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    Official Hot August Nights Thread!

    As usual, who's in/out and who's hot/not.

    Camp Misfit will be back and better than ever as we celebrate the fifth year under Imperial Rule.

    Along with the usual cast of Stormtroopers, the ranks of our two (!) corporate teams will be swelled by the assimilation of Team Speed!

    Expect much noise and ado as you roll through on your night laps. Last year, we launched Camp Misfit with a little number by Rival Schools. What will sound the alarm this time 'round?

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    In!

    Another return of "Two be determined", hopeful of another podium finish, it seems like the right thing to aim for.

    Just need to stay awake and keep pedaling right?

    Cheers,

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    I will be there. I will even be there on Friday evening. I will even try to ride one of those Misfit things that Nogs is going to be demo'ing. I may even have a beer that evening, maybe even two. And come Saturday I might perhaps be able to ride my Inbred around the course once or twice, or not, we'll see.
    Cheers, Dave

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    Give away this year is still SECRET.

    There MIGHT be a clue HERE.
    Suffice it to say this is the shite.

    In addition to being FREE to one lucky hundred people it is THE MOST POPULAR and USEFUL cycling product I have seen in my recent travels.

    Looking forward to a great event.
    Looking forward to some big laughs.
    Looking forward to zoning way out.

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    I'm still unsure of my status for the race as a messed up hand has made it difficult to hold the handlebar. If I don't race, I will be there for the weekend and will definitely be up to the camp for the festivities, if the empire will allow it.

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    I'll be there to consume vasts amounts of fluids and maybe even do a lap or two. We have a team in the 10 person expert division and will be battling it out with Norco using some completely immature tactics. It will be a 48 hour event for me.

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    I'll be there on the Thorold Trail Hogs A team - a faster squad than the ones I have been on in the past.

    Looking forward to it.
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    Team RaceDayRush.com

    I will be there with my team as always...A fast eight person team in the Club Company category. Hoping we can be competitive and of course have a good time. This is always a great event being some of the more gearheaded folks in the mtb community are back for another 24 hour event, making things more competitive and grass roots.

    Really looking forward to the pass through the Dance Party. A great highlight of this event for a couple of year now. Just for the record, I will not be stopping for a t-shirt of any kind unless we are well off competing for a podium position. No-one needs to see me dance, especially with some extra lactic acid build up in the legs. Not a pretty sight in spandex.

    Good luck to all...All hail to Mother Nature. Please be kind to us this weekend.

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    I will be there with my 5 person Coed team, Team Redneck, that would love to podium but has no hope to (unless there are only three teams in our division).
    We will be showing up on Thursday and I hear rumor that Creemore has a new brew that I may need to consume a couple of before I head back north.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    disclaimer: there is a contest running that may or may not attempt to sway you to link visit HERE.
    persuant to the rules of same the MONSTER is getting credit for ALL you base from this thread...
    From now on, I am ONLY visiting your blog from this link. I want us to own that bike!

    Please, click HERE often (from this thread). If we get the bike, I promise we'll let you try it at the new bike park...

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    Pre-rode the course today. Not sure if any one else found this but it seemed to me to be shorter than usual? It didn't even cross over to "the epic ride" or "hot august nights" trail. That being said I thought the course was great! Lots of the usual stuff not in which was nice and plenty of trail being ridden backwards which really changes it up. Not too much climbing, but enough that people will be tired as the race wears on. If the course stays the same lap times will be under 1 hour for most riders (i.e. slow ones like me), and probably 35-40 mins for the really fast guys. Overall, one of my favourite courses ever by Chico!

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    I'm in! 5 All Women! It will be fun!

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    Yes it's 15min shorter then usual, don't know how I feel about it, on one hand it'll mean more laps.. on the other it's still kind of short.

    Also I think it'll be more difficult to pass because of all that tight single track in the first half, I guess we'll see how it goes in the race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sperky
    Pre-rode the course today. Not sure if any one else found this but it seemed to me to be shorter than usual?
    Ahhhh! I missed ya! I was there too. I rode one fast lap with Arek and then three more. I timed the last one at 48 minutes. I don`t do 48 minute laps, so I guess that would indicate that it`s shorter than usual. It seemed to me that there was a lot more singletrack than we are used to at chico`s albion hills 24 hr races ( which are the only ones of their`s that I have done). For me, there won`t be anywhere to sit back and relax.
    Are you going to be there, Steve? And if so where?
    Cheers, Dave

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    I pre-rode on Friday also, it did seem quite a bit shorter than the usual laps but lots and lots of single track. Should be a really fun course, all the short climbs at the start of the lap promise to be hell on warming up the legs every second lap on a tag team, damn you chico!

