Up early. Not sleeping well. Might be an age thing, but also might be food or might be nerves or… Any way you slice it, I am up and I do not need to be. I’ve made a couple of PBJ sandwiches, packed waterbottles, bananas and I am ready to go. I made the biggest pot of oatmeal you have ever seen. I am eating it now, and starting my blog entry for the week.
We are going racing today. New spot, close to Madison. Sugar Maple is what it is called. I rode there last fall as they we trying to get this place off the ground. It had an immature, but good outdoor style MX track, but no trails yet to speak of. Brian Terry and others have been there trying to put down enough trail to hold this Harescrambles race. Today will be the day that tells that tail.
Brian told me yesterday that he thinks there will be a really good crowd. He has been getting emails from people all across the midwest saying they were coming. Could be good.
So we got there at pretty much 10am on the money, maybe a few minutes before hand. We were all set up at 10:10 and ready to tour the new course. There was a fantastic MX track with a couple of huge table tops and a couple of nice doubles and 2 really fun step ups. One section of woods was super technical and difficult. Lots of embedded rocks and downed trees. One section of woods was really nice and flowing. And finally, there was a really fast cornfield section that was wide open 5th gear.
I got the start of starts. 1st off the line, first onto the MX track and 1st into the woods. It was great. I had a really good 1st 2 laps, but then on the 3rd lap I had trouble on one of the uphills and really struggled. I stalled the motor and because of where I was sitting had to go back down the hill and try over. On that lap I went form 1st to 4th. I then had my work cut out for me.
The course was not that long, about 3.5 miles around. There was a really good crowd turnout, about 16 people on my line, 12 on the AA, 12 on the A, 20+ on the B, and 20+ on the C line. That makes for a lot of racers to get by when trying to move through the field.
I rode hard for the whole of the race. I caught John with about 10 minutes to go in the race and got by. He got back by me half way through the last lap, then we entered the last woods section with him just in front of me. But, just as we entered the last flowing woods section, he muscled his way around another rider. I was forced to do the same on a really sketchy holed out down hill. Then, at the base of that hill he slid out around the turn and as I was avoiding him, I also fell over. But, my bike did not stall and his did. We were like Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villipoto at the end of the St. Louis SX race. But this time the yellow bike got up first. I rode away and made good time through the rest of the last woods. That was my favorite woods section, and I made it stick. We entered the last of the MX sections, and I railed the last berm and launched all the way over the table top to get into the timing tent 5 seconds ahead of John. 1st place.
There was one creek crossing that became like a GNCC mud section. The mud got deeper and deeper through the race, and longer and longer. That was the only mud section of the race, but look at the results.
After the race.
I should tell you now, that we had a guest with us that made the day all that much more fun. Matt Pickersgill, a friend from the UK was visiting and experiencing his very first Harescrambles race. “Brilliant”! I find that English guys say things like “Brilliant” and “Proper” a lot. Brilliant isn’t just how you would describe a bright light in their version of the english language. It is how you would describe something that is just really cool. Proper is not just how you should act at the dinner table, but is a modifier word that would be added to the front of something else. For example, “You would have to have proper fitness to do this sport” or “This is proper soft dirt”. Here is a list of words that I heard from Matt over the weekend, and my attempt at definition.
Brilliant – see above
Proper – see above
Faffing – futzing about, normally it seems to be when someone has to wait for another person whilst they faff around with something.
Chuffed – happy about something
Mate – friend
Knackered – really tired
Get a crack on – get moving, stop dilly dallying
Minging – really smelly and gross
Tar it all with the same brush – stereotype of a group of people being
all the same.
Jogg on – stop messing around and get a move on, not as severe as crack on
Bollox – monkeys nuts (specific spelling with an x on the end)
Bollocks – dammit
Slapper – really loose Doris (women) slap slap slap, a bit of a whore really
Swish swosh – prosperous walk. Walking like you’ve got a lot of money in your pocket, which maybe you do.
giffer – a cap wearing cross between a git and a duffer (specifically spelled with a lower case g)
Giffer – orgy seeking drunk middle age woman
Duffer – a pratt
Pratt – bit of an idiot
Git – a bit of a sod
Sod – (suttly different than git) kind of an idiot
Twat – agressive reference to a bit of a bastard, also female anatomy so be careful with this one
Dog and bone – the phone
Cream crackered – knackered
I don’t Adam and Eve it – I don’t believe it.
of course it goes on and on. A week with Matt can give you a whole new look at the english language.