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    Quote Originally Posted by carnitas
    I have been sick with the flu but I did manage to get out and see some aquatic racing today.


    I saw this very swamp eat many a front tire.

    Holy!! That doesn't even look like fun. Not even for the spectators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Holy!! That doesn't even look like fun. Not even for the spectators.

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    Oh, how looks can be deceiving!

    Jilm mused that this was going to be one of those days we could tell our grandkids about. "...back in our day, we would race mountain bikes in the snow, uphill in both directions and we liked it fine! You kids have it sooooo easy these days!"
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    Write up of my experience in the cold of Cool

    Hey all. Just wrote this for a group board, but thought it won't clog this space up too bad. Let me know if I'm a space hog. Actually, yes... I'm a space hog:


    Man, what a day. We had a blast up in Cool, California this March
    12th, 2006.

    The forcast called for showers during the day, but we hit snow at
    800ft above sea level -- cool is up @ roughly 1600? We gathered
    ourselves after parking, excited to get this whole adventure
    underway. The snow fell quietly while we drove in. "I've slept
    well, eaten good foods, and ridden my bike a fair amount during the
    week," I thought while getting prepped. "Now it's time to try this
    racing thing out."

    We sorted through the confusion and headed towards the registration
    table. There I saw Suzie working the table, a familiar looking
    woman. Turns out that she'd been a customer of mine at 49er
    Chrysler Dodge in Auburn, where I'd worked for 4 months back in
    1997. If I were to ever recognize anyone from that period, she'd be
    the one. We got our numbers and went back to the cars for one final
    prep.

    Back near the start line, they grouped us according to age &
    experience. Jeff, Mat & I ran in the 30-39 beginners' bracket -- a
    field of perhaps 16-20 riders. While getting corraled, the cap from my
    Camelback came off, and the 50 ounces of water on my back began to
    run down my leg. Bad timing, but I managed to lose only a little
    before tying the hose up on my shoulder; problem solved, or so I
    thought. After a few group announcements, we were sent on our way
    around an unfamiliar 10 mile course of snow, mud, creeks and of
    course, horse ****.

    Thanks to conversation with my friend & fellow rider, Mike MacDaddy
    Kender, I knew to stay clear of "beginners" at the start. I hate
    dealing with impatient passers, so I took the rear of the pack,
    following with a moderate early pace. Within the first 200 feet, we
    were slopping through mud like I've never seen nor stepped foot in.
    Bikes were toppling over, and people were already struggling here
    and there with the conditions.

    After a mile or so, my lungs were in sync with my legs, so I found a
    managable cadence. I slowly came up upon a young woman riding
    really well through 2-3 feet of brown frigid water, wearing shorts --
    short shorts, at that. She squealed while emersing herself in the
    depth of the stuff, and came out dripping brown. The sight of her
    ability in such attire & in such a situation gave me confidence in
    my preparation, and I charged forward, passing her & a few others
    while climbing a mild, albeit slick & sloppy, hill.

    The race wound up & down several slick, mud & snow-covered rock
    slabs, through creeks & streams, along hill tops and down hill
    sides. Finding firm ground was the prime objective, and this
    constant search yielded few rewarding results. Secondary objective:
    just try to stay upright & moving. Aside one deep-mud endo and a
    few obstruction dismounts, I managed to pull this off.

    This new terrain, with the streams and acres of mud & slop, demanded
    constant attention, so I never felt a good opportunity to drink. At
    mile five, support booth was handing out cups of blue sports drink
    to riders. I grabbed a cup, chugged most of it, handed the cup to
    the guy a few feet down, and kept pedaling, coughing a bit while
    trying to get my breath. Shortly after, I felt cold water running
    down my leg & into my sock; the tube had come off of my shoulder,
    and the remainder of my water was gone. "Four miles left..." I
    thought, considering the situation. "Would ten ounces of blue stuff
    be enough to finish? Hope so." I thought about asking someone for
    water, but the pace was quick, and the only guy near me was
    jockeying with me, not laughing at my jokes. He didn't seem too
    welcoming, so I pushed on, with an extra emphasis on staying smooth,
    safe & upright. At mile eight, my side began to ache -- a cramp.
    It was there, but it wasn't really bad, and I wasn't too far from
    the top of the current climb, so I persisted. I surveyed the coming
    terrain, and timed my shifts appropriately, using as little effort
    as necessary to move forward.

    A few miles later, we mounted a hill top, and I could see the tents,
    and soon another creek in our path. This last creek came just 100
    feet before the finish line, and marked the last obstacle. I heard
    clanking cowbells & people "Wooo"ing the finishing riders as they
    navigated this final challenge. The shape of the stream at this
    point left many options for crossing, none of which seemed ideal.
    Bundled onlookers sat in folding patio chairs, sipping hot drinks &
    hooting at those that attempted to ride through. Throughout the
    race, they watched people cross successfully, and not so
    successfully. I imagine it was great entertainment.

