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nobrakes 03-15-2010 07:23 PM

More Noob Racing - Round 1 of the 2010 NCHSA Series, Devil's Ridge Hare Scramble
Thanks to Mrs TW for these pics, she took some really great photos with my crappy little pocket camera. I know getting camera duty kind of sucks, but they way I look at it, the person with the camera gets to tell the story, so we get to see the event through Wendy's eyes, and I think she did a great job of capturing it. I can't thank you enough. :clap

On to the photos ...

Setting up at our start row, I like getting the bike up there early to get the start position I want. Also, if the bike is up there, that means I won't be fiddling with it back at the pit and change something I should have left well enough alone. :lol3

Back at the pit, Erek's and TD's bike are getting worked over by the pit crew.

While the ladies were catching up and enjoying the nice day.

About time to gear up, here I am putting on my boots. Yeah I know ... you have to look close, but I'm actually in this photo somewhere. :lol3

Tourist, ncTrailBoss, and Lurch likely suggesting some ill-advised setup changes to Tree Dodger's bike.

Tarheel Wheeler gives the traditional ADVrider salute:

Tree Dodger and Nobrakes - friends in the pits, mortal enemies on the track. :lol3 j/k TD is a good guy! He passed me clean ... twice. Unlike that ncTB fella. :rofl

Erek, TreeDodger, Nobrakes, and TD's buddy. Little did we know what lay in wait for us out on the course.

Up at the starting area.

Yep, the helmet still fits.

A sea of bikes, we are out in that chaos somewhere:

The launch:

Tree Dodger coming up by the pit area:

Nobrakes coming up by the pit area:

The track looped back up by, this is a few minutes later on the same lap:

Tree Dodger's buddy getting advice on which line to take. The smart riders in this race listened to bystanders and took the lines they pointed out. Take the wrong line and you'll likely spend the next 20 minutes trying to get your bike unstuck:

Nobrakes in the middle, with TD in front, same area. I remember that spot precisely, there was a big buried root right there that my back wheel is about to go over.

Nobrakes in front, TreeDodger close behind and getting a little sideways. That spot is slick, I did the same thing TD is doing the lap before, so this time around I was ready for it. This is such a cool shot - as gnarly as that track was, this was toward the end of the first lap and we both had our fair share of issues. At least I know I got pretty severely stuck once real bad that lap that held me up, not sure about TD but I assume he did the same at a different place, but here we are near the end of lap 1 and we are in the same frame. We couldn't have planned it that way if we had tried.

Nobrakes on the MX track. The MX track conditions were perfect. Definitely cannot say the same for the rest of the course. But it was fun, as brutal as it was.

Post race, just pulled in, man that was a lot of mud and the course was certainly the hardest conditions that I've ever ridden.

Not sure who this is, is this Erek? If so, ouch dude! Did you do that during the race?

Trophy - what a hard race. I didn't finish that great, I felt like I could have done a whole lot better if only for two bad choices that cost me a whole lot of time getting my bike unstuck. But apparently a lot other people had similar troubles, so when it was all factored into account, my finish was good enough for a trophy. I must say, my spirits lifted 3 fold back at the number crunching station where they posted the official results and where I learned that bit of news.

And after a whole lot of spraying and scrubbing I got all my gear and the bike cleaned up today. She sure looks perty all cleaned up, if I must say so myself:

The money shot:

And best one of all, one with my sponsor logos - VIU Racing, and AREA 51. :lol3 It sure was great having a cheering section - it don't get much better than that. You don't realize how much that lifts your spirits when you feel like you can't go through one more mud bog, but then to come around and hear the encouragement, it's a big morale booster! That was a first for me. And never having had one, I didn't know what I was missing. Thanks again! :deal

Tbone 03-16-2010 05:55 AM

Oh man, somebody brought home wood !!!

Course looked rough but way to soldier on !

MSchu 03-16-2010 06:12 AM

Very cool! Love all these race reports just as much, if not more, than the ride reports!

NORBVR 03-16-2010 06:20 AM

I'll have you know our set-up advice to TD was timely and spot on :rofl

As to y'all that rode Sunday: :bow


DC950 03-16-2010 06:20 AM

Congrats! That looked like a lot of fun, right out of the latest Shane Watts DVD (which is great btw). Riding in crap like that is where you begin to find out what your made of.

I rode my dirt bike for the 4th time in 16 months Saturday. Pretty sad statistic but at least I'm riding again.

Tbone 03-16-2010 07:45 AM


Originally Posted by DC950
I rode my dirt bike for the 4th time in 16 months Saturday. Pretty sad statistic but at least I'm riding again.


nobrakes 03-16-2010 08:22 PM

Thanks for the kind comments.

