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    Your first race: Where, When, Age, Bike, Finish?

    I went for a long solo ride today. I had lots of time to think. I started thinking back to how "green" I was when it all began for me....racing that is... I have lots of great memories from different venues... It all has to start somewhere at sometime right?

    Where: Vista, CA (Team Manna Event)

    When: 1992

    Age: 18

    Bike: Full rigid (...wasn't "cool" back then. It was only option.) chro-mo Fisher Hoo-Koo-E-Koo...light blue..bio pace cranks

    Finish: Yep..I won..beginner class. I have been racing on and off for over 20 years now....yet I have never won another race....argh!!

    NOTE: I have no pics...but pics of your first race would be great to see. Especially if there is neon invlolved..
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    My first race was 2008. I started riding about the same vintage as the OP but didn't ever get around to racing.

    Where: Barking spider outside Boise.
    When: 2008
    Age: 33
    Bike: Ventana el fuego
    Finish: yes. second place. Probably could have pulled for first but confused the finish line. Bumped to sport class for next race. My avitar is a race photo from first season.
    Oh sh!+ just force upgraded to cat1. Now what?
    Best thing about an ultra marathon? I just get to ride my bike for X hours!

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    1986, Houston, TX "Swamp Race (or something like that) sponsored by WestEnd Bikes (assume shop). I believe I came in second, don't really recall. I was 20 or 21 at the time. Will Black, who went on to a pro MTB and Cyclocross career was the winner.

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    mine...

    cannot remember the year, late eighties/early nineties

    Crested Butte in the CORPS days, circuit race on Saturday, XC on Sunday

    Bike: Kona HOT steel HT

    Beginner class, finished about mid pack in a field of 100+, I was blown up right from the start, and barely hanging in...

    Next race two weeks later in Boulder finished 11th, learning quickly.

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    Where: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

    When: 2002

    Age: 14

    Bike: 2002 Giant Rainier hardtail

    Finish: 14/87 in age category
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    Oh man...

    Where: Osceola, NY: Tug Hill XC Ski Center
    When: 1997
    Age: 18
    Bike: GT Tequesta (way to big! for me)
    Finish: 2nd Beginner Category

    Still wish that race course was around, raced it for 2-3 more years and then they shut the place down due to logging.

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    Where: local race series in St. Catharines, ON, Canada
    When: 2007
    Age: 25
    Bike: Kona Cinder Cone
    Finish: 109th out of approx. 150 in the male category.

    lol I sucked but that race got me hooked!

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    Where: Battle the Bear XC
    When: 5/13/06
    Age: 28
    Bike: Scott Scale
    Finish: 4th in 19-29 Sport

    I came out of that one a bit cocky, and proceeded to DNF after 2 crashes a few weeks later in Angel Fire. I still cannot believe I've only been riding a MTB for 4 years....It feels like a lot longer with as many fricken races as I've done.
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    My first race was last June at age 19, on my '07 Trek 6500. Tour de Tykes in Danville, PA. 3500+ feet of climbing in 13.6 miles. It hurts, regardless of what shape you're in.

    I did it more out of a desire to test my ability after riding for 9 months, so I entered the sport class.

    Well, I was a little over my head. First, the heat index was somewhere between 101 and 105, with a ridiculous humidity percentage. Mid-race, I ended up having a screw back out of one of my cleats halfway through the race, so I couldn't clip in with one foot. Somewhere around mile 11, my quads and calves started cramping, bad. I came over the peak of a small hill yelling just about every curse word known in the english language (and probably a couple other languages), only to see some very surprised aid station workers who then expressed some concerned about my well being. I assured them I was fine through gritted teeth, and carried on my way.

    I finished 16th out of 17 in my class that day. Still finished, though, cramps, twisted cleat, and all.

    Did the same race this year, finished 8th out of 15 in my class, and improved my time by 40 minutes.

    My best finish this year was a 5th at the Lehigh ECCC XC race in Men's B. I've yet to grab a win, but I keep moving up in classes each year without winning. I prefer the challenge to feeling like a sandbagger.

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    Shasta Lamurian Classic! 1994, Age 18,GT Zaskar Mag 21 with a long travel kit! Oh ya 2" of travel. Sport class to do the long loop. 43 miles 5500ft or 7500 total elevation gain. I don't remember exactly. It was so cold the water in the hose on my camelback froze!!! I don't remember what place I got I was just glad to be alive. I had just got done running X-Country in high school so I thought I was in good shape but new nothing about pace or fueling for 5 hours in the saddle.

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    First Race: WORS Alpine Valley
    Bike: 1998 Klein Pulse Race
    Age: 26
    Year: 2002
    Result: 3rd in citizen age group. (2nd in age group for the year)
    Lessons learned: 1) It only took me a year to understand that semi-slicks with 65 psi do not make you faster. 2) Upgrades are expensive but you do it anyway.

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    Canaan Mountain 35k, 1989

    This is fun.

    Canaan was an early Laird Knight production, way before 24hr racing.

    Start and Finish in Davis, WVa, and run through the bogs, boulders, and swollen creeks for a few hours along the way.

    The bogs were attention-getting, because a seemingly innocuous puddle on one lane of double-track could be 2 feet deep. In other words, you could suddenly sink up to your headtube, at speed, in what looked like a rain puddle. With no warning.

