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    solstice cometh

    it is 337 hrs to the half way point of solstice 2013. Not that I'm counting.
    I'm just reminding myself what it's like to be riding tired in the middle of the night. Sometimes good and sometimes very very bad.
    Egggman , Tag ????
    Unglued, are you flying the brewery colours this year and will you have a pint to spare?

    Hmmm. That's all. Carry on.
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    Yes, Dave, Team Flying Bison will be in the house and there will always be a pint with your name on it. We'll be at site 104. The only difference from previous years is that I will actually be riding a bike with gears...
    Strava made me do it....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    I will actually be riding a bike with gears...
    Is that legal?

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    You guys going to be there Friday night with beers?

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    I'll be there. Tag teaming with Egggman. We will be at site C7

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    Quote Originally Posted by broadwayline View Post
    Is that legal?
    Easy, make him ride half his laps with a Camelbak HAWG crammed full of beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiotMTB View Post
    I'll be there. Tag teaming with Egggman. We will be at site C7
    Well then, we are almost neighbours. I'll be on C5.
    Cheers, Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    Yes, Dave, Team Flying Bison will be in the house and there will always be a pint with your name on it.
    I don't suppose that would be a Flying Bison pint?

    Gears are good, by the way. It rhymes with beers and there must be some sort of connection.
    Cheers, Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    Easy, make him ride half his laps with a Camelbak HAWG crammed full of beer.
    One year at the old 24HOA at Hardwood, we were sharing a camp site setup with another team for convenience to maximize use of available space (even though each team theoretically had their own site, albeit very sardine-like). A couple of the riders from this other team were really late in arriving on the Saturday night to start taking their share of laps.

    While waiting until after dark for them to show up, one of the 3 riders that had been taking up all the laps to that point defiantly explained that he was going out on the course with a full hydration pack with beer and wasn't coming back to the campsite with the numbered baton until his pack was empty.

    The 2 missing riders eventually showed up, but didn't get to do much in the way of laps since "beer man" didn't return until early AM Sunday morning. I'm fairly certain that a large portion of that time wasn't spent riding, but hopefully he found some friends and had some fun wherever he went to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14Stone View Post


    You guys going to be there Friday night with beers?
    I don't think the Beer Guy will be there until Saturday morning. Unglued Jr and I may camp out Friday but certain planets have to come into line first
    Strava made me do it....

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    Racing with "Team Van Go 2". Campsites 23-24.

    Hope the weather holds out. Come visit, we have Pole-Dancers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    Gears are good, by the way. It rhymes with beers and there must be some sort of connection.
    "Singlespeeder, coming through!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    "Singlespeeder, coming through!"
    Oh man, that's funny. I had forgotten about that guy...

    My war cry for a while was "fat guy with no gears coming through!" But I would say this ironically
    Strava made me do it....

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    Doing a 4 person co-ed no nights. It was a tough decision. I love night laps, I just hate being stirred from a haze at 2am to do them. Not to mention it wrecks me for a few days afterwards seeing as I really don't get any sleep. Yeah, I'm a wimp.

    Should be there Friday night, wondering around, acting friendly, all in hopes of mooching a beer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    "Singlespeeder, coming through!"
    Ha! At the time I was jealous that I couldn't yell that out too.
    Are you and the family coming out to play, Ms Monster?
    Cheers, Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    One year at the old 24HOA at Hardwood, we were sharing a camp site setup with another team for convenience to maximize use of available space (even though each team theoretically had their own site, albeit very sardine-like). A couple of the riders from this other team were really late in arriving on the Saturday night to start taking their share of laps.

    While waiting until after dark for them to show up, one of the 3 riders that had been taking up all the laps to that point defiantly explained that he was going out on the course with a full hydration pack with beer and wasn't coming back to the campsite with the numbered baton until his pack was empty.

    The 2 missing riders eventually showed up, but didn't get to do much in the way of laps since "beer man" didn't return until early AM Sunday morning. I'm fairly certain that a large portion of that time wasn't spent riding, but hopefully he found some friends and had some fun wherever he went to.
    I know someone who fits the profile. Would he happen to go by the name Lee Dyson?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enduramil View Post
    I know someone who fits the profile. Would he happen to go by the name Lee Dyson?
    Different dude. Find a couple more like-minded riders and they could have entered an entire team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip View Post
    Different dude. Find a couple more like-minded riders and they could have entered an entire team.
    Oh, I know a few guy's.

