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Post your race stories and pics here!

Here's a few from my first xc race in way too long.

It was a great day - high 70's, no rain - obviously, but for Cool - renowned for mudd boggs and inclement weather, this was really sumthin!

The course was great - rocky in parts, single track in parts, worn out, rutted fire road in parts, and several muddy stream and puddle crossings. The course really took a toll on bikes. I saw so many technicals - from pinch flats to angry drive trains.

I actually flatted on my first lap trying to pass a dude on a downhill - I was taking the road less travelled, as it were - and got a pinch flat.:madman:

First lap took waaaay too long - fixing flats and warming up. Second lap was lots better. Muscle cramps/pain galore, but I was 10 minutes faster on the second lap than on the first!

Took 11th in sport - which is aaight. It may have been dry relative to other years - but it was still freekin muddy - a great XC course overall! Good times:thumbsup:
 

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good work Chuck.
Why'd they route the course around the mudhole (in third pic)? where's the fun in that???
 

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look on the left of the bog... it's a jump! From what I hear About 75%-80% of people that tried to ride the bog didn't make it.
 

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look on the left of the bog... it's a jump! From what I hear About 75%-80% of people that tried to ride the bog didn't make it.
Yah, I steered clear of the jump - these light bikes don't take to kindly to the air. My domestique said some road right through the bog - It was put-near 1' deep. Lots of crashes and hijinks in that section of "trail."

Never fear, Velocipus, there was plenty of mud and water crossings on the course!
 

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Favorite memories of my first Cool race:
Jaquie Phelan calling my roadie buddy a sandbagger for racing beginner with shaved legs.
Same roadie buddy going a$$ over tea kettle in one of the creek crossings.
mud and water crossings!
sorry I missed it.
 

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My first race ever, figured I should enter one before I hit 50, I had watched Cool for the past few years and thought it would fit my limits. Rode the course a month ago so I had an idea of what to expect. Think I placed dead last in my class but who cares? Compeating was never a consideration, goal was to do the ride without having to stop along the way and I did that, walked all the climbs, but did not stop! Maybe lame if compared to what others do, but I was not in it for others and am soooo thankful I entered.
 

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velocipus said:
Favorite memories of my first Cool race:
Jaquie Phelan calling my roadie buddy a sandbagger for racing beginner with shaved legs.
Same roadie buddy going a$$ over tea kettle in one of the creek crossings.
mud and water crossings!
sorry I missed it.
LMAO! :D
 

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My first race ever, figured I should enter one before I hit 50, I had watched Cool for the past few years and thought it would fit my limits. Rode the course a month ago so I had an idea of what to expect. Think I placed dead last in my class but who cares? Compeating was never a consideration, goal was to do the ride without having to stop along the way and I did that, walked all the climbs, but did not stop! Maybe lame if compared to what others do, but I was not in it for others and am soooo thankful I entered.

Entering and finishing a race automatically bumps you out of last place :)
 

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At least I won the raffle!!

1 lap in 1:15 for 23rd but nonstop with minimal hike-a-bike makes it a step up from last year. I need to ride that loop when not racing if I'm ever gonna get up in front of the pack.
Here's the camera dump. more on the way.
Hats off to all the winners!! :thumbsup:
 

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Congrats on a good finish there. You must of changed that flat fairly quickly.
I want pics of the mayhem in the bog. That'll make entertainment for tomorrow's coffee break.
 

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Congrats on a good finish there. You must of changed that flat fairly quickly.
I want pics of the mayhem in the bog. That'll make entertainment for tomorrow's coffee break.

DubG,

Check out BSS's links - there's some mud bog mahem going on FoSho!
 

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My report

My first SS race, I'm 47, usually race Expert, going up against the kids in the 35+ SS class:eek: ... I was doing really well, right behind the lead group, about 2/3 in to lap I flatted:madman: It took me forever to get the flat fixed:madman: According to my Polar time vs the finsh time , I lost 8 minutes, and would have finished 6th, I ended up 11th. I felt great about my fitness and have a new respect for the SS racers!
The good news,
My 15 year old son raced with me and got 2nd
I WON THE RAFFLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This baby is in my garage and will be for sale soon
 

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Frickin awesome Chuck and Rick? You guys flat and keep racing hard!!! That's the attitude that will keep you enjoying life!

