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Old 04-05-11, 06:23 PM
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Mendocino Monster 2011

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Old 04-05-11, 07:29 PM
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No way. They killed the original, and I'm not doing a cheapened version. Sure glad I did it when it meant something......
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What he said.
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What he said.
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Bigbossman is just afraid that he'd get back too late for supper . . . again.
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Bigbossman is just afraid that he'd get back too late for supper . . . again.
At least I finished, and will not be counted amongst those that dare not try to reach for something beyond their grasp.
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At least I finished, and will not be counted amongst those that dare not try to reach for something beyond their grasp.
That's one heck of a way to quote a teddy bear.
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
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Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
At least I finished, and will not be counted amongst those that dare not try to reach for something beyond their grasp.
We'll make sure that is carved on your headstone . . . .
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
We'll make sure that is carved on your headstone . . . .
Nah, there won't be enough space for that many words on the coffee can...
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hooligancyclist.: 36 posts, and elevating the level of BF discourse.

Well done.
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hooligancyclist.: 36 posts, and elevating the level of BF discourse.

Well done.
I'm sorry, swear to god I'll never do it again. Maybe even make a few new handles and start trolling with them. Would that make it better? ;-)
Thanks.
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I'm sorry, swear to god I'll never do it again. Maybe even make a few new handles and start trolling with them. Would that make it better? ;-)
Thanks.
You say that, but you post this helpful well thought out bit of story and info. Hummmm.
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Curtis:

I'm surpised you rtemember the real meaning of the word "discourse" after hearing so many students ask you: "What's discourse about?" or "Will dere be a final in discourse?"
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Yikes! I sure wish you'd take another look at the new Mendocino Monster this year....

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No way. They killed the original, and I'm not doing a cheapened version. Sure glad I did it when it meant something......
As one of the organizers for the Mendocino Monster, I just have to respond. We really didn't try to kill the original - we had to abandon the Masonite Road portion because Mendocino Redwoods Company was worried about liability and wouldn't allow us to use it. But the ride is going to be actually better in some ways without the Masonite Road as there were lots of surprise dangerous unpaved sections in that road that won't be a problem on county roads.

We've done a lot to make the ride better this year, with much better signage, even better rest stops (including a rest stop at Montgomery Woods and a rest stop on the lawn in front of the Andiron Inn on the coast) and lots of other improvements.

Although the ride is slightly shorter, it's still got almost the same amount of climbing. We're getting 97 miles and 9200 feet of climbing for the Scary Monster and 62 miles and 6900 feet of climbing for the Hairy Monster with our measurements.

Check out our website at www.mendocinomonster.com

And please reconsider - it's truly a beautiful and really challenging route with gorgeous views, redwoods and the coast as well.
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Yeah, seconded. I did the Mendo Monster ride last year, enjoyed it quite a bit. Masonite was hard-packed dirt and rocks and some pavement with a good view, but frankly I've seen better and the loss of it is not so huge. Probably fewer flats now. They did a pretty good job on it, requests I had were to add Mtn Dew near the later rest stops and some hammer products if possible. The first year is always a learning experience and they did a GREAT job for first timers, much better than other organized rides I've been on and cheaper, too.
Scoldini, if you get Mtn Dew and Hammer products I think there will be more happy riders at the end.
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Thanks. We're definitely going to have the Mtn Dew - maybe even popsicles after the climb up the backside of Orr Springs
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As one of the organizers for the Mendocino Monster, I just have to respond.......
Well, as the Chief Instigator - I have to respond to your response.

My jibe was really intended as an inside, running joke that a few of us have been sharing, pretty much since the end of the inaugural ride. It was not meant to be a serious slight, but looking back I can see how it could be easily misconstrued by someone outside of my small (and I do mean small) circle of friends. My apologies - I frequently forget that we are not a closed little group here.

I was there for the 1st one, I (barely) conquered it, I got the T-shirt. In all seriousness, everyone I talked to agreed that you folks put up one hell of a 1st effort. My primary complaint is that you did not offer a jersey, as the ride was a tough one that I really didn't think I'd haul in, and I would have loved to have had a nice little souvenir for my day of epic suffering.

Say.... got any extra water bottles left over from last year?
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Say.... got any extra water bottles left over from last year?
Oh fercrissakes, BBM! I already gave into your whining and let you have mine. Whadda mooch.



It was a great day, and I, for one, had absolutely no complaints about the Masonite Road descent. The climb, on the other hand, has to be the hardest 5% climb I have ever endured. I hate to think what climbing back up Orr Springs will be like.
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Ukiah is a beautiful place to ride.
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Great photo - haha! Kinda looks a little TOO bucolic - like the land of unicorns or something.

And for bigbossman - I did some checking on the water bottles and it looks like Dave's Bike Shop (the folks that contributed the water bottles for the Mendocino Monster) has some extras in storage. I'll try to swing by next week and get you one. If anyone else that rode last year wants a souvenir bottle of the big ride, just let me know. Or.... you can sign up again for this year's ride and get the new t-shirt and maybe a new water bottle as well - haha
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Ukiah is a beautiful place to ride.
Is this a sign? Should we quit horsing around and pony up for this ride?
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