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Old 05-03-2011, 12:22 PM   #46
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HS#14 Hard Labor Creek HS

Haley and I made the journey up to this race in a far away land...aka Chipley Florida (6 hr drive) and hosted by the Tallahassee Trail Riders. The race consists of mostly flat and flowing woods with a small endurocross section and the HS of the year ward for 2010. Conditions were very dry with the Sat course being 8 miles and Sunday 12.

Haley was a quiet bundle of nerves as the horn went off. She was mid pack at the first corner and spent the first mile keeping fellow Junior Girls competitor Zoe Steindl (5G) in sight. Dust was a struggle for all competitors over the weekend as Haley soon found out. In her fervor to keep the leader in view she blew a corner in the dusty conditions and buried her bike in the woods. After much vine entangled angst a sympathetic Evolution C rider helped to get her back on track (Thanks Gina Harp !!!) She managed to navigate the endurocross section with little drama and get the first lap under her belt. The 2nd lap got better as she actually ran a better time than Zoe (who was having rear brake issues) and completed 3 laps in 90 minutes to only be 8 minutes behind the leader at the end. This was Haley's last race of the year (HS 15 interferes with the 8th grade dance) so she is left with the drive to continue getting faster and the agonizingly long wait until the next season.

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Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
1 5G Zoe Steindl KTM Sanford, FL 50 0 3 1:19:00
2 169G Haley Schell Honda Odessa, FL 47 0 3 1:27:28

When Sunday rolled around it was obvious my plan to travel to this far away race to get an easier chance at wood was derailed. Seems 16 other Senior C guys had the same idea as our line was full: to the point some folks even had to duck under bars to get to their bikes

I got a good start and was 4th to the first corner. Not 100 yds in and the white-out dust conditions were in full effect. I was behind a slower Bob Ryan (26C) but the first few miles were so dusty it was follow the leader. Once we broke into the first clear cut section I made the pass and was up to 3rd. 1st and 2nd place were no where to be seen so I actually had a clear view. Soon enough a Georgia ringer by the name of Trey Bordelon (957C) came by like I was tied to a tree. So 4th place it is as I'm wondering who's coming next. I'm riding as fast as I can when Kevin Vaughan (15C) comes around and I'm wondering what my problem is. Are these guys getting faster or am I getting slower? I see Kevin picking his bike up at the end of the straight right after the boat jump and my question is answered as I pass him back...slow and steady is my motto..ha!

Boat jump you asked? Seems the middle of the woods was the perfect place to dump a v-hulled boat years ago and TTR was able to flip it upside down, add some dirt for a ramp and walla..boat jump.I liked the hay bales stacked around the still attached outboard...safety first!
I manage to not embarrass myself too badly the first lap and roll through in 4th. Not long after a faster rider on a Honda 4-stroke comes up fast and I let him by..5th now. I'm riding along and by comes Mark Z. (196C) with a "Hi Troy" and a nice view of that Tom Flemming suspension slowly pulling away from me. I'm not letting this pass go unchallenged so I try and stay on his tail for a while. This was working until Mike Belle(Master B) let me pass only to watch me smack a tree right before a woods double green and catch myself before hitting another. I'm laughing as I'm picking up the bike (thinking nice move dummy) as Mike passes me back. Not long after I yell to Mike "let's try this again" and I'm by for good but Mark Z is gone. Soon I see the Honda 4-stroke rider ahead kicking his stalled bike at the end of a straight. I'll take that spot back so 5th it is as I roll through the scoring chicane to end the 2nd lap.

Just before the 1/2 way point I hear/see new guy Mac Hennage (427C) behind me. What is with all these fast guys showing up lately ! Smart money would have been to let him pass and use him to pull me along towards the front...but no, I have to get racy. A left hand sweeper is my demise as the rear steps out and high sides me off the bike. Mac asks (are you okay?!) as I grunted "yeah" and try to get rolling again. As I'm kicking the bike i could feel my groin muscle "pop" followed by intense pain bboo. Great, let's hope I don't have to start this again as the leg is useless now. I'm in survival mode but as long as I don't have to put that foot on the ground I'll be okay..how much worse could it get right?

1/2 mile later I find out. I'm down shifting for a corner and the next thing I know I feel something missing...my shifter! Seems the bolt had snapped (safety wire didn't help that issue) and now I'm stuck...in 1st gear. 2nd wouldn't have been too bad, but 1st ??????. I tried revving it up in the straights and pulling the clutch in but that didn't work to well. I just wrung it's neck for 4-5 miles as I rolled the whoops and waited for the next guy to pass me. Soon enough it was my Adam Nix(20C), my arch nemesis from last race, rolling by with a wave of the hand. The scoring chicane finally comes into view and I roll through in 7th.

