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    Life$tyle$!

    This weekend is the first big test of the year for a bunch of us MTBRers: the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous 24 Hour at Mansfield.

    Mrs. Monster, nogears, nspace, THE Lepper and I are all doing solos and a bunch more (dskunk, oggie, tapsa, THE Leclair...) are on teams.

    Personal goals:

    1. 200 km or Bust!

    2. Keep this industrious little ditty in my head all night:

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    I hope camp hillbilly is in some way shape or form worked into the course. That was like the diamond in the rough at 1 in the morning.

    WHoo! Not prepared at all.

    I suspect I shall bring out the suspension fork for this one, since it ever only sees the light of day for a couple days per year.

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    You solos are a bit more nuts for doing this race than most 24h (early year, etc.)

    Mixed team for me this year. Should be an awesome weekend

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    skunky's solo too.
    personal goals
    1. 201 km
    2. keep this song going.... if you're happy and you know it, spin yer cranks.
    3. Find wasp nest for Peetah (he screams like a little girl)

    Maudite at the finishline
    Cheers, Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk
    1. 201 km
    Oooh! Zing!
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    I am going to use this song for pacing:

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Personal goals:

    1. 200 km or Bust!

    2. Keep this industrious little ditty in my head all night:

    Holy crap - that's the Napoleon Dynamite theme song!!!

    "What are you going to do today Garage Monster?"

    "Whatever I want! GOSH!!!"

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    Woohoo!! I'm excited and yet totally unprepared!

    Looks like we may have a carbon copy of last year's weather conditions. The night laps will be cold, must remember to bring tights this time..

    Quote Originally Posted by Environment Canada

    Saturday - Showers ending late in the morning then cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Clearing in the afternoon. Risk of a thunderstorm in the morning. Wind south 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming west 30 gusting to 50 in the afternoon. High 17. UV index 5 or moderate.

    Saturday night - Clear. Increasing cloudiness overnight. Wind west 30 km/h gusting to 50. Low minus 1.

    Sunday - Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. High 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tapsa
    , must remember to bring tights this time..
    You didn't need tights last year, you had the Macallans.
    Cheers, Dave

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    The Macallans will be back this year, just let us know if you are feeling a little chilly on those late night solo laps and we'll offer you a wee sip at the transition area before you venture back into the woods...

    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk
    You didn't need tights last year, you had the Macallans.
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    If it rains, I'm gonna have to switch to this song:

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    If you know a little bit of Icelandic, it makes perfect sense.
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    That was fantastic. Despite looking like it would be terrible, the weather worked out very well leaving the course in top condition for most of the race, and very ridable for the first few laps anyway. Very little mud

    Did lots of laps... teammates did even more. 36 laps was good enough to take the mixed category, and then some

    On the other hand, the bike is moderately trashed (broken saddle, chain in need of much cleaning and lubrication) and my body more than moderately trashed (fatigue + 2 crashes leaving large bruises and sore muscles).

    All in all a great weekend. Time to use the holiday monday to recover a bit.

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    no doubt..

    it was hard on us not so young racers to warm up so many times due to shorter laps... we would have preferred 14-15km laps, but it was what it was.. Fantastic course with lot of flow and a little bit of everything for everyone. Definitely required a complete rider...

    we had a good battle in men category, but knew that our maximum achievement would have been the third, having so many elite (and younger) riders on the top two teams... some were just amazing - like John Van Aragon - a humble top notch guy who posted fastest times the last two years...

    our own Skunky had an epic race and was a solo winner. Mr. Monster got chicked again, as Mrs Monster ended up winning womens solo category. Usual suspects were there - Mr. Lepper with smooth riding finishing solo category outing, as well as Tom and Peter - the Misfits...

    It was really nice to have heated cabins to warm up after very cold night laps. Tenting would not have been comfortable at all... The organization was perfect - very warm and homey. Food was perfect as well as everything else. Coffee was unforgettable at 4am in the morning after a cooooold lap... Chocolate chip cookies were icing on the cake...

    This race is different from all others. Familiar crowd year after year - all top notch people and good riders... Course was not crowded at all - allowing for some good rippin' down the trails. Mansfield offers one of the best trails in the area - no doubt.

