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    Who's doing "Crank the Shield"

    I ran into this on the chico racing website. The Crank the Shield 3 day race http://www.chicoracing.com/html/modu...rtid=29&page=1

    Looks good in principle, but $1500 for 3 days the transrockies is not much more for over double the amount of racing days!!! I hope this flies, but I hope they bring the price down to something us regular people can afford!!!

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    The price is $750 per person. $1500 for a two person team.

    Transrockies is running $1850 per person for the 'equivalent' package, except with Crank the Shield your sleeping in a cabin, not in a tent.

    Per day of racing, Crank the Shield is coming in cheaper.

    Should be a great event. Unfortunately I'm not racing. I would but vacation time, even a day or two is not possible for me in September.

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    Very good value

    Quote Originally Posted by was98strat
    I ran into this on the chico racing website. The Crank the Shield 3 day race http://www.chicoracing.com/html/modu...rtid=29&page=1

    Looks good in principle, but $1500 for 3 days the transrockies is not much more for over double the amount of racing days!!! I hope this flies, but I hope they bring the price down to something us regular people can afford!!!
    I will be doing this race. I can also attest that through my experience the past several years with Chico events, their will be no shortage of value for that price. I compared the pricing against TR too and there really isn't much to compare. The food they are planning is will be fantastic, along with accomodations mentioned, full technical support, and I am sure the organization of a typical Chico event. Seemless fun racing at a price that is better in many cases than comparable events. Sure it's a lot to dole out at once for one race, but this will be an experience. And you can't put a price tag on this stuff.

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    I'm signed up as well.
    Looking forward to riding the race.

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    September 19-21, 2008
    Buckwallow - Haliburton Forest

    A Legendary 3-Day Mountain Bike Adventure Awaits!

    A ground pounding all inclusive 3-day event from Muskoka to Halburton Forest including singletrack, ATV trails, and some of the most challenging terrain the Canadian Shield can hurl at you. Please don't let your opportunity pass you by as we are already 60% sold out! New - Suarez event jerseys included as an added bonus for all participants! The value just keeps getting better and we will have a new website launched Crank The Shield.com in the coming weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CptSydor
    The price is $750 per person. $1500 for a two person team.

    Transrockies is running $1850 per person for the 'equivalent' package, except with Crank the Shield your sleeping in a cabin, not in a tent.

    Per day of racing, Crank the Shield is coming in cheaper.

    Should be a great event. Unfortunately I'm not racing. I would but vacation time, even a day or two is not possible for me in September.

    haha good point I somehow missed that!

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    me, i am going to do it. not sure why i want to hurt myself in this fashion, but i will.

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    That is sooo wicked!!!! I would do it but I am not ready for that right now. If they have it next year though, i'm racing for sure. By racing I mean riding the race, not really trying to win ... lol
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    I wonder if RideGuide BikeTV will be covering the Crank The Shield race?

    I caught a rerun episode a while ago where they actually cover the LIB! Squeezer.

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    I'll be there. Half paid already.
    A race a month for me culminating in the Crank...
    Chico's putting it on so it's going to be good.
    And mtbmeister's going to be there so everything will be on film ( how do you say that now that everything is digital?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk
    I'll be there. Half paid already.
    A race a month for me culminating in the Crank...
    Chico's putting it on so it's going to be good.
    And mtbmeister's going to be there so everything will be on film ( how do you say that now that everything is digital?).
    He may have to get neutral support to carry all the tapes that he'll need. Will you be ordering the 4 hour or 12 hour highlight package?

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    I've got a new TV. 12 hours,man! And then I'll watch it twice so that it makes sense. And twice more to play with the sound.
    The wife won't let me watch "24Solo" any more, so I need another movie.

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    I was going to do this race... well at least try and finish it ... but I broke my leg in early December when I just started my winter training program in prep for a new race season, BUT I am still in a cast... so by the time I am walking and finally able to train like I wanted to do this winter, it would not be in my best interest to push my injury recovery...

    with a broken fibula, ankle and displaced fracture this injury was very painful ... holy muscle loss!!

