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    Listen! Official 2009 24 Hours of Summer Solstice Thread

    Well, I am sure I am not the only one thinking or planning for this race now...Hence starting this thread to get the discussion, cheap shots, race plans, and general race dialogue rolling on one of the biggest events of the season.

    Who's in? Or not? With who? What are your expectations if you have any? Bombs away!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    cheap shots...Bombs away!
    You corner like a refrigerator.

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    That's nothing. I corner like a toboggan.

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    pfft

    i dont corner at all...

    Quote Originally Posted by chansen
    That's nothing. I corner like a toboggan.

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    I'm in, and I expect to be tired when it's done.

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    I'm not in...
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    I'm not in...
    That's unfortunate...Other commitments? No team? What's happening?
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    Pfft, cornering is for suckers. Everyone knows that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line.

    Mrs. Monster and I are out unfortunately (we'll be paddling our butts off at a regatta in Vancouver) but I'm sure the Misfit Dance Party will roar on smashingly without us.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    I'm in as long as my leg heals by then.

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    I'm out, hoping to show up for hot August Nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    That's unfortunate...Other commitments? No team? What's happening?
    Maybe he's doing Lake to Lake. That's where I'll be.

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    tire--d?

    Quote Originally Posted by Photograph
    I'm in, and I expect to be tired when it's done.

    don't blow another wheel mister...

    rumour has it I may join in the fun... maybe...

    depends on ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    That's unfortunate...Other commitments? No team? What's happening?
    The fact that my team dissolved is the biggest reason. I'll likely take the opportunity to send some of the funds in another direction.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

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    I am out, hoping for August as well.

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    I'm in and super-stoked about it too! I've been wanting to try a 24 hour race since I got hooked on biking last year. I'll even get to use the light set I got for my birthday. Yay! I am really looking forward to this!

    btw, if anyone has any tips or suggestions for someone who's never been to a 24 hour race, it would be much appreciated! (ie, bring both wheels for the bike, maybe a change of clothes, consider bringing a snack, deodorant, etc.) hehehehe Okay, so besides the obvious ones.....
    I love riding my bike!

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    [QUOTE=sweetfilly7]
    btw, if anyone has any tips or suggestions for someone who's never been to a 24 hour race, it would be much appreciated! QUOTE]

    Bring normal food. The last one I did, I brought mostly 'race' food (clif bars, ensures, boost, etc), which was horrible after about 8 hours. I was so jealous of all the people who brought more good food, which was still ok for racing (i.e. oatmeal cookies, cold pasta salad with lots of vegetables, cold pizza, etc). You can still use a bar or gel for laps, so I guess I'm thinking more in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetfilly7
    btw, if anyone has any tips or suggestions for someone who's never been to a 24 hour race, it would be much appreciated!
    Bring lots of beer.... Team Speed likes Guiness in case you were wondering
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    Edit: No clue if I can ride. Possible family commitments. Willing to trade my extended family for a roster spot.
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    i'm in but presently unassigned to a team....that's pretty normal...bring on the cheap shots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSpeed
    Team Speed likes Guiness in case you were wondering
    Team Skunk likes Maudite, any of the many Wellington products ( maybe SPA for mid race, with an Iron Duke to close off with), or perhaps Beau's Lug Tread Ale, if there is anyone from the Ottawa area attending who feels like donating to the cause.

    Guiness, by the way, is not beer and should be reserved for cooking meat pies with.

    I am in for solstice. Just bought a spot off a guy this weekend.
    Cheers, Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by teebor76xc
    bring on the cheap shots.
    You corner like a (drunken) refrigerator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    You corner like a refrigerator.
    This coming from the guy who looks like a chimp humping a golf ball while he rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil
    This coming from the guy who looks like a chimp humping a golf ball while he rides.
    Are you saying that I need to extend the shaving regimen across a larger swath of my body? S'OK, since I won't be at Solstice 2009 no one will need to listen to my incessant aypping on the trail, nor try to dodge my obnoxious and pushy support crew blocking the course, nor listen to my usual bevy of excuses explaining why I couldn't finish the event.

    P.S. Don't knock the golf balls until you try one.

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    Would "You corner like a refrigerator on a toboggan" be taking the metaphor too far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Are you saying that I need to extend the shaving regimen across a larger swath of my body? S'OK, since I won't be at Solstice 2009 no one will need to listen to my incessant aypping on the trail, nor try to dodge my obnoxious and pushy support crew blocking the course, nor listen to my usual bevy of excuses explaining why I couldn't finish the event.

