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    Fears Tears and Beers! Yeah, you know you want it.

    Just posting a heads up for a really cool event taking place in Ely, NV on June 13.

    It's a fun all-mountain format event/race held in the mountains around Ely. Climb at your own pace then bomb the timed "mostly" downhill sections. Lowest cumulative time wins. Lots of prizes, swag, free beer, etc.

    The start includes a tour of downtown Ely with rides right through a couple Hotels and Casinos. After race Beer and BBQ.

    There will be other group rides sponsored the day before and after the race also.

    And it's all to raise money for our local non-profit trail alliance. Here's a link to the Flyer on GreatBasinTrails.org

    A few pics from last year and a link to my report from last year's event.
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    that sounds really cool, I'm leaning strongly towards being there!
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    That looks awesome, I was going to fly out of town that day but maybe I can delay a day Would LOVE to try a race like that. Crap I gotta get my cardio back!

    p.s. now I realize this is the race that Weir wrote about in Decline a few months back...cool stuff. Really hope I can make it!
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    WHAT?! Mark Weir is going to be there?!..........if I can't win it I'm OUT!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wasea04
    WHAT?! Mark Weir is going to be there?!..........if I can't win it I'm OUT!
    Yeah, Mark Weir and a three four of his buddies/fellow sponsored riders came out last year and relegated me to 5th but it was super-cool having them here. I got to ride with Mark most of the day. Very nice guy and super talented and strong rider.

    However, we just found out that the Ashland OR 12-mile Super-D that he is commited to compete in is also that same weekend this year....... so the top spot is back up for grabs!
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    Roll Call. Who's all comin'?

    Bump. Just thought I'd bring this back up to the top. The race is this coming Saturday. The weather has been cool and rainy the past couple of weeks so everything is really green, the wild flowers are going off, and the trails are in perfect shape.

    Couple of teaser pics from a ride on the Sport loop last week.
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    Hey Kent, you said there was a little bit of climbing on the timed sections.........how much climbing? Should I run my GD or not? Thanks and I'll see ya Friday!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wasea04
    Hey Kent, you said there was a little bit of climbing on the timed sections.........how much climbing? Should I run my GD or not? Thanks and I'll see ya Friday!
    I switched mine onto the HH100x but if you're strong and can go anaerobic for a minute or two without cramping up you should be able to just stay standing and hammer the shortish ups.

    What did you decide for Friday night. Are you staying out at Hidden Canyon Ranch or do you need a place to crash?
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    There is a 50/50 chance of myself, mr.welcorn, Bortis Yeltsin and Silver Fox driving out there Saturday am-early. The weather forecast keeps changing so we're planning on playing it by ear this week and see if things look up. We haven't pre-registered yet and still debating whether we are in shape enough to do the full 30+ miles in the Expert Class or wuss out and do the 26 mile Sport Class.

    $40 and a 2.5 hour drive isn't too bad. It's the getting up at 4am thing that's going to hurt.

    EDIT: Just checked Weather.com and Salt Lake's nice weekend has now changed to scattered thunderstorms the rest of this week well into next. May be the motivator to try and find anything rideable within spitting distance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slcrockymountainrider
    We haven't pre-registered yet and still debating whether we are in shape enough to do the full 30+ miles in the Expert Class or wuss out and do the 26 mile Sport Class.
    What happend to the 10 mile "Husky" class? Or did I just imagine that when I read the flyer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bortis Yelltzen
    What happend to the 10 mile "Husky" class? Or did I just imagine that when I read the flyer?
    Oh, I didn't realize you wanted to bring your bike???? You obviously don't recall volunteering to haul our gear and provide a fresh pair of sunglasses and a cold beverage at the finish of each run.