    I also lost my tag team partner as we found out she is with child - so trying to find another partner in my level or stronger will be a task ...

    plus, I'm so out of shape from not being allowed to do alot of things while in my cast ... I've never broken anything before and don't want to push it this year... another injury will put me in the looney bin!!!

    I aim to do Crank the Shield next year - I hope Chico decides to do it!!

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    Its a great thing, I wish I could afford it, I'd do it. At least try to do it. haha
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    Quote Originally Posted by HSCoach2
    He may have to get neutral support to carry all the tapes that he'll need. Will you be ordering the 4 hour or 12 hour highlight package?
    Ah, that's funny...I'll be using new equipment that doesn't require tapes. Hopefully with front and rear facing cams too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    Ah, that's funny...I'll be using new equipment that doesn't require tapes. Hopefully with front and rear facing cams too!
    Holy upgrade Batman!
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    hello, i am new to this forum...

    what is this Crank the Shield race and can i do it on my cross bike... thanks for your time




    Quote Originally Posted by was98strat
    I ran into this on the chico racing website. The Crank the Shield 3 day race http://www.chicoracing.com/html/modu...rtid=29&page=1

    Looks good in principle, but $1500 for 3 days the transrockies is not much more for over double the amount of racing days!!! I hope this flies, but I hope they bring the price down to something us regular people can afford!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    Holy upgrade Batman!
    Sort of...New technology that won't weigh as much...Not cheap, but should be very good eye candy on the screen. As long as I am still passing some people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo
    what is this Crank the Shield race and can i do it on my cross bike... thanks for your time
    Nope.....I think the requirement is for single-speeds running road tires.....or track bikes, whatever you fancy. I hear there will be lots of ATV roads......whatever that is. Could need a suspension seatpost, as the roads may be rough.
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    skunky is racing, i hear

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister
    Sort of...New technology that won't weigh as much...Not cheap, but should be very good eye candy on the screen. As long as I am still passing some people.
    you will not be the last... oh humanity...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1mystk
    I was going to do this race... well at least try and finish it ... but I broke my leg in early December when I just started my winter training program in prep for a new race season, BUT I am still in a cast... so by the time I am walking and finally able to train like I wanted to do this winter, it would not be in my best interest to push my injury recovery...

    with a broken fibula, ankle and displaced fracture this injury was very painful ... holy muscle loss!!

    sorry to hear, breaking leg bones really sucks, i've had my right femur broken twice, not fun. just take it easy for now and when the cast comes off give recovery/physio a 100 percent effort and you'll be back riding in time for the nice weather and regain the muscle you lost. p.s. it smells funny when they take the cast off


    that being said, i'm registered for the race, hopefully i'll have something other than my hardtail to do it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robbbby
    sorry to hear, breaking leg bones really sucks, i've had my right femur broken twice, not fun. just take it easy for now and when the cast comes off give recovery/physio a 100 percent effort and you'll be back riding in time for the nice weather and regain the muscle you lost. p.s. it smells funny when they take the cast off


    that being said, i'm registered for the race, hopefully i'll have something other than my hardtail to do it on.
    I was told by the physiotherapist not to be a hero... she told me to take it easy...

    fiberglass cast came off, and now I am in a walking cast... now learning how to walk again... I am allowed on the trainer, but can't pedal too hard and only on the easier gears...

    pool therapy is great... who would ever thought exercising in the water is so exhausting!

    smells funny? I didn't remember that part... I was too worried about the good looking cast tech removing the cast and catching a glimpse at my hairy leg!

    Good luck to everyone on this race... I will just wait till the next year...
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    I'm signed up for the race, and I'm really excited about it too. I've been looking into doing a stage race for a couple of years now, and this one should be a perfect introduction. I think the most appealing thing about this race is that I can drive to it (I live in northern Michigan). The other races I was considering all would have involved a flight and all the ensuing hassles associated with it. See you there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo
    you will not be the last... oh humanity...


    You're not doing this one Oggie? You headin' back to La Ruta?
    That picture of you from the Don was not pretty, well I mean I didn't expect it to be, but......
    All this talk of broken bones, Oggie and Misty, almost makes me feel like taking up something safe like lawn bowling. I could be competitive at that.