    P.S. Don't knock the golf balls until you try one.
    Blocking? Sure I admit to it, but only when it's the charmed one of the Misfit Cult of Kool Aid guzzlers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chansen
    Would "You corner like a refrigerator on a toboggan" be taking the metaphor too far?
    Your metaphor is unacceptable in its current state. Both the refrigerator and toboggan need to be plied with copious amounts of liquor first. If you can meet that criteria, you may have something workable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skunkified
    I am in for solstice.
    bollocks...
    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    I'm sure the Misfit Dance Party will roar on smashingly without us.
    that seals it...

    regrettably, and totally related to the diminished capacity of my attentions and the above mentions intrusions:
    the Misfit Psycles Summer Solstice Dance Party has been CANCELLED.

    for those that like to deal in minutia or read Klymson'esque ramblings DETAILS HERE

    most won't notice, some might be pleased but i assure you, this infrastructural reappropriation will allow for the general affinity of the event to increase 3.2 fold in august.

    bottom line.
    i am going to enjoy the pain of SOLSTICE and the festivus of HAN.

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    Fixed it for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    regrettably, and totally related to the diminished capacity of my libido, not to mention a precipitous decline in my basic cognitive skills:
    the Misfit Psycles Summer Solstice Dance Party has been CANCELLED.
    BTW, you corner like lukewarm borscht.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Fixed it for you.



    BTW, you corner like lukewarm borscht.
    if you can't be handsome, be useful. thanks for the mods.

    and corner?

    pfft.

    that's what people lacking superior destructive mass do as they retreat from foresterial adversaries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    bollocks...

    that seals it...

    regrettably, and totally related to the diminished capacity of my attentions and the above mentions intrusions:
    the Misfit Psycles Summer Solstice Dance Party has been CANCELLED.

    for those that like to deal in minutia or read Klymson'esque ramblings DETAILS HERE

    most won't notice, some might be pleased but i assure you, this infrastructural reappropriation will allow for the general affinity of the event to increase 3.2 fold in august.

    bottom line.
    i am going to enjoy the pain of SOLSTICE and the festivus of HAN.

    viva Lepper!
    Translation,

    I got a wicked deal on Bovine mammary stimulants.

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    cancelled? FTW?

    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    the Misfit Psycles Summer Solstice Dance Party has been CANCELLED.

    oh common... first time might be in for said 24 hour race and the party is cancelled? now I don't get to wear my sequins shorts? dern...
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    boo...
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    I knew you couldn't be there and not race Dave. Glad to hear we will be seeing you on the course after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetfilly7
    I'm in and super-stoked about it too! I've been wanting to try a 24 hour race since I got hooked on biking last year. I'll even get to use the light set I got for my birthday. Yay! I am really looking forward to this!

    btw, if anyone has any tips or suggestions for someone who's never been to a 24 hour race, it would be much appreciated! (ie, bring both wheels for the bike, maybe a change of clothes, consider bringing a snack, deodorant, etc.) hehehehe Okay, so besides the obvious ones.....
    If you are on a relay team take the number of laps you think you may do and multiply by two. That will give you enough gear changes for the laps. Nothing really dries there, especially if it rains like last year.

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    apparently you have seen me ride! Anybody seen a course map yet? nothing posted on chicoracing.com ...i really want to preride saturday.

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    If I do that, the metaphor police will come after me like ninjas, descending from helicopters.

    Damn, I wish I could ride in this one. Ah well, there's always HAN.

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    Map is up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapsa
    Map is up!


    but what does it mean? man, I will have to go and pre-ride this tomorrow... this will be my first 24 hour race...
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    Super fun, fast course!! Just rode two laps tonight. Beautiful evening for a ride.
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    how long is the lap

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    Average Joes will come in "a bit" over an hour, fast people will come in just under the hour mark and the fastest lap honour will probably come in at high 40 mins.

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    I'm in. Team Cog Wild
    BTW, I took 2nd place in the freezie chug last year. : )

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    Course is fast really fast. Top riders will see 40 minute flat laps.

