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    Mountainview O-CUP

    I have never ridden these trails.. Will have to make a decision on the bike - hard tail or full suspension? Can someone in the know please describe this course - is it more rocky than Kelso (which I know well) or not?

    On my scale of difficulty the easiest would be Albion HIlls, then Hardwood, then Kelso, then Buckwallow... where would you put Mountainview?

    Also, is it clay course like Albion or more sandy like Hardwood or Mansfield?

    Lets get the discussion going...

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    Bike, um, I'm sure you could get by with either. There is a nice compliment of roots, and probably a fun rock garden, but it is not too treacherous.

    It's on a ski hill, so obviously there is some climbing. Some of it can be in singlerack though, as opposed to only one real climb like at Kelso. I suppose comparing it to Hardwood would not be too inaccurate. This soil is of the sandy type.

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    Looking forward to this one! I too have never been there, and the status of my preriding is up in the air but sandy soil, lots of climbing and not too technical sounds good to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo
    I have never ridden these trails.. Will have to make a decision on the bike - hard tail or full suspension? Can someone in the know please describe this course - is it more rocky than Kelso (which I know well) or not?

    On my scale of difficulty the easiest would be Albion HIlls, then Hardwood, then Kelso, then Buckwallow... where would you put Mountainview?

    Also, is it clay course like Albion or more sandy like Hardwood or Mansfield?

    Lets get the discussion going...

    Yes, it's like more like Kelso....but requires more tech skills(tight turns, dropoffs,etc). It's along the escarpment, so there is alot of roots and rocks. No doubt, I would use a full suspension. I found it pretty tough there, but alot of fun also.

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    This is the hardest all around course of the season. Steep punchy climbs, lots of off camber root sections. Fast flowy singletrack. I've raced the course on both full and hardtail. Personally I would be on a full here.

    Even if it rains Mountainview holds up well. This is going to be the course that you either really love or absolutly hate. Last year during the pre ride I heard lots of people complain that it's to technical. It's kinda funny to hear that but a strong technical rider will have zero problems here. Of course the home track advantage has our club working hard to dominate. That's the plan atleast.

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    Oh one other comment. Please remember that Mountainview is on private property and is not open to the public except for the Thursday Night weekly series and then this Saturday's preride. The Man ( Insurance Companies ) have kept it that way and even restricts club memebers to certain days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
    This is the hardest all around course of the season. Steep punchy climbs, lots of off camber root sections. Fast flowy singletrack. I've raced the course on both full and hardtail. Personally I would be on a full here.
    Even if it rains Mountainview holds up well. This is going to be the course that you either really love or absolutly hate. Last year during the pre ride I heard lots of people complain that it's to technical. It's kinda funny to hear that but a strong technical rider will have zero problems here. Of course the home track advantage has our club working hard to dominate. That's the plan atleast.
    Yeah Matt, I totally agree with your comments. You really can't compare it to anything else in the O-Cup series. A pre-ride would help alot, if you have never rode there before.

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    Ill be there...

    Definitely a fun course, and very comprehensive. Id venture to say its the ultimate race course as it doesnt favor a particular strength. Its got a little bit of everything. Its also THE course to preride. There are several lines that will shave seconds of your laptimes if you have the opportunity to do a proper preride and learn them.

    I bonked hardcore last year, but i know where i went wrong so this is the year to make up for it.

    Do any of the mountainview regulars know if we're using the same course as last year?

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    some of the course is the same as last year. I'd recomend you come up Saturday to preride. Glassford Grind is in for the 1:30 race only. There are are few changes but the course still hurts. There is pre riding both Friday and Saturday and then our weekly series on Thursday night which is using the course.

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    I went up to pre-ride last Thursday. Here are my impressions from my initial visit to MountainView.

    No, it's not on "the escarpment." It's on a small ski hill about 70km across the bay from "the escarpment."

    Yes, there is a ton of climbing. The kind that hurts so good.

    No, don't leave the granny gear at home.

    Yes, the climbing is tough.

    No, it does not resemble any of the other O-Cup courses. It's much tougher. It's actually a mountain bike course.

    No, it's not a ROADIE course. Roadies will be crying, and asking for Albion. This is for mountain bikers that race.

    Yes, it's rooty.

    Yes, the locals are fast. They wear bright blue jerseys. Find them. Make friends with them. Ask them where the good lines are.

    Yes, I raced the course on Thursday night.

    No, I didn't see any of the locals after the first climb. They were gone.

