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    hot august nights

    who's all in for this one? and will there be watermelon?

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    In, on a large 10-person team this time with Macming. Should be fun.

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    So did anybody do the preview ride this week and if so what is the course like? I was hoping to get up there during my holidays but busy with the house so no time .

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    speaking of festivals I was looking at the updated campsite listings for hot august nights.
    appears to be lots of space still open.
    I'm in with team van go for this one.

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    Camp Misfit will be there in one form or another. It kinda depends on the final course layout but early indications are that we'll be making lots of noise in the same spot as last year. Details to follow...
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    i noticed there campsite listing # as PARTY
    nice

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    Hey I am looking to fill in for a team somewhere, I am going to be working on Saturday but can make it down for a few laps starting around 7, my girlfriend is going to be working at the massage tent as a therapist so I figured I would be going down anyway, it would be great to join in for a lap or two. just PM me if anybody is looking for another rider.
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    Wish there was a 12

    If only it was the 12 and 24 hours of Hot August Nights. I would have given a 12 hour solo a go. 24 hours solo: not enough endurance training to attempt that this year.
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    There is a 12, it's called TAG!

    You just need to talk someone into doing the other 12.
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    Ha! You need the new "No nights" solo category!

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    I went to the preview ride. If Sean keeps the course we road it was a lot of fun.. Some greeat long single track sections, couple good climbs, good mix of everything. Suggested that he put in the great berms that went around the Misfit party last year in the course as the only change. Not sure if I'm on a team or not, may just go and be social.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt 24 solo
    I went to the preview ride. If Sean keeps the course we road it was a lot of fun.. Some greeat long single track sections, couple good climbs, good mix of everything. Suggested that he put in the great berms that went around the Misfit party last year in the course as the only change. Not sure if I'm on a team or not, may just go and be social.
    Do you mean "rode"? and "great"? come on

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    Quote Originally Posted by swabag
    Do you mean "rode"? and "great"? come on
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    Quote Originally Posted by swabag
    Do you mean "rode"? and "great"? come on

    Give the guy a break. Matt probably typed this on an iphone...
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    Naw was just friday night tired and the brain wasn't working. Watson is just trying to give me a hard time.

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    Should've gone with the iphone excuse...
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    is the third nostril gone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl
    Ha! You need the new "No nights" solo category!
    But I like doing a few night laps. Don't ask me why but I just charged up both of my light systems.
    That HST charge sure sucks. 20 dollars more now.
    Doing tag would be a less expensive option for sure. We'll see. I'm going to hold off registering for as long as I can. Not doing the rain thing again. Plus, I still haven't mentioned it to the boss.
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    ya unfortunatly my attempt to increase my oxygen intake failed with the bodies ability to fix itself. I guess screwing with natural evolution is a little harder than I thought. Maybe in 500 years we will all have 3 nostrials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    There is a 12, it's called TAG!

    You just need to talk someone into doing the other 12.
    Tag seems brutal though, if you want to be competitive that is. I just want to mosey around the course at a safe, relaxed, endurance pace for a long time. Maybe I need to work on not being so competitive.
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    Going to gve tag team a shot this time around. Not sure what I'm getting myself into. Any advice?

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    Going to give tag team a shot this time around. Not sure what I'm getting myself into. Any advice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptcutch
    Going to give tag team a shot this time around. Not sure what I'm getting myself into. Any advice?
    Ride a little rest a little. Tag is tough. Tristan and I did double laps at Solstice. Worked well for the course length. Honestly don't count on sleeping much. It's almost harder to get moving again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptcutch
    Going to give tag team a shot this time around. Not sure what I'm getting myself into. Any advice?
    Get ready for your next shift as soon as you get back in from your last one. If you're going to eat, eat. If you're going to get changed, change.

    It helps a lot to have a plan going into the race regarding who does what lap (including the first one). So far, I haven't really noticed a big competitive advantage of 1-1-1-1... versus 2-2-2-2... or what ever. It all seems to even out in the end. You don't have to stick to it but it helps with expectations.
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    In with a five person age group team currently. Could eventually be corporate, but that remains to be seen. Look forward to this after missing the Solstice due to illness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Get ready for your next shift as soon as you get back in from your last one. If you're going to eat, eat. If you're going to get changed, change.

