Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    Senior Member Curtis_Elwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    585
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    My first race, short TR (blood included)

    So, I found out about this race to be held on Saturday just the evening before. I had already spent an hour scarfind down pub cheese and crackers, along with a beer or two, have barely ridden in three weeks, and never ridden this trail, but figured I've give it a go. Showed up, paid my money for race and my NORBA day pass, and talked to some of the morning racers about the course. They said it was pretty techy, so I was pumped b/c I've been riding more technical stuff lately and my stamina isn't super great. I figured speed was going to be my friend. There were about 10-12 of us in the beginner class. I didn't really care that much about trying to win, just wanted to ride my own race. They started us with the Junior experts and women's classes for a total of about 20 racers. The course was 3 laps of about 3 miles each.

    The lead-in was an old horse trail and I was flying, keeping at the back of the "fast pack" of 5 up front. When it got really techy is when I fell back. Since I've never done the course before, I didn't know where to set up my shifts. You couldn't really see around the corners and hills really well to get set up. So, for about mile, I was mashing gears and trying to get back on my bike on stuff that I'd normally ride over with no problems.

    After that, the course smoothed out, but was really loose. Tight switchbacks with 8" deep piles of silt in the corners left over from the expert class made negotiating them fast difficult. I biffed hard on one of those switchbacks, losing a couple more spots. I was still trailing one of the "team racers" there for a bit, but was a little too sketched out by the loose conditions to keep pace. Granted, the dude had pink streamers on his bike (probably lost the last race and a bet), but it was good to be hanging with him. A monster climb up a glorified creek bed led you back up to the start/finish line. Even though I was sucking wind and wanted to throw up, it was cool for the experts to be there cheering me on. I think they liked the blood dripping from my knee.

    Second lap went better with no spills and I was able to stay on the bike more. Third lap was a bit slower b/c I crashed hard again. I also managed to mash some more gears as fatigue was setting in and my posture was sagging, so I wasn't head's up.

    All in all, it was fun. It was good having my GF there for a little moral support as well. This was the last race of this series, but I think come next Spring, I may decide to get more serious about it and actually practice the courses beforehand. I'll probably never be a weight weenie (don't think I can afford to at least), but knowing the course will probably help alot.

    I have no clue what position ended up in. Just that at least one person, maybe two, did not finish and probably 4 finished behind me. Some well behind. So, it was a success I guess. I'll post the results once I find them and maybe some pics taken by some photographers on hand if I can afford them.
    2006 Marin Pine Mountain FX

  2. #2
    Old School Rad mtnbiker66's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    The old Mountains
    My Bikes
    Blur LT
    Posts
    8,212
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sounds like a good time. Way to go on your first race.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

  3. #3
    Banned. CrashVector's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Location
    United States
    My Bikes
    Kona Dawg Deluxe, Cannondale Super-V DH, Cannondale Super-V Raven
    Posts
    409
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    not bad for your first race...good job dude.

  4. #4
    Senior Member Curtis_Elwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    585
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks. Here's a link to the race results. http://usacycling.org/results/?permit=2006-1657 They didn't put up the results of the First Timer class, so there's a couple missing. The guys that are listed as DNF in my class (Beginner-Senior), actually did finish, but it was after the timing booth closed shop I guess.

    Since most of my riding partners are in their 40's and 50's and kick my butt on our regular rides, It does make me fell a bit better that I was faster than 5 in that category.
    2006 Marin Pine Mountain FX

  5. #5
    Senior Member Curtis_Elwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    585
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Here's some photos. Gotta love the half-cocked number plackard and busted left knee from my first-lap crash.










    Last edited by Curtis_Elwood; 10-01-06 at 10:53 PM.
    2006 Marin Pine Mountain FX

  6. #6
    Show Me What'cha got Blazinall91's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    O'Fallon, Misery
    My Bikes
    old school Giant Attraction MTB (where it all started),old school Schwinn High Plains MTB (XC and long ride duty), Mosh DJ3 (BMX basher), and Trek Bruiser 1 (freeride and full of mods and still growing)
    Posts
    1,225
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Curtis_Elwood






    that's the coolest one, good job
    "I'm; young enough to know the right car to buy yet grown enough not to put rims on it. I got that 6-deuce, with curtains, so you can't see me and I didn't even have to put tints on it."

  7. #7
    Show Me What'cha got Blazinall91's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    O'Fallon, Misery
    My Bikes
    old school Giant Attraction MTB (where it all started),old school Schwinn High Plains MTB (XC and long ride duty), Mosh DJ3 (BMX basher), and Trek Bruiser 1 (freeride and full of mods and still growing)
    Posts
    1,225
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    looking at the results, Caleb Hulsey, who finished with a 00:49:40 in the junior class , works at the bike store across the street from my work. He's a nice guy
    "I'm; young enough to know the right car to buy yet grown enough not to put rims on it. I got that 6-deuce, with curtains, so you can't see me and I didn't even have to put tints on it."

  8. #8
    Senior Member Curtis_Elwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    585
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah, Caleb seemed to be the star of the Junior class in the area.
    2006 Marin Pine Mountain FX

  9. #9
    It is what it is... Minesbroken's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Long Island NY
    My Bikes
    Trek 6500 w/ stuff
    Posts
    806
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Good job man! nice picts. got a whole lot of racers in here lol no wonder they laugh at me and my inferior trails
    sign here so we can do stuff to your stuff...

    myspace
    myplace
    my bike

  10. #10
    Throw the stick!!!! LowCel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Charleston, WV
    My Bikes
    GMC Denali
    Posts
    17,587
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Congratulations on a great race and getting the first one out of the way. They only get better and more addictive from here!
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Curtis_Elwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    St. Louis, MO
    Posts
    585
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks again. After talking to my friend Mike who helped design trails in the area back in the day and is a phenomenal rider, this course was the most technical of the 3-race NORBA series in Missouri. He said that most of the roadies stay away from this one because it's more technically challenging. That 7th place finish isn't looking so bad for my first race I guess.
    2006 Marin Pine Mountain FX

  12. #12
    Gravity hunter dminor's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    The 509
    My Bikes
    1971 Suzuki TS125/ factory race kit/AHRMA-legal; 1969 Suzuki TS250/factory race kit; 1967 Suzuki K-15 Hillbilly Trail 80; 1977 Yamaha IT175; 1964 VanTech Scrambler racing frame
    Posts
    12,186
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Great first race, CE! Thanks for the reports and picts (especially the first, closeup). Looking forward to waht next season brings for ya.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •