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    O-Cup #1: Woodnewton

    Who's getting stoked for this?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Who's getting stoked for this?!
    I was doing just fine. And then I saw the course map: http://www.superflyracing.com/wp-con...on-o-cup-1.pdf.

    ...and, here it comes, wait for it, like clockwork....pre-race jitters!!!!!!

    What if, what if, what if, what if...

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    Have never raced Woodnewton before. I'll be riding it for the first time on Friday afternoon, if I can get away from the office in time...

    Also, I will be racing a bike with gears for the first time in 5 years (although I plan on essentially riding it like a SS)

    Does anyone who has raced here before have any pearls of wisdom for me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Does anyone who has raced here before have any pearls of wisdom for me?
    Pray for dry weather.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Excited to race mountain bikes! Going up Saturday to pre-ride.

    Unglued: It's a fun course, but nothing 'extreme' in terms of elevation or technical. The climbs are punchy, they can be on the steeper side, but not long (30 m or less). You tend to power up them more than pace yourself up them.

    Technically there isn't much to worry about. Towards then end there is some fast singletrack (notably some swoops through a ravine), then the optional rock garden right at the end.

    Overall it's very similar to Mansfield or Albion (climbs slightly bigger, but not like the opener at Mansfield).

    As GM eluded to, it can be 'sticky' if it's raining. The trails are not worked in like other major venues, so they respond differently to rain (mainly they hold it more rather then shed it).

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    I'm not racing this season, but I'll head up to ride the course on Saturday, because it's so much fun!

    The swoopy ravine is super fast and the final twisty descent is a lot of fun. There is one section that can be really sticky with rain, but the rest of the course drains fairly well.

    There are no technical sections of note, but if you ride fast enough this course is terrific.

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    Thanks Cpt and GM - sounds like my kind of course....
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    Unless the weather gets ugly this week the course should be in great shape. A friend of mine rode it last weekend and said it was fairly dry. I rode some trails adjacent to it last night and they were perfect, just enough moisture in the dirt to enhance traction.
    I plan on pre-riding either Friday evening or Saturday, but unfortunately have a family commitment on Sunday that will prevent me from racing
    Good luck to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Face Visor View Post
    Unless the weather gets ugly this week the course should be in great shape. A friend of mine rode it last weekend and said it was fairly dry. I rode some trails adjacent to it last night and they were perfect, just enough moisture in the dirt to enhance traction.
    I plan on pre-riding either Friday evening or Saturday, but unfortunately have a family commitment on Sunday that will prevent me from racing
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Pray for dry weather.
    Woodnewton isn't the same without all the mud - MUDnewton! I loved it muddy!

    Good luck to all racing. I'll be in Tennessee for a 100 miler, ayyyeeee!

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    Does anyone know where the singlespeeders are going to be placed on the 11:45 start?

    I've never raced 'Newton but I do know I'm going to get my chubby out of shape ass kicked.

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    Both times I raced at Woodnewton it was very muddy and rainy, so it would be nice to have a dry course. Right now the weather looks great for Sunday.

    I will also pre-ride on Saturday.
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    Pre-rode tonight. The course is bone-dry. It is fast and flowy with a lot of short climbs and one real grinder in the middle. There's a big rock in the middle of the trail about 3km in which is a bit of a momentum-killer, but taking the ride-around is way too slow. The rock garden in the final km is also pretty spooky, but all in all it's a great course which will reward smoothness and fast acceleration out of the corners.

    And on an unrelated note, I appear to have caught Smarty's pre-race jitters.
    Strava made me do it....

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    Did couple of laps on the course yesterday too; man I'm rusty!!!!
    This was my first time on dirt this year and it showed......
    The course is great,love the roller coaster section, all the little "rock" features,although I looked like I was moving in slow motion in the long one.

    Climbs are punchy and will be a lot of pain by the 3rd lap, will be a real test as always.
    Couldn't really find sections to rest and recover, but that is just my low level of fitness.....

    Plus one with pre-race jitters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Pre-rode tonight. The course is bone-dry. It is fast and flowy with a lot of short climbs and one real grinder in the middle. There's a big rock in the middle of the trail about 3km in which is a bit of a momentum-killer, but taking the ride-around is way too slow. The rock garden in the final km is also pretty spooky, but all in all it's a great course which will reward smoothness and fast acceleration out of the corners.

