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    Payson Pounder Race Rumors

    Okay, more than just rumor since I got this from a promoter of the event. If you were there last year, you know it was a fun course, with a excellent camping venue in the tall pines and right across the street from the casino so you could motel it, restaurant and party 500 yards from the venue! The course ran down the pavement streets of old town Payson too. The folks in the bars were whooping it up for us!

    Last year they only offered a 24 hour option, but htis year they will offer a 24, 12 and 6 solo event. BEST OF ALL- no matter what the forest closure condition is, they have permission to race! This could be the only event allowed up north this year due to fire dangers. Now before all you haters say there is no way- shut up and listen The venue- private property. MTB's no fire hazard. All camping at venue. On course safety vehicles get briefed from Rangers and no persons allowed to hang out and watch on forest lands. The only way this would not run is if the couse itself is on fire (I have a nomex suit).

    Now I have to decide, team or solo and how long?
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    The 24 hour in Payson last year was my first and I loved it! I'll likely be doing 4 person team this year. Anyone who hasn't ridden a 24 hr should try it! You won't be disappointed, the atmosphere of a huge capsite filled with nothing but mountain bikers is awesome.

    Wasn't it called the Payson Stampede last year?

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    Are they going to change the course somewhat? I heard there was a long downhill section with basketball-sized rocks that claimed a number of riders and nobody liked that section for a 24-hour race.
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    You are right, it was the Stampede- my bad! As far as changing the rules, I could see how the boulders (called the Rocky ***** by the way) would be bad on a sprint race, but ina 24 hour it is about toughness, mental, physical and mechanical. If youhead to fast into a boulder section in the first few hours and break you or your bike- I would call that weak mentally. Change a course for some rocks? That is so weak. This event was put on by some old timers who were rocking MTB's while we played around on BMX bikes and Atari's and I don't think they will give you any more sympathy than me. FWIW- I entered last years race completely unprepared (first time ya know) and was completely weak-physically not ready, mechanically riding a XC race setup for an endurance race and mentally- thinking I could get away with it! I cannot wait for this year.
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    Is there a website for this race, or somewhere I could get some more info on it? I might have to try one these endurance thingies!

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    http://www.tucsonracing.com/PSMinf06.htm

    From their website: New Course! We have taken out the initial steep descent to make the course more user friendly and more fun. Faster but just as challenging. Nobody will ever say the Stampede is easy

    I hate to read that, I loved that descent! The one thing I don't like about races is that they tend to make the courses too smooth and cater way too much to the idea a fast "race pace". I think it is the ruggedness of the trail that attracts people to mtn biking in the first place.

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    Thanks for the link, eabos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstem
    Last year they only offered a 24 hour option, but htis year they will offer a 24, 12 and 6 solo event.
    DAMNIT! I hope my friend cancels her wedding!

    Edit (after going to linked web page): Oh Payson "Stampede" not "Pounder". In June, yeah, I'll be there!
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    I'm gonna try to fit it in again. Did it last year and had a good time.

    Plus, I got a score to settle with the course, I crashed high speed in a rut on a nite lap and messed my shoulder good.

    Last year's race draw was ok. However, I wonder if there is enough draw to warrant 6, 12 and 24 hour divisions. Of course, the different divisions will likely increase the draw. It will be interesting to see how the fields fill up. I predict the 12 hour option will be popular - that's what I'm leaning to - a 12 hour duo sounds like much fun.

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