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Old 09-20-2010, 08:21 AM   #1
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Post Shiloh Ridge Race #7

Got to Shiloh Ridge Saturday afternoon after spending most of the morning nursing a slight hangover and fishing at grandpas. Made the additional 50 mile drive from his place to get their early to set up the camper and unload all my junk. Everything is in place, Saturday races are over and practice to begin.

Time to go take in a site lap and check out the course. With this course being 11 miles long and 4 easy/hard combos I knew there would be places to make up ground (or lose it if ya crashed ). I was impressed with course layout....mega elevation changes (I'll explain this a little later), soft sand sections, hard clay sections along with tight woods and S curved berms (my new favorite), and then a mile or so of some straight line WOT to clean out all that oil to keep from fouling a plug. With two of the easy/hards being right at the beginning of the course I knew it would be a spot to make up ground or lose it...so I practiced it 4 times Saturday after scoping the course. I had it down.

On to the race. Green flag drops and so does the BS...it's race time! Unfortunately my bike wasn't ready. It took me 3 kicks to get it fired and I had a terrible start. Let me explain the start, 200 yrds of wide open grass followed by a dog left (which was filled with sand) which led you to the woods. My trackday experience has taught me so much that I have been able to bring to the dirt scene. The most important thing, late braking. I must have started in the last 25 percentile of 20 riders or so. I picked off 5 people going into that first left turn by late braking before the sand pit. Then I picked off another 5-7 riders heading down into the woods and out braking them into the trail. that's a good feeling (I was smiling knowing I off a few folks ). Then it was into the woods. 2 of the 4 easy/hards were right at the beginning (one downhill/one uphill - I believe they call this helicopter hill). I knew this would be a section to make up ground if needed and my game plan was to take the route less crowded in the event that someone crashed going downhill or up. I had 5 or 6 riders still in front of me and ALL of them took the first easy downhill. SWEET! I elected for the hard and bam, I pinched all them racers off too. Took the hard up and never looked back. I only crashed twice in 80 minutes of pretty hard riding. My back was hurting, my right palm was developing a blister, but I was at the front of the pack...I even caught a couple C riders along the way. Anyhow, I paid no attention to the screen with my time/place as I crossed the start line first time through. This would only discourage me (if I wasn't doing as well as I had thought) or encourage me to slow my pace to conserve energy (if I was doing well). Anyhow, two laps later I crossed the finish line and the screen said 1st. What?!?! Sweet. So I managed my first top of the podium finish (even if it was the D class) this season and have somewhat closed the gap on the first place points leader as I think I've moved from 5th to 2nd or 3rd (I think).

Next race is in 2 weeks at Lake Sam Rayburn (which is a little N/NE of Lufkin I believe). Nice to see some new MH faces out at the races (Squanto and Lostner) and I hope to see some of the old timers (Hotnanas, Pimpdaub, and others) back out there.

Thanks to all of you who participated. I hope you enjoyed yourself and please, please, please drag your buddies out for the next one. It's nice to see 20 peeps starting each race.

Until next time.

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Here are some pics from Navijab's gopro....maybe a video to follow in the next few days....


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I should proofread before I hit submit....their instead of there...forgot to mention Miranda in the list of new MH riders...yada yada. Oh well, it's Monday.
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Old 09-20-2010, 09:18 AM   #4
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! Nice job, Danny! Hmmmm...now where can I find a dirtbike to race...lol!
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Danny, one of my customers at work, Ray Parrish, is racing D class on a CRF 230 and I am supposed to come out to the next race with him. I am thinking to go with my son and just take out our trusty little CRF150F's and see what it's all about. Sounds like fun. Congrats on the 1st place.
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! Nice job, Danny! Hmmmm...now where can I find a dirtbike to race...lol!
Thanks dude. I saw an 08 KTM with a for sale sign out there this weekend. but seriously, deals are to be had everywhere...get something and come race!