    It helps a lot to have a plan going into the race regarding who does what lap (including the first one). So far, I haven't really noticed a big competitive advantage of 1-1-1-1... versus 2-2-2-2... or what ever. It all seems to even out in the end. You don't have to stick to it but it helps with expectations.

    Thanks for the advice on Tag. Any advanage to longer "shifts" (i.e.: 3-4 hours) initially or better in your experience for shorter and little higher intensity. I am used to 5 man teams where we do singles or night doubles at high intensity---what sort of intensity do you try and maintain initially. ?80% of normal (@ 50 minute laps)---10 minutes slower/lap? I am sure as time goes on it's more about survival and self preservation. Thank again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl
    Ha! You need the new "No nights" solo category!
    Ah, you got me on this one... I thought you were serious and went over to the reg page as i am currently not doing this one. Turned down an 8 man team for a weekend with family up north. Solo no-nights sounded like the ticket tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptcutch
    Thanks for the advice on Tag. Any advanage to longer "shifts" (i.e.: 3-4 hours) initially or better in your experience for shorter and little higher intensity. I am used to 5 man teams where we do singles or night doubles at high intensity---what sort of intensity do you try and maintain initially. ?80% of normal (@ 50 minute laps)---10 minutes slower/lap? I am sure as time goes on it's more about survival and self preservation. Thank again.
    Everyone has different ideas on what works best and I can only tell you what works for me. Some people swear by longer shifts since the rider that's on course never "cools down" although when you study the results, you will often see lap times really start to grow during the shift. Part and parcel with this is the fact that the rider that's not on course "cools down" (physically and mentally) a lot.

    By doing short shifts (1 lappers), I've found that I can better maintain intensity and focus. Sure I cool down a bit but if I keep moving around, I don't stiffen up quite as much. I also find it easier to keep up with nutrition that way since I'm not fumbling with bars and gels while I'm riding.

    Intensity is again a personal thing but 70-80% is about right. If it means anything to you, I go at about an 8 Hour Solo pace. Quick but not killing it.

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    Looks like a pretty sweet layout! I was hoping for a spot that passes the poplar circle area a few km before the end and then passes by again right at the end, it's been like that the last couple, makes for a nice shout out spot to your tag partner to let them know you'll be in soon. Radios it is then!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptcutch
    Thanks for the advice on Tag. Any advanage to longer "shifts" (i.e.: 3-4 hours) initially or better in your experience for shorter and little higher intensity. I am used to 5 man teams where we do singles or night doubles at high intensity---what sort of intensity do you try and maintain initially. ?80% of normal (@ 50 minute laps)---10 minutes slower/lap? I am sure as time goes on it's more about survival and self preservation. Thank again.
    We've done quite a few tags and pretty much tried it all. What I don't recommend is getting wasted the night before and pulling an all nighter. I'm sure BSpeed will testify to this. That being said what I have found that works best for me is 1-1-1-1 during day and first few nights. Once midnight hits we do a couple of doubles. This just gives you time to get a little extra rest… I usually use the first double to have a shower, grab a real meal from the chalet, have a beer, and relax. The second double is used for about 20 min of sleep which I find really helps me focus for the morning laps and I’m able to pick up the pace again. As for how hard to push, we do days at about 85% to 90% and nights at about 70%. It’s amazing how much time you make up on the sleepers at night even with the slower pace. That’s our usually strategy but it often gose to hell depending on the night before. Good luck to you!
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    Last night, we raced the back-half of the course and it was really fast. Judging from that and what I can discern from the map of the front-half of the course, there are going to be some BLISTERING lap times thrown down.

    Looks like we've also decided on a location for Camp Misfit and all riders should be coming through twice a lap. Can hardly wait!
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    The back half was indeed fast and fun. Looking at the complete course map, nice to see S16 included. It will keep me humble.
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    While we're on the topic, does anyone know what the "BMBC" stands for in "BMBC Twister"?
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    I believe it is " bolton mountain biking club"
    from back in the day

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    I would say it's Bolton Mountain Bike Club, but that's a guess.

    **Edit, trailtrash just snuck that in on me. I'd agree with him, historical name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RippleChip
    I would say it's Bolton Mountain Bike Club, but that's a guess.

    **Edit, trailtrash just snuck that in on me. I'd agree with him, historical name.
    kind of like playing jeopardy
    how many points do I get??

