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Old 09-11-07, 09:29 PM   #1
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Most fun EVER at a race

I've been to a few races and had fun at most of them. This one has to top them all for me.

I was invited to Korea for 2 days of MTB racing. I'm a road racer but have also done a few MTB races, mostly for fun or just for a change. I basically suck in technical stuff but manage ok otherwise.

Fuji was the primary bike sponsor for this event which was held in one of the premium ski resorts in the area. Great weather, good course, free beer and a kick-ass rockabilly band made for some fun.

I finished 2nd (got my butt handed to me by this 24 yr old pro who finished 12 minutes up on me but he also lives in the area and knows the course well). For my efforts, I got a new Fuji MTB (Tahoe Pro which is an XT bike). After the podium presentations there was the usual prize give away for racers and the like. Fuji really stepped up at this event and there was A TON of stuff.

It took about 1 1/2 hours to give it all away and they weren't taking their time; It was read a number once, twice, third time, next number. You had to be quick. There was this kid, maybe 10 years old? and I guess a couple of racers had given him their numbers. This kid REALLY, REALLY, REALLY wanted to win something. I sat in our tent and watched this kid get crushed every time they called a number that was close to his. I watched him watch other people haul away their loot one after the other. Finally, the last number was called. It wasn't him. This little guy was pretty disappointed.

Now I'm a new father (7 month old boy) so what do you think happens next? Sappy, I know but it is a true story. I dragged over my box and gave it to the kid. I talked to the organizer and made sure that he could exchange it for something his size. They assured me it was no problem and we were good to go.

This kid was ecstatic. He was jumping around and hugging the box. We could barely stop him long enough to take a picture with me.

THIS was, by far, the most fun I've ever had at a bike race.
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Old 09-11-07, 09:39 PM   #2
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Wow. That was a really nice thing to do. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Thanks for the story.
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Old 09-11-07, 09:51 PM   #3
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Old 09-12-07, 06:40 AM   #4
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Very generous. Most people would quickly forget that they already have a mountain bike that's good for 2nd place...

Congrats on the placing too. I've really enjoyed the few mountain bike races I've done (never gotten higher than 3rd though )
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Nice, very nice!
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Old 09-12-07, 07:09 AM   #6
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Way cool, Bob!
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Old 09-12-07, 07:10 AM   #7
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Good on ya Bob. And good race results too.
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Old 09-12-07, 07:14 AM   #8
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The Karma gods will remember you. Well done.
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Old 09-12-07, 07:17 AM   #9
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That's awesome.
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Thanks everyone. I was a bit worried when I posted that the cynics would pee all over the warm fuzzy I was feeling. I was just so taken by how damn happy this kid was about a bicycle. Nice to know that BF has a soft spot, too.
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Old 09-12-07, 09:52 AM   #11
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meh, wouldn't the kid have been happy with a water bottle?

Honestly, that was a very generous gift and you made a real difference in someones life that day, not often one can say that. Thank you for sharing the story.
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Old 09-12-07, 02:58 PM   #12
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+5 god points
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