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    US Cup Pro XCT #1 Bonelli

    Who attended? Awesome course! Here are the results for the amateurs...

    http://www.uscup.net/up/file/BONELLI...S-CAT1-2-3.pdf

    Great start to the year for lots of people!
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    WOW, you were tearing it up out there! Great job on your win.

    I had a pretty good race too, but I gotta get out of the old guy's group (40-44), there are just too many fast riders there.

    That course was really fun, Ty did an awesome job.

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    Thanks!

    I was having a good day it seems.

    Allison got quite a lot of pictures that she posted on facebook....



    She even took pictures during bottle exchanges!

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    I had a blast. A great event with a great turnout. Running a 1X9 (11-32) was not the best decision. I never had a chance to recover. Still, pretty happy with my results. There was a pretty big pile up on the pavement at the start that I got stuck behind, so I didn't hit the single track in first as planned. Oh well..

    I ended up camping at the RV park. That was great. I met a bunch of fellow racers doing the same thing. It would be cool to take over a portion of that RV park eventually with all mtb'ers..

    Anyone going to Keyesville Classic? That is one of the best venues in S. Cal IMO..

    Free camping, great food etc...

    **What websites have pics from the event??

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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk
    **What websites have pics from the event??
    I have only found one so far: http://www.inclinephotography.com/f426185648

    There were so many people taking photographs all over the course; I am assuming that there must be other places as well...
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    I'll be at Keysville, love that one!

    I ran 1x9 also, but I think that lack of rest feeling was the course, not the bike

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    I've got a couple of shots







    Might upload a couple of short vids later...
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    Drove down from San Francisco for this. Great course & great race, loved it.

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    thanks aohammer! post the video for sure.

    Amazing how far out ahead Sid got. I left after lap 4 to head back to the campsite. I thought for sure that he had won....nope.

    Here is me lap three I think..

    http://www.inclinephotography.com/p5...0b4a#h37ca0b4a

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    It was such a great time on so many different levels... Met some great people, watched some of the pros work their "stuff", and had a great race on a great course. Good times...

    Here is a pic of me on my trusty old '96 Stumpjumper during lap one:
    http://www.inclinephotography.com/p128932252/ed44ac24
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    So did anyone else pick up a safety pin in their tire. I know of three people (myself included) that got safety pins in their tires! I'm not too paranoid, but I think someone was trying to make things more interesting out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyboy
    So did anyone else pick up a safety pin in their tire. I know of three people (myself included) that got safety pins in their tires! I'm not too paranoid, but I think someone was trying to make things more interesting out there.

    could have been a leftover from a cross race or some other race. stans is wonderful stuff!!!
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    Not Stan's... I race for SLiME

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    Just curious...without handcounting the results sheet, anyone hear how many amateur entries there? Some of the "nationals" I have been to have smaller turnouts than our state races, I would think SoCal would have pretty good numbers.

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    A lot, I races cat 3 30-34 and there were 18 with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbscott
    Just curious...without handcounting the results sheet, anyone hear how many amateur entries there? Some of the "nationals" I have been to have smaller turnouts than our state races, I would think SoCal would have pretty good numbers.
    Thought I would dump the results into excel and see, because I thought as a 45-49'er, I'd be in a small group... turns out, it was the biggest group. I debated going Cat 3 for my fist race, and that would have been 1/3 the size, but I wanted the extra lap.

    Unofficial total (all amateurs): 634
    Cat 1 men: 174
    Cat 2 men: 243
    Cat 3 men: 121
    Total women: 63

    Cat 2 age distribution:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vancemac
    Thought I would dump the results into excel and see, because I thought as a 45-49'er, I'd be in a small group... turns out, it was the biggest group. I debated going Cat 3 for my fist race, and that would have been 1/3 the size, but I wanted the extra lap.

    Unofficial total (all amateurs): 634
    Cat 1 men: 174
    Cat 2 men: 243
    Cat 3 men: 121
    Total women: 63
    Wow - thanks for that! Would be really interesting to see YOY info or even the info from March vs. Sept out at Bonelli the past 2-3 years.

    FWIW, 20 pro women and I heard 77 pro men for XC. Not too shabby for a national level race in mid-March

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    So did anyone else pick up a safety pin in their tire. I know of three people (myself included) that got safety pins in their tires! I'm not too paranoid, but I think someone was trying to make things more interesting out there.
    Don't shoot the messenger, but likely it was from one of the Pro's body numbers that inadvertently fell off mid-race. Similar to CX races, the Pro's all had one body number on their backs facing timing and sometimes through crashing or just a quick number pinning the safety pins fall out. Glad your tire held up anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyboy
    So did anyone else pick up a safety pin in their tire. I know of three people (myself included) that got safety pins in their tires! I'm not too paranoid, but I think someone was trying to make things more interesting out there.
    My Teammate, Todd Booth, picked up a safety pin too! That seems like more than a coincidence. Luckily he held pressure and was able to make home for a 2nd in the Cat 1 40-44.

