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    Team Rag Tag Places ???? At Cool???

    Hi all, I might be the first one back (that actually raced, sorry Dennis..) at Cool. When I left at 10 something this morning, we were in a 3 way tie for first? Is that right? So when all the dust settles I'm sure Zorg will chime in and everyone else, who took pictures too, with all the 411 on this VERY fun and friendly race. So awesome to meet and see again all you mtbr poster people! Post up your pics and stats! becky B

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbecky
    Hi all, I might be the first one back (that actually raced, sorry Dennis..) at Cool. When I left at 10 something this morning, we were in a 3 way tie for first? Is that right? So when all the dust settles I'm sure Zorg will chime in and everyone else, who took pictures too, with all the 411 on this VERY fun and friendly race. So awesome to meet and see again all you mtbr poster people! Post up your pics and stats! becky B
    I had fun. Karen took pictures before the first lap and of my overheated face after that lap. I might have pictures to post sometime soon. Otherwise, it will have to wait until I get back from CO.
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    Not sure of the final standings but I think we got second and Slowmentum got 1st. Very big up to the organizers who did a terrific job (damn, that breakfast was might tasty). I got no pics but a big smile on my face.

    Looking forward to the pics and doing it against next year.
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    Okay,

    This is sure to spark some controversy… but according to Race Organizers Team Rag Tag beat Team Slowmentum by 17 minutes to capture first place in the corporate category? Slowmentum was thus awarded second place. Personally, I think there were some mathematical miscalculations regarding the results … but I believe the protest window has closed.

    Regardless that was a really fun weekend. The Coolest 24hrs was a blast. It was really awesome to meet all of you … and thanks for letting me take part!

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    Great job to all who raced...

    I was just team support and I'm beat. I can only imagine what those of you who raced feel like right now. There were several MTBR people who made it up on the podium or at least got special recognition. I'm waiting for the finals to be posted to find out how my team faired. We think we were fourth, but just barely.

    Thanks to all of you who helped me eat the cake and celebrate my birthday out there. What a great way to spend a birthday. Get some well-earned rest and congrats again to all who participated!!

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    Team Brittany Old Farts

    We came, we saw, we kicked our own a$$. After a long day and night in the saddle, we found out we were the only 4 man old guys team. We ended up with 23 laps

    1. Team Brittany...Crawdad, Big Boulder, fdt, and Jilm..181 years of mountain maniacs
    2. The parade lap start
    3. BB warming up on the camp mascot
    4. Crawdad getting pumped for his 3AM ride

    Great time had by all.

    Really nice job by 'fundraiser', jimmyboy
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtb_Canuck
    Okay,

    This is sure to spark some controversy… but according to Race Organizers Team Rag Tag beat Team Slowmentum by 17 minutes to capture first place in the corporate category? Slowmentum was thus awarded second place. Personally, I think there were some mathematical miscalculations regarding the results … but I believe the protest window has closed.

    Regardless that was a really fun weekend. The Coolest 24hrs was a blast. It was really awesome to meet all of you … and thanks for letting me take part!
    I am pretty sure thats exactly the case. RagTag benefitted from mathematic skills after 24-hours of debauchary.

    Congrats to Slowmentum! Slowmentum and RagTag finished 1-2 in the Corporate division. (the winner is up to you)

    Congrats to Team Brittany. 1st place in masters
    Congrats to Quatros Machos Sasquatchos for their first place finish in both their catagory and team name competition!

    This was by far one of the best races, and I am really glad I had the opportunity to participate in such a great event. Thanks Jimmy! Definately see you next year!

    and becky, sorry to say, but Dan'ger wins the award/shame for the first racer to leave the coolness.

    pics coming soon.

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    Thanks Rag Tag & Slowmentum company. I had a great time.

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    Alright, I'm totally confused about the results.

    Seems like y'all had a blast. That's cool! Can't wait to hear all about it.

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    First lap start - 5 seconds in. I can't remember what 0gre was wearing, just that he started with us all. As fast as he's gotten, it's probably not him - he's probably already out of the picture! edit -- confirmed

    So, what were the final stats? It was supposed to be for fun but someone started recording the lap times and it turned into a race. What did we win? Who has my firepit? Where all the white women at?

    Thanks for the great time, guys and gal! If I don’t do it solo next year, I hope we can do it again as a team!

    Did anyone take any pictures for MTBR? Karen took a few although most of them were of Maya and I'm in CO waiting for her to email me a link to her Google/Picasa photos.

    FYI, I was #109. I rode laps 1 and 5 (iirc).

    The first lap was nuts. I lined up with Nick (CHUM), Dennis (0gre) and Fred (da-TROG) mid-pack to start. When the start buzzer sounded, Dennis was gone - never to be seen again. We all took a 2-minute stroll through the upper camp and then down the whoopdees and back past the start line.

    Fred, Nick and I were all together, passing much of the pack on the first few hills and even trading spaces among ourselves. The spacing was such that the 3 of us finished the first lap in fairly close secession - Fred, Nick and I with about a minute or 2 between us.

    The heartbreaker occurred when Nick and I passed a guy with a kid seat on the back of his bike. As we caught up to him, a girl in line asked him if there was a child in there. His response was "technically, she's in heaven"; apparently one of the many families that had been devastated by the effects of cancer. My heart was heavy for the rest of the lap.

    The lap was a fun mix of fireroad, double-track and single-track. I felt good through the lap and saved enough for the sprint at the end - or what I thought was the end. I underestimated the distance between the mud bog and the finish line and started to have a calf cramp on the actual final climb.

    I could see Nick about 200' ahead of me and did my damnedest to try to catch him - no such luck. Coming down the final stretch, I was getting air off the whoopdees, treating some of them as doubles. I hope nobody got hurt on them but I imagined broken collarbones for riding that section in the dark.

    I was a bit confused as to where to exit the track since all exits were blocked by the hordes of riders looking for their teammates to each finish their laps. Rafael was waiting for me and took off down the line and I finally pushed past the other entering riders.

    Karen told me that on hearing the cowbells and screaming voices that Maya started to clap along with the crowd as I came in.

    Believe it or not, the next few laps were a blur. There were so many really great people there. The campsite was a flurry of activity between SlowMentum and Rag Tag. Rafael came back and Dave went. Brent asked me if I thought he should take the next lap so I could rest a bit. I thankfully traded placed with him in the roster.

    When lap 5 came around, I was so not prepared. I knew Brent was fast but I was still doing the once-over on my bike when I heard Becky's cowbells - it could only mean one thing and Dave's shouts confirmed my fears. I raced over to the start line, yelled to Brent on the other side of the start area. He didn’t hear me but at least I knew for sure that he had finished.

    My brain was not collected and my legs were still not fully recovered. The first 2 miles or so, I was on auto pilot. When I hit the "new" singletrack section, I woke up a bit and felt somewhat warmed up and pushed the gears up a couple. It was certainly no record lap but I felt fairly good through it all. I didn’t have the oomph at the final climb like last time and try as I did, I couldn’t really get the sprint going.

    I'm sure I was smiling as I turned onto the final part of the trail paralleling 49 and through the firestation lot. The whoopdees topped it off again and while my legs were tired, I never did break into a full cramp.

