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    Oh no...not again...(OP weather)

    Please no snow and peanut butter first lap...
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    that is not looking like fun...

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    Wow... ummm, purely coincidence, I SWEAR, but looks like I can't do the race after all... sorry Walt!
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    Wouldn't be the OP without foul weather. But are we not men? Or, to quote a great man:

    Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!
    Looks like the Mothership will have her work cut out for her...
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    I'm gonna do laps in my Burton pants and shell.

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    IIRC, last year I looked at the weather about this far ahead and it looked great - warm and sunny - and I even posted that up. Then it just sucked. So hopefully the same effect will happen this year, and I will be responsible for turning the weather around...
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    Too bad you still don't have the Honda Passport... That was a fun drive out on that soupy road!

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    You guys need to face your El Guapo.
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    I still have mud stuck under the van from last year
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    You guys need to face your El Guapo.
    Well... Hopefully the weather will pass and our El Guapo will turn into La Isla Bonita.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJoe
    ...are we not men?
    We are Devo!

    ...sorry random stuff running around my head again.

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    Don't worry, I'm not racing this year, so you're guaranteed to have 75 degree days, and 80 degree nights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by befoot
    I still have mud stuck under the van from last year
    That's why I park mine down by the river.

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    This is the reason I bring a single speed to events like this, I destroyed the drivetrain on the geared bike the last time it got nasty, last year was great.
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    Awesome. I'm supposed to be going out to support a team, but...darn it, I think I have to wash my hair that weekend.

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    2/3 Update...

    OK kids...might be improving a bit...the latest on the above linky shows the precip holding off until Sunday night, with Th/F/S nights in the high-30's, temps in the 60's and sunshine during the days...*fingers...hell, everything...crossed*
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    OK kids...might be improving a bit...the latest on the above linky shows the precip holding off until Sunday night, with Th/F/S nights in the high-30's, temps in the 60's and sunshine during the days...*fingers...hell, everything...crossed*
    Walt, rule number one for the 24HitOP: don't look at weather reports before the race, and if you do, don't post those weather reports on public forumns.

    (If you recall, I predicted perfect weather for last year's race.)
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    Last year rocked!!!

    Was inside my toyhauler Fridaynight, heat on, in shorts and t-shirt watching a Red Bull DVD. THE only way to do the OP, always stay warm! Oh yeah and on a singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    OK kids...might be improving a bit...the latest on the above linky shows the precip holding off until Sunday night, with Th/F/S nights in the high-30's, temps in the 60's and sunshine during the days...*fingers...hell, everything...crossed*
    Perhaps it's time to hold a ceremony in honor of the OP weather gods. (As opposed to the usual weather gods...the OP gods are crazy)

    I propose the burning of old tubes and the consuming of oil cans up on the helipad.

    Okay, just kidding about the tubes. That would be an environmental disaster. The last thing we need is the equivalent of the Springfield tire fire up on the helipad seeping oil into the ground. But we should burn something. Any ideas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJoe
    But we should burn something. Any ideas?
    Flattened kangaroo rats?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJoe
    But we should burn something. Any ideas?
    A witch...?

    VILLAGER #1:
    We have found a witch. May we burn her?
    CROWD:
    Burn her! Burn! Burn her! Burn her!
    BEDEVERE:
    What makes you think she is a witch?
    VILLAGER #3:
    Well, she turned me into a newt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    A witch...?

    VILLAGER #1:
    We have found a witch. May we burn her?
    CROWD:
    Burn her! Burn! Burn her! Burn her!
    BEDEVERE:
    What makes you think she is a witch?
    VILLAGER #3:
    Well, she turned me into a newt.
    CROWD:
    *incredulous stares*
    VILLAGER #3
    ...I got better.

    Maybe we could start the fire with a holy hand grenade? You got one of those handy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJoe
    CROWD:
    *incredulous stares*
    VILLAGER #3
    ...I got better.

    Maybe we could start the fire with a holy hand grenade? You got one of those handy?
    "Oh Lord...bless this thou holy hand grenade...that it might blown thine enemy into tiny bits".