    Though if I was the team captain I would have been doing home brew in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
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    Doing a 4 person co-ed no nights. It was a tough decision. I love night laps, I just hate being stirred from a haze at 2am to do them. Not to mention it wrecks me for a few days afterwards seeing as I really don't get any sleep. Yeah, I'm a wimp.

    Should be there Friday night, wondering around, acting friendly, all in hopes of mooching a beer.
    We will see you there friday wondering around.... Pop by site 23/24 for a pint... looking forward to it... on a 5 person mixed team this year...
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    Anyone know if Mr Spak will be attempting this......again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    Ha! At the time I was jealous that I couldn't yell that out too.
    Are you and the family coming out to play, Ms Monster?
    As was I. No, not going to attend this year. We're sleep-deprived enough as it is! Good luck!

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    No more Spak abuse!

    He is and I wish him luck. I hope you do too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VVagabond View Post
    He is and I wish him luck. I hope you do too.
    Yep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post

    Hope the weather holds out. .
    I think with this year seeming to be the Mephisto's Mud Stud try outs. Maybe it would be a good idea to pack trail runners and a kids bike with back back harness. Just in case.

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    If anybody is looking to purchase a solo spot my friend may have to sell his due to injury. Let me know if anybody is interested and I will pass on the info.

    He managed to sell
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    Dskunk, first time on here in quite some time. Hear you are solo again this year? As Riot said it will be tag for me, a first at a 24. I may just make him do all the work and bring a hammock

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    Hah...I will make sure I am unavailable at transfer time??

    I met Dskunk at Albion this last weekend. He and his buddy had some great advice. Much appreciated Dskunk!

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    Hopefully they will change for forecast yet again, before the weekend...or just be as wrong as they were about last night...

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    Packing for the race, I know that my bottles are on the...., Oh and my lights are right over... I know my tent exists, at least I have lycra right?!?

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    Charging Batteries,sorting food, making playlists and packing ALL of my gloves including a pair of full on neoprene water ones...

    I'll be the big guy slowly Going in Circles on my True North and Fatback for 24hrs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiotMTB View Post
    Hopefully they will change for forecast yet again, before the weekend...or just be as wrong as they were about last night...
    If you pack runners, kids bike, neoprene, snorkel, and gore tex. You will not need them as it will be sunny and warm all weekend. Don't bring them the opposite will occur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
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    Hope the weather holds out. Come visit, we have Pole-Dancers.
    mmmm... you hold on the pole, i'll borrow the dancer
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    Nucking Futs will be there. We may change our name to Team Rob Ford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    We may change our name to Team Rob Ford.
    Too obvious. Go for "Team Gravy Train" and you have all the bases covered in a non-partisan kind of way. Set up a trail side poutine cart and make a couple of thousand new friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    Nucking Futs will be there. We may change our name to Team Rob Ford.
    Ha, ha, even that would be too good for Ford.
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    Quote Originally Posted by egggman View Post
    Packing for the race, I know that my bottles are on the...., Oh and my lights are right over... I know my tent exists, at least I have lycra right?!?
    Quote Originally Posted by Big Hustler View Post
    Charging Batteries,sorting food, making playlists and packing ALL of my gloves including a pair of full on neoprene water ones...
    See, you guys have it wrong. I was at the LCBO last night shopping for beer ( as a back up in case Wellington runs out again ). Picked up a beer called "Shawinigan Handshake", amongst others. I am going to spend tonight trying to decide which of the beers I have will be brought to Albion. Tomorrow I may need to restock.
    These race things are time consuming and hard mentally, don't you think?
    Cheers, Dave

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    I'll be doing my beer stops tonight on the way home. Make sure I'm fully stocked for Friday and Saturday nights... other than beer i dont think we need food or anything....
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyh83 View Post
    I'll be doing my beer stops tonight on the way home. Make sure I'm fully stocked for Friday and Saturday nights... other than beer i dont think we need food or anything....
    what about that time slot between friday and saturday night?
    you better get some more
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash View Post
    what about that time slot between friday and saturday night?
    you better get some more
    ...then there's Sunday till noon, don't be a wimp.