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash
    kind of like playing jeopardy
    NBC has had most of these pulled down but you can still find some audio onlys.

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    This subject has been very quiet and it is only 5 days away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmstrek8
    This subject has been very quiet and it is only 5 days away.
    I guess everyone is meditating. I've skipped the meditation and went straight to carb-loading.
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    Expect a full course report after tonight's "race".

    Weather permitting, I'd like to do my first ever sub-50 night lap this year. Last year, I got as close as 50 and change.
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    this should be your year.
    fast course and environment canada is saying temps around 30 and sunny right through the weekend.

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    I'll be there on a 6-10 person team (Long Sault Longshots), and my wife will be on her winning 5 person mixed team from last year. Not sure how we're going to co-ordinate laps, sleep and watching the kids between the two teams...if we see each other out on the course we'll know we really screwed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash
    this should be your year.
    fast course and environment canada is saying temps around 30 and sunny right through the weekend.
    Shhh! Don't anger the weather gods!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsquid
    ... I was hoping for a spot that passes the poplar circle area a few km before the end and then passes by again right at the end, it's been like that the last couple, makes for a nice shout out spot to your tag partner to let them know you'll be in soon...

    Yeah, that's my only concern about the layout too. Letting your team-mate know roughly when you were coming in (espec at night) was helpful. I guess the clock will have to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToddler
    Yeah, that's my only concern about the layout too. Letting your team-mate know roughly when you were coming in (espec at night) was helpful. I guess the clock will have to do.
    Don't forget to carry the 1.

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    Course kicks @ss

    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash
    who's all in for this one? and will there be watermelon?
    Just a quick major thumbs up to this course, which is one of the most fun (I know, we say that every time) in a long time. Very fast, lots of the best sections of singletrack, and a great balance of recovery doubletrack sections built in. And conditions are fantastic at the moment. Gonna be a good one!
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    Holy crap this is going to be a fast course! It suits me so well, I even volunteered to do the lead lap.

    None of the BIG climbs are in and everything just flows from one turn to the next. We might be looking at a record number of laps being set by each of the winning teams/solos!
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    Definitely seems like it is going to be a fast course. Not as much climbing as normal for Hot August Nights, but I know the goat climb is going to hurt after a few laps. Superfly didn't post results yet for the Tuesday Night Race, I was curious as to what the lap times ended up being on average. Did anyone time their lap?

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    you were just over 44 minutes... did you have a flat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    We might be looking at a record number of laps being set by each of the winning teams/solos!
    Noooo!!!! Time for me to start sticking pins in little mountain biker voodoo dolls.

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    [QUOTE=nspace]Definitely seems like it is going to be a fast course. Not as much climbing as normal for Hot August Nights, but I know the goat climb is going to hurt after a few laps.

    they've added the goats path?
    it wasn't there last saturday and it's not on the map.

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    My bad, I am mistaking it for another trail.

    I am thinking of the hard right you make across the road, after a long downhill on doubletrack, and then you kick right and start a windy two-tiered singletrack climb. I forgot the name already. I guess the down-part is handle with care.

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    thanks
    the climb part is also "handle with care" the old S14.
    when I rode my odometer showed aprox.15.5 km without the start loop.
    not sure if they were planning on adding anymore or leaving it the way it is.

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    Most sunniest forecast ever...

    This is making me giddy since it's been so long to have this at a 24 hour. At least remember one like it...
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    This has all the potential to be a most memorable HAN. I'm getting really excited!
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    Hmmmm, course seems a bit short and without a focal point of fear. I think a section is being withheld until the last moment.....da, da, duhm.
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    Sean *did* say that the marking was only preliminary. It wouldn't take much ribbon-fiddling to throw in Ruppel's Revenge at the last second...
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Sean *did* say that the marking was only preliminary. It wouldn't take much ribbon-fiddling to throw in Ruppel's Revenge at the last second...


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    I've just unearthed a very special cheering weapon. Anyone who guesses what it is (HINT: it starts with the letter V) qualifies for extra cheering when they ride through Camp Misfit.
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    vuvuzela ,
    does that extra cheering involve a beer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailtrash
    vuvuzela ,
    does that extra cheering involve a beer?
    Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

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    The batteries are all charged up, the tents are packed and the coolers are awaiting their cargo.

