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    Who's going to Sea Otter?

    Weather permitting, I'm planning on checking out the action Saturday with my son. Looking forward to seeing nice shiny bikes.
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    I'm there! We have a big booth. I should be working it.

    Forget about the 'weather permitting' part Zorg. You're going!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes
    Zorg, weather permitting? You mean, if it's doesn't rain you don't go?

    I'll be there Saturday. Don't know why, as I ride Ft. Ord enough during the winter.
    I was so spoiled last year. I took my wife and my 2 sons on Friday. The weather was perfect, and the crowds not too big. OTOH 2 or 3 years ago, I went with my older son and GMM and it poured on us, and we left Monterey after only an hour there completely soaking wet.

    Anyway, unless there is a deluge, we'll be there. I just want a beer mug!!
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    Racing da otter DH and DS for the first time. Never raced DS before so that should be interesting. How does DS rules work anyway? Qualifier then race against everyone on both tracks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zorg
    I was so spoiled last year. I took my wife and my 2 sons on Friday. The weather was perfect, and the crowds not too big. OTOH 2 or 3 years ago, I went with my older son and GMM and it poured on us, and we left Monterey after only an hour there completely soaking wet.

    Anyway, unless there is a deluge, we'll be there. I just want a beer mug!!
    Bring me a pint and I'll bring you a glass.

    event setup:
    http://www.montereyherald.com/news/ci_14873282

    We need to go to the rc track btw. I have 5 corr trucks now... and no time to race.

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    Pretty sure I'm gonna make it out on Saturday.

    I'll have something rare and old with me.
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    Me.

    Leopard painted tandem and Some Hippie up front.

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    Got 2 CORR trucks (1 of which has many options waiting to be built up) and 1 buggy that needs a new servo. I've had no time to do anything but work for the last 3 weeks.

    Can't you get the SOC organizers to build you an RC track somewhere?

    I'll take a few days off here and there this quarter, and used some of them to go practice. Oh yeah.
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    I'll be there Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. Staying at the Monterey Plaza Hotel because I got some stupidly cheap deal.

    Found out my CEO and his son are going too, his son's racing, and CEO asked, "Oh, you gonna watch my son race?" Kinda obligated to now lol.

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    Hippie up front, redneck on the back = Domination.
    My presence would be the equivalent of painting lamb's blood on your frame, causing the "angel of crash" to nail me instead.

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    Running the opposite way.

    Off to Moab tomorrow! You all have fun at Sea Otter though. I doubt I'll be missing it come Sunday night after four hard days in Moab. Can't wait!
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    Me and the b/f are both racing - me Sport XC, him Sport DH. I wanted to race the DH but it's at the same time as the XC race... boo! We're getting down there Thursday afternoon. I wish we could bring our dog with us but I can see how the fairgrounds would be a c/f if everyone brought their dogs. Looking forward to meeting a bunch of you at the MTBR booth!

    Jeng, you racing sport or expert? is Corina racing the XC?
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    We'll have beer and donuts for ya

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    Leopard painted tandem and Some Hippie up front.
    on the last climb out...

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    whadda 'bout the sleaze otter? i'll be there, the bike mechanic/teacher @ work here is starting to hype it up. i just don't wanna black out before all the fun starts in the evening.

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    Internal14...I'd love to hear a trip report from Moab when you return. My wife and I leave for Moab & Fruita to celebrate our 15th in a couple weeks.
    As for SOC... XC Clydes Sport & Super Lame D, 3 kids, camping Thurs-Sun.
    SOC #16!
    Every day above ground is a great day!

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    Will be there Friday - Sunday, staying in Smellinas.

    If anyone has a campsite up near the front entrance let me know which one and I'll bring the best (Dogfish Head) beer known to man. Trying to make it easier on myself to get in and out of the venue and at the same time race and take pictures. Just need a place to park my car during the daytime.

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    i will be out there on sunday

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    Forrest says we have $20k+ in raffle prizes to give away. Raffle tickets are $1 each and we will donate to anti midpen and poison oak causes!