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    True true.... maybe just grab a keg and call it a day...
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    For the love of mountain biking....what tires is everyone running!!!!

    Forecast is shaping up. % chance of rain going down, as with the potential expected amount of rain. Risk of thunderstorms, which normally roll in later in the day. Perfect for the no nights peeps!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    For the love of mountain biking....what tires is everyone running!!!!
    You no night people are so serious. How can you be worried about tires? Some of us havenít figured out which beer to bring yet.
    Iím running Maxxis Icons. But thatís all Iíve got. Theyíll work.
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    [QUOTE=CptSydor;10482153]For the love of mountain biking....what tires is everyone running!!!!

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    More importantly, flats or clipless???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thatshowiroll View Post
    More importantly, flats or clipless???
    Come now. This is a serious cross country race at Albion. Surely everyone will be clipless in a sausage suit, yelling for a pass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Come now. This is a serious cross country race at Albion. Surely everyone will be clipless in a sausage suit, yelling for a pass.
    ELITE RIDER......STRAVA.......SINGLESPEEDER.....CHASING THE CUTOFF....

    I just yell this in succession until everyone gets out of my way, slower or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    You no night people are so serious. How can you be worried about tires? Some of us havenít figured out which beer to bring yet.
    Iím running Maxxis Icons. But thatís all Iíve got. Theyíll work.
    Can ya'll get on that. I want to know which campsite I'm visiting. I'm a beer snob.

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    We're drinking Lakeport.

    Ghetto beer to go with our ghetto bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    Come now. This is a serious cross country race at Albion. Surely everyone will be clipless in a sausage suit, yelling for a pass.
    Summer Solstice is serious bizness. Seriously.


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    solstice cometh

    I am still drinking water even though the race is long over. Dammit that was hot and humid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk View Post
    You no night people are so serious. How can you be worried about tires? Some of us havenít figured out which beer to bring yet.
    Iím running Maxxis Icons. But thatís all Iíve got. Theyíll work.
    Lol. Well said.

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    Hated that 5 KLM sign ...... dam hill !!

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    Congrats Dave you are a machine. Great to see you back to yourself this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Hated that 5 KLM sign ...... dam hill !!
    You and the 10 people that I had to pass walking up it every lap .

    I much preferred when that hill just went straight up. The 1st one after the sign wasn't so bad, but the other ones after it were a bit much.

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    I actually liked the 5km to go section. The worst were the grass rollers after. Overall I though the course was tons of fun and a perfect length. I have the same problem I always do after riding Albion, Iím not sure what my favorite section was. Theyíre all great.

    I canít remember having better conditions for a night lap before. Perfect temperatures, no fog and generally the roots werenít an issue.

    The only negative on the weekend for me was our campsite being so far from the Chalet. I didnít get to ďhang outĒ very much around the festivities. I pretty much only talked to people as I met them in the transition.

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    Smile Great Times at Summer Solstice

    The course was great this year, a nice length with a good amount of climbing. I had 7 on my team so I only had 3 laps which was the perfect amount in the humidity. My favorite lap was my 10 pm lap in the cool temperature, my 1pm and even my 8am lap was really hot. I drank a ton of water this weekend and couldn't eat much because it was just too hot.

    I felt bad for my hubby and all the other solo riders having to do lap after lap in that heat. They are made of tougher stuff than me for sure.

    I finally got to watch the mud bog. Wow that really reinforced my decision to go around it. I saw varying degrees of injuries in the 10 minutes I watched. Some people made it but most didn't and ended up very muddy. I hate cleaning my bike almost as much as I hate getting injured so I'm out.

    Highlights -
    Tenting course side and cheering on the riders.
    Watching a snapping turtle lay a clutch of eggs 20 feet from my tent.
    Chilling in the hot tub after my morning lap with a cold beer.
    Meeting lots of awesome new people and catching up with old friends.



    Many thanks to the Ruppel's and all the staff and volunteers for putting on another stellar event.

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    Great weekend! Pulled off 4 laps on my corporate team. Was sent out on a "hail mary " lap at 11:58 to try and make the 1pm cutoff. I decided to use the singlespeed so that I would have to attack everything in the hope I would go faster than on my geared bike. I was faster than my previous 2 laps but not fast enough. Missed the cutoff by a minute but rocked an awesome lap. Good to see all the Usual Suspects up there. Good times!
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    All of my hate that sign... every.. single.. ounce of it.

