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Old 05-31-03, 09:10 PM   #1
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It will have to do(long)

Just got back from todays race. What a day.

I barley arrive in time to register, only get one practice run. Of course I have a spactacular crash in the practice run off the first jump at the top which destroys my goggles and tears my pant to shreds. So I just roll the rest of the course just to see if there were any changes from last week when we were there. Everything was cool.

Once I get to the bottom I grab an orange and a drink and then head up the lifts. I come to find out my start time is 11min in and the lift ride is 15. Damn
So I get on the lift and should be able to make my time by a minute. just before the top the lift stops and I miss my time by 20 sec. Luckly they allowed me to still get my first run in but after everyone else.

Ok. My time has come for the first run. I take off on the 6th beep, clear the first jump and start flying into the right hand berm just before the double I cased in practice ( I was going to slow to jump it and to fast to rollit).

I have never attempted this double because it has a 20' gap( which I hat gaps). As I exit the berm I say FU*# it and just start blasting towards the jump. Up Up and away I go. Clear the double with a perfect landing on the tranny. It was an awesome feeling. So I start bombing the course.

I get to this small rock garden and have a brain fart. next thing I know my rear tire is passing by my head and my face is filling with dirt. Shyte

I get up and have to unwrap all the tape from my bike before I can get going.(In amazment no one has passed me yet) Well I did get passed towards the bottom but I expected that.

Alright, second run. I blast through the entire course with out a hitch. Damn fine run:thumbup:

Well here is the kicker. I look for my final results and realize that I was racing the super sport class. It is a class that Team Big Bear created for the sport riders who should be racing expert but are serious sandbaggers. I was supposed to be in the Sport class.

Any ways all i can say is

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Old 05-31-03, 09:14 PM   #2
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Congrats...you sound like your speed is picking up. Quick question. How does the class syetm work in the states? I am not quite sure what level you are racing at.

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Beginner

Sport

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Semi-Pro

Pro

That is the basic.

Supper-Sport is TBB way of making the sandbaggers in sport move up in class so I do not believe any one else in the states has that class.
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Old 05-31-03, 09:38 PM   #4
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Right ON!
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Yikes, congrats man!
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Congrats, good job, mtb racing looks fun
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Old 06-01-03, 08:51 AM   #7
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Thanks ya'll. The reason I am so stoked about this 3rd place finish is because I am supposed to be in the Sport class. I raced Beginner last season and had to work my arse off just to finish 3rd over all.

So being that I mistankenly (TBB screw up) entered a cat. that is basically expert and placed that high just blows my mind. I did not think I had gotten that much faster in the off season.

Now if I can just get back my cardio. to where it was when I raced XC then I should be able to place first. Just another goal .


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Congrats on the accomplishment! What were the times in Sport Class? It's wierd sometimes if you move up, you do better because there are fewer people competing in the next higher class. When I was racing XC (only a few times) my best in beginner was like 10th (out of about 45 to 50 in my class). I checked lap times and my 10th in begginer would have scored me in the top 5 in Sport, and a lot less traffic (only 25-30 riders).

Then I got hurt, and busy at work and put on too much weight! Ahhhh, the joys of growing up!

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congrats! any prize money?

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