    Yes, there are some faster lines that will make big time differences. Study the course and figure them out, or follow a local on the pre-ride.

    Yes, I need to get up there again and pre-ride.

    Yes, there are switchback climbs.

    No, I do not envy the singlespeeders.

    Yes, there is a guy in the bush yelling "GIV'ER!!!"

    No, we don't see that type of thing at Albion.

    Yes, you will be breathing hard.

    No, it's not "somewhat technical." It's very technical. Roots, turny, off-camber...good stuff.

    Yes, it's got flow - if you ride it fast. Brake gently, and carry speed through the turns and up the climbs.

    Yes, you will actually need technical skills. Remember what those are?

    No, I don't mean technical repair skills.

    Yes, it's got some big rocks in the way. Learn to ride over them.

    No, you don't want to just "wing it."

    Yes, it's also got a kick ass rock garden. Ride it. Love it. Find the fast line.

    No, I don't feel sympathy for the singlespeeders. They choose that way of life, and they will face adversity on this course.

    Yes, the majority of riders will be in for a shock.

    No, it's not a bad shock. It's more of a reality check.

    Yes, you will figure out quickly whether you are a good "technical" rider or not.

    Yes, it is mostly singletrack, so you had better know the course so you know where to pass.

    No, there is not a lot of passing opportunity in the singletrack. It's constantly up, down, left, right, rooty, etc. Know the passing zones. Be one with the passing zones. Because like Cadboury mini eggs, they are there for a limited time only.

    Yes, it starts with a lungbusting climb straight up the ski hill.

    No, the climb is not a big ring climb, but you can try it and see what happens.

    Yes, the course is a welcome change from the "roadie" courses that seem to be taking over.

    Yes, the course kicks ass. It will most likely kick your ass!!!

    Yes, it's worth the drive up for a pre-ride or two.

    Yes, MountainView should remain on the circuit as a standard stop.

    And yes, I hope the guy in the bush yelling "GIV'ER" is there on race day. He's freakin awesome!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza_Royale
    I went up to pre-ride last Thursday. Here are my impressions from my initial visit to MountainView.

    Yes, the locals are fast. They wear bright blue jerseys. Find them. Make friends with them. Ask them where the good lines are.

    No, I didn't see any of the locals after the first climb. They were gone.
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    Yes, there is a guy in the bush yelling "GIV'ER!!!"
    Yes, it's got flow - if you ride it fast. Brake gently, and carry speed through the turns and up the climbs.

    Yes, you will actually need technical skills. Remember what those are?
    Yes, the majority of riders will be in for a shock.

    No, it's not a bad shock. It's more of a reality check.

    Yes, you will figure out quickly whether you are a good "technical" rider or not.
    And yes, I hope the guy in the bush yelling "GIV'ER" is there on race day. He's freakin awesome!!!

    Left a few in there. So the Giver guy is Nick and he will be there. I'll mention it to him that you were happy to hear him cheer.
    Yes the MCC is hoping to dominate the divisions.
    Yes if you are a road style rider you might want to go for a road ride instead of riding this course.
    Yes the course has flow, lots of flow, you just have to go fast.

    Yes we wear light blue race kits, yes we are all very friendly if you have beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza_Royale
    No, you don't want to just "wing it."
    Pre-riding is for sissies.


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    3 laps on course, 2 racing. 3 crashes. More near misses. While I don't think the course really resembles it Hardwood is probably the closest match of the Ocups. I have heard more than a few people compare it to the Don; I don't entirely agree but there are sections reminiscent between the two, some fast off camber rooty type stuff. Maybe it's just because of the newness factor but I would consider this my fave ocup course. Hopefully I can put up a decent performance! I've had some trouble beating one particular Mountainview rider on every other course....so I think their total domination goal is not too far fetched in my category.

    Will be trying to get back up this Thurs to dial some lines (hopefully to the tune of 1.5 mins/lap, ha!) and see if the lower gearing I put on my bike is low enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth
    3 laps on course, 2 racing. 3 crashes. More near misses. While I don't think the course really resembles it Hardwood is probably the closest match of the Ocups. I have heard more than a few people compare it to the Don; I don't entirely agree but there are sections reminiscent between the two, some fast off camber rooty type stuff. Maybe it's just because of the newness factor but I would consider this my fave ocup course. Hopefully I can put up a decent performance! I've had some trouble beating one particular Mountainview rider on every other course....so I think their total domination goal is not too far fetched in my category.

