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    Provincials course, Highlands Nordic

    Quick little update for those that frequent such a place on whats going on with provincials course.

    We are close to complete, well as complete as we will ever be. Finding out the hard way, that there is always something that I can or would like to change. But generally speaking the course is getting positive revues, mostly from the 10yr old sprokids I ride with thursday nights.

    there is a couple links to course videos on HBCC dot CA site. On home page look for the link to "Take Two of Provincials Course" its a little clearer footage than the first. I tried to embed the link but because I lurk and dont say much on forum it tells me I dont have enough posts. Maybe someone can pull it for me and help me with this

    We are doing a preview weekend Aug 13-14 and be great to see as many faces as possible. There will be a small fee of $5 that goes to the Trail Blazer ski team. If weather is uncooperative that weekend we will go to the following weekend. I will try and keep this thread upto date.

    People are asking what the course compares to. I really dont want to fill anyone heads with mis conceptions. Some People will hate this course, it has hills, rocks, roots, more hills, followed by rocks etc. Some will also love it.

    Preview weekend is also the same weekend that Blue Mtn is hosting the East Coast open which has an XC race this yr. Talk is they are going to try for a 12-15K loop and 1 or two lap type race. If so, this should be a great aswell and worth while making a weekend in the area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Holmes View Post
    Maybe someone can pull it for me and help me with this

    Cheers
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    Here it is.

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    WOW that looks fun!
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    that looks great

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    I was just thinking of you guys up the street!!!
    i'll be there both days

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    Looks pretty awesome. Also potentially difficult, potentially unridable if it rains... but hey, they are mountain bike trails and as long as there is sufficient room for passing it will be a great provincials course.

    I'm almost certainly not racing but will try to make the preview ride to experience these trails.

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    Aw crap, now the video's blocked due to copyright issues.

    I'm going to give you positive rep points anyway, Scott.

    EDIT: I was able to watch it on Mrs. Monster's laptop and it does look like a lot of fun. Hoping we can make the pre-ride day!
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    Hey Scott, first of all - THANK YOU for everything you've done for the MTB community and all the trails you have built.

    I will definitely be up there at least for a day, or two if I find accommodation for my family and me.

    Look forward to meeting you as well.

    The course surely sounds like fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    Look forward to meeting you as well.
    Funny, considering all the time you two spend at the same events, I assumed you already knew each other! At O-Cups, Scott is easy to recongnize; he's the one that goes by when Mrs. Monster and I yell "GO SCOTT!!1!"
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    just watched it and the course looks

    exciting...

    I think the Tallboy will be out for this race as well, not just the Buckwallow...

    Awesome job Scott...

    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Aw crap, now the video's blocked due to copyright issues.

    I'm going to give you positive rep points anyway, Scott.

    EDIT: I was able to watch it on Mrs. Monster's laptop and it does look like a lot of fun. Hoping we can make the pre-ride day!

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    Yeah, somehow I don't think we met

    yet, but with my old age anything is possible...

    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Funny, considering all the time you two spend at the same events, I assumed you already knew each other! At O-Cups, Scott is easy to recongnize; he's the one that goes by when Mrs. Monster and I yell "GO SCOTT!!1!"

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    I am very fortunate to garner alot of praise for work done by many. As for the provincails course, we have had our share of help from HBCC members and friends of the club. Its the volunteers that really deserve the praise. Same can be said of albion. The monday before solistice would not have happend with out Craig, Rob and another fella that his name is evading me right now.

    Oskolo, probably correct we maybe have never been formaly introduced. I will fix that this weekend.
    If you want a face to the name, I may have knowen the guy with the Bottle of JD during awards at solistice.

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    Bumpity.

    Going up Saturday to check out the course and if timing works out we might zip over to Blue to take in some of the East Coast Open. Should be an all-around excellent bike-themed weekend!
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    Trails look awesome, Scott! Any chance some of those cool rock options on the downhill will have some penalizing 'b' lines built so those of us who like sessioning such things mid-race will gain a time advantage as well?

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    Thanks for the Bump Garage. I hope people take advantage and spend some time on these trails. There are advantages to be gained/learned forsure.

    Tmas, the section on the video that shows the rock drops the options around are certainly slower but not substantially. The trail that shows the 4 rock overs ( lovely named Sinful after its co-creator ) there is some real time to be gained by having those old school mountian bike skills.

    A good set of lungs and legs will help you get to the top of main climb, but after that its a different story.

    Course turns Kelsoish when wet, still very rideable, just make sure you have suitable tread and caution on the roots and rocks.

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    the course is a true GEM....

    Did go up today to check out the course and wow....
    It is really something different that's for sure,the only thing is I couldn't find is the "end"of the "main climb" even the first singletrack is going up and we are still climbing after that...

    It's gonna be a tough one but the singletrack will leave you speechless that's 100%...
    Reminded me to 3 Stage the most, nice twisty rocky sections couple of really fast bits but roughly 80% of the time we were climbing....
    At least I had the feeling of climbing. I didn't break any speed record today;needed around 28 minutes to do a lap and it was just a bit more than 7k...