    I did also notice a large black arrow on a sign with lots of holes in it (kinda like it has been used over and over to mark race courses) at the top of the green monster, I wonder if they will be throwing that climb in there as a last minute surprise. We added it to our pre-ride laps just in case.

    Overall it looks like a super entertaining layout and the new trail sections are pretty sweet.

    Good job guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk
    Ahhhh! I missed ya! I was there too. ....
    Are you going to be there, Steve? And if so where?
    I thought I saw your car in the lot. I did a few laps in the low 50's....doing it more as a test to see how bad my fitness is.

    I won't be there this year....might come up to watch a bit though. Just getting into riding regularly again....working towards next year when I can start racing you in the "old man" solo catagory.

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    I'm heading up today to pre-ride. Is the course well marked? (Not familiar with Albion Hills)
    I love riding my bike!

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    I am in search of a team to ride this one with, i have money and beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetfilly7
    I'm heading up today to pre-ride. Is the course well marked? (Not familiar with Albion Hills)
    there are a couple of areas that you'll have to look around for the next arrow but keep looking for the larger black arrows and you should be alright.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teebor76xc
    I am in search of a team to ride this one with, i have money and beer.
    With credentials like that lets just hang out in the Hammertown. There's a great pizza and wings place across the street from my house. Around twelvish my wife usually starts dancing...

    It can't be much worse than the misfits running their fingers through one another's sweaty chest hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biggie
    It can't be much worse than the misfits running their fingers through one another's sweaty chest hair.
    I protest! I have very little chest hair!

    *ahem* clicky please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl
    I protest! I have very little chest hair!

    *ahem* clicky please!
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    Does anybody know the state of construction from 400 King road over to Bolton? I was up that way in July but it was a Sat so wasn't sure what delays there would be through the week. Hoping to head up to Albion early afternoon friday but trying to figure out the best way to go.

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmstrek8
    Does anybody know the state of construction from 400 King road over to Bolton? I was up that way in July but it was a Sat so wasn't sure what delays there would be through the week. Hoping to head up to Albion early afternoon friday but trying to figure out the best way to go.

    Thanks
    I haven't had any trouble through Nobleton in a while. They are doing a lot of work on the exit at King rd and the 400 but unless it's shut there shouldn't be any trouble. If it is shut then it will be posted on the 400 before you get there and you can just get off a bit earlier and take Weston up to King.
    See ya up there !
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    Thanks Dave last yr I got caught in 2 construction areas and don't want to do it again. Last time I was up that way was July 18 and was a Sat so no construction. Hope to see you at Albion on the weekend.

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    Map is up


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    Additions

    Looking @ the map, there have been some additions to the course that was marked this weekend. S1 and S10 were not on the course that was marked on the weekend.

    Glad to see the Green Monster was not one of the last minute additions. Still, there is less climbing than I remember in past HAN courses.

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    I'm waiting for feedback from tonight's race (I'm in Japan right now and will be getting to Albion from YYZ just in time to do an anchor lap.) but from the map, it LOOKS like a quick course. By missing all the "across the road" stuff, we have a LONG section of double track along Duffy's lane. People are going to be FLYING down there.

    What's the under/over on fastest lap? I'm thinking mid to low 30s, maybe 35?

    And of course, clicky here for more details on demos and so forth.
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    classy move noggs!!!

    Noggy was leading singlespeed race, going head to head with Ken X into the Albion Witch when a tough crash happened right in front of Noggs... He stopped, together with Lepper and helped the shaken comrade out of the woods.

    Had it not been for this crash - Noggs had a grip on the first place - he was flying tonight...

    The course is very cardio - the first half is a blue collar type of course - at least for me... work, work and more work... no time to recover - pretty much all the time on the threshold. Second part is a bit easier... No monster climbs, but going up and down all the time... I'd say it is exciting, but I was suffering too much tonight to have enough fun... There are some unexpected turns, so watch out for those...

    Don't know what the official times were, will find out tonight or tomorrow...




    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    I'm waiting for feedback from tonight's race (I'm in Japan right now and will be getting to Albion from YYZ just in time to do an anchor lap.) but from the map, it LOOKS like a quick course. By missing all the "across the road" stuff, we have a LONG section of double track along Duffy's lane. People are going to be FLYING down there.