    So, was98, it's gonna be a good time and it's cheaper than you thought, are you going to join in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Gurney
    The other races I was considering all would have involved a flight and all the ensuing hassles associated with it. See you there.
    I see you're going to Cohutta too. Me too. See ya there.
    Cheers, Dave

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    you really think i'd let this one go without me?????

    YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME............



    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk


    You're not doing this one Oggie? You headin' back to La Ruta?
    That picture of you from the Don was not pretty, well I mean I didn't expect it to be, but......
    All this talk of broken bones, Oggie and Misty, almost makes me feel like taking up something safe like lawn bowling. I could be competitive at that.

    So, was98, it's gonna be a good time and it's cheaper than you thought, are you going to join in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk
    All this talk of broken bones, Oggie and Misty, almost makes me feel like taking up something safe like lawn bowling. I could be competitive at that.
    Skunky poo... I didn't break my leg mountain biking ... I broke it playing soccer ... do you feel safer now?

    too bad nobody was around a few weeks ago to sign my cast... sniffle...
    500xbroke.jpg

    now I am wearing this mother of a cast... called an "aircast" walking boot or whatever...damn thing weighs a ton!
    itsbroke.jpg

    I lost about 3 inches around of my calve muscle... it looks nasty... like someone else's leg attached to my body as my quad is gone too... I have one leg that looks like quadzilla...
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    Me and Mrs. Monster are in as a mixed team. Training started with the first real snow fall. Hardwood's been gorgeous this winter!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1mystk
    I lost about 3 inches around of my calve muscle... it looks nasty... like someone else's leg attached to my body as my quad is gone too... I have one leg that looks like quadzilla...

    that's how my leg looks, except it's permanent since i severed my sciatic nerve and it couldn't be fixed. you're making me feel like i'm some kind of a monster

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    now, there, there robbbbbbbbbbbbbby...

    Quote Originally Posted by robbbby
    that's how my leg looks, except it's permanent since i severed my sciatic nerve and it couldn't be fixed. you're making me feel like i'm some kind of a monster
    I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad... at least nobody nicknamed you Three Handed Mysty Gradunza...
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    These are very tough ATV trails, combined with the rocky trails of Haliburton Forest would mean I would prefer riding this on a full suspension bike. There will be lots of rock in many sections, and these trails are challenging... This race will be very tough, but there will be some easy sections as well.

    For a stage race in Ontario it would be impossible to get any distance with mountain bike singletrack...it just doesn't exist. Bruce Trail would never happen....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksom
    Nope.....I think the requirement is for single-speeds running road tires.....or track bikes, whatever you fancy. I hear there will be lots of ATV roads......whatever that is. Could need a suspension seatpost, as the roads may be rough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dskunk


    You're not doing this one Oggie? You headin' back to La Ruta?
    That picture of you from the Don was not pretty, well I mean I didn't expect it to be, but......
    All this talk of broken bones, Oggie and Misty, almost makes me feel like taking up something safe like lawn bowling. I could be competitive at that.

    So, was98, it's gonna be a good time and it's cheaper than you thought, are you going to join in?
    Well I was considering it, but I just sarted doing my taxes and Looks like I made a few dollars t his year and the taxman is intent on taking more than his fair share!! so I'll be watching from the sidelines!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chicoracing
    These are very tough ATV trails, combined with the rocky trails of Haliburton Forest would mean I would prefer riding this on a full suspension bike. There will be lots of rock in many sections, and these trails are challenging... This race will be very tough, but there will be some easy sections as well.

    For a stage race in Ontario it would be impossible to get any distance with mountain bike singletrack...it just doesn't exist. Bruce Trail would never happen....

    All the best,
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    Chico no understand this North Bay humour. They makin fun of our smaller rocks or sometin?


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    Just making fun of Osokolo. Don't get too sensitive. Osokolo is very well aware of the difficulty and just being goofy with his North Bay humour.