    And on an unrelated note, I appear to have caught Smarty's pre-race jitters.
    So how does the new bike feel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    So how does the new bike feel?
    Faster than me...
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    Does anyone know where the singlespeeders are going to be placed on the 11:45 start?
    I heard a rumor you guys were going first.

    Raining in Uxbridge right now apparently. Gah!

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    Just got back from Woodnewton. It was a bit slick after the rain, but compared to the times I raced there, it was like night and day. I only did a couple of laps, but enjoyed every moment. The course is fast, with tons of turns. It may not be very technical, but at speed it will certainly be challenging.

    And the weather tomorrow will be freaking awesome!
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    Just got back. Course was primo. No effects from the rain. Should be crazy awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Faster than me...

    Is that a good or bad thing?

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    Rode the 1:30 course a few times today, starting at noon. Course was tacky, fast and smooth. I think the Janelle's Revenge downhill is one of the best sections on the circuit - Not only is it a blast but I think it's really the only part of the course to get any serious recovery time. This course is full throttle pretty much the whole way through

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    What an awesome course, that is actually a fun ride opposed to some of last years courses that were roadie only.

    Love all the real singletrack and the heavy downhill switchbacks in the 2nd half - going to be a fun race!

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    Unglued...have punctured or not have punctured? That is the question.
    Last edited by Enduramil; 04-28-2013 at 02:19 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    Unglued...have punctured or not have punctured? That is the question.
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    Awesome race boys with good atmosphere at the event, ended up getting first in my class - I can't believe the guy who broke his nose in pre-ride yesterday rode today!

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    He is one of my coaches. Tough guy. When I left yesterday he was fine. Then saw him this morning snd was like what the hell happened.

    Looked to be a couple good tumbles on the rock garden and that weirdly placed rock near the feed zone.

    Fun race, first try at sport for me. Glad I was able to finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machine4321 View Post
    He is one of my coaches. Tough guy. When I left yesterday he was fine. Then saw him this morning snd was like what the hell happened.

    Looked to be a couple good tumbles on the rock garden and that weirdly placed rock near the feed zone.

    Fun race, first try at sport for me. Glad I was able to finish.
    Damn that is badass!

    Apparently my buddy was standing off to the side the trail with his girlfriend scoping the 2 foot rock that you could go over so she could see the best line and said 'ok watch this guy' boom, face into ground - I guess that was a bad example for her ha

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    Had a great race, surprisingly, after 2 hard rides in the same day on Sat. Finished 4th in singlespeed. I think I had mentally finished by the time I hit the last rock garden. The rock garden I had breezed through for the first 2 laps, unexpectedly got the best of me. I went over the bars and face planted big time. I don't know how I didn't break my nose (thank you helmet!). Lots of scrapes and I feel like I got beaten with a baseball bat, but got back on the bike quickly and finished up. I am just hoping someone managed to snap a photo of it.

    That course was a ton of fun!

    Going to miss the next one (riding in Costa Rica!) and then back for June at Sir Sams.

    @broadwayline: I think I figured out who you were today (saw your response on reddit on your CX bike thread). Have we met before??

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace View Post
    I went over the bars and face planted big time...I am just hoping someone managed to snap a photo of it.
    Crashyface:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/8691279706/" title="Woodnewton 2013 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7048/8691279706_2ef2fe471d.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Woodnewton 2013"></a>

    You not crashing:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/8690197835/" title="Woodnewton 2013 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7055/8690197835_b8b987d329.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Woodnewton 2013"></a>

    Dermont almost crashing (not really that it slowed him down much today):

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/8691334288/" title="Woodnewton 2013 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8524/8691334288_0b837fd459.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Woodnewton 2013"></a>

    What I had for lunch:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/8690247491/" title="Woodnewton 2013 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7053/8690247491_e071fef4b7.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Woodnewton 2013"></a>

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    I also had a good race, finished 7th in single speed. What freaked me out is to see how close behind the ladies were in single speed. Wow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    thank you
    ...and an unknown rider showing everyone how it's done (and showing how crabon wheelz are so excellent that they can even be school-boyed off every rock in the rock garden):

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/95312239@N02/8690030375/" title="DPP_0088 by pdub111, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7053/8690030375_4a95b647f1.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="DPP_0088"></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    I also had a good race, finished 7th in single speed. What freaked me out is to see how close behind the ladies were in single speed. Wow!
    Good to have you back, Serious....
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    Quote Originally Posted by smarty View Post
    ...and an unknown rider showing everyone how it's done (and showing how crabon wheelz are so excellent that they can even be school-boyed off every rock in the rock garden):