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    I had a great weekend and a decent showing I suppose. Still learning how to get better results in the big Pro fields.

    Here's my write-up: http://claassenmtb.blogspot.com/2011...pro-xct-1.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clintox50
    I had a great weekend and a decent showing I suppose. Still learning how to get better results in the big Pro fields.

    Here's my write-up: http://claassenmtb.blogspot.com/2011...pro-xct-1.html
    I am not sure what to think of the 80% rule. I guess that on such a tight/short course it is a good idea. On the other hand, it would be nice to know exactly where you fit in after a complete race right?

    New bike on race day...ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme
    Who attended? Awesome course! Here are the results for the amateurs...

    http://www.uscup.net/up/file/BONELLI...S-CAT1-2-3.pdf

    Great start to the year for lots of people!
    I noticed your signature changed, the fact that Lea Davison is riding a Specialized Epic must have forced a change in your declaration...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MessagefromTate
    I noticed your signature changed, the fact that Lea Davison is riding a Specialized Epic must have forced a change in your declaration...
    its about time some of that tards declarations have been changed

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    Quote Originally Posted by MessagefromTate
    I noticed your signature changed, the fact that Lea Davison is riding a Specialized Epic must have forced a change in your declaration...
    no. lea rides an Era. signature would still hold water if allison weren't having a really tough time with an injury this year. i wish lea all the luck with her new ride! she had a good start to the year after coming off injury as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vancemac
    Thought I would dump the results into excel and see, because I thought as a 45-49'er, I'd be in a small group... turns out, it was the biggest group. I debated going Cat 3 for my fist race, and that would have been 1/3 the size, but I wanted the extra lap.

    Unofficial total (all amateurs): 634
    Cat 1 men: 174
    Cat 2 men: 243
    Cat 3 men: 121
    Total women: 63

    Cat 2 age distribution:
    Thanks for the info. Our first Texas State race last month had 716 total (we do run Pro/Open classes for both men and women, but they are not figured separately) and the second one this past weekend had around 550.
    I totally agree with your observations about age groups. When I started racing in 1997 at age 40, our group was small and the ones older than us almost non-existent. Now I race against 25-30 in just the Cat 1 50-59, we have around 10-12 in our 60+! And all of the Cat 1/2/3 groups from 30-50+ are big, 19-29 seems smaller, I think because of college, starting careers, families, etc.
    We've had healthy junior groups for awhile but looks like that's going up a notch this year too. We had 118 juniors 18 and under in all Cats at the first race and more girls than before. XC mountainbiking has been in a slump for years but I'd like to think it's resurging a bit this year, only time will tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clintox50
    I had a great weekend and a decent showing I suppose. Still learning how to get better results in the big Pro fields.

    Here's my write-up: http://claassenmtb.blogspot.com/2011...pro-xct-1.html
    Be sure to post up a review on that Tallboy when you get a chance, it's on my short list (although it may be a ways out before purchase), and while there are plenty of reviews of it as a trail bike, I'm curious of it as a full on xc race bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peabody
    its about time some of that tards declarations have been changed


    On a serious note, lets not forget why we are all here. It's because all love to ride bikes, let's try to keep it that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rydbyk
    I am not sure what to think of the 80% rule. I guess that on such a tight/short course it is a good idea. On the other hand, it would be nice to know exactly where you fit in after a complete race right?

    New bike on race day...ouch.
    Yeah it would, especially since I tend to start feeling good after about 90min.

    Quote Originally Posted by Whambat
    Be sure to post up a review on that Tallboy when you get a chance, it's on my short list (although it may be a ways out before purchase), and while there are plenty of reviews of it as a trail bike, I'm curious of it as a full on xc race bike.
    Will do. Can't wait to get it out on my "go to" routes and courses to see how it really goes compared to what I'm used to. Unfortunately though I never got the chance to ride a Superfly 100 or Epic carbon 29er so I can't directly compare to those that most would be picking from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clintox50
    Yeah it would, especially since I tend to start feeling good after about 90min.

    I know start position is huge (if you're getting called up like 60/77 it's going to be tough to get back into the top 80% to do another lap), but if you feel better after 90 mins (just tossing it out there cause I don't know/haven't tested it) but would a harder warm up help at all? Not questioning your racing/training but if you have maybe 2x5 min race efforts or just under or something before the start (I know, gotta stand around for 77 guys to be called up), would it make a difference?