    "Experienced" riders were preparing by duct-taping their shoes to their feet. I asked why, and was told about the likelihood of losing (and not being able to recover) a shoe while running parts of the course.

    There was also a fast moving stream crossing that I recall being well over hip deep, and I'm 6'2".

    Other nostalgia - rigid forks, toe clips & straps, hite-rites, etc.

    I finished, but I didn't care where. It was way different than my usual diet of road racing.

    Every time I recall this, I think about how mountain bikes are so astoundingly good now. I don't miss the old bikes at all.

    BP

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    Quote Originally Posted by azpoolguy
    Shasta Lamurian Classic! 1994, Age 18,GT Zaskar Mag 21 with a long travel kit! Oh ya 2" of travel. Sport class to do the long loop. 43 miles 5500ft or 7500 total elevation gain. I don't remember exactly. It was so cold the water in the hose on my camelback froze!!! I don't remember what place I got I was just glad to be alive. I had just got done running X-Country in high school so I thought I was in good shape but new nothing about pace or fueling for 5 hours in the saddle.
    What a small world it is. My first race was that exact one.1994 Lemurian Shasta Classic.
    Fully rigid Trek 850, 7th place beg. 35+.
    Damn near died on that brutal first climb that lasted about 10 miles.
    Cramped up something terrible that day.
    Oldest daughter doesn't ride.

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    Where: Short track race in Portland which goes over a motocross track and a grass field
    When: 2006
    Age: 28
    Bike: $500 hardtail with flat pedals
    Finish: Showed up late for the beginner race, so entered in sport. Got lapped by the leaders - twice! Just about threw up and could barely turn the pedals over by the end. Crashed at least once and narrowly avoided the DFL podium. To this day I still avoid that race venue.

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    Where: Devils Lake, WI
    When: 1995
    Age: 12 (I don't think they had an age group for me)
    Bike: Diamond back Sorento with clipless pedals and a softride stem
    Finish: I finished, and my bike weighed about 50lbs covered in mud and loved it. I don't remember anything about placing, I just remember having fun riding the race

    Still miss the Crusty Bluff Hunkerdown Race put on in La Crosse.

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    Where: Lake Compounce, Bristol CT
    When:1995
    Age: 29 (race age 30)
    Bike: Cannondale I built up from the frame during one of Cannondale's "frame swaps" (I swapped a piece-o-crap Centurion for it).
    Finish 19th out of 42.
    Next race I finished top 5 so I thought I should move up to sport, which is when I coined the term "middle third" so I wouldn't be in the bottom half.

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    Where: Pleasure Valley, Ontario
    When: 2003
    Age: 28
    Bike: Giant Iguana
    Finish: First in the Beginner Women 19+ category
    High on Life

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    Where: Brady's Run Park, PA
    When: Oct 2009
    Age 42
    Bike: Yeti 575
    Finish: 4th out of 14 beginners, 38 out of 60 something overall.
    No moss...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smoen81
    Where: Devils Lake, WI
    When: 1995
    Age: 12 (I don't think they had an age group for me)
    Bike: Diamond back Sorento with clipless pedals and a softride stem
    Finish: I finished, and my bike weighed about 50lbs covered in mud and loved it. I don't remember anything about placing, I just remember having fun riding the race

    Still miss the Crusty Bluff Hunkerdown Race put on in La Crosse.
    Softride..haha..nice. I remember those..I was so jealous of my buddy when he got one

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    Been riding since 1993, but never raced. Had raced BMX back in the 80's

    Where: Escape from Granogue, Mid-Atlantic Super Series, Wilmington, DE
    When: May, 2008
    Age: 39
    Bike: Cannondale Prophet
    Finish: 5th out of 16 beginners, Vet 2, 21st of 86 overall.

    For the season series, placed 2nd overall by 8 points. Moved to Sport this year and finished 3rd overall in a very fast Clyde class.
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    Name escapes me

    My first race was in 1988 or 89. I took 1st or 2nd in the beginner category. I was riding a yellow Rock Hopper with no front suspension and biopace chainrings. I remember stopping at the top of every downhill and lowering my seat to the frame and praying I would make it down the scree fields.

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    Where: Wolf River Rondevous, Shawano WI (WORS Race)
    When: Sept. 28 2008
    Age: 26
    Bike: Gary Fisher Marlin
    Finish: 57th out of 93 in Citizen (beginer)

    Totally out of shape, was back on the bike for like a month on my old 2mi commute. Head was spinning, almost threw up, went over the handle bars twice... Totally addicted.

    Slowly moving my way up sport now

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    Where: Bakersfield, CA @ Hart Park

    When: 1987 I think

    Age: 12

    Bike: Univega Rover Sport

    Finish: It was called the Knuckle Clincher Squirrel Chase. I don't remember how I placed. I did a handful of races as a kid for the next 3 years. Then didn't really start racing again until this year.

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    Cactus Cup in AZ arnd 1992 I think. Got whooped. Made me realize that "sport" was actually a lame term for "lots of riders who are pretty legit"

    Bike: Specialized M2 with all XT baby!! Flight saddle ringle QRs!!

