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ok, it's been a tough week and it was a tough race so i had to recover and that's why it's taken so long to get my report out............or at least, that's my excuse and i'm sticking to it. So, without further ado or delay, your early week (today is Tuesday, right?) race report fix......

The Tsali KnobScorcher has traditionally been the spring season racing opener and is one of, if not the largest race in the southeast. The plan was to get out early on Saturday, head up to NC, pre-ride, and be sitting on our butts with our legs up watching the Final 4 & letting the lactic acid flow….uh, where ever lactic acid flows to…by mid-afternoon. (ok, yeh, I know the b-ball games weren’t supposed to start till 7, but there was showering and a lot of eating to be done after the pre-ride.)

Of course, the best laid plans of mice and men yadda, yadda, yadda….

Fast forward to race day:
pre race...


Ed really loves his Revenge!​


*rt* demonstrates how to be completely anal about training​


Z's to sexy for his skirt. too sexy for his skirt....​

The course is set up differently from last year and we are scheduled to race 2 long loops and then a short loop to finish: 35 miles in total with about 3700’ of climbing (total). The race site is a mob scene. Participation must have tripled since last year (kudos to GoneRiding and their great promoting & organization!). When I raced Sport last year we had 25 women racing and they started us by age group. This year there were 40 Sport women and they started en mass.


Women’s Sport start – 1 long lap, 1 short = 20 miles (photo credit John Whitfield)

Men’s Sport had 60+ guys!

Men’s Sport start – same course as the women (photo credit John Whitfield)

The course begins with a big-ring fire road climb right off the start, to a big-ring fire road descent, and into 14 miles of tight, tight single track that affords few spots for passing.

Men’s Senior Expert, Semi-pro & Pro lined up (semi-pros & pros about 10m ahead) – at least 40 guys. The horn sounded. The front of the group took off in a huge cloud of dust. Then the sound of metal on metal & bodies on bodies, more dust and an “OH NO!” from the spectators. There was a crash at the back of the pack off the starting line. Chaos, riders picking up bikes, running, finally the dust cleared and they were gone.

Next, the Men’s Expert 30-35…

Finally, the Women Experts & Pros move up to the line.

Women’s Expert/Pro start - it was a little chilly out there! (thanks Tammy for the photo!)

The horn sounds and we are off. I get an ok start but my legs aren’t happy from yesterday’s 2 hr/20 mile/2100’ of climbing pre-ride. I’m slow going up the hill but as we crest I start to move up. I want to get as far forward as I can before we hit the single track. I do an ok job but not a great one and I am mid-pack as we enter the woods. I see a group of girls go off the front and a line of about 6-8 girls in front of me. We can only go as fast as the girl in front and there is a lot of grumbling from behind. A gap opens up 2 girls ahead of me and the trail widens almost enough to pass. The girl behind me and I squeeze by and move up. I pass a few more people early on and then we hit the first long, technical, climb. I get passed. I get passed again. I catch up to one of the girls who passed me and I pass her. This continues for most of my first lap.

I notice on one of the early rocky, fast descents that the trail looks like a graveyard for full water bottles and I think ‘Bummer, there are going to be a lot of thirsty people’.

I get passed. I pass back. Some girls get away from me. Some don’t. I have no idea where I am in the group or even who I’m racing against. (Expert & Pro women use number plates in the same number series.) I keep waiting for my legs to start feeling better but they don’t seem to be getting the message.

About ½ way through my 1st lap I reach down for my water bottle and grab…..yup, there are going to be a lot of thirsty people….AND I’M ONE OF THEM!!! $HIT!! Both my water & my gu are gone (my gu was taped to my water bottle for easy access). Note to self: always carry an extra energy gel in jersey pocket. By about ¾ through the 1st lap, every time I see a full water bottle on the course I am tempted to stop & pick it up. Holy cow, I’m thirsty!!

By the end of my 1st lap I’m pretty sure I’m turning to dust. I’ve been chasing the same girl for a while now but I’m not getting any closer to her. On the other hand, at least I’m not getting any further away.

I pass through the feed zone. Ooooh! Ooooh! Bottle and gu!!!! I point my water bottle toward my mouth and squeeze. Unfortunately I forget that I am also gasping for air a the same time and I promptly choke.