    I think we'll have a little bit of addition on race day just to get the 8-9k per lap.
    The parking lot looked good lots of people decided to check out the course.

    I would ride these trails every week if I could, would make me a better rider for sure.

    Thank you for the great work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    Did go up today to check out the course and wow....
    It is really something different that's for sure,the only thing is I couldn't find is the "end"of the "main climb" even the first singletrack is going up and we are still climbing after that...

    It's gonna be a tough one but the singletrack will leave you speechless that's 100%...
    Reminded me to 3 Stage the most, nice twisty rocky sections couple of really fast bits but roughly 80% of the time we were climbing....
    At least I had the feeling of climbing. I didn't break any speed record today;needed around 28 minutes to do a lap and it was just a bit more than 7k...

    I think we'll have a little bit of addition on race day just to get the 8-9k per lap.
    The parking lot looked good lots of people decided to check out the course.

    I would ride these trails every week if I could, would make me a better rider for sure.

    Thank you for the great work.
    Couldn't agree more!! Had so much fun riding these trails. We arrived a little later than we hoped, and only had a chance to ride 3 loops and at that point it was 3pm. Kudos to the trail builders for some awesome trails

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    Did 2 laps of the course this morning on my way back home from the blue mountain weekend race. This course is a combination of a few ocup courses with some short switchbacks thrown in. Long grassy double track start then tight single track, then back to grassy double track......repeat 10 x. Sounds boring but it is really a fun course, it may become a favorite to a lot of riders.

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    Those trails are AWESOME! Rode almost the whole day with a smile on my face.

    To me its ideal singletrack; fast and flowy with a few rocks, jumps and risk/reward options. Love the last section along the ridge.

    I would say the climbing is not to bad. The first one is tough but its pretty gradual. I guess the problem is you're still going uphill at the 3km mark. After that its a few short punchy climbs. Gonna hurt by the 3rd lap and by that time all those little rocks and roots are going to be a big challenge. Lots of speed but if you don't have your head up there is a lot of time to be lost.

    I can hardly wait for the pre-ride day to do it all again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedumbopinion View Post
    Those trails are AWESOME! Rode almost the whole day with a smile on my face.
    Couldn't agree more! We had the priviledge of riding with one of the builders and his enthusiasm for the trails was infectious. I loved it and I think it's just about a PERFECT Provincials course.

    We did our first lap at pregnant-lady pace (lots of kudos for Mrs. Monster, ) and the second at like 80% which came out to 28 minutes. Elites will easily pull low 20s.

    I LOVE this course. Tons of old-school cool. Will test the engine and the brain equally. '57 Chevy is the bomb with a floating bridge built atop... yep, a '57 Chevy chassis!
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    any more riding opportunities before the Provincials

    if not - is it Friday and Saturday, or just Saturday before the race for preride?

    Thanks Scott,

    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Holmes View Post
    Quick little update for those that frequent such a place on whats going on with provincials course.

    We are close to complete, well as complete as we will ever be. Finding out the hard way, that there is always something that I can or would like to change. But generally speaking the course is getting positive revues, mostly from the 10yr old sprokids I ride with thursday nights.

    there is a couple links to course videos on HBCC dot CA site. On home page look for the link to "Take Two of Provincials Course" its a little clearer footage than the first. I tried to embed the link but because I lurk and dont say much on forum it tells me I dont have enough posts. Maybe someone can pull it for me and help me with this

    We are doing a preview weekend Aug 13-14 and be great to see as many faces as possible. There will be a small fee of $5 that goes to the Trail Blazer ski team. If weather is uncooperative that weekend we will go to the following weekend. I will try and keep this thread upto date.

    People are asking what the course compares to. I really dont want to fill anyone heads with mis conceptions. Some People will hate this course, it has hills, rocks, roots, more hills, followed by rocks etc. Some will also love it.

    Preview weekend is also the same weekend that Blue Mtn is hosting the East Coast open which has an XC race this yr. Talk is they are going to try for a 12-15K loop and 1 or two lap type race. If so, this should be a great aswell and worth while making a weekend in the area.

    Cheers
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    Yes, thanks for the question. When original press release came out the friday night got over looked.
    So race weekend we will be able to pre ride friday from 4-8 and saturday aswell. Matt called me yesterday about this and I believe was changing chico site.

    We appreciate everyones understanding here. We have a landowner that is new to this cycling thing and we are trying to figure out exactly how it works with the rest of the business ( ie Day camps, facility rentals etc simular to mansfield ). We do need to respect his wishes as far as land use goes or we wont have any land use. That being said, the conversation has already been started about how we are going to open up the facility next yr for more riding. Highlands will never become a pay and you ride like hardwood type place, but with the interest the resort does need to come up with a plan to open its doors to the public more.

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    Just got up off the couch to register! Looking forward to gettin' whooped!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Just got up off the couch to register! Looking forward to gettin' whooped!
    almost forgot, thanks for the reminder...

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    done...

    registered too...
    2nd race in sport category,cant wait...

