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    MTBR Kirkwood 9-5 Report...

    So first off I just wanted to show my appreciation to Francis, Derek and MTBR for letting me ride this race in their name. Thanks a bunch it was and will be a great memory for a long time. we ended up being so unprepared it wasn't even funny... Even though it was a little bit. Brought no food, no BEER , not enough layers but none of that mattered being around all the positive, great attitudes I was with, we were all in good spirits and just wanted to have fun and relax.

    So we started off Friday afternoon, Francis and Derek picked me up in the new Ford FLEX, this thing is roomy!!! Fit all three of us with a bike inside and full gear and we all had ample room to relax. The thing that impressed me the most about it was the performance of this thing, it moved. Ok enough about the car, so first off we had to feed our belly's before the drive up. So I took them to my favorite pizza place in LG JJ Magoos, $8 all you can eat pizza, salad bar, and drink for lunch. Trust me for this price you will not find anything better, they dont just put out pepperoni, or hawaiian they put out creamy garlic with chicken, BBQ Chicken and Pineapple, Pesto Chicken real premium pizza. So we got some food in and headed up.

    Route was pretty simple took about 3 1/2 hour, I believe is was 880 to mission over to 680, then 680 up to the 205, 205 to 5 then a short drive over 4 I believe to get to 99 then 99 up to 88 then follow that into Kirkwood. Once we arrived we headed over and registered with Vick and his crew. Got the condo key and started to head over, on the way back to the car we ran into Jason who had already been riding around. Asked him if he had done a pre ride yet and he said he had but offered to come with us on another one. So we headed over to the condo to unload and change. Took us a min. to figure out parking Derek was driving around lost till finally we just picked a spot and headed up. The condo was nice two stories 1 full bedroom with a loft, full kitchen, dining room, and another full bathroom, this thing could have fit 6 people comfortably. So we got ready real quick and headed out.

    We set out and hooked up with Jason who was waiting at his truck, then we headed out on the 6.5 mile coarse. From the parking lot it dives into a little single track section, you can catch some good speed through here once you get comfortable, then you make a quick left that is easy to miss if not paying attention which shoots you across a small wood plank bridge then brings you up onto pavement. Let me tell you from this point if we would not of had Jason to assure us we were going the right way we probably would have been lost, your just on a road and even thought your following signs you just feel like your going the wrong way. The pavement has you follow a windy road up trough a residential condo area a few pitchy corners and a good climb and you make it to the entrance of the first single track portion. You needed to be on your A game for this stuff, for though it was not very technical it was tight and easy to mess up at speed, it makes its way along the side of the hill a few rollers and it dumps you out onto a fire road. This is another small, loose climb and as you ride up it looks like your going to be in for a hurting but it dumps you off to the left as the fire road pitches up and you get another single track section with a few rollers then you hit some sandy switchbacks that can easily throw you off line and a quick flowing decent onto the next fire road climb. This fire road climb is a bit longer then the last and kinda winds up the hill a bit then makes a quick U-turn onto another single track section. You climb a small bit on the single track section then it begins to wrap you around the side of the mountain and you get a few dips one little creek crossing that I could never manage to figure out and a quick descent then you climb up real quick over a root, from this point on you had to pick your line carefully it started to get a bit rocky, a nice fast single track section across the side of the mountain and it dumped you off on your last climb. Once again if you didn't know better you would think you where going to be climbing for a bit but sure enough as soon as you really hit the pain cave it would dump you off to the left. Even though after this you would have no climbing you were far from over, a tricky descent full of rocks and loose rock switchbacks, total tire shredding section if you were not careful, you could really haul down this if you are comfortable with descents, but things could go wrong really fast if not paying attention. This dumped you out back at the resort and the start/finish area.

    I have a bunch more to add but don't want to overwhelm you guys with 5 pages so I will add some more tonight... Which will include my encounter with Tinker!!!

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    Sounds like a good time. Would be nice to get some pictures of the shindig.
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    Here's some utube fotos!