    I think the conversation went something like this:
    Me: "Hey, there's this enduro/euro style race out in Ely, NV next weekend. Looks like fun and there's the possibility of racing and losing against Mark Weir."
    You: "Hey, hand me that beer bong again."
    Me: "We could just get up early, bust it out there, ride, race and drive back in time to not miss any of the great TV shows on Saturday night."
    You: "Where am I and why is all my Russian vodka gone and in my belly?"
    Me: "However, I really hurt my back the other day and it would be nice if someone could volunteer to carry gear, water, food around for us like a donkey. I think that if I wore a Camelbak it would just irritate it."
    You: Passed out on the deck with your thumb up in a positive gesture .

    So that's cool. I just require 100oz of ice cold water for every 2 miles of riding and my sunglasses heated to body temperature so they don't fog up.

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    Do it! Do it! Do it!

    Yeah, the weather out here should be just about perfect. 66 degrees with a 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms for Saturday according to weather.com.

    Even with rain this week, the trails dry out fast and actually are just about perfect when they get some moisture.

    Hey Bortis, there is a "Fun Run" class which is about 13 miles.... and as an added bonus everyone gets to ride through two Casinos/Hotels at the start. Cocktail waitresses should be standing by.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Yeah, the weather out here should be just about perfect. 66 degrees with a 30% chance of scattered thunderstorms for Saturday according to weather.com.

    Even with rain this week, the trails dry out fast and actually are just about perfect when they get some moisture.

    Hey Bortis, there is a "Fun Run" class which is about 13 miles.... and as an added bonus everyone gets to ride through two Casinos/Hotels at the start. Cocktail waitresses should be standing by.
    Oh my. Don't mention cocktail waitresses and casino's to Bortis. Some insight into Bortis: You can't see out his kitchen window due to all the giant bottles of authentic Russian vodka his brother sends him from the Soviet. The crown jewel being a full size glass Kalashnikov vodka bottle complete with dog tags.

    KRob, I read your Thread about last year's race. Sounds pretty fun and I'm hoping we'll all get out there. From the pictures and your writing, I'm guessing a standard 'trail-bike' will do the job? Any other insight as if we all go, we'll be rolling into town and winging it for a day??

    Cheers, SLC

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Hey Bortis, there is a "Fun Run" class which is about 13 miles.... and as an added bonus everyone gets to ride through two Casinos/Hotels at the start. Cocktail waitresses should be standing by.
    Cool, I was joking for the most part. If I head over I'll most likely do the 26-miler, 3500 ft of climbing over 26 miles seems reasonable compared to some of the 2500 ft of climbing over 15-16 mile rides I've done so far this year on my 35+ lb steed. No point in driving 2.5 hours each way for a short ride and tours of casino's that I could give half a crap about....don't think I have the legs and lungs yet for the 33-miler though, damn rain and work travel has been getting in the way of my typical spring riding time....

    And SLCRMR, I don't recall drinking any vodka, but I do recall others driking it. Although I was told one of my beer bongs was "laced" with some vodka.... might explain why I missed the Saturday ride......One thing about having a lot of Russian Vodka around is you learn pretty fast not to drink it.

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    How bad does this hurt to look at?



    Maybe there could be a special class where you have to take a shot (pun intended) from the bottle before each run. It might take the edge off of the heavy bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcrockymountainrider
    How bad does this hurt to look at?



    Maybe there could be a special class where you have to take a shot (pun intended) from the bottle before each run. It might take the edge off of the heavy bike.
    I think bortis's shed got shot with that gun (second hand of course) on Friday night. As of now I am in for Saturday. Do I need a gravity dropper or will my old fashioned quick release thingy do the trick? I will carry the beer bong in my camel back for all interested parties (so long as bortis carries the AK).

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    Oh lord. This is starting to look really bad. If Silver Fox and Mrs. Silver Fox end up going, which is what they're leaning towards, that inevitably means the arrival of the child molestor van and pre-race, gut busting greasy chicken, circa 1982 checkerboard kit and an authentic galactic washed mullet.

    If he races Sport, I'm going down the Expert or Beginner route. I'm not getting my arse handed to me by an old man again this season.