    What's the under/over on fastest lap? I'm thinking mid to low 30s, maybe 35?

    And of course, clicky here for more details on demos and so forth.

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    osokolo`s bang on the money on this one. The course is a working course. I like it. It`s going to make us work hard.
    Hope Ken isn`t too badly shaken up to ride to ride with Nuckin Futs on the weekend
    Cheers, Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk
    osokolo`s bang on the money on this one. The course is a working course. I like it. It`s going to make us work hard.
    Hope Ken isn`t too badly shaken up to ride to ride with Nuckin Futs on the weekend
    What the heck did Ken hit this time? Was he lucid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    What the heck did Ken hit this time? Was he lucid?
    albion witch - that little whoopty doo log jump...caught his bar ends and inverted.
    he landed full impact on the back of his head.

    just a stupid fluke accident at a very high rate of speed (we had passed and repassed no less then four times to that point) he may or may not have been under the impression that i was going to crush him when we exited the witch...

    he wasn't well.
    took a while to get the debris off the course and coax him to WALK not ride. after wandering into the trails numerous times Mark and i decided it was better to let him attempt a slow pedal - STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW!

    i asked him a few gibberish questions while we rode and he f'ed up every answer...while we chatted at the start finish it was coming clear he didnt remember anything from the crash to that point (5min)...he then failed all of Ted's tests and an ambulance was called.

    when that man crashes, he does it like a pro!

    the course is pure HAN. climby AND fast.
    love it.
    the location of the Misfit Dance party has been selected.

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    Thankfully Ken will be ok after a bit of rest. However, this rest will keep Ken from joining Team NF for the weekend's on-trail festivities.

    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk
    Hope Ken isn`t too badly shaken up to ride to ride with Nuckin Futs on the weekend
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    ...still looking...

    ...still looking for a team to ride this beauty with. since beer and money didn't work....i'm now offering 15 year old scotch (dahl), opened of course and a 1 year membership to the NRA (also used).

    all this is really just a ploy to get to take one of them misfitty two wheeled thingies for a boot 'round the course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teebor76xc
    ...still looking for a team to ride this beauty with. since beer and money didn't work....i'm now offering 15 year old scotch (dahl), opened of course and a 1 year membership to the NRA (also used).

    all this is really just a ploy to get to take one of them misfitty two wheeled thingies for a boot 'round the course.
    oh ferfuksakes.
    CLICK HERE (for Marc's sake) then email me. don't have a FINAL tally but a few bodies are slow paying and i am not a bank.

    you better bring beer and hookers though.
    not necessarily in that order.

    and if you brink a hooker for Mr Monster you better bring something in a size Sven for Nerdgurl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teebor76xc
    ...still looking for a team to ride this beauty with. since beer and money didn't work....i'm now offering 15 year old scotch (dahl), opened of course and a 1 year membership to the NRA (also used).
    We could of had a fine bender here in the Hammer. Fine then, go race with your skinny brethen.

    Quote Originally Posted by teebor76xc
    ...all this is really just a ploy to get to take one of them misfitty two wheeled thingies for a boot 'round the course.
    Please be gentle with the orange two wheeled Misfitty things. Peter and I will soon be negotiating for the size large...how long can he possibly demo the damn thing?

    I had an interview a few days ago and I have one on the horizon, so I feel like the low cloud of vagrancy is about to lift off of me. What better way to start a new job than with a new blinglespeed, painted in the Queen's orange?

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    no doubt a blinglespeed in 'duchess of oranj' would be divine...noggs, thanks for the offer, you've gots some mail.

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    Video Preview is up...

    After some minor technical difficulties, we have posted the course preview video from Tuesday nights race on the main page at www.racedayrush.com. Enjoy!
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    Everytime I try to go to the site to see the video I get an error then the site gets closed. Is it my computer or a problem with the site? Same thing happened yesterday and I have tried about 20 times in the past 2 days.

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    Wow, that looks smooth!

    I am leaving the Trail bike with the 2.3 fatties at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nth_dimension

    I am leaving the Trail bike with the 2.3 fatties at home.
    good choice.
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    So what kind of time are normal riders completing a lap in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nth_dimension
    I am leaving the Trail bike with the 2.3 fatties at home.