    Will be trying to get back up this Thurs to dial some lines (hopefully to the tune of 1.5 mins/lap, ha!) and see if the lower gearing I put on my bike is low enough.

    Yep, Lee will be the man to beat. He is faster this year and he killed it last year on a 5 inch trail bike. I'll be hoping for a top 10 in our division. Andrew are you thinking about adding a couple more gears? Like a 9 speed rear????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
    Yep, Lee will be the man to beat. He is faster this year and he killed it last year on a 5 inch trail bike. I'll be hoping for a top 10 in our division. Andrew are you thinking about adding a couple more gears? Like a 9 speed rear????
    Up to 5 speeds now and counting. Managed to just barely climb everything in my 30/19, but for any hope of doing it lap 4 i needed to go lower. May go lower even still than my current 36/28 granny gear. (For the record this gearing is not a recommended guideline for anybody else.....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
    some of the course is the same as last year. I'd recomend you come up Saturday to preride. Glassford Grind is in for the 1:30 race only. There are are few changes but the course still hurts. There is pre riding both Friday and Saturday and then our weekly series on Thursday night which is using the course.
    What time does pre-riding start on Saturday? I am staying up for the weekend, and would like to get an early start to save time for my family...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smarty
    What time does pre-riding start on Saturday? I am staying up for the weekend, and would like to get an early start to save time for my family...
    I'm pretty sure it's 9am check chico's site to confirm it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
    This is the hardest all around course of the season. Steep punchy climbs, lots of off camber root sections. Fast flowy singletrack. I've raced the course on both full and hardtail. Personally I would be on a full here.

    Even if it rains Mountainview holds up well. This is going to be the course that you either really love or absolutly hate. Last year during the pre ride I heard lots of people complain that it's to technical. It's kinda funny to hear that but a strong technical rider will have zero problems here. Of course the home track advantage has our club working hard to dominate. That's the plan atleast.
    I love Mountainview and is definitely one of my favorite venues.. I raced your nine hour event and the Ontario Championship last year.. I am hoping to be racing the 9 hour again in a couple of weeks

    I would consider this course the 3rd toughest race of the series. In my opinion, it is not more technical then Buckwallow. Buckwallow rock sections on the first and third single tracks in Ocup 5 definitely gave it the edge over Canada Cup and Mountain view.. I don't know how many people were pushing their bikes over those sections or would attempt to make the rocks and just couldn't do it.

    Mountainview does have a lot more climbing and has a fair amount of danger to it with the roots and off camber single tracks. I think the Canada Cup course had the edge over it because of the combination of climbs and technical difficulty. Although Mountainview was very close in both those categories.

    I am not a local to any of these courses and do not have an advantage of riding them all the time. I look at these courses on the amount of preparation I need before the race. Buckwallow and the Canada Cup, I was there the week before pre riding and then pre riding again the Friday before the race. I consider that Mandatory. MountainView, I will be there on Friday. I must admit, if it were open to the public then I probably would have been there yesterday or sunday but I would consider that optional..

    Two of my friends raced Mountainview last Thursday and one of the guys told it was tough course but rideable.. The log rollover in the rock garden is intimidating but doable.. BUT there is LOTS OF CLIMBING

    As for Hardtail vs FS.. Which bike climbs better?
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    Last year the Mountainview O-Cup was held in pouring rain and the course held up very well. I would compare Mountainview with Hardwood. Personally I don't remember it being crazy technical, although it is no roadie heaven. I just remember the climbs, especially the initial climb for lap 2 and 3. I had to walk most of it, gasping for every breath. I also remember some long flat sections, so gear selection is difficult.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pizza_Royale
    No, I do not envy the singlespeeders.
    While you guys are busy debating whether to go hard tail or full squish, I'm going back and forth on which shoes to wear. Do I go with the comfy-for-walking Sidis or the super-rigid Specializeds? Herm...

    As usual, my first lap will be my pre-ride. I should have most of the lines figured out by lap 3!
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    I have no death wish, so I guess I'll take Friday off work for a pre-ride. I'm still trying to decide if I need to look for a hotel on Saturday night - the 9:30am start is not exactly conducive to a 2.5-3h drive in the morning...
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    Hey Jouko,

    For me Midland is just under a 2 hour drive from North Etobicoke..

    I am preriding it Friday Afternoon..
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    Maybe it isn't as bad as I thought...looks like the drive will be more or less equal in length to the Boler Mountain drive. Oh well, Sunday morning oatmeal at 5:30 am it is.