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/95312239@N02/8690030375/" title="DPP_0088 by pdub111, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7053/8690030375_4a95b647f1.jpg" width="333" height="500" alt="DPP_0088"></a>
    lol smarty... when i saw the picture i went running into my man cave and frantically checking the wheel... (just kidding)... i abused them in Hilton Falls last winter, including Bent Rim... carbon rulz. if only the rider is as good as the wheels...

    congrats on awesome race... and... welcome back in style...
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    Thanks guys, I am happy to be racing again. Mostly happy to do it in the company of such great bunch of friends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace View Post
    Had a great race, surprisingly, after 2 hard rides in the same day on Sat. Finished 4th in singlespeed. I think I had mentally finished by the time I hit the last rock garden. The rock garden I had breezed through for the first 2 laps, unexpectedly got the best of me. I went over the bars and face planted big time. I don't know how I didn't break my nose (thank you helmet!). Lots of scrapes and I feel like I got beaten with a baseball bat, but got back on the bike quickly and finished up. I am just hoping someone managed to snap a photo of it.
    I was standing right at the bottom of the rock garden when you went down, face first with your legs in the air like a scorpion tail. It looked awful but you bounced back up as fast as you went down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    I was standing right at the bottom of the rock garden when you went down, face first with your legs in the air like a scorpion tail. It looked awful but you bounced back up as fast as you went down.
    LOL! I am just glad somebody saw it! I thought I got back up rather quickly, adrenaline kicks in pretty quick. *fingers crossed for a photo*

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    Random thoughts about the OCUP

    - Damn, I haven't built up MTB callouses yet. While certainly not the most noticeable pain I am experiencing today, it is adding to the overall effect.

    - Always test out a set of wheels before bringing them to a race. Luckily I brought two sets and figured this out in the pre-ride.

    - I truly suck compared to others trying to ride tight, twisty singletrack redlined. There were two sections I felt embarrassed to be seen on.

    - XC races are a total other fitness. One I don't have. Yet. I hope.

    - My biggest success was having relatively consistent lap times (beyond the first lap).

    - Warming up on a trainer is 100000000000x times better.

    - Most of my points make me seem like a total roadie. What eva.


    Great to see everyone out there. Twas a fun day. Can't wait until Mansfield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    - Most of my points make me seem like a total roadie. What eva.
    lol.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    I was standing right at the bottom of the rock garden when you went down, face first with your legs in the air like a scorpion tail. It looked awful but you bounced back up as fast as you went down.
    This is why I avoided the rock garden on every lap. During the pre-ride I decided that I am about equally fast riding around it, but with less risk. At 51 years old, I want to avoid injury more than anything else.
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    This is why I avoided the rock garden on every lap. During the pre-ride I decided that I am about equally fast riding around it, but with less risk. At 51 years old, I want to avoid injury more than anything else.
    Pain is temporary.

    Embarrassment is forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    This is why I avoided the rock garden on every lap. During the pre-ride I decided that I am about equally fast riding around it, but with less risk. At 51 years old, I want to avoid injury more than anything else.
    Rock garden line was worth at least 10+ seconds over the re-route, I passed a few people who took the re-route who were 15 feet ahead, and I would come out ahead of them after the gardens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Rock garden line was worth at least 10+ seconds over the re-route, I passed a few people who took the re-route who were 15 feet ahead, and I would come out ahead of them after the gardens.

    I watched the 10:00 am race go through twice and the 11:45 race once.

    It really depended on how fast you went through the rock garden. If you had a good line and let your bike run through it, faster than the re-route.

    If you slowed into the rock garden, or 'maneuvered' through it, it was about the same. I actually watched two guys who were within 1ft of each other go both ways. The guy going through the rock garden was 'average', meaning he scrubbed speed into it and tried to pick a line. Both guys almost hit each other on the way out. So unless you just let it rip through there (which was only about the top 25% of people), it was no faster.

    And 15 feet on an MTB course is no where near 10 seconds, especially on a downhill. Less than 2, probably closer to 1.

    Edit: 15 km/h is 12.5 ft/s if my calculations are correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Rock garden line was worth at least 10+ seconds over the re-route, I passed a few people who took the re-route who were 15 feet ahead, and I would come out ahead of them after the gardens.
    10's a little much but yeah, during the preride it was pretty close but on race day the bottom corner became washed out and you couldn't rail the exit so it added a second or two. I did see one person pass by taking the easy route. They guy in the rock garden was heavy on the brakes.