I had Haley hold the bike so I could start it standing up as we rode away realizing that even a day with a sore body parts and missing bike parts is still a pretty darn good day! See you at HS #15.

Video of Race (Vet C) pretty good wreck at 13:20.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u52zzCbmKhg

Senior C
Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
1 957C Trey Bordelon KTM Hahira, GA 50 10 3 1:39:28
2 21C Jorge Colon 105354 KTM Orlando, FL 47 5 3 1:42:15
3 48C David Davis 854296 KTM Lake City, FL 45 4 3 1:45:25
4 196C Mark Zaremskas 505078 KTM Eustis, FL 43 3 3 1:45:38
5 427C Mac Hennage Kawasaki San Antonio, TX 41 2 3 1:45:43
6 20C Charles Nix KTM Inverness, FL 40 0 3 1:47:08
7 117C Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 39 0 3 1:47:36
8 5C Gerardo Dilone 872733 KTM Kissimmee, FL 38 0 3 1:47:58
9 15C Kevin Vaughan KTM North Port, FL 37 0 3 1:48:31
10 69C Armando Rios 897436 KTM Kissimmee, FL 36 0 3 1:48:32
11 828C Mike Hunter 744142 Honda Middleburg, FL 35 0 3 1:51:33
12 112C Ian Joubert Honda , FL 34 0 3 1:52:34
13 26C Robert Ryan 941623 Yamaha Lake Mary, FL 33 0 2 1:17:58
14 38C Mark Boris KTM Lake City, FL 32 0 2 1:18:46
15 919C Randy Bolen 987702 Kawasaki San Mateo, FL 31 0 2 1:22:45
16 108C Rob Michaels 109559 Yamaha Orlando, FL 30 0 2 1:25:40
17 704C David Sommers Honda St Petersberg, FL 10 0 1 0:41:58
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:51 PM   #47
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HS#15 FTR benefit/Dirty foot Adv.

The final race of the year takes place in Bowling Green,Fl at the Dirty Foot Adventures property. This a new piece of land and the Old School Dirt Riders (OSDR) had volunteered to put a benefit race on for the FTR. Sat course is 7 miles and Sunday is 10 including a small mx/flat track section.
Haley has already finished racing for the year so this report is just about my race. The course was well laid out as there was a mix of open fields and flowing woods/palmetto's. Overall it was a fast track with Sunday morning "fast guys" putting in 5 laps.
I had continued to have issues with my groin muscle from the last race so kicking the bike was sketchy at best. I need to get in one more race to have 11 for the season so to my rescue was good buddy Chris Tolken. He's the owner of a sweet 09' KTM 300 with a Rekluse, Scotts dampener, and magic button (electric start). The chance to race a newer bike with all these cool gadgets had me salivating and my wallet nervous as everyone who knew my plan all the made the same comment "Well that's it, you'll be ruined". In the back of my mind I hoped they were right.

Beeeeeeeeeeep...at this point I already had planned to take it easy. I just needed to put in a few laps to secure 4th place for the season and possibly 3rd depending how Dave Davis finished(48C). I hit the button and I'm 4th place going into the first corner. I'm scared to throw my right leg out as I overshoot the first berm and 2 guys get by. It's follow the leader as we dump into the first field of palmetto's and the view of the top guys weaving back and forth in a line out in front of me was cool enough for me to note. I'm following Jorge Colon (21C-our class champion)who is just taking it easy, to the point I almost yelled at him he was holding me up..ha! I'm trying not to push it and re-injure myself but I can't help it. The bike is so awesome it's ridiculous trying to describe. I'm 50lbs heavier than the bike's owner and it stlll take the bumps better than my old bike. 4 corners in and I had already forgotten about the clutch as the Rekluse was doing the work for me. 4 miles in and all I did was react to the front deflecting off a root and I pulled that same muscle again. Tears well up in my eyes as the pain is enough to almost make me pull over. I wouldn't have raced this weekend at all if I had enough races in, but who knows when I'll have a chance to finish this high for the years end results. I'll just s#ck it up and put the laps in.

So now i'm just riding, not racing. i'm waving people by when i hear them coming up on me and just concentrating on enjoying the course and the bike. I have people passing me I hadn't seen all year (Hi Rocky!) as the laps mount up. On the 4th lap I encountered a very large black cow who was on course and just a little frightened. It bolted into some barb wire and then back across my path back into the palmetto's.I'm not sure who was more scared, him or me!
I'm having fun, encouraging rider's who pass me to "get get em" and realizing even on a bad day a great course littered with great competitors is a good one. After the race I pulled up and said to anyone listening "I won't race again until I get a newer bike, period". We'll see if that holds true...ha! Thanks again Chris!



