This blog post is just going to be a cheap ploy to show off my photos from the race.
If you read my previous 2 blog entries, you know that I just returned from the 1st National Enduro – down in South Carolina. But, I also went down for a day of riding before hand. I was lucky enough to be invited to Randy Hawkins place to do that day of riding. Take a look at the previous blog entry here to see that. You can find each of our race courses and type of terrain somewhere on Randy’s property. It was amazing. Sand track, outdoor MX track, woods, hills, creek jumps…everything.
It appears to me that South Carolina is mostly sand. At least from the halfway point to the ocean, it is 99% sand. Now I actually really like South Carolina. The weather is great, the people are friendly, and they RACE motorcycles there. All the time. If you lived in South Carolina, you could race the GNCC circuit, the National Enduros, The National Harescrambles series and all the local stuff. There would be racing all the time. On top of that, there is also fantastic road cycling, and in the northern part of the state there would be great mountain biking. Why don’t I live there? That is another topic altogether. (Or is it because I love the view of snow as far as the eye can see into April?)
Enduro’s are very different from harescrambles racing, and for me they are really hard. I am much better with the Harescrambles methodology of go fast for the whole period of time. I can deal with a straight 2-3 hours of that better than I can the start stop of enduro’s. Somehow, I just really struggle to get into the groove in an enduro.
For me there were 5 sections in this enduro.
Section 1 was short. Just 8 miles. But, it was completely whooped out and holed out also. Tree roots, sand etc. My arms pumped up like Popeye. I rode like a complete squid. I bet I lost any possibility of a top 10 result in this section. Living in Wisconsin, and not riding since October is not good for your race fitness.
Section 2 was longer, but still only about 8 miles. But, it was rutted and whooped and sand and holes. My arms were still bad, but got better towards the end.
Section 3 was longer at about 15 miles. It was whooped and rutted and super tight trees and holes. Are you sensing a pattern here? I liked this section the least. This is the section that was filled with trees that you had to stop and wiggle your bars through as it was so tight. There were sections that were just a wall of trees that you had to just bash your way through. Tough.
Section 4 was the best section. Long also, but fun slowing trail with some tight stuff thrown in. This was my favorite section. But it still was a lot of sand whoops and standing.
Section 5 was good also, but over too soon as it was only about 9 miles. It was only half jammed with and tight trees. I busted this out, and went like I knew that I could. If only I could have ridden the first 2 sections the same way I did this one and #4.
Section 6 was just for the pros and A riders. Of course, Mat and JD told me that was the best section. Dang. Check the video below, it is short but it shows what the conditions were like.
– JD was 9th in 250A
– I came 13th in +50. I am ok with that, as I rode section 1 in 22nd place, section 2 17th, section 3 15th, section 4 12th, section 5 10th. I knew that I was bad in those first 2 sections, and that I got better. For sure I did. Next time…
– The Wisconsin crew represented well.
– We drove straight home through the night. I am crushed.
My bike was great. It ran superb. The new bars were great (thanks Easton). The Washougal tires worked like a champ (thanks a ton Kenda), as always Moose gear is impossible to beat. Me new EVS braces are the bomb.
Back to the great white north, and start the countdown to Steele Creek GNCC. Many thanks to our friends @TheRaceShop for the hospitality and the recognition and for being really cool. (Thanks for the shirt, btw.) Most of the “good” pictures here are from them. Thanks gang.
I believe there are new bikes coming soon! That is going to be a bonanza of tweets and blog posts. Brace yourself.