    The forecast is flawless.

    Let's party like it's on sale for $19.99!

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    2010 HAN was epic fun beyond words. I'm exhausted and a feeling little fuzzy in the head. Thanks to all who participated!!
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    it was a great weekend.
    I had full intension of stopping at the Misfit camp for a beer on one of my laps but then we found our selves in contention for a podium spot which was totally unexpected so maybe I'll get a rain check.
    We even managed to hold on to third spot
    It was also a pleasure to put another face to a MTBR member.
    Got to meet Neil (mtbmeister) who was camped close by.
    All in all another great job done by Chico and the crew.

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    Best. 24. Evar.

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    What an epic night. First 24 hour, first race ever. Its under the skin now. See you guys next year.

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    Tag team was going well until the heat exhaustion (bordering on heat stroke) kicked in @ 1030 PM or so(I was using a combination of HEED and Perpeteum as well as tons of water and endurolytes). The cramping was the worst I've experienced (as I don't normally cramp) and the most painful was when all my intercostals cramped with every breath. I was cursing the feed zone hill more and more on every lap. After a nice snooze and "cool down" I was able to soldier on early Sunday morning.

    Got my brother hooked on his first 24 hr as he took my place on my normal team.

    Will be back in June for another shot at Tag team with some lesson learned.

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    Good times for sure, dry was the key. There was so much single track that every lap left me smiling. After 12 laps each I still could have gone back for more, I think I'll stay of my bike until at least Wednesday now.

    Snagged the number two spot in tag team for the third year in a row. Our friend and my tag partners brother took first in the tag, it was nice to have the friendly competition going throughout the race.

    Good on Team Speed for reeling in that third spot after the late start too!

    Thanks to Chico Racing for another great event!

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    Quote Originally Posted by somnambulant
    Best. 24. Evar.
    X eleventy billion!

    I'm at a loss for words to describe how much fun I had this weekend. Camp Misfit was a stellar success. I crushed my lead lap. I crushed my goal. I crushed a LOT of beer. Absolutely perfect weather. Tons of hi-jinx. Tons of food. Tons of cowbell...

    EDIT: I forgot to mention the vuvuzela! I could hear it from the middle of the Witch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    X eleventy billion!

    I'm at a loss for words to describe how much fun I had this weekend. Camp Misfit was a stellar success. I crushed my lead lap. I crushed my goal. I crushed a LOT of beer. Absolutely perfect weather. Tons of hi-jinx. Tons of food. Tons of cowbell...
    Don't forget the tons of vuvuzela!

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    Tons of Buble!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Tons of Buble!
    ...and only a single sarah mclaughlin song.

    Within 5 minutes of finishing my Sunday morning lap I was wrapped in duct tape like a spider's prey and then chased with a pizza box of barf. Good times!(?)

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    The day after, now with a much clearer head, I have to concur. This was by far the most fun I have had at a 24h race. The hi-jinx and beer alone would have made the weekend. There were some epic battles for podium placings which kept reminding us that was indeed a race going on, even though the beer and pizza was leading the body and mind to a different world in the middle of the night.

    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Absolutely perfect weather. Tons of hi-jinx. Tons of food. Tons of cowbell...
    ...oh, and I just about teared up as I hammered up the hill towards Camp Misfit on my final lap and the Finnish national anthem came on. Absolutely epic.
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    What a 24 Hour should be! Race Report

    Just recovering this morning from the race this weekend. Still feeling a little sleepy following the pretend sleep of lying down in a tent for a couple of hours at a time with the ambient shouting, music playing, or other sounds of the night at these races.

    Some soreness to work through, but nothing serious. Just a shout out to those out there that I chatted with at various points of the weekend. Trailtrash, nice to meet you and well done on your result. All others from the forum and at the race that I met, thanks for renewing my passion for this kind of race. After missing the Solstice due to a health scare, and having an up and down season of sorts, this was a great reminder of what a great atmosphere and mtb community that we have at these events. Not to mention the great job that Chico does putting them together.

    The weather was enough to really get excited about the weekend. No cleaning bikes after every lap. No umbrellas or rain gear. Sitting around a fire at night storytelling about your lap experiences. The way it should be. Really glad for the Chico team to have gotten a weekend like this under their belt after the past battles with Ma Nature.

