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Friday, August 19, 2005

Forecast Says.... "Epic"

The Damage After One Lap

Southeast Trek/VW Rider Big Earl and I Getting Down and Dirty

Last Night's Sunset

Today I found out that this area of West Virginia is actually a classified "rain forest". When torrential down-pours are combined correctly with a constant misting of fog and a pinch of afternoon sunshine you get a freshly brewed batch of straight up muddy mess they call a trail with a unique "cake" like consistency.

After pre-riding one lap and following the flowing rivers down what used to be the "lines," our bikes are totally worked and our mechanics are totally bummed.

Tomorrow will only get worse as more people get out there and ride... So I am predicting an epic 4 lap nightmare that resembles more of a triathalon than a mountain bike race. Time to go duct tape my shoes....


Anonymous Anonymous said...

good luck nick....I'll be thinking about you racing...while I am under blue skies here in wisco windsurfing this weekend...see you in a few weeks, chris

2:37 PM  
Blogger Jeff Kerkove said...

I did the Expert XC race about 5 years ago. I drove all the way from Iowa to freek'n run 4 laps thru the rain forest. Ugh!

3:51 PM  
Blogger bsetliff said...

Good luck Nick. So far, your blog is about the only one I've seen with pics and a few updates from Snowshoe. Very cool! Now if I could just find the results for the Marathon...

3:59 PM  
Blogger Mom said...

You've done it before, my boy! You can do it again...in style...muddy style! Don't get hurt and try not to eat/breathe in too much muck. Got windshield wipers on those glasses? I'm rootin' for ya from VERY balmy southwest FL!! I love ya, Mom

3:59 PM  
Blogger Jason said...

Man, did 3 Twenty-Four Hour Races there. Rained EVERY time. Mud etc., When will they learn. Good luck to you (any your mechanics!)

6:33 PM  
Blogger Tauras said...

Let me know if you want to try out a fugly fender, it will save your face and drivetrain, g/l on the mud fest race

9:58 AM  
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Anonymous mpap said...

what is the concept behing duct taping your shoes? also i love your blog.

10:22 PM  

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