Jason, this thread is awesomely motivational!
I own this bike:
It's journeys have been well documented on this site by the previous owner, Ron. I had it at a local shop to be sold but have been reconsidering that in the last couple weeks. Your thread just put me back over the top....I'm going to keep it....and someday race it.
I figured that having no mechanical experience and one full day riding hard packed gravel trails should fully qualify to go into a race that is well beyond my skill level.
In fact, I think my only qualification is that I'm not afraid to take a tumble.
But I won't feel right wearing my new Airhead Rallye Team shirt if I don't earn it in the dirt!
Thanks for the inspiration.