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Let me be the first to say thanks to the sponsers and volunteers for this great ride!

It was very ominous at 0600, sitting in the car with the windshield wipers on just
to be able to see "the Barn". There was just a light mist at the riders' meeting at
0615, and then the MTB Gods spoke and the rain stopped for the start at 0700.

The first loop was wet and muddy at times. The dirt roads then developed a pseudo
single track "line" down the middle, that was as hard and fast as concrete! What a
rush to tear through a rutted, bumpy section at 25 mph, following a 12 inch wide
packed-down line, with disaster waiting just off either side.....

This would be the perfect annual event, we desert dwellers are just starting to get
tired of the heat down here!
 

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Outstanding event! The gang at Red Rock know how to put on an event. Here are a few pics from our weekend...

Scooby & Tinker heading out for lap 1


Jeff gives Norma a little push out of the transition area


Rich heading out for his 2nd lap


Some quick wrenching between laps


Having too much fun


Bandana hand off


Zach uses his belt buckle award to open a bottle
 

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It was a great event - my first XC race in 4+ years. Course was ho-hum as far as the long roads but that was made up for with screaming fast descents, spectacular Flag scenery, and a great venue with the barn and grassroots atmosphere. I'd do it again. I might even train next time! I was on a team with JimW and his wife Kimmie and a pal named Yod. Unfortunately Jim wiped out on that last DH after you had to duck under the tree - pretty sure he busted up a rib or two. ouch! But he rolled it back in good time for me to finish up the race well under our 10 hour goal. We were team # 414 and I finished at exactly 4:14pm! Another highlight of the day was camping right next to my biggest fan, silverhawk. It was great to finally meet you dude!!

And then there was Kim's biking jewelry... Visit theouterlinks.com to see her fine goods. She's in Mesa and does beautiful work!! Check out my new necklace made from brake housing in the pic I took of myself suffering around mile 20... I also got one of her bracelets. Thanks Kim!
 

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In the rear with the beer
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Great day on the bike!! I finally got a buckle!! A little mud at the start to keep everyone honest, a lot of great people, a very well run event, great weather, great views and venue, no mechanicals or flats (thank you Yeti and Maxxis), a supportive crew and dogs....what more could I ask for!! Man, I'd say I would love to do this more often...but I don't think my body could handle that distance too often!!

I'm hoping (and pretty confident) that there will be a year 2 for this event!!
 

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The Barn Burner was by far the best time I've had at a race event. The vibe was awesome, the course was a ton of fun (memories of the Whiskey Off-Road still haunting me, so some flat trail was more than appealing!), the food was AWESOME, and I thought the event was well-organized and all the bases covered. I can't WAIT to do it again next year. :thumbsup:

Next time I won't do it on my SS.
I had planned to bring my Stumpy, but some last-minute issues killed that idea, and my "Pardner" and I just decided to do it on our Single Speeds and have some fun, instead of "race". I dropped it down from a 20 to an 18 to avoid Spinning Hell on the flats, which worked out perfectly, but I did not anticipate so much climbing. :eekster: That said, I managed the gearing just fine, but it was the rigid fork that did me in! That long, endless rocky downhill was HELL on a rigid. I can take a fair amount of punishment, but that sucker just would not end, and it was frustrating to watch all of these full suspension bikes eat up the trail and pass me. :D But hey, I'm happy with my time, happy to have met-up with some old and new faces, and next year will most definitely be ready to crank out more laps. :thumbsup:
 

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DurtGurl said:
And then there was Kim's biking jewelry... Visit theouterlinks.com to see her fine goods. She's in Mesa and does beautiful work!! Check out my new necklace made from brake housing in the pic I took of myself suffering around mile 20... I also got one of her bracelets. Thanks Kim!
Yeah, she had some kick-azz jewelry! Once I was done racing, I got my Girl on, and grabbed a few of her items- a bracelet and a ring. Thanks for posting her site, since by the time I got around to shopping (drinking was the priority... I mean, let's not get CRAZY; there was beer to be consumed first!!), it was rather picked-over.
 

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surfndav said:
Hey Kathleen, I see you were wearing headphones in self-portrait. Was that allowed, or were you just rockin the establishment?
I'm not sure... never asked, didn't really read the rules beyond "must wear helmet". Tuneage really helped tick away those long 26 roadie miles... I was by myself most of the time except when I was sailing past XC dudes and dudettes on the rocky DHs or getting passed by *everyone* on the uphills :p
 

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I noticed that too Dave! And to think I used to get poo-pooed for wearing mine, Durtgurl! :thumbsup:

(Note: not an attempt to hijack this thread into a debate on how ghey wearing tunes is and whether said tunes are better with safety breaks, etc. etc...)
 

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Noelg said:
I noticed that too Dave! And to think I used to get poo-pooed for wearing mine, Durtgurl! :thumbsup:

(Note: not an attempt to hijack this thread into a debate on how ghey wearing tunes is and whether said tunes are better with safety breaks, etc. etc...)
You caught me on that one. I purposely avoided this event because I'm NOT pro legalization when it comes to 200lb or more.
 

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99erz said:
Thanks for racing with us and the positive comments. We will be tweeking the buckle times...for 2010 (hopefully we can get back there) and a few other things to make it smoother for you all.

Here are some pics.
Don't tweak the times too much, I want a shot at a second buckle!!

Looks like 1/3 of the solos DNF'd, may indicate some people underestimated the course. That 2nd big climb will be stuck in my mind for a while....right next to the climb out of skull valley....and of course, columbine mine. Not quite as long as those others, but when you know you have to do it 4 times it really starts to mess with your head.

Great event Mike, I'll be one of the 1st to register next year! :thumbsup:
 

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I had a great time. No one was an a$$hole and it looked like everyone had fun.

Here's a few pics I took.
 

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Good event and good times. 2 :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Definitely would like to do it again.

some pics and blah blah. feel free to skip all the bs about my kids and go straight to the bike stoke, ;)

curious - my gps came out close to 2200vf per lap. Anyone else?
 
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