Me looking & feeling like I’m going to cough up a hairball (photo credit Trish Albert)

I stop choking long enough to get some water down and hear people cheering…..”Go Robin!!” huh?! Hey! Wait, wasn’t that last week?! (Turns out, Robin was nowhere in sight but a bunch of spectators read last week’s race report, recognized my jersey, and were having a good time. Hehehe, very funny. :p )

My second lap is harder than my first & I am feeling the effects of no water or gu for 15 miles. The girl I was chasing as I went through the feed zone gets away and I hear someone come up behind me. She passes me. I hang on to her wheel. I pass her. She passes me again. I pass her. She asks if I’m racing 30-39 & I say yes. We hit a fast, flat section and I pick up the pace. The next time I look back she’s gone.

About 2/3’s of the way through my 2nd lap I completely blow up. In fact, I think there was an audible pop as I blew. I have to walk up one of the steeper hills on the latter part of the course. I am miserable and I just want to finish. I can’t DNF 2 weeks in a row.

I get passed about a mile before going through the feed zone to start the finishing loop. Tammy (Z’s wife, my picture taker & feed zone goddess)...

Tammy post-race
cheers as I go through and Ed, wrapped in a blanket (apparently done with his race) asks if I need anything. New legs would be nice, thanks, and maybe some lungs too while you’re at it. I shake my head no.

I start the final 4 mile finishing loop. I am dead tired. I hit the steep hill, pass a guy walking (must have been an expert guy?), and then have to get off the bike and push. I get back on at the top and continue. He does the same. I feel like I must be the very last person out on the course. I am moving at the speed of a slug and with all the pollen and my allergies I’m pretty sure I’m leaving a slime trail behind me. I slog on and get passed by 4 more girls. Now I am certain I am last.

Suddenly, I pop out on the finishing straight. I’m done! I pedal through the finish, roll straight for the closest grassy spot, get off my bike, curl up in a ball on the grass, and lie there.

Apparently Ed did the same thing I did immediately after his race and Tammy caught the kodak moment…


Is Ed dead or is he just trying to look like spiderman? (thanks Tammy for the pic)
In the end I finished 8th for Expert women and 14th overall (out of 30) for pro/expert which put me next to the podium and in the money.


awards - sorry no group pic since the batteries in my camera died (thanks Ed for the pic)

Congrats to Grant for finishing first in Men’s Sport (age group), to John for finishing 9th in Men’s Expert 40+, to Robin for really being right behind me and finishing 9th in Women’s Expert, and to Z for winning Men’s Expert 30-35 (in his 3rd Expert race ever!!).


Z (sans skirt but with son) and Patrick (2nd place) on the podium​

As always thanks to BURN Energy Drinks (www.sourcedrinks.com), Outback Bikes ([email protected]), Team 180’s (my dri-fit shirt was toasty & warm post-race!; www.180s.com) and Hayes Brakes (www.hayesbrake.com)

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Great report. Got some great laughs from the captions. Loved the Spiderman one.

Congrats on toughing it out. Truly.

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I missed the whole GD thing because I called NOC (the promotor for 15 years) and they said--"we ain't having a bike race this year".

So I took it off my schedule.

Then the week OF the race I find out that Gone Riding has picked it up. TOO LATE for me.

Any way. I race it SS now and pick off the slower Sport riders and have a blast up there. Next year, I'm coming--to HEL with NOC.

And I suppose I should keep in better touch with the cycling world. IF i'm going to interact and all.

GEEZ---- 04 the year I didn't race Tsali.
 

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I agree with Duckman GREAT REPORT !!!

Congrats on your 8th place finish!!!!!

I saw the water bottles when I went by in the 2nd wave, I can only guess the numbers by the 3rd wave.

Is the team going to Ducktown May 2nd ?
 

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thanks!

Duckman said:
Great report. Got some great laughs from the captions. Loved the Spiderman one.

Congrats on toughing it out. Truly.

Duckman
it wasn't till i inserted the pic into the report that i noticed the similarity between ed's pose on the ground and spidy's pose on the chair. :D

it was definately a tough race. thanks again!

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yup, there was some confusion...

DirtZilla said:
I missed the whole GD thing because I called NOC (the promotor for 15 years) and they said--"we ain't having a bike race this year".

So I took it off my schedule.

Then the week OF the race I find out that Gone Riding has picked it up. TOO LATE for me.

Any way. I race it SS now and pick off the slower Sport riders and have a blast up there. Next year, I'm coming--to HEL with NOC.

