Damn, my hat's off to the racers. How many of you guys shot your bearings?
Faster is not always better, but it's always more fun
Best I can do is this shot of the start.
Search those Brain Joder shots too.
Nice write-up. Great spirit!!
Originally Posted by MtnSeeties
Go right ahead.
just credit S. Wright with the pic
Bearings siezed after final creek crossing 50 yards from finish
What is a "healing vibe"???
See our aid stations at the Tahoe Sierra 100 Red Star Ridge & Dusty Corners
Bearing were fine (we'll see when I actually do the maintenance though). Brakes..... were wishful thinking.
When I first saw this photo, I was so sure that it was me that I started to have a flashback of hitting the icy mud. But after about 2 minutes of examining the photo, I think this is actually someone else -- I had a blue coat on, but I had blue fox downhills shorts on.
Originally Posted by LWright
It's nice to know that I was not the only one that took a epic digger on that "puddle" crossing
A couple more Cool pix
As soon as I looked out my living room window Saturday morning and saw Eldorado Hills blanketed with the white stuff I knew it was going to be a long day. My first thought was to check email and see if the race had been canceled,, no such luck. Well, paid my 40$ and I'm such a tight wad I'm going to get every nickels worth out of it. So off to Cool I go.
As I'm driving up Salmon Falls road and the snow is starting to accumulate on the road pretty good I begin to hope just a little bit that maybe they will postpone the ride until next weekend. No such luck, the race attendants were there in force eagerly directing traffic into the parking area with evil grins on their faces. Did they know something I didn't?
A quick trip to the registration tent and then gearing up for the ride started to get the competitive juices flowing and I was ready. Damn it was cold! Add the chill factor of riding and it was well below freezing. "We have to go on,, we must go on.." -A1.
The ride was a real bear with the mud so thick and pervasive that all I could think about was the damage it was doing to the drive train and the potential for endows. Racers littered the sides of the trail like beer cans at a Clamper gathering with every mechanical know to man. Slide outs and endoes were occurring at a blistering pace all around. It was going to be an interesting 10 miles. No mechanicals to speak of but I did wear out a new set of break pads which finnaly petered out riding back to the car.
Well I managed to keep the shiny side up with only a couple of close calls and finish first in the novice "old farts" class coming in 5th overall in novice. I know, time to move up to sport.
Key learning’s from the Cool ride:
Fenders are essential. They may look dorky to those covered with mud from head to toe but I dont give a rip.
Get way back behind the saddle when approaching what looks like an ordinary puddle, its really a 3 foot deep hole in disguise waiting to suck you in and spit you out.
Try not to smile unless you like to eat a mud and horse manure mixture while ripping down the "trail".
One last thing ,, fenders, get 'em.
Trying to warm up
From left to right:
George, out at mile 2 with Mechanical
Dave who is still kicking himself in the a$$ for not riding
Zon , with a permanent grin of joy and pain
Got to check my BB, and I don't mean Steve.
Originally Posted by zorg
Was i halucinating...
... or did anyone else see 2 really muddy dudes in 13 hole doc martin's and Daisy Dukes?
This pic so doesn't need a caption.
Originally Posted by francois
Check the Brian Joder site mentioned before, your hilllbillies are caught goin OTB