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    Good job! Tahoe-Sierra 100 Post Mortem

    Jimmyboy.....what a race! For me, that was the hardest race I've ever done...much harder than the 24 hour solos. The sustained climbs taxed me, especially toward the end with Spruce Creek road and the turn up to Mosquito Ridge Rd to the top of Robinson Flat being particularly hard. The downhills were fun... the one off of Lyon Ridge containing the single track and flying water bars was a blast.

    Overall, the course was extremely challenging but very rewarding....I was very happy to see this finish line and cold Fat Tire! When I finished I swore I'd never do this one again but on the way home today I was plotting how to improve my time for next year!

    Some people took a wrong turn during the race but I thought the course was well marked..you just had to be aware when you reached a fork to follow the ribbons.

    Organization was good for a first year event. A row of port a potties would have been good as things got backed up more ways than one race day morning. The only other gripe was the unsupported water stop ran out of water when I was there. A passing Ranger filled my Camelbak.

    The food was good & I had a nice conversation with Tinker Juarez. So Two-Thumbs-Up, Jimmy...all of us out here appreciate all the work and hassle you had to go through to get this one organized
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    I agree! Jim put on a great event, very few glitches for the first year of an event of this size. And he's fun to stay up and drink beer with.

    OTBP_nocal, myself and our buddy Natalie raced as a team and took 2nd in Co-ed and 3rd team in overall. We actually won some money!! Sure beats a few Clif Bars and one tire. Pretty sure OTBP_nocal took fastest individual team lap, scorching the 33 miles (and how many feet of climbing?) in just 2hours 30 mins!!

    Team podium, check in hand!




    Jeremiah Bishop and Chris Eatough finished together for first place in something crazy, 7 hours and 2 minutes and 58 seconds




    Bishop takes a dirt nap




    Eatough shows us winning is dirty work




    This guy finishes in a heap having left it all out there in the dirt




    Dez finishes with a big grin celebrating his 2nd place victory in SS Men and 7th overall!!




    Linda Eckhart gladly takes 1st place SS Women and 2nd woman in.




    Tyrone Shoelaces finishes with his best magic trick yet, a big old fat smile




    Chairthruster all cleaned up from his finish earlier taunts Tyrone with his BBQ plate




    Fritzaholic finishes, we got to chat for a few minutes on the roll out at the start and then he dropped me like a bad habit.




    Dawn Infuerna-Bean finds the finish line despite her helmet




    And happily takes 2nd Place SS Women




    Genevieve crushes it




    Zon churns it out and finishes strong




    Madturtle finishes in a good mood and in very un-turtle like time.




    Tyrone Shoelaces lovely wife who is fairly new to mountain biking, turns in the performance of the day. Going strong for 14 hours 46 minutes and 59 seconds. She earned DFL proudly. We were all impressed by her determination, she was given the option of a bail out at Robinson Flat and said F-that she was finishing! She had a moto escort and a lot of fans at the finish.




    Quote of the night from Mrs. Shoelaces went something like this "I'm not even tired, I just need to work on my speed a little bit". Well done.

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    Congrats to Jim and the staff at Tahoe Sierra 100 for putting on a great race. Although quite sparse on single track the course was very challenging on the uphill and downhill. Gut wrenching never ending climbs, scenic fast rollers and ripping descents were the themes of the day. The first 40 miles were quite hard and a bit technical in spots and then things mellowed out till around mile 60 when the endless climbs began. Mostly moderate 6% grades but they went on forever. The heat being in the 90's [i think] made the day tough on some folks, especially those caught out late in the day. Times ranged from the winners at just over 7 hours to a few hardy souls who straggled in under search and rescue escort at around 15 hours. Was a good day. looking forward to next year.

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    Damn what a lesson in pain and suffering! When I finished the thoughts were OK, not sure I need to suffer like that again, but I'm already thinking of way to shave minutes of my time next year. What a glutton for punishment.

    Great race Jim!!! Next year should be bigger badder and better. Looking forward to busting the 11:35 I did this year.

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    Reading the first post and looking at the photos made me think about doing an event like this. Then I read the other posts that described the suffering that accompanied the 100 mile trek. Hmmm...I'm not so sure. All of those who attempted this race should be applauded for thier courage and the finishers congratulated
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    Results are up!
    http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?k...S434Z_nZasSVUg

    I had a great time this weekend. First SS MTB 100 miler for me so this was a huge learning lesson for me and was super fun. It was a suffer-fest at times...but part of the appeal of these races for me is battling through all the ups and downs that you feel during a long day in the saddle.

