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Yes! I love this race. Awesome course. I got my chain guide so I should be good to go with hopefully no mechanical issues this time.

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I just got done cleaning my chain and checking bolts.

I'm looking forward to this (he says now)


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I put on that chain guide, which proved a bit harder than expected. There is no left/right adjustment from the frame, only up/down, and the chain was rubbing the guide pretty good. I moved the cranks over a few mm worth, but still had issues. I had to space out the sprocket to center it more, and luckily motorcycle brake line washers worked perfectly. I used two on each bolt to space it out a bit, and only rubs a little bit when in higher gears. Hopefully it won't steal too many watts. As long as this rig holds up I'll be happy.

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I'm interested in hearing how that chainguide dealio works for you.

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How'd you make out?

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It didn't, he's still out there and no one has heard from him... Search Team going out in morning as to dark now.

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It didn't, he's still out there and no one has heard from him... Search Team going out in morning as to dark now.

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I haven't been on the MTB since brown county! kinda sorry I'm getting my second wind this year a few days too late for this one...

So how did everyone do? Weather and trail conditions were probably fucking perfect

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I had a rough day as expected. Gone are the days you can be in good general fitness and show up and do well. Guys are getting faster now it seems.

I had to change my front tire because it started leaking right before the race. Luckily my kid has a nice bike now with the same wheels I have so I could swap wheels, except my old tires which I hated. Now I know why. Those tires royally suck. Handled like crap in the singletrack, and couldn't hold a fast line on the high speed descents. Slowed me down a little bit overall.

My legs are still the main limiter right now, with not as much raw muscle. Not sure what I have to do to work on that, but riding more in general and more specific mountain biking I'm sure would help. I don't ride during the week which doesn't help.

Had a decent race, though the hills were zapping my legs quickly. Didn't drink enough during the race, and I could feel my muscles cramping on the last lap big time. I was keeping up with another well known rival of mine, Steve Pribek. I've raced with him and the other guy who finished in front of me for many years. We used to be the fastest of the comp racers just a few years ago. Man how times change.

Steve passed me on the 1st lap towards the end, and quickly got out of sight. On the 3rd lap, I saw he was ahead of me pretty far, but I was keeping pace with him everywhere, and somehow catching him on the flats and the hills, but not singletrack. I knew where to put the power down, so every open flat I would hammer down and close the gap just a bit. I caught him, passed him on an uphill flat pretty fast, and decided to crush his spirit a bit by giving everything I had to make the gap seem uncatchable and put as much distance as I could before I rested.

It worked. After we got into the singletrack again, I couldn't see him on the switchbacks. I made sure I kept a decent gap and kept pedaling. About a half mile from the finish, I noticed my rear wheel now was going flat. Fuck. I sure didn't want to give up or lose all my positions, so I just dealt with it hoping to just finish. We still had a while to go though. Every turn and every bump I could feel the rim pounding the ground and ready to roll off. Ugh.

I had to run it from there. Over a quarter mile up hills and through singletrack sprinting it out with a bike. WTF That sucked. I still couldn't see him behind me thankfully, or he would have smelled blood and picked me off for sure. We got out of the singletrack and just a sharp downhill to the finish that I sprinted out as hard as I could. I knew those guys would be going about 30 to the finish and I sure couldn't run that fast.

Just as I was about to cross the line, they came up behind me and I finished just in front of them by 10 seconds. I thought I did better than I actually did, but I guess these guys are in pretty good MTB fitness now.

As I tell my kid, some races you will be proud of and think were great and finish not that great compared to your competitors, and others you will be less impressed with and finish well. That is racing and depends on who shows up and who is fast that day. I was fast, but not fast enough. I got 9th out of 15 and 42 out of 78. I guess it could have been worse, but I was hoping to do better than that. Always next time.

I did get to witness a nice scuffle between Steve and some other douchebag too. I thought it was going to fisticuffs.

We were in tight singletrack on the first lap, and it was some expert chick, Steve, me, and the douchebag behind me. The chick was holding us up a bit, but she is still an expert, so she wasn't that slow. Plus we were in singletrack with nowhere to go right then. Well this guy says he wants to pass. Yeah right. I ignored him and so does everybody else. WTF are we all gonna pull over for you? I think not. He says it again, and Steve says not right now wait until it opens up. This guy starts bitching up a storm right as we got to an open spot, then hammers me pretty close (which I never care about since motorcycle racing, going 15 mph and banging bars is pretty tame. ) and hits Steve almost making him crash. They start yelling and swearing and bumping into each other until the other guy takes off a little. Then Steve throws his water bottle at him.

I was back there talking to the chick of course. Silly boys. I told her to be thankful she has no testosterone to deal with.

Good race and super fun as always. Rock garden was awesome even on an 18 pound hardtail. Lots of newbies did the race too, which is great, and nice seeing Big T and Big D out there doing it.

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haha good writeup.
Mine was a little more boring.
I was going to sign up for First Timer but decided to do Citizen instead.(2 laps instead of 1).

When we got in the singletrack It was kind of fun watching this one guy (who was determined to stay in front of me)try to crash for about 8 or 9 turns before he actually acomplished his goal.

I sort of just took what the race brought to me. The singletrack was tight and a little slippery here and there but nothing that you havent come across at Kettle or Palos on a Yellow day.
It was very unlike the Palos race in that most people I came across rode pretty well.

I got 10th of 12 or 16 in my age group 133 out of 152 or 175 depending if you cound the dnfs... I thought I did better as well.

Got to see Ken causing trouble and Danielle getting her award as well as some of the Cambr guys out there.

I've never been to a race where they had a water station before. I liked that a lot, but I almost nailed the barrel on the 2nd lap

Steve finally caved into my pestering and chose this as his first race. He did the first timers class and did well.
I love the Mexican food place on Rt 50 on the way home

Fun race I would do again for sure.


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Nice work Boys!!!!!

I should have done this, I'd be less banged up. Crawling in a rock garden with 10,000 volts over head was fun but knees are a little sore now..

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