    2.4 Ralphs FTW!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nth_dimension
    So what kind of time are normal riders completing a lap in?
    Well here at Team Speed we strive for mediocrity and came in with a 53-55 min lap time complete with start loop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nth_dimension
    So what kind of time are normal riders completing a lap in?
    The easiest way to check is to go to the Superfly site, http://www.superflyracing.com and check out the times for this past tuesday's race which used the HAN course. That will give you a pretty good idea of what the range of times are going to be.
    Cheers, Dave

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    the emperor's new clothes

    <a href="http://www.misfitpsycles.com/blog/"><img style="TEXT-ALIGN: center; MARGIN: 0px auto 10px; WIDTH: 240px; DISPLAY: block; HEIGHT: 320px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5372075028515048290" border="0" alt="" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_aWmQy-6Yy0s/So1xxqViy2I/AAAAAAAAAGw/rE9HV7j16e0/s320/hello-kitty-darth-vader.jpg" /></a>

    clickity click

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk
    The easiest way to check is to go to the Superfly site, http://www.superflyracing.com and check out the times for this past tuesday's race which used the HAN course. That will give you a pretty good idea of what the range of times are going to be.
    It looked like Narius got in at just under 40 and if that included the start loop, my over/under of 35 is probably going to be beaten like a red-headed stepchild.
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    For those that NEED to know and firmly in the face of those that really don't care:

    MISFIT PSYCLES DANCE PARTY AND DEMO DETAILS

    no t-shirts. no predictable stuff.
    the prize this year is massively useful and possibly the HOTTEST item of the season.

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    hmmm, it appears

    that some racers took a shortcut down that Italian cobblestone masterpiece, instead of taking a sharp left turn into the new connecting trail... that shortened the lap by around 5 min.

    No one is publicly admitting yet, though... For the record, Jouko and I rode it all... can't say for everyone else...



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    quote=garage monster]It looked like Narius got in at just under 40 and if that included the start loop, my over/under of 35 is probably going to be beaten like a red-headed stepchild. [/quote]

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    outstanding...

    but where is clicky?


    Quote Originally Posted by nogearshere
    For those that NEED to know and firmly in the face of those that really don't care:

    MISFIT PSYCLES DANCE PARTY AND DEMO DETAILS

    no t-shirts. no predictable stuff.
    the prize this year is massively useful and possibly the HOTTEST item of the season.


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    Um, yeah...

    Yeah, Narius is damn fast, no question. But never that much faster on a 16km lap. I would hazard to guess he may have ventured down that italian pavement you mentioned...
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    Hmmm, that Body Storage area is pretty wide open. Too bad they've already poured the concrete for the splash pad. Gonna hafta dig a deep pit...
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    Anyone want to sponsor a broke me to ride a few laps on Saturday? yup yup..
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    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer
    Anyone want to sponsor a broke me to ride a few laps on Saturday? yup yup..
    Won't sponsor but if you can come up with about 80 dollars you can ride with our crew. We will be drinking excessively, throwing water ballons at norco and remember to put some laps in when we should be.

    I thought osap pays for all student fun now, you should be rich!!!

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    Do you really need any more ringers? I thought you were set up...

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
    Won't sponsor but if you can come up with about 80 dollars you can ride with our crew. We will be drinking excessively, throwing water ballons at norco and remember to put some laps in when we should be.

    I thought osap pays for all student fun now, you should be rich!!!
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    Woohoo, it's already Friday night here! Only one more sleep until HAN! If it's wrong to want to race this much, I don't want to be right!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    Do you really need any more ringers? I thought you were set up...
    There are no ringers racing in the expert division. Norco has a super fast team also. I think you should be happy that we are not sandbagging

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
    I think you should be happy that we are not sandbagging
    I think you would only be embarrassing yourselves with the team you have not to be entered in expert. It will be interesting to see what kind of laps you guys crank out.

    On another note, mother nature must have known there was another big race this weekend, the forecast has gone to shite http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/caon0071 Please, please be wrong. Although we've all had lots of practice in the wet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo
    For the record, Jouko and I rode it all... can't say for everyone else...
    There is video evidence of this, you are clear

    With a messed up hand I haven't been able to ride the mountain bike in the last three weeks so my pre-ride consisted of watching Neils lap from Tue night on RaceDayRush. This could be interesting
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    Here we go again...

    I am invoking my shite weather plan for a 2nd consecutive 24h race - In addition to packing my rubber boots and vulcanized leisuresuit, I'll commandeer a minivan from work tonight and forego the tent experience if necessary.