    Interested in a strong finish, and moreso in the awaiting cups of
    water, I dismounted my bike at a narrow crossing and lept across the
    creek, ran up the bank, mounted my bike again, and pedaled across
    the finish. Seconds later, I was downing four cups of water &
    eating oranges like a Scurvy victim. It was obvious at at the end of the
    race that much more could have gone terribly wrong, and that I was
    really fortunate with how it all played out.

    Nearly 1 hour later, my feet were dry and sensitive again, and the
    buzz of a good day outdoors was warming me over. Mat, Jeff & I had
    a great time out, both while shooting the **** and pedaling through
    it. Three hours or so later, we were buzzing together at the Cool
    Cafe diner over some biscuits and gravy.

    I'm looking forward to Sea Otter, snow or no snow. Dan, good to see you. WG, nice to meet you.

    That's all for now;
    time for a tall, cool glass of Cytomax

    Pics:
    1)Mat looking sh!tty.
    2)Jeff looking sh!tt!er.
    3)A cool dude who's name I can't remember at the moment, but will receive this shot via email at some point soon. Obviously, he walked out. Love that tube knot job.
    4)Someone crossing the creek. If this is you, contact me & I'll email you the original, large size file.
    5)Sure, I raced only one lap... It's my first time, and with the hydration issue, I'm really glad to have gone around only once -- and I guess I did it pretty quickly. I posted this because it's my first race, and probably the only time I'll EVER place (2nd in class, btw.)

    Please pass carefully...
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    A Cool Pic

    This guy took the "Easy" route.
    I got some great shots, My wife even got two shots of the first guy through the puddle. I will add some more after I downsize them.
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    first rider through

    wife got this shot of the first rider
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    One hell of a day

    Man what a day, props to the 260+ racers that went off yesterday. The conditions were beyond " epic" even for Cool Race standards.
    A couple of observations:
    A) At the racers meeting I asked the classes if anyone wanted to shorten the lap requirements? Overwhelming answer.......... No!
    Pro/Expert did 3 laps out there, first lap times were in the 42-43 minute range! It got slower after that!
    B) Only ONE person asked for their money back and complained it was too dangerous. We had 30+ people sign up for race day, in the snow mind you!
    C) We had crying kids because we cancelled the "Kids Race" man did they want to race in the snow!
    D) We had only one injury that required attention, and she was in great spirits afterward. We had 4 hypothermia cases that were all treated at the fire station and were good to go after spending some time inside. I do not want to even guess how many people walked across the finish line.
    E) Most everyone was smiling at the end! We had a bunch of folks with that " Thousand Mile Stare" at the end, but once we pointed them off to food and drink they seemed to be alright. I was amazed at the amount of people hanging around bullsh*ting with each other that had not even changed out of their clothes.

    Congrats to all who did it, this will be a race that people will remember for the rest of their lives!
    Just a couple of shots, I know more are out there........

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    A few more pictures.

    Foresthill Bridge on the way to Cool.

    The starting line-up.

    First rider thru Salt Creek. Quite a few thought this was the "big creek crossing" they had heard about. It was fun seeing the expressions on their face when I told them it was still ahead & 4 times the size! More than one rider had no chain at this point & I know at least finished the race from here on foot!

    Muddy riders & a pretty school bus yellow cyclocross bike in the background.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan'ger
    The snow melted on the trail and the many, many bike tires churned the slush and mud into a grease-like paste that made many of the trails slippery.
    I fell in a ditch and slid about 20-30 feet in the grease...
    You rock. Check you out , persevering in a slushie. I would have been running home with my frozen tail between my legs SO fast.

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    Don't harsh my mello

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    Oh The Humanity!

    20 + miles of pure brutality. I am hurting in a lot of places today. Yesterday was a victory for anyone who completed the race. Lap #2 was just a battle of me against myself and the voices in my head telling me I was out of my mind.

    The single speed division keeps getting tougher. I raced in the SS 36+. The ten guys who finished in front of me…I never saw them after the first mile and a half….never even got a sniff of them the entire race. I know I am a stronger rider than I was at this time last year when I finished higher at #7. All in all though I take more pride in my performance this year because it was so difficult just to muster up the courage to finish. Wish I had some pics.

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    Dude....mucho grassy ass for the beer!
    What is a "healing vibe"???
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    Quote Originally Posted by LWright
    wife got this shot of the first rider
    That photo is epic and historical! Great shot!

