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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-24-2007, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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POST: Gingerman Track Day

I'd like to thank CLSB and NESBA for my track day. I was there on Saturday. The Weather was perfect. Mid 70's no wind. Just awesome.
I'm sorry to say I think I counted 4 or 5 accidents during the day. 3 or 4 before lunch. Two guys had to be sent to the hospital and a 3rd rider had to be air lifted. (I hope he's ok.)
One thing I noticed about Gingerman are the seams. Man they're pretty bad. I had one pucker moment as I was trying to find my line in turn 2.
I was so concerned about the seam that I target fixated on it and took the seam as my line. Needless to say, my back end fishtailed so much that I thought I was doing the mariange!
Lucky for me though, I was able to hold it together.
All and all a good day. Thanks to Andrew for giving me some pointers too! Hope everyone heals up quick....

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-24-2007, 08:42 AM
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The rider who was airlifted will be OK eventually. Info is up on the NESBA board.

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The weather was very good. The track was cold and a little wet Saturday morning.

I got a really solid line figured out on Saturday that allowed me to run quick times, and avoid many of the pavement irregularities. I was happy.

Congrats to the riders that got bumped this weekend! If you can run fast and consistent on that track, you'll ride great everywhere else.

Sunday we ran the track backwards. WOW. What a completely different track. Many of the difficult corners now became blind turn in, decreasing radius, late apex corners. You really had to think about where you going and where you would end up. It was really a challenge to get some of the new riders to be patient and get deep enough into the corner before turning to make those turns.

Technical tracks like this do tend to cause more incidents, but we had many that could have been avoided.

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I thought the track was lots of fun once you got past the mental aspect of the seams and how to adjust your lines so you weren't parallel with them while at full lean. There were bumps to compare with anything Autobahn South has to offer, but once you figured out how to deal with them it was pretty cool.

Running counterclock the second day made it a whole new experience and probably made for a safer track if a lack of crashes on the second day is any indication.

I would go to GingerMan again just for the challenge of it, but it falls out of my top five in the region.

Congrats to Chris for his bump to "I" while here. We'll do some riding together at Putnam. Thanks to all the CRs for their help in figuring out this beast!
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Don't forget how cold it was Sunday morning. I walked around with my sleeping bag over as I didn't pack but jeans and an extra t-shirt.
That was quite an interesting sight to see. I get up at sunrise, go to the restroom, come back and you wandering around like a burrito.

The only thing funnier was when Garth announced on the PA system that it's an hour later there and if your still asleep, tech closes in 3 minutes.

Though some people came rushing over (now early) for tech, I thank them for putting their pants on before doing so. You know who you are.... cough cough MattG cough cough.....

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