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    ElderEnduro

    Hey all, sorry I been away from the forum for so long. It's been like drinking water out of a fire hydrant lately, but I'm now turning the spanner wrench in the right direction it seems.

    Figured I'd start an Enduro thread for the few of us that indulge in the sport of baggies and body armor, or those who are interested. I'll start off with a video(my first) from my last run of the day, at the last race of the Idaho Enduro Series. Sorry about the wind noise, camera angle, and such.

    https://youtu.be/SGUwY05ETc4?t=1m18s

    In case it's not obvious, I'm pretty gassed at the end of the run, and was flailing about in the thick duff; note to self, there is such a thing as too much grip. You may also notice that I cased nearly every jump; note to self#2, Schwalbe Magic Mary and Hans Dampf Super Gravity tires are SLOW when there is not much gravity, and your legs are blown.

    Anyway, hope you get some entertainment out of the video, and all you Veteran Enduro racers out there............post up Brah...........sick.

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    Cool beans, but rocky!

    You gotta box that up and come out here for a weekend-ish. Vid from the trail that's a 15 minute ride from the house. Good samples at 3:30, 6:30, and 12:00.

    What's neat about here is that you can be bombing through pine forest on hardpack one minute, tacky aspen groves the next, then weaving through sage brush and sand a few minutes later. This was shot on my old bike, got the 27.5 Trance dialed in and will post some pics after the ride today.

    There's some EPIC downhill runs here as well. Downieville's about an hour and change away,Toads, The Corral, there's hundreds of miles of this stuff. And Northstar if you want a ski lift ride up.


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    Hey Ex, thanks for being the first to reply, I consider it an honor. I love the part @ 12:35 with the "Oh @$%&" yell. I do envy your location, some great riding; Downieville and Northstar are high on my list. Sorry I wasn't able to take you up on the invite after Mammoth Natz. It just wasn't in the cards this year. I will def. take you up on the offer for some riding next year though.

    I will post some clips taken at Jug Mountain Ranch, were the second race was held, in a couple days or so. The trails there are somewhat similar to Tahoe it seems. Corral Trail looks like a gas.

    Anyone else out there, feel free to post a video, race report, question, or comment. It doesn't have to be just Enduro, and this is the Master's forum... attitudes are kindly left at the door, so don't be shy.

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    I sent you a coupon for a free two nights stay at the Ex B & B. Folks will vouch for the meals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    I sent you a coupon for a free two nights stay at the Ex B & B. Folks will vouch for the meals.
    Also cool beans, and greatly appreciated. I am a pretty handy sous-chef btw.

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    Nacler! Cool video! Some great bike skills, there. The course looked VERY technical in many places! Thanks for sharing that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sarals View Post
    Nacler! Cool video! Some great bike skills, there. The course looked VERY technical in many places! Thanks for sharing that.
    Thanks Sara. You're correct, in that the course was pretty demanding. The thing I really noticed in the video, is how much the camera squashes(compresses) the perception of depth, and flattens things out.

    To give an example:

    This is a screen shot of the last rock feature that sent me into the shrubbery near the end of the clip.
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    Here is a photo of the same feature.
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    That sucker was steep and deep.


    And here is what happens when you get caught in a Gravity Storm at that location.
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    She is O.K. with some bumps and bruises...thank goodness!

    Credit goes to David Meadows for the photos. He covered all three Idaho Enduro Series events, and provided a plethora of amazing shots. The guy is good......really, really good.

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    Wow. I am impressed. And there's NO way I'd do that! I get the GoPro's don't have a lot of depth of field. There was a segment of the course near the top where the drop off to the left positively terrifying, and that was evident even in the GoPro! That must have been really steep!

    Oh, and it was fun hearing you talk about your bike to the course marshalls at the opening of the video! Sweet bike!!
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    Never say never Sara.

    I love the Nomad, by far, the most fun bike I've owned.

    I cut out most of the chat, where I was talking-up my new rear shock. The guy in the chair is one of the fastest downhiller's in SW Idaho, who is out with a busted collarbone. Great kid, and I race against his dad in cross every year......dad is damn fast himself.

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    I noticed when Youtube renders things you lose a lot compared to the raw recording. Great pics btw.

    We've got a few infamous "stair step" rock bits on the trails here. One is on the Flume where my buddy ended up with a concussion after getting TKO'd. The bush he landed in probably stopped him from a fairly long fall. I've taken to walking things. I had to be airlifted out once after a motorcycle crash, so that got checked off the bucket list.

    Nice shot of the Flume. And yep, it's a long fall.


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    NO, thank you!
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    Nice picture as well, did you take it?

    The one thing that still invokes the willies in me, is exposure. I really dislike narrow traverse trails, with a steep drop waiting to eat my lunch if I should clip a pedal. or blow a move. I've watched videos of riders cleaning the Portal in Moab, and I don't think my ego will ever override my desire grow fat, and smoke cheap cigars when I'm 80........or next year.

    p.s. I'm getting more jealous of your backyard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nacler22 View Post
    Nice picture as well, did you take it?

    p.s. I'm getting more jealous of your backyard.
    No. This is one of those "bucket list" trails that tons of people ride in season. For the most part it's pretty easy, the view and those kind of shots are what makes it so attractive.

