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24 HOURS of BRAAP!

 

2017 NORTHEAST 24 HOUR CHALLENGE RACE REPORT

MY GUY AND I ARRIVED ON THURSDAY TO TRY AND LOCATE A DECENT CAMPING SPOT FOR US AND

Ca$h and Check Only...
Ca$h and Check Only…

BOTH OUR TEAMS. LET’S BE HONEST – TALL PINES IS NOT EASILY NAVIGATED IN A BIG RIG OR BASICALLY ANY TYPE OF CAMPER/TRAILER… THIS ALONG WITH THE PRIOR 6 HOUR DRIVE WOULD START OUR CHALLENGE RACE. A NICE CAPER TO OUR EVENING WAS A RIDE TO DINNER TO A LOCAL OLD SCHOOL DINER CALLED TEXAS HOT ON OUR DUAL SPORTS…TEXAS HOT INDEED.

FRIDAY MY TEAMMATES STARTED TO ARRIVE AND WITH IT MY EXCITEMENT!  HEIDI, AMANDA & SAMANTHA WERE FIRST – WE JOINED OUR GUYS AND WENT ON A TRACK WALK – WE KNEW WE’D HAVE SOME SLICK HILLS TO TRAVERSE AND WE NEEDED A QUICK LOOK AND STUDY. ALL WAS GOING WELL THE SUN WAS SHINING AND WE WERE EVEN TALKING ABOUT HOW THE TRACK WOULD PROBABLY DRY OUT. THEN OUT OF NOWHERE THE CLOUDS GATHERED AND IT HAPPENED… A GOOD OL’ DOWNPOUR ON US RELENTLESSLY FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. WE WERE ALL SOAKED TO THE BONE AND THEN SOMEONE REALIZED SHE HAD LEFT THE VENT ABOVE HER BED OPEN ON HER CAMPER… OOPS!

Splish Splashin!
Splish Splashin!

ONCE WE MADE IT BACK TO OUR CAMPERS WE DECIDED WE WOULD WRING OURSELVES OUT AND MEET AT OUR PIT TO START PLANNING OUR SETUP. DURING THAT TIME OUR TEAMMATE MARINA SHOWED UP – SHE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO RACE BUT SHE PLANNED TO JOIN US FOR SUPPORT AND JUST BASICALLY ANYTHING SHE COULD HELP WITH, SUCH A BLESSING! – A COUPLE WEEKS PRIOR SHE HAD CRASHED HARD ON HER BIKE AND SUFFERED A BROKEN COLLARBONE AND COULDN’T RACE. WE ALSO TOOK THIS TIME TO TEST OUR TRANSPONDER IN THE DIFFERENT RACE CONDITIONS… THIS WAS JUST PLAIN FUN – THEN THE TYPICAL SELFIE BREAK FOLLOWED BY A PROPER TEAM MEETING UNDER THE COVER OF OUR FLY

Private Meeting
Private Meeting

TENT… UNFORTUNATELY OUR ACE, VALERIE WAS STILL IN ROUTE AND IT WAS NEARLY DARK… SHE WAS OUR STARTER, OUR HOLESHOT DEVICE! ONCE SHE ARRIVED OUR TEAM WAS COMPLETE AND NOW JUST REQUIRED SLEEP… TOMORROW OUR EPIC ADVENTURE WOULD BEGIN!

AS I WALKED DOWN TOWARD OUR PIT I NOTICED THE MOST AMAZING SIGHT – OUR AWESOME BLUE FLY RACING TENT WAS DECORATED FROM TOP TO BOTTOM WITH ALL THE GOODIES AMANDA, HEIDI AND I HAD BROUGHT! HEIDI – WHO WAKES BEFORE THE BIRDS START CHIRPING SNUCK TO OUR PIT AND KILLED IT WITH THE PIT DECORATIONS – WE HAD DISCUSSED DOING IT IN THE MORNING – BUT SHE KNEW HOW HECTIC THINGS GET AND SPRINKLED HER FAIRY-DUST  MAKING IT BEAUTIFUL! WE HAD OUR EYE ON THE PRIZE FOR THE *BEST PIT DECORATION CONTEST… AND SHE IS HIGHLY COMPETITIVE!

