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Old 01-01-2013, 08:33 AM   #31
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I'm 57 years old and race in the Forward Motion Hare Scramble series, (Kansas/Missouri, Senior class #1017). I only race 2 or 3 events a year anymore and it's mostly fairly tight woods, and a scramble is 2 hours long. . Like the other guys have said, limit your caffiene the morning of the race, and start hydrating alot a few days before the event. Be carefull what you eat the night before. It's very important to settle into a pace that is comfprtable for you. I usually ride at about 85% of my true ability which leaves a little left in the tank when I come across someone in my class and have to battle with him, or have to pass slower riders and have to work to do so. On your sight lap, look for potential cut lines, (legal) you could use if you come across a bottleneck. My goal is to never stop and I rarely do. Sometimes I may barely be moving after a nasty creek crossing where I might get stuck or have trouble, but I try to keep going. Pace yourself and you can always pick it up a bit as you move thru the race if you feel like it. I ALWAYS feel like I've been run over by a truck after the race and especially the next day at work, I'm damn near an invalid, but racing dirt bikes is some of the most fun I've ever had. Good luck. and report back how you did.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:52 PM   #32
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Work has interfered and I will not be able to race next weekend. Dammit.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:29 PM   #33
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I'm 57 years old and race in the Forward Motion Hare Scramble series, (Kansas/Missouri, Senior class #1017).

On your sight lap, look for potential cut lines, (legal) you could use if you come across a bottleneck.
That is awesome!

The ones I have done were the ATVMotion(Now OHSCS) in Oklahoma. They don't do sighting laps. Also what I've been told a few times is 25 yards to either side of the trail is ok in a bottle neck and not considered cutting. Now, probably clipping 25 yard shortcuts the whole time prob is considered cheating but to get around a bottle neck do what you gotta do within those limits.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:40 AM   #34
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Now, probably clipping 25 yard shortcuts the whole time prob is considered cheating but to get around a bottle neck do what you gotta do within those limits.
In the tight woods, I think you would be hard pressed to find another passable line within 25 yards for most of the track. Maybe the terrain isn't this extreme, but at the Snowshoe GNCC guys would take lines through 18" ruts filled with clay and sucking mud because the alternative was bushwacking.

Hill climbs seem to be the worst. One guy doesn't quite commit and you end up with a parking lot. If you're going to half ass anything, make sure it's not a steep hill!

On the subject of sight/practice laps, I don't find them to be all that useful. Except maybe for knowing when an "oh shit" moment is coming up (steep blind downhill, gnarly hill climb, etc). In mountain biking they are much more important because it affects your strategy to a large degree; if I know the top out on a long climb is coming up I can turn on the afterburners and drop/pass whoever is near me. On the moto as a noob racer I don't have the chutzpah or skill to do anything fancy strategically.

Though I will say that traffic jams are thankfully rare in the enduros out here, and when they do happen it's because there is literally only one line to take (e.g. coming out of a steep, narrow wash) so there's not much to do but take a breather.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:08 AM   #35
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Little bit of sighting from last week.

Riding with Shaun @ wicomico from Chris Shafer on Vimeo.

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Old 01-05-2013, 05:15 PM   #36
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Just drove five hours for this the first ride of the new year
A nice dinner and a wake up and then......probably get my ass handed to me! Be kind to the old guys like me.....
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:43 AM   #37
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At the Hare Scramble getting registered...
Little one won't be racing...another $50 for an AMA membership for only one race wasn't in the budget
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:49 AM   #38
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Well....I achieved my goal....made it to the checkered flag
managed to complete 4 full laps of the 7mile track.

Pictures and video later....
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Old 01-06-2013, 12:13 PM   #39
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Well....I achieved my goal....made it to the checkered flag
managed to complete 4 full laps of the 7mile track.

Pictures and video later....
Congratulations!!!

Got bitten by the bug now I suppose and got what? Another 51 Sundays to do some Racing to get you through the Year!
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Old 01-06-2013, 02:51 PM   #40
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Got a teaser shot a friend of mine took and posted on another thread...



Had no problems with the DRZ on any portion of the track...ok, almost any portion of the track
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:51 PM   #41
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Congrats! Can't wait for the write up.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:03 PM   #42
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That was a fun race. It had some tighter sections than I was expecting (for wicomico).

How did you do?
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:35 PM   #43
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not eod but my race ended on lap 3

hangover c start from Chris Shafer on Vimeo.




hangover crash from Chris Shafer on Vimeo.



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Old 01-07-2013, 12:43 PM   #44
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not eod but my race ended on lap 3

hangover c start from Chris Shafer on Vimeo.
ouch.. any chance you have about 30-60 more seconds of the start video, I'm looking for my crash...
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:09 PM   #45
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ouch.. any chance you have about 30-60 more seconds of the start video, I'm looking for my crash...
yeah I'll upload the entire first lap later tonight.
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