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    almost forgot, thanks for the reminder...
    Yeah, I'm registered too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__ View Post
    Yeah, I'm registered too!
    Good idea! I always end up forgetting and having to pay an extra $10 for day off registration. It will probably be my first opportunity to pre-ride an Ocup course. Can't wait to ride/race

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    This is an amazing Ocup course....I found myself getting excited to be riding all the different features - so much so that my heart rate went through the roof! I do worry about the course in the wet....but hey, thats why we have knobs on our tires.

    great course - we are so lucky here in Ontario - Chico, keep up the good work.

    ...LC(cheers)

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    pre rode today...

    it was a blast... got to finally meet Scott Holmes - a super nice guy.

    The course is just what a provincial championship course should be. Enough climbing, few log overs with chain marks, few rock overs with chain marks, few rocks that allow for some serious air, a lot of twisty, rocky, fast, tight single track, real rock garden, bridges... I think I have exhausted every single obstacle term used in XC mountain biking... Freaking awesome.

    Brought both squishy and hard tail. Started on my trusty HT and it felt great on climbs and very capable in single track. There were a couple sections where it was a bit rough, but I thought overall benefits of a light, manouverable bike were apparent.

    However, wanted to try the squishy. Took it on the third lap and noticed harder climbs but more control in single track. Not much more speed though and less manoeuvrability.

    Decision was easy. HT for the race and the only change will be the front tire - Rocket Ron provided much needed traction better than Spesh Renegade. All set.

    Superfun course and weather looks very good. Some rocks were a bit slick today, but I am sure it will change for Sunday after few hundred riders go over them.

    This course will provide everyone with as much challenge as one can handle, on top of significant physical requirements. Can't ask for anything better than that... Thanks Scott and Chico.

    PS twenty6black - you were flying today... This may be your best outing this season... just gotta finish strong...

    Quote Originally Posted by twenty6black View Post
    This is an amazing Ocup course....I found myself getting excited to be riding all the different features - so much so that my heart rate went through the roof! I do worry about the course in the wet....but hey, thats why we have knobs on our tires.

    great course - we are so lucky here in Ontario - Chico, keep up the good work.

    ...LC(cheers)

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    well, what an end to the o-cup season...

    phenomenal course with quad ripping climbs, log overs at full speed, rocks, rock gardens, wild descents, bridges... thanks for putting the course together - Scott - great work. please extend our gratitude to all unknown helpers - well, we know one of them - Michael Duncan... nice name for a trail - Duncan's Dilemma...

    Though I just wanted to quit on every lap once my quads would refuse to cooperate towards the top of the climb, I had a blast. Raced on my hard tail, on one of the most technical courses this season and was glad I did. Old school racing. Lots of old school features on the course to match.

    From broken chains to broken bikes. The course was physically and mentally demanding. The Ridge was awesome. Little creek crossing - nice touch. I hope this venue keeps opening doors to the MTB community and Scott and his group keep building exciting trails.

    It has been a wild ride with all the friends on the circuit. Congrats to podium finishers but also every one else who raced or helped. Kudos to all racers that stayed to cheer the 1:30pm start... Even kids by the course were cheering us by our names in different places with paper boards "Hammer Time" and others that I couldn't read as my brain was in oxygen deprived state... That was totally awesome and THANK YOU.

    Chico Racing - another flawless event organization - congrats on the excellent performance. You guys know your business. Thanks!

    Can't wait to read all the stories, I am sure there will be plenty...

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    Ditto and yeah the kids with the hammer time and ATTACK posters were awesome,

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    My story.

    First let me say, that course was redonkulous. I really enjoyed it.

    Coming into this race, our division had been highly contested. For the overall series leader, 3 people were in contention and without running all the scenarios, it was essentially who ever finished highest would take it. That obviously made the race itself pretty awesome.

    In addition to the top 3 series guys, the last OCUP winner was there, along with others who had been in contention throughout the year.

    Everyone was looking to make themselves a provincial champ.

    I hadn't pre-ridden, so my goal was to not push the pace off the start (I think I've lead out every race this year, at least for the first km or two, usually to quickly falter). I just wanted to sit back, get in a rhythm, follow lines, not do anything stupid. If things were maybe going well, possibly make my move.

    Chico says go. I hit the first steep pitch, then into the false flat, look back, I've got a pretty serious gap. That's not the plan. I'm know I'm going too hard, though I feel pretty good. Back off a little. By the top of the climb I have a partner. I let him get by into the first bit of flat/descending singletrack. We have a small gap on 3, 4 & 5. First place is better in the singletrack than me. So he's pulling away, I'm working to bring back the gap on the double track. Halfway through the first lap, I'm pretty glued to his wheel in the singletrack, I'm feeling good. We hit some traffic and 3/4/5 starting reeling us in a little.

    Then we hit the trail with the options. Easy or hard. Now I had been told by multiple people, including some I know to very technically savvy, that the risk/reward on the hard line wasn't worth it, just follow the easy line. So I did that the first two times and lost the wheel of first place. Screw that, next 'easy/hard', I'm just doing the hard and saving time. Well, the next one was the flat, off camber, slippery rock. This must have been the one everyone was really warning me about, but I think the others got lumped in with it. I hit it, next thing I knew, I was on the ground.