    Congrats to all who finished and a big big thank you to all the volunteers!

    Fritz - good meeting you on the course man and it was great to ride with ya for much of it. Sorry I nearly took you out at about mile 75 when I thought we had to make that right hand turn!!

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    Great fun!

    Had a great time out there, I laughed, I cried (well really almost), drank beer, and rode a 100 miles all at the same time.

    Jim and crew, great job, can't wait to here info about next year's races!

    Badjenny and Dawn Bean, thank you for the tubes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Victory Velo and Auburn Bike Works thank you for the on course Brew!
    Happy new year..Stuff $: Eno 29wheel (non disc), Yakima, 2 steelheads, with towers for Volvo luggage rails.

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    Here's how my race went down...

    How it went down for me!

    Started out and watched the top 30 or 40 roll away on the pavement. No worries, just riding. Hit the climb and keep it nice and smooth, chatting with Matt Zanner (sp?) and a couple boys from Oregon. After about a 1/3 the way up the climb, I hear Dez Wilder shout out "hey, Rog, I thought you weren't doing long ones anymore." I laughed, and said "I ain't racing I'm riding, but what the hell are you doing back here?" He goes on his mach speed way, right on by..."I'm a slow starter." He lost by about 3 minutes, at least the same amount of time he spotted the winner at the start. Doh.

    Anyway.... The four of us, Matt, me, and the Oregon boys are clicking people off pretty fast heading up the first climb and pass Louise Kobin and Amanda something or rather just before the Victory Velo aid station. Passing Louise meant that we had a very good pace going. We hit the fast descent on the backside leading into the more gentle but rocky rollers. Spoooge is all I hear as I puncture the sidewall of my tubeles. Determined I spend about 5 minutes trying to get the damn thing to seal. Ride it a few yard and spooge again. Dammit, get off put in a tube, pump it up and now I'm on my way. A mile later, I'm off again....with a pinch flat (I think my tube had a leak, which caused me to pinch). So out comes my last tube, I pump the tire again, and just laugh, what a day already....I get to the bottom and make the right up to Lyon's ridge. I rail that mother, the traction being suprisingly good. I'm feeling good, give the camelback a shake and decide to forgo stopping at the aid station at the summit. Less than a mile down the road, blammo, I'm flat again! Yes, we're now at three flats, in probably about 8 miles!

    No tube, I just sit on the side of the trail, a guy gives me patch kit, so I'm pulling the blown tube to patch, remember I have STan's crap all over my tires and me now. Along comes Badjenny from Ride for a Reason. She gives me a tube, sweet! I put the tube in but now for some reason I can't get the bead back on. I'm frustrated at this point, just repeating "what the f...." meantime, people continue to roll by.

    Finally, a guy stops and asks if I need anything, I'm about crying at this point, but I say have any tire irons. He hands me three, and I try to get the damn tire pried on. After several frustrating minutes. He says "give me one back, and keep the other two." and rolls off.

    Finally, I get the bead on and this time, hit it with a CO2 instead of a pump. Back on the bike, and rolling! Oooops, not quite. I think I may have pinched the tube with my dreaded all thumbs tire iron job. FLAT AGAIN!

    By this time Dawn Bean and Steve Bowman roll up. I'm whining about "I just don't know what's wrong..the bead this, the tube that...blah blah." Dawn hands me a tube, I take the bead completely off the tire and try to make sure everything is good, I stick the new tube in and put the bead back on...and it slides on??????????????????????? (I think what happened was in my haste, I had the tire twisted on the rim on the third flat). Anyway, they take off and I pump like a madman.

    So now I've spent probably somewhere north of 45 minutes with flats over a few miles.

    Ugghhh, I hit the bottom of the descent seeing one guy in the bushes with a broken collar bone and other folks folks just sking it down. I pass Dawn shout another thanks and catch Steve Bowman.

    Steve and I roll for the next 12 miles or so together at which time, I grab tubes from Dan's aid station and begin my beer consumption at Robinson flat.

