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Old 01-18-2010, 08:54 PM   #1
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Cowboy Endurocross or: Rockies FFs Come in Out of the Cold

So winters in the Rocky mountains can suck, if you like riding motocycles better than snowmobiles. When the indoor endurocross series came to Denver back in the fall it got the wheels turning in my head . . . Why couldn't we set up an endurocross course for a weekend and give all the FFs in the Rockies region a chance to ride in say, January?

Being a (sort of) cowboy, I just happened to have a perfect venue right in my backyard: a 10,000 square foot equestrian arena. Now I just had to find a weekend my better half would be out of town, so I could invite my hooligan friends over for the weekend . . .

Fast forward to January . . .

With this general sort of course in mind, we started building:



Start with one arena and a pile of logs:



Add a pile of dirt, some snow and a bunch of cast-off Christmas trees:





And then add a cast of hooligan FFs with a sense of adventure, and you have the makings for a sweet weekend's worth of entertainment.

May I introduce Cowboy, WyoBecky, Motornoggin, Hellsickle, PrairieRider, Deadslow, WyoGirl311, FarmGirl, the Farrier, COJoel, Tramontana, jjustj, Wudscrasher and JustJarrod:



Bring on a master course builder . . . well, OK, it's his first endurocross course, but he's good with a skidloader. JustJarrod:




Start with a simple log on the ground for a start line. MateyPeeps shows us how to get started on a Honda Trail 70:



Lessee, just in case people get a fast start, we'll need to slow them down in the first turn. How 'bout an iceberg surrounded by foot-deep snow?

COJoel shows us how to attack the snow with style . . .



And Wudscrasher follows his example:



Then Wudscrasher shows us how to crash in the snow with style:



Next, while our knobbies are packed with snow, a few diagonal logs would make things exciting . . . in fact they turned out to be the most difficult obstacle on the course. Keep in mind the temps are right about freezing, so the snow forms a nice slick coat of ice on the logs. D-Train demonstrates how to get sideways:



Yours truly got a bit sideways on the logs too. Trials tread doesn't help:




Wuds manages to keep things straight over the logs:



How about a nice log bridge next in the line. The gap between the logs should make it interesting. This obstacle will account for the only significant injury all weekend:



COJoel wheelies over the log bridge, two-up with Nathan on a CRF50. No injuries for these two:



After a couple chicanes to slow things down in the corner, try to get straight to teeter-totter . . . Some dork in redneck ATTGATT gives the playground equipment a try . . .



While the Farrier, in his typical style, treats the thing like a ramp . . .



And D-Train seems to like the ramp better than the teeter-totter too:



Next up is a pile of logs to climb over. Tramontana makes it look easy:



. . . and so does Geek:



Next, let's explode a woodpile all over the floor. It looks intimidating, but caused few problems through the weekend.



Wudscrasher makes it through, looking a bit off-balance. I can attest that I felt off balance everytime through that firewood, too:



COJoel decides that firewood won't stop him if he jumps completely over it:




More to follow . . . .
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:09 PM   #2
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BTW, if you notice that some of these photos look decidedly better than the rest, thank this fella: Whinging Pom or no, Deadslow takes lovely pics!




These poor horses got displaced from their barn for the weekend. Good thing it was nice out:

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Old 01-18-2010, 09:16 PM   #3
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Looks like great fun, Ted. Kudos to you for putting a roof over those hooligans' heads!
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:19 PM   #4
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OK. On with the course . . .

After you get through the exploded woodpile, you have to slow way down and swing out wide to get your bike straight to the coolest obstacle on the course: the Rockpile:


jjustj and WyoGirl311 stage a good show on the trials iron:





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Old 01-18-2010, 09:27 PM   #5
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After the rockpile, a log in the corner slows things down, and then riders have to weave their way through the forest of cast-off Christmas trees. . .










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Old 01-18-2010, 09:34 PM   #6
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Old 01-18-2010, 09:41 PM   #7
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After the forest, there are only two obstacles left, but they have to be attacked as a unit . . .

The tire pile isn't so intimidating, but right after it comes a christmas tree pendulum, operated by demented elves who try to knock you off your bike, (who, me?)



so you have to time your attack on the tires so that you get past the pendulum as it swings out of the way to let you past. . .





This photo will give you a sense of how closely the swinging christmas tree follows the tires . . .



If you don't time your approach to the pendulum just right, it draws blood . . . and apparently you have a good time anyway . . .



The course builder gives it a go . . .


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Old 01-18-2010, 09:43 PM   #8
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That is one of the best ideas Ive seen! Great job!

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That is one of the best ideas Ive seen! Great job!

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I'm rather proud of the idea, and even happier that nobody got seriously hurt. The Farrier hyper-extended his knee, but rode home. Wudscrasher and I both shed minor amounts of blood. Tramontana suffered a nasty-looking bruise on his leg. In all, it was a super weekend!

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Some more great photos that need to be seen . . .

Geek plays on the dirtpile in front of the arena . . .



The Farrier sprays a bit of snow around:



D-Train plays in the dirt:



Nathan's unhappy in the mud:



Nathan closes his eyes to keep the pine needles out . . .



The Farrier finally slows down for a pass over the teeter-totter:



As do I. The teeter-totter is a great device to learn balance and delicate speed control . . . or to break your head, whichever comes easier.



This pic looks like some head-breaking in the making, but Joel never once took a spill with a kid on the bike. He's really an incredible rider.



Here's a better pass:

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None of the obstacles in the arena challenged Joel, so he played on the much larger logpile outside.



I decided to park my classic trials bike and try a modern . . .



and I immediately dropped it, and snapped the bars . . .

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Videos? There are videos? Yes, there are videos!

Tramontana on a CRF230:

Untitled from jjustj on Vimeo.

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Amanda show us how a kool-aid drinker does hooligan endurocross. And yes, Amanda, that bike makes your butt look fat fast!




Untitled from jjustj on Vimeo.

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Do a pop-a-wheelie, Daddy!

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