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    Keyesville Photos Posted

    Big shout and thanks to SSFTA for putting on one hell of an event. In spite of the rain, snow, sleet and tropical storm force winds it was another great race.

    I was out sick with a cold and spent the time taking photos of the xc race.

    I've posted over 250 of them here.

    http://bigsandyrace.com/Site/Blog/En..._Sleet....html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjaboot
    Big shout and thanks to SSFTA for putting on one hell of an event. In spite of the rain, snow, sleet and tropical storm force winds it was another great race.

    I was out sick with a cold and spent the time taking photos of the xc race.

    I've posted over 250 of them here.

    http://bigsandyrace.com/Site/Blog/En..._Sleet....html

    Thanks

    I forgot to mention that is Jake from http://www.project321.com/ getting the big air of the day. A close call with the lead single speeder on the best jump. I took the picture a little too early he is still ascending in the photo. I think he cleared at least 8 to 10 out feet before landing. But what really impressed me was that he crossed his bike up while jumping, that is he pull it on its side, I think its called a table top? I'm a speed freak not a jumper. It was something to see, my wife screamed thinking he would surely crash. But he pulled it off with major style and coolness...
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    You knew the right spot to be! I was on a 170mm travel bike for the XC.... you got me in pic 880. Thanks!
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    ninjaboot...

    Thanks a ton for the cool shot!! I was rider 47. I was having a horrible race and saw people standing near that jump so threw a tail whip. It was great to hear you guys cheering for me! (i flatted early in the race and it cost me the overall stage race win so i was pretty pissed during the race).

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    Sorry to hear about the flat. Last year at the State finals I flatted not once, not twice but three times! After the 2nd flat I was ready to quit and walk back but a good Samaritan hooked me up with a third tube. In the end I was happy that I toughed it out and finished, a last place is still better than DNF.

    Anyhow. I love your picture. It has a sort of 3d feeling with you front wheel jumping out.

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    Gary

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    Too bad you been sick during the race,,,,
    Found couples of pic of mine and buddy.
    Thanks for GREAT pic for everybody!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjaboot
    Sorry to hear about the flat. Last year at the State finals I flatted not once, not twice but three times! After the 2nd flat I was ready to quit and walk back but a good Samaritan hooked me up with a third tube. In the end I was happy that I toughed it out and finished, a last place is still better than DNF.

    Anyhow. I love your picture. It has a sort of 3d feeling with you front wheel jumping out.

    Thanks

    Gary

    never give up, never quit... that is something my dad taught me a long time ago.

    thanks again for the killer picture. i hope it is okay with you, but i have posted it several times. i will try to give you credit when used...

    thanks again for taking killer photos and cheering for me when i was down!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kanga
    You knew the right spot to be! I was on a 170mm travel bike for the XC.... you got me in pic 880. Thanks!

    Howd you do steve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB_prodigy
    Howd you do steve?
    steve was right on my tail in the overall. he took third.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB_prodigy
    Howd you do steve?
    Hey Prodigy.... In my age group in Sport I took 2nd in the DH, 1st in the Short Track, and 3rd in the XC. There are no age groups in the all-mountain, so I took 3rd after Ryan, a 13 year old from Az who rode a 22 pound Bionicon hardtail, and Mechmann in 2nd.

    We had a pretty good showing for Bionicon in general.... Jared won the Expert all mountain, won the short track for his age. Ryan was the youngest person in the race, and won the all-mountain, won the overall short track, and Chewy came 2nd in the Pro downhill and 3rd in the Pro all-mountain.

    I didn't ride my own bike.... I took a 170mm travel Supershuttle, which was a medium frame. A bit larger than what I'm used to, more travel, and slacker angled. But I put in an extra 15 pounds of pressure in the fork and shock to stiffen it up for the ST and XC, and put on a set of Mutanoraptor tires for those events instead of the Nevegal 2.5's I used in the DH.

    The organizers probably will not allow tire changes next year for the stage race. Many riders didn't change anything anyway this year, and in talking to them afterwards, they're considering going the same route as the downieville classic. No changes allowed at all.
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    i liked being able to change my tires!

    it didn't save me hardly any weight (i think i might have lost .2lbs) but it did save me some rolling resistance.

    honestly if i were forced to stay with one tire setup, i probably would have been even faster on the DH (more like SuperD) run!

    if bionicon wants to keep up, maybe they should be making a 5-6" travel 29er? LOL (just kidding... i loved riding the bionicon in D-ville!!!!!)

    by the way, my tire change on my 29er was from Kenda Nevegals front and rear for DH to a Specialized Captain on the front and a Kenda Small Block 8 on the rear.

    the flat during the XC race happened because i had never ridden the Specialized Captain before and was unsure about what pressure to run so i ran the same thing i did for the Nevegals.

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    that was a fun event! i didnt race, but was out there supporting my friends who did race on saturday, mechmann, aword4you, danimal amongst others who all did great out there.

    cool photos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kanga
    The organizers probably will not allow tire changes next year for the stage race. Many riders didn't change anything anyway this year, and in talking to them afterwards, they're considering going the same route as the downieville classic. No changes allowed at all.
    Steph changed her tires, but I don't think most of us did. I did not change anything on the bike except for Hammer gel and a bottle for the XC race. As long as they allow stuff like that (I could've had them on for DH and ST, but didn't need them) then it's cool with me.