    Ooohhh, that hurts. Where's my bike? Tangled in the tape. Fumble to get it out, passed by 3/4/5. Chains off. Fumble to get it back on. As I'm getting it back on, the photographer is talking to me, you lost your glasses. Start looking for them, crap, still need to get my chain on, but where are my glasses, chain, glasses. I just can't seem to focus on getting myself going again. Passed by another 2-3 people who I had already gotten by from the early groups. Finally I get everything sorted out. Not sure how much time I lost, it felt like 5 minutes, not quite, but at least a minute. It was way longer than it should have been.

    Get back on, work my way past the lapped guys. Still trying to figure out what happened. Figure I'm done now. When I ascended the short pitch onto the edge of the farmers field before the ridge trail, I see familiar jerseys of (now) 2,3,4 off in the distance. There is hope. I really hammered it, especially along the ridge trail. I just pick up the tail of 2/3/4 as we hit the climb into the start finish. Awesome, not as bad as I suspected. I'm pretty excited and hit that climb, pass them all, finish the lap in 2nd place.

    Now, here is the first and probably only time I'll ever 'try' to invoke a strategy during a race. Of course, I had burned some serious matches catching back up, so I'm gassed. I thought, maybe if I attacked a little more on the climb, causing them to chase, they might be fooled into slowing down on the upper half of the climb, allowing me an opportunity to rest. Yeah, that didn't work. I slowed down hoping they would fall in behind, nope, they went by me, really by me, I couldn't hold their wheels. I had to try something to make up for my mistake, it failed. (In retrospect I should have just slowly reeled them in, bursting at the end of the climb to cover the remaing gap if I needed, with the ability to rest a little in the singletrack, oh well)

    By the end of the climb, the charlie horse I got on my quad during the fall was starting to make it's presence known. Getting out of the saddle hurt. Spinning in the saddle caused me to compensate with my back, which started getting really sore. Everything started falling apart, I couldn't push, there was no way I chasing anyone down now. Did my best to go hard, but the left leg was dead with the feeling moving into my back.

    Rode out the rest of lap 2 and 3 as fast as I could, but it wasn't meant to be. To this point, I've never felt that a lack of pre-riding caused me any significant disadvantage. Today was not one of those other days.

    Congrats to the guys in my division. We all experienced some form of heartache throughout the series, but it was still a great battle. Most of us will be up in expert next year, hopefully doing the same (but likely a few places back!)

    Got my self some Dar's buttertarts in Moffat on the way home (see the buttertart ride thread). She was rather pleasant and talked cycling with me when she saw me with my OCUP series t-shirt on!

    Now the leg is seizing up. Getting up and those first few steps are rather painful. I suspect tomorrow morning will be the worst and there maybe a girlish scream and an unsuspecting collapse when I get out bed.

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    This one deserves a race report

    Well, it's been a while since my last O-Cup race. O-Cup #4 at Albion was my last appearance on the O-Cup circuit. I finished a spectacular 15th in that one. I knew I was faster coming into this one, but I was still pretty unsure of how I would stack up. Hence, it was not really possible to draft up too much of a race plan going into this one.

    I lined up front row. Off the start, I was near the front. The climbing was tough, and I tried to keep my exertion level a little below instant explosion. Hence, riders 1 & 2 were gone. After the climbing, I was riding the singletrack in about 6th. A rider made a mistake,then dropped off, and that moved me into 5th, closely trailing a Racer Sportif rider. I was comfortably holding his wheel on the singletrack, but he'd really put the hammer down, and hurt me on the climbs and double track. We had opposite strengths.

    So, starting lap two, he pulled away on the climb, and then I reeled him in again in the singletrack. However, I could not find a spot to actually make the pass.

    Starting my third and final lap, I again got popped pretty bad on the climb. I felt like I was slowing right down. I did not know if I could catch the Racer Sportif rider, despite my advantage in the singletrack. Of course, thoughts of backing off, and giving up the chase crossed my mind, but I pedaled on.

    I've got to say, I LOVED the course. It was perfect. There was so much good singletrack, with so much variety. There was a nice rock garden, there were tight twists and turns, there were bridges, there were plenty of exposed roots, and scattered rocks as well. There were optional technical challenges as well.

    I took the advice that CptSydor ignored, and stuck to the easy lines, as I did not pre-ride, and the consensus was that there was little to no time to be gained by taking the extra risks. On the first lap, I went easy, while others went hard, and our positions relative to each other did not change at all.

    I really had to giv'er in the singletrack to reel in my carrot. I took one little tumble that was more a result of fatigue than anything else. No significant time lost. Finally, by the 57 Chevy singletrack, I was back on the wheel of the Racer Sportif rider. I knew I needed to get by him before the Ridge singletrack, if I was going to beat him. So, on the doubletrack leading up to it, I attacked, and fortunately got by. I was then free to slay the downhill, and quickly build a gap big enough to get me up the finishing climb ahead. I was in 4th - which is my previous best O-Cup finish.

