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Old 03-01-2010, 09:42 AM   #1
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Dbuck... how was it?

How'd the hare scramble turn out? Many people show up? How'd you plaace? Did you make the entire hour? Any fuel stops? Come on man... details!!!

When's the next race... I may think about coming out of retirement, lol.
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First race ever on dirt was FANTASTIC! It was quite the learning experience and I'm sure the outcome will be a little better in the next round.

SO, here's the run down, without my pics (left the camera @ home, I'll upload them tomorrow). First off, I corner worked all day @ GSS on Saturday, in the sun with no sunblock...awesome, so naturally I'm feeling a bit worn out from doing nothing....race home from GSS, load up, hit the road and made my way to Firemalt's fire house to pick up some race numbers for the bike (btw, THANKS again for doing that on such a short notice....the numbers looked great and the price was superb!). Finally hit the road around 10, get to Columbus to find my buddies had been out drinking all evening, which means I naturally had to stay up and put one or two down as well. lol (this meant 5 or 6 hours of sleep...doh!)

Now for the good stuff.
Since I missed Saturday's practice session, I decided I may try the "parade lap" before the race on Sunday morning....well, that got skipped cuz I was making last minute adjustments to the bike and myself (adequate stretching, hydrating, meditating, what have you). Get to the starting line and realize I left my gloves on the tailgate... it! Hurry back, get back in time for the start...okay, here we go! Green flag drops, I kick the bike over (it's a dead engine start-I assume for safety's sake), drop a gear and I'm off....HOLY ! I'm 3rd out of 12 off the start line....only 2 kids on little KTM's in front of me...no sweat! YEAH RIGHT! End up crashing about 3 minutes into the race going down the side of a creek into rock bottom creek bed, hang a left and the front tire washes out.... my knee hurts (time to invest in knee guards) now! I lose like 4 or 5 positions EASILY in one crash. Pick up the bike, get it started about to haul to catch up and I see my phone laying in the rocks...wtf? Who brings a cell phone to a dirt bike race? My dumbass. SO, I drop the bike, go get my phone, hop back on, and get going again. Ended up crashing like 6 or 7 times the first lap, only 3 times the second lap. (keep in mind, one lap is 12 miles)

Learned a few things in this first race...

bullrock (3" type rocks) doesn't provide grip at all, especially when wet.

don't bring your cell phone to the start line.

trees that have a diameter of more than 1 1/2" will not bend, nor move out of your way...lol

don't go ballz to the wall 1st lap when you haven't seen the course yet...take your time, ride a brisk pace, step it up the second lap.

All in all, it was a FANTASTIC time. I ended up with like a 5th place finish out of 10 or 12 people I think. Not too bad considering I was fresh to the course and this was my first sanctioned event. The terrain was INCREDIBLE...almost felt like Red River rather than SHNF....made SHNF look like baby trails. I can't wait for the next one!

Attendance looked to be pretty good for a first time event, and I think the series will definitely be growing...it was very well organized and everything started on time from my end.

Here's the website for the series....

http://www.texasxtremeoffroadracing....ge/7370235.htm

next race is March 20-21 @ Middleton, Texas. Not sure if they (the folks who run the series) will let me run the Saturday Over 30 D Class race in addition to Sundays Open D race (I'll be 30 in 3 months). I was tired at the end of the race, but I think I'm capable of running two one hour events over both days...we'll see!


Cliff notes-
finished 5th out of 12 (I think) in my first race
body is sore, but in one piece
can't wait for the next one!
and thanks to Firemalt for the decals on late notice, much appreciated.
I'll throw up some pics tomorrow!

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He said he knew what a 2 dollar hooker felt like...knees were hurting like a
nothing a few shiners couldn't shake while hanging with some old school peeps...made a great end to a wonderful weekend
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Tim, make sure we get a few rides in before you blow up again ok?
you and TJ as well as Ken should be out there doing this as well buddy!
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Nice write up, DBuck. Thank you. Sounds like a great time!
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It's definitely not your typical Sunday run with the boys... you have to treat a hare scramble just as an endurance race... pacing yourself is key. You have to learn to hold back until you catch someone and then charge like a bat out of to get a decent gap on them so they can't keep trying to pressure you for a pass. Kneeguards, barkbusters, and camelbak are a MUST. Saturday practice or the parade lap are always a good thing, although you probably can't remember the entire course, it will give you an idea of any major things to keep in the back of your mind.

Glad to had a good time... I'll have to see if I'm working for the next event.
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Nice write up, DBuck. Thank you. Sounds like a great time!
no problem Curt... hopefully the pics I load up tomorrow will give the story a better finish. Let's just say it started out clean and shiny, ended up covered in mud. It was a great time indeed!

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It's definitely not your typical Sunday run with the boys... you have to treat a hare scramble just as an endurance race... pacing yourself is key. You have to learn to hold back until you catch someone and then charge like a bat out of to get a decent gap on them so they can't keep trying to pressure you for a pass. Kneeguards, barkbusters, and camelbak are a MUST. Saturday practice or the parade lap are always a good thing, although you probably can't remember the entire course, it will give you an idea of any major things to keep in the back of your mind.

Glad to had a good time... I'll have to see if I'm working for the next event.
yes sir...brisk pace, not to the wall (but who doesn't wanna be to the wall when the throttle is in your right hand?)

Kneeguards for sure before my next anything....mx, SHNF, another hare scramble...kneeguards are getting purchased.

as for seeing the course beforehand...I know I won't be able to remember it all, but those 20 foot steep creek drops and climbs would be nice to remember.
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fifth isnt bad for first race! great read,, now lets see some pics
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Good to hear you had a good time!

There weren't too many times that we didn't party at least a little bit camping out at the races.

The first race is definately a learning experience. It only gets better with everyrace you do.
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F*%&#&^%$*&CK!!!!!!!!!!!! I missed podium by one place....however, my second lap was the fastest lap time out of our entire class. Woot!!!

Forgot to mention one other lesson learned....I'm buying some tear offs for the next race! I stopped twice on each lap (at least 30 seconds) to wipe my goggles clean....people are gonna think I'm sandbagging. lol

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tell me about it....but I still finished 4th on my first race ever without even seeing the course unlike the others I'm sure. I'm cool with that...but next time, I'll leave the phone in the truck. lol
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tell me about it....but I still finished 4th on my first race ever without even seeing the course unlike the others I'm sure. I'm cool with that...but next time, I'll leave the phone in the truck. lol
SOunds like you are going to whoop as next time
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were you one of the few 2 strokes out there? or one of the many?
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were you one of the few 2 strokes out there? or one of the many?
there was a good mix of both....I'll say this though. KTM was most def. the most popular manufacturers being represented out there.
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