    Just watch out for the rabbit with the big pointy teeth. It took out 5 riders last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    The Perfect Fire

    celebration layer - stuff that looks kewwwwl when it burns. palm fronds, ocotillo, sage, bouganvillea, canisters of oatmeal cause I like watching that fat quaker suffer!
    One more thing, dried up Christmas trees! They go up like a solar flare!
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    Oooof....

    It seems that its too early - or too late. Or perhaps a cursed weekend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenzx
    It seems that its too early - or too late. Or perhaps a cursed weekend?
    yeah for rain!

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    Maybe chance of rain Sat night? Hell, there's ALWAYS a chance of rain at the OP...
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    Maybe chance of rain Sat night? Hell, there's ALWAYS a chance of rain at the OP...
    Thank good ness for the SS!

    Hopefully it'll be snow again like last year. That was fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    Maybe chance of rain Sat night? Hell, there's ALWAYS a chance of rain at the OP...
    LOL at "chance." Is 100% a chance?
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    Quote Originally Posted by azepicriderandrunner
    yeah for rain!

    You're killing me absolutely killing me!!!!!


    Walt if we get rain for OP I am blaming you for it!!

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    Rain. Figures, you know. I spent hours reconverting my bike back to the multi speed version, searching through boxes for old derailleur, a full cassette and stuff in anticipation of trying for fast laps this year not just consistent laps that I got in the SS mode.

    Rain. Great, looks like I will be trying out the suitability of SRAM X9 and muddy conditions. At least I still have a bottle of Finishline Cross Country from the rain race a coupla years ago.

    Rain. At least I am staying in the tent this year, as long as it doesn't turn to snow like last year and collapse my tent. That will be ok.

    Rain. I am having a hard time getting stoked right now.

    Rain. At least the dust will be minimal. We got that going for us.
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    Stoke: At least you're only going to trash a bunch of used drivetrain gear.

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    SS all the way! 100% rain wouldn't be too bad. 100% snow wouldn't be too bad. But that icy, crappy drizzle and wind we had last year = teh world of suck.
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    I figure you can all blame me. Of all the years I have done it I have never done the race with a geared bike and at the last minute I decided that it would be fun to shake things up once and awhile and loaded up those gears on my El Mariachi. This is like the bike equivalent of washing your car.

    it will now rain as I am too busy to switch back to SS before the race.

    sorry.
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    I've never been to the OP, so how will the course handle water? What kind of soil is it? I'm a little concerned about what to expect and what gear to bring for rain there - I'm from Colorado. Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated. I'm in the 4man SS category and really excited about getting out there for some fun - we aren't going there to win anything (and won't with my slow ass!)... Hopefully the weather won't be too crappy to enjoy the suffering.

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    The course handles rain just fine, with the possible exception of the new (last year) His and Her's section, which can get "peanut buttery" when wet. Unless it's snowing or a biblical deluge like three years ago, it'll be fine. And just bring your Colorado cold/wet weather gear and you'll be fine...and plenty of booze and firewood...
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    Can't somebody do a reverse-rain dance?

    If it's that cold and wet, then I am going to play a little drinking game called, "Drunk is the New Sober". If I am going to look like a drowned ferret, I am at least going out in a blaze of Sambuca and Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate.

    *not bitter*
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    Ahhhhhh....... remember last year.....




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    Me too...me too...
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    Quote Originally Posted by azepicriderandrunner
    Ahhhhhh....... remember last year.....

    Is that a JOKE? Is that your idea of a joke? Is he joking?
    "People do not lack strength; they lack will" (Victor Hugo)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis

    Is that a JOKE? Is that your idea of a joke? Is he joking?
    Do you own a snow shovel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSD303
    I've never been to the OP, so how will the course handle water? What kind of soil is it? I'm a little concerned about what to expect and what gear to bring for rain there - I'm from Colorado. Any thoughts or advice is greatly appreciated. I'm in the 4man SS category and really excited about getting out there for some fun - we aren't going there to win anything (and won't with my slow ass!)... Hopefully the weather won't be too crappy to enjoy the suffering.

    as walt said if it is rain that is mild and intermittent then the his and her section, the parking area at the main get that you have to pass through, and the section after that gets awfully spackly. The rest of the trail is mostly granite on granite so it drains well so it is a little soft but otherwise tolerable.