    Than you teams Rag Tag (and SlowMentum, Brit's seniors and others) for taking up the slack so I could get to my business trip. Thanks for the smiles, vibes and friendship!
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    Yep.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan'ger
    First lap start - 5 seconds in. I can't remember what 0gre was wearing, just that he started with us all. As fast as he's gotten, it's probably not him - he's probably already out of the picture!
    He was wearing a MadCat Jersey. As fast as he came in that first lap, I think he was already pulling way out front by the time this shot was taken. Someone told him he finished his first in the top 10-25. I know Morgan was the only other MTBR guy I saw pass the Start/Finish line ahead of him.

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    Awesome time Y'all

    Could not ask for a better team...or crew of peeps to ride with - unforgettable experience.

    It's official....just came back from the E.R......I have broken ribs....i'll write more when i'm not all hopped up on goofballs....who knew a sneeze could hurt so freakin' much

    again...great seeing all y'all again..
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    aww geez nick....

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    Awesome time Y'all

    Could not ask for a better team...or crew of peeps to ride with - unforgettable experience.

    It's official....just came back from the E.R......I have broken ribs....i'll write more when i'm not all hopped up on goofballs....who knew a sneeze could hurt so freakin' much

    again...great seeing all y'all again..
    now don't you wish you would've asked what Chuck would do first?? GET BETTER ok??? and when you're off your meds for a second, do share what the dr. and nurses said about finding bruises under the art.....mend well bb

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    Just woke up after my first 6hrs of sleep in the last 48 - time for my lap?

    Anyway, an amazing time! Thanks to CHUM for somehow getting us all there and ready to go, and ready to have a lot of fun.

    We'll have to wait for the official times to be posted to see who really "won" - or maybe its really not important at all. Everyone put out a great effort and enjoyed themselves, all for a good cause.

    Here's some pics and commentary:

    Edit: oops... wrong photo order. How the heck do I delete photos? Oh well, here's the out-of-order commentary

    1. Baycat finishing the sunrise lap - his first lap where he got to see the trail in daylight

    2. "If I drink a beer at 8AM, I'm not going to be doing any more laps"

    3. Early morning bike carnage.

    4. Crazy solo 24 rider, coming in for the finish (I think he won). I saw him come through at around 1AM - tired, but still squeaking his giraffe and smiling while hopping back on for yet another lap.
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    Might as well finish out the photos from the end of the race:

    1. Our "closer" John executing the strong finish to bring Team Slowmentum to victory! (?). So that early morning beer was an excellent way to prep for a lap!

    2. Ahhhh. Plim demonstrating a consequence of our team motto, while modeling that same motto.
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    OK - now back to the start:

    1. Fearless, cracked-rib leader (although we didn't know it at the time) ready to start us off.

    2. The "village", looking down the racecourse's finishing yards. Our cozy two-team camp is somewhere off to the right

    3. Dan'ger leading the charge at the start of the race

    4. CHUM skipping his way to the finish of lap #1 at the end of hour #1 of 24
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    1. Plim happily finishing lap #2

    2. dan51 finishing his 1st lap of his 1st race ever, with the team's fastest lap time (well, at least until Nigel went crazy). I think he's now hooked on this racing thing.

    3. Camp life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan'ger
    ............ The heartbreaker occurred when Nick and I passed a guy with a kid seat on the back of his bike. As we caught up to him, a girl in line asked him if there was a child in there. His response was "technically, she's in heaven"; apparently one of the many families that had been devastated by the effects of cancer. My heart was heavy for the rest of the lap.....................

    I overheard that conversation also. It was very touching. I had him on my mind most of the ride as well. He was riding as a solo, obviously as a tribute to his daughter. Late in the day, I believe around 7PM, I was waitng at the start line and he was talking to the Jim, the promoter, about withdrawing. It was very emotional for him and my heart went out for him.

    Nearing the end of the steepest climb out of Knickerbocker Creek, were the picture memorials, of loved ones effected by cancer. For me, each lap, they inspired me to shift up and press on.
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    Now with pics!

    Team RagMentum - SlowTag... whatever... you guys and gals are all winners to me!

    This is the third race that I have entered without the oppurtunity to race due to injury. I still was able to participate as a spectator/ heckler and could not have had a better time. It was a blast ot be out on the course offering encouragement and scorn and giving riders the oppurtunity to be "paid to race" via the dollar beer can.

    Though I didn't race, I did my best to stay up with the racers. I was out on the course at 2 am and letting the solo riders know what big heroes they are. Truthfully, everyone participating as a racer, support, and organizer are heroes in my book. You all are keeping grassroots racing alive!

    Many thanks to mtnbecky, Snow White, and Daryl for covering my laps for me. I can't express enough gratitude for those organizing camp, food, beer and Smores.

    After 12 hours of sleep (3 pm to 3 am) I'm ready for my coffee and a spin around town on my cruiser... I can't wait to do it again next year!

    MtnBecky... does this woman ever stop smiling?



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    Good Times...

    Once again, I had a great time with the MTBR crew. Racing was a blast and the camp was just great. Thanks to everyone for making Lang and I feel welcome. It's great to put faces to names and connect with old friends and new riding buddies. I'm looking forward to more rides/gatherings over the summer and beyond.

    Thanks all...

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    HeII Yeahs,,,,

    Go out to everyone. Please post more stories and pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fred-da-trog
    Nearing the end of the steepest climb out of Knickerbocker Creek, were the picture memorials, of loved ones effected by cancer. For me, each lap, they inspired me to shift up and press on.
    Those pictures were very inspiring, especially at 1AM. I tried to read each one, and I believe the father riding with his daughter in spirit was represented. One of the pics was of a little girl and was captioned "Just one more daddy!"

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    coming in for my night lap.. I blurted out "where's my teamate?" then I hear, "go snow white, go!"

    bwahaha!

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    Francis or Derek (or other mod), maybe change the title of this thread to "Cool Race Reports - Rag Tag places?" just to share the spirit with all the other teams?..

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    Awesome time Y'all

    Could not ask for a better team...or crew of peeps to ride with - unforgettable experience.

    It's official....just came back from the E.R......I have broken ribs....i'll write more when i'm not all hopped up on goofballs....who knew a sneeze could hurt so freakin' much

    again...great seeing all y'all again..
    Ouch!!! Heal up dude... Get yerself to a race and heckle... it may be more fun than racing itself.

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    Seriously good times at Cool24. Awesome crew and lotsta good cheer.

    We biked, we drank, we survived.

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    10:30pm-ish: Is that Snow White on a single speed Retrotec? Damn she's got good taste.

    3am-ish: Intense clapping and cowbells interrupt my nap. I glance up the slope to see four riders cruise down to the pit road, get fuel, maybe swap bikes, and take off again into the dark. These riders are in a league of their own. Watching these guys and gals return lap after lap with PAIN written all over their faces... now this is what 24 hour solo racing is all about.

    6am: I prep for my first lap of the race. Never seen the course, only heard what others are saying about conditions.

    6:50am: And I'm off! Heart rate is up. Fast singletrack down to creek. Wheelie through it. Pssssssssssssss. D'oh!!! Pinch flat. Only one 16g cartridge and not enough pressure. Just when I'm sure my lap is a waste, Plim rolls through and hooks a brotha up with another bottle! THANKS PLIM! Back on track, I catch up to Plim and hug his wheel for the middle 6 miles of the course. Then he takes off on the final 1.5 mile stretch of rolling hills. I cooked it down the hill into the caution tape, overshooting the blind turn. There's another few seconds lost. Regain my focus to make it to the famous mud bog. I see the cutoff and bridge around the mud bog and thank my lucky stars I was paying attention to those tips from the crew. Arrive at finish line in 1:08 or so... Damn coulda done sub 60 without any mechanicals.