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    We had a great time, talked to a lot of people on the laps. Our 5 person team was so happy to podium, was not expecting it at all, especially having a beer or two between laps.
    was not a fan of the 5km to go, but after the first climb felt great for the rest, and the 1km to go sign was a great relief.
    Wasn't on course this year for the mud bog, which was unfortunate.

    Overall a great weekend!
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    So my one comment (not a critique) was the amount of steep/loose/exposed climbs. Those punchy ones that take a lot out of you, but more specifically force a portion of less experienced/casual riders to push.

    Maybe my recollection just isn't there, but I can't remember ever seeing that many people walking their bike in a 24 hour (and the heat could have exaggerated this). I just feel bad when some people had to potentially dismount 3-5 times just to get up doubletrack climbs. I just hope that was not discouraging to them.

    Of course it's impossible to design a course that challenges and pleases everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor View Post
    I just feel bad when some people had to potentially dismount 3-5 times just to get up doubletrack climbs. I just hope that was not discouraging to them.
    This was the first year that I didn't stay on my bike for the entire lap for all of my laps - my last lap of 5 total I jumped off and climbed about 4 hills but I had plenty of company.

    If I was just an average mountain biker and this was my first MTB event, I might be discouraged from returning. I think this was the toughest Chico course in the last few Solstices/HANs though.

    On that note, I wore my HAN t-shirts in protest the whole weekend

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    Ahh. 5K to go. Such a lovely sign. Just a few short out of the saddle climbs and then some beautiful sweepy descents with beautiful COOL breezes. I looked forward to those descents every single lap. The only bit of the course that scared me was that ten foot section of off camber, root infested single track shortly after Sugar Shack Shuffle ( have I got the right name?). I would ride each lap thinking " it would be nice if there was just a little drizzle" and then I'd reach those roots, turn religious, and pray for dry weather.
    Anyway, congrats to all who stood on the stage, congrats to everyone who rode further and faster than they thought they could, and a massive thank you to all who worked and volunteered.
    Cheers, Dave

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    It was my team's first time at Solstice. We did not opt for the night ride as we wre mostly beginers.

    Not gonna lie, it was really difficult... Our best lap time was 1:14 and worst was 1:46. All four of our bikes had something break at some point (as minor as a chain and as major as both deraillers on one bike completly falling apart. (Specialized were kind enough to lend us one of theirs.)

    And holy crap it was hot out there.

    All that being said, the team next to us helped fix one of our bikes, we met some great people that are ever crazier about the sport than we are. I really enjoyed my 6AM ride on Sunday. Was nice and cool and my bike held together for the full lap!

    We've decided to go back and try again next year. We'll be better prepared and faster.

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    I loved the entire course, our team came 5th in the 10 man category

    I didn't mind the course at all to be honest, but if I wasn't in shape I could see it being real hell with those climbs. If I had to critique it I would of taken out the double track grass climbs they added in before 'High Roller' as those were a bit much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barflyrocks View Post
    It was my team's first time at Solstice. We did not opt for the night ride as we wre mostly beginers.

    Not gonna lie, it was really difficult... Our best lap time was 1:14 and worst was 1:46. All four of our bikes had something break at some point (as minor as a chain and as major as both deraillers on one bike completly falling apart. (Specialized were kind enough to lend us one of theirs.)

    And holy crap it was hot out there.

    All that being said, the team next to us helped fix one of our bikes, we met some great people that are ever crazier about the sport than we are. I really enjoyed my 6AM ride on Sunday. Was nice and cool and my bike held together for the full lap!

    We've decided to go back and try again next year. We'll be better prepared and faster.
    I was hanging out at the Misfit Dance Party around 5.00pm when a guy on a 4 man team with two dead derailleurs came through. We tried to fix it for him but couldn't so I loaned him my Dissent for the rest of his lap (it's not like he could break anything on the bike - it barely has any moving parts). Was that your team?

    I think this guy (his name was Chris - super-nice guy) thought I was doing him a favour, until he apparently suffered massive cramps trying to stay on top of my 34:18 gearing (aka the legbreaker)
    Strava made me do it....