    But if it is a deluge of biblical proportions then the trail gets rivers running along it, the trails with the least inclination to being muddy will be and the climb will be littered with cyclists walking their bikes due to clogged chainstay, waterlogged lights and broken chains.

    If it is to rain biblically submit to the weather and don't try to dry clothes or anything before each lap, it won't matter. Try to leave a dry set of clothes in reserve just in case the course dries before the last lap.

    Finally due to the gravelly texture of the course I would, if you can, bring a set of extra brake shoes for your discs. I have seen new ones wear out on one heavy rain lap, particularly if your rotors have large holes in them. Mudcutter style rotors seem to withstand the onslaught much better.

    and a clear rain jacket. Good purchase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    Do you own a snow shovel?
    As a matter of fact no... no I do not... any guesses why not? Any?

    BECAUSE I HATE SNOW!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis
    As a matter of fact no... no I do not... any guesses why not? Any?

    BECAUSE I HATE SNOW!!!
    We love it! It might snow tomorrow!

    Snow level 2200 feet early.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azepicriderandrunner
    We love it! It might snow tomorrow!

    Snow level 2200 feet early.
    The best part was the sound of people waking up under collapsed tent faces wrapped in cold wet nylon. Bring a good tent.
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    we have about 4" to 5" of that white stuff so far, and it still snowing in P-town
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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
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    celebration layer - stuff that looks kewwwwl when it burns. palm fronds, ocotillo, sage, bouganvillea, canisters of oatmeal cause I like watching that fat quaker suffer!


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    Boy you are right on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher
    The best part was the sound of people waking up under collapsed tent faces wrapped in cold wet nylon. Bring a good tent.
    That WAS hilarious...and there were lots of people that woke up under collapsed tents...I forgot all about that. And you were right up there sort of next to us...
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    Quote Originally Posted by azepicriderandrunner
    We love it! It might snow tomorrow!

    Snow level 2200 feet early.
    What's the OP site at...like 3,000 feet or so...?

    And regardless of all this talk, it's not gonna be snowing this weekend...
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    oh boy and the road in is going to be so much fun.....
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    Just this once, you guys are doing the wrong sport.

    Tomorrow should be a university snow day.

    That means skiing.
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    It was a bit uncomfortable...

    Quote Originally Posted by waltaz
    That WAS hilarious...and there were lots of people that woke up under collapsed tents...I forgot all about that. And you were right up there sort of next to us...
    It was my first trip with the new Casa de Collins travel trailer (Holiday Rambler) so it took a bit of playing with remote for the heating system to get it 'just right' and nice and comfy. Oh, how I hated looking out the window and seeing those tents covered with snow...brrrrrr

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoyoteKis
    Can't somebody do a reverse-rain dance?

    If it's that cold and wet, then I am going to play a little drinking game called, "Drunk is the New Sober". If I am going to look like a drowned ferret, I am at least going out in a blaze of Sambuca and Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate.

    *not bitter*
    Um...so I should bring some moon juice is what you're saying? Cause drunk ain't just the new sober...It's the new mother nature takin' over...It's the new splendid lady come to call...it's the new mother nature 'takin over...she's gettin' us all...

    My apologies to The Guess Who.

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    Congrats! Jayem....sure you don't want to go a little ride tomorrow?


    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    Boy you are right on that.

    After I graduated I took all my "extra" school stuff up into the mountains and I had a "purge". It sure takes a long time to burn some books. The fire was topped-off with my Highline box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salty Dog
    It was my first trip with the new Casa de Collins travel trailer (Holiday Rambler) so it took a bit of playing with remote for the heating system to get it 'just right' and nice and comfy. Oh, how I hated looking out the window and seeing those tents covered with snow...brrrrrr

    Being gainfully unemployed has it's advantages...

