectacularly prevented me from doing the same on one of them. I tried to wheelie through a few at speed... work great twice, nearly disasterous on the third.
Didn't walk any uphills :)
Sandy downhills weren't too bad... a bit more packed down than last week.
Fireroads... I hit 37mph on the first downhill and despite my best intentions, launched a roller mis-balanced and started rotating forward. Did a nice landing on my front wheel and managed not to eat it.
Favorite part of the trail... short singletrack descent after the final climb. It's really fun, and felt great to "pin it" high on endorphins from the climb and adrenaline from being so close to the finish.
In terms of hydration, food, and fatigue, I felt pretty good.
Sea Otter and Cool MTB post mortem
Best result ever, 16th Men's Beg XC 40-44. Didn't make much time up Skyline at the end and got passed by two guys in my group dressed in full team kitóone even had SHAVED legs. There should be a rule against that kind of behavior in this class. Same time as last year, but the course was more difficult. Need to taper more before race day.
It was a total hammerfest, 161 average bpm, 177 max. Havenít found my puke rate yet.
During the race, I ran into the guy who came in 3rd at Cool last month. I was 2nd. His buddy came in 1st but raced Sport at Sea Otter (10 min behind the leader). We could have moved up if he had raced in the correct group. At least he's stuck in Sport now and not sandbagging.
Originally Posted by 105millimetersofpleasure
Well...if you're extremely handsome and charming...you could be me. :p
Pee break?! During a race!?
Yeah, I couldn't not hit some of the jumps even though it's slower and takes more energy.
Originally Posted by fred-da-trog
You didn't hit it during the race!?
I followed a fast riding buddy through that whole section and it forced me to move quick to keep up (which I couldn't)...so come race day, the faster the better. I figured it slowed up some less comfortable DH'ers behind me.
I caught the first peleton on the single track section without working very hard that left me with enough energy to make the single track climb after crossing the fire road.
Originally Posted by sallen
Dude, you killed it! We cIeaned just about every section.
Pacing each other mid course was fun. It's every man for himself out there, but it's cool to have a team mate close by for support.
Who says cycling's not a team sport!
Unfortunately illness claimed several of our riders and they had to return home. Having buds on the course is valuable. Our kids relied on each other on the course during challenging times. For those who had to go it alone being steady and relying upon their training and race plans got them through. There were definelty some lessons learned and some great memories created.
Originally Posted by Berkeley Mike
Yeah, I saw a lot of high school mtb team shirts and jerseys there, kids from the CCCX.
Speaking of which, the most exciting racing I've seen was when the high school series came to CCCX this year. Flat out the most fun racing to watch. We saw it last year at CCCX and it was every bit as good this year.
I guess Michael Keaton has a kid who races? He was at CCCX and I saw him at Sea Otter on Sunday too.
the good: 2nd place DH women 40 plus ( Go Celia!), 4th place DH hardtail women, and the podium represented 4 decades: me 40s, Monica 30s, Nova 20s and Britt the teenager which is sorta cool, and my very hard-earned 5th place in the beg. women 45-49, my second XC race since heart surgery April '04 and my first race ever since pretty gnarly foot surgery Nov. 05. Wheeee!!!!
Also good: swoopy bermy singletrack in the XC and telling chicks to go faster and pedal and they actually did (don't worry, I was nice) passing about a million clydesdales on climbs, the byotchin sandy DH areas, LOVED THEM long time!! and putting it into the big ring and crouching down for a full on sprint finish at the end, hope my Mom was proud cuz I was doing it all for her.... chatting with Mark Weir about putting my new nomad together and how sweet a ride that is, getting a place to stay in Downieville,also good was camping and the best filet mignon I ever had in my life, seeing about a thousand of my racing friends in the DH and XC world, my venue friends, making new friends, meeting MTBR faces hiding behind all these screen names, hearing people yell for me to pin it!!! and go faster in my DH runs, making clean runs both times, the timing people in the tent squeezing me in, the full on family atmosphere and Monica teaching us belly dancing at the top of the DH, having great bike mojo both bikes and only droppin the chain once on the XC, having Lesley my bestest friend forever passing me on the XC and winning a medal too, cool swag, buying awesome shorts that say "harlot" on them, and if there's anything I forgot it's all there in spirit.
the bad? some things never change: disorganization and mismanagement of DH timing, runs, and awards.....yeah, after nine years, must be like childbirth or something, for I seem to forget all the BS and keep coming back for more suffering and waiting...
the ugly? icky rain and smelly mud.