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    On another note, mother nature must have known there was another big race this weekend, the forecast has gone to shite http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/caon0071 Please, please be wrong. Although we've all had lots of practice in the wet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Woohoo, it's already Friday night here! Only one more sleep until HAN! If it's wrong to want to race this much, I don't want to be right!

    Stoopid Black Eyed Peas stuck in my head...
    Damn you! I knew I shouldn't of listened to that song. I've never heard it before but its been in my head for 4 hrs. now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion
    Damn you! I knew I shouldn't of listened to that song. I've never heard it before but its been in my head for 4 hrs. now.
    not sure what prompted that. and i had just told marc about a new purchase for the weekend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    I think you would only be embarrassing yourselves with the team you have not to be entered in expert. It will be interesting to see what kind of laps you guys crank out.

    On another note, mother nature must have known there was another big race this weekend, the forecast has gone to shite http://www.theweathernetwork.com/weather/caon0071 Please, please be wrong. Although we've all had lots of practice in the wet.

    Somehow, i'm sure this is all SPAK's fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teebor76xc
    Somehow, i'm sure this is all SPAK's fault.

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    Before I clicked on that linky, I had never heard that song before. So I'm old and I still prefer the other original Boom-Boom...

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    Stoopid Black Eyed Peas stuck in my head...
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    apparently so

    i was told that due to the size of my rear end, no one else got in the movie for a long time and images of the trail are sketchy.

    at least i can watch the movie and find out why i suck so much, among other things...

    Quote Originally Posted by RippleChip
    There is video evidence of this, you are clear

    With a messed up hand I haven't been able to ride the mountain bike in the last three weeks so my pre-ride consisted of watching Neils lap from Tue night on RaceDayRush. This could be interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by tapsa
    So I'm old and I still prefer the other original Boom-Boom...
    Old, eh? This should fix you up good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
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    I thought osap pays for all student fun now, you should be rich!!!
    A mighty generous offer, but alas I think im going to bust out some laps at kelso and then make my way over to Albion and drink beer and cheer you riders on...


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    Hope and Pray...

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    So I entered the race as a rent a rider on a beer team with the hopes of throwing down 2 or 3 laps and then heading home that night.

    I brought one set of shorts and a jersey and my bike with 2.0 furious freds on. I started my lap at 3pm and was rocking the course and feeling great. Then the rain came! Holy ****, let me tell you ive never experienced a complete lack of traction as I did with furious freds on fresh rain on clay. I literally ran the last 500m cyclocross style because i couldnt even move forward.

    Holy summer of mud.

    One of the benefits of being a rent a rider is that I can bail at anytime. So I called it a day and headed home.

    HOwd the rest of the race fare for you guys?
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    I hope the new trails that Mark from IMBA helped out with were able to stand up to the race pressure???

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    yep. except for the Sugar Shack portion, everything else held up

    extremely well... the start/finish pine descent was awesome, due to sand base... one of the toughest courses in recent history, combined with tough weather - provided for an unforgettable, character building race... congrats to everyone who finished the race and those who podiumed...

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    Thanks to everybody at the Misfit site for the entertainment the cheering and the treats. Well done it sure broke up the laps. Well Done EVERYBODY

    I agree it was a tough couse. Those last 5 km seemed to be more like 10 km. It was the hardest course I have done although I haven't done a whole lot like everybody else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superlightracer
    So I entered the race as a rent a rider on a beer team with the hopes of throwing down 2 or 3 laps and then heading home that night.

    I brought one set of shorts and a jersey and my bike with 2.0 furious freds on. I started my lap at 3pm and was rocking the course and feeling great. Then the rain came! Holy ****, let me tell you ive never experienced a complete lack of traction as I did with furious freds on fresh rain on clay. I literally ran the last 500m cyclocross style because i couldnt even move forward.

    Holy summer of mud.

    One of the benefits of being a rent a rider is that I can bail at anytime. So I called it a day and headed home.

    HOwd the rest of the race fare for you guys?

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    yep, the Empire was at it's best...

    not even the inclement weather could lessen the energy charge that i felt every time passing by the Empire HAN HQ.

    respect!

    Congrats to our own skunky for finishing on the podium in this tough race... 44 minutes lap time by Lepper? WHAT? Mr.Monster landed at 4pm from Japan and was racing 6pm lap at a respectable 51min.

    Many individual stories like these few happened over the weekend.. Gotta be there to experience all that... I am glad I was...

    Thanks Chico - the course held up very well.