    Music: One Republic - Marching On

    Photos by: Vic Armijo, Derek Mau and Francis Cebedo


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    So many hills we had to climb
    almost without our strength
    but we kept
    slowly marchin on

    time heals the wounds we couldnt close
    blood sweat and tears dried up
    we're okay
    we kept marchin on
    ...
    Right, right, right, right left right,
    Right, right, right, right left right,
    Right, right,
    We’re marching on.

    We’ll have the days we break,
    And we’ll have the scars to prove it,
    We’ll have the bonds that we save,
    But we’ll have the heart not to lose it.
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    Wow, those photos take me back...I was a ski patroller there in the 90's and have some of my fondest (and foggiest) memories from the 'wood. It's good to see they haven't tampered with the historic integrity of the Animal House employee housing complex!

    I've got a hankerin' to do some mtb exploring around there now...good job representing out there fellers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Castigador
    Wow, those photos take me back...
    Agreed, the Wood definitely has some of the best terrain around. I spent many days there through the 90's as well and my share of partying in Animal House, baggin on the floor and trying to get up early for freshies.

    I really wanted to make it to the festival, Ive never MTB'd the Wood....yet...


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    Great video Francis... brings it all together.

    So to start were I left off pre-ride was done so we headed back to the condo to get cleaned up and go find some grub. However before we made it a point to head over to the store and pick up some much needed necessities. BEER and snacks!!! After we tucked the beers into their bed (our fridge) we headed out for dinner. Ended up making it over to a small diner right down the street and it was packed, had to stand for a few min. to get a table, but it was worth it. We ended up trying different pastas, I had cheese tortollini with a pesto sauce and a bowl of chili with cornbread, it was good and hit the spot for sure. All the portions were huge and I ended up taking some of the pasta togo. Went back to the condo and we watched a bit of TV and drank a few beers(hydrated) before getting some much needed rest before the race.

    Race day.... Dear little baby jesus it was cold... I for sure did not plan for the cold or I would have busted all the cold weather gear out... It was about 44 degrees and the wind was existent but not nearly as bad as it would get later in the day. We had our pre race breakfast (yogurt w/ granola, oatmeal, and water) we then headed over to the pre race meeting to get all the info on the days events. It was decided I would go out on the first lap which I didn't mind because I wanted to warm up!!! With this being my first race and FC not having much time to put towards training or prep for it, we went into this race with intentions to just have fun and enjoy the event... Boy did that change once we got a taste...

    Countdown starts and 3, 2, 1... Now let me tell you up until this point I had the nerves under control, we had no expectations, just wanted to have fun but once it all got under way boy did my stomach get tight for a bit. Since they knew the race would be a mess going straight into the single track we got an escort out and back on one of the roads to help break up the field. This was not a good start for a single speed.lol I spun and spun and spun ended up grouping with a pack of single speeders behind the lead group. We were spinning as fast as our one gear would let us. I have been competing in other sports most my life but have never done anything at elevation before, boy does this add a hidden factor. The spin out was a good chance to warm the legs real quick and get the heart pumping, going into the first single track I was still a bit cold but the stomach had loosened up and I was a little more relaxed. Getting to the first climb section on the road I was still with two/three of the other single speeders as we made our way up the hill two of them fell off and it was me and another SS making our way through the gears spinning. We exchanged positions a few times then he tucked in behind me for the first single track section. To my surprise I spent much of the rest of the lap making my way through people, I had heard that at elevation recovery becomes a lot harder so I tried to stay comfortable and control my breathing thinking this would help... Yet another WRONG... in my experience it didn't so much effect my breathing and cardio as it did my muscle recovery. I felt like not matter how much I felt I wasn't giving effort my muscles just wouldn't stop burning or feeling fatigued. It was towards the end I realized it was just something I would have to deal with and even though it felt strange I could still push through it. Ended up making it through the first lap in about 45 min. and left a clear path for FC to ride in.