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    I loved the course this year, had the perfect mix of everything and liked the fact they went backwards with a lot of the usual sections. I did however only do 4 laps so I didn't spend a ton of time on the course, I have a feeling i'd be complaining about the 5km sign and the climbs if I had done another lap or two or three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unglued View Post
    I was hanging out at the Misfit Dance Party around 5.00pm when a guy on a 4 man team with two dead derailleurs came through. We tried to fix it for him but couldn't so I loaned him my Dissent for the rest of his lap (it's not like he could break anything on the bike - it barely has any moving parts). Was that your team?

    I think this guy (his name was Chris - super-nice guy) thought I was doing him a favour, until he apparently suffered massive cramps trying to stay on top of my 34:18 gearing (aka the legbreaker)
    Ya that's us! Team Crash Nerds.

    Chris and the rest of us are very grateful for the assist. He ordered the parts from his Iphone that night and they should arrive this week. The cramping had more to do with de-hydration than the bike.

    Tell us more about this misfit dance party...

    And thanks again!

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    Definately a challenging course...most challenging of any of the 24 hours I have done. We pulled double laps and the 2nd of every double was agonizing. As crushing as the 5km to go sign was...loved that 1km to go sign! And loved the straight fast downs!!

    Can't complain about the weather...it was way better than our friends at Environment Canada predicted...

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    Agreed on the course, although I remember worse than this. The climbs were short and punchy, but there were rewards to follow as you've noted.

    And for the record on the weather, Environment Canada stinks in comparison to the Weather Network, which provides a pretty solid hourly and radar. I don't defend these folks that have no accountability, but I am a weather watching freak, so I say this with some self proclaimed valuable recommendations!
    A bad day on the bike is better than a good day doing anything else...

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    I was able to sneak away from work and come up to fill in for Team Speed. They were missing a Speed! Got in two night laps back to back and saw a few friends. Wished I could have stayed longer!

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    Had a blast! It was a tough last 5K but without it what would we talk about? RIOT successfully kept waking me up to go ride my bike.

    My buddy posted a bunch of unsorted pics mostly from near the finish line, last hour or so here if interested.

    24 Hours Summer Solstice 2013 - All | Paul and Andrea's Photos

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    Pics are now up on Welcome to Race Day Rush

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    I put my take on the day here...for a full race report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Pics are now up on Welcome to Race Day Rush
    Hold your horses! They're not all up.

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    Well ..... I didnt mean ALL of them . ;-)
    Found my teams after only 70% .
    Its at 86.62 now .

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    Ok , got a worse lap story here to share .
    Purely for entertainment value or I can top that replies ;-)


    All set for my second lap , the 11 pm shift .
    I bought a new hi powered light set for this year and
    gave it a shake down ride the week before .
    Installing it to my helmet prior to my lap I was getting
    a bad feeling about the connectors acting up so I reluctantly
    used a back up set our team had .
    Got to the timing tent in time .
    Anticipating a good lap as the energy sapping heat from the day
    has gone down and the sky was clear . Perfect night lap conditions !
    Kerrianne came in and as we swapped the timing card , my light
    wouldnt turn on .
    We decided it would be quicker to swap helmets/batteries instead of undoing
    stuff and refastening it .
    I didnt mind her pink helmet ....at least it fit -)
    Off I go into the night .
    As I turn to enter IMBA Trail , the front tire makes a funny
    noise , tucks and pulls me off line .
    Flat ??
    No , the tubeless tires just mysteriously lost some air .
    I Co2'd it up and off I go .
    The night air has added just enough moisture to the trail that it made its surface a wee slippery in spots and the "air it up and guess your PSI" method that comes with using Co2 cartridges is really obvious .
    I put too much in and the front tire is skittering around on the turns .
    I back the pace off a bit till I adust .
    The lap is going well and dare I say it feels like less work ?
    Got to attribute that to the lack of the grueling heat of the day .
    Soon Ive come to Fun Swoopies(?) . The fast double track series of up n down hills on the beaten down grass by the former Misfit Cycles Dance Party location .
    I remember that the transition from downhill to flat to uphill of the second set (make sense ? ) was a bit abrupt so I make a mental note approaching it .
    My line down coming into to it was taking me to the right and I wanted to hit the transition in the middle so I gingerly get the bike to come back left .
    This whole hill is damp grass and I dont want to make any sudden steering changes .
    As I enter the flat just before the uphill , my handlebars are dipping left and low .... WTF ??
    "Phffff....POW !!!"
    Head first over the bars , knees clipping the bars and my face and shoulder take a big kiss out of the hill .
    "Frigggg".... that smarts !!!
    Dust my self off , do a physical inventory of myself then notice the helmet visor is hanging in my face , having popped out of its right tab .
    For some reason , I thought I was wearing my helmet so being pissed about the crash , I ripped it off and threw it to the ground and started huffing the bike up the hill .
    Halfway up I remembered that this wasnt my helmet so I went back down to retrieve it .
    Not hydration pack to put it in , I shoved it in my jersey ..... not very comfy .
    Top of the hill I find the front tire low again .
    Either it leaked out again or the impact of the transition burped it out .
    Im thinking it leaked prior as it felt like the front tire slid/plowed to the tranny and I impacted it as my weight shifted over the bars .
    Really .... it almost felt like my face hit an up right mound of dirt/grass , not an uphill .
    I pull out the Co2 again and fill it up .
    I then keep it in my jersey pocket for quicker access instead of my saddle bag as I have a feeling that this may be the theme for this lap .
    Riders pass me as I finish this up , asking if Im ok and I say yes but wonder if I am .
    I finish the series of hills and then work to get my rythm and speed up again .