    But, it got even better. Going into the very last corner, I came up behind a Reactivated Racing rider, who looked totally blown up. It seemed to good to be true, but exiting the corner, I hammered it, and came across the line for 3rd!

    It was my first O-Cup podium. My first O-Cup was in 2006, and I've done a minimum of three races per year since then.

    With my shiny bronze medal, I can now safely retire from O-Cup racing. I'll take it one season at a time, but since the L!B Squeezer is cancelled this year, I'm officially in off season mode. It's time to hit the books, try to have the slightest bit of a social life, ride to commute, and for fun, and do a CX race or two, just for kicks.

    I hope you all had a fun O-Cup season.
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    congrats on the podium... way to finish the season...

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    congrats on the podium... way to finish the season...
    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swabag View Post
    Ditto and yeah the kids with the hammer time and ATTACK posters were awesome,
    Those were soulcrusher's kids (I think Louda might have helped with the sparkle paint) and they were indefatigable cheering machines. They'd been at it since my 10AM start.

    That was a race worthy of the Provincials title. Wow and it kicked my butt pretty hard!

    My first lap was probably the worst thing I'd put on two wheels in years. A disaster wrapped in a train wreck. I crashed four times (including Sydor's rock where I missed THE line).

    In one spectacular off, I bounced off something (a root, a rock, who knows) and veered left right into a shrub. I remounted and about 10m down the trail, I realized that my glasses were still in the shrub. Yay.

    Five minutes (literally - check the time sheet) of crawling around on my hands and knees later, I finally got going again. I resigned myself to riding cleanly the rest of the way and it worked. Once I got my head screwed on straight, I had a great time!

    Scott Holmes, unfortunately, fell victim to his own course. The last time I saw him, he was loading a left ankle the size of grapefruit into the passenger side of the truck while a nonplussed Kate looked on. That should be some first dance at the wedding!
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    Great but painful day on the bike

    What a course.....
    The last minute little changes made the course much more painful;that nasty little steep pitch just before the feed zone took a toll on me big time.
    Made a couple of mistakes,one of them was colossal...
    I wanted to refresh my memory and went out to pre ride the course on Saturday aft.
    The plan was to do 1 slow lap and call it,but I decided to go for one more lap and with my limited fitness that was a huge mistake...

    My legs felt super heavy during the warm up and as soon as we started to climb that wall I thought that is it for me...
    I was in pain from the get go but managed to stay with the front but I knew I can't do more than that.
    I was watching the first 3 riders slowly pulling away;tried to keep my legs moving but at the end of the long narrow rock garden one more rider passed me so I'm 5th.
    From there on it was suffering just to keep my tempo; then I hit traffic on the singletrack and I didn't even try to pass, I was way to polite or just tired..
    I crashed once, nothing major no damage or injury so I was happy.

    3rd lap I hit traffic on the singletrack again and instead of looking for a pass I settled to her pace.All of a sudden I heard some noise closing on me so I looked back and one guy from
    my category is right behind me!!
    He made a small mistake and I pushed as hard as I can on the double track on the top so I managed to put some distance between us but as I was speeding down on the double track he showed up again and he kept the pressure on me through the last little singletrack and through the tunnel so we arrived to the bottom of the finish climb at the same time..

    I was cooked; I tried my best but he had so much more in his tank so he beat me with 4sec...

    All in all an amazing day on the bike with so many friendly people around us.
    I learned my lessons and I can't wait to do my first full series next year.

    One more thing: Thank you Oggie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    The plan was to do 1 slow lap and call it,but I decided to go for one more lap and with my limited fitness that was a huge mistake...

    My legs felt super heavy during the warm up and as soon as we started to climb that wall I thought that is it for me...

    One more thing: Thank you Oggie!
    Anytime!

    I went for one too many lap on Friday myself - it was hard to stop having fun preriding this awesome course... Costed me on Sunday though...

    However - I can assure you - you will remember the pain for a long time and never repeat this same mistake again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    I was cooked; I tried my best but he had so much more in his tank so he beat me with 4sec...
    We were sitting at the finish line when that happened. It think maybe you were pipped by mtbmeister. A LOT of battles ended that way - quite exciting as a (tired) spectator!
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Those were soulcrusher's kids (I think Louda might have helped with the sparkle paint) and they were indefatigable cheering machines. They'd been at it since my 10AM start.
    Ya, those kids were awesome! I was so pumped up coming through that field on my last lap before the final rollers I attacked the "attack!" sign and ripped it a bit... still feel bad... heh heh... they were looking at me like I was a crazy man when I apologized to them after the race.

    Great race, great course, worthy of a championship. It was so much harder at race pace than pre-riding, especially with that extra evil little climb.

    So many people stayed around to watch and cheer. What an awesome community to be a part of!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sputnikcdn View Post
    So many people stayed around to watch and cheer. What an awesome community to be a part of!!
    And congrats on an excellent race yourself!

    Did everyone get a good look at Cranwell's bike after the race? He went by on lap 3ish saying "Something's wrong with the bike!" thinking it was a Lefty issue. NOPE!