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    Where: Lemurian Shasta Classic

    When: April 2009

    Age: 39

    Bike: 2008 Giant Trance X0

    Finish: I finished in the bottom third, but I finished. I can't remember my time, but it was titanically slow.

    I started riding in January of this year and entered the race to help support a friend. I had no intention of racing when I picked up mtb'ing, but now I'm pretty focused on going back next year and wiping that performance from my memory with a much stronger finish.

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    Where: CCCX in Monterey, CA

    When: Feb 15th 2009

    Age: 38

    Place: 1st Beginner

    Hoping to do well in sport this year.
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    Where: Crystal Mountain NORBA

    When: 1989

    Age: 18

    Place: 8th in Beginner

    Bike: Research Dynamics Coyote (pink) with Shimano Biopace, fully rigid. Passed it down to my sister and she just sold it a week ago! I shed a tear.

    I'd gotten the bike as my HS graduation present and a friend was in town for the Norba race so I went up and joined him. I'd done some BMX in my small hometown in Wyoming. I was using my running shoes and clips and straps. Race consisted of a hill climb time trial then a downhill time trial on the same course then an XC the next day (I think). I remember having somebody crash in front of me on the descent of the XC race and I basically used their bike as a berm to keep on course!

    Didn't do a whole lot more races back then as I was a serious ski racer. Been bike racing since college on the road and the dirt (occasionally). The road's getting old though so I'm looking forward to more dirt racing. Thusly I've been doing a bunch of 'cross races this fall. Fun stuff!

    Cheers!

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    Where: Mammoth Mountain
    When: 1989
    Age: 18 or 19?
    Bike: My trusty good old Schwinn High Sierra, fully rigid and fully steel!

    Placing: Somewhere in the low 20's(?) the class was 150 riders though. I was scared out of my mind for the whole weekend!
    Back in those days (that just sounds so weird to say that) you raced everything! We did the hill climb, XC, trials, dual slalom and the Kamikaze! And I think I paid the ridiculous fee of something like $90 for all of it? Now you pay almost $90 for just XC at the Sea Otter!!! Times have changed, but my bike now is way more pimp!

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    Where: Mt SAC, CA
    When: Just last sunday, Nov 3, 2009
    Age: 19
    Bike: Giant Boulder its a tank

    Finished 5 of 10 in cat 3, but had a blast, made new friends and now I'm hooked. Great race for me.

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    Where: Otis Air Force Base, Cape Cod, MA
    When: boy, long time ago...
    Age: late twenties
    Bike: Specialized Rockhopper

    Never had really been on a bike before this and only did cause a buddy talk me into it. Used to smoke over a pack a cigs a day. That race, I actually pulled over halfway through the race to have one to "recover". Finished almost last. Quit smoking the next season to start racing more seriously...
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    Where: Athens, GA
    When. 2004?
    Age: 21
    Bike: 30 lb Fisher Sugar

    It was 2 laps. I was really considering quitting after the first lap. I hadn't experienced pain like that before. Finished 12 out of 40 in beginner. Some friends of mine who had raced for several years were relaxing after their race with a beer when I rolled up. I just got off my bike and laid in the grass for about 10 minutes. They got a good laugh.

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    Where: Ottawa, Ontario Camp Fortune
    When: mid ninties
    Age: 34
    Bike: Specialized FSR

    Gawd that bike was heavy!!

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    Wow, you guys doing Lemurian for first race, now thats tough. Was it really 43 miles and 7000 ft back in 1994? I did that one in 2008 and it was 26 miles, about 5000 ft. It killed me.

    My first race was in 2007 at the Downieville XC classic. In 2006 I started riding with some friends and we joked about doing the Downieville XC after we'd shuttled the downhill course a couple times. Two of us actually showed up for the race and I took 4:37 to complete it on an 07 FSR Stumpy, cramping all over the place. I was 37.

    Pulled 3:50 in 2008 but also cramped loads, after reaching the top of the climb at 1:30. Unfortunately they sold out in 2009 and I ended up going and taking pics. Will be there for 2010, for sure.

    Shata Lemurian still scares me. I was in pretty good racing shape but finished in about 4:10 and felt like crap afterwards ... naturally I did the expert course (26 mile) rather than waste all that driving time to get up there and just do the 20 or 10 miler. Hopefully I'll get up there next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellullabob
    Where: Otis Air Force Base, Cape Cod, MA
    When: boy, long time ago...
    Age: late twenties
    Bike: Specialized Rockhopper

    Never had really been on a bike before this and only did cause a buddy talk me into it. Used to smoke over a pack a cigs a day. That race, I actually pulled over halfway through the race to have one to "recover". Finished almost last. Quit smoking the next season to start racing more seriously...
    Nice. Good work!

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    Where: cool ca
    when: 2008
    age:19
    bike:specialized epic

    one of the hardest races ive done been riding a bike for a few months it was a 24hr event and we did a four man team

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    First and last

    First: Lodi Cycle Bowl
    When: 1974-75?
    Details: Schwinn stingray, Third place until last turn when I ran into rider in second, taking us both out. Finish seventh, devistated kid.

    Last: Prarie City CA.
    When: June 2009
    Details: Intense Spider, Sport class 45-49yr olds, first place.