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    i have no idea wat a 24 hour race entails, but im assuming you switch off ater every lap???

    oh and id like to give kudos to the druken refridgerator on a tobogan comment...made me spill my drink...

    perhaps a gt snow racer comment is in order...they have a steering wheel, but you still cant corner with them...

    heh

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    Hope the weatherman is wrong about this weekend. Looks like crappy weather. Won't this be the 3rd soggy Solstice in a row now? Rain Wed, Fri, Sat and Sunday.
    Glad I decided to wait until Hot August Nights.
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    Too early to trust forecasts.... they are only a guess until 48 - 72 hours prior.

    The last 3 years we had a few showers, last year a little rain, but overall the weather has been quite good. You can't expect perfect weather over 2 days!

    This year's course is designed to hold up well in rain, so if we do get some it will still be a good event.

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    Me and my buddies wanted to get into this. Was abotu to register and our second week into training for the August hot nights and he broke his bike. ripped off the rear derailleur with a log and bent a lot of spokes.

    No money to repair. I'm tyring to convince him to get a new bike too.. but that's not going to fly... hope i can find new teamates....

    our team of 5 went to 3 in a matter of weeks... maybe next year...

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    Quote Originally Posted by porsche22
    our team of 5 went to 3 in a matter of weeks... maybe next year...
    That means you still have one rider too many. The same thing happend to us in our first year. We were going to be a team of 5 and dropped down to 2 in a mater of weeks. The following excuses were given.

    1) My wife is going to have a baby.
    2) We sort of lied to our other friend and told him we had a 5th... didn't really just a few that were interested
    3) When our buddy found out there was only 3 of us he cried that it was too tough... so he dropped

    With that we were left with two of us and a pair of miner lights for the night laps. We had a blast and haven't missed one since. Stick with two its way more reliable and chicks dig it...lol or so we tell ourselves at 3 am.

    Hope to see ya there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chicoracing
    Too early to trust forecasts.... they are only a guess until 48 - 72 hours prior.

    The last 3 years we had a few showers, last year a little rain, but overall the weather has been quite good. You can't expect perfect weather over 2 days!

    This year's course is designed to hold up well in rain, so if we do get some it will still be a good event.
    Any of your 24 hour events are great no matter what the weather. I'm just getting old and wimpy.
    With the current weather forecast, it's bound to be gorgeous and sunny all weekend long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by racergurl
    Any of your 24 hour events are great no matter what the weather. I'm just getting old and wimpy.
    With the current weather forecast, it's bound to be gorgeous and sunny all weekend long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    suckup.

    That's me.

    Seriously though, I don't want to discourage anyone from going and missing out on the race of a lifetime.
    Can't we have a little smiley face thats kissing an a$$ on here?
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    hey all

    well it seems to happen every year. people commit to riding, then when the time comes to collect the money, well, you can figure out the rest.

    it looks like i may have two spots open on a 5 man team now. the three of us are kind of fast, usually around 50-1hr laps (although it will be my third ride so i might be closer to an hour) but we are not worried about placing well at all. we just need a couple folks who want to ride, drink more beer then they should, fart on the trail and have a good time. i have a decent set-up with two 10x10 tents and a tarp so if it rains you will remain dry at least. we have electricity at our site and it is closee to the washrooms.

    so if you are a "like minded" person who wants to do some riding, eat free ribs and drink free beer, and maybe even have a poker game on friday night, then send me a message please.

    lee@poisonfrog.ca

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    I did the lap last weekend. Took me about 2 or so hours (with stops to rest). I'm so fat

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    Started about halfway back last night, just ahead of the kids, and managed 52-and-change with the start loop included. The quickest guys were done in 47. Sub-50 laps should be totally doable and the quickest lap will be in the low 40s (unless it rains ).

    Anyone want in on an over/under for the fastest lap? I'll start the bidding at 40.

    PS. A word of caution to anyone that hasn't pre-ridden yet: Sean added a chicane right before the last bridge before the mud pit. It's marked with tape but most riders I talked to nearly blew right through it. You're pretty much on auto-pilot at that point with your head down hammering to the finish. If I hadn't looked up just in time, I would have been flossing with the tape!
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GroceryBagHead
    I did the lap last weekend. Took me about 2 or so hours (with stops to rest). I'm so fat
    Me too. I was there on sunday.
    Fast course. But.... No Woo Woo singletrack, and no Sugarshack Shuffle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GroceryBagHead
    I did the lap last weekend. Took me about 2 or so hours (with stops to rest). I'm so fat
    Fat or not, at least you are out there riding instead of sitting in front of a TV.