    Steve and I get separated on the long gradual descent, so I ride solo most of the way until I catch Kayden as I roll through an aid station. A few miles later Kayden yells to me and I slow to wait for him, so that we can ride together. He tells me to remind Todd Richardson that he has the keys. I say okay and than Kayden, after I had just waited for him, DROPS ME! What!!!!

    I roll into the RIP mile 69 aid station and give Kayden crap...we laugh, but homey is in the hurt box and almost lays on me for support...muttering strange sweet nothings in my ear. I'm like dude get off me, I just want to fill my camelback. ;o)

    I head out on my way, leaving Kayden with a margarita blender and a few sombrero's.

    The next 15 miles get hot with southern exposure. I do my best Jay Sturges impersonation and ride from road side to road side catching as much shade as possible. I hit the aid station to turn off and head toward Robinson flat. I down a cold drink, a few pretzels, and a handful of licorice. I ride pretty strong through here but far earlier had planned to walk the steep pitches leading into Robinson Flat. I'm feeling a bit bonky at Robinson and I hang for awhile..during that time Jim comes in with his truck with Louise Kobin and the Amanda racer, plus Jim Hewlitt. Seemed they all made a wrong turn and were an hour off course. Oooops, no cash for the ladies...ouch!

    I roll out of Robinson to hit the last six miles before I get to descend. Those damn rollers were hard and painful. I hit Victory Velo's aid station and Dan has a cold beer waiting. I down the beer and roll the rest of the way to the finish.

    I grab another beer at the finish and head down to the lake to clean up....beer consumption does not end until the keg is dry.

    I wake up with a partial hang over and make my way back to Auburn with one stop at McD's for two sausage egg mcmuffins and a second stop at Coffee Depoe for a hot tall boy of java.

    Good times!
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    Awesome time. Exquisite Suffering.

    Wow. What a great event. First off- a big round of applause is due to Jim Northey and his faithful volunteer squad (Adam- thanks for the dialogue and tequila offer, it was a nice boost when I needed one ) The race was very well organized, aid stations were great, lots of food and drink choices, course was pretty well marked. THANKS JIM. Can't wait until next year.

    Great to meet and see so many MTBR faithfuls out supporting this event.

    Roger - very bummed about your flats, way to persevere and get er done! I feel guilty for not stopping to assist on your first flat, but you seemed confident then you could manage.

    Linda- you are a frigging animal. I enjoyed our time together for those 20 miles or so in the first half, especially the nice pacing up the climb. Too bad I am weak and need things like water at aid stations, otherwise I may have been able to hang more with you. Well, probably not

    Tyrone- way to deliver, well within your goal! You had so much energy at the finish, what is the secret!?

    Mrs. Tyrone. UNBELEIVABLE grit and determination. My hero of the entire event.

    OTBP-Nocal : as aways a riot hanging out with you Well done on the team laps, Mr Crusher.

    BadJenny- Great to meet you, thanks for the encouragement, beer and pics! Nice work on the team finish. However, the pic below makes me extremely nervous. A similiar 'photo abberation spear through the head' did not bode well for the priest in The Omen.

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    Chairthruster all cleaned up from his finish earlier taunts Tyrone with his BBQ plate


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    Quote Originally Posted by chairthruster

    Mrs. Tyrone. UNBELEIVABLE grit and determination. My hero of the entire event.
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    Thanks. She's very stoked to have hung in there and finished. I definitely do not have that kind of determination within me.

    Roger -- Bummer on your flats man. I yelled out to you when you had your first flat when I passed to see if you needed anything and you said you were cool. You then caught back up to me near the very end of the race and finished just ahead of me. That's a pretty impressive time you posted considering your flats and stopping for beer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chairthruster
    However, the pic below makes me extremely nervous. A similiar 'photo abberation spear through the head' did not bode well for the priest in The Omen.
    That pic was cropped wrong... attached is the complete photo.

    Here's a bunch more photos:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7769147...7607173545525/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/2406834...7607162970566/
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    A few more photos of some of you:

    1. Roger_____ happy to be done
    2. S2B rolling through
    3. Dezzi's monobrow
    4. The woman's open winner finding out she won (the 2 lead women got way lost)

    If you were one of the numbers below, I got a photo of you too. I can post or email it to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chairthruster
    (Adam- thanks for the dialogue and tequila offer, it was a nice boost when I needed one )

    No problem buddy, anytime.