    11:08am: Is that Thai rolling up?? 52 minutes remaining in the race before cutoff. I'm off again. This time with different tires and more air pressure. I'm cookin it. Seriously cookin it. Smooth cadence on every climb, full sprint on every flat section, and a few power strokes at the top of every descent. I arrive at fuel station... only 30 minutes remaining with 6 miles to go. I flew up past the photos on that climb after the fuel station. Somewhere into the long climb up I knew I was close. Too close to tell. I'm looking at my computer (48:20) and I've reached the final stretch. Chug what's left of my cytomax, and go into a full sprint. (54:00) with just 100 yard downhill to the finish... everyone's cheering me on and cowbells going nuts and MTBR crew waiting for me with beer. Oh too bad. Lap doesn't count toward finish. Time is 12:03. Personal best lap (54:42).

    I'll be back next year.

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    That was a blast, and I am sore for some reason only after riding 2 laps ~22 miles and about 2+ hours. Must have been the beer and food.

    Pulled in early Sat AM and set-up at our killer site, thanks to John for snagging it and everyone else for bringing food, tables, chairs, drinks, projection tv, etc!

    Made the error of leaving while we picked our lap order. Oh well always liked being last! Got two laps in, a bit after 8pm. Fun to night ride my first lap on the course. While I heard stories of the "Wall" and to get off and walk. The second never ending hill was the deal breaker for me, I hated that thing!

    Second lap was the best, no need for a light and started to thaw my frozen body. See the sun peaking over the hills and through the valleys. All while cruising on one kick ass Retrotec. After one lap on the SS I gave into gears, same lap time though.

    One fun weekend, thanks to everyone for making it a memorable one!

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    glad ya'all had fun

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiona
    I was just team support and I'm beat. I can only imagine what those of you who raced feel like right now. There were several MTBR people who made it up on the podium or at least got special recognition. I'm waiting for the finals to be posted to find out how my team faired. We think we were fourth, but just barely.

    Thanks to all of you who helped me eat the cake and celebrate my birthday out there. What a great way to spend a birthday. Get some well-earned rest and congrats again to all who participated!!

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    So many great memories from an epic weekend at Cool.

    Congrats to all the guys I ride with on the four man teams who all really raced hard. I was beat up after only 3 laps… you guys kicked a$$!

    Team Brittany – You guys raced hard for the whole 24hrs! Good thing there was nobody else in your class (Masters) because you would have embarrassed them!

    Orgre’s team (name?) – Dennis you and Kyle put in some fast laps. Fiona is right, Dennis was easily one of the first 20 riders to finish the first lap!

    darth_tracer/Zon’s team (name?) – You guys were posting some crazy laps times! Some of my motivation out on the course was to avoid being passed by Bob!

    As for the Rag Tag / Slowmentum debate I demand a rematch. Same time, same place next year. Only we have to take it more seriously next year. The beer drinking I mean. I still had 20 cold beers in my cooler when I got home … and someone on Slowmentum was packing away-unopened cases into their truck. What’s up with that?

    And even though I think Slowmentum finished with an extra lap… it’s hard conceding to a team that was huddled around the campfire watching ‘The Princess Bride’ at midnight!

    Thanks John for arriving early on Friday and snagging us a camping spot, and keeping me company on Friday night.

    Team Rag Tag’s heroes had to be Dan, Thai and Daryl(wddung).

    Dan for bringing his fire pit … you have no idea how handy that came in at 2:00am after my lap!

    With around 22:09 on the clock team Rag Tag was down to 2 riders. Thai went out first and pushed himself till he cracked. When Thai was asked to dismount at the scoring table he collapsed to his knees unable to walk. Even prompting a response from the first aid station. Way to take one for the team Thai.

    Next it was all up to Daryl who needed to post an incredible lap time to get in under 24hrs. Even though it looked impossible Daryl would not be discouraged and went for it anyways. Although he posted an unbelievable lap time he crossed the line at 24:03. Daryl would be the last person at The Coolest 24hrs to finish a lap and with that team Rag Tag can say we left it all on the course.

    Great times, great race, great people. Thanks again to everyone!!!!

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    OK....the "goofballs" have not kicked in yet so here's my report:

    Juanzilla arrived a day early and grabbed a primo site to camp in.....close to all the action ..we all start filtering in and cramming our tents in.....there's ALOT of us.

    We all thought it was gonna be a LeMans start....so I volunteer to be the "runner" of the group (secretly I did that so I'd have an excuse for a slow lap ). The order of our group was determined "shotgun" style..whoever called it first got it...unfortunately Baycat was out of earshot...he grabbed 9th ...shortly after, during the riders meeting we learn that it's a rolling start (yay)

    I line up midpack close to Dan'ger, 0gre and Fred-da-TROG....nerves gettin' jumbly...random bantering with fellow racers (i get chatty on the course) and WHAM!! We're off!

    Nice mellow start....not too much elbowing...more than enough room to jockey for position...shortly we hit the dirt....and I soon find out that this is NOT a very rigid SS friendly course..ugh....

    Dan'ger and I traded places several times in the beginning....he'd crush by me on the downs and flats...and I'd laborously squeak by on the climbs....most of the course was doubletrack....some smoooth ST and a fair amount of rutted rock-strewn downhilly type sections....nuthin' to techy - but just enough ya had to pay attention

    I hit the first "real" creek crossing and it immediately bent up to the left.....I stand and start pedaling..it's steepy - but not that bad...why on earth is everyone walking?? even the gearies are huffin' it up. I lean forward, power down and pull back on the bars with every stroke....then the other racers start goading me on...callin' me crazy..."you-da-man", etc....all this stuff to get me riled up....and I fell for it...ugh....I keep pushing...HR is pegged for me.....can't get enough air...momentum is slow....i'm basically doin' a hi-speed trackstand...I round up to the first right bend expecting that to be the top.....it wasn't I blew up right there...could barely breathe, let alone speak.....that little stunt cost me an easy 2 minutes recovery.

    The rest of the race was good....quick and flowy....rocky in bits....and a longish climb somewhere in the middle......

    Somewhere about 2-3 miles before the finish I find myself the same pace as another SS'er....we couldn't shake each other....so we start a conversation...what else ya gonna do?...we roll thru a dirt lot and drop back down on some ST....then ahead is the infamous mud-bog....and i glance left to see the bridge over it that we just passed......screw it - i can clear that lil' puddle....why doesn't my brain work like everyone else's ...got thru about 3/4 until I sunk in the 10 inches of mud...that stalled me 100%....the funny part was my new SS buddy followed me in ...and the camera guy was laughin' his a$$ off yellin we were the first to hit the bog!....there are some pretty good pics of it.

    I finish at about an hour.....i'm happy with that.....

    Next lap is a nite lap....I walked the wall this time.....pushed hard and came in un-scathed....took a nap....woke up...went to the restroom....while washing my hands I coughed.....felt like someone stuck a screwdriver in my side...I can barely stand....this isn't good...i'm out for the rest of the race.