    I'm sure if you show it around to the race organizers, and other peeps it will see wide publication.

    Nice one for your wife to be out there and taking great photos. Pass on my compliments to your wife please.

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    Oh man...

    Quote Originally Posted by LWright
    wife got this shot of the first rider
    I give that dive a "7" for arm extension and tucking of the head...

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    Niiice. Had a guy do that right next to me but he "supermanned" it over the bars.
    The group was following a path around the trees to avoid the big mystery brown water.... the rider took that as a chance to pass and got about 3 feet in when the front wheet went down, deep, and stopped.
    Houston, we have splash down!
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    What was your number?
    I might have a shot of you, or not.
    The ss'ers were really kickin ass btw.

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    For a crap load of pictures.......

    Go to the Prairie City Twilight Series web site at www.racemtbikes.com. Thanks to Brian Joder for all the pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LWright
    What was your number?
    I might have a shot of you, or not.
    The ss'ers were really kickin ass btw.
    Could you see if you have #701 (white [more or less] SS, purple jacket, red backpack)? I (tried to) wheelie it off the wood bridge and made it through the muck without dabbing (thanks to the guy at the top of the hill suggesting the line). The encouragement of the crowd was great.

    One of the more spectacular crashes I saw was the guy bombing down the hill with the CHP motorcycle helmet, followed closely by the guy in the Daisey Dukes. I think the guy with the motorcycle helmet hit the bridge but then flew off, while the short-shorts went left into the hole at speed (and over the bars).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LWright
    What was your number?
    I might have a shot of you, or not.
    The ss'ers were really kickin ass btw.
    Who are you asking? I was # 715.
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    #796

    796 was me....I would love to see a pic of what I looked like coated in mud and shivering like a chihuahua
    What is a "healing vibe"???
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    Great pics!
    What was the URL mentioned at the raffle for other pics?
    Thanks
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    Brian Joder Rocks

    Man o Man that guy took some great shots.
    I have some of the OTB's, but my favorite pics are of the guys that sailed through, sending up the fantastic spray. I only have a few, this guy has everybody.I am posting (stealing) one of the shots from B. Joder below.
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    Now the question that still stands is "Where the heck was FP?" He started this thread, we were out looking..... What's your excuse?
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    Had a blast ... first race, only three of us in my beginner class (originally signed up for sport--glad I changed).

    I left my house through 8 inches of snow (Nevada City) and 27° (and I have a sinus cold/sore throat), 30 mph on Hwy 49 until Chevy's in Auburn, parked about 1/2 mile from the starting line, got my packet, looked around for familiar faces--saw no one, made friends with the other two in my class and off we went.

    The first mud hole turn was silly with all the beginners (they had us all leave at once--and, I downgraded so I only had to do one lap) and I tried pushing through to escape the three young lumberjacks wearing Daisey Dukes (you had to be there but don't call them "cowboys") but was dumped into the puddle by one of the herd.

    I got through the first 6 miles fairly easily, although I had no pride problems getting off through the rivers/streams. I was pretty impressed that I went through the mud so easily and the mud was more watery than sticky (at least at this point).

    Cruising along, I was hanging with a guy from Marin (Woodacre, to be precise) and we had a good thing going ... until, my chain slipped off for the FOURTH time (new chain, BTW). But, this time it wasn't a slip--IT BROKE. Woodacre said he'd see me at the finish and I started my hike to the finish line. It wasn't beautiful, but I crossed the finish line. No DNF for my first race. Just don't check my time.

    The two terrible parts of my adventure: I missed out riding the fun of crossing the finish line on my bike (and the swamp just prior) & I have two horrible blisters from my wet socks and 4 mile stroll.

    The two great parts of my adventure: I made it to Cool/decided to ride & I made it through the finish line (can't wait to see my time).

    Thanks to Dan (the camper parked in front of me) who encouraged me to race since I was already present. And, thanks to those who lapped me as I was walking and yelled out encouragement. No thanks to those who I cheered on and snubbed me. You didn't realize that I had a broken chain around my neck that could have easily tripped you up--just kidding that was the voice of my blisters.

    A few other shouts out to: my neoprene booties and my Fox Thermal Paws. I swear, I didn't feel the cold (but then, I like the cold).

    Oh, and I was pretty concerned about tires prior to the race but I ended up using my stock 2.1 and had no problems (now the chain is another story ...).

    There, I got out my virgin post. Now back to lurking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LWright
    What was your number?
    I might have a shot of you, or not.
    The ss'ers were really kickin ass btw.
    I was #722
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    Quote Originally Posted by LWright
    wife got this shot of the first rider
    Awesome! Ok, if I use this on the Caption Contest of this site?

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