    Before heading out on my next lap I ate a few Mojo bars and a hammer head gel while drinking a bunch of water. Next lap was just about the same as the first it was super cold and the wind started getting really bad in parts of the coarse. Most all people were very polite and good about riders behind and moving over I almost never had a problem getting around anyone if they knew I was there. I would say the toughest part for me while on the SS was the loose fire road climbs you really had to pick a good line and not torque very hard, paying attention to keeping a smooth pedal as to not break the back wheel loose. Ended up putting in another 45 min lap and was feeling a bit held back so I went and payed the Cannondale guys a visit to see what they had available to take out. This is when things got interesting. The guys over at Cannondale hooked it up with one of their new Flash 29er carbon hardtails with a new Sram XO 2X10 kit. This bike was freaking NNIIIIIIICCCCEEEEE. I am a new 29er advocate and I swear by them now, they just role so nice and just seem to make things a bit easier and this thing was so light and stiff I just knew it was going to fly. Jokingly I returned to our spot to wait for FC to return and told Derek watch out here come the sub 40's. little did I know!!!

    So as FC pulls up busting out 45 min laps as well, I was just finishing getting my stuff all on and Tinker goes flying by. I jump on the bike and with complete sarcasm yell out to FC and Derek " Time to go catch Tinker!! " The new bike feels great I rip through the first section of single track and get over to the road. With a smile on my face from already enjoying the new toy I am riding I couldn't help but feel like a little kid at Christmas. It was just so light and tracked so well, steering was spot on and the shifting was crisp. Front fork had the hydro lock so going from dirt to road was seamless. I started the road climb and with the 36 tooth in the back I never had to take it off the 39 tooth front big ring even while sitting. After the second corner I noticed someone up ahead, thinking in my head how cool would it be if that was Tinker I put out a quick burst just to see if it might be. Coming into another pack of people on the climb I was able to confirm it was Tinker... No freaking way I thought it my head, how awesome would it be to ride with him even if its only for a few minutes before he drops me so I put in a little extra effort to catch his wheel and I ended up going into the second single track section one rider behind him. As we made our way through this section I called out rider behind trying to get past the other rider because Tinker was starting to move away. The rider I was behind quickly moved off and I charged forward to try and get behind him. It seemed like he was keeping a good 15 feet on me till finally I was able to get in right behind him. The whole time I can't help but smile inside because of how cool this is, even though on the outside I had the look of pain I am sure. We came up on another rider and he quickly moved off seeing Tinker coming and I followed. Coming into an open clearing Tinker takes a look back at me then pulls of to let ME pass!!! WTF I am thinking in my head, what did you get yourself into lol at that exact moment I could feel my adrenaline shooting through me. I thought to myself you can't slow down now, POUND *****. Shortly after it dumped us onto the first fire road climb, I thought for sure Tinker was going to shoot pass me but no... Diving into the next single track section I put the pedal to the medal and hit the descent hard, popping out onto the next fire road I gave a quick glance back and no one was there... I then put my focus forward, constantly telling myself POUND, POUND beat yourself not him. I knew if I could just stay in front of him before the creek crossing I had a good chance at staying in front of him for the remainder of the lap. Made it to the creek, then to the last climb and as I peeked right before I dropped left for the final descent my body went numb with adrenaline. The thought of catching, passing and gapping a pro rider.... None the less a legend!!! I can not in words explain the feeling. Yeah I know he was solo, yeah I know he was on probably his 5th lap and I only had 3 under my belt, these thoughts went through my head, but it never once took away from the feeling and the rush it gave me. NOT ONCE!!! lol ended up cranking out a sub 40 min lap. and after that I held onto the bike until the end of the race. If any CANNONDALE employees are reading this please give my regards, apologies and thanks to your demo crew for keeping ti for so long. I put the bike to good use, it caught FC's attentions and he ended up taking it out on lap 8.

