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post #1 of 92 (permalink) Old 09-25-2011, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Pretty quiet. Couple moderate crashes. 2 ambulance rides.

Weather couldnt make up its mind. Cold then warm. Cloudy then sun, quick rain then sun. Saturday was a clusterfuck of a schedule IMO. Someone forgot to include LCR in the schedule so they had to add them in. 18 races + LCR and took us until 5:58pm to finish. Why they didnt just start the races at 10am like they did sunday IDK. Or eliminate the GT races like they have done in the past for other twin sprints. Had a 12 min delay for a red flag in T2. Couple other time wasters were riders who took an EXTRA lap after the checker. Around race 11 or so they cut the races to 5 laps. We werent even done with race 8 at 3pm.

Sunday races ran well. Went by quickly. Germany tried to do a wheelie by gate on the cool down lap. All that effort just for a 1" high wheelie. Was a nice day to end driving the crash truck on. Not alot of hauling bikes around. Only issues I seen there was a couple of idiots in vehicles flying down the paddock roads well in excess of 15mph. One nearly broadsided a racer leaving his pit when their suv came around a corner at 25-30ish.

Just a reminder for next year. If you know ANYONE who would be interested in helping out by cornerworking, PLEASE get them to come out. The crew is getting real shorthanded with a few long time workers retiring. Pay may not be the best, but you do get the best seat in the house without a racing license.

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... Germany tried to do a wheelie by gate on the cool down lap. All that effort just for a 1" high wheelie.
Oh you don't know what was up everywhere else... I got bitched at for one wheel action down the front straight to the checkers... Wheelie between 1 and 2, out of 3 into the busstop, between 4 and 5, down the back straight... 100ft endo into 6....

Well what a great weekend for lots of CLSB and NESBA peeps... can't name everyone... since my brain is still not home yet.
Alex, Greg, Tea, Dejan, Farmboy, Jenn ....
Very good job everyone.


and hey Chunk, I'll have a white plate for next year...
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Oh you don't know what was up everywhere else... I got bitched at for one wheel action down the front straight to the checkers... Wheelie between 1 and 2, out of 3 into the busstop, between 4 and 5, down the back straight... 100ft endo into 6....

Well what a great weekend for lots of CLSB and NESBA peeps... can't name everyone... since my brain is still not home yet.
Alex, Greg, Tea, Dejan, Farmboy, Jenn ....
Very good job everyone.


and hey Chunk, I'll have a white plate for next year...
rut roh, you're going strait from the special olympics to expert?!

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(please excuse this post, because it's been a rough night and I've had about six beers in the last few hours.)

Stefan does the best wheelies.
I saw the one down the front straight after Supertwins and the subsequent reaming.

Congrats to Tea on a win in a legitimate, non-special olympics class!!!
I started watching the race from T1 as a casual observer... and then realized she was passing people, and catching the leaders... until I realized she was going to catch 1st place. So I moved to hot pit to ask the control guys if they knew what was up, and they weren't sure. Next time around she was ahead of the guy that I assumed was in first, so I started giving her signals to let her know that she was gapping him. By the end I was pretty sure she won the race but she didn't believe me, until she checked the results. Woot!

And... I <3 the 125 more and more. I didn't really go any faster on it, (too much tape on the radiator and it was running hot today) but fock... it's the bestest thing EVER!

I did however have overwhelming guilt that the guy we bought it from had bike problems all weekend. He never completed a full lap. I have his "B" bike so he had to forfeit his last race (although he's got the championship locked up.) It was his own fault in one race though, since it was a damp track, and he was on Ed Key's back wheel... he highsided in T7 which I thought was pretty impressive because I didn't know you could do that on something so small. That was moments after the other 125 in that race lowsided in that same turn just ahead of Ed. They called the race early since at that point, there was only one expert (Ed), an one amateur (gkotlin) out on the track, and the results were pretty much set.