    Congrats to all on your efforts and results. We had a great time in a very tight category of five person 150-199 combined age. Battled with with some speedy teams for the first half of the race having only around a 20 minute lead most of the time. By morning, it was over 30 minutes and creeping up. Nothing that a mechanical couldn't erase though. By the finish, we had maintained first in doing 30 laps on one of the best 24 hour courses in recent memories to take 1st in our category.

    Highlights were the riding of course, atmosphere, Misfit Dance Party (that is always motivating and often needed at that point during a lap later in the race), and racing with the many friends made along the way at these races.

    Low lights (no pun coming up) were personally having to dismantle a whole light system that was zip tied to my top tube during the first of a double night lap. Lost at few minutes minimum there trying to figure out how to get it off. Then figured I could drop the mass of hardware from my rear pocket at the Dance Party after it bouncing around for a lap. Unfortunately, no-one was there on the pass through so I left it at the timing trailer and went on to do the second lap. This is where I managed to get through most of the lap until the first bit of Handle With Care where my rear derailleur decided to venture into my spokes. After some quasi-pretend mechanic checks on it, I was able to nurse it into the finish. However, the bill was inevitable in order to race a final lap.

    All in all, great times! Looking forward to seeing some of you at CTS again and future Chico events.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jouko
    ...oh, and I just about teared up as I hammered up the hill towards Camp Misfit on my final lap and the Finnish national anthem came on. Absolutely epic.
    You can thank Jamie's quick Googling for that. We weren't sure you'd notice with all the other hubbub!
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    It was a crazy race. To start we were about 1 hour 15 min late. For the first time ever we decided to skip the Friday night party and head up Saturday morning. After one of our weekly Team Speed meetings I had mentioned that we should really try and podium at one of these 24 hour events and after a 4th place finish at SS we decided we were going to give it a shot at HAN. So Saturday morning rolls around and everything is going great. (Not hung over and a clear memory of the night before) BSpeed picks me up at 9:00 am on the dot and we were off! That should get us there with about 2 hours to spare. (More than enough time for either of us to get ready.) So we’re driving along the 401 and the car starts making noise. Sounds like something is dragging… hmmm… we ignore it for a bit and continue on… noise is getting worse… We pull of and take a look… can’t see anything so we continue on…. The noise starts to get really bad and whatever is making the noise is also now pulling the truck to the right. We pull over immediately (luckly very close to a garage) we can see the front tire is really screwed up. We get it over to the garage and find out the ball bearings are gone and were lucky the tire didn’t fall off. End result is we spent the next 2.5 hours at the garage while they fixed it. (This also gave us a great opportunity to plan our attack… over a beer in the parking lot of course.) It was decided to just go out and have fun no need to kill our selves we’ll shot for the podium next time. Funny thing happened… you get out on that trail and it was just so much fun we started pushing each other wanting to out do each others previous laps… Before we knew it we were out of last and closing in on top 5… Then night hit… it’s always been a spot where we pick up a few positions… We thought… what if… or… who knows… maybe someone will go to sleep… sure enough… some one did and that gave us the boost to keep going… I think we hit 3rd around 3:30 am and from then on it was just cruise control and pray for no more mechanicals… (of truck or bike variety… we had a few light mechanicals and were forced to share a light for the night.) It would have been nice to start with everyone else… It would have been fun to have pushed everyone else just a little more. The one lesson we’ve … It does not pay to be responsible the night before a race! See you all at the SS on FRIDAY at the bar! Scarlet catering better stock up on the Welly Team Speed will be back!

    Thanks to everyone who help out and congratulations to everyone that finished!
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    EDIT: I forgot to mention the vuvuzela! I could hear it from the middle of the Witch!
    Every time I heard it I laughed and it was always in the middle of the Witch or right before Handle With Care.

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    I ended up with a "hilarious" light mechanical too. On my first night lap, the little rubber shim that fits inside the clamp on my bar light came loose and right in the spot where the guy busted his leg at SS, my bar light spun 'round and started shining directly into my eyes.

    It all happened so fast, I couldn't even process what was going on. I came to a screeching halt, caught my breath, fixed my light (thank goodness I hadn't lost the shim) and went on my way.