    Silver Fox crushing everyone at Sundance last month by a good 20 seconds on the 6 minute Trail Bike DH course:


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    My brother and I are going to spend Friday night in Ely, I don't want to over do ya with Naked1 already staying with you, so my bro and I will probably get a hotel for the night, the rest of the fam's staying at Dr. Crouch's friday.
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    This sounds like a lot of fun and a cool way to meet new people. Too bad the intermountain cup race is also that weekend. I would have loved to have gone. I'll keep it in mind for next year. Good luck all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. welcorn
    Do I need a gravity dropper or will my old fashioned quick release thingy do the trick?
    Depends on if you can stand and sprint the few short uphill/flat sections during the timed parts. If you want to raise the seat back up to pedalling height quickly for that stuff, bring the gravity dropper. But I wouldn't go out and buy one just for this event.

    I don't think any of the climbs or flats that come up during the timed descents last more than 30-40 seconds. Of course that can seem like an eternity when you're tired.
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    Thanks for the heads up. See you out there, I'll be on the bike that looks like a xmas tree, I promise you won't miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. welcorn
    Thanks for the head. See you out there, I'll be on the broke ass girls bike with a kitchen table bolted to the bars that looks like a gay xmas tree, I promise you won't miss it.


    Regardless of what was said, you still need to continue your quest for a Gravity Retarder. This reaching down between your legs and tugging at that little nob before every descent is getting old. Plus people are starting to wonder what it is you're doing with your hands down there all the time.

    PS, While you've been sitting there contemplating a witty comeback, I've busted out 25 push-ups and ate an apple in preparation for this weekend's event.

    Ok, the last 3 push-ups were on my knees but still.

    Gonna eat an energy bar, do some squat thrusts and then hit the shower. (Insert wet towel snap here)
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    Quote Originally Posted by slcrockymountainrider

    Ok, the last 3 push-ups were on my knees but still.
    I am sure being on your knees is far from unfamiliar territory.
    if gravity dropper made a 5" drop post I would be all over it....4" is just too short for me.
    that's what she said

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. welcorn
    I am sure being on your knees is far from unfamiliar territory.
    if gravity dropper made a 5" drop post I would be all over it....4" is just too short for me.
    that's what she said
    I'm definitely hearing what you're throwing down. 4 inches is adequate and allows for decent movement and performance, but I really prefer a good 6 to 8 inches in the rear.

    FYI: just got done putting on my 52 tooth ring and modding a pair of 2.0 Onza Kamakazee DH tires. Also just finished waxing the Y-Bike for tonight. Man, that carbon really glows with 6 coats of Minwax followed by a light coat of Armor All. I'll follow up tomorrow with another 6 coats and light, spot free water rinse and buff with a mild hogs hair brush. I'm figuring that dry desert air should just flow off the bike and reduce drag given the right number of coats. Of course, I'm waxing from front to rear.
    that's what she said

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcrockymountainrider
    I'm definitely hearing what you're throwing down. 4 inches is adequate and allows for decent movement and performance, but I really prefer a good 6 to 8 inches in the rear.
    Hmmm, not to interrupt the "bromance", but there is a new company making an adjustable powered seatpost you and Dr. Welcorn would definitely like. If you call and place your order quickly I'd guess they can overnight them to you guys in time to use this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bortis Yelltzen
    Hmmm, not to interrupt the "bromance", but there is a new company making an adjustable powered seatpost you and Dr. Welcorn would definitely like. If you call and place your order quickly I'd guess they can overnight them to you guys in time to use this weekend.

    Check out the proto.....

    .JIZZAM!

    Do you think this would help me win?

    Hmmm....I actually just sent off my 'spare' Gravity Retarder back to Gravity Retarder for a good going through. $15 plus shipping and they go through the thing, clean it up and swap out the cables, etc.... If you've ever had to swap a cable out you'll know how fun those industrial magnets are to play with . Haven't broken one yet in 5 years, but you never know. Like to rotate the stock a couple times a year so I don't end up with a sharp, metal version of the JIZZAM!

    How's the field testing going so far anyway?