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    There is a new website up for Crank the Shield:

    http://www.cranktheshield.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldblackdog
    There is a new website up for Crank the Shield:

    http://www.cranktheshield.com/
    looks awesome!
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    Idea! Got a preview

    Finished a 10 hour adventure race last weekend called Storm the Trent. Well, actually, it was supposed to be an 8 hour race but we managed to finish in 10 hours. The mountain bike leg was 75km even when we skipped the optional points sections.

    I got a good taste of what the Crank The Shield will be like. While there was a good portion of double track that we are all familiar with (thinking of Buckwallow and Hardwood Hills), there was certainly an awful lot of nasty “narrow” double track. Think the rocky sections of Hilton Falls (north-west parts not Bent Rim), Kolopore, and the back section of Buckwallow, but not so well maintained. Now imagine riding this continuously for 20km or more at a time. Then add in muddy swamp flooding, standing mud ponds (hub deep) with no place to ride around, big ruts, and a couple of fallen logs and limbs thrown in here and there. Then it gets awfully slow and tiring, not to mention really wet and dirty feet and legs.

    I suggest you start training for this stuff pretty soon. While most of us can handle this stuff in our normal rides for short sections, it can really break down your endurance if you have to deal with this for hours. Trust me, you will feel like a zombie after a while if you don’t train for it. Oh, and while you are at it, train you and your bike to go through many standing water ponds. It takes some skill to go through without stalling (especially if it is muddy and rocky), and you will get a chance to see if your bike becomes sensitive and starts falling apart after it gets too much water and mud over it. May I suggest you don't bring your $7,000 bike.

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    I would hope the reliability of a bicycle isn't inversely proportianal to its price. I intend to take my Epic through the water, muck and mud that we'll encounter. If nothing else, it will give the LBS something to do after the race.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksom
    It takes some skill to go through without stalling (especially if it is muddy and rocky), and you will get a chance to see if your bike becomes sensitive and starts falling apart after it gets too much water and mud over it. May I suggest you don't bring your $7,000 bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksom
    ...there was certainly an awful lot of nasty “narrow” double track. Think the rocky sections of Hilton Falls (north-west parts not Bent Rim), Kolopore, and the back section of Buckwallow, but not so well maintained. Now imagine riding this continuously for 20km or more at a time. Then add in muddy swamp flooding, standing mud ponds (hub deep) with no place to ride around, big ruts, and a couple of fallen logs and limbs thrown in here and there. Then it gets awfully slow and tiring, not to mention really wet and dirty feet and legs.
    I'm hoping for all that and more. Bring it on.

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    careful now...

    Quote Originally Posted by tapsa
    it will give the LBS something to do after the race.
    how you choose your words... you just want them to give it a good cleaning after dat... shhhhhhhhhhh....
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    Quote Originally Posted by tapsa
    I would hope the reliability of a bicycle isn't inversely proportianal to its price.
    Within our bike club, we have found XTR to break down in heavy mud, water, and spills, as well as those ultra-light forks from RockShox. Multi-pivot bikes like the Blur, and other superlightweights also suffer as well. Nothing like workhorse stuff such as XT, LX, or SRAM X9 to get you through a long nasty day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksom
    Within our bike club, we have found XTR to break down in heavy mud, water, and spills, as well as those ultra-light forks from RockShox. Multi-pivot bikes like the Blur, and other superlightweights also suffer as well. Nothing like workhorse stuff such as XT, LX, or SRAM X9 to get you through a long nasty day.

    Not to sound like a smartass. But, have you or anyone else you know of used a singlespeed for adventure racing? Just wondering if the pro's would out weight the con's. I would like to some day try an adventure race and was wondering about that.....

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    Norm, you would have to try very hard to be a smartass.....not that you aren't smart, but I meant the ass part.....which you don't seem to have.....well, you know what I mean.

    Singlespeed.......seems to be a phenomena with hard core mountain bikers, something I haven't quite gotten into myself. Classic hardtail seems to be the order of the day for the average adventure racer.....not too expensive.....somewhere around the $1500 to $2000 price range....with disc brakes being a must now. Think riding a workhorse of a bike for several hours over rugged but not technical terrain.