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My first SS race, I'm 47, usually race Expert, going up against the kids in the 35+ SS class:eek: ... I was doing really well, right behind the lead group, about 2/3 in to lap I flatted:madman: It took me forever to get the flat fixed:madman: According to my Polar time vs the finsh time , I lost 8 minutes, and would have finished 6th, I ended up 11th. I felt great about my fitness and have a new respect for the SS racers!
The good news,
My 15 year old son raced with me and got 2nd
I WON THE RAFFLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This baby is in my garage and will be for sale soon
Sounds just like my ride! I have no idea how long I took to fix my flat - but the winners in my group were really fast - no way I would have won, regardless.

Dude - I was stoked to have won some Hope Ti skewers, socks and power food in the raffle - you won a whole bike?!?! WOW!:eekster: :)
 

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I never would have known how long it took to fix the flat, except my Polar HR, measure rolling time, 1:35, and my finish time was 8 minutes longer. It took me forever.....
I was going to DNF , but I knew I would get a great workout doing another lap on the SS!
 

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Biker_Scout_Sparky said:
1 lap in 1:15 for 23rd but nonstop with minimal hike-a-bike makes it a step up from last year. I need to ride that loop when not racing if I'm ever gonna get up in front of the pack.
Here's the camera dump. more on the way.
Hats off to all the winners!! :thumbsup:
Great Pics.... I'm a little disappointed that there are no pics of the tandems taking the jump :D
Looks like a great day of racing.
 

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Yah, I steered clear of the jump - these light bikes don't take to kindly to the air. My domestique said some road right through the bog - It was put-near 1' deep. Lots of crashes and hijinks in that section of "trail."

Never fear, Velocipus, there was plenty of mud and water crossings on the course!
Good to see that the Tracer held up long enough to race it.
 

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Good job Rick!

merlin said:
My first SS race, I'm 47, usually race Expert, going up against the kids in the 35+ SS class:eek: ... I was doing really well, right behind the lead group, about 2/3 in to lap I flatted:madman: It took me forever to get the flat fixed:madman: According to my Polar time vs the finsh time , I lost 8 minutes, and would have finished 6th, I ended up 11th. I felt great about my fitness and have a new respect for the SS racers!
The good news,
My 15 year old son raced with me and got 2nd
I WON THE RAFFLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This baby is in my garage and will be for sale soon
Too bad about the flat. Glass 1/2 full, without the flat you might have picked up the pace while dicing with others and finished higher then 6th! :thumbsup:

What gear did you end up running?
 

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Too bad about the flat. Glass 1/2 full, without the flat you might have picked up the pace while dicing with others and finished higher then 6th! :thumbsup:

What gear did you end up running?
I ran 34X18. I was glad I did not go 34x17, I could barley make it up the climbs with the 34X17:eek: :eek: Painful but fun.:thumbsup:
 

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Kidneys?

What I think was my kidneys were aching like crazy during the middle 1/3 of my solitary lap. Any idea what this is? I'm pretty sure it wasn't my muscles hurting. Drank various liquids all morning, so I didn't think it would be a dehyd. issue (did the whole lap last year with only a few swigs at the Cytotent), but maybe the warm weather dried us out that much faster? I'm still a bit baffled. Hurt so bad I could barely operate the lungs. A 30 second stop, a few sips of water and the freebie HammerGel solved it within the next mile. Weird and painful, but glad it went away.

Raced beginner for the second time there, and my third race ever. Was considering moving up to Sport the day before, but I don't think I'd have finished a second lap. Started middle of the pack this year instead of in the very back like last year, and finished 3rd place this time, so I'm stoked overall. Not sure how far ahead the leaders were, but I don't remember seeing them after the start. Taking a 30 second break in 9.7 miles shouldn't yield a top finish anyway as far as I'm concerned.

Highlight for me was seeing the yellow tandem handle the mud bog. I think they were the fastest through there bar none -- straightlined right through the most direct route, barely slowing them down. Very impressive.

Thanks everyone for leaving before the raffle; I was due for a new seat! Woo Hoo!

Thanks Scott and Auburn Bikeworks for another fun day at Cool!
 
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