And I suppose I should keep in better touch with the cycling world. IF i'm going to interact and all.

GEEZ---- 04 the year I didn't race Tsali.
especially since Cane Creek still had the NOC link up as the contact for KnobScorcher on their website. GoneRiding has taken over a whole mess of races for this year and will likely be adding even more next year. they're really good about keeping their website up to date (www.goneriding.com) and they get results up within a few days of the race.

btw, the girl who finished 2nd in women's expert did so on a single speed!! :eek: :cool:

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thanks!

robbieb said:
I agree with Duckman GREAT REPORT !!!

Congrats on your 8th place finish!!!!!

I saw the water bottles when I went by in the 2nd wave, I can only guess the numbers by the 3rd wave.

Is the team going to Ducktown May 2nd ?
by my 2nd lap there were water bottles littering every descent! most of them were full too.

yup! some of us will be at Ducktown for sure. i'm not sure if the whole team will be there but at least a couple of us will be.

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it's true.

Manicmtbr said:
some woman on a singlespeed beat all of the women except for one in Expert. Is that true???
she is an animal!!! i had 27 speeds and i barely made it through. she did it with ONE!!

granted, her legs were about the size of my torso, but still....!!!

rt - i am in awe.
 

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Very nice report and pics, funny thing even when you

*rt* said:
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ok, it's been a tough week and it was a tough race so i had to recover and that's why it's taken so long to get my report out............or at least, that's my excuse and i'm sticking to it. So, without further ado or delay, your early week (today is Tuesday, right?) race report fix......

The Tsali KnobScorcher has traditionally been the spring season racing opener and is one of, if not the largest race in the southeast. The plan was to get out early on Saturday, head up to NC, pre-ride, and be sitting on our butts with our legs up watching the Final 4 & letting the lactic acid flow….uh, where ever lactic acid flows to…by mid-afternoon. (ok, yeh, I know the b-ball games weren’t supposed to start till 7, but there was showering and a lot of eating to be done after the pre-ride.)

Of course, the best laid plans of mice and men yadda, yadda, yadda….

Fast forward to race day:
pre race...


Ed really loves his Revenge!​


*rt* demonstrates how to be completely anal about training​


Z's to sexy for his skirt. too sexy for his skirt....​

The course is set up differently from last year and we are scheduled to race 2 long loops and then a short loop to finish: 35 miles in total with about 3700’ of climbing (total). The race site is a mob scene. Participation must have tripled since last year (kudos to GoneRiding and their great promoting & organization!). When I raced Sport last year we had 25 women racing and they started us by age group. This year there were 40 Sport women and they started en mass.


Women’s Sport start – 1 long lap, 1 short = 20 miles (photo credit John Whitfield)

Men’s Sport had 60+ guys!

Men’s Sport start – same course as the women (photo credit John Whitfield)

The course begins with a big-ring fire road climb right off the start, to a big-ring fire road descent, and into 14 miles of tight, tight single track that affords few spots for passing.

Men’s Senior Expert, Semi-pro & Pro lined up (semi-pros & pros about 10m ahead) – at least 40 guys. The horn sounded. The front of the group took off in a huge cloud of dust. Then the sound of metal on metal & bodies on bodies, more dust and an “OH NO!” from the spectators. There was a crash at the back of the pack off the starting line. Chaos, riders picking up bikes, running, finally the dust cleared and they were gone.

Next, the Men’s Expert 30-35…

Finally, the Women Experts & Pros move up to the line.

Women’s Expert/Pro start - it was a little chilly out there! (thanks Tammy for the photo!)

The horn sounds and we are off. I get an ok start but my legs aren’t happy from yesterday’s 2 hr/20 mile/2100’ of climbing pre-ride. I’m slow going up the hill but as we crest I start to move up. I want to get as far forward as I can before we hit the single track. I do an ok job but not a great one and I am mid-pack as we enter the woods. I see a group of girls go off the front and a line of about 6-8 girls in front of me. We can only go as fast as the girl in front and there is a lot of grumbling from behind. A gap opens up 2 girls ahead of me and the trail widens almost enough to pass. The girl behind me and I squeeze by and move up. I pass a few more people early on and then we hit the first long, technical, climb. I get passed. I get passed again. I catch up to one of the girls who passed me and I pass her. This continues for most of my first lap.

