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I am so confused. There has been a downhill race all these years (like there was in the 2000s? I thought there was XC race or an All-MTN (DH which includes the XC stage). Am I mid-reading the Results linked above?

Nevermind I think I figured it out.
 

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I hit the XC race on Sat and had a great day. Still my favorite bike race of the year, by far. I managed a few minute PR with about 5 minutes of mechanicals.....which I was happy with.

Punctured a rear tire on first divide when I was flailing my way home. Pretty sure I just jammed it into a sharp rock. It sealed up after a few minutes and a blast of Co2 - at least enough to get me home - but cost a few spots.

Still a really fun day. I thought the Yeti SB100 was pretty perfect for the XC race.
 

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Mid pack expert 40+. Always a fun race. Hard as usual. The Gold Rim Trail adds a decent amount of time and that extra little bit of suffer. Need to go back and race it when I'm in a little better shape.
 

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why no pics of me mtbrdan? :(

I felt like crap all week but woke up saturday morning feeling pretty good. this is my 8th dville all mountain* but first on the new longer course. I tried a couple new tactics which were riding the light bike instead of a more capable downhill rig, and taking the initial climb just a bit slower so I could put in the work to carry speed on gold valley rim and first divide. between that and my new age group I pulled out my first top 10 finishes which combined for a 7th in all mountain expert.

I had a "moment" where I was coming in hot to the tiny creek crossing right before pauley and somehow both my feet ejected from the pedals. I'm now still hanging on to the bars but both my feet are dragging behind the bike while my taint is buzzing squarely on the tire. I guess its a good thing I ran a semi slick since I managed to bring the bike to a quick stop without going down. I then picked it up and ran across the creek and up that steep hill and amazingly I could still sit down after

* I registered and showed up in 2018 but called it off due to smoke
 

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Cool pic, Dan! I managed 15th place out of 86 in Cat1 age group (41-50)… on a hardtail fatbike. Only chance I had was on the climbs, so it would seem, but starting behind several hundred slower climbers was not a great strategy; I think next year I need to find my way toward the front before the race starts if I ever want to see a top ten finish. My race time was 2:49, a mere 19 minutes behind the first place winning time. Hardest XC I've done so far, but most fun course!!!
 

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Was looking at doing it this year but never signed up. Quick question. The flyer said must be at Packer Saddle by 12 otherwise DQd. How many mile and feet of climbing is that. I’ve heard the Trail of Tears is no joke
 

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Was looking at doing it this year but never signed up. Quick question. The flyer said must be at Packer Saddle by 12 otherwise DQd. How many mile and feet of climbing is that. I've heard the Trail of Tears is no joke
My friend did it and was NOT a good climber. He made it and was one of the last finishers. He gave me a priceless look at the finish line because i had encouraged him to do the race sight-unseen. The climb was the "Worst MTB experience he'd ever had" He insisted on the all mtn because he said he wasn't a 'downhiller'. This was back when you could do the DH as a standalone event. I enjoyed the DH very much as always but I have never shed a tear on that mountain. I just might if by some miracle I can get a spot in the reg frenzy. Someone will chime in with metrics shortly.
 

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I haven't raced this since 2013. I wanted to see how the "new" course was. I thought it made for an even better course than the old route. This was my first year in Exp 51-60, and we started 5 minutes after a HUGE wave of younger Expert racers. I was surprised by how much traffic I experienced from the PCT to the bottom. But despite the traffic and frustrating slowdowns, and I beat my sub-3 hour goal by over 4 minutes, good enough for 10th. Most importantly, zero mechanicals!

Kudos to the organizers and the huge number of volunteers it takes to pull this off!
 

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Sandbagger Award

One nice thing about Downieville XC is the relative lack of sandbagging. However, on a point-to-point course like this, it is pretty easy to see who signed up for the wrong category, based on times. IMHO, no Sport category racers should be able to break the 3 hour mark. Beginners probably shouldn't be sniffing the south side of 3:25. Here are this year's bags 'o sand:

#1 Ian Lopez rocked a 2:41:30 in Sport Jr. Men 13-18... "winning" by 28 minutes :yikes:

#2 George Muldoon knocked out a 2:55 in Sport 31-40, beating...