    And yay, the weather has already changed for Sunday now!! I'm tossing around the idea of hooking up with someone to do tag team with. If I don't race, I'll be stuck doing yard work or even worse, doing housework.
    Last edited by racergurl; 06-17-2009 at 07:56 AM.
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    I third that...

    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    If I hadn't looked up just in time, I would have been flossing with the tape!
    nevermind flossing ... I was thinking more limbo da bike ...
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    I find the level of trash talking to be disturbingly low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil
    I find the level of trash talking to be disturbingly low.
    I tried. Really I did, but my powers of trash talking have been severely blunted by the fact that I'm not actually going to be at SS. What meagre wisps of derision and disrepect I did manage to conjure up were readily swallowed whole with nary a whimper. The audience was far too polite. Game over.

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    Good point...

    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    I tried. Really I did, but my powers of trash talking have been severely blunted by the fact that I'm not actually going to be at SS. What meagre wisps of derision and disrepect I did manage to conjure up were readily swallowed whole with nary a whimper. The audience was far too polite. Game over.
    You're right...You came in with an opener right off the start. But the fact that you equipped it without any real excuse for you lack of participation, I ignored firing back. Well that and cornering is not the problem these days, it would be climbing. I climb like a fridge right now...

    Give this time. A week from now there will be some race trash to banter about. Guaranteed. Just be careful firing across the bow when your at home in B.C. this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    You're right...You came in with an opener right off the start.
    Let me see if I've got this right. You're saying I'd be a suckass comedian because I blew my wad with my best material too close to the beginning of my set? Thanks for the advice. Most people these days just don't care enough to tell me the straight up facts, or are way too concerned with trampling on my delicate butterfly feelings. Not you though Neil. You're like the brother I never had, steering me through these rough waters. I'd go so far as to say that you complete me. It's even possible you already had me at hello.

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    Circhooooo!

    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Not you though Neil. You're like the brother I never had, steering me through these rough waters. I'd go so far as to say that you complete me. It's even possible you already had me at hello.
    shall we leave you 2 alone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster

    Anyone want in on an over/under for the fastest lap? I'll start the bidding at 40.
    I say 37 minutes!

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    Well, It's raining here now, so I guess you'll all be eatin my mud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Let me see if I've got this right. You're saying I'd be a suckass
    No ma'am. I have nothing else to declare.

    Can I get a whoop whoop?
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    Can I Get A What What?

    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    No ma'am. I have nothing else to declare.

    Can I get a whoop whoop?
    Bounce wit me...
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    Don't forget your shorts and sunscreen (spf 60)

    You know, the forecast is actually looking pretty good for this yearís Solstice. A bit of rain for the start and then gradually easing into a nice day on Sunday. No rain during the night. I donít like rain on a night lap. Seriously.
    Iím betting on the fastest lap occurring on Sunday morning at 10 am. A 38:45 min stinking fast lap.
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    Skunky...

    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk
    Iím betting on the fastest lap occurring on Sunday morning at 10 am. A 38:45 min stinking fast lap.

    are you going to be the stinky lap?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1mystk
    are you going to be the stinky lap?
    Ha! I missed that when I wrote it. That's good. I'm going to remember that. Dskunk, stinking fast. I like it. I like it a lot.
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    all we need is a sign...

    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk
    Ha! I missed that when I wrote it. That's good. I'm going to remember that. Dskunk, stinking fast. I like it. I like it a lot.

    I don't know if I'll have time to make one for you ...

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    Fokkkking rain!!!!

    http://www.weather.com/outlook/trave...r=8&begDay=171

    Wish the Dance Party was still intact as a safe harbor midway thru the slop...

    Returning w/4-man Team to retain our 1st place standing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThrashNY
    Wish the Dance Party was still intact as a safe harbor midway thru the slop...
    come back in august...it will be a 48hr party...
    better make that a corporate team though, hangovers hurt moocho on 4's...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    come back in august...it will be a 48hr party...
    better make that a corporate team though, hangovers hurt moocho on 4's...
    We will be there for HAN, but we have no more Hippie Tech sox.

    Apologies in advance!

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    Looks like it's going to be REALLY wet on Saturday. From the way things look, at least most of the rain is going to happen in the morning before the race. I hope anyways.

    So I generally run Bontrager Super X Revolt tires which is close to a semi-slick. Would a set of 2.1 Nevagals be better in the mud?

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    I've got my pair of Maxxis Medusas 2.1 mounted.

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    To quote TOOL, Holy F**king Sh*t (repeat)!!