    The seat tube had completely disintegrated at about the half-way point. I've never seen anything like it!
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    First lap pseudo-crash knocked my right brake lever and shifter a few inches lower than my left (wasted time trying to fix that serves me right for leaving my multitool in the car), second lap extended trip into the red zone turned my legs to rubber, third lap bonk at the top of the main climb gave me chills and shakes for the rest of the race. Oof. Tough, but exciting day on a great course.

    In the end I was glad to finish safely and get in one last big weekend of mountain biking before cyclocross season ramps up. I finished 8th overall for my first season of racing M30-34 Sport. Looking forward to moving up from there next year.

    Lessons learned/notes to self from my four-race season:
    - Race right to the line, even if you're on your own (lest you don't catch or get caught by that person who shows up in the last 500m of the course).
    - Always pre-ride, even if it's a familiar venue.
    - Don't cramp.
    - Don't bonk.

    Looking forward to checking out some photos from the races. Anyone have links to post yet?

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    Most painful race ever. First o cup in a few years for me. Usually just do the longer distance stuff with friends.

    2 crashes (rock garden, bars clipping a tree) + 2 hit trees + severe leg cramps (first time ever for me) made for a tough race. Just too much climbing for my body structure. Thought about pulling the plug on after lap 2 of 3 but then thought about my son (who is 10 and just getting into MTBing) and wanted to make sure he knew you have to finish what you started, even if it hurts and you come in last place! Nothing to be ashamed of and it was a great day for a bike ride!

    Course was great once I got to the top!

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    part of the learning curve...

    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post

    However - I can assure you - you will remember the pain for a long time and never repeat this same mistake again...
    I was chit chatting with one of my fellow weekly series rider during those 2 laps on Saturday so I thought, no pain; I can talk; shouldn't be a problem....
    It was!!
    I will make sure this won"t happen again.... ever!

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    I lost my vision...

    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    We were sitting at the finish line when that happened. It think maybe you were pipped by mtbmeister. A LOT of battles ended that way - quite exciting as a (tired) spectator!
    As a rookie of that category I don't know the guys yet.He was wearing a "RaceDayRush" jersey if I remember well...
    Half way through that climb I was so out of breath I lost my vision for a second or two and that was the sign where I had to give up.
    I didn't want to faint just before the finish line.
    We did compliment each others effort while we were checking the results.

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    Great course and great day.

    (It would have even been better had there not been another rider in the Singlespeed category who was faster than me, but I am still very happy with how things turned out.)

    I have some photos on flickr: Provincials 2011 - a set on Flickr

    There is the usual LapDogs bias, but there is also a surprising amount of photos of other riders.

    Highlights include:

    Ontario Champion-to-be (looking very comfortable):

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/6138201779/" title="Provincials 2011-239 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm7.static.flickr.com/6172/6138201779_83a5099a52.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Provincials 2011-239"></a>

    Mother-to-be (also looking very comfortable):

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/6137993031/" title="Provincials 2011-8 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm7.static.flickr.com/6203/6137993031_c51d600d2c.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Provincials 2011-8"></a>

    Elitewood:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/6138045807/" title="Provincials 2011-66 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm7.static.flickr.com/6151/6138045807_1052ae07f4.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Provincials 2011-66"></a>

    Father-to-be very interested in my animated story:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/6138538534/" title="Provincials 2011-7 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm7.static.flickr.com/6078/6138538534_5789aae5b1.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Provincials 2011-7"></a>

    Heat Seeking Oggie:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/6138737390/" title="Provincials 2011-224 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm7.static.flickr.com/6197/6138737390_1ef1da2a21.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Provincials 2011-224"></a>

    More Oggie:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/6138210689/" title="Provincials 2011-249 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm7.static.flickr.com/6068/6138210689_dc334188a1.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Provincials 2011-249"></a>

    Air:

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/smarty-1/6138279341/" title="Provincials 2011-320 by smarty-1, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm7.static.flickr.com/6159/6138279341_b8feb7b97a.jpg" width="500" height="333" alt="Provincials 2011-320"></a>

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    Quote Originally Posted by sperky View Post
    Thought about pulling the plug on after lap 2 of 3 but then thought about my son (who is 10 and just getting into MTBing) and wanted to make sure he knew you have to finish what you started, even if it hurts and you come in last place! Nothing to be ashamed of and it was a great day for a bike ride!
    Way to go... Pain is temporary. Quitting sucks...

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    Great pics, as always, smarty... Thank you.

    Great battle between Craig and you, much like between Michael and myself, though a notch bellow the podium. Nonetheless, not less fun. Great season!