    TO BE CONTINUED .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Soon Ive come to Fun Swoopies(?) . The fast double track series of up n down hills on the beaten down grass by the former Misfit Cycles Dance Party location .
    I remember that the transition from downhill to flat to uphill of the second set (make sense ? ) was a bit abrupt so I make a mental note approaching it .
    Lots of people would biff hard on that transition. I remember one year when we had to get EMS through the Dance Party with about 2 hours left to go in the race. Yuck... :O
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    [QUOTE= TO BE CONTINUED .....[/QUOTE]

    Continue please...I am hooked now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiotMTB View Post
    Continue please...I am hooked now!
    hello there, still waiting for the end of the story, my life is interrupted now.

    i gotta know what happened to pink helmet.
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    Sorry ... it will be done by tonight .
    It was 2am when I stopped last night :-0

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Sorry ... it will be done by tonight .
    It was 2am when I stopped last night :-0
    I can only hope I still have some nails left by then! Please hurry!..


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    Quote Originally Posted by ccaddy View Post
    Sorry ... it will be done by tonight .
    It was 2am when I stopped last night :-0
    Dude? What do you mean? The race is over. You can go home now.
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    I too am enjoying the race stories. I'm probably the slowest you'll come across at Albion but was hoping this year I'd take part in the race. Three injuries since last September proved otherwise.

    Living vicariously through threads like this.