    It looks like my previous weekends hi-speed endo did more damage than i thought....my ribs were gettin' worse throughout the week...and race-pace on the SS pushed my ribs over the edge. Dr. told me one lower rib was broken.....the nurse who gave me my discharge papers corrected the Dr and stated multiple fractures.....soooo, I'm at home...poppin' some vicodin so i can move around...breathe...and not fear a sneeze....busted ribs hurt like a mofo....argh
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    Just wanted to post THANKS to the members of team SlowMentmum

    Juanzilla - GREAT camping spot!...and really GREAT finish
    Plim - comedic relief as usual
    Baycat - the beers....and comedic relief ...also fantastic job on pushing the later laps
    Dan51 - faster bastid than i ever thought.....clobbered my best time by 3 solid minutes..wow
    Nigel - you too are a faster bastid than i realized!
    Brett - really good to have you back on the team - great laps...and finishing strong with a busted rear wheel
    WhugMit (Joe) - you have a contagious manic energy....projection TV at nite...BRILLIANT!

    And JustJeff - SUPERB design for our team shirts!!! Also you crushed out really strong times....and your tri-tip was tasty

    lookin' forward to racin' with y'all again

    PS - Dan'Ger...i gots your Firepit....a good excuse to ride up in yoour neck-o-da-woods...
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    I'll keep it short: Great race! Thanks to all the racers and supporters who made this grass roots event kick some mighty ass. I plan to be back next year... right now I"m working the numbers on a spreadsheet and I'm thinking an 8 hour solo entry would maximize my riding, beer drinking, and sleeping time... but I"m not sure yet. I should have pics ready to go later tonight.

    Nick... heal up, bro! When I sprained/fractured a rib earlier this year, I found I could ride my bike pain free well before I was able to sleep on my side or get out of bed without a grimace... so there's some hope. Might want to stay away from the ss for a bit, though.

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    Darths race report

    24 hours of Cool was a blast. We showed up early Sat morning and set up our trailer. We spent the weekend living in luxury in one of teammmates 30 ft trailer. We rode under Zons team "Team Bayside". Our goal was to podium. We figured that based on last years stats that 24 should get us there. We ended up doing 24 laps in 23 hr 39 min give or take a minute or two. 3rd place finished with 24 so we just missed. My race went pretty well. I ended up doing 6 laps over the 24 hours. My first 2 laps went pretty well 55 min and 52 minutes +/-. My first night lap went pretty well 58minutes i think. After that i wasnt able to hold down any food. I kept throwing up my ensure into my mouth and then had to swallow it while i was trying to nap. I had to hold that down as i needed my nutrients. My laps suffered to 1 hour 4 min and 1 hour 10 at sunrise. It was hard because i was in a state of bonk for both laps. All i wanted to do was eat, but my stomach had other ideas. I then went over to the Slomentum camp in search of motivation. i knew that if i saw them putting beers away at 7 am that i could choke down some food. I went over and ate 3 pancakes 3 eggs, and 5 peices of sausage. I was up for our next to last lap. It was on me to give our last guy a chance to finish his last lap. We had 2 hr 20 minutes when i started my last lap. I hammered and threw down a 55 minute lap to wrap things up for me. Our last rider had plenty of time to wrap it up. So we ended with 24 and were pretty sure we ended on the box, but it was not to be. Thats alright though as we had a great time. I saw a lot of MTBRs out there and it was good to see them. Congrats to all of you on your teams success. Zon by the way is an animal, he had a fast time of 50 minutes and a slow lap of 58 minutes so even though he is old he was damn fast.

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    What a great race!! Glad to see so many MTBR folks on so many teams, keeping a positive vibe the whole time.

    We managed to nab 1st place in the 4 person sport category. Thanks to my teammates Chris, Sebastian, and Greg for riding hard and keeping it fun. Some memorable moments:

    - Hitting the creek climb for the first time at race pace. Kept it in the middle ring up front and barely made it up. Ugh.

    - Reaching a zen-like state while climbing out on the first singletrack under an almost full moon at 1 in the morning.

    - Having my lights die out on me with 4 miles to go on my 3rd night lap at 4 in the morning. Thank heaven for that moonlight. Almost become a victim of the marsh.

    - Pulling a 51 minute final lap in the morning. By then the course was pretty empty and I was able to motor along with the motivation of realizing that "I don't have to do this again!"

    - Emptying a gatorade cooler on Sebastian when he came in at 11:40am for our 26th and final lap.

    Now I have to go pop some more advil for a sore lower back. But it least it's not broken ribs! Heal up soon, Nick.

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    Awesome time.

    I stumble into the RV, my brain isn’t working quite right, I know I need to get out of my sweat soaked clothes, eat, and wake up my brother before I go to sleep. I start to change but get distracted by hunger and start to prepare some food. Before I make much progress there I look at the clock, it’s 3:30AM, I set the alarm for 6AM so I can wake up in time for my next lap. Clothes are hanging all over the RV, mostly air drying stuff I’ve already worn, I chase down my clean non-riding clothes and start to put them on but decide I’d better eat something first. Pour myself some chocolate milk and chug a little before my numb right toe reminds me I need to get out of my wet clothes. This time I manage to finish changing. Then I scramble up some eggs. I put some seasonings on them and too much salt but it doesn’t bother me one bit, scrambled eggs have never tasted so fluffy and good. Drink a little Gatorade and some chocolate milk. The adrenalin is finally starting to drain out of my system, I’m getting tired fast.

    You can read the rest of my write up at my site.

    I just wanted to say that I had an incredible time. It was great seeing MTBR so well represented (Hey Francois how about passing on a banner for events like this so we can represent?). I was constantly bumping into people I knew from one place or another, either MTBR or TROGS or both. Running the singlespeed for 5 laps was a surprise challenge and although it certainly cost me some time and maybe cost our team a third place finish I really enjoyed the challenge and was surprised that I was still able to turn out respectable lap times. Congratulations to Brent for turning some awesome times.

    Also congradulations to Roger__ for a second place finish in the mens sinlgespeed. Maybe he'll turn up and tell the story of exacly how close that finish was.

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    My goal this race was to have fun. Mission accomplished! Being on the large Slowmentum team meant I had plenty of time to sleep and hang out and plenty of teammates with whom to chill. Thanks teammates! You guys were great.

    If I'd been going for speed I would've brought my Flux, but since this was for fun I thought "what the hell" and brought my rigid SS, on which I've only got about 10 rides. The SS did indeed prove very entertaining. I've only ridden the bike, a Haro Mary SS, on fairly mellow fun rides. It's a bit jarring (I have no skills, so just kind of slam over every bump), but I go nice and slow so it's not a problem. While racing and trying to go as fast as I can it's a whole 'nother beast.

    On my first lap I was an adrenaline-soaked spaz, bouncing all over the place. Woe to anyone who decided to follow my lame-ass lines. I was moving pretty well though, until right about the bogs I hit something hard. As I went up one of the climbs my front tire deflated completely. Dang! I pulled over, put another tube in as quick as I could, and tried to use one of the inflator thingies for the first time ever. The stupid thing worked, but froze to the valve stem and in an open position. The front tire became highly-pressured and rock hard while I tried to get the inflator to let go. Finally, it came off with a yank and I whacked my finger into my brake rotor. Blood started dribbling down my hand with the first retardo injury of the race (the first aid tent was happy to see me - cleaning me up gave them something to do for the first time all day). I was glad to get going and finish the lap. If I had to do it over, I'd take a little time to release some air from the front tire before I started rolling. With the high pressure, the bumpy end of the lap was not so fun.

