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Got back from Arkansas this morning after doing the tour Saturday. Good turn out of 29" wheels both days. Saturday there were at least 6, including a Dean, an IF, 3 KMs and my Voodoo. The monkeys and I were all SSed, the others were geared. One of the KMs belonged to SolowithOthers, whom I met, one belonged ot someone whose name I sadly forget (as usual--give a shout if you're reading), and I didn't meet the owner of the third. Not an orange Lenz to be seen btw so maybe the third KM was ncj01. Also got a pic of twin Chesters belonging to Jimbo and Kristen. Dig the forks.

Sunday I was there before the start, and stopped counting after 10. I bet there were at least 15-20 29ers there -- that's 15-20% -- including one fixed. All in all a great turn out and a hella nice day for a ride.

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Don't forget the Walt Works!

wooglin said:
Got back from Arkansas this morning after doing the tour Saturday. Good turn out of 29" wheels both days. Saturday there were at least 6, including a Dean, an IF, 3 KMs and my Voodoo. The monkeys and I were all SSed, the others were geared. One of the KMs belonged to SolowithOthers, whom I met, one belonged ot someone whose name I sadly forget (as usual--give a shout if you're reading), and I didn't meet the owner of the third. Not an orange Lenz to be seen btw so maybe the third KM was ncj01. Also got a pic of twin Chesters belonging to Jimbo and Kristen. Dig the forks.

Sunday I was there before the start, and stopped counting after 10. I bet there were at least 15-20 29ers there -- that's 15-20% -- including one fixed. All in all a great turn out and a hella nice day for a ride.
There was a guy named Brady on a Walt Works SS 29" Rigid. I rode with him at times. I think I rode with you at times too. I was the really big guy in an orange shirt on a Turner Five Spot. I think we were riding together as we passed the lake.
 

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I was...

...the one on the Dean Colonel 29er on Sat. My buddy used my bike for the race on Sunday... so, some of you may have seen my Dean twice out there. I did see quite a few 29ers but did not get to talk to hardly anyone of them.

I had such a great time doing the tour. Although, I feel that those that did the tour had a much tougher ride. By the time we hit blowout mountain and big brushy...I am sure most of were already toast... I know I was!!!! Those that raced it were able to get the hard stuff out of the way first. IMO, I think that we should have done the race course... but who am I to complain, I still had such a blast riding in that nice single track. I am ready to go back and do it again!!!!!!
 

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And...

I also do know that there were 5 KC wudchuks on 29ers racing on Sunday. One of the KC guys finished top 5 (not on a 29er...although he has a Dean 29er that is out of commission right now) and it was a very impressive showing. I think that I was the only KC wudchuk on Saturday.

Man, that was such a good time.... I am counting down the days before I dare ask the wife for another week-end trip down there. I am thinking sometime in early fall.... hmmmm!
 

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How could I forget

shammac said:
There was a guy named Brady on a Walt Works SS 29" Rigid. I rode with him at times. I think I rode with you at times too. I was the really big guy in an orange shirt on a Turner Five Spot. I think we were riding together as we passed the lake.
How could I forget Brady. He put a big honkin cut in his tire but actually managed to boot it and finish. I'm talking like an inch plus cut. I'd definitely have been walking.

Shammac, did you or your buddy flat early on? Bummer. Seem to have been a rash of flats on the early part of the course, before we even hit the rocks.
 

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iliketoridebikes said:
here's a gallery of all kinds of 29ers and SS bikes.
If that's your trek in the first pic I think I passed you Saturday as I was bombing down Blowout Mtn. You were coming up, I guess pre-riding it. Thanks for yielding. I did feel bad about flying by like that, especially when I noticed you were SSing. :(
 

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Yep -

That was me on the green and black IF on Saturday. I have no idea where I finished, but I finished! I could be heard mumbling to myself (and others) as I pushed that big bike up Blowout Mtn...I could hardly speak by the time I crossed the finish line.

I had a good time and spoke with several people from MTBR including Brady (the guy on the gray SS WW..we rode together for a while before CP1)

I saw several other 29ers as well, and took pics of as many as I could on Sunday.

Great tour, but I agree that the death march up Blowout was real tough! I want to see somebody ride up that thing, even if they are fresh.

Walt - this is your type of riding....Climb...Climb....Climb....bomb down!

Some pics of Sunday's race...some of these are pretty blurry as I was experimenting with my camera settings all day.

(I was the skinny guy standing in the woods with the red IF shirt snapping pics and cheering you guys on)

These were taken around Big Brushy:





These were taken right before one of the fire road sections after Blowout MTN:



(the man himself...Gary Fisher...could be heard whistling as he went along)


(this guy was trying to look like a turkey)


(brown monkey...I think)


(this was the guy on the 29er fixie...looked all scorcherish with the swept back, trimmed down cruiser bars. If you are out there, I would love some details on this bike...looks great)


Not a 29er, but I thought it was a neat picture:


Some sweet AR singletrack:


It was good day...

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wooglin said:
Missed your post. Yes, thats a West Hill jersey. One of my favorite shops for many years, though I don't get by there much.
Ha. I know all those folks from my days there. I used to practise MX behind the "new" shop back in HS while working some at Putney MX and Snowmobile to support my habit.....

Neil, Bevin, Dondo, Stickel were quite the crew. Raced the Putney race a few times back in the day. Bought my first tubulars from Neil when the shop really was up on West Hill also. Great place to be away from and don't get back there much myself. Heard that Neil sold? Wonder if Curtis is still putting out the BBQ?
 

