My First Race
Posted September 17, 2001 - 05:28 AM
Entered B-Vet class.
Rode 80 miles with only one 9min break to refuel.
My ass and the rest of my body are quite sore.
Came in near last or last with 154 points.
Up at 4:30 am
Load up and head out by 5:30
At track at 7am
Join AMA and enter event.
Not sure what to do for the event, but wanting to ride the whole event I enter Vet B-Class. Those guys rip and looking at the score sheets after, the B-vets had the fastest times in B-class for the day. Probably not the best choice.
Got my route sheet and went for some help on how to use it.
Oh S@#T, this is a little more involved than I thought, resets, free territories, key time?
Oh Boy. Get the rundown, but am still clueless.
Race starts and I am off. Hit my first check point perfect, reset
Never engaged my odometer after reset and now have no clue as to where I am so I pick up the pace. I burn the next checkpoint by 2 min. Reset
Hit third checkpoint right on time, been crashing a little and stalling a little,
Never reset or rolled the route sheet, follow arrows, drink
Next checkpoint 8 min late and then reset and rolled rte sheet. Probably around mile 25 right now. Too much weight in pack, shoulders burning, hands are numb.
Hitting the wall, so I backed off the pace a little, knowing I had a long day ahead of me.
This is where not knowing how or when to make up time cost me many points. I hit a few trees and it is taking a lot out of me. I get on the smoothe stuff and some roads, but have no clue how fast to go to make up time, so I just follow the guy in front of me when I should have kept trucking while it was easy. Did I say my ass hurts.
Firs spectator section, people cheering, I don’t know those people, but I love them!
I have lost all concept of reset, time and direction. It’s tough to keep up with it without a computer. I love the trail markers.
20 min layover for fuel. To keep on time, since I was 11 min behind, I have 9 min to rest and refuel. OUCH! Gone in 9 min and very tired. I dumped every tool out of my pack and shed 5 lbs. That helped. Gave up on the route sheets, time and resets and set my goal on ending the race by just riding it out. Really cramping up, but it’s just pain, nothing critical. Last 8 miles was the tightest, freshest singletrack I have ever seen.. 1st gear and clutching it. It was tight. Wan’t to stand, but can’t. too slow and twisty.
Finding the WR to be a little big for the first time.
Finally finish, exhausted and sore.
I think I could have done much better if I knew how to use the free time areas and when to make up time. I was basically clueless on all of that, but had a great ride. It was a true test of my endurance. There is so much funny stuff to tell, but I just can’t type it all.
I can now relate to the first ride stories and will read more of the. Every time I read one, I say to myself, “man, that guy crashes a lot”. Now I understand.
My hat goes to all you racers. Thanks for all the advice in previous posts about racing..
Posted September 17, 2001 - 06:43 AM
I just follow the markers, ride fast and laugh like hell at what I seen people do all along the way.
Any event you can walk away from and have your bike in tact is a successful one....no matter where you finish in the pack.
Posted September 17, 2001 - 06:50 AM
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Posted September 17, 2001 - 07:18 AM
Racing will make you the best rider you will ever be, IMHO.
Now Mike, wouldn't a 2-stroke KTM 200/300 have been more fun in the woods...???
Ready for our next Turkey Run? These are pure pleasure enduro's/Hare Scrambles!
Posted September 17, 2001 - 07:19 AM
F them stinky 2-smokes! Wr250f may be in the future plans for sure!
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Posted September 17, 2001 - 04:07 PM
Nathaniel told me you called. I figured you were to burnt yesterday to call and I'm to burnt today to call.
I rode hard yesterday and had a ball. I'll talk to you tomorrow.
99 WR400f, YZ timed, MX-Tech suspension, Scotts steering damper, White Bros E-Series (12 discs), tapered header and a/f. Kouba T-handle for the fuel screw. Works Connection billet throttle tube and frame guards. Cycra Pro-Bend, triple clamp mount handguards. Thumper Racing rad guards, Renthal Jimmy Button highs, YZ Tank and IMS seat, YZ number plate, odo removed, de-octopussed (Thanks Clark) EKP #4, 50PJ, 175MJ, 100PAJ and 65 SJ at 500-1000' Thanks James Dean!
Posted September 17, 2001 - 06:42 PM
It will be one of my fondest racing memories.
I love going to races, but not racing.
Anyone need a good mechanic??
Pretend it's flat and give it the gas.
Posted September 18, 2001 - 12:39 AM
MoMilkman (Darin) is selling his computer. Check out his post.
Posted September 18, 2001 - 02:06 AM
Not sure where I am going to go with it. I will check the post anyways to see what he is asking. I will have to do a coulpe more enduros and learn the time thing and see where I stand after that. Feeling better today, riding again tomorrow. Glad to hear you had a good ride this wekend as well.
Thanks for sharing that with me. Sounds like a roughr day than I had
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Posted September 18, 2001 - 07:52 AM
Damage to the bike is always second to the rider, always!
Posted September 18, 2001 - 08:46 AM
Posted September 22, 2001 - 07:10 PM
Posted September 24, 2001 - 01:10 AM
I learned quite a bit. Definatley learned I wasn't as good as I thought I was.
I will probably stay in the B class becuase I do lile the longer events. In an Enduro, you never hold people up either, so there is no harm in me running it. Now that I have a basic understanding of how the points work and stuff, I can start shaving points. Need to work on the endurance. Yor advice in my earlier posts helped me stay away from the A class.
Posted September 25, 2001 - 09:03 PM
Posted September 26, 2001 - 12:51 AM
Posted September 26, 2001 - 09:09 PM
Great stories guys. You both made me laugh hard enough to wet myself.
Life is too short, work hard...play hard
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Posted September 27, 2001 - 11:36 AM
England race? I have to try this.
Dunno about picking up the WR all day,
but my wife is starting to notice
that when she's not around, I take her
KDX instead. Easier on the bones when
I fall down.
Posted September 28, 2001 - 02:02 AM
With all that rock and ice climbing, lifting the WR should be a peice of cake. Where do you ride if you live in Boston? Is your WR street legal? You should come up and ride.