    Also, there is one member of this forum who was in front of me going into the rock garden and broke hard. When I tried to pass he completely came across my line and forced me off the bike. damn you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    I watched the 10:00 am race go through twice and the 11:45 race once.

    It really depended on how fast you went through the rock garden. If you had a good line and let your bike run through it, faster than the re-route.

    If you slowed into the rock garden, or 'maneuvered' through it, it was about the same. I actually watched two guys who were within 1ft of each other go both ways. The guy going through the rock garden was 'average', meaning he scrubbed speed into it and tried to pick a line. Both guys almost hit each other on the way out. So unless you just let it rip through there (which was only about the top 25% of people), it was no faster.

    And 15 feet on an MTB course is no where near 10 seconds, especially on a downhill. Less than 2, probably closer to 1.
    Not sure about other people, but I hit the rock garden full out with no brakes and just floated over it and gaped the first few rocks, then braked after the garden and trail braked through the corner so it's possible other peoples results may vary

    There were lots of roadies out on that course who were slow through the technical / single track so it wouldn't surprise me if most people were the same pace through it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Not sure about other people, but I hit the rock garden full out with no brakes and just rocked over it so it's possible other peoples results may vary

    There were lots of roadies out on that course who were slow through the technical / single track so it wouldn't surprise me if most people were the same pace through it.
    Not saying you didn't. People rocked that section and certainly gained time. Some people were embarrassingly slow and would have gained 10 seconds going around as well. Based on what I saw, I think you could only gain a couple seconds (which would be like trailing someone by 15 ft, then coming out in front of them at ~ 15 km/h).

    If you look at your watch, or count out 10 seconds. That's a huge amount of time in a race.

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    Maybe 5sec for me then, it's ok though - the roadies will get their chance to make a comeback at Mansfield - that is always a course for the big engines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    Pain is temporary.

    Embarrassment is forever.

    Yes, but I can race with embarrasement, no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Maybe 5sec for me then, it's ok though - the roadies will get their chance to make a comeback at Mansfield - that is always a course for the big engines!
    No way you would gain 5 seconds. Think about it, how on earth do you lose 5 seconds on those 2 quick turns into the bypass?
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    Quote Originally Posted by serious View Post
    No way you would gain 5 seconds. Think about it, how on earth do you lose 5 seconds on those 2 quick turns into the bypass?
    Let's get a time machine, go back in time, and compare my time over the rocks vs. and average rider through the by-pass, collect some statistical data then decide who is the winner!

    Who's got a time machine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Who's got a time machine?
    Is there anyone who doesn't have a time machine these days? Might be just you as the lone holdout. Time to get with the program!

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Let's get a time machine, go back in time, and compare my time over the rocks vs. and average rider through the by-pass, collect some statistical data then decide who is the winner!

    Who's got a time machine?
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    I noticed the same thing, the time gap wasn't that big a difference even for people who went through it fast. Guess it depends on who is going through. For 2 people who can rip through the singletrack fast, probably not too much. I tend to like technical sections and wish there were more so it seemed silly to go around. Although I sort of wish I skipped it on my last lap

    After the feed zone, that section of grass trail into the next lap tops the King trails for bumpiest section of grass I've ever ridden. I'm a pretty skinny dude and on the rigid bike I could feel all sorts of flab bouncing around on my arms.

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    ^ amazing scene / link!

    Nspace - that must of been seriously rough on the rigid! I was bouncing around with my fork fully unlocked - you are a machine dude!

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    You were riding the orange Niner? For some reason I thought you had a rigid fork as well?

    Rigid wasn't too bad, except the rock garden and bumpy grass. About 3/4 of the way through the course there was one descent that started with a big whoop down and up (think pump track) and I never got my speed or weight quite right and always came down really hard on the front wheel. Usually ended up with me letting out an "ughhhhhh" on impact, but it worked out not too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post

    Also, there is one member of this forum who was in front of me going into the rock garden and broke hard. When I tried to pass he completely came across my line and forced me off the bike. damn you!
    Hmmmm, that was me I think and I'm sorry!!!!

    After I dropped my chain at the very first climb I was in catch up mode and I pushed as hard as I could to go through the slower riders....
    By the time I got to the rock garden my bike handling skills left me hanging and I couldn't hold my line as I planned to.
    At the end of the feed zone I was in much better shape but as I wanted to shift to the big ring my front DR had other plans....
    I saw 5-6 guys flew by me and I called it right there....