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    Now entering Moraine Migrane , I smile as I feel that most of the punchy climbing sections are behind me and more of the enjoyable sections lay ahead .
    Happy thoughts are welcome about now as my shoulder is throbbing .
    Downhill now into the night darkness as I approach Pinecone Express .
    Thinking of my day lap here where I dogged another rider .
    Nearing the large rock short cut , I went over it while he took the longer route .
    Then some loud bad language filled the air as he either forgot about the section or just realised that he got set up .
    Never saw him after that .
    Alone now in more double track .
    The front tire seems to be behaving now and Im starting to finally be enjoying my lap .
    I see a single light ahead and I close in when suddenly .................................................. ......
    .................................................. ......
    my light dies !!!
    I hustle to catch the rider ahead .
    She asks if I want to pass and I let her know of my situation and if I could just follow behind her at her
    pace , no pressure .
    Turns out she is a Solo rider so her pace is good for following without a light .
    Through the Albion Witch wasnt that bad as we had some riders behind us and it increased the lighting .
    AS we approach the Solo area she tells me she will be pulling into her camp .
    I thank her for her help and wish her good luck .
    Luckily Im able to tag along with a another rider as she pulls off .
    I cant keep his pace for too long and let him go .
    I find myself alone at the top of a double track hill section.
    With the help of the moon I can make out the trail in the middle of it .
    My plan was to roll down to the bottom to where it turns right into Handle With Care .
    It seemed easy enough to do and moving ahead seemed like the more logical thing to do then sitting still , right ?
    This is a race after all
    I start to glide down the hill .
    No one is behind or ahead of me so its kinda eerie .
    Picking up speed , its harder to make out the trail as I get closer to the turn .
    I start to apply the brakes so I can stop and wait for another light to follow when ""SMMACK"" .... I clip a tree on the right hand side and fall hard to my left .
    This is followed by a loud pop and the sound of escaping air .
    Ohh just great ..... the front tire has let go for good .
    But what is all that cold air running up my back ??
    Oh yeah ....I had the Co2 inflator in my jersey pocket and when I hit the ground hard it must of let go and shot all the air up my back ,
    The front tire is still good :-) but dam , that smack was on top of my already pounded right shoulder .
    Not long before more riders come by and I poach light again .
    Riders ask me if I would like by but I explain my plight .
    The rider who helped me through Handle With Care chatted me up as we plunked along .
    Seemed to be a lot of riders in this section of woods .
    A lot of them were stopped too . All were ok but it just seemed odd .
    Exiting HWC to the double track , a quicker rider came by .
    I thanked my helper and sped off after the faster light .
    He'd eek ahead a bit on the straights but I got parallel with him on most climbs till we got into High Roller .
    I lost him on the last climb before the solo area and I pushed it up to the top .
    The light of the camps and again the sky helped here as the trail was more visable (yep , alone again) .
    I started gaining speed as the trail started curving towards the rooty little drop off by the bridge .
    Easeeee does it , stay in the middle of the trail .
    As I got to the drop off , I did my best cycle cross dismount and tip toed in the pitch black down the roots .
    By the time I got back on the bike there was bikes behind me .
    Pretty much from here on in I got help from one rider who in spots slowed for me and even described the trail as it was coming up .
    When it came time we hammered and we cleared the last of the hills .
    The last one that puts you at the beach/pool area over look is to me the courses last push to finish and I find this is where ones reserves kick in and I really enjoy this section . (lights or no lights LOL ).
    Only ONE more thing happened on this lap .
    As we were working our way through the windy transition area by the timing tent , a photographer was laying on his back in the apex of the berm shooting pics .
    Scared the Sxxt outta me .
    Mehh , after a lap like that , whats one more stain ?
    I checked my time against my 1:06 day lap .
    After all that shit .......1:27 wasnt feeling that bad .
    As I head to the shower , the last rider that helped me rode by and said "get that light fixed and we will see you out there again " .
    Great spirit and I thanked him for all his help .
    Mountain bikers ..... really great people ) .
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    Its reading these stories that makes me want to race with you guys next year. I've never done a real race outside of one when I was new in King. I think its time to start timing things to see if I can keep up and maybe join a team next year.

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    Damn...ccaddy that is awesome...you got all my nightmare laps tied up into one lap!! I need lessons...

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    No kidding Riot .
    Good thing I didnt have to cross a busy street after I was done :-0
    I did treat myself to a 30 min massage after my shower ........aahhhhhh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boarder4life View Post
    Its reading these stories that makes me want to race with you guys next year. I've never done a real race outside of one when I was new in King. I think its time to start timing things to see if I can keep up and maybe join a team next year.
    nah... forget about timing your riding... races are not always about speed... particularly Chico races, except O-Cups, even then - it is not all about speed all the time and in all categories...

    Just come out and enjoy yourself... Get the kick... Everything else will come naturally...
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    Upset

    My tent was course side.

    It's 5:30am I am woken from a sound sleep by a teammate riding past my tent yelling, "Get up April it's time for your lap."

    So I get up, make a coffee, wake up a bit and throw my gear on. I see that the guy who's supposed to go after me is up so I tell him I'm headed down for my lap.

    I show up at the timing tent ready to go, very looking forward to the early morning lap when I see my two teammates do the chip handoff right in front of me!! I was a whole lap early! What happened?

    I head back to camp asking questions. Who woke me up I asked? No one on my team yelled for me to wake up.

    Turn's out, a friend of mine on a 5 person team, (jealous perhaps at the fact that I was able to get some sleep on my 7 person team, or maybe just a s**t disturber), yelled for me to get up as he rode past my tent.

    I'm thinking I may have to do something like this to his car this winter.

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