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    I was high on adrenaline yesterday, but boy did my legs feel dead today as I pedaled my bike to school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by want to ride View Post
    As a rookie of that category I don't know the guys yet.He was wearing a "RaceDayRush" jersey if I remember well...
    Half way through that climb I was so out of breath I lost my vision for a second or two and that was the sign where I had to give up.
    I didn't want to faint just before the finish line.
    We did compliment each others effort while we were checking the results.
    Um, yeah, that was me from reading your write up. Thanks for being part of one of the most fun race finishes I have ever had. I could see that I was pulling you in as the lap went on...Before the last doubletrack through the field I went off course through a few sapplings and lost some ground. Luckily, I managed to reel you back through the last section across the ridge then the downhill. I wasn't sure I was going to get you on the finish climb, but I guess I had a little more gas than you up the hill. Not to mention, my family was able to make the trip to cheer me on through the "s" bend right before that climb. I had a little motivation to leave what I had on the hill
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    glad all had a good day, i can honestly say I couldn't have hoped fo anything better than what we had yesterday. i was alittle suprised by the amount of people around. Until noon it felt like we are at a concert with all riders and spectators.
    Curse of the course builder lives on, ( Was warned by many about this but I kept blowing it off ). Race wa going great, looked right on first rock in Sinful to make sure I was well clear of rider taking easier route, looked back realized I had drifted to far left on rock and caught my handle bar. No big deal, typical over the bar type crash. As I hit the gound, I knew I was in trouble as my ankle crumpled under me. Knew than and there the outcome, but there was no way I was letting Tug Boat bring me down in that blue chico truck so I made my way out. Anyhow, ankle in air cast, have a spiral fracture on the ( TIB or FIB ) which ever done is on outside of leg, Pictures seem to indicate that it will heal quickly as its a fair distance above ankle joint itself. More Pics later in the week will give me a better idea. Heres hoping, as I do have a pretty important event in three weeks.
    Side note, If anyone knows John Churchill a big thank you. He was first rider to come to me, and I think pretty much through his race to make sure I was alright, John you are a good man, and I thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Holmes View Post
    Anyhow, ankle in air cast, have a spiral fracture on the ( TIB or FIB ) which ever done is on outside of leg, Pictures seem to indicate that it will heal quickly as its a fair distance above ankle joint itself.
    Oopsie. Hope the recovery goes well.

    Sounds like rave reviews all around for the course - nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Holmes View Post
    Heres hoping, as I do have a pretty important event in three weeks.
    And here I was hoping to heckle YOU at the Hustle this year!

    Between Kate last year at Worlds and you this year at Provincials, you keep Kim and me on our toes looking out for emergency personnel.

    Heal up quick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Holmes View Post
    I do have a pretty important event in three weeks.
    I wasn't even racing and had fun. Enjoyed the pre-ride too! Huge kudos.

    Healing vibes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    And here I was hoping to heckle YOU at the Hustle this year!
    I'm not sure that's the event he's referring to

    Sorry to hear about your injury, Scott. And I will echo all the compliments for the course. Loved it! Thanks for all your hard work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VVagabond View Post
    I'm not sure that's the event he's referring to
    Oh there were deals made. He promised to be at least as hung-over as I was last year.
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    Eh, I gotta give props to the Race Day Rush photographer. He did such a great job of capturing my race, so I'll share it with you.

    Good course, with some tight twists


    Trailing Racer Sportif Rider


    To his dismay, I got around him


    Am I smiling because I made the pass?


    Or grimacing in pain?


    But, I'm still one spot off the podium. I need one more rider...


    ...to falter


    Result...


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    Excellent!

    That could almost be a flip book of triumph and disappointment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Excellent!

    That could almost be a flip book of triumph and disappointment.
    That's awesome Ryan, I sent your link over to Ted, our photog...

    A little Agony of defeat for your competitors there!
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    Hey Scott - dammit - hope you heal quickly...

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    your welcome mister... :)

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbmeister View Post
    Um, yeah, that was me from reading your write up. Thanks for being part of one of the most fun race finishes I have ever had. I could see that I was pulling you in as the lap went on...Before the last doubletrack through the field I went off course through a few sapplings and lost some ground. Luckily, I managed to reel you back through the last section across the ridge then the downhill. I wasn't sure I was going to get you on the finish climb, but I guess I had a little more gas than you up the hill. Not to mention, my family was able to make the trip to cheer me on through the "s" bend right before that climb. I had a little motivation to leave what I had on the hill
    Believe it or not that was my first race ever when I got pushed to and beyond my limits.
    Well done and thank you.
    And your "secret weapon" (your cheering family) worked perfectly at the most important time. Cool race strategy, you really found another gear to push as hard as you could.

    Hopefully we can have more races like this....

    Great work till the finish line!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Oh there were deals made. He promised to be at least as hung-over as I was last year.
    Ha. I figured you were teasing him but I guess I shouldn't be surprised he'd go to the hill billy the day after his wedding.


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    That place looks super awesome! is there other opportunity to ride it? Sadly, I'm not O Cup material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck50 View Post
    That place looks super awesome! is there other opportunity to ride it? Sadly, I'm not O Cup material.
    I think they're working on it, but it's not (yet) open to the public routinely. You can always take advantage (next year) of pre-ride days. That's how I used to get in time at Mansfield before I was interested in racing.

    It's also motivation to try an OCup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starbuck50 View Post
    That place looks super awesome! is there other opportunity to ride it? Sadly, I'm not O Cup material.
    I wouldn't exactly have called myself O-Cup material on Sunday either!