    Two accedents (car, motorcycle) almost took me out between 74 and 09, but still here and biking!!
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    First race today !!

    Where: Mellow Johnny's bike race at Lance Armstrong's Ranch outside of Dripping Springs TX.

    When: 11:22:09

    Age: 51

    Bike 2010 Stumpjumper FSR 29 Expert.

    Finish: First in the class 3 (beginner) over the hill age group.

    Had a blast. Looking forward to doing more.
    TEX

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    I think I was last! I didn't follow the course markings very well and rode an extra 8 miles somewhere!!

    Trek 850. Turquoise with yellow decals. I loved that bike until it was rudely stolen.

    Completely hooked. I've raced almost every year since with a few off years here and there to gestate and produce 2 fabulous kiddies who both race mtbs now too :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by texas
    Where: Mellow Johnny's bike race at Lance Armstrong's Ranch outside of Dripping Springs TX.

    When: 11:22:09

    Age: 51

    Bike 2010 Stumpjumper FSR 29 Expert.

    Finish: First in the class 3 (beginner) over the hill age group.

    Had a blast. Looking forward to doing more.
    Sweet!

    Way to go Tex!

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    Age: 14
    Finish: 2nd/8 in beginner category.
    Bike: Trek 4300 (purchased with my first paycheque, from my first real job) With a brand spanking new Marzocchi z5 air.

    Wow time flies.
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    Age: 12
    Finished: 8th out of 10. (I remember I had a soccer match in Wilmington that morning before the race.)
    Bike: Schwinn MESA. LX Group. with a JUDY

    Will be racing Cat 1 19-29 next season after a 2 year break off the bike.

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    2 years ago. December 2007. Bike-for-Tots race in Greenville, NC at the Bike Post Trails.

    I was 21 and I came in 4th place out of 17 in the beginner class.

    I was on my old Jamis Dakar Sport that was one size too big for me.



    My first race on my SS was a local race the next year at Harris Lake (Race at the Reactor) came in 14th.. out of 15...



    First podium was this year at the Beaver Dam local series championship race. 3rd out of 5 SS.

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    Where: Kerrville, TX

    When: August 1999

    Age: 32

    Bike: 1998 Klien Attitude Comp with a Judy

    Finish: I won the sport class but there were only 6 entries for this summer "training race"
    "Do, or do not. There is no try."

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    My first race was a trail triathlon

    Where: Burgos,Spain

    When: August 2008

    Age:23

    Finish: Yes, and wanting to retry it.


    I race with my ex-bike, a Specialized FSR XC because the fork of my Stumpy was broken

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    when: 2007.
    where: lake geneva (treadfest)
    bike: gary fisher marlin
    age: 13
    result: 6th out of i think 13.
    Last edited by ss invader; 11-25-2009 at 04:24 PM.

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    Where: Ashland, VA Poor Farm
    When: September 2009
    Bike: Salsa El Mariachi
    Age: 32
    Finish: 1st in beginner.

    Looking forward to sport class next season.

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    Finished 6th in the time trial and top 10 in x-country out of about 120.

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    When: almost 5 years ago

    Age:13

    Where:Raccoon rally in alleganey state park, NY

    Result: Dead last finisher

    Distace:13 miles

    Other info: Back then I was about 70 pounds overweight, and had never even ridden a bike off road, or more than a few miles on the road. My cousin put me on his backup bike (a jamis durango) and It ended up taking me over 4 hours to finish. I walked every inch of the first 5 miles, which were all uphill. But I did finish that race.

    How am I doing now?: This season I raced about 20 local xc races in the sport 16-19 category. I took home 4 1st place medals, including a 6 week series race. I also came out and raced in the sport category at raccoon rally (same race as my first one) and took first place on a 27 mile race. I also brought home 2 second places, and a 3rd. I am currently training for a duathalon in the spring (4 mile run, 10 mile bike) Ive got a feeling that run is gonna be alot like my first mtb race, becuase Ive never run more than 2 miles in my life, and that kills me. But its a new challenge, and I will come out on top!!!

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    Where: Greensboro?, N.C. (The Turkey Classic) ? I think.
    Bike: Diamondback Sorrento (Bright Orange baby!!!)
    Age: 25
    Finish: 17th out of 100+ racers

    Me and my friends loaded up the 1990 gutlas and headed out with 3 race bikes balancing on the trunk of the car. We tested the track, ate out at an Italian restaurant, went back to the hotel and took turns cleaning our bikes in the hotel shower the night before the race.
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    When: August 2008
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    Rig: '05 Gary Fisher Tassajara
    Race: Tailwind Stoney Creek TT
    Finish: Beg. Men - I DNF'd the race due to a pinch flat and had to walk 3 miles back to the start line. Wound up with quarter size blisters on the back of each heal from the brand new clipless mtb shoes i bought the week before. Same result in a second race at the same trail due to a snapped derailleur hanger from two crashes.
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    Finish: 4th junior beginner.