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Danny, one of my customers at work, Ray Parrish, is racing D class on a CRF 230 and I am supposed to come out to the next race with him. I am thinking to go with my son and just take out our trusty little CRF150F's and see what it's all about. Sounds like fun. Congrats on the 1st place.
CRF150 would be just fine. I think he may have camped/pitted right next to me (was he in a black/green Mosquito trailer?) this weekend. In fact, he (or someone in his crew) loaned me some toilet paper for my pre race...... and thanks!
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Congrats on the "W". I'll definitely be out at the next one. If I can only make 10 or 12 less major mistakes...
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I used to take my MX prepped Predator 500 out to shiloh ridge as often as i could, it's definitely my favorite "local" place to ride. It looks as if you guys climbed the right side of helicopter hill, was there a single track laid out for the race or were there 4 pre-existing options to the top? The high banked S turns are awesome too, they must go on for several hundred yards. . .nice little jumps out of them too. Have you been to barnwell mountain yet? does this series run barnwell mountain? I raced my first woods race in the ATV C class of the GNCC race there in 2007, that experience took me away from the high flying mx track and had me addicted to the woods!
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Congrats on the win Danny, I'm jealous - havn't been on a dirtbike all summer. I always look forward to your race reports. Dr Gonzo, PM firemalt, he had a sweet 250xcw-f for sale.
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I used to take my MX prepped Predator 500 out to shiloh ridge as often as i could, it's definitely my favorite "local" place to ride. It looks as if you guys climbed the right side of helicopter hill, was there a single track laid out for the race or were there 4 pre-existing options to the top? The high banked S turns are awesome too, they must go on for several hundred yards. . .nice little jumps out of them too. Have you been to barnwell mountain yet? does this series run barnwell mountain? I raced my first woods race in the ATV C class of the GNCC race there in 2007, that experience took me away from the high flying mx track and had me addicted to the woods!
The hard and easy hill "climb" was off to the right of helicopter hill....the "hard" down was helicopter hill I think. Never heard of Barnyard Mtn. Where is it? I know Otis is trying to keep these races within 3 hours of Houston for the most part.

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Congrats on the win Danny, I'm jealous - havn't been on a dirtbike all summer. I always look forward to your race reports. Dr Gonzo, PM firemalt, he had a sweet 250xcw-f for sale.
change that up Clark...next race is in two weeks. As for Firemalt's bike...it has been sold.
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Congrats on the "W". I'll definitely be out at the next one. If I can only make 10 or 12 less major mistakes...
Nice meeting you dude....see ya in a couple of weeks.
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Wow I feel like I got beaten with a tree limb for two hours! I am really glad I didn't puss out, I was having second thoughts about making this race. After 9 hours of work, 1.5 hours of loading stuff, and 5.5 hours of driving, I was definitely ready for a few hours of sleep before the race!

So Navajib, MagicMan, and I roll up at 8:02 AM for the 8:00 riders meeting. Otis was nice enough to give me the run-down on what to expect out there, and finishes up with "if you have time, go run the first 3 or 4 miles to get an idea of what you're in for". I get myself ready and go out for a 'quick' 3-4 mile sighting lap, which ended up turning into a 5-6 mile "oh i'm gonna miss the start of the race" panic run! Eventually I found a hole in the woods, and found my way back to the starting grid, where everyone is already gridded and ready to run.

Of course, being my first race and never spectating one before, I didn't really have a clue what to expect. The green flag drops and the bike starts on the first kick, then I stall it off the line. I was 2nd to last leaving the gate, about 15 seconds behind the pack, Dammit! The rest of the race went pretty well, I took the first hard downhill choice, then the 2nd easy uphill (which was a dumb choice), and saw a guy completely loop his bike (full 360-degrees!) and several others that had fallen and were sliding down the hill. I must have passed a good 8-10 riders right there!

I had a couple crashes along the way, and they were all because I was not looking far enough ahead, or because I didn't know what to expect around the next corner. Lesson learned though, practice makes perfect.. So I finished the first lap thinking I didn't make the 1-hour cutoff, but the lady by the computer said GO! and I went.. The second lap of course was smoother because I had a few reference points, and some heads-up on the more challenging parts. At the end of the 2nd lap, Danny was there cheering my through the finish line (thanks!). I felt like I rode at a good clip, and was very glad that I didn't have to do another lap!

The timing crew was having some issues, and Danny originally told me that I came in 3rd, and I was amazed.. Later, I found out it was actually 7th but either way, I had an AWESOME time, I didn't get hurt as bad as some (Chad!), I didn't do any superman's over the bars (Lee!), and didn't loop my bike going up the hillclimb. The CRF got a few scars, and almost broke a couple spokes on the front wheel, but otherwise unharmed. Anybody that has thought about giving it a try should definitely do it. Don't puss out like I almost did
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Oh yeah and Chad (themagicman) had a helmet cam, so there should be some cool video clips coming..
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I would love to see race footage from the helmet cam if anyone has any. . .from the few pics I saw it looked as if it hadn't rained too much, that red clay is slick as snot when it gets water logged!!! I last rode shilow ridge on my 134cc bbk equipped KLX110, I miss that bike and that place!!!
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It makes me feel really great to see all yall out there having a good time and enjoying the racing. Shiloh is fast becoming a favorite.

Someone ask chad or Miranda about their night rescue!

I am always looking for new property and I have checked into BWM b4 but it was unavailable. If anyone ever hears of some place or knows of someone with land just let me know and I will check into it.

Next race in 2 weeks.
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Someone ask chad or Miranda about their night rescue!
I believe that story is best left for one of them to tell!

Thanks for the help and encouragement, Otis! I'll be back for sure.
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Maybe we were lost in the woods. Maybe we weren't.
Maybe it was too dark to find our way out. Maybe it wasn't.
Maybe they had a search party. Maybe they didn't.

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If Chad falls over in the dark forest, and no one is there to see, is it still funny?
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