    Fontana is always tough too with the big hill. The top guys are likely descending the back side before the guys near the back of the pack have made it up the hike.

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    Nice Race write up Clint. Sucks about the 80% rule. Sounds like if you had known in the XC you would have just pinned it at the beginning to make the cut.

    I am going to try to race my TB this weekend for first time....not sure what to expect. Would be really be interested in your build as well as bike weight...and of course impressions.
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    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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    Quote Originally Posted by miss rides a lot
    I know start position is huge (if you're getting called up like 60/77 it's going to be tough to get back into the top 80% to do another lap), but if you feel better after 90 mins (just tossing it out there cause I don't know/haven't tested it) but would a harder warm up help at all? Not questioning your racing/training but if you have maybe 2x5 min race efforts or just under or something before the start (I know, gotta stand around for 77 guys to be called up), would it make a difference?

    Fontana is always tough too with the big hill. The top guys are likely descending the back side before the guys near the back of the pack have made it up the hike.
    Yeah I made sure to get longer warmups in last weekend with some decent efforts and felt ok for the start. Got in an hour long warmup for short track and felt pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Okie Dokie
    Nice Race write up Clint. Sucks about the 80% rule. Sounds like if you had known in the XC you would have just pinned it at the beginning to make the cut.

    I am going to try to race my TB this weekend for first time....not sure what to expect. Would be really be interested in your build as well as bike weight...and of course impressions.
    Thanks. Yeah I'll be going all out from the get go for Fontana so we'll see what happens. The singletrack there is very hard to pass on so hopefully I don't get stuck too badly.

    Don't want to thread jack too much, but my XL TB is 23.82lbs w/out pedals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme
    no. lea rides an Era. signature would still hold water if allison weren't having a really tough time with an injury this year. i wish lea all the luck with her new ride! she had a good start to the year after coming off injury as well!
    That's a weak technicality, sorry I don't carry the Specialized catalog into the bathroom with me to study the nuances of their over marketed, over hyped wares...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeStrong
    On a serious note, lets not forget why we are all here. It's because all love to ride bikes, let's try to keep it that way.
    It's starting to look a little like the TGR forums in here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MessagefromTate
    That's a weak technicality, sorry I don't carry the Specialized catalog into the bathroom with me to study the nuances of their over marketed, over hyped wares...

    Did I miss something? "Over marketed". Hmm. If you have then $$, then....

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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme
    no. lea rides an Era. signature would still hold water if allison weren't having a really tough time with an injury this year. i wish lea all the luck with her new ride! she had a good start to the year after coming off injury as well!
    O.k., curiosity killed the cat so I gotta wonder . . . . what in the world is the deal with the signature?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthemRider
    O.k., curiosity killed the cat so I gotta wonder . . . . what in the world is the deal with the signature?
    i used to have an overly exuberant signature about my wife being the fastest woman in the US on an Sworks Epic, it was silly and prideful. it was a true statement until recently, but haters don't like it. it's alright, i would hate on others lots if my life sucked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme
    i used to have an overly exuberant signature about my wife being the fastest woman in the US on an Sworks Epic, it was silly and prideful. it was a true statement until recently, but haters don't like it. it's alright, i would hate on others lots if my life sucked.

    not a hater, just dont like someone telling everybody all the time how great they are and constant self promotion. i would say someone doing that every moment they can is the one whos life sucks so he has to try to convince everyone otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peabody
    not a hater
    a quick search of your entire body of work here on MTBR would certainly make a good argument to the contrary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme
    i used to have an overly exuberant signature about my wife being the fastest woman in the US on an Sworks Epic, it was silly and prideful. it was a true statement until recently, but haters don't like it. it's alright, i would hate on others lots if my life sucked.
    Nothing wrong with letting your wife know that you're proud of her/

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthemRider
    Nothing wrong with letting your wife know that you're proud of her/
    I agree! Wish my wife just rode with me.
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    Go Allison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthemRider
    Nothing wrong with letting your wife know that you're proud of her/
    +1, what a silly thing to get bent about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whybotherme
    i used to have an overly exuberant signature about my wife being the fastest woman in the US on an Sworks Epic, it was silly and prideful. it was a true statement until recently, but haters don't like it. it's alright, i would hate on others lots if my life sucked.
    Actually having a Jesus complex like you do is a sure sign of psychosis...

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    The guy is probably alright in person, but he is one on those guys that seems to rub people the wrong way. (We all know those people) just try and relax a little bit.. you're going to be alright buddy..

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    Anyone find photos yet?

    Incline Photo is all I have seen. Any other photographers out there??

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