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    Age: 40
    Rig: Borrowed Mongoose Switchback-My 29er frame cracked...again!!!
    Race: Coal Cracker Classic
    This was my second race, but the first I finished. My two goals were to finish and to finish somewhere other than last. I finished the 5.5 mile course in 1:25:26 and I was 7 out of 9 in the 40-49 beginner class. It was a great day!!!
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    Age: 51
    Rig: Bontrager Racelite
    Race: TBF
    Finish: 2nd Beginner

    I left right after the race with friends for a Madd Burger and beers. I found out on the way home how I finished. It was not the point of my attempt.
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    When: May 2009
    Age: 39
    Rig: 02' Yeti Kokopelli FS
    Race: Glocester grind
    Novice class - won in my age group, and continued to win throughout the season all while losing about 30 lbs. Kicking myself hard for not doing it sooner! Pay attention Mr. or Ms. twenty-something who thinks they might have what it takes, but is not willing to commit. Get over your fear of failure and try it.

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    Finish-28th out of 30

    I did not realize how out of shape i was!!!!
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    When: Feb 14th, 1993
    Bike: Trek 8300 w/ Trek/Showa DDS3 fork (still ride that bike)
    Finish: somewhere in the middle. the whole race was a cluster**** starting everyone (and I mean everyone) at the same time. took 45min to go 100 yards. The race had it all, rock strewn downhill, mud, river crossing (water came up to the head tube), mud, singletrack, mud, jeep roads, mud. Did I mention the track was muddy? took a little more effort but I was still able to clip in on my SPD's

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    Bike: 2007 Gary Fisher Wahoo w/ 100 Tora XC Air
    Finish: 29/30 in Cat 3, Men 19-29 @ 1:22:47 on a 10 mile course

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    Where: Belmont Plateau Philadelphia, PA
    When: July 1990
    Age: 16
    Bike: 1990 Haro Extreme Comp
    Finish: DFL, but there were no age or categories, only men or women, and I think I was the only junior that day

    The weekly races at Belmont were new that year and there were no number plates, they just wrote down your name on a piece of paper. There was always beer afterward, which at 16, I loved that no one cared about my age. I got crushed but got hooked up with a great group of guys and gals to ride with (all well older than me, I was almost always the only junior on the rides) and got really into the sport. Racing has been on and off for me over the years, but I always ride.
    It's crazy, but i just realized it's been 20 years since I first raced my bike, and I still suck.

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    Where: Markham Park; Sunrise, FL
    When: Yesterday; Nov. 7, 2010
    Age: 33
    Rig: Specialized Hardrock
    Race: Florida State Championship
    Finish: 14th Beginner out of 24

    Have to start training better for this. The fast start kicked my ass early, but I managed to keep a somewhat respectable pace. Found it tough to pass when the opportunity arose, mainly beacuse I didn't want to run out of gas and my legs were blowing up pretty much the whole race. I learned that slower riders can really screw up your momentum on short technical climbs. It was a blast though and hopefully I can have some nice success stories in the future like the rest of you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GDubT
    Where: Markham Park; Sunrise, FL
    When: Yesterday; Nov. 7, 2010
    Age: 33
    Rig: Specialized Hardrock
    Race: Florida State Championship
    Finish: 14th Beginner out of 24

    Have to start training better for this. The fast start kicked my ass early, but I managed to keep a somewhat respectable pace. Found it tough to pass when the opportunity arose, mainly beacuse I didn't want to run out of gas and my legs were blowing up pretty much the whole race. I learned that slower riders can really screw up your momentum on short technical climbs. It was a blast though and hopefully I can have some nice success stories in the future like the rest of you!

    Great! Welcome to the "club". Yeh, racing can be a real reality check on your current fitness level.

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    When: October 17 2010
    Age: 18
    Rig: Bone stock trek 3700 disc
    Race : Illinois state championship
    Finish: DNF

    I entered the race about a month after I bought my bike. The race couldn't have gone any worse. i drove down the 2 hours from chicago with my brother just as we got into oglseby i needed to find a bathroom fast! after i found a mcdonalds that was open i realized i forgot a healthy meal to eat before the race. i ended up eating half a bacon egg and cheese bagel from Mc D's that was my second mistake. went to the race and still wasn't feeling 100% lined up in the front and was struggling to keep up with the sand baggers then my front wheel washed out about a mile in. then i crashed again about a mile later. finished the first of two laps lap in about 6th overall and first in my age group and was finally starting to warm up and get into a rhythm. thats just about when i got a flat. pulled off the trail and started to change it only to realize my spare tube was bad.

    It was a ton of fun and now i am training for next season!
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    Where: Keene, NH, Bike for Bovines
    When: 2008
    Age: 48
    Bike: 2007 Gary Fisher X-Caliber
    Finish: 5th Novice, Veteran II

    I biked to the event 23 miles on the road, raced 9+ miles, and biked home. Heck of a warm up, huh?

    2009: Raced the Hampshire 100 (62+ miles), came in 3rd, raced 12 hours of Bradbury, crashed bad in the 3rd lap, dnf.

    2010: Raced all of the Eastern Fat Tire Association Championship XC Series races, came in 2nd overall for the year, Novice-Master. Raced the Hampshire 100 again on a Single-Speed, Open class, came in 6th.

    2011: Have moved up to the Sport for the EFTA series. Still debating racing Sport, or SS open, figure I have all winter to figure it out! Going to attempt more endurance races next year on the SS if time permits.
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    My first race was in 1992 at the Tour de Wolf in Memphis Tn, who knows where I ended up!
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    Where: Santos (Ocala, Florida), FSC Series #7
    When: November 2007
    Bike: Gary Fisher Hi-Fi
    Age: 38
    Finish: 2nd to last in beginner.