    Upon coming in from our 8th lap FC told me he was done, the weather and conditions had taken there toll on Team MTBR. We had worked out a game plan in which if he made it back to me by 3:25( he got back at 3:20 ) I would try to bust out a lap and be back to him by 4:10 which would give him 50 min. to complete the last lap we were averaging 45min a lap so he could take it a little slower. I had tasted blood and told him if I was feeling good and had time I would just fly through and try and give us 10 laps for a sure victory. I took off and tried to pay attention to stay relaxed because I had already made up my mind I wanted 10. So the plan was make it through this lap comfortable then pound and give the last lap everything you have left if time is short. As I came in finishing the lap there was a group of spectators cheering, I quickly yelled out, " what's the time " and got a reply of 4 on the dot. It was on... came flying through the pit area and gave FC a wave (little did I know he had changed his mind and after warming up and having a snack was ready to go back out.) To my surprise I was feeling better now then on any of my other laps, legs were warm, breathing was good, muscles had a slight burn but learned to just deal with it. Pounded out the last lap getting stuck behind a few riders but just took it as time for little recoveries until I could pass. Came in and ended up knocking out two back to back 40 min or better laps. And thats was it... FC was there to capture the end and a fist pound and Derek gave me a high five, then I went over and said thanks to the Cannondale guys for letting me rip up the trails on this beast of a bike.

    We all went back to the condo and got cleaned up then headed over to check standings. Team MTBR 1st... Instant excitement, even though I knew there wasn't a huge turnout this event deserved I knew our time would have held up. So once again... Thanks FC, Derek, Team Bigfoot, MTBR and all the racers who made this event an experience. Next year 8hr Solo... Ill be there will you?

    Chris
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    This is the bike you we rode:

    http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/cannond...on-the-planet/

    I had to try it to see if there was an electric motor inside. Not. It's hella fast though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    This is the bike you we rode:

    http://reviews.mtbr.com/blog/cannond...on-the-planet/

    I had to try it to see if there was an electric motor inside. Not. It's hella fast though.

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    I think that is the actual bike we rode!!! lol Now get one for review so we can see how much it can take. 29er Carbon Hardtail Shootout!!! Make it happen!!! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipRoar
    Agreed, the Wood definitely has some of the best terrain around. I spent many days there through the 90's as well and my share of partying in Animal House, baggin on the floor and trying to get up early for freshies.

    I really wanted to make it to the festival, Ive never MTB'd the Wood....yet...


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    Winter at the Wood is great. I've had a season pass there for the past 8 years or so. See if you can recognize the terrain in my video from last season (I'm sure you can). It's all shot at the Wood. 90% of it in-bounds. The last scene is just beyond the boundary near the bottom of Chair 4.


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    I am really curious to hear what happened to the 24 hour racers. That cold wind and that descent would have been absolutely crushing.

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    Kirkwood got a dusting of snow yesterday afternoon as well as some South lake peaks. Should have let me know you were in town FC, had a keg we were not quite able to kill on Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon7
    Great video Francis... brings it all together.

    So to start were I left off ...
    Really nice job, Chris! Sounds like you still have some adrenalin pumping through you.

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    just wanted to show the logos. Thank you Vic of Bigfoot!
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    My Report:

    The Kirkwood 9 to 5 was a blast for my first 8hr race. Despite 2 bonky laps that may of cost me 20 min, I managed to do some last lap pass-backs and place 2nd in Expert.

    My Stats:
    9 Laps
    7 hrs, 28 min
    58.4 miles
    8775 ft of climbing
    7.82 average speed
    49.8 min average lap

    I showed up to Kirkwood early the day before, so that I could preride and setup for camping. The preride proved that the course would not only have a lot of high altitude climbing, but also a lot of tight windy single track, deep loose dirt descents, tricky drainage crossings, scree rock switch-backs, one really smooth log drop, and a killer, steep, rocky narrow decent to the finish. Not a roadee course. Yes!

    Camping was part of the adventure. This proved to be an issue because all night long the wind was gusting something fierce. EZ-Ups were flying everywhere.