    Other than that, the only other drama for me was a bat buzzing my helmet at the "1km To Go!" sign on the same lap.
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    Big thanks goes out to Chico racing for another awesome race!
    Was great to meet some of the organizers finally.

    My fellow WNYers from the states represented very well.
    We, the Farting Picassos, had a great time again. Winning was much tougher this year which just made winning feel that much better. Thanks to the "Fast Friends" for kicking our butts and making us earn it.

    Here's a pic from our first lap, that one of our Misfit cycles connection captured of the famous El Nino. He set the pace right off the bat for us (in cape, mask, feather boa, rigid SS):


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    congrats to everyone on the podium. Amazing course, amazing weather, those that didn't race missed out. unfortunatly the heat got to me in a very bad way. Went into damage control really early in the race then went downhill fast. Still trashed today. Hopefully the weather will continue like this for the rest of the season and into the 24's next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToddler
    Didn't El Nino have a massive "cape mechanical" very shortly after this pic was taken?
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    Heheh, yes he did, I noticed he rode much of the way with the cape in his left hand to keep it out of the drive-train, but he's El Nino; he doesn't need both brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    X eleventy billion!


    EDIT: I forgot to mention the vuvuzela! I could hear it from the middle of the Witch!

    we could faintly hear it early Sunday morning all the way over at our camp site just past the start line.

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    I had an amazing time this weekend. I think everyone was happy/relieved (especially the Chico boys) with the amazing weather we had from start to finish. I want to mention the heat, but I can't say anything as I'd rather that than rain and trashed trails, so no complaints there. The course was fun, held up to all of traffic, and there were lots of fun sections to bomb through.

    That climb up to the feed station always seemed doable until the final leg following the feed. That was like a kick in the teeth and it hurt every time

    Our team (Trail Bullies) did better than we expected. We settled down into 3rd place in our category for a long while until the evening. We encountered a mechanical which set us back a bit, but we fought hard to try and reclaim 3rd to no success. That said, we went hard until the end and kept our 4th place finish which I think everyone on the team was happy with.

    Highlights for me: Cruising through the Misfit Dance party on my 6th lap, early Sunday morning. Garage_monster, nerdgirl, and Dermont cheered me up the sandy climb with their 4 piece band comprised of dual-cowbell, vuvuzela, and back-ground Metal. I think someone was on the mic too. Following that on my 7th lap, Del and Scott doused me with at least 3 litres of water. That was so refreshing!

    Team Speed: Nice work. You guys started late and still made it happen! Congrats.

    Lapdogs: You guys are machines. Watching Brusso out on his 40 minute lap was crazy. Catching up with smarty at 2am in the transition area was also entertaining…42 minutes at night, thats amazing.


    I could definitely here the first toot of the vuvuzela on Sunday morning all the way out our camp as well!

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    first attempt at the tag team, holding down 4th place at a manageable pace, when my team mates knee gave out a little after midnight so I decided not to kill myself trying to maintain it solo, Im the one with the pink helmet and santa cruz in the photos laughing as el nino came up beside me on the start hill, maybe a shorter cape next year to save the cape/wheel jam? the best moment of the race for me might have been passing through Camp Misfit, when one of you ran alongside and stuffed a handful of mini chocolate bars in my pocket on sunday morning, all I could think about for the rest of the lap is how awesome chocolate and you guys are. We shared a site with Team CSD, who absolutely crushed mixed tag team with 26 laps, very inspiring performance. Awesome job to the guys who hit the podium, was very fun to be a part of a category with some fun competition going on like that. Best weekend of the summer, See you all next year for sure!

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    To continue the love-in, I have been doing 24-hour events since 2000. This was the best one ever. I was on Team Flying Bison, a corporate team sponsored by Flying Bison Beer, a Buffalo microbrewery. We had a couple of no-shows, which meant that we only had 7 riders, including one complete newbie on the team (who pulled off some very respectable lap times nonetheless).

    I had a great first lap, at 51 minutes (fast for me). I ended up doing 5 laps, including two back-to-back laps on Sunday morning as no-one else wanted to ride any more, which was just fine by me - I do these things to ride, not to sleep. My two night laps were great, thanks to a new 1800-lumen lighting system to replace my 10-year-old Niterider Nightowl. The only thing I learned - there is no point in having an extra battery if you forget to put it in your jersey, so I had to ride the last 8k of my night lap with no handlebar mount.