FLY RACING HOOKED UP THE TEAM IN KINETIC TEAL/YELLOW WOMENS RACE GEAR AND LIMITED DECAL TOOK IT A STEP FURTHER BY ADDING OUR SPONSORS, NUMBER AND NAMES ON OUR RACE

Before we get this beautiful Fly Kinetic Womens Gear Muddy... Lets Take a Team Pic!
Before we get this beautiful Fly Kinetic Womens Gear Muddy… Lets Take a Team Pic!

JERSEYS! WE LOOKED RACE READY FOR SURE! IT WAS TIME TO TAKE SOME PICTURES WHILE WE WERE ALL STILL CLEAN, THEN HEAD TO THE RIDERS MEETING AND THE STARTING LINE FOR THE 10AM START.

THIS YEARS TEAM OF DIRT BIKE LOVING LADIES HAD TO TACKLE SOME OF THE MOST EXTREME MUD THEY’D YET EXPERIENCED ON AN 11 MILE, 24HOUR RACE COURSE.  LOCALS REPORTED THAT IT HAD BEEN RAINING FOR WEEKS PRIOR TO THE RACE.  AT A TYPICAL XC RACE YOU ARE PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE ELEMENTS THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT THIS IS A 24 HOUR EVENT WHICH MEANS THE COURSE WILL NEED TO BE TRAVERSED FOR…DRUM-ROLL…24 HOURS BY… IN THIS CASE 143 TEAMS! THAT SAID IT’S A SHAME THE COURSE WASN’T DESIGNED WITH THAT IN MIND… THE ELEVATION CHANGES THAT WOULD TYPICALLY BE FINE WERE NOW ROCK WITH A THIN LAYER OF ICING… AKA SLICK MUD… THIS MADE FOR A SLALOM COURSE OF FATIGUED RIDERS OVERNIGHT. THE TRACK CREW HAD TO MAKE MANY CHANGES THROUGHT THE RACE… I’M THANKFUL THAT THEY DID BECAUSE BY ALL ACCOUNTS IT GOT PRETTY NUTTY OVERNIGHT!

 

Valerie ripped the Holeshot!
Valerie ripped the Holeshot!

VALERIE WAS OUR STARTER – SHE WAS SO EXCITED TO GET GOING… THE MUD DIDN’T DISCOURAGE HER EITHER – THAT GIRL LIVES TO RIDE! WE MET HER ON THE LINE – HEIDI HELD HER BIKE WHILE SHE STOOD FACING IT – OUR COMPETITION THE SPUNKYDUNK DAMSELS WERE READY AS WELL… WHEN THE 10 SECOND COUNTDOWN BEGAN CHEERS OF ENCOURAGEMENT WERE HEARD FOR BOTH TEAMS – THE GREEN FLAG WAVED AND BOTH GIRLS SPRINTED TO THEIR BIKES – VALERIE KICKED HER 200 KTM FIRST AND WAS GONE… THE RACE WAS ON!

OUR PLAN WAS FOR EACH RACER TO DO 2 LAPS AND SWITCH… VALERIE WAS DOING SOME AWESOME TIMES – ABOUT 37 MINUTES PER LAP! WHEN SHE CAME IN FOR AMANDA TO TAKE OVER SHE WAS BEAMING, SHE LET US KNOW HOW SLICK IT WAS BUT – I THINK SHE COULD HAVE EASILY HANDLED

Valerie powering through the pines!
Valerie powering through the pines!

ANOTHER 2 LAPS. AMANDA TOOK OVER AND BOOGIED DOWN PIT ROAD ON HER KTM 300 AND THEN OFF INTO THE SLICKNESS SHE HANDLED 2 LAPS AND ONCE SHE RETURNED SHE TOLD US ABOUT HOW SHE HAD BEEN SO TEMPTED TO COME IN AFTER THE FIRST LAP…BUT SHE WANTED NO REGRETS

Amanda hammering the course!
Amanda hammering the course!