    Tommy
    Tommy you have once again proven that you are a scholar and a gentleman. Maybe someday my Coleman will grow up to be a Holiday Rambler. Keep livin' (and ridin') the dream...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    Boy you are right on that.

    After I graduated I took all my "extra" school stuff up into the mountains and I had a "purge". It sure takes a long time to burn some books. The fire was topped-off with my Highline box.
    oush oush!!!! its like my Fight Club! and the purging is sublime.

    CactusJoe - the Mothership needs a firepit?!?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by befoot
    we have about 4" to 5" of that white stuff so far, and it still snowing in P-town

    30" here on Rt.66, 20+" or more in Flagstaff as of 6am, snowing again fairly steady,,,,,,another potential "big storm" this weekend, not sure if it will make much noise down South but it looks promising for N AZ.........

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    Well...
    - AccuWeather.com has it cool and sunny/partly cloudy with no precip:
    http://www.accuweather.com/us/az/ora...Chg=1&metric=0

    - Weather.com has it cool and sunny/partly cloudy on Th/F, with showers on Sa/Su:
    http://www.weather.com/outlook/trave...opnav_business

    - and WeatherUnderground.com has it cool/cold and partly cloudy through Sat, with a chance of showers Sat night and Sun
    http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/...Select=WEATHER

    So...for sure gonna be cold nights and cool, breezy days, with the best chance for precip probably later Sat, into Sat night and Sun. Doesn't look to be real heavy precip, but based on the temps and altitude (~3400-3500 feet), could see some flakes...and I don't mean Jim and Rodney flaking on their night laps...
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    Quote Originally Posted by befoot
    oh boy and the road in is going to be so much fun.....
    Yeah, I felt sorry for the guys with their bikes on hitch racks last year that ended up being covered in mud, ugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJoe
    Um...so I should bring some moon juice is what you're saying?...
    Fear not. Nothing the Mothership can't handle. Booze, warmth and comfort can be had by all. In that order.

    ...

    Is the moon juice Bacardi 151? Then yes... and a lighter... time to torch something. Whatever it takes to stay warm.

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    Last year was just evil. If it's any less evil than 2008, count yourselves lucky.

    I think I'm officially OUT on going down just to hang out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    Last year was just evil. If it's any less evil than 2008, count yourselves lucky.

    I think I'm officially OUT on going down just to hang out.
    You're letting a little precipitation scare you off?
    C'mon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bgrafk
    You're letting a little precipitation scare you off?
    C'mon
    The appeal of hanging out in the cold and wet with good friends, versus hanging out in my own (very warm and dry) bed? Maybe also with a good friend? Tough call. Very, very tough call.

    It'd be the first 24HOTOP I've missed since the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    The appeal of hanging out in the cold and wet with good friends, versus hanging out in my own (very warm and dry) bed? Maybe also with a good friend? Tough call. Very, very tough call.

    It'd be the first 24HOTOP I've missed since the beginning.

    p.
    I'm gonna agree with Paul on this one.....i'm kinda glad I couldn't scare up a team this year. However, I'll probably end up in the office all weekend trying to not get fired, which frankly is no better, probably worse in fact, than riding in a cold, wet desert.....I guess i'm just kinda conflicted....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    The appeal of hanging out in the cold and wet with good friends, versus hanging out in my own (very warm and dry) bed? Maybe also with a good friend? Tough call. Very, very tough call.

    It'd be the first 24HOTOP I've missed since the beginning.

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    Thankfully I slept in the jeep last year but even so, my tent didn't collapse...

    Not as good as the other pics posted from last year... but I had to record my jeep's first "mud bath"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    Last year was just evil. If it's any less evil than 2008, count yourselves lucky.

    I think I'm officially OUT on going down just to hang out.
    Weak sauce. Ride down with me and guard the booze.
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    I know...I know. Bros before hos and all that. Goddammit. Is there room in the mother ship for another sleeping bag?