He did give me props though after the race he had to sit out, since I was taking an upshift at the tower and was still on the gas. Now if I can just grow the ovaries to do that on the R6. (maybe not upshift, but to not lift.) Meh

Also have to give shout outs to Tanya for dropping her time, and Dejan for his personal best. *high five*

Oh, and G2G, if you see this... Meghan worked with Kenzie on Saturday and she dropped 17 seconds! I only lapped her once and I was so stoked for her! She actually almost got ahead of me at the start too... she made big improvements this weekend.

Wheee!!! Sorry... Tooo druk right now to remember anything else....

Oh yeah! SteveP made a nice snowstorm on the front straight.

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Actually did it.

I raced FrankenDuc to 2nd in the GTL championship (losing to Ed Key by 1 point!) and 1st in GP (beating Ray Hofman by 1 point!) - more than I dreamed of for a first full expert season. I had a great year, learning tons, continually dropping my times throughout (to a personal best 1:15.8 yesterday), and having a blast hanging with everyone. The bike turned out to be everything and more than I had hoped, and I look forward to improving with it in the future...

Congrats to all my fellow CLSB racers; you all rocked and it was my honor and pleasure to spend the season with you.


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Oh, and G2G, if you see this... Meghan worked with Kenzie on Saturday and she dropped 17 seconds! I only lapped her once and I was so stoked for her! She actually almost got ahead of me at the start too... she made big improvements this weekend.

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Stefan does the best wheelies.
I saw the one down the front straight after Supertwins and the subsequent reaming.

Congrats to Tea on a win in a legitimate, non-special olympics class!!!
I started watching the race from T1 as a casual observer... and then realized she was passing people, and catching the leaders... until I realized she was going to catch 1st place. So I moved to hot pit to ask the control guys if they knew what was up, and they weren't sure. Next time around she was ahead of the guy that I assumed was in first, so I started giving her signals to let her know that she was gapping him. By the end I was pretty sure she won the race but she didn't believe me, until she checked the results. Woot!

And... I <3 the 125 more and more. I didn't really go any faster on it, (too much tape on the radiator and it was running hot today) but fock... it's the bestest thing EVER!

I did however have overwhelming guilt that the guy we bought it from had bike problems all weekend. He never completed a full lap. I have his "B" bike so he had to forfeit his last race (although he's got the championship locked up.) It was his own fault in one race though, since it was a damp track, and he was on Ed Key's back wheel... he highsided in T7 which I thought was pretty impressive because I didn't know you could do that on something so small. That was moments after the other 125 in that race lowsided in that same turn just ahead of Ed. They called the race early since at that point, there was only one expert (Ed), an one amateur (gkotlin) out on the track, and the results were pretty much set.

He did give me props though after the race he had to sit out, since I was taking an upshift at the tower and was still on the gas. Now if I can just grow the ovaries to do that on the R6. (maybe not upshift, but to not lift.) Meh

Also have to give shout outs to Tanya for dropping her time, and Dejan for his personal best. *high five*

Oh, and G2G, if you see this... Meghan worked with Kenzie on Saturday and she dropped 17 seconds! I only lapped her once and I was so stoked for her! She actually almost got ahead of me at the start too... she made big improvements this weekend.

Wheee!!! Sorry... Tooo druk right now to remember anything else....

Oh yeah! SteveP made a nice snowstorm on the front straight.
I can't thank you enough, Jen!! You came out of nowhere and helped a ton with your signals. I thought the guy was right behind me

It is a joy to watch you on the 125. I wish I had one too. Told you not to feel bad, Mark could have bought another one

Glad to hear about Kenzie. I watched them practice on Saturday and was hoping that she had improved.

And I am so happy we didn't have today's weather yesterday. Ewwwwww!!!

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He built my bike out of spare parts. I think he said he has almost everything he needs to build another one (!!) so hopefully next year he'll have another spare bike.

After watching the Ultralight Thunderbike race though... I think we should all get Ninja 250s.

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He built my bike out of spare parts. I think he said he has almost everything he needs to build another one (!!) so hopefully next year he'll have another spare bike.

After watching the Ultralight Thunderbike race though... I think we should all get Ninja 250s.
Yeah, we should!!!!! They don't need as much wrenching hopefully.
they've had those classes on the west coast for a while.