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    Hey Jouko,

    For me Midland is just under a 2 hour drive from North Etobicoke..

    I am preriding it Friday Afternoon..
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    Glad to see some rain in the forecast for Saturday. This will definitely IMPROVE the conditions for Sunday!

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    Good luck Lee...Have a good race!

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Quimby_
    Glad to see some rain in the forecast for Saturday. This will definitely IMPROVE the conditions for Sunday!
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    Quimby: Glad to see some rain in the forecast for Saturday. This will definitely IMPROVE the conditions for Sunday!

    I don't know about Sunday ... 90% chance of thunder-showers, 41C with humidity. Looks like wild conditions could develop. Hopefully it won't be the mud-fest that we had during the last 2 hours of the 8 Hour Epic. All that mud probably gave me the eye infection that just cleared up!.
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    i will be packing mud wheels with me

    Better safe than sorry... Some sections will not be fun in the rain... heck, I did the superman today when it was dry... now I know which one was the BAD line...

    other than that, the course is fun... too much climbing for my taste, but that applies to almost any course, in my case... good luck everyone on Sunday...

    Quote Originally Posted by serious
    Quimby: Glad to see some rain in the forecast for Saturday. This will definitely IMPROVE the conditions for Sunday!

    I don't know about Sunday ... 90% chance of thunder-showers, 41C with humidity. Looks like wild conditions could develop. Hopefully it won't be the mud-fest that we had during the last 2 hours of the 8 Hour Epic. All that mud probably gave me the eye infection that just cleared up!.

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    Pre-ride report:

    Riding tonight was good, though I would have liked a bit more time to spend on a 3rd or more laps. I like the topography of the hill, and all the climbs are nice except the opener (that's going to hurt). Some of those descents are steep and fast - know your line and stick to it, more or less. The locals are indeed going to have an advantage, but I'm hoping to get around the course in a relatively quick manner on Sunday, if I can.

    It's super dusty, maybe even powdery right now so some rain will do wonders. If it gets a bunch Saturday and then the skies are friendly on race day, I'll be super pleased. Even with lots of rain I don't see much potential for a slop fest.

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    Mountainview has the ability to suck up a lot of moisture. Even with heavy rain I think the course will hold up very well and everything will remain ridable. In some cases the course may become faster with the extra traction on the flat sections that are a little lose tight now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
    Mountainview has the ability to suck up a lot of moisture. Even with heavy rain I think the course will hold up very well and everything will remain ridable.
    Well, I think everyone who raced at 9:30 and 11:30 can agree that you were WRONG!

    Yes, the soil is super absorbent, but unfortunately it could not take THAT much water in instantly. Conditions on the third lap of the 11:30 race were dramatically better than the conditions for the first lap, but I will be remembering this one as a slop fest. Tough race for me both mentally and physically.

    I'm sure things were MUCH better for the 1:30 race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    Well, I think everyone who raced at 9:30 and 11:30 can agree that you were WRONG!

    Yes, the soil is super absorbent, but unfortunately it could not take THAT much water in instantly. Conditions on the third lap of the 11:30 race were dramatically better than the conditions for the first lap, but I will be remembering this one as a slop fest. Tough race for me both mentally and physically.

    Totally agreed!

    Why is it that the 9:30 race always seems to get the rain or the bad conditions Not only did it stop raining for the 11:30 peeps but they cut off 1 km from the course to make it more rideable.. When i heard the lightning on lap 2, I was hoping that Adam and Sean had called it.. Then as I go to lap or finish, I see the Lap lane still open.. I almost cried..

    I was cursing my tire selection (Nevegals) on the first lap. The rolling resistance is very high and it felt like was pushing an elephant on the trail.. By the time I hit the second lap I was kissing my tires.. (almost literally).

    I like Moutainview, but it does not like heavy rain.. No course does.
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    uh-hum... everything was rideable...

    well, kinda... on the first lap of 9:30 start... that was fun, despite supermaning the big rock on Friday during the preride and today, although i changed the line... Didn't work. Front tire burped (like on Friday) and that was the first mistake - for not cleaning up the dirt from the wheel wall in between the tire and the wheel... pumped it up and continued... Was flying on the second lap. When the rain started coming down pretty hard. It didn't matter to me. I don't mind rain and mud - a race is a race...