    As a former runner, I was woefully unprepared and thought the start would be like a 5k road race with everyone quickly settling into their "race pace" instead of an all out sprint for the woods.

    I beat only 2 guys. One of them was out on a leisure ride just enjoying the scenery and one of them kept having derailleur trouble. It would break, I would pass him, he would pass me back, it would break again, etc.

    I was demoralized and humbled and didn't race again in an XC race for another year and a half after that. It wasn't pretty. Fortunately I've come a long way since then. My fitness is comparable to many quality experts. My bike skills and mtb racing experience are not quite there yet.

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    Looking at the ages of everyone posting I can now see that Florida is not alone in having packed fields in the 30-39 and 40-49 age groups.

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    Where: Kathmandu, Nepal
    When: April 2010
    Age: 26
    Rig: Rocky Mountain Vertex RSL 70
    Race. The Himalayan Challenge
    Finish: Elite - 10th. passed 4 riders on the last lap to finish in the top 10.

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    Where: 49 Degrees North ski resort
    When: early '90s
    Age: early '20s
    Rig: Schwinn Paramount PDG 70 full-rigid full XT, Ritchey WCS 1.9" Z-Max tires
    Race: who knows
    Finish: 1st in Beginner

    The route went something like this:


    They sent the Sports off a minute ahead of us. I knew there was a bottleneck after about 3 minutes of doubletrack, so I launched hard. Before we reached it, I was already picking off Sport-class riders.

    It was raining, but I was so hot from the extended climb that when the course started to lateral across the mountain, I was deliberately riding against the wet brush on my left to cool down.

    Part of the descent was straight down the ski slope. I went as fast as I dared, managed NOT to crash in the muddy hard left or the huge mud-puddle lake before the Finish line, and ended up first by almost 7 minutes.

    The main lesson I learned, aside from that I didn't belong in Beginner was not to be intimidated by people with super-nice equipment. It's mostly about the engine, especially when there's lots of climbing. I also noted how important that holeshot was, early on.

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    Where: Fair Hill Classic (Mid-Atlantic SuperSeries)
    When: 2008
    Age: 38
    Finish: 23rd out of 28
    I just wanted to finish the race, and I was able to accomplish that. Since then Iíve moved up significantly, (4 races since then) but never rounded out the top 3. Iíll be racing sport in 2011 and hope to be middle of the pack from day one. There are a lot of strong riders in Sport Vet 2!!!
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    When: 2006?
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    Raced in sport and finished 18th out of 25ish. I was leading a group of about 5 or 6 riders through a twisty wooded section and towards the exit really began accelerating only to have my left bar end hit a tree. I was launched a good 10 feet further down the singletrack while my bike stayed near the tree. I vividly remember laying on the side of the trail watching the other racers zip past, shouting "rider down!" It was exceedingly humbling, but I was hooked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandil
    Where: Kathmandu, Nepal
    When: April 2010
    Age: 26
    Rig: Rocky Mountain Vertex RSL 70
    Race. The Himalayan Challenge
    Finish: Elite - 10th. passed 4 riders on the last lap to finish in the top 10.
    Pretty good first race.

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    When: while dinosaurs still roamed the earth( i was 7 years old)
    Bike: fuji tack
    race: boys 6-12 year olds
    finish: first

    i think i out weighed my bike by 25 pounds
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    When: May 2007
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    Finish: 4th out of 185 finishers-2nd age group

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    Quote Originally Posted by GDubT
    Pretty good first race.
    Thanks! Yea I caught everyone by surprise . And I still had enough energy left to go on for another lap or two. Finished 5th on my next race and 2nd on the one after that. But I'm sure the level of competition here in Nepal is no where close to what you guys are up against.


    I only realised at the start line that I was the only elite rider wearing shorts. Haha.


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    When: 1997
    Age: 22
    Race: Winding Trails
    Finish: I believe I finished last on a Giant Yukon, full rigid with flat pedals.
    I barely finished. At the time I was a 1.5 pack a day smoker and drinking way way too much. I got more into racing, quit smoking and all but quit drinking. Now 14 years later, I still enjoy a few races every year. I've probably done about 100 races and have finished all of them.
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    When: 2006
    Age: 12
    Bike: Specialized hardrock (way to small for me, and 24" wheels)
    Finish: 8th out of 10. I was so fat and out of any kind of shape. The race was like 4 miles long and I stopped on the side of the trail and cried for a few minutes lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by otis24
    Where: Farmington, CT
    When: 1997
    Age: 22
    Race: Winding Trails
    Finish: I believe I finished last on a Giant Yukon, full rigid with flat pedals.
    I barely finished. At the time I was a 1.5 pack a day smoker and drinking way way too much. I got more into racing, quit smoking and all but quit drinking. Now 14 years later, I still enjoy a few races every year. I've probably done about 100 races and have finished all of them.
    I was there!
    I came in 5th in the Sport 30-39. The guy who came in 4th was the race promoter, so my prize (prizes went 5 deep back then) was bumped up to this great backpack that I just retired this year.