    Who has a pic of Fabio?

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    JBishop-Race Report linked

    JB did a nice race report on his blog, linking it here.

    http://www.jeremiahbishop.com/blogge...ierra-100.html
    Happy new year..Stuff $: Eno 29wheel (non disc), Yakima, 2 steelheads, with towers for Volvo luggage rails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ss34x18
    Who has a pic of Fabio?
    He put a pretty blazin' time, podium in his group. He came in with his guns blazin' too! As in "tickets to the gun show" guns.




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    Quote Originally Posted by badjenny
    He put a pretty blazin' time, podium in his group. He came in with his guns blazin' too! As in "tickets to the gun show" guns.



    Check One, Check Two! That guy could twist me into a pretzel.

    I bet he moonlights as He-Man for kids parties.

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    Nice! I was one of those "Oregon boys" Roger refers to. Bummer about the flats. They were all over the place, those pesky flats. It was great to chat and ride for awhile.

    Empty_Beer - I think that I was number 331 (blue/orange argyle). Gotta pic I could look at? That would be awesome.

    Thanks to Jim N. and the entire crew (especially the aid station workers and bbq crew). What an awesome time, and a great event. I'll be back next year, if I can swing it. This was my first hundie, and I hope I can do another one!

    Congrats to everyone who rode in the event...it was definitely epic!
    My legs hurt.

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    Man, that was pure hell. the last descent, i was trying to put my weight on things that didn't hurt.
    Hands, No
    Ass, No WAY!
    Feet, Ouch
    everything was trashed by then.
    I realized that you can fully bonk, and recover in a race that long, 3 Times. Insane.
    Roger, thanks for the chat, i wish I had realized you were slowing down, i just had it mentally that I shouldn't be riding your pace, and didn't realize that you were riding mine, so I backed off.
    Tyrone, nice to meet you and play leap frog on the rollers.
    BadJenny, nice to finally meet you, and see your smiling face, thanks for missing the pic of me unsticking my arse from my seat at the finish line.

    I think I'm done racing for a bit, that took a lot of leather off my ass. I love the Auburn./ Sacto/ Sierras race scene, you guys have a ton of fun!

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    Didn't that guy play base for Poison!?!?!

    He seemed like a good guy and rode strong, congrats!
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    Fritz, congrats on beeetch slappin the demons

    you had been put away deep inside the hurt box when we passed each other. I was stoked to see you at the finish! way to overcome my friend.

    And yes, we do have fun in Norcal, now think about riding from Auburn out to there, with numerous trails and roads in between.

    You know you have an open invite (from Sean too) for any fall and winter escapades.
    Happy new year..Stuff $: Eno 29wheel (non disc), Yakima, 2 steelheads, with towers for Volvo luggage rails.

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    Glad to meet and ride with you..

    I plan on doing the Puff again next year, so see ya up there.
    Happy new year..Stuff $: Eno 29wheel (non disc), Yakima, 2 steelheads, with towers for Volvo luggage rails.

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    Thats awesome, Good times. I was hoping to get a pic of fabio, but couldnt swing it....

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    Had a great time with you all. Since so many of us trained all summer, it would be a waste to just sit o eating ice cream. So consider coming up to Bend in October for a little Spin. You could win a Patch!
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    Glad I could make it out there and take part in this fun suffer-fest...
    That final climb certainly made a lasting impression. Highlight was the cheering teenage girls passing us on ATV's leaving us inhaling a cloud of dust, not once but twice...

    I dragged a small camera along but the lens got coated with dust soon enough and I didn't have much spare energy to do anything with it, but here's some pics anyway - unfortunately no 'Fabio'/He-Man in action but I did run into him on the course a few times, he was going strong.

    Empty_Beer: I'm #216, feel free to post or send me the pic, I'd appreciate it.

    The volunteers were awesome btw: at the aid stations they'd put your bike on a stand and start cleaning and lubing the drivetrain all while you're having a snack. Some more pics and lengthy report here. P.S. Hopefully the guy on the Ellsworth who crashed badly and was knocked out for a couple of minutes heals up well, it didn't look pretty at the time...


    Early AM breakfast climb




    Three Salsas pace group




    Impending doom




    Nice setting




    They got real checks too.




    It starts hurting again looking at it.


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    Great job all, looks like some major suffering occurred

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