    It more or less spurs off the Rim Trail, which circles the lake and has one small closed section to MTB's. The Rim Trail and the various trails that split off from it are pretty phenomenal. I'll ride parts of it in the off season, kinda hard to throw the bike into the van for a 15 minute drive to the nearest trail head when I can ride single track out my door

    Spoiled I am.

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    Here's one way to spend ~14 minutes of your life.

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    I'm Back, and I brought along my two little friends.

    Boom
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    And Sonic Boom
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    The first race in the Idaho Enduro Series went down this Saturday. The venue was the Eagle Bike Park, and the course had six timed stages, with ~2200' of descent over ~7 miles. It was really a great course layout, with a fair amount of "pedally" sections, and plenty of bermed turns, dialed jumps of varying sizes, and a couple rock gardens on the DH course.

    Got beaten by Jumping Jerry Vanderpool by 9 seconds, who decided to move from Pro, and race with us old guys in Super Veteran. Last year, he was 10 seconds faster on a shorter course, so I think I can take him in about 6 or 7 years. Third place was only 4 seconds back from me, so it looks like it's going to be a fun and competitve battle for the series overall.

    We had close to 200 racer's and several Pro's from out of state who showed up to race, the most notable being Kyle Warner from Chico, Ca. He is an amazing rider, and has some pretty impressive results from Enduro races like the Big Mtn. Enduro Series, and the Enduro World Series. Plus, he's a super nice guy.

    Obligatory Podium Shot with Jerry AKA "The Shock Hippie" and Connell. Two great riders, and all around great people.
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    Courtesy of David Meadows, one of the best in the biz.
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    @nacier22 Your video shows up as private.
    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle

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    Quote Originally Posted by nacler22 View Post
    Got beaten by Jumping Jerry Vanderpool by 9 seconds, who decided to move from Pro, and race with us old guys in Super Veteran. Last year, he was 10 seconds faster on a shorter course, so I think I can take him in about 6 or 7 years.
    I need to outlive a couple of guys and I'm a lock for TT nationals. Very cool to get to race against guys with real talent back in the day. I was talking to a spectator couple at Dana Point who watched our 55 and 45 races and they were bug eyed at how fast guys were going. I told them about some of the resumes (that guy went to the Olympics, that guy rode pro for XXX years) and the man commented "it's not like some fantasy baseball camp, is it?"

    Great job...9 seconds is teetering on that IIHJ dialouge. "If I had just..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post

    Great job...9 seconds is teetering on that IIHJ dialouge. "If I had just..."
    Thank you sir.

    I try not to burrow too far down the IIHJ Rabbit Hole, tempting as it is. I try and remind myself that the guy that beat me didn't have a perfect run either, and for every whoulda coulda I have, he has one as well. That's not to say that I don't reflect on my runs, and try to make adjustments for the next stage or race, I do, cause I wanna win. That's part of fun in this sport, at least for me.

    That's one of the things I like about this disipline; every stage starts out perfect, and it's up to the rider to limit the blemishes, or in some cases, large dents and scratches. In theory, barring mechanicals or acts of God, the best racer wins on that day, on that course. Plus, it's fun as hell, and has the best event atmosphere of any of the competitive sports I've been involved with.

    Next race is June 11-12 at Silver Mt. in Northern Idaho. It's going to be a big event, with racer's from Canada and Mexico coming to throw down with many of the best riders in NW "merica".

    BOOM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    @nacier22 Your video shows up as private.
    Sorry about that. I posted some new ones, and made some of the old ones private because......dunno.

    I'll fix it.

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    Great video ! --- Vids like that really get me pumped to get out to Angel Fire and ride some rocks (I hate riding rocks, -- but if I want to race- I have to tolerate them it looks like)

    I started DH riding last year and hope to hit a couple of the biggies this summer (MAmmoth is a bucket list ride)

    ---- Sorting out some equipment changes now , -- but should have the bike dialed in short order

    I love those Evil machines --- truly impressive looking machinery

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
    Great video ! --- Vids like that really get me pumped to get out to Angel Fire and ride some rocks (I hate riding rocks, -- but if I want to race- I have to tolerate them it looks like)

    I started DH riding last year and hope to hit a couple of the biggies this summer (MAmmoth is a bucket list ride)

    ---- Sorting out some equipment changes now , -- but should have the bike dialed in short order

    I love those Evil machines --- truly impressive looking machinery
    Thanks, that was last years end of season race at Brundage Ski Resort. I look at it now, and cringe at how slow it seems.

    Good luck with your DH season, and maybe see you at Mammoth for Natz.

    Thanks again on the Evils. Both are amazing bikes, and absolutely rip, considering they're 29ers........don't know how Evil does it...don't care.

    Here's a recent video I shot, with a couple of teammates and I dinking around on some rocks and such. FWIW, the guy I'm chasing used to earn a living on the World Cup as a factory rider(XC) back in the day.

    https://youtu.be/U58UF23CESY

    Sorry about my derpy dialogue. I'm normally just an average dork.

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