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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.

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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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    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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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.
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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!!!
    Check out this organization that I ride with:
    www.r2rministry.org

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    When: Fall 1991
    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.
    2010 Specialized Epic Expert Carbon
    2008 SL2
    2005 S-Works E5
    and the patience of a 2 yr old.

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    Where: Stoney Creek Metro Park, MI
    When: August 2008
    Age: 28
    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.
    Put the fun between you legs!

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