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    As someone who has not done this race before I had visions of 75 degrees and sunny. Reading the comments in this thread it sounds like this is one of those cursed races (like the 24 hours of Allamuchy in New Jersey) that attracts "interesting" conditions.

    While challenging conditions can suck, they do tend to make for great stories. And then there is the whole commiserating over your beverage of choice on Sunday. While I have no desire to wake up in a collapsed, snow covered tent, I do love riding in the snow and would not cry if we got some of the white stuff. Wouldn't be sad about sunny and 75 either.

    Anyhow, it'll be what it'll be and we'll all just deal with it. I say "Bring it on!"

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    If there's snow and I don't see anyone when I come into the tent area, I'm going for a second lap. I liked doing a double last year and to stay warm, I'll do it again.

    If it's below 30 degrees...all bets are off. One big mother effin' bond fire and booze will be had by all. Sunday we'll slap some mud on our faces and tell the significant others we had a great time and are tired.
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    The town of Oracle got 6-8 inches of snow today, school was cancelled. Pictures from a friend made it look pretty bad. I think the drive out to the venue is going to be another nightmare. I will be heading out on Thrs afternoon and will report road conditions on Thrs night.

    I am headed out for some riding at 50-year trail right now, nothing like riding with snow on the saguaros/cacti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    I know...I know. Bros before hos and all that. Goddammit. Is there room in the mother ship for another sleeping bag?
    Never missed a year?!?!? Wow, that is an amazing feat. Well done Paul. Glad to see that you are coming down now. I think we should give do the race in your name instead of Wiens. I have only braved this race a handful of times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azepicriderandrunner
    Never missed a year?!?!? Wow, that is an amazing feat. Well done Paul. Glad to see that you are coming down now. I think we should give do the race in your name instead of Wiens. I have only braved this race a handful of times.
    I raced in 8 out of nine years. I missed the inuagural race. Not sure if most know this, but the first two years, the course was 13 miles long, and the *****es were at the very end, as the S/F line was at the windmill. The stentch of the cow **** was terrible.
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    I don't care. I'm riding. Bring it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by azepicriderandrunner
    The town of Oracle got 6-8 inches of snow today, school was cancelled. Pictures from a friend made it look pretty bad. I think the drive out to the venue is going to be another nightmare. I will be heading out on Thrs afternoon and will report road conditions on Thrs night.
    I'm thinking the road in should be OK by Thursday, assuming sunshine and breezy conditions. That's two days to melt and dry out...last year, with all the rain, sleet and snow on Thurs and Fri/Fri night, it started to dry out on Sat, and was fine on Sun. So I think it will be OK, at least getting in.

    Now the road out on Sunday afternoon may be a debacle, if it rains again on Sat/Sat night/Sun morn...
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    A pic a buddy sent me from the course today...


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    I have been to all 9 races. This will make 10. And it seems like I have frozen my a$$ off every year, but one. I will advise everyone to bring drivetrain cleaning tools. I think Singlespeeds will rule this year.
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    Awsome, I would rather have more snow than rain. at this rate this may be the coldest year yet, I may have to change to S.S. now. (if they allow it)
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    A 2-gallon garden sprayer works great to clean the mud and gunk off the drive train. Also works great to clean mud off riders as they come back into camp. I went through 40+ gallons of water three years ago when it rained all night when I wrenched for three teams. All I did was wash and clean drives trains for 20 hours. Never again. I'll be if Wolf Creek this weekend playing in fresh pow pow. You all have fun playing in the mud

    Quote Originally Posted by MyBike'sBroken
    I have been to all 9 races. This will make 10. And it seems like I have frozen my a$$ off every year, but one. I will advise everyone to bring drivetrain cleaning tools. I think Singlespeeds will rule this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pirate Girl
    I don't care. I'm riding. Bring it on.
    Amen. When the going gets tough...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdub347
    A pic a buddy sent me from the course today...


    that is BAD A$$. make me want to go to tucson and get so snow riding in. I actually miss it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    I know...I know. Bros before hos and all that. Goddammit. Is there room in the mother ship for another sleeping bag?
    You will have your own King suite to enjoy. I'm leaving Thursday afternoon if you want to ride with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusJoe
    You will have your own King suite to enjoy. I'm leaving Thursday afternoon if you want to ride with me.
    Well, that kills it for me right there. Got a hot date with an equestrian Thu. night.

    p.