    Quote Originally Posted by gmstrek8
    Thanks to everybody at the Misfit site for the entertainment the cheering and the treats. Well done it sure broke up the laps. Well Done EVERYBODY

    I agree it was a tough couse. Those last 5 km seemed to be more like 10 km. It was the hardest course I have done although I haven't done a whole lot like everybody else.

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    Myself, rkj_, jcr1 and five others rocked the 6-10 club cat. We went back and forth early in 3rd & 4th spot. After the rain and a few crappy muck laps we trailed Misfit #1 by about 15 min.

    I went out for my first ever night lap just after 12am, rocked a solid 55, then headed straight to bed. When I woke up we were somehow back in third and had a margin of maybe 15min. Of course Noah and Peter head out just after breakfast and bring it back to 9min then to 6 min. but that's where it stayed. RKJ's solid 46 on the final lap of the day was enough to net us some hardware.

    My first 24hr and my first time stepping on the box. Pretty sweet weekend.
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    This race was an awesome experience for me. It was great fun battling Peter and his crew of misfits for 24h, through widely varying conditions.

    Right now I am pretty wiped.
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    Good times - crap weather, lots of racing, good friends and as always, the odd post-race shenanigan!!















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    Great weekend...

    Well, it was another successful Chico event this weekend. The forecast was a roller-coaster on Thursday into the weekend, and stayed the same into the evening last night. I am sure that all of us were wondering what Adam and Sean were thinking when it was pouring rain again late afternoon, followed by a steady evening drizzle. Just an unbelievable race season to say the least for weather at race venues.

    There was a competitive field in our category in the 6-10 Club/Company heading into the race. We knew it would be a tough race to reach the podium, despite the Misfit Drunk Party on Friday night ahead of the event start. That said, it was the folks from Team Snow and Long Sault that would lead the pack. Some great riding in slick course conditions for the first half of the race. By the second half of the race, course conditions continued to improve, surprising considering there was no real sun to speak of.

    Congrats to the many posters here that reached the stage today. I apologize if you had to listen to any of my dithering about "stacked teams" and such. There is no way to police that and I just hate not being up there.

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    For my first solo event I really enjoyed it. The rain made things horrid but that was part of the fun of it, knowing that everyone else was suffering as well. It was also cool to see how many familiar faces were flying by me through the ****. My race came to an end around midnight when i hit some mud an went of course and wrapped myself around a tree, it was to much for my back to take so I had to pull the pin. All the guys that finished the solo race did an amazing job, it was hard as ****. I'm looking forward to next year.

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    I do not understand junior expert and up

    riders, who compete in "citizen" categories, when they have "expert" category to compete in... what is their medal worth if it was earned against weekend warriors.


    But then again, it can not be policed - so I guess, it is fine...

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    Well, it was another successful Chico event this weekend. The forecast was a roller-coaster on Thursday into the weekend, and stayed the same into the evening last night. I am sure that all of us were wondering what Adam and Sean were thinking when it was pouring rain again late afternoon, followed by a steady evening drizzle. Just an unbelievable race season to say the least for weather at race venues.

    There was a competitive field in our category in the 6-10 Club/Company heading into the race. We knew it would be a tough race to reach the podium, despite the Misfit Drunk Party on Friday night ahead of the event start. That said, it was the folks from Team Snow and Long Sault that would lead the pack. Some great riding in slick course conditions for the first half of the race. By the second half of the race, course conditions continued to improve, surprising considering there was no real sun to speak of.

    Congrats to the many posters here that reached the stage today. I apologize if you had to listen to any of my dithering about "stacked teams" and such. There is no way to police that and I just hate not being up there.

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo
    riders, who compete in "citizen" categories, when they have "expert" category to compete in... what is their medal worth if it was earned against weekend warriors.


    But then again, it can not be policed - so I guess, it is fine...
    Well, I won't dwell on that because we've chatted about it. I would love to see categories associated to the following criteria...

    -Number of children
    -age of children
    -Career hourly requirements
    -Spousal support assessments
    -Bicycle budgetary guidelines

    All fun stuff, but could never be measured. Still fun to think about it...

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    The categories are always a crap shoot, sometimes the Expert category is less competitive than the Club/Company. There was a time when some would register in it because it was a better shot at the podium.

    Like you said it is hard to police, maybe look at race licenses of the team. Can't have more than X riders with licenses above sport to compete in that category. You can't outright kick them out of the category otherwise they'll never get a chance to race with a team in the event. We don't have many that hold licenses, they just happened to be fast and the rest of us defended well enough.