That's the story I'm gonna stick with, thanks for your encouragement. It is very well appreciated. Racing is FUN!!!!:)
What a Great Time!
Beg/Sport Single speed Female
7th place of 9
First mtb race
First Sea Otter
My theme for my first Sea Otter was an indelible smile. (I have that same smile when I ride my single speed.)
Nervously standing at the starting line with a few other gals from MTBR, I didnít realize how over-excited I was. All that extra energy at the start would cost me later. The announcer has us count down from 10 9 8Ö..
And weíre off! The entirety of the pack just pulls out way in front of me on the track! Wow, were they moving fast. I have a quick chat with a guy from New Hampshire, a gal on a Niner SS and then, Iím at the singletrack. The singletracks are smooth and swoopy with occasional mud puddles. Super fun. Follow this by a great downhill straight-a-way on a steep fireroad. Soon enough The menís beginner classes start catching up to me. Theyíre blasting by me on the singletrack climb, parts of which I knew Iíd have to run, but trying to do so and stay out of their way. Most were nice about it. One guy brushed my shoulder as he went by me on a fireroad climb, not hard, but I didnít expect it. Next thing I know, some form of shriek is coming out of mouth that would scare my Avid Juicy 7s! Oops :o
I took the sandy beaches slowly, because my challenge was to stay on the bike, which I did. The muddy swamps were no problem for me because I run flat pedals. The three b#$%%s section, well it hurt being so far into the race. I definitely would have made these climbs had I had a good breakfast. But I didnít, so I had to walk parts, or break for a quick count of thirty. This was the biggest disappointment. While walking some of these hills, I go back and forth with this other SSer, whose at about the same pace as me. It was nice having someone else going about the same pace.
At the very end, friends and hubby were around the last muddy switchback, with wonderful screams of encouragement. But I was so burnt by that point. I just didnít have the energy to keep going. I turn up the switchback and thereís Hollywood decked out in nothing more than tighty whities, wedgie in full bloom, running up the path in front of me and pointing at his a$$ to further assist in inspiration! Laughing giggling smiling, I made it up that final push. Now itís just onto the track and Iím home free! I give that final push for the crowd (how can you not), look up and see 3:07. Aww, ****, thatís not too good, I think. Then I realize that thatís the clock that was set from the beginning of the race, so remove 45 minutes for a time of 2:22. Oh, thatís actually not bad for me under these conditions.:o :D
Having the best, most supportive husband in the world show up for me in sooo many ways.
Riding w/ Impy, aosty, fred-da-trog, obi-one, and smw.
Working the mtbr booth, and meeting everyone, getting the chance to hang out with some really wonderful people.
Oggling bikes and components.
Oh yeah, and the race was fun too.
[QUOTE=Rumpfy]You didn't hit it during the race!?QUOTE]
Hit that li'l beotch full on and stuck the landing. Not so sure about the fella behind me, though.
Originally Posted by Rumpfy
I had completely forgotten about TightyWhitey Man!
I think I said, "Nice..." with a laugh, and eased up just enough for some guy to hammer past me around the race track bend. This pass was made by a guy that had been on my tail along the last STDH, and he finally passed me around that bend. He went by with authority, but I chased him down just as we crossed the finish.
Great way to wrap up a good ride. TightyWhiteyMan, you're an inspiration... to someone, somewhere... maybe. But at least a good laugh for the rest of us.
He's friends with Francis - who said he was normal to begin with :eek: ?
Hope Roy is OK...
2:06 + change
Only having had 3 hours or so of sleep is no way to start a race. It took forever to feel warmed up and my legs felt sluggish for a long time.