    Still - great weather, great friends, great riding and great times. Thanks to everyone and especially to all at Chico Racing for the most memorable race weekend in a very long time...
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    Another Hot Aug Nights

    Glad to be part of this must ride race!

    Sketchy Petting Zoo by the River here...

    After an early Saturday morning costume and food run, we were on the bikes to start the race. A broken chain by our torque monster, macming resulted in a small delay, but a quick Formula One link surgery had him back on the bike in under 2 minutes.

    The fast course this year was soooo much fun to ride.

    Was an awesome race. As usual, we finished middle of the pack, as most on the team are weekend warriors and having those 9-5s really interferes with the ride time. Our last rider missed the 12:00 cutoff for last lap by thirty seconds, because he stopped for autographs from his multitude of fans.

    Awesome atmosphere at this race...It's my 6th year i think. The soloists never fail to be an inspiration to me. They did more laps than our entire team!

    I had a lighting mishap resulting from having an apparently antique halogen Niterider system, and rode my night lap in 1:10 with only a bar mount. SCAARYYY STUFF!

    See y'all next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiamC
    Im the one with the pink helmet and santa cruz in the photos laughing as el nino came up beside me on the start hill!
    lol nice post count! Either you figured out how to hack it or you're some kind of MTB uber-genius or something!
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    So with all the time I spent manning the DJ booth, there were two very different songs that got BY FAR the biggest response from riders. Some guys actually stopped to dance to the one and the other had people screaming along and playing air guitar.

    Anyone care to guess what they were?
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    AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and Justin Bieber's "Baby"???

    Were you taking requests? I really wanted to hear "Disco Inferno" by the Trammps....

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    It would def have to be a Justin Bieber song...

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    Everything was just set to shuffle so no one's playlist was safe. We uncovered some pretty dark secrets out there but then, none of us would have thought to play Micheal Buble at midnight either!

    BTW, you're way off on the Bieber but not really that far off on the AC/DC.
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    You guys did a great job! The 3 hours I spent there were a riot! Maybe next year I'll ride too. My daughter couldn't stop talking about the cowbell! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    So with all the time I spent manning the DJ booth, there were two very different songs that got BY FAR the biggest response from riders. Some guys actually stopped to dance to the one and the other had people screaming along and playing air guitar.

    Anyone care to guess what they were?
    I bet that one of them was Jouko's live medley of the hits of Tapio Rautavaara:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mb5150/4942839943/" title="Hot August Nights 2010 by mb5150, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4942839943_8abb1b9708.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Hot August Nights 2010" /></a>

    ...followed closely by his sing-a-long session with Katri Helena's song, "Katson sineen taivaan" (as featured in the 1979 Eurovision):

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mb5150/4943404424/" title="Hot August Nights 2010 by mb5150, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4943404424_c00853eaea.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Hot August Nights 2010" /></a>

    (Note that it took some serious Googling to find the names of these singers. Beyond Sibelius and Apocalyptica, I'm at a bit of a loss when it comes to Finnish music. So is the rest of the world, I'm assuming.)

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    the cowbells and encouragements from Mr. and Ms. Monster where great. On my first hung over lap, it was exactly what I needed to keep me going. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by smarty
    (Note that it took some serious Googling to find the names of these singers. Beyond Sibelius and Apocalyptica, I'm at a bit of a loss when it comes to Finnish music. So is the rest of the world, I'm assuming.)
    Shockingly, Apocalyptica is REALLY close to one of the artists... hint, hint!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Shockingly, Apocalyptica is REALLY close to one of the artists... hint, hint!
    Metallica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Ding!

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    The race course this year was awesome!

    Did anyone from Rush Day Rush or other companies take pictures at this race?

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    Race day rush photos are (still being?) uploaded but not yet indexed:
    http://racedayrush.zoomphoto.ca/eventgallery/13247/1/

    This was a great race, I especially enjoyed my 2nd lap where I took JoelGuelph's SS out and finished in 49 mins. Tuesday nighter SSers, you might have more competition next year!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkand
    Tuesday nighter SSers, you might have more competition next year!
    The more the merrier!

    Still no takers on the second song, eh? How 'bout a hint: the band's name is a kind of food.
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    I completely forgot about the microphone hi-jinx. I blame the heat and the sun for any immature activities that may have transpired.