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This was my rookie season and what a season it was. I am learning to ride that 675 as it is completely different then anything I have ridden in the past. A lot of improvements on the bike are scheduled for the off season. Its time to get rid of the stock suspension parts. LOL.

I would like to congratulate to all Champions especially;

SteveP, Supergirl, Germany, Farmboy and of course Wally.

Thanks for the fabulous season, 2012 cant come soon enough.

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they've had those classes on the west coast for a while.
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This was my rookie season and what a season it was. I am learning to ride that 675 as it is completely different then anything I have ridden in the past. A lot of improvements on the bike are scheduled for the off season. Its time to get rid of the stock suspension parts. LOL.

I would like to congratulate to all Champions especially;

SteveP, Supergirl, Germany, Farmboy and of course Wally.

Thanks for the fabulous season, 2012 cant come soon enough.
Sure just forget about me,

Great year for me and many around.

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Congrats to all my fellow CLSB racers; you all rocked and it was my honor and pleasure to spend the season with you.
Keep on keeping on!!!
It was great to see you do so well. Ending the year with your best times ever

Good work. See you on the front row next year

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So why is it that CCS doesn't even know whats going on at CCS events?
The tech inspectors are rude and condescending.
The office staff when I call or email is always EXCELLENT and helpful. The registration staff is just as good to deal with. But management is just so damn crabby.

I can't understand why they just make me feel like I'm income to them. Not a person, not a customer. You ask a question and you don't get an answer. I get told it's my fault for not acting in a particular manner, or that my fellow competitors must have screwed it up for me. Seriously? I would have been happy with a response of "I'm not sure right now, we're quite busy, would you mind if I get back to you on that this week? But instead it's my fault for not doing it sooner. I guess I shouldn't have been so diligent to turn in my transponder quickly and stand around waiting on my trophy.

I feel like it's their sandbox and if I don't like it, I should leave. But when grids are down, they want us to bring our friends and promote racing?

The schedule was all screwed up on Saturday. Cutting the races shorter twice during the day? My entry fees didn't get cut though. I never heard an apology over the PA for the confusion. I think the abbreviated riders meeting over the PA system is dis-service to the new riders.

I'm not just venting. I'd love to get behind this organization and help make road racing in this country half of what it is in the rest of the world. But......

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So why is it that CCS doesn't even know whats going on at CCS events?
The tech inspectors are rude and condescending.
The office staff when I call or email is always EXCELLENT and helpful. The registration staff is just as good to deal with. But management is just so damn crabby.

I can't understand why they just make me feel like I'm income to them. Not a person, not a customer. You ask a question and you don't get an answer. I get told it's my fault for not acting in a particular manner, or that my fellow competitors must have screwed it up for me. Seriously? I would have been happy with a response of "I'm not sure right now, we're quite busy, would you mind if I get back to you on that this week? But instead it's my fault for not doing it sooner. I guess I shouldn't have been so diligent to turn in my transponder quickly and stand around waiting on my trophy.

I feel like it's their sandbox and if I don't like it, I should leave. But when grids are down, they want us to bring our friends and promote racing?

The schedule was all screwed up on Saturday. Cutting the races shorter twice during the day? My entry fees didn't get cut though. I never heard an apology over the PA for the confusion. I think the abbreviated riders meeting over the PA system is dis-service to the new riders.

I'm not just venting. I'd love to get behind this organization and help make road racing in this country half of what it is in the rest of the world. But......

I'm with you on that one Greg. I had a friend in one of the 5lap races, which shortening they announced during the day, he was racing someone down the front straight and saw the white flag ( which they waved for a guy a lap down), he and the other guy never saw the checkered until they came back around and everyone in the paddock was told over the PA that they didn't listen to the shortening... oh well

I was told my turkey pan rigging, which was pretty solid, was illegal but the supermoto bikes could race without anything... I know it's in the rule book, but still... Larry keeps getting a crappier every time around. the only time he was funny was when I told him: Hi from Ken Krebs... LOL

I went twice to drop of my transponder and pick up the wood, to be told no, you have to wait, maybe they could have taken the 5 sec to add to the "BRING YOUR TRANSPONDERS NOW" the part of we still have to wait to give out the trophies for the last two races...
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So why is it that CCS doesn't even know whats going on at CCS events?
The tech inspectors are rude and condescending.
The office staff when I call or email is always EXCELLENT and helpful. The registration staff is just as good to deal with. But management is just so damn crabby.