    It was a great weekend, absolutely loved the course. Heard that from so many, well done guys on putting together another great course and event.

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    My first solo too, and while I'd do things differently the next time, I was happy to be on my bike and still riding at the 24 hour mark. I had a few close calls due between 8:00pm and 10:00pm and decided to pull the plug after lap #8 for the night. In hindsight, I should have pressed on since I was feeling great, but having my race ended due to combination of fatigue and conditions would have been worse I think.

    My most memorable part of the ride was at 10:50am at Chico's Shooting Gallery with the water hoses. I was congratulated for getting across, but towards the last few meters was sprayed with a high pressure hose directly in the face/eyes, and then criticized for not exiting the skinny bridge in a straight line and splashing mud on the spectators! C'mon!

    One question though: is it normal to think you are one, sometimes two laps more than you actually are throughout the race?

    Update: Here's a snapshot of the water barrage; awesome!

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    Enough already

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    Well, I won't dwell on that because we've chatted about it. I would love to see categories associated to the following criteria...

    -Number of children
    -age of children
    -Career hourly requirements
    -Spousal support assessments
    -Bicycle budgetary guidelines

    All fun stuff, but could never be measured. Still fun to think about it...

    N.
    This will always be an ongoing debate but according to those criteria, sorry but not much will change. You should look at these teams more closely and you'll find they are "weekend warriors", just ones that worked hard to get faster! Our team is consistently one of the fastest in the corporate/club category. We have an even split of non-licensed/sport and expert riders. None of us are pro or ex-pro, we all started in sport and worked are asses off to get faster. None of us are "naturals", genetically gifted, we all got faster training hard. Also, the team core hasn't changed in years, we don't recruit for each race to try and stack a team. We go with what we've got and stick to our rotation. All but one person (a 20-something sport rider) on the team are married with young kids and babies, mortgages/child care costs (therefore highly budgeted) full-time jobs (some with highly time consuming careers) and 75% of the team is over 35, 40% over 40. Every year we make podium it's a fight, we've never "blown out" the other teams. So tell me, why should we go into the expert category and race against pros (eg Norco)? Sorry, but it ticks me off when people whine about others that do well because of hard work and complain that somehow the reason they don't do well is the system.

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    Congratulations to everyone who rode through yet another wet MTB race. Hopefully this is the end of the 'character building' races for the year!

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    who pissed in YOUR coffee?

    Quote Originally Posted by Draystex
    We have an even split of non-licensed/sport and expert riders.
    RippleChip did say that your expert riders were ringing the course and sport riders were defending... Again, having one elite/expert rider on the team would not be a huge advantage in citizen category, but even split between sport and elite/expert riders is a bit different...

    If there was no "expert" category - by all means - stack your team to death in 6-10 person corporate category and go for it - at least the playing field is even.

    As far as I am concerned - it is the same as if expert racers would race sport category at O-Cup - what is the difference?

    But at the end of the day - everyone is entitled to their opinion. This issue does not affect the category that my team raced in - so I don't have "conflict of interest" problem. Just an opinion.

    The reason we have so many categories at Chico races is to give people of similar abilities an equal opportunity to win or get on the podium. If you feel that your team truly represented the category you raced in - that is fine. Obviously some people don't feel that way and that is fine too..... Congrats on your podium finish.

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    We had a blast, coming in 29th in the corporate class. This was a great event and much better run than the relays I did back in the 90's.

    I have to say the couse was AWESOME! Its very different from what I'm used to (Camp Fortune in the Ottawa area), but it crushed us and made us smile all at the same time.

    Great stuff. I'm in a happy place today.

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    Thank you Rkay

    how are you doing today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rkay
    Congratulations to everyone who rode through yet another wet MTB race. Hopefully this is the end of the 'character building' races for the year!

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    Well I guess there are a few people on this forum who are in this picture.


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    I'm doing great Osokolo. Just reviewing the HAN results and I see your team dominated. Nice work. I assume you found someone to take Ken's place.

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    it was a last minute scramble

    to find someone that can fill Ken's big shoes... but we managed to find a replacement... Ken was at Albion both Saturday and Sunday. He was so itchy on Saturday that he had to leave - he could not stand the fact that he was not racing. On Sunday we chatted after the race - he is going to take it easy for another week - just for precaution.