I cleaned the drop on the downhill that everyone keeps talking about with a small tail whip to straighten out the landing and the water bars were too much fun to be believed. I figured if I was going to be slow, I might as well have some fun.
I was not able to clean the first witch in reverse or for that matter most of the singletrack uphill. My legs wanted no part of spinning a bike up these sections but apparently had no problem jogging it.
It wasn't until the middle of the course on a long downhill that I started to loosen up and put some speed into things. Following that, I felt good on the climbs - standing in tallish gears and BMX pumping up fireroads and pavement.
The mud pit towards the end was the only unintentional off-bike experience. I saw it coming and unclipped my right foot in preparation. I had tried to go around it but slid right into it. As the front wheel sank, I jumped over the bars and ran out my decel. The bike had flipped into the mud after the pit and slid so I didn't have too far to go back and get it. Thanks for the technique, Biker Fox!
After CX'ing a remount, I stayed on the bike for the remainder. jrm and Crashmaster cheered me on on my final stretch up Skyline to the finish and by then I was feeling warmed up.
I cranked to the top, down the singletrack to the turn at the New Hurl Hill and continued up onto the track. I really liked the track to trail transitions this year in comparison to last year.
I felt good - no cramping - which I attribute to Cytomax Pre-formance.
This is from my other friend (who didn't knock himself unconscious). He's Red Felix and seeing him train and race is getting a glimpse into a pure racer. He only started training for this on February but his focus and discipline is amazing. We would do a hellish 60 mile road ride in the cold. As we all head home, he goes to his truck and eats a sandwich before heading out to ride for a few more hours.
He did three races over the weekend. Three!!! On Saturday, he rode so hard he threw up on the finish line in a losing effort.
On Sunday, after the race I've never seen him happier. Enjoy. francois
Posted by Red on April 11, 2006 at 01:53:11:
Short Track - Sport (Friday)1st: After checking the course the day before, I was intimidated by the muddy course and even tried to switch to road circuit race instead. Fortunately, the circuit race was all full and I'm now forced to ride the mud. The race condition was terrible and the whole entire race I'm trying to keep my bike up as there were no lines to follow. I started in 5th position on the first turn and tried to follow others to see if I could follow their line. I moved to 3rd on the second lap and tried to close the gap to 1st and 2nd but I kept getting chainsuck due to mud accumulation. I put it in the front big ring to keep my chain stretched thus solving my chainsuck problem. I inched my way to the two leaders on every inclined paved section and caught the 2nd on the 3rd lap and got the lead before the final lap. I was very happy after I realized the I won as I always come up short on Sea Otter races. I have podiumed several times but finally got my first winner's jersey that I've always wanted after 10 years of racing Sea Otter.
Road Race - Cat 4 (Saturday)7th: This race was a little disappointing for me because this is were I thought I would do better as I spend 90% of my bike time on the road. Before the start, my strategy was to stay on others' wheel, save energy and take it on the uphill finish. The race went pretty well for 3 laps until the fourth lap when a group of 4 strong climbers put about 15 sec. gap after a major climb (The Wall). I was on 2nd position on the chase thinking if I would join the breakaway or bring them back. I decided to bring them back but also at the same time burned some energy with the chase group. On the final accent to the finish with about 15-20 riders on the peleton, 2 guys attacked on one side and I decided to join them. I tried to stay with them as long as I could, but the road got steeper and they started to stand up and put the hammer down. I tried to match them but my legs seized and I felt the electricity all over my lower body. I had to stop pedaling for a brief moment before I was able to pedal again. By this time the group caught me and I tried as hard as I could to stay in top 10. Unfortunately, the podium is only up 5 places this year unlike past years. Anyway, I have no excuse for blowing this race as I should know better by now on what to do. I could say that better climbers beat me on this race.