I can't understand why they just make me feel like I'm income to them. Not a person, not a customer. You ask a question and you don't get an answer. I get told it's my fault for not acting in a particular manner, or that my fellow competitors must have screwed it up for me. Seriously? I would have been happy with a response of "I'm not sure right now, we're quite busy, would you mind if I get back to you on that this week? But instead it's my fault for not doing it sooner. I guess I shouldn't have been so diligent to turn in my transponder quickly and stand around waiting on my trophy.

I feel like it's their sandbox and if I don't like it, I should leave. But when grids are down, they want us to bring our friends and promote racing?

The schedule was all screwed up on Saturday. Cutting the races shorter twice during the day? My entry fees didn't get cut though. I never heard an apology over the PA for the confusion. I think the abbreviated riders meeting over the PA system is dis-service to the new riders.

I'm not just venting. I'd love to get behind this organization and help make road racing in this country half of what it is in the rest of the world. But......

The big meanie kids had a great weekend with WERA at Nelson Ledges. Everything ran smoothly and the anouncer was rating front straight victory wheelies.


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Actually did it.

I raced FrankenDuc to 2nd in the GTL championship (losing to Ed Key by 1 point!) and 1st in GP (beating Ray Hofman by 1 point!) - more than I dreamed of for a first full expert season. I had a great year, learning tons, continually dropping my times throughout (to a personal best 1:15.8 yesterday), and having a blast hanging with everyone. The bike turned out to be everything and more than I had hoped, and I look forward to improving with it in the future...

Congrats to all my fellow CLSB racers; you all rocked and it was my honor and pleasure to spend the season with you.


Keep on keeping on!!!
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I'm very happy for everyone.
I hate that I missed the last races of the season, but I was there in thoughts and spirit.

CONGRATS again to everyone. I hope to one day be able to share my success racing stories with everyone



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The big meanie kids had a great weekend with WERA at Nelson Ledges. Everything ran smoothly and the anouncer was rating front straight victory wheelies.


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Nesba CR, Pa. based, fast guy, Brad Burns was doing most of the EX victory celebrating
Keep it up wise guy and you'll need to make room for me in your trailer next year for every round.....

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Awesome reading about everyone's experiences this season. Also making me crave some more track time LOL.

I only did one day this year to get a feel for what CCS was about and learn stuff, Thanks to steve, tea, germany, greg, and every body else that helped me get through the first day out there, it was very exciting and I had a lot of fun. Next year I'll try to do all the events and see what happens

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my turn.....

Congrats to all! And a big THANK YOU for being so kind to the "new" guy at pitout. I can only hope you saw some improvement over the season.

Some may know, but most don't know that we get no formal training to do our job at the track from CCS management. We train each other "on the job".
I know we've had a lot of confusion and inconsistencies in almost every area.
Please don't "shoot" the worker for this. We care and do the best we can.
It took all season, but I do believe we got it sorted out really well on Sunday.

In all, we have a priority to keep riders safe.......#1
Next, would be enforcement of the rules......Yes, they are not as clear as they should be.
Getting all the races done in a timely manner.......tough when some riders don't see the flags......not just amateurs, some egocentric experts as well....

All that said, I don't know if I will return next season.
A person can only take so much frustration in their job.
Unless my son races, I have very little incentive to return. Yet I will truly miss all of my new friends.

I wish you all the best off-season ever. Get your machines squared away and have some fun.

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sold the track bike
too slow to ride

"Repairs end December 31. 2011."

OK, it was a tough day.....back open again!!!
Bring me your broken down machines.

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Congrats to everyone and thanks to all the cornerworkers!

I met a bunch of awesome people this year and had a blast! CLSB kicked some ass this year in a lot of classes. I'm looking forward to next years season already...

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