I have some helmet cam that will follow, but it will take a few days to get that edited and uploaded. I'm inclined to just post the entire first lap and save the editing time, but it's pretty long. I got stuck real bad the first lap and it took me a while to get out. And I get held up and then stuck even worse on the 2nd lap. Good lord those mud bogs really suck the energy right out of you. I swear my heart rate hit 200 and maintained steady at red-line after that.

Unfortunately, I'm having some technical difficulties with the video, seems the audio doesn't want to cooperate and is buzzing and popping. It's not on the original, so I'm trying to covert to another format to see if FCE likes that better.

In the meantime, got a couple more pics to share, these from a local photog. One of the start, and one at some point on the MX track. Nothing too spectacular. Too bad he didn't hang out back at one of the 289 mud bogs on the course, he could have got some pretty exciting photos. :lol3

RicoR 03-16-2010 10:32 PM

Good job NB!

nobrakes 03-17-2010 07:20 PM


Originally Posted by RicoR
Good job NB!

Thanks Rico! You going to be at Devil's Ridge this weekend? I'll be a spectator this time, but several of our VIU gents will be in the starting gates. If so, look forward to seeing you there.

nobrakes 03-17-2010 07:32 PM

OK, well, here's the video. This is the start and the entire first lap, uncut, and unedited. I could have edited it and made myself look better, but I think honesty is the best policy. :lol3 And just remember, as you watch this, even though it doesn't look like it would, my effort was good enough for a trophy in this mud-fest, believe it or not. there were a lot better riders than I that were hung up or otherwise detained in the slick greasy clay or the thick soupy mud bogs. I got hung up several times myself, but somehow still managed to place.

I was actually doing pretty good up until near the end of the first lap where I got stuck. My tactic was to hold back a little and let someone else try it first. And if they made it through, I would take the same line they did. Well that did not work on the one that got me on lap 1. A fella just in front of me made it through just fine, but somehow my tire could not find the bottom and I spent the next several excruciating minutes extracting my bike from thick tar mud as everyone I had just passed went back by me. That was hard to take, I so wanted out of that mud! After that, I slowed way down due to being so physically spent afterwards, and then started making silly mistakes and tip-overs, which led to even more exhaustion. It was a vicious cycle. Anyway, hope you enjoy it. It's not pretty, but it is real. :deal

Also, I hope to have a highlight vid of lap 2 coming soon. In this one, you will see the mud bog from hell. I would still be in it if it weren't for one fine human being who helped me out. Turns out he's a guy on ThumperTalk that I'd conversed with over there, but had never met. I didn't even know it was him until he posted his helmet cam and saw his view of being stuck in the same mud pit and saw myself in his vid. How cool is that? What a way to meet in meatspace, as they say. :thumb Anyway, that will be on video number 2, coming in a few days.

<object width="800" height="530"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="; m&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_port rait=1&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" /><embed src="; m&amp;show_title=0&amp;show_byline=0&amp;show_port rait=1&amp;color=00ADEF&amp;fullscreen=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" width="800" height="530"></embed></object><p><a href="">2010 NCHSA Devil's Ridge Hare Scramble</a> from <a href="">bsd512</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p><p>Lap 1 of the afternoon race of the 2010 NCHSA Season's Opener: Devil's Ridge Hare Scramble. Due to a lot of rain the preceding weeks up until a day or two before the race, conditions were tough. I was doing pretty good up until I got stuck late on the first lap and it took me a while to get out. After that, I was spent and that caused me to go slower and take a few more unnecessary tip overs mainly due to the exertion, ruts, and slick conditions. Lap two wasn't any better as I nearly went over the bars from a hidden rock in a gully, got hung up for about 10 minutes in a mud bog, and worked to near exhaustion to get unstuck. But I persevered and ended up actually getting a trophy for the efforts.<br /></p>

crankshaft 03-17-2010 07:33 PM


sparrow 03-17-2010 08:11 PM

Another excellent video :D

RicoR 03-17-2010 09:47 PM

That mud is unbelievable!

I'll keep my fingers crossed about going this weekend.

I'd love to do a hare scramble one of these days...

IT 400 03-18-2010 04:51 AM

To truly appreciate what is going on, I suggest that while you watch the video, you jump rope during the smooth sections, when you get to a DRY turn do squats, on muddy sections (but not bad enough to eat a motorcycle) do squat-thrusts (you know where you squat down, put your hands on the floor and shoot your feet out behind you and then pop them back under yourself and stand up), and when "Sir Brakes" comes to a stop, as in stuck or falls over, do push ups with your feet elevated, until he gets moving again (I nor the people standing on the hill beside the course give a rats rearend if you can't do that many push ups, DO'EM ANYWAY YOU SISSY!!!!)...Okay, now on the second lap we're gonna strap on the ankle weights and lay a 25 pound of dog food across the tank...:lol3

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong "Sir Brakes":bow

Tbone 03-18-2010 05:53 AM

I'm 4 minutes into this video and I've got arm pump already..:D

Honestly , those conditions look like zero fun.

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