    To the Race: The turnout was good and it was cold at a high of 55F in the forecast. It might have been warmer that, but I was wearing a cap, long gloves, bib shorts, knee warmers, and short sleeve and a long sleeve jersey. Not your typical August race ware. The first true lap was the second lap because of the longer start lap. My time was 43 min for the 2nd lap, which was good because it did not feel like I was pushing at all on the climbs. Boy, I was wrong. I kept banging off laps, but lost track. The next lap around I told myself that I have to look at the clock. 4:30 Race Time. OMG, Iím just over half way done?! I better slow down. Laps 7 and 8 were bonky laps. Too much/ too little food/ water. I donít know. Last lap I got my second wind and passed back some of the people that passed me on laps 7 and 8.

    Tinker lapped me for the second time on the second to last single track. He was so smooth I did not even hear him coming. I looked back, saw him and pulled off right away.

    When I finally finished It was harder to stop than keep riding. My lungs were jacked and I could not take a deep breath until I calmed down. Typical exersize induced asthma.

    Even though I had those bonky laps, I was happy with my time because I know some 3 person teams finished behind me.
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    Great job Killroy! Those few laps when we rode together you were pushing a good pace up the hills that I was working hard to match. After I passed you I was worried I was going to see you again later in the day and I wasn't sure i'd be able to hold you off. I was lucky that I didn't have any mechanicals and my nutrition worked out for me.
    That was your first 8 hour race, correct? Great job!
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    Anyone have a copy of the results? I don't see any posted up anywhere. And nice shots and clips edited together. You guys are very handy with that type of stuff. I like it. My wife likes the pic of her "Fast and Single". May we have a copy?

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    Results are here: http://teambigfoot.net/kirkwood%209-...sults.xlsx.htm

    Send me a PM with your e-mail address and I'll send the full-size file of the "Fast & Single" shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeSS
    Anyone have a copy of the results? I don't see any posted up anywhere. And nice shots and clips edited together. You guys are very handy with that type of stuff. I like it. My wife likes the pic of her "Fast and Single". May we have a copy?
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    S'more pics...

    I shot a bunch on the Dangberg trail. Here are a few. More to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vuduvgn
    Great job Killroy! Those few laps when we rode together you were pushing a good pace up the hills that I was working hard to match. After I passed you I was worried I was going to see you again later in the day and I wasn't sure i'd be able to hold you off. I was lucky that I didn't have any mechanicals and my nutrition worked out for me.
    That was your first 8 hour race, correct? Great job!
    vuduvgn, I thought that you were half wheeling me and I was just keeping up to contiune the conversation that we were having.

    Since you have a lot more 8 hr experience, what your nutrition and hydrations? How many bottles did you go through? I need tips for the Sierra 100.

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    I was lucky this time. Despite the little bit of food I took in I still had good energy and power. I usually eat more.

    Early on I was going through 1 small bottle every two laps and went up to 1 large bottle every two laps. I switched between Hammer Heed, Hammer Perpetuem and water during the race. Perpetuem about every 2 - 3 hours.

    I started the morning with an Odwalla protein shake, followed by coffee and a cinnamon roll.
    During the race I ate 2 energy bars, one thing of vegetarian jerky, one package of clif blocks, half a bottle of home made fruit protein shake and a small serving of baked tofu. On laps 9 and 10 I age an energy gel at the beginning of the lap.

    I have found that sodas and too many energy gels during the race kill me. I'm not sure about others but my stomach gets really acidic during a race and gels make me nauseas. Therefore during endurance races I focus on carbs and proteins. Seems to work for me.
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    more pictures

    Vic, did you get any pictures of "Pinky and the Brain"? *hr 2 person mixed team. It was my daughters first race and would like to have a copy if you got any. We were number 200A and B
    thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by karyg
    Vic, did you get any pictures of "Pinky and the Brain"? *hr 2 person mixed team. It was my daughters first race and would like to have a copy if you got any. We were number 200A and B
    thanks,
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