    Quote Originally Posted by smarty
    I bet that one of them was Jouko's live medley of the hits of Tapio Rautavaara:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mb5150/4942839943/" title="Hot August Nights 2010 by mb5150, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4942839943_8abb1b9708.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Hot August Nights 2010" /></a>
    My iPod would have had some Tapio Rautavaara, but unfortunately (?) no Katri-Helena.
    Jouko

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    The more the merrier!

    Still no takers on the second song, eh? How 'bout a hint: the band's name is a kind of food.

    Cake? Green Jello? Red Hot Chili Peppers?
    Strava made me do it....

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    Although Cake is an excellent guess: nope, nope and nope!

    Hint #2: the band's members include 3 guys and 1 girl.
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    Country Joe and the Fish
    Salt n Pepa
    Cream
    Strawberry Alarm Clock
    Ice T
    Ice Cube
    The Dixie Chickens


    Black Eyed Peas

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    Ding!

    There was something about firing up the Xmas lights and the disco ball and the setting sun that just moved people the right way. It was something to see!

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    Believe it or not, this was only my second 24 hour race, although I have been at others as a spectator, kids race support crew and fan of whatever team my wife was on.

    Being on a 7 person team with my wife on a different 5 person team at the opposite end of Albion made things pretty challenging with three kids.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    - 2nd place in our category and overall, one of only two teams with 32 laps
    - the back and forth battle with the Lapdogs through the evening and early night hours - we got within a minute twice, but couldn't pull ahead
    - a win for my wife's 175+ Mixed team (three jerseys in a row)
    - Saturday morning McChico
    - making it in at 11:59:30 A.M. after a 45:00 lap to send our 16 year old hotshot out on what is unquestionably the most fun lap at a relay; the one that doesn't matter on a virtually deserted course with nothing to save your legs for. He did a 42:22, despite not being old enough for the lure of a beer to pull him in!
    - the "World Championship horn" at the Misfits tent (and the cowbells and the music).
    - watching the average lap speed climb and the km fly by on the 2nd half of every lap
    - the performances of Donkey and Shrek, two local Juniors from our Thursday night Durham Forest series in the SOLO under 40 category
    -the Ay-Up light system I demo'ed then bought.
    -the Kid's race
    -passing Ben Dawson
    -my wife winning the Niterider light system in the draw prizes (and 12 Wellington for me too) - another highlight was Adam and Sean's new expedited draw prize ritual, no more 30 seconds per name, going once, going twice...call a name, wait 1.5 seconds for an excited yelp, no yelp, call another!

    LOWLIGHTS
    - my 6 year old's bike getting run over my a truck (no one to blame really...it was dark, the bike was left lying on the grass in an open camping area)...we were lucky,.. a new handlebar later and he's riding it today!
    - our teammates crash on the second lap, which cost about 7 minutes, and ultimately caused him to have to leave the rotation early after a tough tough night lap

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster
    Although Cake is an excellent guess: nope, nope and nope!

    Hint #2: the band's members include 3 guys and 1 girl.

    I don't think Slayer counts as a food. That was appreciated on my night lap, though.

    And thanks to Del and Scott for the cool-down on my consecutive sunday morning laps
    Strava made me do it....

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    I can't believe nobody pulled the plug on my ipod o' hardcore/metal/punk 30 minutes in, but it played continuously for about 10 hours. Glad people liked the Metallica/Slayer. I couldn't tell whether people were riding faster because they liked the music or because they wanted to get away from it.

    For the record, the Michael Buble, Sarah McLachlan and Black Eyed Peas were not from my iPod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somnambulant
    I can't believe nobody pulled the plug on my ipod o' hardcore/metal/punk 30 minutes in, but it played continuously for about 10 hours. Glad people liked the Metallica/Slayer. I couldn't tell whether people were riding faster because they liked the music or because they wanted to get away from it.

    For the record, the Michael Buble, Sarah McLachlan and Black Eyed Peas were not from my iPod.
    I like Sarah McLachlan, but I would NEVER choose that for the middle of a race lap. Every time I went through it was something pretty hardcore, and I think it helped me. Thanks.

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    On my last lap I'm not sure what was playing but the only word I could make out was suicide.
    made me laugh

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