    Those short, steep descents were not rideable, at least not without hitting trees on the side... First double track climb after the singletrack was barely walkable. Had to go through the bush on the side. This lap was not much fun. It was thundering as well. I thought they would pull the plug on the third lap, but I was wrong.

    Rode 80% up the hill on the third lap, and then hiked the rest... The three racers ahead of me in GC either didnt show up or quit after the second lap. I was feeling pretty good until I hopped on the bike after the hike up the hill... Immediately realized that the front tire didnt have any air... pulled the cartridge (half full from the first inflation) and emptied it in the tire... it continued to hiss.... time to go home.. Putting a tube in my tubeless tire didnt even cross my mind in that mud. My first DNF in a looooooooong time....

    Mountain view is not nearly drainable as Hardwood Hills. It is a fun course though. I loved the mix of technical elements, tight singletrack, fast sections and fun climbs.... It was a lot of fun on Friday and on the first lap today....

    I guess, we will have to square off at Kelso and decide the GC.

    Great work by the local bike club. Thank you for fantastic hospitality and great course.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
    Mountainview has the ability to suck up a lot of moisture. Even with heavy rain I think the course will hold up very well and everything will remain ridable. In some cases the course may become faster with the extra traction on the flat sections that are a little lose tight now.

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    You were looking strong Ryan... for the entire 30 seconds that I managed to stay on your wheel
    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    Well, I think everyone who raced at 9:30 and 11:30 can agree that you were WRONG!

    Yes, the soil is super absorbent, but unfortunately it could not take THAT much water in instantly. Conditions on the third lap of the 11:30 race were dramatically better than the conditions for the first lap, but I will be remembering this one as a slop fest. Tough race for me both mentally and physically.

    I'm sure things were MUCH better for the 1:30 race.

    My bike has some more new scratches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo

    Great work by the local bike club. Thank you for fantastic hospitality and great course.
    Ok, the Mountainview people are awesome.. They are the reason I wanted to do the 9 hour.. very very hospitable!

    Did anybody see the dude with no shirt on, longer scraggly hair and he was a bit bigger in the tummy area... YELLING GIV"RRRRR! on one of the single tracks.. That guy was great

    I love that guy! He totally made my day!
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    I brought my mud tires along this morning, but decided to use the S-Works low knobs instead as the likelihood of significant rain appeared small for the 9:30 start...

    I had a decent start, running third or fourth into the first singletrack. I lost two spots shortly after the "rock garden" and shortly thereafter in my shortsightedness (three laps, no panic) pushed a bit hard into a turn, slip of front tire, clip a tree, fly over the bars. I sat there wind knocked out, trying to gather my breath and watched 5 or 6 riders pass...not a happy camper.

    Then the rain started and I kept debating whether to finish or pack it in. I did finish, after a lot of cursing, falling and hiking. This was by far my worst O-Cup outing this season and yet another race that was hard on the equipment.

    Oh, the OTB moment - looks like the end result might be bruised ribs and a crack on the top tube of the Epic from some unwanted impact. Wonderful.
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    Only 390 riders finished the race.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    Only 390 riders finished the race.
    That's the only thing I was holding on to; others running out of gas. By the fourth lap, it got really thinned out (mind you, Elite's were lapping me at this point so I think most people had finished the race).

    The conditions were my personal perfect storm; humidity + hike-a-bike + mud = abysmal performance.

    Things can only go up from here!

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    By all accounts, this race was about as fun as showing up in a biker bar in your spandex...Just no fun at all...See you Tuesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanstrive
    That's the only thing I was holding on to; others running out of gas. By the fourth lap, it got really thinned out (mind you, Elite's were lapping me at this point so I think most people had finished the race).

    The conditions were my personal perfect storm; humidity + hike-a-bike + mud = abysmal performance.

    Things can only go up from here!

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    but

    as someone, quite righfully said once upon a time, a bad day on the bike is better than a good day doing anything else...

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    By all accounts, this race was about as fun as showing up in a biker bar in your spandex...Just no fun at all...See you Tuesday.

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    FWIW, the Lagavullin is taking the sting off my sore ribs. Maybe I'll stick to drinking for the balance of the season.
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    That was "fun"

    Really, I enjoyed myself... but it hurt a little, like a good race should, and I definitely got some mud in my eyes (and every other possible location) A giant 1 metre stick in my derailleur toward the end of lap 1 definitely cost me a few spots, and most definitely the last 1.6 upgrade points I needed... alas, I will seek them at Kelso.