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    Finish: 3rd 14-16 Beginner

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    Finish: 1st place 20-29 beginner

    That was my first and last beginner race. I beat the competition by 3 minutes and was moved up to sport. I got lucky considering I tried tires that I had never ridden before and I passed some people off the trail almost causing me to wreck. He refused to move when I asked nicely to pass. My bike was a Giant Yukon and I was using clipless pedals. I have some pics somewhere if I remember to upload them.
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    Finish: TBD

    Road racing and tris? Now that's another story which started in the 80s and features many podium finishes. May 2011 will kick off with my first bike race since 1992 and first ever mtb race. I have 8 or 9 races lined up for the relatively short mountain racing season. I just bought an indoor trainer and will be using it a lot. The snow will barely be gone, if even by the time I'm lining up at the starting line. Should be interesting!
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    When: 1992

    Age: 16

    Bike: Giant Iguana Disc I believe

    Finish: I won, in a sprint actually. Beginner Junior class... been hooked ever since. I think I did 3 races that year. Looking at something close to 30 this year, between MTB and 'cross... oi...
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    When: December 2010
    Age: 34
    Bike: Niner Air9
    Finish: 9th out of 15
    It was a lot of fun. Only seriously riding since Sept. 2010 when I moved to Gainesville, Fl for a job. Now I am hooked and am trying to get fit to do my first 6hr race.
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    Miserable mudfest w heavy rain the day/night before and during the event.
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    Had only been riding for 3 months and pretty much burned up my one and only match within 5 minutes and was dying the rest of the race.
    Probably the most physically demanding thing I'd ever done in my life, but I was hooked after that and can't wait to race more this year.
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    Age: 18
    Bike: Giant Coldrocks tricked out with XT thumbies and a Marzochi star fork.
    Finish: Somewhere at the rear of the pack.
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    First race was the Hammerhead 100 in Ocala, Florida on May 7th 2011.

    Age 37.

    2005 Specialized Hardrock Pro completely rebuilt with SRAM X.9 drivetrain, ZTR Flow/Hadley wheelset, BB7 brakes with Speed Dial 7 levers, EA70 bars, Havoc stem, Rockshox Reba RLT 120mm, WTB Pure V saddle.

    Rode the 25 mile option, 230 person mass start. Each class 25 mile, 50 mile, 100 mile were mix of all classes/ages (pro, elite, novice, what the hell am I doing here?). Out of 66 people in my class and a mid-pack start I finished 14th.

    I used to race dirt bikes when I was a kid (i.e. early 20's) and haven't raced anything since. I instantly fell in love with it. Racing the Florida State XC series this Fall......can't wait!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anesthesia-matt View Post
    First race was the Hammerhead 100 in Ocala, Florida on May 7th 2011.

    Age 37.

    2005 Specialized Hardrock Pro completely rebuilt with SRAM X.9 drivetrain, ZTR Flow/Hadley wheelset, BB7 brakes with Speed Dial 7 levers, EA70 bars, Havoc stem, Rockshox Reba RLT 120mm, WTB Pure V saddle.

    Rode the 25 mile option, 230 person mass start. Each class 25 mile, 50 mile, 100 mile were mix of all classes/ages (pro, elite, novice, what the hell am I doing here?). Out of 66 people in my class and a mid-pack start I finished 14th.

    I used to race dirt bikes when I was a kid (i.e. early 20's) and haven't raced anything since. I instantly fell in love with it. Racing the Florida State XC series this Fall......can't wait!!!!

    Wow..quite the selection for a first race man!! Good work and good luck to you next season.

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    When: Spring 2002 or 2003 (too old to remember)
    Age: 40 or 41
    Bike: On One Singlespeed and rigid

    I entered the category called "Try-an-O-cup", where we do the same distance as Sport, but it is for first timers. Unfortunately I had a crash and bent my V-brake. It took me a while to fix it, but I did finish the race. Amazingly I was not in last place, but maybe others had mechanical problems too.

    I went on to race in Sport a few times that year always finishing near the bottom. For a few years I did not see another guy racing on a singlespeed bike. At that time we did not have a singlespeed category either. Today the singlespeed category is by far the toughest in Sport with talent that goes far beyond anything I could ever reach.

    In all these years I have been on the podium exactly 3 times, each time out of luck, no doubt, and each time in longer endurance races where I do better. But my passion for riding is what keeps me at it. And of course, the wonderful people I race with.
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    Age: 18
    Bike: 1995 Trek 6500 w/ Rock Shox Mag21 (frame still hanging in garage)
    Finish: Unknown

    I don't recall the actual finishing time or placing. Not sure I even recall the trail or name of the race. It was a good time while in college.

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    When - August of 2010
    Age: 26
    Rig: Specialized Rockhopper
    Race The Northshore "Hell on Wheels" 104 miler
    Finish: Men's 2-man Relay, 7th Place

    This was the race that started it all. A 104 miler that a buddy and I did as a relay. It topped out at 104 that day, extremely hot! Basically the idea was to ride a 13 mile loop, then cool off as much as possible while your buddy rode a 13 mile loop. Lots of DNFs! It finished with a night lap, which was awesome, except the cramping and occasional dry heaving.

