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    Sierra Cup - Pine Nut Cracker

    Alright who is in?
    http://www.renowheelmen.org/race-ser...rra-cup-series

    Pine Nut Cracker is coming up approximately 1 month from now I am planning on signing up for the Sport class and will definitely be giving it a pre-race ride to see what the conditions are and what not.

    So who is in?! I will be out tehre on my purple people eater... the purple On-One Inbred!

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    Good luck Greg! I would love to as I grew up about 10 minutes from that area and moto'd out there daily, but not quite ready yet. My 2 cents regarding race prep would be intense short range intervals. No long climbs, but almost constant small scale up and downs. The dirt tends to be pretty loose and transitions from moon-dust to sand to hard pack and has a healthy sprinkling of shale rock throughout. Fun riding for sure!

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    Thanks for the tips magnum. Hell I dont know if I am ready for it, hence why I am doing the Sport (beginner) class at 11 miles. I figure it will be like most races I do in sports, I will be a middle of the pack finisher (if this ankle heals up soon enough). Will be fun and should have the new GEAX Gato to compliment my Saguaro by this weekend.. Really not that impressed with the Purg Control :shrug:

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    Right on! I'll keep you posted if I end up pulling the trigger

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    Cool. If nothing else you will see my Purple People Eater out there. Everytime I ride somewhere new and stop to talk to people they say... Wow never seen a bike that color!

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    I`m not interrested in racing anything, but I love the name! Have a good time.
    How`s the ankle doing?

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    Ankle still isnt stellar but should be good by next weekend to do some riding... Can actually walk normal and the Zpack is helping everything else. God was this my month to get sick/injured/etc or what...

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    Ok, Registration has FINALLY opened for this. Ankle is feeling better and can do some riding. Will be going out to the trail this weekend to give it a real shot (did just sandy path/multi-use trail while the wife ran with the dog this weekend).

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    Good to hear! I am considering signing up now... Will decide this weekend.

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    I will be there holding up the back end of Cat1.

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    Well then we will be there to cheer you on SB!!!

    Officially signed up this weekend. So I will be there for the Cat 3s! Look for me on my purple Inbred 29er.
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    Bit the bullet and signed up. See you all there on Saturday!

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    Good luck, guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodar y rodar View Post
    Good luck, guys!
    Thanks Rodar!

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    Thanks Rodar!
    Magnum - what class you doing?

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    CAT 3 19-39. How about you?

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    Same! Look for me on the Purple Inbred HT.

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    Will do! I'll be in a black/white kit w/ white and red giant Reign.

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    I'll be racing this one again this year. Last year it was the first bike race that I ever competed in. I was about 2 months into my cycling career, and got my ass kicked royally(single-speed). I had no idea what I was in for... With that said, It was the race that got me started in cycling, and I've come a long long way since last year at that point(Completed Leadville 100 in 10hours only 3 months later that year). I'll be racing the Cat 2 class, and hoping to finish pretty high up there. See you guys out there!

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    yeah this will be my first ever race and I have been mtb'ing for about a year now on my bike (1 1/2yrs total). Excited to do it though and see how things go.

    Just an FYI, the first mile of the course has changed. Supposedly they took out the steep climb at the beginning but I do not know for sure.

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    Ok for anyone that hasnt headed out yet that is going down apparently there is construction on PineNut RD so you have to bypass it. Go past PineNut Rd turnoff on 395 and head another 1200ft. make the next left. Kinda vague but that is what is on their facebook...

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    Met up with Magnum at the race, was great to meet you dude.
    He apparently finished second in the 19-39 CAT 3 race and from what my wife was saying I finished 5th. Not sure what Magnums time was but I ran a 1:07:05. Not to shabby for my first race and probably could have shaved a few minutes off had I not stopped to help a fallen biker. Guy went down hard in a techy downhill section and took a big gash over his eye.

    All in all was a blast and looking forward to the next one. How about you Magnum??

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    It was a pleasure to meet you Greg, and good job! Fun course and perfect weather. And you're right, I finished second with 54 min time I believe?? I poured it on from the ravine to the finish and made up a lot of time on the leader, but came up 3 seconds short Good on'ya for helping that guy out, saw him after the race, looked rough.

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    Good job guys!

    I finished P10 in Cat 2. Went out too hard in lap 1, but then just settled in and finished in 1:45.

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    Way to go, everybody!
    That keyring puck is pretty cool. Was that your medal, .357?

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    Nice job Dynamic! I haven't done any MTB races previous to this, but I have done 2 twilight road races this year. I've heard the twilight mtb series is a good time though. Maybe I will have to make it out to the hidden valley round.

    Thanks Rodar, and those are the medals they handed out. It's a red anodized sprocket lined in chain. I appreciated the effort they put into those. Much more unique than an average medal or trophy.