    Back to Mountainview for the 9h, and as long as it doesn't rain I couldn't be looking forward to it more - such a great venue that I really only got to experience dry in a couple preride laps Friday.

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    Oh yeah...

    Yes, you are correct...Thanks for quoting me...Appreciate the reminder...I will remember that during my own personal bad experience on the bike again soon.

    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo
    as someone, quite righfully said once upon a time, a bad day on the bike is better than a good day doing anything else...
    A bad day on the bike is better than a good day doing anything else...

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    When the race started I congratulated myself for showing up since conditions were absolutely perfect. Then the thunderstorm started and everything turned into a mess. Often it was a very scary mess with lots of drifting, sliding and near-crashes. Amazingly, I did not hurt myself and finished the race.

    Enjoyed it? No way. Tolerate it? Yeah, that is the right word. I barely tolerated it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious
    When the race started I congratulated myself for showing up since conditions were absolutely perfect. Then the thunderstorm started and everything turned into a mess. Often it was a very scary mess with lots of drifting, sliding and near-crashes. Amazingly, I did not hurt myself and finished the race.

    Enjoyed it? No way. Tolerate it? Yeah, that is the right word. I barely tolerated it.
    Ok, I'll admit it. The drifting was a little bit fun.
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    Race Novel: http://29ercrew.com/amaemura/08/09/3533/

    I will give it to Lee (Quimby) as I mentioned to him on the start line: the rain removed Glassfords Grind from the course which was an arguable improvement. Although I think I'd have taken it over the insanely steep and slick hike a bike. Either way a good time and good result in the oppresive heat. Props to all finishers, especially Andrew Watson who lapped me once but passed me twice, as he managed to dismantle the field even after flatting. Oh and also, he probably lapped me earlier than I have ever been in even my suckiest expert races.

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    That was my first time riding at Mountainview and I think it's a fantastic place to ride! All this talk of "hardest course on the calendar" and "I pity the singlespeeders" was for naught. It was a blast!

    Now, my second lap was a total disaster but once I finally gave up on my glasses and stopped to crank some more pads into my BB7's for lap three, I had a blast! I caught pretty much everyone that got by me the lap before and laughed speedway-style all the way to the finish.



    Congratulations to everyone that finished (especially from the 9:30 wave)! That was a real test of character.
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    Nice work yesterday Andrew! I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of setup you bring to the start line at Kelso.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo
    as someone, quite righfully said once upon a time, a bad day on the bike is better than a good day doing anything else...
    False.

    I certainly would have preferred getting a root canal than doing this race.

    After a solid preride the day before, I had glassfords grind dialed. I had tweaked that fast descent followed by uber steep climb . I had dialed every line i could dial. This was gonna be a good race.

    Oops... then that storm came by. Shoulda known. Youd figure that after this season id be an expert riding in mud... but nope.. i was out teched, on those bobsled runs they called descents.. bla bla bla.. i just need to learn how to ride better.

    finished a measley 14th...

    this whole serving of humble pie thing is getting old.

    i dont even remember what a dry race is like.

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    I can honestly say that on lap 2 I was ready to quit.. I slowed right down and a few guys that I was way ahead of caught up to me and passed me.. That kinda peed me off.. And I put the pedal to the mud and off I went.. I managed to catch everyone who passed me and had a decent finish.

    Once I crossed the finish line, I did feel a huge sense of accomplishment.. I was proud that I didn't quit and that I actually survived the race with a decent finish.. It felt even better that my riding mate Podiumed for the Sport Women 40+ .. Both of us did well and I am glad I raced it..

    The one thing I like about Ocup is that when it is done it is done .. Not like a 24 or a 8 hour event where you might have to go out multiple times.. I dreaded that at the summer solstice and some of the 8's i have been in where it has rained.
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    best ocup that i've done in a long time.
    and i mean YEARS.

    forget the rain, sure i wish it didn't, but it did and i still had a great time...
    the first two laps were 95% rideable (5% going to the switchbacks that replaced the ski hill from lap 1). lap 3...was just funny...my wet skills are ludicrous this year but some of the climbs were impossible.

    great venue.
    awesome (yes, i was way surprised) trails.
    while my results stank i got some massive mileage with the ride to the cottage, from the cottage to the race* and then home again...all hail free i might add!

    now the MUST do of the ocup circuit.

    see you at the 9hr...after which i reserve the right to change this statement.

    * thanks to Eden for registering me despite my lateass arrival...who knew you could get lost in the hills riding TO mountainview???
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