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    Billy Cross 8hr Relay

    Any other MTBR kids at the Billy Cross 8hr Relay this last Saturday?

    It was the first time Laffeaux and I had done the race.
    We were kind of pissed that there was ZERO signage to find the place.
    Their reply to our suggestion of any directional signs was somewhat flippant.
    I was afraid that our $40 bucks (each!) was soon to be wasted on a race with zero interest or effort from it's promoters. As far as I could tell, there were only 2-3 people putting on the whole thing.

    But...as it turned out, the 8hr relay was an abslolute blast! The course was marked (well enough) and was quite technical. It's format was simple and organized. I wouldn't think more than 100 people were there. Very 'underground'. Most racers seemed to know each other and there was nothing but love and support for one another. Reminded me of MTB racing of days past!

    And at the end of the day, our $40 was rewarded with some decent grinds and quality beer!

    I'd say we'll definitely be there for next year.
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    Team Fuzzy Dudz!

    We were all pretty much kids there!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Any other MTBR kids at the Billy Cross 8hr Relay this last Saturday?

    It was the first time Laffeaux and I had done the race.
    We were kind of pissed that there was ZERO signage to find the place.
    Their reply to our suggestion of any directional signs was somewhat flippant.
    I was afraid that our $40 bucks (each!) was soon to be wasted on a race with zero interest or effort from it's promoters. As far as I could tell, there were only 2-3 people putting on the whole thing.

    But...as it turned out, the 8hr relay was an abslolute blast! The course was marked (well enough) and was quite technical. It's format was simple and organized. I wouldn't think more than 100 people were there. Very 'underground'. Most racers seemed to know each other and there was nothing but love and support for one another. Reminded me of MTB racing of days past!

    And at the end of the day, our $40 was rewarded with some decent grinds and quality beer!

    I'd say we'll definitely be there for next year.
    You can sleep when you are dead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xjohnnyx
    We were all pretty much kids there!
    Way to resurrect a thread from last year!
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    Cool Huh?

    I hate to waste good old threads!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan'ger
    Way to resurrect a thread from last year!
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    Low key by design?

    I have done the Billy Cross races for over 5 years now and I think they are low key by design, I have never seen them any other way. Ken the promoter is really kinda shy and it shows sometimes, it may seem flippant but I don't think it is meant that way. The Billy Cross series is really "grassroots" racing, there is not much else that compares to it.
    This is only the second race at Boggs, the normal venue at Lake Sonoma is a little more organized, but still WAY low key.
    That being said I have seen some tough competetion at these races, regulars like Mark Weir and the rest of the WTB clan make for some fast racing, Ned Overend and Paola Pezzo have also shown up for these races.
    It seemes like everyone had fun on the course, I know Ken was in a hurry to get out of there as he had some personal stuff going on. Normally there is a lot of hanging around and shooting the $hit, perhaps the weather had something to do with it also, I know all I wanted to do was get out of the cold after going solo for 10 laps and 8+hours of riding what really is some super fine singletrack.
    Unfortunately it looks like Ken will be moving to N. Oregon so we may lose this NorCal gem if someone does not step up to take it over.

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