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    Well I got my revenge on the Pine Nut Cracker! I took first out of all 39 of the Cat2's. I went hard out of the gate and passed all the Cat 1 women by the time I hit the single track(they had 30sec head start). I wanted to get some traffic between me and the rest of the riders as I knew that it's tougher to pass once you get into the flowy stuff. I then began reeling in the Pro/Cat 1 men. I passed all but one(Clint Classen) of them by the start of the second lap. and remained out in front of them for the whole second lap. I felt great, and despite the course not being too favorable to me, as I excel on big long climbs, I was very very happy with the outcome. Finished two laps in 1:24:51... four minutes ahead of the 2nd place rider. Really hoping to do well in a few more races this season, and potentially move up to the Cat 1's in only my second year!

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    Well done Jesse! For riding so little you have an incredible ability to suffer. I think the decision to move to CAT I would be a given. At the very least, why not race for a little cash instead of pride alone ya know? Just the same, awesome job!

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    Great job all around!! Nice to see that there were quite a few from the forums at the race! You guys all definitely put me to shame! The course was a lot of fun and I will definitely have to get out there again to familiarize myself a bit more with it. Won't be able to make the Peavine Challenge but does anyone know anything about Sawtooth Ridge? Thinking I might give that one a go as well.

    Here are some of the pics the wifey took:

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    KCCO boys!

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    Nice pics Greg! Not sure about Sawtooth... Chances are Peavine is a no go for me as well. Having to change gears to longer more sustained rides leading up to the Death Ride, so I won't be doing much on the MTB. After the Death Ride however, I am sure I will loathe the very sight of my road bike, so all MTB for the rest of the summer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum357 View Post
    Nice pics Greg! Not sure about Sawtooth... Chances are Peavine is a no go for me as well. Having to change gears to longer more sustained rides leading up to the Death Ride, so I won't be doing much on the MTB. After the Death Ride however, I am sure I will loathe the very sight of my road bike, so all MTB for the rest of the summer!
    Ewwww... you are a brave man! My brother and SIL have done it a few times, I think after the 3rd time he did it he said he would never do it again. Remember there is a good reason that they call it the death ride..

    Oh and here is the Strava for the ride...
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    No doubt its a tough ride, but a good goal to build for. This will be my second year, and there is a good chance (as always) that it will be the last, but I will give myself until December to decide That style of riding is completely counter-intuitive for me as I naturally favor sprints over endurance rides, but that is part of why I like it.

    Regarding the danger of the ride, I personally feel that due to the event's fame, it attracts a lot of cyclists that have limited experience and perhaps have only ridden road and lack necessary bike skill for tricky descents and high speeds on rough roads. Due to that, there are a lot of accidents brought on by people's lack of experience/skill. For a rider such as yourself, however, its simply gutting it out

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    Thanks Jonathan, I didn't notice you there until they called your name up to the podium... Nicely done!
    I raced the Sawtooth Ridge race last year, it was later in the year(October 2nd), and the last race of the season. I managed a 3rd out of 19 in the Cat 2's, with a rear flat change and a good over the bars crash. It's a cool course, starts off big with some good climbing each lap(800feet I believe). Obviously, the number of laps depend of class. I flew on the uphill stuff, but was definitely slower than many on the downhill. The back few miles of the loop course are down some really rocky and technical single track. I'm talking baby-heads and little drops and everything. Definitely a whole different monster than the Pinenut, but fun all the same. It's the one race I've done that I can say a full suspension bike would have helped and made me faster. I pinch flatted once in this section, as did many others in the race.

    I'm looking forward to the Peavine Challenge. Last year it was re-scheduled due to rain, so I wasn't able to race that one, but I'm thinking it'll be cool to race on home "dirt"... From the looks of the course over the last few years, it's a 12 mile loop, with the first half being straight up essentially. Because of this, I'm thinking I will race it on my single-speed, which I'm faster with on long climbs. We'll see how the legs are feeling though, as this weekend I'm heading out for my first bike-packing trip of the year and will be putting in some big miles with a loaded bike...

    Death Ride: Glad to hear I'm not the only one giving this a go... It'll be my first year, and falls only two weeks before the Colorado Trail Race that I'll be doing. Really looking forward to some long long days in the saddle! See you out there, if not sooner!

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    See I just picked up a road-ish bike this year and have only ever ridden mtbs. Picked up a 2009 Kona Jake as a commuter and really that is the only road riding I have done so I would probably be one of those people that you curse at on the Death Ride. Road riding seems alright but at this point does not have any major pull for me. But looks like I might need it to start working on my climbing speed, really I am a diesel, can climb for quite a while just not quickly...

    Actually my goal for next year is to either do the Leadville Qualifier in Northstar or the Steamboat Stinger in Steamboat Springs, CO. My brother did the Leadville at N* last year and was able to finish in 6:36:xx so that would be my goal to finish in under 7hrs.