#3 .....Benjamin Sanders in the same category by 38 seconds (2:56).

#4 Aram Casparian "won" the Sport 41-50 class with a 2:57.

#5 Austin Griffith's (Beginner 31-40) 3:07 was a 32 minute "victory"

#6 Erick Olson's (Beginner 41+) 3:04 would have put him at 2nd place on the Sport 41+ podium :rolleyes:

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If I were on the DVC competition committee, these gentlemen would forfeit their awards to those who signed up for the appropriate CAT and were bumped off the podium, as per a sportsmanship rule everyone signed upon registering. :devil:
 

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One nice thing about Downieville XC is the relative lack of sandbagging. However, on a point-to-point course like this, it is pretty easy to see who signed up for the wrong category, based on times. IMHO, no Sport category racers should be able to break the 3 hour mark. Beginners probably shouldn't be sniffing the south side of 3:25. Here are this year's bags 'o sand:

#1 Ian Lopez rocked a 2:41:30 in Sport Jr. Men 13-18... "winning" by 28 minutes :yikes:

#2 George Muldoon knocked out a 2:55 in Sport 31-40, beating...

#3 .....Benjamin Sanders in the same category by 38 seconds (2:56).

#4 Aram Casparian "won" the Sport 41-50 class with a 2:57.

#5 Austin Griffith's (Beginner 31-40) 3:07 was a 32 minute "victory"

#6 Erick Olson's (Beginner 41+) 3:04 would have put him at 2nd place on the Sport 41+ podium :rolleyes:

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If I were on the DVC competition committee, these gentlemen would forfeit their awards to those who signed up for the appropriate CAT and were bumped off the podium, as per a sportsmanship rule everyone signed upon registering. :devil:
Issues in Beginner Cat aren't much of an issue because no one should really remain in Beginner after the have Begun their racing career, no matter how slow they are in Sport. You are always going to get a first-time racer who didn't realize how strong they were and smoked the Beg/Cat3 field. No one should really be proud of results in Beg/Cat3, but there are people who remain there collecting (hollow, ignoble) tin. I never felt that Cat 3 was a place to dwell, but a safe space for new racers to see how they stack up by looking at times after their first race and moving into an appropriate Cat. OK a couple Beginner races are OK I suppose.
In a grassroots DH series I participate in, if you win your cat by more that XX seconds, you get bumped up into the next cat. I'm not even going to get into Experts in Cat2 but bags of sand are everywhere.
 

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Nice work yall! Some solid times. 4th time riding the Classic for me.

Last year, my twin daughters remarked to my wife and the other wives cheering that "only dads ride Downieville and mamas can't" because this, for their 5 year-old brains, was their only experience.

Hearing this, my wife said, "aww hell nah, fuc dat", bought her first mountain bike, and soft-pedaled a commitment to race the Classic this year. Her bday was May, so of course her "present" was me signing her up for the race. "Wow. . . [shits 3 bricks] Thanks babe." But she loves a challenge and doesn't back down. Eye of the Tiger seems to come on every time she walks into a room.

There was a lot of swearing and "wtf did I sign up for??" as we rode increasingly technical trails in prep for the race. We managed to get one shuttle lap in at Downieville before the race. She walked down. A lot. Like a lot a lot. Like, is she actually gonna do this? Damn, that's a lot of walking.

On race day, she was shittin bricks. But Eye of the Tiger came on, and crush-mode engaged. The climb was a breeze for her, and then she slowrolled the dh with no problems. Well, except for all the people passing her on the downs that she passed on the ups. haha. Still, good enough for 2nd on the podium LOL. 1st race, 1st podium. Nice work mama!



My story is less rad. I bonked out with some debilitating leg cramps (like, forced off the bike multiple times in screeching agony) and ended up with my slowest time in a couple years - 3:32, "good" for 91st in Expert 31-40. Back to Sport I go!

Ha, and then my buddy left his keys in his backpack which his son took, so we were marooned at our car in Sierra City, with 4 humans and 4 bikes, no way to contact the rest of our crew, and after a full day of blasting. So then we were hitchhiking all over Sierra City, Bassetts, Packer, with bikes and a whole lotta Downie-stank. But it was no worries because the Lost Sierra is gawdamn magical.
 

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