Posted April 15, 2002 - 04:43 AM
Posted April 15, 2002 - 07:19 AM
Are you going to Loretta's this weekend ? Weather channel say's things are iffy at best. Calling for Rain on Fri-Sat-and a possibility on Sun. Man those massive Hill Climbs and Downhills are going to be insane! I was going to camp, but just decided to have the wife start calling around for a hotel room instead. Good Rubber will be the ticket for Sunday morning....I'm going to buy a new D773 on Sat....at $50.00 it's worth it...
Hope to see you there.....
Posted April 15, 2002 - 12:53 PM
Hmmmm...Just happens to be one this coming weekend.
Where will you be when the Green Flag drops at Loretta Lynns GNCC this weekend....
I outta open this one up for bet's...whatcha think?
Posted April 16, 2002 - 03:25 AM
Posted April 17, 2002 - 04:56 AM
I also heard that there is some protesting and Cat fighting going on because the winner of the womens class appearently either had a levitating motorcycle or a secret mud repelling formula that kept off the mud bath that everyone else took. hmmmmmmmmmm.....
I even had a friend (Who is color blind follow the wrong arrow) that went down the wrong trail for 10 miles and still managed to finish 12th.....Go figure...
I would have loved to have seen it..but I'm glad my shrouds didn't come in on time.
Posted April 17, 2002 - 12:29 PM
Yep, Mother Nature just wasn't on our side last weekend. It rained steadily from Friday evening until Saturday around 6:00 pm. The area had already had some rain earlier in the week. Needless to say that clay soil really loved to hold on to that water! I have seen worse mud, but I can't remember exactly when.
Yes, we had a few souls decide to follow blue on white arrows and green on white arrows, or follow whatever trail they happened to be following instead of the arrows we marked the course with (red on white). The 4 "errant" riders I spoke to admitted that we informed them at the riders meeting to follow the red/white. I personally checked the turn they went straight through...marked right turn, but they must have felt "straight" was better. About 8 riders (250C class) took the senic detour out of 128 entrants in the first race. Those riders that whinned and complained alot were reimbursed their entry fee. They wanted to be reimbursed AND get back on their bikes and "finish" the race. I informed them they could do one or the other, not both. None of the second race guys got lost (that I know of).
I am truly sorry that some people did not have a good time. All I can say is anyone who thinks it is easy promoting one of these things needs to get about 10 or their buddies together and organize an event themselves.
All problems were weather related; we were forced to reroute Saturday (believe it or not we rerouted around a really bad area) which led the trail through one of Durhamtowns heavily used/mulitple trail areas. We tried to cover most of the other colored arrows. But, the other criss-crossing trials were too confusing for some.
During the first race and second race we had no less than 10 people in the woods rerouting trail around mudholes........but with about a million mud holes, well, there was only so much we could do. We had seversl ham radio stations set up on the course helping identify the worst spots, and for safety reasons (to identify any injured riders ASAP).
It was really too bad it was so wet......it could have been so nice for everyone involved. Our small club put in over 500 man-hours on the trail. We cut and arrowed 13.3 miles, but used only 10.4 miles because we felt one section had too may stumps and logging debris in it. It is ironic that this area probalby would have held up much better than the "woods" trial.
Regarding the protests; there is an established proceedure for filing a protest. A protest must be substantiated by course marshals (we had 10 positions) or witnesses, and/or race results/timing. Anyone want to protest shoudl follow the established proceedure. Yep, I heard something about the cat-fight. Too bad I missed it, I was in the woods cutting new trail.
Randy Hawkins said he had a great time by the way. He is really something to watch.
Our third palce overall was Russell Bobbit......16 years old.
A big THANKS to those that showed up. I truly do hope you did not have a miserable time - you would have had a GREAT time if the course had been dry. Special Thanks to those spectators that helped pull bikes from mudholes; helped reroute trail, etc. Thanks to those riders that were understanding and didn't complain about the trail conditions.
Time to get over it and move on.
Posted April 18, 2002 - 03:25 AM
As a SETRA member I have nothing but resect for you folks that went out of your way to set this event up.
Posted April 18, 2002 - 06:54 AM
No offense taken. You should have come just to spectate............it WAS a site to see. From those folks that cannot follow arrows, to the cat-fight, to watching Randy ride through the slop like it was just another Sunday ride, it was really something.