    Special Weather Statementissued by Environment Canada Ontario region. 10:54 am EDT Friday
    19 June 2009.

    Special Weather Statement issued for..
    City of Toronto
    Windsor - Essex - Chatham-Kent
    Sarnia - Lambton
    Elgin
    London - Middlesex
    Simcoe - Delhi - Norfolk
    Dunnville - Caledonia - Haldimand
    Oxford - Brant
    Niagara
    City of Hamilton
    Halton - Peel
    York - Durham
    Huron - Perth
    Waterloo - Wellington
    Dufferin - Innisfil
    Grey - Bruce
    Barrie - Orillia - Midland.

    Possibility for strong thunderstorms tonight into Saturday morning..

    A warm front will move eastward into the Windsor area this evening
    and thunderstorms will develop. Some of these thunderstorms could
    become severe with the main concerns being heavy downpours - frequent
    lightning - gusty winds and large hail.
    There is uncertainty where
    the stronger storms will develop and they may remain over the Windsor
    to London corridor. Many regions may not see showers or isolated
    thunderstorms until overnight or early Saturday morning.

    Severe thunderstorm watches or warnings may be issued. The Ontario
    storm prediction centre will monitor the situation and update
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    Listen for further statements. Additional information may also be
    found by consulting the latest public forecast. The next public
    forecast will be issued by 11 am.

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    Don't they stop races if there is frequenting lightening? Now I'm a little worried about the race.

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    No need to panic.

    Quote Originally Posted by macming
    Don't they stop races if there is frequenting lightening? Now I'm a little worried about the race.
    Yes, they would...But the local forecast doesn't indicate this, at least not yet...

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    Whatever happens with the weather, it has to be better than 2000, which had 70mm of rain down in the space of 5 hours in the middle of the night. Sean still refuses to talk about that one to this day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Whatever happens with the weather, it has to be better than 2000, which had 70mm of rain down in the space of 5 hours in the middle of the night. Sean still refuses to talk about that one to this day.
    No, but I believe there was a feature article in the 2007 HAN program about the "18 hours of %^^%^&^&%"

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    Quote Originally Posted by HSCoach2
    No, but I believe there was a feature article in the 2007 HAN program about the "18 hours of %^^%^&^&%"
    Ha - must have taken Sean big $$$ with his therapist for the past few years for him to finally get past the blockage of repressed memories. Pontoons would have been more useful than tires in many spots.

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    If it isn't _______ (fill in wather condition),it isn't racing.

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    Poured with rain for the first couple hours. The first 2K got so slow that they yanked them at 6pm and re-routed the course.
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    Can I be the first to say that this was a "Gong-Show" due to the weather and Adam did the right thing pulling the plug on it when he did. I can't imagine how many hour of work it is going to take to get the trails rebuilt, I'm guessing the Tuesday night races might be strategically employed to pack down some trails in the weeks forward. Photos to come shortly.

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    Yes it was the right thing to do. The weather was a big disappointment and it did make for a scary ride,walk,run or whatever you could do. What a major mess. I was so looking forward to this race for such along time but you can't do anything about the weather it was beyond anybodies control. All in all I am happy with what I accomplished even though I came up a little short of success but as far as I am concerned getting back to the finsh line in one piece was a success. Lets hop Hot August might is much better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Ha - must have taken Sean big $$$ with his therapist for the past few years for him to finally get past the blockage of repressed memories. Pontoons would have been more useful than tires in many spots.

    I suspect his therapist is rubbing his hands with glee as we speak.

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    I was eating everybodys MUD, I hope somebody ate mine.

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    I don't know about you guys, but i thought it was a fantastic race! I achieved my goal of finishing 12 beers in 12 hours and managed to serenade several disgruntled riders (runners?) on the course with my ukelele. I wont lie, i was mildly disappointed when they pulled the plug, as I was just getting warmed up. However, it was the responsible move.. as far as i can remember.

    Anyhow, i have an epicly hungover road ride planned, so i should probably go drink some water or something.. ill post some pics later.
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    I think I reached my goal (set mid afternoon) of having the fastest quagmire lap time with a 1:02 on the shortened course from 8:30-9:30 just after it started raining again. I will be pretty confident going into cross season.

    Edit: Upon forensic result combing it looks like a Team Snow guy beat it by 13 secs around 11pm. Dang!
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    Interesting first 24hr race experience. Did the second lap for my team and by the time I came around in the rotation again the race had been called off and was almost over. Didn't bother going out for a 12am-2am jog-lap because it seemed kind of pointless/destructive by then.