    The race was a blast. Well done by everyone. Definitely another "character building" experience. We are getting used to racing in adverse conditions. Scary...

    Quote Originally Posted by Rkay
    I'm doing great Osokolo. Just reviewing the HAN results and I see your team dominated. Nice work. I assume you found someone to take Ken's place.

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    I almost hit the podium too.......I was walking by it in the rain and slipped in some mud and almost hit it. lol Likely to be the only way I'll ever 'hit the podium'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Draystex
    This will always be an ongoing debate but according to those criteria, sorry but not much will change. You should look at these teams more closely and you'll find they are "weekend warriors", just ones that worked hard to get faster! Our team is consistently one of the fastest in the corporate/club category. We have an even split of non-licensed/sport and expert riders. None of us are pro or ex-pro, we all started in sport and worked are asses off to get faster. None of us are "naturals", genetically gifted, we all got faster training hard. Also, the team core hasn't changed in years, we don't recruit for each race to try and stack a team. We go with what we've got and stick to our rotation. All but one person (a 20-something sport rider) on the team are married with young kids and babies, mortgages/child care costs (therefore highly budgeted) full-time jobs (some with highly time consuming careers) and 75% of the team is over 35, 40% over 40. Every year we make podium it's a fight, we've never "blown out" the other teams. So tell me, why should we go into the expert category and race against pros (eg Norco)? Sorry, but it ticks me off when people whine about others that do well because of hard work and complain that somehow the reason they don't do well is the system.
    Thanks for sharing your team dynamics with us. And thanks for suggesting that my team didn't end up on the podium because of the system. My "categorizing" you've quoted me on was to inject a little humor into the equation, not to be taken seriously at all.

    However, I don't care for your reference to your extensive hard work to get to the podium and suggestion of whining because of the system. My team happens to share a very similar dynamic to yours and we have worked our @sses off to be on the podium a number of times the past few years. So no need to get in a pissing match about categories and policing of them. However, we all realize that it will get discussed at some point which is why I went the humorous route.

    Up until last years HAN when 3Rox entered a team, there were many of what are now the tip 5-6 teams in club that would have done well in expert. It's only recently that the "pro-elite" level teams have been putting teams in. Regardless, it's useless to spend energy bickering about it, because it's a crap shoot whose going to enter what category. I didn't mean to hit a nerve.

    Assuming you were on the podium yesterday, congrats to you and your team. We have likely been beside you up there many times, yesterday just wasn't one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dgage
    Was the dog in the picture on a team or did he run solo?
    She mainly ran a-muck around camp all weekend but does have the advantage on the night laps.
    It was nice that members of Team Snow shook her paw, good sportsmanship.
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    show some respect

    the "dog" (her name is "The Ringer") races in Elite O-Cup category. She is the reason the team ended up on the podium.


    Quote Originally Posted by Dgage
    Was the dog in the picture on a team or did he run solo?

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    Okay...okay okay some lost....some won...some drank too much....some tooo little...some are whiners some gracious losers....but really who cares! Did you get your Awesome Strap?!?

    Highlite of the misfit party must have been Team Speed coming in to camp through the dip doing a superman with his chest on the saddle! that was classy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo
    RippleChip did say that your expert riders were ringing the course and sport riders were defending... Again, having one elite/expert rider on the team would not be a huge advantage in citizen category, but even split between sport and elite/expert riders is a bit different...
    Not at all, all our Sport riders are very competitive and we've always battled near the top of the leaderboard at these events. Our team is a group of friends that ride all through the season together, no recruiting in an effort to win the race. We go to have a good time and be as competitive as possible, this year just happens to have gone very well for us at these events.


    Quote Originally Posted by teebor76xc
    Okay...okay okay some lost....some won...some drank too much....some tooo little...some are whiners some gracious losers....but really who cares! Did you get your Awesome Strap?!?
    I did, thanks Peter! It was funny to see some try to figure it out at first, but this thing I am sure will prove to be awesome and a staple on the bike. Had a good time chilling at the Misfit camp on Sunday morning taking in the last few hours, that was a great little section of the course.
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    The team that deserves the most congratulations for this race is definitely the team from Chico racing. The amount of effort that they put into keeping huge sections of the course not just rideable but in really good condition was amazing. The shear physical effort (carrying buckets of sand through the trees to get to sections of trail !!) must have been way more tiring than riding a bike around in circles.
    On a personal note, I am never ever going to do another 24 hr race. See y`all next year.
    Cheers, Dave

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