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Old 06-02-08, 11:14 AM   #1
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Finally! Some real Clyde MTB racing action...

So I joined a racing team this year. We've got sponsorship, matching uniforms, the whole nine yards....

http://www.redjacketcycling.com/

This weekend a couple of us went down to run the Hanson Hills XC Challenge in Grayling, MI. Part of the MMBA Championship Point Series: http://www.mmba.org/racing.php

I was really looking forward to this event as they had a Clyde class in something other than the shortest possible race distance, and best of all- people were posting seriously competitive times- times that would be nothing to scoff at even in their age division.

It was everything I hoped it would be- a bunch of big dudes who don't make excuses for their weight. They get out and ride hard and use their size and strength as an advantage when they can. I managed a fourth place in the Sport Clydesdale class, and I had to work hard to get it. The cool thing was, even if I entered my age group, my time would have still been good for fourth place. I actually might have placed higher in my age group as the Clyde class was sent out after all the age groups and we had to do a lot of passing.

Anyway, if you're sick of the Clyde class being treated like a bunch of people who are way out of shape and have never raced a bicycle before- I highly recommend checking this series out. If the races weren't so far away, I'd consider running the whole series.

Oh, and my fan club showed up. And took pictures. I'm the big (duh) shaggy dude. And my fan club seems to have a sense of humor. I might have to revoke some memberships if they start getting too carried away.

http://www.photoshow.com/watch/Pw2wt9Dy
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Old 06-02-08, 12:00 PM   #2
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Yeah, clyde pride. There is no clyde division in Road,Cyclocross or Mountain bike races around Kansas City so us clydes have to race with the small guys. No worries I have given up on losing my clyde status and just go with the flow. At the end of the day we are all athletes.

Congrats on your 4th place finish and I really liked the slide show. How did the bull fighting go?
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Old 06-02-08, 12:14 PM   #3
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Cool Video and congrats!
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Awesome vid!!!! Looks like the track is pretty open as far as trees and such go. Was it a quick track to ride???
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that looks like a blast
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