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Bear Mountain Challenge 2010

July 5, 2010, 8:11 a.m.
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That was a ton of fun. came into that last tech bit (rock spine to rock face) funky, stalled out pretty much completely, and still managed a 4:37. Still better than the dumb slam I had just before the ditch gap in the morning. Woot for 9th in 19-29 citizen men!

Thanks vollies, organizers and officials! Big thanks to LauraR for her excellent snipper handing skills! :P

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July 5, 2010, 10:15 a.m.
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lol at 1st place in 19-29 citizen men. He would have got 7th in elite men. Was a very fun race though. Good times listening to Cory tell funny storys all day when I was around him.

Chips is a good dude, and wants to race in the higher category but CycBC wouldn't upgrade him from what I've heard….don't bitch at him!

July 5, 2010, 10:49 a.m.
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Chips is a good dude, and wants to race in the higher category but CycBC wouldn't upgrade him from what I've heard….don't bitch at him!

There are no upgrades in Citizen, that's why it is Citizen. He would need to purchase a license like the rest of us. Once he purchases a license then he should be able to upgrade to Pro/Elite.

hol-ee shit but that's a big hole :eek:

July 5, 2010, 10:50 a.m.
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Awesome race, I had a great time! Thanks again to the organizers.

Now, does anyone have pics up yet? :P

Bicycles!

July 5, 2010, 11:08 a.m.
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http://s814.photobucket.com/albums/zz62/Knoakes/DH%20Race/?start=all
randomly through here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?pid=6575116[HTML_REMOVED]o=all[HTML_REMOVED]op=1[HTML_REMOVED]view=all[HTML_REMOVED]subj=118121724898587[HTML_REMOVED]aid=-1[HTML_REMOVED]id=527585920
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirtusdefehr/collections/72157624294044375/
and here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirtusdefehr

July 5, 2010, 11:24 a.m.
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There are no upgrades in Citizen, that's why it is Citizen. He would need to purchase a license like the rest of us. Once he purchases a license then he should be able to upgrade to Pro/Elite.

whoops I thought he was in regular 19-29, my bad….guess I was mistaken

July 5, 2010, 11:45 a.m.
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did anyone notice if anyone was shooting the stepdown close to the top of the course?

July 5, 2010, 11:45 a.m.
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I saw a flash up there a couple times.

hol-ee shit but that's a big hole :eek:

July 5, 2010, 11:55 a.m.
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did anyone notice if anyone was shooting the stepdown close to the top of the course?

Somebody was, either that or my Acid flashbacks chose a very inopportune time to strike.

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July 5, 2010, 12:58 p.m.
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Isn't that the stepdown, in the link I posted above?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirtusdefehr/4760112780/in/set-72157624294059615/#/photos/kirtusdefehr/4760112780/in/set-72157624294059615/lightbox/

July 5, 2010, 1 p.m.
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Isn't that the stepdown, in the link I posted above?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirtusdefehr/4760112780/in/set-72157624294059615/#/photos/kirtusdefehr/4760112780/in/set-72157624294059615/lightbox/

That's above it. I think he's referring to the Abortion drop, which really doesn't follow it's namesake so much any more.

July 5, 2010, 1:01 p.m.
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Isn't that the stepdown, in the link I posted above?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kirtusdefehr/4760112780/in/set-72157624294059615/#/photos/kirtusdefehr/4760112780/in/set-72157624294059615/lightbox/

nah that's the root step just before the "turtle rock" Step-down is down a bit and around the corner.

Bicycles!

July 5, 2010, 2:06 p.m.
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My bad. I refer to the stepdown after the hair pin as Todd's corner - the old version stepdown is the one he put his bar through his face on. Very messy.

But - question for riders:

On Saturday practice. when you first arrived at the top, typically how many people were waiting to go (or any)?
Was anyone holding riders back, enforcing gaps, or were they just checking your plate and letting you launch?
What do you figure was the average gap between starts?

For Sunday practice, again: when first arriving at the top, what was the lineup like (we didn't have the cube van, so I'm curious the difference it made at the top)

In a perfect world, there should always have been at least a small lineup, meaning we're feeding people up the hill fast enough.

And for the race, I tried to get you up the hill so that the first rider off the bus had between 15-22 minutes delay, with the last rider from that bus about a max of 40 minutes. (exceptions apply of course, for riders that missed their bus, or jump on early). Is that timing about what you experinced? (bigger delay for the pros, because of the larger gap, so them, I'm not concerned about.)

Last question: did a lot of people hike up JR?

July 5, 2010, 2:28 p.m.
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Someone left a dakine jacket in my truck Gary Harder has it, My truck was the GMC shuttle truck

July 5, 2010, 2:29 p.m.
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But - question for riders:

On Saturday practice. when you first arrived at the top, typically how many people were waiting to go (or any)?
Was anyone holding riders back, enforcing gaps, or were they just checking your plate and letting you launch?
What do you figure was the average gap between starts?

For Sunday practice, again: when first arriving at the top, what was the lineup like (we didn't have the cube van, so I'm curious the difference it made at the top)

In a perfect world, there should always have been at least a small lineup, meaning we're feeding people up the hill fast enough.

And for the race, I tried to get you up the hill so that the first rider off the bus had between 15-22 minutes delay, with the last rider from that bus about a max of 40 minutes. (exceptions apply of course, for riders that missed their bus, or jump on early). Is that timing about what you experinced? (bigger delay for the pros, because of the larger gap, so them, I'm not concerned about.)

Last question: did a lot of people hike up JR?

When a shuttle dropped off, there would generally be a short line of riders waiting to drop in. Once that group of riders entered the trail, there was no one waiting up top until the next shuttle arrived. We dropped in at the back of the group a couple of times on Saturday, stopped to session some sections, and had the trail to ourselves for a good 20 minutes or so.

The shuttle situation was a big improvement over last year, but could still stand to be improved further. You had two bus/trailer setups, with one setup paired with a shortbus and cube van. If you paired the other bus/trailer with a shortbus and cubevan you'd be good for the number of riders you had over the weekend. We arrived about 9am Saturday and rode until the last shuttle and got 5 laps. I wouldn't have wanted any more, but it would have been nice to have had the time to fix flats/mechanicals etc and not have had to leave friends "saving places" in line.

Hopefully the above is taken for the constructive comment it's intended. I think you guys did a fantastic job this weekend and, as always at this event, there was a great atmosphere throughout. Thanks.

PS: I don't know if other races do this, but being able to leave warm clothing with the crew at the top to be bought down after racing finished was awesome. Everyone should do this in future!

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