    But take the singlespeed test on those rugged northwestern trails of Hilton Falls, and ride them for a few hours and see how you feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    I'm hoping for all that and more. Bring it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksom
    But take the singlespeed test on those rugged northwestern trails of Hilton Falls, and ride them for a few hours and see how you feel.
    I guess it would be the FS for me. Hilton Falls can be pretty rough. Again, thanks for the info.

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    Hilton Falls vs. Canadian Shield

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    I guess it would be the FS for me. Hilton Falls can be pretty rough. Again, thanks for the info.
    Hey Norm,

    Not taking shots at Ricksom's assessment of the potential challenge of Crank the Shield as I am doing it myself, but I would suggest that Hilton Falls is a much different animal than the granite rock challenges of northern Ontario. The Shield is generally rideable with momentum and some degree of technical skills. Whereas, Hilton in spots can be a completely unrideable mess as you know. If you have ridden at Buckwallow, you will know that the shield can be ridden. There aren't the sharp, square, pinch flat sections that are pre-dominant on the Escarpment.

    Not to suggest that there aren't rock challenges in northern Ontario, they are just different. And I know of some single speed riders on this forum who would suggest riding up there on a SS rigid bike is not only doable, but the right tool for the job. They do have their biases though too...Right Nogears?

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    i will be doing this here event.

    single speed solo. all by myself. i will be doing it with a style and grace not previously witnessed in ontario endurance mountain biking. ever. the more smellier olde-skool types of circusclippers and skuttleskunky should come prepared and take notes.
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    my bicycle will likely be rigid because the suspensiony-type part felt heavy and unnatural this weekend.
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    hey chico, when does the course open for pre-ride?
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    Quote Originally Posted by norm
    I guess it would be the FS for me. Hilton Falls can be pretty rough. Again, thanks for the info.
    There you go Norm, everyone has a different experience and opinion. Mine is based on two adventure races in the Lake of Bays area (near Huntsville) that were about 50km each on ATV and snowmobile trails, and the latest adventure race near Fairy Lake (near Burleigh Falls) of about 75km of the same. I never really saw much bare "shield" granite rock like you see on the Buckwallow trails. Rather, lots of loose and embedded rocks, ...rutted mud, loam, and sand, ....baby head "glacial till" rocks and gravel, and some nice stretches of smooth pine forest trail. I got bounced around quite nicely, especially on the really long downhills you see in the Haliburton area. But then again, I am not a macho man on a single speed doing the Trans Rockies like Nogg's. I bet you his azz, arms, and shoulders were really sore after that race!

    I suggest to all that you read Chico's route description, then pull out a topo map or snowmobile trail map and pick off a few trails to try out. Might be a challenge to get back to the car as there really aren't any "loops" like we have here in southern Ontario.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricksom
    I am not a macho man on a single speed doing the Trans Rockies like Nogg's. I bet you his azz, arms, and shoulders were really sore after that race!
    I enjoyed the benefit of a Maverick SC32 out west...I assure you, the soreness I felt was not limited to the areas listed.

    Buckwallow is nothing short of awesome. The BIG rocks are perfect for a rigid hardtail, and I think Ricki is right, the wee half hidden rocks are the ones that hurt the most...we will see more then our share of them.

    I'm thinking it will be a three-stages, hilton falls and buckwallow combo for the trails. I expect it will be heavy on the rough and rugged disguised by loom and moss (so bring a spoke wrench). The ATV trails will be deeply rutted, steep and virtually unrideable if we get a good bout of rain. The road sections...well...be kind and pull a gearless retard for a bit.

    My initial reaction to the challenge was pretty lax (not a reflection of the event or the organizer but more my inability to respect the terrain - our backyard is challenging? but the grass, over there, it's soooo greeen...) Anyway, the further I look into this the more I think this will be quite an epic challenge - the sheer variability of the terrain is something I didn't experience out west and is certainly something that will make equipment selection difficult. Add to that the distances, I would estimate we have a good 4-5 days of riding packed in there...
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    You, you had a nice plush suspension fork! Oh, I am so disillusioned, so naïve, so having thoughts of you being such a normal person with very strange habits…..
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