    Next time I'll be much more cautious I promise!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace View Post
    You were riding the orange Niner? For some reason I thought you had a rigid fork as well?

    Rigid wasn't too bad, except the rock garden and bumpy grass. About 3/4 of the way through the course there was one descent that started with a big whoop down and up (think pump track) and I never got my speed or weight quite right and always came down really hard on the front wheel. Usually ended up with me letting out an "ughhhhhh" on impact, but it worked out not too bad.
    That's me, Air9C with 1x10! I have a rigid that I use when I ride with friends but for races I throw the olde SID on the front, I broke my arm (bone out the side and 40 screws) in Whistler riding DH last summer on a 30 foot jump so it gets sore if I push 100% rigid

    I haven't actually met you but I am good friends with Nicky Firan and he used to send me pics of your Sir9 / the pics of you guys ripping Buckwallow etc. - at the time I think that was the most beautiful bike I had seen and also convinced me to go big wheels / Niner - he lives in NYC now so I don't see him much however

    Come by and say hi at Mansfield!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspace View Post
    After the feed zone, that section of grass trail into the next lap tops the King trails for bumpiest section of grass I've ever ridden. I'm a pretty skinny dude and on the rigid bike I could feel all sorts of flab bouncing around on my arms.
    Yeah, that was brutal on a ridig bike, but wait until you are 51. That flapping feeling will make you think you can actually take off and fly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Is there anyone who doesn't have a time machine these days? Might be just you as the lone holdout. Time to get with the program!
    I do offer a exellent rate for leasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    That's me, Air9C with 1x10! I have a rigid that I use when I ride with friends but for races I throw the olde SID on the front, I broke my arm (bone out the side and 40 screws) in Whistler riding DH last summer on a 30 foot jump so it gets sore if I push 100% rigid

    I haven't actually met you but I am good friends with Nicky Firan and he used to send me pics of your Sir9 / the pics of you guys ripping Buckwallow etc. - at the time I think that was the most beautiful bike I had seen and also convinced me to go big wheels / Niner - he lives in NYC now so I don't see him much however

    Come by and say hi at Mansfield!
    Ahh thats cool. I haven't seen Nick in a while, we sort of lost touch after he moved to NYC. Thx for the comments re: Sir9. I haven't ridden that bike since December, but hoping to get it out at Kelso in the next week or so. I've since put a rigid fork on it too (Reba didn't handle so predictably). Unfortunately I won't be able to make it to Mansfield (wife and I are going on vacation), but hopefully we can connect at Sir Sams at OCUP #3. You doing the 8-Hour?

    The 1x10 is an awesome setup, and given your arm situation, suspension makes total sense! Can't go wrong with the big wheels. Actually it was interesting spectating yesterday, being out of the loop in racing for a year, it was surprising to how much they have gained in popularity, even for kids and shorter people.

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    Grass Field

    Glad I'm not the only one that thought the grass field after the feed zone was bad! I haven't raced Woodnewton before (this is my first year where I plan to do the O-cup series) and didn't get a chance to pre-ride. I rode into the field on my first lap thinking I was heading into a nice easy section-- and nearly fell off my bike because I was bouncing around so bad. On my second and third lap I was seriously worried that I was going to crack my old frame-- which is 11 years old now.

    Overall though, loved the course-- that was seriously fun and conditions were fantastic at the 10am start (MS40-44). Sounds like I wasn't the only one heading into the race with very limited trail time though. I found my self having a really hard time holding my line on some of the tight twisty singletrack sections and came very close to wrapping myself around a tree a few times!

    Was very pleased with my result and am looking forward to Mansfield!

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    lol! That section gave me the giggles every time I rode it during the pre-ride. Such a super fun course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl View Post
    lol! That section gave me the giggles every time I rode it during the pre-ride. Such a super fun course.
    I assume you came to the race also (for your son). He did great, looking at the results.
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    Yes, we were pretty happy with his results. Can't wait to see what he can do once we add some intensity to his training! It's great that you are out racing again Tom Best of luck to you at Mansfield!
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    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl View Post
    Yes, we were pretty happy with his results. Can't wait to see what he can do once we add some intensity to his training! It's great that you are out racing again Tom Best of luck to you at Mansfield!
    Thanks so much!
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