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MN State Finals...unclefuzzy_ss
Nov 10, 2003 9:06 AM
The b race for me again. Don't think I'll be moving anywheres for a looooong time. Just not A quilty here. Anyways. Nice day. A bit breezy, and that kinda kept temps down in the low 40's. Sun was out. Nice stuff.

The course was a good fit for me. Two long steep run ups, one with steps that perfectly fit my running stride. Cool. A nice slippery downhill, some pavement, and frozen grass(uhg), it was nice. A challenge for sure, but good.

I had a bad start, getting stuck behind a ton of people(there were 68 in the B race!), but the next few laps wroked well for me, as I ticked off one rider after another. Eventually, I think I was in the top 15(amazing since I'm so badly out of shape), haveing a great race and feeling good, and feeling my traditional kick come in about halfway trhough when I really warm up. I'm taggin along in a paceline on the pavemtn section, when the hack in front of me suddenly slows and starts swerveing. He clipped my front wheel, sending me to the ground damned fast. Hti hard enough to be slightly disoreneted for a second. Got up, straigtened the bars and watched my great race go down the tubes as I loose about 15 places. I jumped back on and finished out the race, but at a much slower pace. I still managed to get 34/68, which I'm still happy with, but if I didn't crash, I wonder....

Can't wait till next season. I've got a frame ordered(Kona JtS) and parts just waiting.

I've got some good pics of the A's I'll try to post later.
Some A race pics.unclefuzzy_ss
Nov 10, 2003 11:52 AM

more picsunclefuzzy_ss
Nov 10, 2003 12:01 PM

This is what happens to light-ass Cx frames that don't bunny-hop curbs. Un fortunately, the rider was not lucky, and went away in an ambulance. Hope he ends up OK.
more picsdlbcx
Nov 10, 2003 10:09 PM
The last picture looked pretty bad. Did the guy just simply forget to lift the front end or what? Looks like one of the new Alan carbon frames; guess I'll be marking that off as a potential new frame to buy.
forgot to bunnyhop, yep.unclefuzzy_ss
Nov 11, 2003 1:24 PM
He also hit going at least 25. It was downhill, gravel road left turn onto grass. While it was one of the new carbon Alans, I don't know of many frames that would make it through an impact like that. He was a bigger guy too. I think the frame is a 58, so he also had some weight behind him. I mean look at it, he broke the Al 'lug' and the carbon tube. He hit hard.
steel is realrichpierce
Nov 12, 2003 8:13 AM
that's a little scary. I'll stick with steel or aluminum or ti which doesn't usually fail catastrophically (altho I busted an 853 frame in half when hit by a car).
broken steelSabine
Nov 12, 2003 11:27 AM
I've seen busted steel cx frames too. Buckwheat snapped a steel cx frame in half during Sea Otter one year. These bikes can only take soo much abuse.
broken steeldlbcx
Nov 12, 2003 7:01 PM
After taking another look at the pic, I'm surprised that the fork legs are still intact. Usually, the fork goes before the frame snaps. If I remember correctly, this fork was suppose to be carbon.
forgot to bunnyhop, yep.dlbcx
Nov 12, 2003 9:04 AM
Must have lost his focus for a few seconds. It's pretty easy when you riding on the edge of coughing up a lung! Steel or Ti would have folded up but the guy would have still hit pretty hard.
Nov 20, 2003 12:54 PM
...what are you doing over here. MTBRer trolling the CX boards. Looking at buying/building up a CX bike (again). What are you riding these days for CX?