    My second lap was a night lap. I'd had trouble seeing the trail on the downhills during the daylight, and it was much worse at night. I'd be flying downhill with no brakes, bouncing all over the place, just trying to hold on and stay on the trail. My lights flew around, illuminating random bits of scenery. Not once, not twice, but thrice I saw a flash of yellow, thought it was something marking where the trail was, and turned toward it only to realize it was yellow ribbon closing off a side trail to prevent people from going that way. Each time I had to grab a bunch of brake and go skidding to a stop. Each time I hit the yellow tape while still moving and prayed the tape would keep stretching and not snap before I managed to come to a halt. At least other riders got a few laughs out of it. On one downhill I got totally higgledy-piggledy, headed off trail, thought I was going to go down hard, but hit a nice soft bush instead. I looked around and was very pleased to see I was at the stream before the steepest climb of the route. "Hah!" I thought to myself, "What a perfect place to land in a bush. I was going to have to stop anyway to walk up the hill." I really enjoyed this lap, mostly because I entertained myself with my inept navigation.

    My third and final lap Sunday morning was much better. I improved my ability to stay in control while bouncing along. The traction of the trails was superb. After I gave wddung a CO2 cartridge I kept my fingers crossed, since if I got a flat I wouldn't be able to fix it, but escaped all mishaps. My rear wheel complained, making horrible crackling noises and allowing my pedals to spin freely without delivering any power every once in a while, but it held together well enough through the lap. I had no incidents, just cruised along, finished happy, and commenced drinking, the high point of which was a water bottle full of white russians (thanks mtb_Canuck!).
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    Sleep Deprived Clusterflies

    Quote Originally Posted by sirkrameroy
    What a great race!! Glad to see so many MTBR folks on so many teams, keeping a positive vibe the whole time.

    We managed to nab 1st place in the 4 person sport category. Thanks to my teammates Chris, Sebastian, and Greg for riding hard and keeping it fun. Some memorable moments:
    Here are some pics of team Sleep Deprived Clusterflies


    What a Cool name for a town

    Less than a minute in and Greg is already making predictions

    Kramer feeling groovy about our chances

    Thanks to my wife for staying up and supporting me for my third night lap

    Seabass's late night energy drink (kick his ass Seabass)

    Greg's early morning recovery drink

    When it is all said in done, everybody is a winner
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    Thanks to master fund raiser Jim and everyone who volunteered to make this race happen again! This year we ended up bringing FOUR teams from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and one from nearby Cuesta College, 25 riders plus 3 more to keep us all organized. We all had an amazing time and will be back again next year for sure!

    Major props to those crazy solo riders: I think it took around 8 hours for our top 4 guy / 1 girl team throwing down sub 50 minute laps to finally catch that freak of nature in the Santa Cruz Syndicate jersey !!!

    To any other college riders out there: get a team together for next year, it is an amazing experience (think relay for life, on bikes)
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    Few more pictures:
    1. our camp
    2. Aaron takes a nap
    3. hanging out at the finish line
    4. After 3 laps on a Prophet, Muir tries Ross' Scalpel, and levitates up hills.
    5. My bike (small block 8s are amazing).
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    That was one of the best biking experiences I have ever had.
    Thanks to everyone for helping to make the experience super awesome-o.
    I think I'm gonna have to do more races, they are a blast.
    Nothing is more fulfilling than cresting a climb and instead of resting and coasting, you shift and start to hammer. It's amazing what your body can do and handle once you put your mind to it.

    The event was run really well. Jim did an awesome job at entertaining and controlling all those kids too.
    I never saw an ambulance or helicopter, so I don't think anyone got injured either.

    I thought the course was sweet. I can see why road and fire road get put into races, single track isn't exactly a great place to pass on. I remember passing two guys on my last lap on a fire road decent. I was hauling so much ass down it that I would have needed a trailer to haul any more. When I got done I checked my top speed... 34.3MPH That's probably a good 10 more than I would have done if I wasn't racing. I also learned that at around 30+ MPH, suspension is useless.

    CHUM, hope you heal soon. I'm gonna have to start pushing you to ride faster.
    Jeff, thanks for driving. I surely would have fallen asleep and gotten us killed.
    Nigel, damn you and your 6 minutes!!!
    The rest of the people there were super awesome as well.
    Thanks

    Next year I'll shoot to break 53 mins.

    -Dan

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    Be sure to check out this emotional write-up by Shawn Lester (the guy with the empty childseat).

    http://www.ride424.com/journal_page.php?Id=168

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    Wrong

    Quote Originally Posted by dan51
    I also learned that at around 30+ MPH, suspension is useless.
    Bzzzzrt! Wrong answer. After riding that course as fast as possible on both the rigid SS and a Titus switchblade with 6" of travel I can assure you that suspension works at every speed. I would further suggest that the faster you go the more valuable it is. On the Titus the downhills felt smooth as butter. On the Redline it felt like holding a runaway jackhammer I couldn't let go of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtb_Canuck
    Be sure to check out this emotional write-up by Shawn Lester (the guy with the empty childseat).

    http://www.ride424.com/journal_page.php?Id=168
    Excellent write-up.
    I was wondering what the pics on the trail were there for. I figured they had to do something with the reason for the ride. I wish I had known more before it started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0gre
    Bzzzzrt! Wrong answer. After riding that course as fast as possible on both the rigid SS and a Titus switchblade with 6" of travel I can assure you that suspension works at every speed. I would further suggest that the faster you go the more valuable it is. On the Titus the downhills felt smooth as butter. On the Redline it felt like holding a runaway jackhammer I couldn't let go of.
    Bzzzzrt! Wrong answer.
    Faster => more time in the air => float over the few rough parts with ease, no suspension required. I wished I had a full suspension bike for one 15 second long section every lap, the other ~3000 seconds I was glad I had a hardtail...

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    Hey Dennis, nice race for you guys!

    My post will be coming soon, fabulous time. I think I my change my MTBR name to "AS$ SCAB" though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp3d
    Bzzzzrt! Wrong answer.
    Faster => more time in the air => float over the few rough parts with ease, no suspension required. I wished I had a full suspension bike for one 15 second long section every lap, the other ~3000 seconds I was glad I had a hardtail...
    Did you have a suspension fork on that hardtail? If so, you may have just inadvertantly given me "straw that broke the camel's back" type motivation to get a suspension fork and de-rigid my rigid.

    (Sorry, no "bzzzzrt". )
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp3d
    Bzzzzrt! Wrong answer.
    Faster => more time in the air => float over the few rough parts with ease, no suspension required. I wished I had a full suspension bike for one 15 second long section every lap, the other ~3000 seconds I was glad I had a hardtail...
    I can't agree more. That 15 seconds was fairly rough.

    For me the best piece of hardware on my hardtail is the Gravity Dropper. I know it weighs quite a bit, but with the seat 4" down I'm free to move around on the bike. I can't see why more racers are using an adjustable seat post. I noticed I could even get into a better crouch going down the paved road section. I even caught up to Muir on that section because of it. She schooled me once we started to go uphill. She was fast!

