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Old 10-30-08, 10:47 AM   #1
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Race report: Moscow Arms Race - Moscow, ID

Well, it was back last weekend, but pix just got posted yesterday and last night, so I was holding off on the report until there was proof .

This is a brand new venue on some private forest land, built by Kyle T. and a couple of his friends (some of you may remember Kyle from his Drop In “Be a Dirtbag Contest” entry last year). It’s pretty freshly-cut into some deep cedar forest with steep fall-lines, closely-spaced trees, tricky off-cambers and a step-up that gave everyone fits cleaning all weekend. With 40 racers chewing it up for two days, you can imagine how it started exposing roots, creating deep holes and down-slope slumping berms. It also had a nice rock-roll that I swear is the steepest one I’ve ever done. Spooky; felt like I was going to endo every time I went down it. I heard later that that some of the younger guys decided to attempt the step-up and rock roll after watching me do it - - figuring “if the old guy can do it, I should be able to” .

So much that we typically race is more wide-open, high-speed pine forest runs, that this was a treat to get into some deep-woods racing. Anyway, this was bare, grassroots racing at its best. It would have been worth the $20 entry fee for the two days of shuttling, let alone that we got to race too. Just three classes: Women, Juniors and Men; so I was up against all the young bucks. In fact, I’m pretty sure I was the only racer there over about 25.

As far as how I did - - well, I held my own. My seeding run of 3:22 put me in 17th (pros were into the sub-3:00s), so that put me mid start-order for my timed run. On my timed run, the chewed up course took its toll on me I guess: went over the bars on a loose, tight off-camber and wasn’t carrying speed as well in some of the slower sections. The consolation was that I nearly got both wheels on top of the step-up and cleaned the roll-down faster than I had all weekend. Still, my 3:35 dumped me back to 25th. Ah well, that’s racing.

The whole weekend was a blast. I got to hang out with my long-lost moto-riding buddy Dave - - and his son (the one I got into DHing) - - and enjoyed good times around the fire, plus good food & malt refreshment. There’s promise of more races there next year, which should just get better and better as the trail wears in. Kyle, Mike and the gang did a tremendous job of organizing, timing, etc. and really deserve big props for making it happen.

Some shots (plus more here: http://mikerider.pinkbike.com/album/Arms-Race-2008/):

Finish line, courtesy of . . .



On the final stretch:



Rock-roll:

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Nice shot's D' Love the white with gold!
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On the final stretch:

Are you dragging the rear tire? Let off the brake!
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That was just a bit o' feather on the rear to pull me back straight What you don't see beyond the compression at the bottom is the three-way split between and around two stumps. I was threading the needle between them (straightest line).
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That, and I'm a chicken and a hack.
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That, and I'm a chicken and a hack.
No, no, that's me.
Nice job -- always impressive.
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Thats frappin' steep!
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A couple more shots that finally surfaced.



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Good to see that they're still building trails on Moscow Mt. It's been a while since I've ridden up there, but that side of the mountain was always pretty technical.

I hope nobody was accosted by the moose.
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Not this time around; but I understand that Kyle and Mike have had encounters before.

BTW, I hope all the mountain bikers on Moscow Mtn. appreciate the hard work of people like my firend Dave, J. Plunkett and the others for hacking so many of those trails out so many years ago. The moto folks left quite a legacy that they no longer can enjoy the fruits of .
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Update: shooter from one of the local TV stations was out that weekend and it got compiled into a short video clip. Not very long, and there is some basic layman info, but there is a clip of the step-up and a bit of the feel for the course. Glad it finally showed up on their site:

http://www.kxly.com/global/video/fla...e&rnd=65925182
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Nice to see it getting some local air time! MTN bike rags shouldn't be the only ones that know about these events
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