    I consider it a privilege to be able to race in this race. I look forward to racing it again next year.

    Congrats too all podium finishers and everyone who raced at Mansfield this past weekend....

    Mike, thanks for another Life$tyle$ - now you can not stop at 10...


    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    That was fantastic. Despite looking like it would be terrible, the weather worked out very well leaving the course in top condition for most of the race, and very ridable for the first few laps anyway. Very little mud

    Did lots of laps... teammates did even more. 36 laps was good enough to take the mixed category, and then some

    On the other hand, the bike is moderately trashed (broken saddle, chain in need of much cleaning and lubrication) and my body more than moderately trashed (fatigue + 2 crashes leaving large bruises and sore muscles).

    All in all a great weekend. Time to use the holiday monday to recover a bit.

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    I have to agree that the race was well organized and nice that it is a small group. I'm sure you would liek longer laps I appreciated the shorter ones doing solo. I have to laugh at the chicked thing again as two of us chicked a guy on the third lap. All I could think about was the chicked thread on here. Mrs Monster did great and beat me by 2 laps . I would ahve like to finsh with the same laps but like you said a little too cold that night. All in all being my first 24 hr solo attempt and only my second yr riding and being a not so young rider I am still happy with my accomplishment. Boddy isn't too happy with me today though. I hope that tree that crossed the path on me feels better soon too . Anyway I have to say doing a small race like that is a great way to meet people and having a great time. Hope they have another race next yr as I am hooked. Mansfield is a great place to ride and the cabins were a very nice touch. I sure wouldn't want to have had to camp in a tent.

    A big Thanks to Mike, Natalie and the people that prepared the meals and served them and all the people that helped with the course and the timing and to anybody that just helped out. It wouldn't be possible without these people.

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    Awesome course. I had a lot of fun. Riding solo illustrated how out of shape I am in terms of endurance, but I suppose it was good base km's for the season! It seemed like a lot less climbing, but after a while, constantly doing that opening grind, the course really snuck up on you.

    I failed Peter, after we paced each other for 9 laps, when I became victim to a very sore ass, and a pair of very sore feet. I decided to head to the barracks for a warm shower. I was subsequently treated to some of Mr. Lepper's guacamole tortilla chips (SO GOOD!). I slept well and treated myself to a litre of chocolate milk for breakfast while I socialized in my pajamas. Finally I went back out to hammer out 2 more laps.

    Dave Stowe is a machine. I don't know how in the world he rides 26 laps of that course and still smiles and makes jokes...and holy smokes at Dave having fun and cleaning oxygen debt after 7 laps on his SS just to mess with our heads!

    Mrs. Monster...incredible work. You and Marc are an awesome team. Garage Monster cranking out laps all night once again!

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    You all are crazy!! As I lay snug in my bed on Saturday night, I was thinking of everyone out there riding their night laps.
    Wish this race would be at a warmer time of the year. I'd be in for sure.

    Hope your a$$ is feeling better nspace! Know what that feels like! Yeowiiii!

    Congrats Dave S. for kicking butt. Totally amazing!

    Great job, Mrs. Monster! Can't wait to see how you and Mr. Monster do at the BCBR this year.
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    Great success! I had 200 km in the bag even before I sat down for breakfast!

    In the end, I did 23 laps (including 13 with Mrs. Monster) and ate all the meals (more challenging than it sounds). I passed out for 2 hours in the sun on back porch once we unloaded the car.

    We did a quick 40 km road ride yesterday afternoon and other than some mild nerve damage in my left hand, I'm good to go.

    Stowe was on fire and came away with a well deserved win in what turned out to be a very competitive solo field!

    Great course, great people, great food! What more can you ask for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace
    I failed Peter, after we paced each other for 9 laps, when I became victim to a very sore ass
    i'm going to have to ask that you do not leave future statements (of such sensitivity) open to interpretation.

    oggy has been emailing me all morning asking if we can ride together next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    i'm going to have to ask that you do not leave future statements (of such sensitivity) open to interpretation.

    oggy has been emailing me all morning asking if we can ride together next year.
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    LOL. I always leave the door open! Ooops! I did it again.

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    That was a lot lot like going for a ride with a bunch of super nice people who belong to the same club, a really good club. I had an awesome time. My wife, who spent most of her time hanging around the start/finish line, really enjoyed herself too, even though I didn't introduce her to Tapsa soon enough for her to start mooching sips of scotch (perhaps a wise move on my part since she was supposed to be pit crew)
    Mike was kinda vague about next year's Lifestyles, but does anyone have any info about the winter WOW? I'm looking forward to it.
    Cheers, Dave

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    i figured it'd be worth a try...

    Tom has been raving about his experience.... I'd be happy with a mere inclussion to the waiting list. I have heard that singlesprocket is on the top of that list... whatever...

    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    i'm going to have to ask that you do not leave future statements (of such sensitivity) open to interpretation.

    oggy has been emailing me all morning asking if we can ride together next year.

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    I'm glad I'm not the only one with nerve damage to the hand. Not knowing who garage monster was until after the race I had to laugh at the chicked forum. The was two of us riding at the same pace and passed a guy on the third lap and all I could think of was your chicked thread and got a good laugh out of it. Although right as we were chicking the guy some guy had to go flying past us. Nevre saw him coming and didn't see him for very long. But it was good for a laugh anyway. Actually its funny finding out who is who after the race and once getting on line. seems you guys all know each other but since I am new I am slowely getting to meet people. Congrats Dave and it was really nice meeting your wife. It was also nice to get a chance to talk to Mrs Monster and hopefully next yr I can make it a little closer but I doubt that one.. I just wanted to have fun and mission was accomplished. Lets hope there is a race next yr.

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    osokolo: Tom has been raving about his experience.... I'd be happy with a mere inclussion to the waiting list

    At least you have hope. At the Mansfield O-Cup Peter was riding behind me for almost 2 laps and never touched me. What's up with that?
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    I must confess...

    I believe that other guy who passed you was me. My apologies for the rather abrupt pass and for spoiling your "chicked moment" a little bit. With the doubletrack section coming to an end and me carrying a bit of speed, I figured I'd slip by on the left almost unnoticed - your comments about the "chicking moment" having been a bit spoiled did give me a big grin as I thought of all the chicking talk here lately...

    Quote Originally Posted by gmstrek8
    I'm glad I'm not the only one with nerve damage to the hand. Not knowing who garage monster was until after the race I had to laugh at the chicked forum. The was two of us riding at the same pace and passed a guy on the third lap and all I could think of was your chicked thread and got a good laugh out of it. Although right as we were chicking the guy some guy had to go flying past us. Nevre saw him coming and didn't see him for very long. But it was good for a laugh anyway.
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    peter has very delicate taste

    skinny and boney behinds are just not acceptable (Tom is young enough so the rest didnt matter). Personal hygiene is second only to size.

    What can I say - you should know where you are coming short and start working on it.

    Good luck. I hear that singlesprocket is noggys current biatch..... oh well...


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    osokolo: Tom has been raving about his experience.... I'd be happy with a mere inclussion to the waiting list

    At least you have hope. At the Mansfield O-Cup Peter was riding behind me for almost 2 laps and never touched me. What's up with that?

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    Thats ok tapsa it was all in good fun and hey no problem passing I never even saw you coming and I moved over everytime somebody faster came along so you were more the welcome to go flying by. That was the other girl that made the comment about the moment being spoiled. Just glad somebody knew where the joke was coming from. Glad it put a smile on your face though. And nice riding by the way you sure were flying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmstrek8
    Actually its funny finding out who is who after the race and once getting on line. seems you guys all know each other but since I am new I am slowely getting to meet people.
    The more of these things you do, the more people you start to recognize. Eventually, you have tons of people to talk to before, during and after the race.

    I sure was surprised to find you and Mrs. Monster chatting over breakfast. To me, that's part of what makes these events so great. Even though you're actually competing, there's tons of room to be friendly about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo
    Mr. Monster got chicked again, as Mrs Monster ended up winning womens solo category.
    Much as I appreciate the sentiment, I can't claim to have chicked Mr. Monster, given that he did eight more laps than me and wasn't in the women's category...

    The course was absolutely fantastic - flowy and fun. I even enjoyed my very last lap. gmstrek8 did an amazing race. I can't believe it's your first year riding! I might have to ride all night next year to stay ahead of you [/shudder].

