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I would love to see comments, thoughts, and recollections of this weekend's 24OP. My buddy and I set some personal bests, and we sure had a great time riding with you all!!
 

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Pretty incredible!! Super impressed here is a short video I shot gopro style preriding part of the course on Friday:thumbsup:
 

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Weather wise, I'd say worst ever. Riding in that wind was miserable, and props to those who rode all 24 hours. The course after the rains was amazing. It was like riding on a sidewalk. My favorite lap was my midnight lap. No wind, I was actually warm, and my lights were bright (a plus for my bad night vision). unfortunately, I fell short of the lofty goal I set for myself, and finished with 7 laps, one short of last year. The weather, my bike, and most importantly my legs didn't have the same goals. I will say that I am proud to report I only skipped the *****es once.
 

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The 2 am laps were not very crowded...i think a lot of people just stayed inside. Watching the sunrise (with clouds) from the highpoint trail was cool.

Skinny's right...felt like a hero in morning. The bike just rolled SOOO well when it got packed down by the rain.
 

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After riding the new skip section at night I really don't think I'll ride the B's again unless I have to. That is such a sweet piece of singletrack, especially at night :)
 

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After riding the new skip section at night I really don't think I'll ride the B's again unless I have to. That is such a sweet piece of singletrack, especially at night :)
I liked that section too, very fun stuff....I think it does take a few min. more, but I feel "fresher" for the rest of the lap and make up the time by the end. YMMV.
 

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The time difference for me doing the bypass compared to the B's was 2 minutes slower, but fresher legs for the rest of the lap. The bypass seemed more then the advertised 2/10 of a mile longer.

So many stories. I'll start with this just to ruffle a few feathers... 3/4 of our team had the pleasure of riding in the dark in significant rain and wind. I started my second lap when the rain was about as hard as it got, based on the sound of the rain pelting the RV. It was basically my first night ride ever and it was the debut of my 2 sets of Magicshines. I rode with the helmet light at half power. Somewhere just past the Valentine tree the bar light went dark. I rode the rest of the way in hoping the helmet light would last to the end while cursing the crappy battery life of a brand new set of lights. What's that show that is (or was) on MTV? Oh, yeah... unplugged.
 

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AZBob said:
So many stories. I'll start with this just to ruffle a few feathers... 3/4 of our team had the pleasure of riding in the dark in significant rain and wind.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Kris is going to kill you. He didn't like the Asterisk next to his lap times....I think he maintains that he felt a few drops on one lap.
 

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Ooooh, totally changed my mind on the bypass, come race day! Of my 6 laps, I took it on my 3rd when it opened up, and I regretted it the moment I was on it. For ME, it was too big of a mind-eff to feel like I was being taken far-off into yonder, not to mention with wind-hammered legs, the ascent on the bypass still hurt! I decided I would rather get B*tch Slapped and get it OVER with, from then on.

As to my race, I went into it without any training, so I expected to ride a couple of laps and then just enjoy the vibe of the event, but turned out that I felt great during my pre-ride Friday, so ended up doing 6 total. Three on Saturday, in that horrific wind, then I hung it up for the night, as the cold and rain hit at the end of my third lap. Besides that, Walt had built a roaring fire, and ain't no way I was leaving THAT again! :D

The next morning I felt great, and as everyone mentioned, the trails were pure sticky heaven, so I kicked out another 3, and then enjoyed the ultimate reward of a tri-tip sandwich. :thumbsup: Got 3rd place in the solo SS cat, thanks to my Pit Boss Walt, who made ALL of the difference in this year's experience. Having somebody there between laps, with everything you need to keep you focused on your riding, is key. Every lap, he was there with a warm jacket to put around my shoulders, a bottle of Ensure for calories (Perp makes me yarp), and Ibu' as needed, not to mention endless smiles, words of encouragement, and a willingness to march back and forth from the Pit to the Course, cowbell in hand, every single lap. I came to LIVE for that section on His & Hers, and listen for the sound of him yelling for me as I approached. Big thanks to him for everything he did, but especially getting me out on that 6th lap when I was perfectly content to hang it up at 5. <3

Great seeing familiar faces, and making new friends, and thanks to all who took the time to introduce or re-introduce themselves to me out there, and good job to all who took it on out there in that stinkin' weather!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 

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Kris is going to kill you. He didn't like the Asterisk next to his lap times....I think he maintains that he felt a few drops on one lap.
It WAS an anonymous feather ruffling. Way to make it public. :nono:
 

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I rode 1 and that was it for me. That wind was more that I cared to deal with. Maybe I'll try again next year if perfect weather can be assured.
Great job to all of you who toughed it out.
A few pictures of Friday's sunset, the starting line, and when the clouds began to roll thru camp at 5.
 

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kenbentit said:
After riding the new skip section at night I really don't think I'll ride the B's again unless I have to. That is such a sweet piece of singletrack, especially at night :)
With that wind, it was hard to keep my bike on the trail. Didn't help that I rode it with my POS nightrider lights. I couldn't see a damn thing.
 

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With that wind, it was hard to keep my bike on the trail. Didn't help that I rode it with my POS nightrider lights. I couldn't see a damn thing.
Will there be a blag post this year?
 

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Will there be a blag post this year?
Na, but cliffs notes version: 15 lbs lighter this year than last. I'm going to try to be 5 lbs lighter next year, and hit that magical 200 miles, w word permitting.

(Wow, 27 words.)
 

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P.S., if I had one complaint, it was the lack of policing of solo alley. One, I saw a number of high numbers (read: teams), two, a hugh RV, and three, the thing that pissed me off the post were the jerks who decided to park and block the only road off the trail. I had to weave between all the cars because they were so damn close. I don't mind you taking advantage of the real estate, but use some common sense and realize solo alley is there for soloists to have easy access to our campsites. Leave us some room to get in and out without having to squeeze between the cars. Thankfully, some of the folks camping on the course left early, so it was only an issue for about half the race.
 

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Nice pics. This my first 24 solo,had always rode on teams before. I had set a goal of 12 laps. Rode thru the wind then the rain and into the night. Made pitstops every 2 laps to refuel. At about 5am I started seeing things and all my inner deamens started coming out every little shadow freaked me out,couldn't wait for the sun to come up. Ended up doing 14 laps I was pumped. It was the hardest thing I have ever done,can't wait tll next year.

Bill
 
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