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    39n, 121w race report

    Team: Sasquatch Wranglers

    Laps: 17

    My teammate and I started out very strongly. We each rode one lap then started doing doubles. By 2 A.M. we had 14 laps (7 laps each) and were on pace to reach or goal of 20 laps. As I came in after lap 14, my teammate was dressed in his steet clothes and said he could not longer ride. He has had some back problems and after taking 2 Nuprin and 5 Tylenol he couldn't sit on the bike. I was pretty tired, so I decided to sleep 4 hours until day break. I got up at 6:00 and rode 2 more laps had a tasty breakfast and then rode one more lap. At the awards I was suprised to hear the the third place team only had 18 laps. We were only one lap off the pace and didn't have anyone in the race for 5 hours!

    Highlights - awsome volunteers, riding a lap with a sunset and a moonrise, almost T-boning a deer (someone saw a mt. lion on the paved section below the aide station), and seeing all those crazy solo riders.

    Can't wait until next year!

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    Ummm

    Quote Originally Posted by jp3d
    Bzzzzrt! Wrong answer.
    Faster => more time in the air => float over the few rough parts with ease, no suspension required. I wished I had a full suspension bike for one 15 second long section every lap, the other ~3000 seconds I was glad I had a hardtail...
    I think you missed the part where I rode it both ways. So I think I know what I'm talking about. Float over the rough parts usually involves 15-20 impacts with the ground. Have you ever bombed those downhills on a rigid bike?

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    Good job! Mud Bog

    Quote Originally Posted by CHUM
    Somewhere about 2-3 miles before the finish I find myself the same pace as another SS'er....we couldn't shake each other....so we start a conversation...what else ya gonna do?...we roll thru a dirt lot and drop back down on some ST....then ahead is the infamous mud-bog....and i glance left to see the bridge over it that we just passed......screw it - i can clear that lil' puddle....why doesn't my brain work like everyone else's ...got thru about 3/4 until I sunk in the 10 inches of mud...that stalled me 100%....the funny part was my new SS buddy followed me in ...and the camera guy was laughin' his a$$ off yellin we were the first to hit the bog!....there are some pretty good pics of it.
    Chum, that was me that followed you like a moron right into the swamp. Although out of the corner of my eye I knew we had missed the quick left for the bridge, had too much momentum and not enough sense to stop cold and turn around. I kept hoping that you would just power through it so all would be ok . . . not! First the left shoe, then the right at least 6" down in mud up to the shins. Note that the camera dude didn't say anything until after he got the shot? "hey there's a bridge over there"; What a hoot ! I got off 5 more laps to finish 6 in 8 hrs. Nice riding with you. PICT0004.JPG

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    There is not much I can say that has not been said yet. The event was terrific. I definitely plan on doing it again next year, however, I'll have to rethink my strategy of tapering off for 6 months prior to racing as it did not work all that well. I was okay on the first lap, but was hurting throughout the second lap, being passed by solo riders who must have been on their 10th+ lap.

    As for the mud bog, I still haven't found that bridge but I proved that you can make it through it with enough momentum, although I did stall on the other side and got my feet wet in the process (sucks with 42 degree temperature). Thanks again to Dan'ger for the firepit that provided much needed warmth after a cold wet night lap. And thanks to Lutarious for the great cup of Joe that kept me awake enough to drive home.

    See you all next year.
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    I was gonna write a trip report, but I didn't. Then my wife posted about our race on her blog and it just kinda sums it up for me.

    http://lhaughey.blogspot.com/2007/05/vicariously.html

    OK, here's my report anyway. As usual it'll be about as long and on-topic as a Melville novel. Photos are here.

    A girl friend told Matthias that if he raced the Coolest 24-Hour Race she'd crew for him. Matthias agreed. He asked his teammates on Sycip if they wanted to do it with him and Brian R. said he'd race. They both race and ride single speed mountain bikes so they figured they'd race it that way. They knew me from cross, knew I rode a single speed so invited me. Then we had to find a fourth and Cisco was obvious. We had a team. Brian registered us as Quatros Machos Sasquatchos, the name comes from a wrestler on the Incredibly Strange Wrestling circuit. Brian broke his hand on a night ride, so we were down to three. I took the team captain role and tried to find a new racer. I asked my teammate Sean and he said yes, but he didn't sound sure, and with a week to go he told me he was out with a cold. So then I asked my friend Brian N. Brian does Thursday night rides with me. He's a nice kid, won his 2nd mountain bike race - 19-24 beginner xc men at Sea Otter - and he likes to ride. He didn't have a single speed mountain bike, had never been on one. "Brian, want to race with us?" "Uh, sure." So I next-day ordered him a Soulcraft Convert kit and we converted his bike Wednesday night. Thursday night he did the night ride on his new single speed and pronounced "I like it." Saturday and Sunday he raced it. Good job Brian!

    Thursday and Friday were hectic at work. I meant to have more time to pack, get ready, it was close but I got off work at 2PM Friday, did some needed bike maintenance, then packed up the Land Cruiser. I like to do family camping trips so we're pretty stocked. I loaded the wayback and roof rack with gear, water, wood, tents, chairs, action packer full of misc, tools, spares, electric fridge, stove, propane, huge tarp, easy up, etc. We still had some room. Well, not much.

    Friday night the San Franciscans without cars (Matthias, Cisco) BART-ed over, had dinner with us and slept in our living room. Saturday at 5AM we were up and we were on the road at 5:30AM. Crossing the Benicia bridge I see my thermarest fly off the roof in its stuff sack. So sad! Oh well. Reminded me of Jack Handy; "If you ever drop your keys into a river of molten lava, let 'em go, because man, they're gone.”

    My bike; XL Santa Cruz Chameleon, 26x2.3 Maxxis Ignitor tubeless @32psi, 32x17 single speed, later 32x18. Matthias rode his 32x17 Sycip 26er hardtail, Brian 32x18 Airborne 26er hardtail, Cisco unknown gears, Mikkeslen 29er. We brought my wife's Salsa Juan Solo as a spare but didn't need to use it.

    The web site said registration closed at 9AM, and there was a mandatory racer meeting at 9AM. We got there by 8AM I think, but it turned out the meeting wasn't until 11. We were OK. Found a nice spot on the big grassy field kind up the hill from the start/finish area. Only problem was we didn't bring a portable fire place, and there was no way to burn on the grounds. Doh! We had three boxes of wood.