    Anyhow, the way I understand it, as they develop more trail (there's only exactly enough for the race course there now), the owner may consider opening it to more riding. It could make a nice little revenue stream for what are typically slow summer months up there.

    And you're right, it is super awesome. Probably my new favourite race course!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdgirl View Post
    I think they're working on it, but it's not (yet) open to the public routinely. You can always take advantage (next year) of pre-ride days. That's how I used to get in time at Mansfield before I was interested in racing.

    It's also motivation to try an OCup!
    LOL! I'll keep that in mind for next year! But really I'm SLOOOOWWWW. Technically I'm pretty good though. Go Figure. I just really don't have opportunity to get in enough riding (as I suspect many of you don't either) I would love to try and O Cup, but I'm CHICKEN!

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    agreed...

    this course requires a complete mountain biker to be successful. No cheating there and I love it... Probably the hardest O-Cup race this season...

    There may be an effort to open the area for weekend riding, on long weekends - maybe with camping etc... or just one day, every other weekend... something like that - it would be pretty awesome if this happens...

    and then, there is always the next O-Cup next season...



    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I wouldn't exactly have called myself O-Cup material on Sunday either!

    Anyhow, the way I understand it, as they develop more trail (there's only exactly enough for the race course there now), the owner may consider opening it to more riding. It could make a nice little revenue stream for what are typically slow summer months up there.

    And you're right, it is super awesome. Probably my new favourite race course!

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    My first O-cup and it was awesome!!!

    I haven't really raced since highschool (almost 20 years now) other than the 24hr events this year and the 4 hour duo I did at Chicopee but I do ride a lot since I only live about 3 mins from the Hydrocut in Kitchener. I wanted to race once this year so I could gauge what was possible for next year.

    The first lap was going well, I had some crazy passes on the single tracks over the hard sections since there weren't too many opportunites to pass and managed to get myself in 2nd place. The track at that time was congested with 40+ female riders who were very courteous but I found myself coasting most of the time. A short section of double track opened up and I managed to free myself from the congo line and really opened up on the single track. Amazing!!!

    Flying down the trails I knew I could make up time and catch the leader. A few minutes go by with the track to myself and ..... Wham!!! My pedal hits a rock and my bike goes flying, I managed to recover only to jump back on and notice that my chain had fallen off. Bummer, the master link let go . Just when I started getting some flow. 7 or 8 minutes went by (not easy to fix a chain when the adrenaline is pumping) but I managed to pick myself up and get back on the track.

    I finished the race with some respectable lap times, but I found it hard to keep a good pace with nobody in front of me to keep up with. It was a lot of fun flying down the single track with nobody in front of me and riding the trail like it was meant to be done.

    Looking forward to doing the entire season next year in the 35 - 39 sport category.

    I respect all the single speeders out there, not sure how you guys do it but keep it up. Every time you pass me on the trails it encourages me to pedal harder.

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    That was a fun course to ride and a super hard course to race, I learned that I am pretty good in single track but the guys in 30-39 EX are all really good in the single track as well. Congrats to all who got on the podium, a full race report is up on my blog now.
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    And there he is. John again I thank you. Tried to post a thank you on your blog but was unable.

    Niether day ended the way we had wanted, and I can say both due to my crash. But I can also say the most fun I have had racing in a few seasons was the 1/2 lap that yourself, greg and I rode together. Each with our own strengths, and it was very clear that mine was not climbing

    Look forward to another season, See you in the spring
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Holmes View Post
    And there he is. John again I thank you.
    Nicely done jrastories! Sacrificing your race in the name of the well-being of a fellow rider is worthy of a beer. Come find me after the 8 Hour and there'll be a bottle with your name on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Holmes View Post
    And there he is. John again I thank you. Tried to post a thank you on your blog but was unable.

    Niether day ended the way we had wanted, and I can say both due to my crash. But I can also say the most fun I have had racing in a few seasons was the 1/2 lap that yourself, greg and I rode together. Each with our own strengths, and it was very clear that mine was not climbing

    Look forward to another season, See you in the spring
    Scott
    Definitely a lot of fun, and even though my results weren't the best I did have a blast riding out there. Thanks for building a fun course, I hope to see that venue open for riding a few times next year.
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    Kudos and you definitely paid it forward...

    biking gods will not forget it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Holmes View Post
    And there he is. John again I thank you. Tried to post a thank you on your blog but was unable.

    Niether day ended the way we had wanted, and I can say both due to my crash. But I can also say the most fun I have had racing in a few seasons was the 1/2 lap that yourself, greg and I rode together. Each with our own strengths, and it was very clear that mine was not climbing

    Look forward to another season, See you in the spring
    Scott
    One word...KARMA...It finds you, follows you, and rewards our penalizes you and this will be the former for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Nicely done jrastories! Sacrificing your race in the name of the well-being of a fellow rider is worthy of a beer. Come find me after the 8 Hour and there'll be a bottle with your name on it.
    I'll be doing that solo again so if I can walk I might just take you up on that.
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