I notice on one of the early rocky, fast descents that the trail looks like a graveyard for full water bottles and I think ‘Bummer, there are going to be a lot of thirsty people’.

I get passed. I pass back. Some girls get away from me. Some don’t. I have no idea where I am in the group or even who I’m racing against. (Expert & Pro women use number plates in the same number series.) I keep waiting for my legs to start feeling better but they don’t seem to be getting the message.

About ½ way through my 1st lap I reach down for my water bottle and grab…..yup, there are going to be a lot of thirsty people….AND I’M ONE OF THEM!!! $HIT!! Both my water & my gu are gone (my gu was taped to my water bottle for easy access). Note to self: always carry an extra energy gel in jersey pocket. By about ¾ through the 1st lap, every time I see a full water bottle on the course I am tempted to stop & pick it up. Holy cow, I’m thirsty!!

By the end of my 1st lap I’m pretty sure I’m turning to dust. I’ve been chasing the same girl for a while now but I’m not getting any closer to her. On the other hand, at least I’m not getting any further away.

I pass through the feed zone. Ooooh! Ooooh! Bottle and gu!!!! I point my water bottle toward my mouth and squeeze. Unfortunately I forget that I am also gasping for air a the same time and I promptly choke.


Me looking & feeling like I’m going to cough up a hairball (photo credit Trish Albert)

I stop choking long enough to get some water down and hear people cheering…..”Go Robin!!” huh?! Hey! Wait, wasn’t that last week?! (Turns out, Robin was nowhere in sight but a bunch of spectators read last week’s race report, recognized my jersey, and were having a good time. Hehehe, very funny. :p )

My second lap is harder than my first & I am feeling the effects of no water or gu for 15 miles. The girl I was chasing as I went through the feed zone gets away and I hear someone come up behind me. She passes me. I hang on to her wheel. I pass her. She passes me again. I pass her. She asks if I’m racing 30-39 & I say yes. We hit a fast, flat section and I pick up the pace. The next time I look back she’s gone.

About 2/3’s of the way through my 2nd lap I completely blow up. In fact, I think there was an audible pop as I blew. I have to walk up one of the steeper hills on the latter part of the course. I am miserable and I just want to finish. I can’t DNF 2 weeks in a row.

I get passed about a mile before going through the feed zone to start the finishing loop. Tammy (Z’s wife, my picture taker & feed zone goddess)...

Tammy post-race
cheers as I go through and Ed, wrapped in a blanket (apparently done with his race) asks if I need anything. New legs would be nice, thanks, and maybe some lungs too while you’re at it. I shake my head no.

I start the final 4 mile finishing loop. I am dead tired. I hit the steep hill, pass a guy walking (must have been an expert guy?), and then have to get off the bike and push. I get back on at the top and continue. He does the same. I feel like I must be the very last person out on the course. I am moving at the speed of a slug and with all the pollen and my allergies I’m pretty sure I’m leaving a slime trail behind me. I slog on and get passed by 4 more girls. Now I am certain I am last.

Suddenly, I pop out on the finishing straight. I’m done! I pedal through the finish, roll straight for the closest grassy spot, get off my bike, curl up in a ball on the grass, and lie there.

Apparently Ed did the same thing I did immediately after his race and Tammy caught the kodak moment…


Is Ed dead or is he just trying to look like spiderman? (thanks Tammy for the pic)
In the end I finished 8th for Expert women and 14th overall (out of 30) for pro/expert which put me next to the podium and in the money.


awards - sorry no group pic since the batteries in my camera died (thanks Ed for the pic)

Congrats to Grant for finishing first in Men’s Sport (age group), to John for finishing 9th in Men’s Expert 40+, to Robin for really being right behind me and finishing 9th in Women’s Expert, and to Z for winning Men’s Expert 30-35 (in his 3rd Expert race ever!!).


Z (sans skirt but with son) and Patrick (2nd place) on the podium​

As always thanks to BURN Energy Drinks (www.sourcedrinks.com), Outback Bikes ([email protected]), Team 180’s (my dri-fit shirt was toasty & warm post-race!; www.180s.com) and Hayes Brakes (www.hayesbrake.com)

rt
podium you still feel beat, just feels better because they give you a trophy. But we really cant complaint because we already know is going to hurt like hell, and it doesnt matter your level it will hurt. But somehow racing makes perfect sense to me and all of us who do it, we love it and when you have people to share it with is even better.