    First lap, noon: I elected to be first because we thought there was a 1/4 mile run after a le mans start, and I didn't mind. I hadn't thought ahead to the "first guy does an extra lap at the end" part. I might have otherwise demurred. We picked a fairly random order; me, Matthias, Brian, Cisco. The first lap had an extra loop to string us out a bit so that we didn't hit the singletrack in a big mass. I was running a 32x17t gear with 26" wheels, and the course felt way too flat for my gear. I thought "Oh no, I'm gonna be spun out the whole race!" Then I hit the steep climb after the first creek crossing. I cleaned it but I went into serious debt because of it, just hurting! Then I realized my gear might not be too low. Spent the rest of the lap trying to recover. The second long climb was tough but I could roll it. I remembered Roger's advice, via my friend Brian R.; "32x17 to start, 32x18 when you get tired." I hadn't pre-ridden so I missed the hard right turn onto the roots after the final little climb, but luckily I saw people braking and taking the little singletrack to the bridge by the last creek crossing. I never missed that singletrack again! 53:44

    Second lap, 3:22PM: Faster, more dialed, ran the first steep hill to the photos, passed people and felt much stronger for the rest of the lap. Worked for me. Continued that strategy. Figured out that when racing a single speed, you should get into a full aero tuck whenever there's a long slight downhill. That helped a lot, especially since I weigh 202lbs. 52:53

    Third lap, 6:53PM: Felt good, kept it strong, but had a little cramp right toward the end. Knew the night-time double laps would be tough, planned to take it easy. 52:11

    Fourth and Fifth laps, 10:31PM: Felt real tired, cold, unmotivated. Wore lots of wool, more layers, thought I might be too warm but it worked out well. Brought along an ipod and wore it in one ear. That helped. Wasn't really racing, just riding. I'd heard the Sasquatch was gonna be somewhere out on the course to scare us. I ain't scared! But I kept looking, occasionally sweeping the fields on the side with my headlamp. C'mon, scare me and get it over with! Listened to a lot of Tom Waits. Finally saw the Sasquatch as I was finishing my second lap, slapped his paw. Plugged my garmin into the charger, made a water bottle to drink, grabbed a clif bar, got out of my wet clothes, into dry, into the tent and bag, scarfed the food and drink, four post-ride Sportlegs tablets and tried to sleep. Had my eyes closed for about five hours but didn't really sleep. 60:24 & 63:06

    Sixth lap, 6:42AM: Cisco came in happy from his two laps, had the dawn to make his day, literally. I did what I should have done the night before; swapped my 17t for an 18t cog. Ahhh! Just the knowledge that I had a lower gear made me feel so much better. I went out dressed warm but not as much as the night before, didn't need a light. My legs were sore but not as bad as the two night laps. 54:51

    Seventh lap, 10:13AM: We did some figuring and I knew I'd have a 7th lap, but as it got closer we realized that the timing might work out for Matthias to get a 7th lap too. The last rider had to finish by noon, Sunday. I knew that if Cisco got there by 10:15 I could maybe get back by 11:10, which would give Matthias 50 minutes to do his last lap. I haven't yet told you about Matthias, but suffice it to say he could do a sub-50 last lap. Cisco got in at 10:13 and I was off! I had the pressure of not blowing it; no flats, broken chains, or bonks on my part and I could get our last rider out for a just-in-time final lap. I went as hard as I could afford to go, had a decent last lap. Got back at 11:07. 53:44

    I rode every section on every lap except for the steep climb after the first water crossing on laps 2-7. I ran it on 2-3, walked it 4-5, ran it 6-7.

    Now, about Matthias. He is a monster. He hardly trains. He rides like 2-3 times a week, and one involves alcohol. He won all but the final m35+ men's B races at this year's Pilarcitos cyclocross series, and only missed the last one (3rd place) because he crashed hard into a tree and broke his shifter. I've ridden with him on technical night rides and he can clean technical stuff others can't, and he can ride up stuff others can't. He was our ringer. I don't know if he turned a 50+ minute lap, we'll see when the results are up. He finished his final lap at 11:55 and that gave us 26 laps, which was good enough to win the team single speed category by TWO LAPS. Awesome. We won the Steel Balls award and some nutrition products. Cisco was so stoked. He's taking the big chrome ball sack on a victory tour of all his friends and every single girl he can find for the next few weeks, then it'll hang in my garage / bike shop. The fastest geared team rode 27 laps and second place was 26 laps. Since we finished our 26th lap with five minutes to spare, I'm guessing we would have been third in the geared teams. Not bad! Would have been nice to win some cash money but single speeders race for glory and pain. Or something like that.

    Something interesting I noticed; as the race went by my average heart rate for each lap got lower and lower. I guess this is the best way to "see" fatigue in a 24-hour event. You feel it, but this shows it:

    1 158
    2 154
    3 152
    4 & 5 135
    (some shuteye)
    6 144
    7 145

    For comparison's sake, most of my mountain bike races average around 160.

    I'd never done a 24-hour race, or really any race longer than about five hours, but I respect what people like Dave Harris have to say. He recommended Succeed! Amino and Succeed! Clip 2 drink powders for endurance events, said he had no more stomach troubles with them. I got a box of each and all four of us used both for before, during and after our laps. I harassed them all to drink and pee all the time, and it seemed to work. Everyone said they felt hydrated, cramp-free - except for the hints of cramps for me on lap 3 - and no stomach troubles. Everyone peed a lot. We went through nine gallons of water between the four of us, in addition to the free drinks provided by the race volunteer staff. We didn't cook much because the free dinners and breakfasts were good and plentiful! I mostly ate some clif bars between laps, some gels during laps and had some hot muesli and tea early Sunday morning. Oh and salt & pepper chips, we all macked on those. And do-si-do girl scout cookies. And more food I can't remember.

    In seven laps I rode 73.5 miles, climbed 11,200' and rode 6:31 hours. We had only one mechanical; Cisco got a flat on his tubed 29er bike during one lap. We only had one mix-up; Matthias was left waiting for about 3 minutes once, when Brian wasn't there to go after Matthias arrived. In total I think we were racing for all but eight minutes of the twenty four hours. That's pretty good. We all worked together to make sure the other three were ready, re-hydrated and fed, bike oiled and bolts checked, and to the start / finish with plenty of time for the previous rider to come in. I brought plenty of beer and figured it would be more of a party, but it turned out to be much more organized, a real combined effort with a focus on performance while still being really fun. I think Matthias had some Belgian beer around 10PM, but the rest of us were too tired or busy to drink any. Cisco lives on Red Bulls. We had our first beers of the weekend after the award ceremonies were over and we had the truck all packed. They tasted really good.

    Late at night I had thoughts along the lines of "This is ****ed." "I wish I wasn't here." "I'll never do this again." On the drive home I was already talking about racing it again next year. It's not a good course for single speeds, but it's still a very satisfying race. I'd do it again.

    I wanted to take a picture before and after our race, to show the effects of our effort. The problem is that we look happier after the race.

    I talked to Shawn, the father at the start line with the empty child seat and child helmet strapped to his bike. My heart went out to him. He was riding for her, for his memories, for his life. When Jim Northey talked about losing his friend Brice Clark to cancer the previous year, during the awards ceremony, his voice choked up and I felt tears in my eyes. The photos of lost friends and family members at the top of the steep short hill made me press harder on the pedals. My mom has inoperable lung cancer and is in her last months. I rode this race thinking about her all the time. All proceeds from this race went to cancer research. That's a wonderful thing.

    My wife and I are teaming up with our friends Tom & Jenny (the smiler) for the 24 HOA at Laguna Seca next month. We're bringing our kids too. It'll be fun, probably a little less serious than our team at Cool but who knows? See you there!

    Morgan
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    Photos

    All smiles before the pain
    Chum (right), Dan'ger (center), and some random dude

    Dan, Nick, and Dennis at the start
    Mass start (with Ogre, Dan'ger, and Chum)

    Nick on his first lap
    Chum starting his first lap

    Team Slowmentum
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    Becky
    Becky abstaining from beer

    Bike parking
    Bicycle parking

    Late night showing at the camp site.
    Roughing it

    Snow White on a Retrotec
    Snow White a.k.a Curtis Inglis

    Night laps (or Ghost Bikers shooting lasers)
    Ghost riders shooting lasers

    Fire keeps you warm
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    Killer photos Dave, did not even see what camera you were shooting with. What do you have?