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    Anyone thats ridden this already got a suggestion? I have two bikes one is 45lb free ride rig, the other is a hard tail cross country weight saver, If its not timed going up I can get the weight to the top of anyhill, but I can also get the hardtail to descend pretty fast.

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    I'm borrowing an XS Karpiel Armageddon DH bike with an '02 Super Monster fork and some Nokian 3.0's with metal studs. I figure it's weight will be offset by the 'flickability' of me riding an XS bike. If my JIZZAM! comes in by tomorrow I'll be sporting that as well.

    Armadillo poses a good question as some of us have never been to Ely. And I'd like to pose an additional question as to it's pronunciation. Is it "EEEEE-LEE" or "E-LIE"? I've actually got a bet going on about this and put my friends Karpiel up for grabs.

    From the look of the photos of racing past, and all through the night (sorry, I just had Christmas running through my head), it looks like the majority of guys are running lighter bikes until they get to some loosey-goosey looking hill and people are dismounted and doing the bike slipper dance down it.
    Except Wier of course. He's so dreamy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcrockymountainrider
    And I'd like to pose an additional question as to it's pronunciation. Is it "EEEEE-LEE" or "E-LIE"? I've actually got a bet going on about this and put my friends Karpiel up for grabs.
    It's "Eee-Lee".... and it's Nev-add-duh.... not Ne Vah Duh. In case you were wondering.

    So who won the bet?

    Quote Originally Posted by ArmadilloEarWax
    Anyone thats ridden this already got a suggestion? I have two bikes one is 45lb free ride rig, the other is a hard tail cross country weight saver, If its not timed going up I can get the weight to the top of anyhill, but I can also get the hardtail to descend pretty fast.
    Wow. The separation between your two bikes is even greater than mine. I have a 38 lb AM/FR bike with 6.5 inches of travel and 28 lb XC/Trail bike with 4" inches of travel.

    I debated which bike to use for awhile. In the end I decided to go with bigger tires run tubeless and the Speedball on the HH100x (the small bike).

    For the climbs and the flattish sprinting sections on the timed trials...... and for the 5400' of total climbing it will be much nicer. I'll wish I had my Delirium-T for a couple of the rough descents but what can you do?

    In your case it's a bit tougher. Are you running Sport or Expert? If you're only doing Beginner or Sport, definitely bring the Hard tail. Nothing on those courses warrants a big bike.

    If you're doing Expert.... I'd still consider the HT. Not sure you could make up enough time on the one final descent running the big bike to make up for all the time you're going to lose riding it on the rest of the course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    It's "Eee-Lee".... and it's Nev-add-duh.... not Ne Vah Duh. In case you were wondering.

    So who won the bet?

    In your case it's a bit tougher. Are you running Sport or Expert? If you're only doing Beginner or Sport, definitely bring the Hard tail. Nothing on those courses warrants a big bike.

    If you're doing Expert.... I'd still consider the HT. Not sure you could make up enough time on the one final descent running the big bike to make up for all the time you're going to lose riding it on the rest of the course.
    Hmmm....thanks for the clarification x 3. I lost, but no big deal because he stills owes me from the Or-UH-gone vs. Ore-Ahh-Gone bet I won. So we'll call it a draw.

    So what you're saying is that I wasted my time negotiating the Karpiel from Ballzzout69? It was kind of a PITA as the kid is like 14 years old and hails from Canada. I thought they spoke English in the Western half??? Who knows what I signed up for as his dialect was something between some English Cockney jib, jive and that of a Southern Baptist Minister during a snake worshipping ritual.

    I guess the bike used to be his big brothers and was only used to huck off of their garage to flat repeatedly through out the summers of 2002-2006 until big Bro's spine finally fused completely together. So you know it must still be in pretty good shape as Ballzzout69 only just started riding it this summer. I guess the guy has to sleep sitting up as the last pieces to fuze together were the L5-S5.

    How's the weather look out in Elee? We're getting a ton of rain out here in Salt Lake. I've swapped my handlebars out for paddles.

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    Hey KRob, do you know what will it take weatherwise to have this canceled? Weather.com's saying 50/50 chance of T-Storms for the weekend (here as well). Kind of a long drive to have to turn around.

    Thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by slcrockymountainrider
    Hey KRob, do you know what will it take weatherwise to have this canceled? Weather.com's saying 50/50 chance of T-Storms for the weekend (here as well). Kind of a long drive to have to turn around.

    Thanks,

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    You know we've been watching the weather pretty closely and so far Saturday is looking OK.

    Like we said somewhere else, the trails can take quite a bit of moisture and be dry as a bone two days later. Until we reach the point of saturation, moisture just makes the trails better. The rocky soil around here really soaks it up and drains it off.

    I've been out on the trails every day this week and they are still perfect even though we've had some rain almost every day for the past two weeks.

    Now if it were to rain pretty steady all day tomorrow and tomorrow night and the morning of the race, it could get pretty sloppy, especially on the Sport loop.

    We haven't talked about what it would take to cancel but I wouldn't be too keen on the idea of riding in super sloppy, rainy conditions or having 100 people tearing up the trails if it got that bad...... but like I said, I highly doubt it will get that way.

    The latest forecast for tomorrow and Saturday is more of the same. Chance of scattered thundershowers off and on. Yesterday it rained quite a bit (and the final expert loop I rode this morning was still perfect).... today almost nothing. Even had a fair amount of sun.

    Ask me again tomorrow. But I would bet the conditions are going to be pristine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    You know we've been watching the weather pretty closely and so far Saturday is looking OK.
    Thanks for the update. My gear is packed, I hope the weather holds.

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    Seems like I'm having P-Town's luck this year. A fun crash at Sundance on a big pack of snow and half way to Ely, NV while stopping for gas in Wendover I was adjusting the bike on the rack and the light caught the swingarm a funky way and I noticed 2 nice cracks running from the non-driveside DW Link bolt hole and around the chain and seat stays.

    Thus was my Tears, Fears and Beers experience this year. Oh well, the frame should still be under warranty. We'll see what happens. Hopefully something before next weekend's Wolf Creek race. Anyone interested in a gently used Ibis? Only used to get groceries on sunday?

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    Sorry about the bike. Hope you get something going before the Wolf Creek Race this weekend. Those cracks may have been fortuitous.

    Well the FTB Enduro is in the books. We had a pretty good turn out (our best yet) despite the weather and I think everyone survived....although I'm sure some people were hating life at some point during the race.

    The weather and the trails were perfect for the first climb and for the first timed descent (for the first 20 riders anyway) then all heck broke loose. Rain, Hail, Wind, Cold, and Mud. Yee haw. I was so completely soaked to the bone and muddy when I got down off the Sport loop I headed straight for my house and stripped down in the garage and headed for a hot shower. After a cup of hot chocolate, some dry clothes and mental readjustment, I got back on my bike to head down to the park to check in and see if they were still going ahead with the final expert loop. A few folks got stranded out on the course for awhile sheltered against the elements but were eventually extracted before hypothermia set in thankfully.

    The final expert loop was in jeopardy of being canceled but once folks got back to the park, dried off, changed out wet clothes, de-mudded and relubed their bikes, and regrouped we took a vote and decided to go ahead with it. 12 intrepid souls braved the last monster climb for a chance at Whorehouse Hill. The weather actually cooperated and it was sunny by time we were at the top and ready to do the last descent. What a rippin' fun , perfect dirt, good time.

    Thanks to all who came. Sorry about the crap weather. This morning is beautiful.

    I'll post some pics once the photogs post them on our website.
    Last edited by KRob; 06-15-2009 at 11:20 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob
    Sorry about the bike. Hope you get something going before the Wolf Creek Race this weekend. Those cracks may have been fortuitous.
    Great write up. Wish I made it the whole way there and participated.

    FWIW, I sent Ibis an email on Saturday am with the photo's posted above. They already had a brand new swing arm packaged and ready to ship out to me today. No cost, nothing. I just have to ship the cracked one back when I get the replacement. Says a lot about that company. Pretty rare these days.

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