MTB Cross Country - Sport 35-39 (Sunday)1st: Coming to this race I had low expectations considering the big effort I put in the day before. My plan was spin more and hope not to cramp again. The race started pretty fast as usual to any MTB race. Eric (Morgan Stanley) set up a very fast tempo from the gun. I was second behind him on the first long climb. He has about 20 sec. gap on me but I could still see him from the distance. He put on a massive pace that shattered the whole group including Jocelyn's Bicycle 5 strongman group that dominates the CCCX series. They are usually the ones that set the blistering pace until their leader (Mark?) takes over towards the end. Mark from Jocelyn caught me on the downhill and I have to ride very aggressive to keep up on him and he keeps putting gaps on me on every single tracks but I noticed that I am better on him on uphill as we were climbing a long single track. I told him to push the pace harder as I can no longer see Eric but he kept the same pace. I asked him twice to let me set pace because Eric is a very fast rider but he won't let me pass. I passed him by force on single track climb and he even said "f###ing ass" on me as I almost knocked him off balance during the process. I finally caught Eric and worked with him a little bit to put a bigger gap on Jocelyn's rider. When we hit another long climb I dropped Eric and was in the lead! On the long downhill and twisty single tracks, Mark from Jocelyn's caught and passe me and I tried my best to keep him in sight. I would close the gap on every hills but he keeps pulling away on downhills. I just kept to myself to do everything to keep him close before the final long climb as I knew the advantage would be on my side. As I was climbing the final accent, I passed him. I was already celebrating, relaxing and even giving Roy a number 1 sign as he was taking pictures. I crossed the finish line with my arm in the air and feeling great that I just won my first Sea Otter cross country race. Finishing time was 1:29:55.
Here's Red on the final climb shortly after taking the lead. He knew he had cracked these guys that were beating him all year.
The Tropa guys are a damn fast group. Was Jimmy racing?
That sounds like an outstanding weekend of racing, congrats.
SS women beg/sport 5th place
No asthma attack this year! Woo!
Sandy downhills rock!
If you passed me I told you to "go git 'em!"
Cathy from OC was my companion through the whole race. I would think I was pulling away and then I'd hear a demure clearing of her throat (she was getting over a cold) right behind me. Those 29 inch wheels followed me everywhere! It was a lot of fun chatting with her and it made the race even more fun!
My orthopod told me I wasn't allowed to race SS 3 weeks ago. Oops.:o
i did my first short track in junior 15-16 sport and got 9nth
i raced begginer xc and got 2nd
Nice work Nate!
Originally Posted by natebyrom
Podium always feels good.
That short track was a mess to watch. I might have to try it next year.
Congrats, Nate. Great Race.
I can relate to thinking you're pulling away from Cathy in OC (in Sagebrush)....but I ride with gears.
My ride report:
On the way up to the Sea Otter, Greg reads the description of Short Track out-loud, turns to me and says "you should do that". So, I signed up for it (you'd think that I'd learn about following suggestions from other mtbr's a long time ago--when I discovered that "there's only one big hill" means that I'll be scrambling up hills for the entire ride).
AFTER signing up for the Short Track, I saw the course. What the hell was I thinking--or not thinking (goes to show how much of a beginner I really am to this race stuff).
What a blast that ride was! Just before starting, it started to rain--woohoo! I had thought about trying cyclocross (turns out I don't really want to race in that stuff though). Around the first corner I slid off my seat and tri-podded up the little hill, first ride/kindergarten style. Slid around the rest of that lap (either on my bike or on foot) On the last lap ( we girls were smart and voted to only do 2), I was taking it a bit slow, as I had slid off of my line and onto the bad one, when I hit a hidden whoop (the track was pretty much hidden by mud). From what I heard, it was a beautiful slow motion endo right into the mud. In case you were wondering, they seem to let sheep graze (and excrete) on that field. Mmmmm, smelling like flowers, I finished the race gasping for air (the rain seemed to stop at that point, allowing the smell to linger). Can't wait to try that again...
Cross-country was a bit less eventful, a bit less muddy--though still muddy and full of boggy stop-pits (they stopped me anyway).
Yet, still managed to get 2nd in both. Special thanks to John, Greg, and Ashlie for their support :D
Some assorted pix:
sorry, I posted pix, but didn't realize they were 400k each. Sorry dial up folks! Imonna re-post them at a proper web size.
I did'nt see this thread till after I put together my race report
Bottom line is I got 6th place in the expert 45-59 class and 5th place in the Cat 5 40+ Circuit race