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    VMBaH VaMoose 25 XC Race Feb 3

    VMBaH VaMoose25 Winter Mountain Bike Race
    Sunday, February 3, 2008
    Registration begins at 9:30 am, with an 11:00 am start time.


    Location: Start and finish at the Willow Community Center in Willow.
    Entry fee: $20 to benefit Willow Winter Carnival and the VMBaH trail building fund.

    Race: This 25 mile race is in conjunction with the Willow Winter Carnival and will wind along groomed trails from Willow to the Big Su, then downriver and back on the Corral Hill or Rolly Creek Trail. Contact Mark Gronewald at [email protected] for more information about the race.

    Spectators: There are places for spectators to watch along the early part of the race route, so come on out and show your support for this exciting new race. We hope to make it an annual event!

    Volunteers are needed to help with race preparations.
    Meet at the VMBaH office located at 247 S. Alaska Street in Palmer at 6:30pm Thursday, January 31st.

    Volunteers are also needed to help during the race. Please contact Dot Helm [email protected] if you can help on race day, or need more information about the race and preparations. Help is needed with making trail markers, marking the course (on snowmachine probably), making maps, registration, 'sweeping' the course and removing markers (on snowmachine).
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    Race is this weekend

    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfire
    VMBaH VaMoose25 Winter Mountain Bike Race
    Sunday, February 3, 2008
    Registration begins at 9:30 am, with an 11:00 am start time.


    Location: Start and finish at the Willow Community Center in Willow.
    Entry fee: $20 to benefit Willow Winter Carnival and the VMBaH trail building fund.

    Race: This 25 mile race is in conjunction with the Willow Winter Carnival and will wind along groomed trails from Willow to the Big Su, then downriver and back on the Corral Hill or Rolly Creek Trail. Contact Mark Gronewald at [email protected] for more information about the race.

    Spectators: There are places for spectators to watch along the early part of the race route, so come on out and show your support for this exciting new race. We hope to make it an annual event!

    Volunteers are needed to help with race preparations.
    Meet at the VMBaH office located at 247 S. Alaska Street in Palmer at 6:30pm Thursday, January 31st.

    Volunteers are also needed to help during the race. Please contact Dot Helm [email protected] if you can help on race day, or need more information about the race and preparations. Help is needed with making trail markers, marking the course (on snowmachine probably), making maps, registration, 'sweeping' the course and removing markers (on snowmachine).
    Just a reminder, the race is still on for Sunday. Travis is out locating the loop today on his snowmachine. Lots of snow in Willow and more is falling today. I'll post more on the course as we get it dialed in.

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    Palmer, Alaska
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    See ya there Mark - should be balmy!
    "I get a buzz from being cold and wet ~ the pleasure seems to balance out the pain" - Blue, Red and Grey The Who By Numbers

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    Cool-blue Rhythm We're the ones that are balmy

    Quote Originally Posted by Mesotony
    See ya there Mark - should be balmy!
    Heading out today to mark out the course. Spenard Builders was kind enough to donate a bunch of trail marking lath and we spent thursday evening painting our logo onto them so the trail should be well marked. I'll report back this evening with trail conditions. -19 F. in Willow this morning, dress warmly.
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    Trail Report and Course Map

    Back from marking out the course. Beautiful sunny day with a high of -2. The trail has got a good hardpack base over the entire course with a little bit of loose sugary snow over that. Some sections of the Willow Swamp loop were a bit more sugary but overall, the course is in good shape and should be suitable for SnowCat equipped bikes as well. We GPS'ed it at 24.7 miles. See you in the morning. Here's a map of the course.
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    Race Results

    Despite temeratures that ranged between -17F to -4F during the race 13 racers showed for the inaugural race. Trail conditions ranged from hardpack to softer sections on the far end of the course, but all the racers were able to ride the entire course on whatever they brought. And the sun was out with great views of Denali and Foraker.

    Due to a litany of horrors (forgotten front wheels, frozen vans, etc) a second heat was added an hour after the initial bunch took off on the course.

    Huge thanks go out to Dot Helm, Denise Caldwell, and Julia Plotnik for all their pre-race preparations and running the timing booth, Sharon Macantee for designing the cool number plates, Travis Hallifax of Willow for providing snowmachine support, scouting, and helping set up and dismantle the 24.7 mile course, Steve Charles of the Willow Winter Carnival for all his cooperation and support (not to mention grooming all those great trails on a weekly basis), Spenard Builders Supply for donating the marking laths, and Mother Nature for the great trail conditions Looks like it will become an annual event.

    Heat 1. 11 AM start.

    1. Mark Gronewald 3:24:44
    2. Jim Mayers 4:13:46
    3. Jim Bowron 4:13:47
    4. Robert Ostrom 5:00:29
    5. Julia Plotnik DNF (Knee pain)

    Heat 2 Noonish start:

    1. Kristin Wolf 3:24:11
    2. Julie Berberich 3:24:12
    3. Tony Berberich 3:25:01
    4. Jill Valerius 3:33:36
    5. Jeff Swanstrum DNF (off course)

    Just Toolin' Around Division

    Tony Allen, Bill Merchant, Kathi Merchant: 3:50:00

    Here's a few pics Julia took, anybody else get some?
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    Just Toolin' Around

    Thanks Wildfire and all the VMBHA volunteers for all their hard work, the sunny weather and good trails. Kathi, Mesotony and I spent the morning starting the Hippy Van at -25 and missed race start by a couple hours. We still had a great time tooling around the course with loaded bikes taking pictures and soaking up sun. The views of Denali, Foraker, and Hunter made it hard to pay attention where you were riding at times. Kathi took 91 pictures in 25 miles and Tony even shot a bit of "on the move" video. All and all about as good as it gets!
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    sexy sticks

    No gents, not the "get away sticks" of the Palmer girls... although... I am, of course, talking about the SBS donated lath with the VMBaH custom paint job trail markers. Jeez - collector's editions! Missing one?

    Thanks Mark and VMBaH - and yes - this is a race worth showing up on time for - see ya next year!
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    "I get a buzz from being cold and wet ~ the pleasure seems to balance out the pain" - Blue, Red and Grey The Who By Numbers

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