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Bigwheel said:
Ha. I know all those folks from my days there. I used to practise MX behind the "new" shop back in HS while working some at Putney MX and Snowmobile to support my habit.....
I'm originally from up the river in Hanover. My cousin went to Putney School ca. 1982ish and I was an avid reader of Bicycling back then so the shop has always been on my radar screen.

Unlike you I miss being there. Of course, I'm in South Carolina and you're not so maybe that's got something to do with it.
 

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lanpope said:
These were taken around Big Brushy:

LP
That first dude is Richard Maycheck, owner of the shop in Little Rock I keep telling you guys about...he's a bad mofo and serious 29er advocate.

The 2nd dude is one of his shop wrenches.

The 3rd dude is a wudchuk clan member.
 

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I liked your photos...excellent capture of good Arkansas Trail...
Thanks Nate -

I looked for that big orange bike of yours all over the trail on Saturday and then at the start on Sunday, but I never saw you.

Did you ride the Lenz, if not what were you on?

I have spoken to you over e-mail several times and I was looking forward to seeing you out there...anyway...my group of buddies has determined that we are going to try to make a trip over there every couple of months, so I will post next time we head over, and maybe we can all meet up.

I have not done Syllamo either....I have not be on a fly-fishing trip in nearly a year either...need to squeze that it in...maybe I just need to move to NW AR...

Memphis is flat with no trout...

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Hey Guys!!

Brady here (Battleship Grey Waltworks SS),

Nice meeting all of you guys!! Wooglin, I had a blast trying to catch you even though I never did. Every checkpoint they would tell me "the guy on the green Voodoo is a few minutes ahead, and he is riding strong" Lanpope, sorry to take off at the first checkpoint, I started feeling kind of weired so I just wanted to jump on my bike and ride. I figured you would catch me on the road section, but then I remembered you were waiting for your friends to catch up. Shane, (Bourban Street for the day!!) That was cool we kept seeing each other..we did the same thing last year until you dusted me!!!

All fun and no cramps!! Endurolytes work!! See ya'll soon. Later BK
 

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No flat here!

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How could I forget Brady. He put a big honkin cut in his tire but actually managed to boot it and finish. I'm talking like an inch plus cut. I'd definitely have been walking.

Shammac, did you or your buddy flat early on? Bummer. Seem to have been a rash of flats on the early part of the course, before we even hit the rocks.
I didn't flat. I did see Brady's though. That was impressive that he fixed that and went on.
 

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That was cool

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Brady here (Battleship Grey Waltworks SS),

Nice meeting all of you guys!! Wooglin, I had a blast trying to catch you even though I never did. Every checkpoint they would tell me "the guy on the green Voodoo is a few minutes ahead, and he is riding strong" Lanpope, sorry to take off at the first checkpoint, I started feeling kind of weired so I just wanted to jump on my bike and ride. I figured you would catch me on the road section, but then I remembered you were waiting for your friends to catch up. Shane, (Bourban Street for the day!!) That was cool we kept seeing each other..we did the same thing last year until you dusted me!!!

All fun and no cramps!! Endurolytes work!! See ya'll soon. Later BK
That we got to ride together again. I was hoping to catch you on the final fire road, but no way. You finished a good 15 minutes in front of me.

Amen on the Endurolytes! I started to cramp near the end, and an extra dose of those stopped it. I'll see you next weekend. Mark and Farrell are coming too.
 

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Brady here (Battleship Grey Waltworks SS),

Nice meeting all of you guys!! Wooglin, I had a blast trying to catch you even though I never did. Every checkpoint they would tell me "the guy on the green Voodoo is a few minutes ahead, and he is riding strong" Lanpope, sorry to take off at the first checkpoint, I started feeling kind of weired so I just wanted to jump on my bike and ride. I figured you would catch me on the road section, but then I remembered you were waiting for your friends to catch up. Shane, (Bourban Street for the day!!) That was cool we kept seeing each other..we did the same thing last year until you dusted me!!!

All fun and no cramps!! Endurolytes work!! See ya'll soon. Later BK
Brady... good to see you again. (even if it is only at the very start) Wow that's two weekends in a row! I was back in the pack but did manage to finish with no flats/mechanicals.

Great to meet Wooglin in person too. Awsome finsih, man! I felt so bad whe he came into the Mt.Ida Cafe Friday night just as they were closing. You missed some great chicken fried steak!

Mike
 

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lanpope said:
Thanks Nate -

I looked for that big orange bike of yours all over the trail on Saturday and then at the start on Sunday, but I never saw you.

Did you ride the Lenz, if not what were you on?

I have spoken to you over e-mail several times and I was looking forward to seeing you out there...anyway...my group of buddies has determined that we are going to try to make a trip over there every couple of months, so I will post next time we head over, and maybe we can all meet up.

I have not done Syllamo either....I have not be on a fly-fishing trip in nearly a year either...need to squeze that it in...maybe I just need to move to NW AR...

Memphis is flat with no trout...

LP
Syllamo is supposed to be awesome...also there's a new 20 miles or so trail outside of the Bentonville/Rogers area, known as Hobbs recreation area...they say it rivals the Womble....

I didn't make it to the OC...exuces include:
1) I'm a loser baby, so why don't you kill me....
2) no "complete" bike - short an XTR BB
3) wife is steamin' PO'd, on-call, and child care requirements
4) this would have been the first challenge I didn't actually finish, and the shame would be too much to bear...

Next year!!
 
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