    I really hope this race happens again. If you've never done it, keep your eyes on the WOW site in November, as there are actually some team spots open, which happens very rarely. This is my favourite race on the calendar (well, OK, CTS is way up there).

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    ma'am, on behalf of

    my team - the Glorious Nucking Futs, i profusely aplogize for the behaviour of one of our team members, above mentioned individual who calls himself "tapsa". i can assure you that he was under strict orders to pass as many male riders as they more than likely were our oponents. however, comrad tapsa was obviously finding strange pleasure in blasting by defenseless and unsuspecting female riders, who he managed to pass due to not calling his passes. i can assure you ma'am that comrad tapsa will be reprimended for his acts at 2009 Lifestyles and will have to clean and lube chains on all team bikes at our next event - Spring 8 Hours at Mansfield.

    If you would like to drop by our camp and twist his ears while he is cleaning our chains - please feel free to, at any time.

    if you have any further concerns/questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Glorious Nucking Futs at any time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmstrek8
    I'm glad I'm not the only one with nerve damage to the hand. Not knowing who garage monster was until after the race I had to laugh at the chicked forum. The was two of us riding at the same pace and passed a guy on the third lap and all I could think of was your chicked thread and got a good laugh out of it. Although right as we were chicking the guy some guy had to go flying past us. Nevre saw him coming and didn't see him for very long. But it was good for a laugh anyway. Actually its funny finding out who is who after the race and once getting on line. seems you guys all know each other but since I am new I am slowely getting to meet people. Congrats Dave and it was really nice meeting your wife. It was also nice to get a chance to talk to Mrs Monster and hopefully next yr I can make it a little closer but I doubt that one.. I just wanted to have fun and mission was accomplished. Lets hope there is a race next yr.

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    ROFLMAO....Thats ok osokolo he couldn't help he was going so fast. Doesn't help I am hard of hearing and he was like a bolt of lightning. I do believe he called his pass so you can't reprimand him for that. Unfortunately I am working this weekend so I will miss the entertainment @ the Spring 8 Hr. It was actually a very funny moment how everything took place and was sure good for a laugh. He had to pass us so he could pass the rest or your competition and I am more then happy to move over for the serious riders.

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    Results are up.

    Wow, Dave kicked my a$$!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Results are up.

    Wow, Dave kicked my a$$!
    stowbot.

    not to mention my lap (count) WAS corrected, 19, Spak 4th.
    victory.
    insomuch as victory can be won after sleeping 5.5hrs...

    also liked the tune of Mike's email...gave more hope for 2010 then his speech (at awards) did!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Wow, Dave kicked my a$$!
    Well tanks. I try to kick every so often. Normally I just fall over though.
    After you passed me in the night (at a stupid rate of speed I might add) I was terrified that you were going to eat away at what little lead I had. The two guys who were looking after Oakville's Chris and Greg kept telling me that both you and Chris C. were going balls to the wall. And that Greg was looking really strong and Oakville Chris was picking up speed, and no one had seen Tom or Peetah or even The Lepper, and aren't your tires looking a little soft??? Bastards drank beer in front of me too.
    I get to race against Chris C. at Hardcore in July (lots of space left if you feel like it, no catered meals, which should keep people out riding bikes where they should be instead of gorging themselves on choclate brownies and pasta). I don't think he'll have any light issues there, and judging by his lap times here (very consistent) ..... we shall have to see eh?
    gmstrek8, it was a pleasure to meet you and it's nice to be able to put a face to the name. You looked pretty strong out there. These 24 hour things aren't actually all that hard after all eh?

    boy oh boy I chat away on these posts almost as much as I do during a race. Verbal f'n dia something.
    Cheers, Dave

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    great track

    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    This weekend is the first big test of the year for a bunch of us MTBRers: the Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous 24 Hour at Mansfield.

    Mrs. Monster, nogears, nspace, THE Lepper and I are all doing solos and a bunch more (dskunk, oggie, tapsa, THE Leclair...) are on teams.

    Personal goals:

    1. 200 km or Bust!

    2. Keep this industrious little ditty in my head all night:

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    Good luck everyone!
    I need to go a watch Napoleon dynomite again. great sound track to a great movie.

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