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    That looks like fun right now... but I wonder what kind of a mess it will be by Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epicrider
    A 2-gallon garden sprayer works great to clean the mud and gunk off the drive train. Also works great to clean mud off riders as they come back into camp. I went through 40+ gallons of water three years ago when it rained all night when I wrenched for three teams. All I did was wash and clean drives trains for 20 hours. Never again. I'll be if Wolf Creek this weekend playing in fresh pow pow. You all have fun playing in the mud
    Thanks again for your help Dale, the weather that weekend sucked balls. I'm very happy to be staying home this weekend.

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    That picture is sick. Can't wait to get down there for some singletrack action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSD303
    That looks like fun right now... but I wonder what kind of a mess it will be by Saturday.
    As long as it melts, it will take about a half-day for the course to dry out and be pretty good, I think...
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    First of all, thanks (waltaz and jdub347 for pics and everyone else) for the updates and help. We are gonna be rolling in Thursday evening with a popup. I have no idea how quickly snow melts out there, but 8 inches of snow in 50degree temps would last awhile in Colorado. lol I hope you guys melt faster in the A to the Z!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul B
    Last year was just evil. If it's any less evil than 2008, count yourselves lucky.

    I think I'm officially OUT on going down just to hang out.
    Last year was definitely not evil. 2005 was evil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideandshoot
    Last year was definitely not evil. 2005 was evil.
    Aaaagreed. Last year was a walk in the park compared to 2005. I can't believe people are actually complaining about last year.
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    I'm in the matrix

    dodging bullets... check the latest from the National Weather Service. I especially like the narative at the end.

    Friday: Sunny, with a high near 62. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west.

    Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.

    Saturday: A 10 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a high near 59.

    Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

    Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

    THE NEXT-IN-THE-SERIES OF SHORTWAVE TROUGHS TO MOVE ACROSS THE AREA SAT. WILL OPT FOR A SLIGHT CHANCE OF VALLEY RAIN AND MOUNTAIN SNOW SHOWERS FROM THE TUCSON METRO AREA EWD SAT WITH DRY CONDITIONS ELSEWHERE. PRECIP-FREE CONDITIONS AGAIN SAT NIGHT AND SUN. 11/00Z GFS/ECMWF IN FAIRLY DECENT AGREEMENT THAT A STRONGER PACIFIC TROUGH WILL MOVE ACROSS THE SWRN CONUS EARLY NEXT WEEK. WILL BRING A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS INTO FAR WRN PIMA COUNTY SUN NIGHT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideandshoot
    Last year was definitely not evil. 2005 was evil.
    Aught-five was super-wet but I was only supporting that year, so my recollection of it is ... kinder. I rode last year and verged on going hypothermic after my night lap. Also, so much mud packed up under my truck after last year that I had to power-wash the undercarriage to fix some alignment problems that developed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MyBike'sBroken
    I have been to all 9 races. This will make 10.
    You may rival me for having done the most Epic Rides events. I've done all of them starting with the first Soul Ride, or in other words all but the first two 24Hr races.


    7 x 24Hr
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    Holy nuts, you'd think I'd be faster by now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock Punk
    Holy nuts, you'd think I'd be faster by now!
    Well, you're a hell of a lot faster than me!

    And staying on topic.... Yeah, the weather is shaping up!
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    I am liking the odds of a nice weather race. With low precipitation between now and the race and riders hitting the trail before the race we could be in for a race track of a race, like in 2006 when it was like concrete but without the prevalent dust. Perfect conditions really.

    Of course now I just jinxed it. Oops.
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    Any updates on how the trails look down there now??
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    out here now there. The trail is still covered in snow. Better bring your ss!

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    I assume you will be out there riding the snow off

    Seriously what's the peanut butter factor?

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    Everything is perfect out there. No snow. Come on out!

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