    Sigh, they said my test bike is a raffle prize.

    The great Lauren will give it to you and ride with you too!

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    I will be staying in Santa Cruz with buddy Friday and Saturday night but be at the event Saturday for my 7:30am race and then I will check out expo area for a couple hours, hope to see some of you guys out there.

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    I'll be there to heckle racers and drool on carbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grrrah
    I'll be there to heckle racers and drool on carbon.
    Yup. Drunk n obnoxious FTW.

    #37 you suuuuuuuhck!! *burp* *pass out*

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVSocrates
    Hippie up front, redneck on the back = Domination.
    Weed in the front, whisky in the back

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    Hoping my parole officer gives me a 24 hour pass to leave the county. Otherwise will have to live vicariously through facebook and mtbr.

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    I will be going down early saturday morning for a clydesdale Cat 2 start. I think I will leave RWC at 530. I better get to bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    Hoping my parole officer gives me a 24 hour pass to leave the county. Otherwise will have to live vicariously through facebook and mtbr.
    Oh thats right, you're a runner now.

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    The raffle prize jump bike is good! 35 lbs and only slightly used.

    Hey! Everybody can use a jump bike. My comfort level was wayy better after only 10 minutes.

    And this POS huffy cruiser cracked so we'll give it out too. And the owner who usually mans our booth is off to Hawaii.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    The raffle prize jump bike is good! 35 lbs and only slightly used.

    Hey! Everybody can use a jump bike. My comfort level was wayy better after only 10 minutes.

    And this POS huffy cruiser cracked so we'll give it out too. And the owner who usually mans our booth is off to Hawaii.

    fc
    man, ankle high jump + full face helmet? fail. @ least do a kickout or sumthin'.

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    I'll be there to get Nativeson drunk and make sure he doesn't endo into a firepit. ;-) I may ride a bike too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeson
    man, ankle high jump + full face helmet? fail. @ least do a kickout or sumthin'.
    House rulez brah. You missed the takes where I fell. Frickin ramp moved. Or the wind maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    House rulez brah. You missed the takes where I fell. Frickin ramp moved. Or the wind maybe.
    You cleared at least three Shitzus

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    Man, those are some sweet jumps. I assume that the FF helmet is in case one of those random 4x4's sticking out of the ground happens to fall on you... Good thinking.

    I'm bringing the family and staying in Monterey starting tomorrow night, and racing DS and DH. Unlike sand-Jeng-bagger, I'm doing Cat-1 even though I've only done one DS before, and it was at the Otter about 6-7 years ago in Beginner class, and my combined qualifying time was around 30 minutes. Ok, Jeng's probably got the right idea - and I'm going to get my but kicked. We plan to bring our boys (3 and 5) to the kids rodeo and Ride Zone a few of the days. Looking forward to talking to an inebriated MTBR founder during the raffle again...

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    Saturday AM booth duty, beer, ride, beer, swag, beer, & raffle in no particular order.
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    I may not have the best of everything, but I have the best everything that matters.

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    Friday booth duty. It better come with free beer all afternoon long.

    Saturday not sure. Is there a MTBR dirt preride or sumthin sumthin?

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    i'll be there all weekend... racing cat2 25-29. all white banshee scythe /w carbon helmet & orange reflective goggles like you see in my avatar here.

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    Good job! Oh Yeah!!!

    Best event of the entire year!!!

    Rabid bike freaks, new parts & gear, free schwag & prizes, free beer, etc, etc.

    It's an adult Disneyland!!! Plus everyone is in a great mood. Can't wait...

    Forecast says we have good weather too...WOO HOO!!!!

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    I'll be there on Thurs shooting. Expect many good pics!
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    I'll probably be there on Friday, which coincidentally would be the 14th anniversary of when I first contributed to this website. Back then the Internet was this system of rusty tubes that delivered data via modems.

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    i'll be there Friday thru Sunday.
    We're planning to ride ft. Ord Saturday morning. care to join us? then celebrating Apollo's birthday Saturday night in campground H.