Senior C
Place # Name AMA # Brand City, State Point Adv Laps Elapsed
1 112C Ian Joubert Honda Homosassa, FL 50 10 4 1:36:08
2 21C Jorge Colon 105354 KTM Orlando, FL 47 5 4 1:37:10
3 5C Gerardo Dilone 872733 KTM Kissimmee, FL 45 4 4 1:37:19
4 69C Armando Rios 897436 KTM Kissimmee, FL 43 3 4 1:37:28
5 18C Vernon Hackett 223505 KTM Port St Lucie, FL 41 2 4 1:38:11
6 196C Mark Zaremskas 505078 KTM Eustis, FL 40 0 4 1:38:26
7 325C Frank Gamperl Yamaha Deerfield Beach, FL 39 0 4 1:38:40
8 677C Oris (Don) Combee Yamaha Ft Meade, FL 38 0 4 1:39:44
9 48C David Davis 854296 KTM Lake City, FL 37 0 4 1:40:15
10 716C Jerry Bentley 108764 KTM Tallahassee, FL 36 0 4 1:42:05
11 919C Randy Bolen 987702 Kawasaki San Mateo, FL 35 0 4 1:43:17
12 20C Charles Nix KTM Inverness, FL 34 0 4 1:43:27
13 55C Michael Sacco 978110 Kawasaki Clearwater, FL 33 0 4 1:44:46
14 15C Kevin Vaughan KTM North Port, FL 32 0 4 1:44:56
15 117C Troy Stainbrook KTM Odessa, FL 31 0 4 1:49:32
16 753C Erik Barr Honda Sarasota, FL 30 0 4 1:59:42
17 369C Dan Thaler KTM Deerfield Beach, FL 29 0 3 1:27:45
18 869C Dave Edwards Suzuki Valrico, FL 7 0 1 0:35:04
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:52 PM   #48
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Haley and I would both like to thank the FTR,our club SCTB, and most importantly all the great friends we made while racing/hanging out over the 2011 season. It's one that's forever etched in our memories and we have you all to thank for it. Thanks for coming along for the ride and hope to see you next season!

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Old 05-27-2011, 01:12 PM   #49
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Awesome Troy! Congrats now go heal.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:27 PM   #50
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Great season

Congrats! Forget healing, get out there and find new ride!! Might as well go for a brand new one.

Plenty of season left in the West, come on out.

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Old 05-27-2011, 02:55 PM   #51
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Thanks for the reports, Tbone, and good luck with getting a new bike!
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:05 PM   #52
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thanks Troy. This thread and a few others are the only things I ever look at on this site anymore.
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:50 PM   #53
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Always a fun read, Troy.

Great season. It's been great getting to know all of you, and thanks so much for all your help and advice. Thanks also for unofficially adopting me and the other Key Westers into the club.
I look forward to next season and trying to chase you down.
Heal fast, buddy!
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:11 AM   #54
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Looks like I'm out of excuses.

Thanks for all the kind words guys...

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Old 08-26-2011, 01:02 PM   #55
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Last years bounty...first race of the season is this weekend...wish me luck, I'll need it!

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Old 08-27-2011, 09:46 PM   #56
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good luck Troy. I'm racing tomorrow too.




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GO TROY!

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Old 09-07-2011, 08:21 AM   #58
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Hope it went well for you DC !!!

Race was a tight 11 mile course. Was really apprehensive about my groin so the death grip I had on the bars led to some mean arm pump. I manged 2 laps in the 97 degree heat and called it a day . I needed to come away from a race not injured so in that respect it was successful. I finished 9th out of 25 guys so I'm disappointed but really motivated for the next race.

Here is a helmet cam of the course from a Master B perspective (50-55 year old class)

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Haley has 4 more weeks before she can ride. The collar bone (with a plate and 6 screws) is healing nicely, just not fast enough for her.


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Great finish

Top 10, whats not to like?

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did they give you the option to go another lap?

In my first race ever, I got 6th of 8 in the old man single lap (10.5 mile) class. Not too bad considering I've ridden the bicycle a grand total of 7 times this year.

I was quite surprised how easy it was to ride a bicycle through tight trees - the motorcycling experience paid off. I was even more surprised at how much easier it was to ride a motorcycle on the trails this past Monday - my hour ride turned into 1hr 45 minutes and I wasn't even tired (and only flew off the bike once). I think there is a lot to be gained from this mountain bike thing.
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