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    sweet photos dave! Hope you don't mind, but that ghostriders with fricken lazer beams on their heads is my wallpaper-o-the-week.

    mine are now rendered worthless. but I'll still upload them when I get a chance.

    edit to add: what's becky trying to do to me with that snapple bottle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    Killer photos Dave, did not even see what camera you were shooting with. What do you have?
    Canon PowerShot SD550... simple point and shoot and not too fancy.

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    Good job! That is.....

    [QUOTE=jp3d]
    Major props to those crazy solo riders: I think it took around 8 hours for our top 4 guy / 1 girl team throwing down sub 50 minute laps to finally catch that freak of nature in the Santa Cruz Syndicate jersey !!!


    ........Brian Sevall. One of my co-wrenches is his mechanic. He is a freakin' animal and finished with the fastest lap of the event (his 1st in 43 min.), and the most laps recorded in the event. Nice guy too.

    Congrats to all who participated and great pic's!

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    Nice shots! BTW, the random dude was none other than Fred-da-TROG.
    There are no stupid questions but there are A LOT of inquisitive idiots.


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    yer sick....

    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah
    sweet photos dave! Hope you don't mind, but that ghostriders with fricken lazer beams on their heads is my wallpaper-o-the-week.

    mine are now rendered worthless. but I'll still upload them when I get a chance.

    edit to add: what's becky trying to do to me with that snapple bottle!

    (what velocipus wrote) and no, even with food, I never stop smiling where's your pictures rafael? I wanna see the one where I ran into the pole

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    Quote Originally Posted by sherwood
    .Oh, Here's something...We just built up a prototype old skool 29er rigid frame and fork last week with non-suspension adjusted geometry. In.. ..Army Green. Robert raced it at the 24 Hours of Cool . The bike is code named El Changuito (Little Monkey)
    Anyone with a pic of the little monkey?
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    Some pics

    some of the start, rest are mostly of the pit area

    1) baycat immitating david blaine

    4) captain arrives fasionably (4 hours) late.
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    more pics

    One skill that RagTag was definately better at than Slowmentum was the baton pass.. We learned well from last year. Slowmentum will have to practice their beer passing skills a bit for next year.
    1) slowmentum welcoming back their rider empty handed... sort of.
    2) RagTag Dan comes in
    3) Beer ready and waiting!
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    all you can drink, movies, massages, mud baths... I thought we were at an all-inclusive spa/resort!!
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    taken 1.2 seconds too early.. becky, watch out for that pole!
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    That money on the can trick was just cruel. I tried so hard, but was so tired, I almost ate it...
    I wonder how many near misses took place on that Tecate can?

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    Good job! What a weekend!!

    Slowmo..& Ragtag!!!
    What an absolutely amazing weekend!! First ever 24hr team event...first ever night race....what a great grassroots local event - love the piccies Dave & Jeff!!

    The vibe was awesome, great food, great banter & even a movie!! (thanks for setting that up Joe!!)

    Weekend highlights:-
    * Joe putting his projector and movie screen away with about 2mins to go before he races & Chum giving him a kick up the bside to get a move on & Joe saying...i'll just take me jacket off..where's me torch...there's plenty of time. - brilliant!!!
    * Getting ready for my 1am lap and so many people still up and about with big smiles on their faces - loads of encouragement & a beautiful ride with an almost full moon!!
    * Having a beer ready for each rider coming home from their lap - what a team!!
    * Amazing camaradary on the course..the solo guys almost crawling but still having the energy to wish you well & to push on!!
    * Jim - the organizer - I bet that man has a few stories to tell - great bloke!!
    * Fresh air, beers & bikes!!!

    I am now hooked - when is the next one??

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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzaholic
    That money on the can trick was just cruel. I tried so hard, but was so tired, I almost ate it...
    I wonder how many near misses took place on that Tecate can?
    That was money well spent. We had quite few takers... It's the only way some people will ever be paid to ride. I guess ya just have to more yoga

    There were many attempts, one crash (he got the money) and we had to chase only one person down for cheating.

    There's alway next year Fritz.

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    I Am The Ghost Rider!

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    Night laps (or Ghost Bikers shooting lasers)
    Ghost riders shooting lasers
    My lasers worked perfectly to scare away Sasquach. With all that hair he would be one crispy critter, so it was wise for him to stay away. The SS crazors, Solos and the 900 Ladies that passed me on the climbs didn't fear the lasers though. I kept yelling at them, "Stop for my ego's sake!" They didn't listen. They just passed and passed. Then at night I threatened to use the lasers; "Slow down for my ego's sake or I'll go all Boba Fett on you!" Still no good. I think that ten year old that was doing loops around the camping area even passed me on the evil creek hill...

    Great event. I can't believe everything they provided for the riders. Great course; not packed at all and a good selection of terrain. This was my second 24 and I had a great time. Thanks Jim & co. I'll see you next year, unless you put another 24 on before then (hint hint).
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    Some nice professional piccies - looking good Dan

    http://www.racemtbikes.com/050607Coo.../050607335.htm

    Here are some nice pro. piccies from racemtbikes.com - lookign good Dan!!
    Bikes are good and so is food!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtb_Canuck
    Okay,

    This is sure to spark some controversy… but according to Race Organizers Team Rag Tag beat Team Slowmentum by 17 minutes to capture first place in the corporate category? Slowmentum was thus awarded second place. Personally, I think there were some mathematical miscalculations regarding the results …
    Congrats team SloMentum! You placed FIRST in corporate category.

    http://www.thecoolestmtb.com/07Resul...aceResults.pdf

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    Still smiling a week later..

    All -

    I had soooo much fun last weekend!
    These 24 hour mtb relay races are contagious.
    Mostly because they provide a great opportunity to hang out with you all!

    Nick, thanks again for putting together team SloMentum. I enjoyed being on a 9 person team where I came in knowing about half the people and left with a bunch of new friends. I liked how our team provided a no-pressure and very supportive atmosphere for every rider. The goal was for everyone to have fun in a forum where each individual would create their own challenges then ride knowing that when the lap was over, no matter the outcome, they would be greeted with cheers, beers and high fives. Mission accomplished.

    Nick (Chum), Mike (Plim), Brett and Dan - good seeing and riding with you again!
    Nigel, Jeff, John & Ryan - nice to meet you + I hope for more opportunites!

    I thought it was great that RagTag and Slowmentum combined camps to create a very fun and chaotic place to be entertained throughout the event. More people, more stories, more laughs. Food, beverage, shade, tools, fire pit warmth, relaxation, movies - roughing it indeed!

    Couple of memories:

    Nice views of the snow covered Sierras during my first lap.
    Nigel & Dan with thier friendly competition going. Smokin times!
    MIke (Plim) - "adrenaline-soaked spaz" drinking white-russian from a water bottle!
    Jeff - master SloMentum T-shirt designer!
    Nick - quick laps, SS and broken ribs! Ouch...
    Brent (RagTag) - yelling out words of encouragement to me as he zooms by me while I'm suffering through my 3rd lap.
    Daryl (RagTag) - a very inspirational final lap!
    Checking out the official results and learning that SloMentum did in fact edge out RagTag!

    Thanks to everyone for making this a hellofa fun time!

    C-ya,
    WhuGmiT (Joe)

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