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    I'm working in Carmel Sat. morning, so I'll likely be there in the afternoon. Hopefully for the raffle.
    "If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
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    I'm racing Friday. Looking forward to getting my butt kicked again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpd
    I'm racing Friday. Looking forward to getting my butt kicked again.

    what time

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    Quote Originally Posted by J
    Weed in the front, whisky in the back
    Liquor up front, poker in the rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J
    what time
    Supposedly starting at 2:20. Two laps, so hopefully finishing in less than 3 hours.

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    Anyone know what the story is with feeds on the XC course? I remember last year they were handing out partially filled bottles on at least one of the laps. Should I count on being able to snag a full water bottle from the neutral feed each time around, or stash bottles in the bushes somewhere?

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    Hell yea!

    Quote Originally Posted by jeng
    Racing da otter DH and DS for the first time. Never raced DS before so that should be interesting. How does DS rules work anyway? Qualifier then race against everyone on both tracks?
    I'm moving in Wednesday to the best campsite I've ever scored! How? Oh, I gave them even more $$ WAY back on June 1st. Yep. That would be like five weeks after I left last year

    DS Thurs/Fri, hardtail DH Sat, C1 DH Sun. Going for the trifectah!

    Jeng- Here's the DS scoop. Get there early. Do as many practice runs as you can. Watch others and learn from their goofball lines. When qualies start, try to pair up with somebody fast. You'll do one timed run on each side. No particular order, just get the gate, they take your number, they tell the tent at the bottom who's about to go and then you go. After all have been down, results will be posted at the bottom.

    Say there are 23 dudes in your class trying to qualify. 16 will advance. They add your two run-times together for a total time. Say you run two 45.50" runs, your time is 1.31.00 right? Now, say the 16th fastest rider has a time of 1.31.05, you just qualified by the knobby of your tire and will get to race in the finals. Sweet, you get more for your money! And you get to ride the most badass slalom course in nor-cal some more. And the more you ride it, the faster you'll get.

    OK, you're in the finals. Get there early. Walk the course if you're there early enough. When they clear the course, go to the top. Stay at the top, close enough to hear the loud ass tough guy tell everyone the order of classes. Stay at the top, keep an ear to the loud guy. If you miss your run, you will be very bummed out and will not advance.

    OK, your in the gate. "All right riders, lets set 'em up. Rider's ready, watch the gate, beep beep beep bEEEEEEE" The gate drops and it's on. Forget the other guy, focus on your run and pin your lines. Do not miss any gates. Your run is not timed. When the first rider crosses the line a timer starts and then stops when the second rider does. This is the differential. Say you beat your guy by 0.24 seconds. Sweet, but not there yet. Go straight to the top and get in the other line. Back in the gate with the same dude. Beep beep beep BEEEEE, you do it again on the other course. You loose this time, but only by 0.13 seconds. You advance, the other cat watches and pushes bikes the rest of the day.

    1st vs. 15th, 2nd vs 16th and so on for the first round (of 16). Then the round of 8, then the round of 4. Win that round and your racing for 1st or 2nd. Loose that round and you're racing for 3rd or 4th.

    That should help you out... Good luck!

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    plan on coming down saturday morning, check stuff out, man the booth for a bit, get free crap, win some prizes, then going home.
    will you rep me?

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    I'm an Ottah suckah, racing one event - DH, Cat 1 old guy
    My daughter is racing DH and DS so I may need to sample the DS course during practice and am hoping to squeeze in a loop on the XC course on Thu

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    you're doing th dh justin? feel free to hit me up, we can punch out some practice runs together. what class you racing?

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    Oh, if anyone sees the photog in the MTBR Log on shirt, stop by and say hi!
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    Quote Originally Posted by William42
    you're doing th dh justin? feel free to hit me up, we can punch out some practice runs together. what class you racing?
    Cat 2. Let's ride Will!

    I got free entries and am too cheap to buy an annual racing license. But really I'm not going out there to win, just to hit some sweet jumps for a few days. I'm not a fast jumper and I didn't want to have to race DS cat 1 so there are all my excuses. Let the sandbagger comments commence

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