    I'll be going with sketchier better rolling tires next year if we go up, and probably a way lighter bike.

    The Canzo at 27.5~lbs is awesome, but still. Unfortunately I can't put the saddle down on the Dos any more than it typically is...

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    Quote Originally Posted by aword4you
    Steph changed her tires, but I don't think most of us did. I did not change anything on the bike except for Hammer gel and a bottle for the XC race. As long as they allow stuff like that (I could've had them on for DH and ST, but didn't need them) then it's cool with me.

    I'll be going with sketchier better rolling tires next year if we go up, and probably a way lighter bike.

    The Canzo at 27.5~lbs is awesome, but still. Unfortunately I can't put the saddle down on the Dos any more than it typically is...
    D'ville weighed the bike, not the bottle or other things attached to it. In fact, I remember seeing Randy ask people to take out their water bottle for the weigh-in at Keyesville.

    I think Mechmann is correct... the advantage of the bigger tires on the DH was minimal, and even a hindrance in the flats and climbs. I'd also run tubeless stans knowing that the same tires were running for all events, so flats wouldn't be an issue. In Downieville there were lots of people pumping tires on the side of the course. I felt good having tubeless there, and am looking forward to going back to it now. I was just lucky not to flat....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mechmann_mtb
    never give up, never quit... that is something my dad taught me a long time ago.

    thanks again for the killer picture. i hope it is okay with you, but i have posted it several times. i will try to give you credit when used...

    thanks again for taking killer photos and cheering for me when i was down!!!

    I'm glad you liked it. Please feel free to use any pics any way you like.

    Thanks

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    Sorry this took so long... issues with the wireless connection being dropped, so I ended up moving pics onto a wired desktop computer and finally got 'em (all 800) uploaded.

    I'll post a few here, but there's lots more on the otbmbc.smugmug.com site.

    Friday, pre-race riding:

    13 yo Ryan on the Frequency, play time before the race:



    XC Pre-ride, Jared (won the expert division), Posthole and Fergus (from switchback):




    Contemplating the big drop line to bypass the slot (later closed by race officials before the race):





    Ryan enjoys the Supershuttle (he rode the hardtail Frequency for the race):



    Hiking up to session the slot:



    Jared pilots the Golden Willow through the slot:



    Fergus on the Edison:



    Chewy Aitken showing how to ride the Golden Willow on the DH (2nd place Pro):











    Ryan



    I get to hand off the camera and take a run:



    Fastest line is over the rocks, not through them. Mark Jordan:



    Posthole and I flagging the ST course:



    Saturday... DH:

    Now where is the best line? Hiking up for the first DH run, the STR Crew:



    1080P at the all-mountain weigh-in:



    Nervous, confident, excited? What was going on inside that helmet? Mechmann:



    Fergus and Steph, waiting:



    The DH Start scene:



    Autoduel, weighing in the vintage:



    Nerves of steel... or is it 7075 al? Steph, Allison, (Mark, Ryan's dad) and Dan:



    Race Director, Jason:



    Ryan weighs in the XL Frequency at a portly 22 pounds:




    Confident and ready! Allison:



    First riders off:



    Event sponsors and my homies at Bionicon:



    John Widen, Bionicon Ironwood on the DH:

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    Short Track:

    Ryan and I... back of the pack strategy at the start:



    Sport class away:



    Picking them off...one by one:





    The 2nd last turn was bermed and fun... if you took the outside line:



    Ryan, making his winning move on the last lap:




    Expert ST Start:



    Jared takes the inside line for the pass:



    Paul from Flagstaff, broke his bike before the race, and took an Edison instead, with the fork fully dropped down:





    Jared on the race leader's wheel, pushing him until the move in the last lap:





    Jared takes him at the finish for the expert win:



    Pro ST Start:



    Tim Allen, flagstaff Pro:



    Chewy Aitken:









    Tim Allen, showing his winning ST form:





    Jason Moeschler, king of Downieville:



    It's a sufferfest, even for the pros:



    Numbing the short track pain, or warming the bones from the inside?



    The supershuttle came through, I took the win for my age division in Sport:



    Jared takes the Expert Overall, and his expert age group, along with Dan in 3rd:



    Ryan at 13 was the youngest competitor in the event, the only one in his division, but won the overall Sport division and the All Mountain sport:



    Justin takes his age in the sport division, with Fergus right behind him in second:



    Post award campfire:



    And on into the night:

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    Awards:

    The 2nd and third place awards were cool Bionicon Keyesville Classic beer mugs. I got a set of four :beer:



    Trophies for the all-mountain were some of the coolest hand-made art pieces I've seen:



    Lots of raffle swag as well:



    Steph takes a 3rd in XC:



    I took third in my age for the XC, 7th overall:



    Autoduel makes off with his first of two raffle wins:



    The Pro XC winners, top 5:




    A fine Sport all-mountain showing for STR. Steph and Allison in 1st and 2nd:



    And for the Pros, Tim from Flagstaff for the win, Chewy in 3rd place:



    Two of the happiest people in flagstaff this week, Tim Allen and Ryan Geiger:






    And a fine showing for Bionicon and STR in the Sport All-Mountain... Ryan in first overall, Justin in 2nd, and



    Jared takes the Expert all-Mountain for Bionicon:



    Autoduel Steve takes 2nd in the Vintage All-Mountain:



    One happy and tired Bionicon crew: Paul, me, Jared, Ryan, Chewy, Mic:

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