    That race was one of the hardest things I've ever done, and I loved it! the distance wasn't that bad, but the heat really took a toll. I've been racing as much as I can since then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonw9 View Post
    Where: Copper Harbor, MI
    When: 1996
    Age: 18
    Bike: 1995 Trek 6500 w/ Rock Shox Mag21 (frame still hanging in garage)
    Finish: Unknown

    I don't recall the actual finishing time or placing. Not sure I even recall the trail or name of the race. It was a good time while in college.
    A fellow MTU grad I hope?

    My first race was The Iceman Cometh in Kalkaska MI in 2009 (I was 26). I raced beginner. My goal was to finish and I did (in under 3 hours no less!). I learned that I would have been more comfortable racing in the sport class as the beginner class was full of people faster than me on flats, but they had much worse bike handling skills in the singletrack. I don't have much desire to do that race again though. I now only look forward to doing the aforementioned Copper Harbor Fat Tire Festival race every year. This years (likely unattainable) goal is to average 10mph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonw9 View Post
    Where: Copper Harbor, MI
    When: 1996
    Age: 18
    Bike: 1995 Trek 6500 w/ Rock Shox Mag21 (frame still hanging in garage)
    Finish: Unknown

    I don't recall the actual finishing time or placing. Not sure I even recall the trail or name of the race. It was a good time while in college.
    i was there! Not sure it was my first race, could've been the second or third.

    I had an old trek Singletrack (steel) frame, but it did have some kind of elastomer front suspension. I did the short race, and my foggy memory remembers it was on rolling logging roads with gigantic puddles. came in second, but only because the guy in front of me missed the 90 degree turn 10 yards from the finish line...i think there were only about 30 people in the field.

    The mtb trails have really improved there since that inaugural race, but the present day race course is down right scary.

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    Joined the Fray this past Weekend

    Date: May 29, 2011
    Where: S.E.R.C.# 6 @ Dauset Trails in Jackson, Ga
    Results: 3rd place Base Class 40-49

    Followed some advice from the forums and kinda layed back at the beginning and didn't do an all out sprint for the single track, didn't expect much being first time racing and also never had ridden the course/trails. Got comfortable pretty quick and started realizing that I was steadily picking off riders . Missed second by 18 seconds (maybe should have tried the sprint afterall). Finished 5 minutes behind 1st - same guy has won all 6 races this season I am not officially hooked and am training for my next one in 2 weeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chong View Post
    A fellow MTU grad I hope?

    My first race was The Iceman Cometh in Kalkaska MI in 2009 (I was 26). I raced beginner. My goal was to finish and I did (in under 3 hours no less!). I learned that I would have been more comfortable racing in the sport class as the beginner class was full of people faster than me on flats, but they had much worse bike handling skills in the singletrack. I don't have much desire to do that race again though. I now only look forward to doing the aforementioned Copper Harbor Fat Tire Festival race every year. This years (likely unattainable) goal is to average 10mph.
    MTU attendee, did not graduate (from there). I will be back for the Ore2Shore this year.

    Quote Originally Posted by stevemtu View Post
    i was there! Not sure it was my first race, could've been the second or third.

    I had an old trek Singletrack (steel) frame, but it did have some kind of elastomer front suspension. I did the short race, and my foggy memory remembers it was on rolling logging roads with gigantic puddles. came in second, but only because the guy in front of me missed the 90 degree turn 10 yards from the finish line...i think there were only about 30 people in the field.

    The mtb trails have really improved there since that inaugural race, but the present day race course is down right scary.
    Yeah, I remember a short/long course. Pretty sure I did short. I was a cold/wet dreary day. Start was by a park in town, roll-out was pavement then a left turn I believe. I think I remember the sharp right at the end. I am pretty sure I still have my number in a box in the garage.

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    today was my first race

    6 hours of temecula, June 4th, 2011
    Solo, mens open class: placed 30th

    Grueling...cramped up bad after the 3rd hour, but did 5 laps of the 9.5mi course in 5 hours and 42 minutes.

    Loved it, even the times when I suffered through the simultaneous quad/hamstring cramping.
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    Felt good to win! Next race is going to be a singlespeed cat or a cat 2 depending on a course.

    Now i want a race wheelset!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brentos View Post
    Where: WORS 9 mile County Forest; Wausau WI
    When: August 1995
    Age: 15
    Finish: 3rd 14-16 Beginner
    That same race (although this year) will by my first race coming up this Sunday.

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    Where: Big Cedar - Dallas, TX
    When: May 2011
    Age: 28
    Bike: Jamis XC Comp
    Finish: 12th/15 Cat 3 Mens 19-29

    I'm just a weekend warrier who decided why the hell not. Had a blast. Got my arse kicked. Rear shifter let go so I had to run a 3x1. The series was statewide and was pretty competitive. I came in at the second to last race in the series. Lessons learned: train for more than 2 rides the week before the race, confirm rear shifter in good working order prior to the start line, go faster, pre-ride.

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    Finish: In true rookie fashion, I registered in the wrong Cat 2 age group and got a 'not recorded' finish. My time would have been good enough for 2nd I think, though I wasn't racing against that group because, in true rookie fashion, I started with the same wrong group I registered with. I race Cat2 SS now - it's open age group, so it's much less confusing for my feeble mind.
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