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    Ya monsters! I like the idea of putting a DR bib on my wall, but for now I`m still not up for that much. Getting closer though, so maybe one of these years I`ll try it.
    Or maybe not

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    Thanks for the complements Jesse! I had the same realization when you stepped up to the podium.
    Sawtooth sounds like it would be more my style considering my moto background. Contingent upon the amount of "free time" to train for mtb I can set apart between now and then I will race it.
    Regarding the DR, Greg, I am more than confident that you would be more than in control. Its those Silicon Valley cubicle guys that I worry about. Not sure they would fare any better than Napoleon...


    Jesse: Will you be pre-running any of the DR passes?

    Rodar: I would say give it a go any year! Maybe you get 2/5 or 5/5 passes, but either way, its a good starting point and an awesome experience.

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    No experimenting for that one in my case. I try to avoid crowds and kluster f*k situations at all costs- don`t attend charity rides, concerts or festivals, avoid banquets and parties whenever possible, and cringe every year when my commute forces me though the middle of the air race circus. If I ever submit to coughing up the entry fee, hassling with parking and then dealing with over 1000 other riders plus families and staff, it`ll be only one time. Either I`ll figure I stand a good chance of finishing the whole thing or I`ve decided that I`m on the downhill slide and my chances are quickly dininishing, and neither of those situations has come about yet.

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    OUCH!!! Just looked at the race results (found them on the Sierra Cup facebook page) and I was 8th out of 9 riders in our class... I will leave now and go nurse my wounded pride....

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    You're right Rodar, the DR is definitely the opposite of an escape.

    Greg, that's called motivation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magnum357 View Post
    Greg, that's called motivation
    That's like saying there are only so many times during the day that you can say WTF!? before you alcohol needs to be involved. Think I hit that when I looked at the results. Drunken softball is fun right?! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    OUCH!!! Just looked at the race results (found them on the Sierra Cup facebook page) and I was 8th out of 9 riders in our class... I will leave now and go nurse my wounded pride....
    That`s cool, Greg- it gives you a way to move up without having to get serious.
    Perfect!

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    This year's Pine Nut Cracker was only my 4th race ever. My race career spans the last 4 weeks including 3 Twilight series races. What a lot of fun. I'm almost 60 and wish I had started this stuff 40 years ago.
    I am awestruck by the tremendous fitness level of the Cat 1 riders. These people must be nothing but lungs and legs. Amazing!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by RenoRacing View Post
    Well I got my revenge on the Pine Nut Cracker! I took first out of all 39 of the Cat2's. I went hard out of the gate and passed all the Cat 1 women by the time I hit the single track(they had 30sec head start). I wanted to get some traffic between me and the rest of the riders as I knew that it's tougher to pass once you get into the flowy stuff. I then began reeling in the Pro/Cat 1 men. I passed all but one(Clint Classen) of them by the start of the second lap. and remained out in front of them for the whole second lap. I felt great, and despite the course not being too favorable to me, as I excel on big long climbs, I was very very happy with the outcome. Finished two laps in 1:24:51... four minutes ahead of the 2nd place rider. Really hoping to do well in a few more races this season, and potentially move up to the Cat 1's in only my second year!
    Nice! Definitely sounds like it's time for an upgrade :-). I came around to start lap 3 at 1:16:00 so you're doing very well.
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    Well looks like I am going to be signing up for Sawtooth Ridge. Talked to a friend this weekend that is a motocross racer and he wants to get more into mtb'ing as off season training for his moto races. He is wanting to do the beginner class with me so looks like we will be there.

    Anyone else doing Sawtooth? Thinking that I am actually going to go preride this one.

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    Last year "Sawtooth" was at Northstar but I don't think it is this year because N* was too hard to work with. No details on the renowheelmen.org site about it, anyone know where it's going to be?
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    I'm also thinking of doing the Sawtooth Ridge race and would like to do a pre-ride. Do you have a course map or description? I am a little confused about the possible course. I have ridden the "Sawtooth Trail" once before but I'm not sure the course has anything to do with it.
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    Didn't know about the course change up. I am going to hit up their facebook page and see what they come back with. Thought it was Sawtooth Trail in Truckee but have heard that the trail was easy and very lack luster (easiest thing next to Emigrant).

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    Well guess I will see you guys there this weekend! Looks like the Cat3s will be making the determination on whether we want to do one lap or two laps for our race. Seems pretty small (and flat) at 9.5miles?!

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    Hey Greg! Do you have any details regarding where/when on this weekend's race? We have company over in the afternoon/evening, but am entertaining the idea of sneaking out

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    Just outside of Truckee down 267... Supposedly back in the neighborhoods on US RD6 but the event is closed to 100 riders and is already full. Race time is 9:30 which means the CAT3 will probably start at like 9:45ish... Look on the wheelmen website for the course map and you can get an idea of where it is.

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