    Oh well, blaim it on the rain that was fallin' (fallin').

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    I can summarize my solstice experience by saying that my one lap destroyed anything resembling brake pads on my bike, giving me a perfect excuse to put in the new set I had waiting, though not without a bit of pad-backing-on-rotor grinding first I was looking forward to going out again, but not to having to replace my brake pads for a second time in the weekend, so when they pulled the plug on the race there was at least one positive aspect. It was definitely the right call for the sake of the trails.

    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth
    I will be pretty confident going into cross season.
    That's exactly how I felt after doing lap 2 for my team. Far less running than folks who were out in the afternoon/evening, but still super slick. I spent more time drifting sideways than going forward I think.

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    It was a smart move to cancel the race, shortly before the announcement my team had already decided that we were all going to finish our 2nd laps and call it a night, finding out that it was shut down ended up being a blessing.

    The worst part about this weekend was not that my bike is going to require quite a bit of money to get running smooth again, but the fact that my tent leaked very bad. Friday night I was awoken by water dripping on my face, soaked pillow and drenched sleeping bag, I think my tent was made using extra absorbent material.

    Props to all the solo guys, I could not imagine doing as many laps as some of you did. I did 2 laps and was ready to throw my bike in the trash, I couldn't even imagine doing 5+ laps, you guys are *#&$*@( troopers!

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    So for those of us who weren't there , what exactly happened as far
    as the rain , course and the race been stopped ?
    Was it stopped for a couple hours and then restarted or was it
    canceled out right a couple of hours from the end ??

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    Results ar up

    http://http://www.chicoracing.com/ht...rticle&sid=319

    Two podiums by the Evil Empire. Two Top 5's in the Under 40 Male. More importantly, Peter Spakked Matt, which seems extremely high up on the Empire's Wish List.

    Disclaimer: I know, I know, I'm hooked on Peter's Blog like I was hooked on the Y&R in college...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy
    So for those of us who weren't there , what exactly happened as far
    as the rain , course and the race been stopped ?
    Was it stopped for a couple hours and then restarted or was it
    canceled out right a couple of hours from the end ??
    Re-routed the first 2-3 km at 6PM due to hike a bike mud...Then stopped the race with last riders allowed to depart at midnight and be in by 2AM...Rained off and on most of afternoon and evening...Unbelievable conditions for trying to "ride".
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    Well, it seems I picked an ok year to sit one out. I earned some money on Saturday, and did 50km today. To all who raced, it sounds like you will remember this one for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veteran_youth
    I think I reached my goal (set mid afternoon) of having the fastest quagmire lap time with a 1:02 on the shortened course from 8:30-9:30 just after it started raining again. I will be pretty confident going into cross season.

    Bring it on. I love a mud fest. I have a perfect bunch of mud bog like ATV trails to practice on/in.

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    I'm with you on that one Ryan! Glad I missed it.

    Hoping to do a solo for the HAN though.
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    pictures speak for themselves...

    tough on riders, tougher on equipment... just unbelievable...

    character building, no doubt...

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    Re-routed the first 2-3 km at 6PM due to hike a bike mud...Then stopped the race with last riders allowed to depart at midnight and be in by 2AM...Rained off and on most of afternoon and evening...Unbelievable conditions for trying to "ride".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Whatever happens with the weather, it has to be better than 2000, which had 70mm of rain down in the space of 5 hours in the middle of the night. Sean still refuses to talk about that one to this day.
    Sounds like I may have to reconsider my position above. Sorry the weekend was a bit of a washout. Hope everyone managed to find a few proverbial bright spots of one kind or another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggie
    http://http://www.chicoracing.com/ht...rticle&sid=319

    Two podiums by the Evil Empire. Two Top 5's in the Under 40 Male. More importantly, Peter Spakked Matt, which seems extremely high up on the Empire's Wish List.

    Disclaimer: I know, I know, I'm hooked on Peter's Blog like I was hooked on the Y&R in college...

    I will put my 2 cents in on that comment. I was caught in the confusion between them keeping the race going and shutting it down. If you look at lap times and when it happened I was up a lap on Peter. Had I know it was shutting down early I would have pushed through for the last two hours instead of going to my transition to get preped for the long 13 hours ahead. Unfortunatly for by the time the full info had been passed along to me at my site by the road the damage was done.

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