Great work keep it up is only pain. I thing Greg Lemond said it always hurts, Im just faster. :p
 

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"it doesn't get any easier, you only get faster"

moab63 said:
podium you still feel beat, just feels better because they give you a trophy. But we really cant complaint because we already know is going to hurt like hell, and it doesnt matter your level it will hurt. But somehow racing makes perfect sense to me and all of us who do it, we love it and when you have people to share it with is even better.

Great work keep it up is only pain. I thing Greg Lemond said it always hurts, Im just faster. :p
how true indeed!

i agree. no matter how awful you feel at the end of the race, if you get something for your pain it just feels better. they could have handed me a quarter and i'd have grinned like an idiot. :)

thanks!

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yeah, we love that animal.......

*rt* said:
she is an animal!!! i had 27 speeds and i barely made it through. she did it with ONE!!

granted, her legs were about the size of my torso, but still....!!!

rt - i am in awe.

Her name is Lauri Webber, former captain of the Wooden Wheels Race Team from Newark, DE. We also had riders that finished 2nd. and 3rd. in the SS race, 6th in Sport Men (age class) a woman 4th in Sport Women and a Beginner, Lauri's ten year old son, that finished ninth amongst the Beginner Juniors. Note that I've said nothing about my dismal showing in Expert Men 40+...........lets suffice to say I had a lot of fun, put in lots of miles Fri, Sat and Sun and hope to do it again next year.

Well done to *rt* on your race report..........I could feel your thirst and pain,,,,,,,I saw you on the start line but we were all in get ready to go mode so I didn't bother introducing myself.

Hello to robbieb whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the race.
 

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Is Zs bike a orbea, looks like my race buds bike

*rt* said:
how true indeed!

i agree. no matter how awful you feel at the end of the race, if you get something for your pain it just feels better. they could have handed me a quarter and i'd have grinned like an idiot. :)

thanks!

rt
I guess is not the only guy in North America with one :p My friend loves his, only done one race this season.
 

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thanks Andrew

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Her name is Lauri Webber, former captain of the Wooden Wheels Race Team from Newark, DE. We also had riders that finished 2nd. and 3rd. in the SS race, 6th in Sport Men (age class) a woman 4th in Sport Women and a Beginner, Lauri's ten year old son, that finished ninth amongst the Beginner Juniors. Note that I've said nothing about my dismal showing in Expert Men 40+...........lets suffice to say I had a lot of fun, put in lots of miles Fri, Sat and Sun and hope to do it again next year.

Well done to *rt* on your race report..........I could feel your thirst and pain,,,,,,,I saw you on the start line but we were all in get ready to go mode so I didn't bother introducing myself.

Hello to robbieb whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the race.
congrats on making it through a really tough race & very impressive showing by your team. Has Lauri considered moving up to pro? she is incredibly strong!! give her some gears and she'd give the pro guys a run for their money! ;)

i'm sure we'll get a chance to meet up at another race. :)

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yup!

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I guess is not the only guy in North America with one :p My friend loves his, only done one race this season.
they're not too common. though i've been seeing more an more orbeas at races. nice looking bikes.

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Hello AndrewMcD

It was my pleasure meeting you and some of the members of the Wooden Wheels.

Glad to hear you made it back to Newark safe, most have been a long drive after that climbing.

Sorry to here you where not pleased with your results, CONGRATS!!! To your teammates for they’re strong finishes.
It was a tough course for me, a lot more climbing than I am used to here in Fl, but I had a very good race.

Hope we get to ride together one day!!!

Best of luck to you and the Wooden Wheels race team!!!!!!


robbieb



AndrewMcD said:
Her name is Lauri Webber, former captain of the Wooden Wheels Race Team from Newark, DE. We also had riders that finished 2nd. and 3rd. in the SS race, 6th in Sport Men (age class) a woman 4th in Sport Women and a Beginner, Lauri's ten year old son, that finished ninth amongst the Beginner Juniors. Note that I've said nothing about my dismal showing in Expert Men 40+...........lets suffice to say I had a lot of fun, put in lots of miles Fri, Sat and Sun and hope to do it again next year.

Well done to *rt* on your race report..........I could feel your thirst and pain,,,,,,,I saw you on the start line but we were all in get ready to go mode so I didn't bother introducing myself.

Hello to robbieb whom I had the pleasure of meeting at the race.
 
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