AND SHE WORKED THROUGH THE DEMONS AND DID THAT SECOND LAP! NEXT UP WAS HEIDI – SHE WAS A BIT NERVOUS BUT STAYED TO PLAN AND WENT OUT ON THE COURSE… SHE HAD AN EVENTFUL FIRST LAP AND DECIDED IT WOULD BE BEST TO BRING IT IN AND SAVE HER SELF BEFORE SHE WRECKED HERSELF… THE TRACK WAS GETTING PRETTY

Heidi with her husband and racer Kenny
Heidi with her husband and racer Kenny

ROUGH. SAMANTHA WAS ON DECK AND READY TO TAKE HER NEW HUQUVARNA 250EXCF TO THE RACE COURSE. THIS WOULD BE HER FIRST RACE ON THE FOUR STROKE AND SHE WAS VERY EAGER TO SEE HOW IT WOULD PREFORM. AFTER 1 LAP SHE ALSO CAME IN AND TOLD ME TO PREPARE MYSELF FOR THE TECHNICAL COURSE AND DON’T TRUST ANY OF THE ROOTS – THEY WOULD SURLY TAKE ME DOWN…  I WAS NERVOUS YET EAGER TO HAVE MY TIME. AS SOON AS I DROPPED INTO THE WOODS I WAS FEELING

Samantha letting me know - The roots will take you down!
Samantha letting me know – The roots will take you down!

GOOD AND GASSED IT BUT JUST AS SOON AS I DID THAT MY FRONT WHEEL PLOWED INTO A BREAKING BUMP AND I THOUGHT I’D BETTER CHILL OUT. THEN THE GRASSY FIELD SECTION THAT FOLLOWED WAS INSANE SLICK WITH TOPSOIL… OFF TO THE ROADS THAT AMANDA MENTIONED BEING SO SLICK HER BACK END KEPT TRYING TO COME AROUND ON HER. I MANAGED OKAY WITH THAT AND WAS ACTUALLY HAVING FUN EVEN ON THE TECHNICAL ROOTY SECTIONS AND LOVED THE INFAMOUS “MATRIX” – OF COURSE I HAD A COUPLE CLOSE CALLS BUT IT WASN’T UNTIL I CAME UPON A STEEP DOWNHILL THAT LEAD TO A RIGHTHAND TURN INTO THE CREEK THAT I REALLY STARTED

Marina stuck by her team and helped us with scoring and pictures.. simply whatever! She was awesome!
Marina stuck by her team and helped us with scoring and pictures.. simply whatever! She was awesome!

TO FOCUS ON THOUGHTS OF DOING THIS AT NIGHT. I WATCHED OTHER RACERS MAKE THEIR WAY DOWN THE HILL EVEN GOT TO WATCH LISSA ALDAKIMOV AS SHE SO SMOOTHLY MADE THE DECENT BUT I HAD JUST COME FROM A ROUGH SECTION OF INSANLY SLICK ROOTS, DEEP HOLES AND RUTS THAT WERE EXTREMELY CHALLENGING FOR ME AND HAD THIS EXCHANGE WITH A COURSE

Amanda's husband and pit-tootsie Ryan hooked up her Task lights for the upcoming night portion of the race.
Amanda’s husband and pit-tootsie Ryan hooked up her Task lights for the upcoming night portion of the race.

MARSHALL ON A 4 WHEELER… I RODE UP TO HIM PRIOR TO SETTING OFF TOWARDS A MUD HOLE AND SAID “MAN – THIS COURSE IS REALLY CRAZY FOR A 24 HOUR – I MEAN ITS REALLY SOMETHING NOW, I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT IT WILL BE LIKE AT 3AM!” HIS RESPONSE “WELL THIS ISN’T FOR EVERYONE” MY RESPONSE “WELL YOU HAVE CLASSES FOR EVERYONE – SO IT SHOULD BE” OFF I WENT TO COMPLETE MY LAP WHICH TOOK 1:17…YIKES! I THOUGHT ABOUT TAKING ANOTHER LAP ESPECIALLY SINCE IT WAS STILL LIGHT OUT BUT I THOUGHT IT MADE MORE SENSE TO LET VALERIE GET BACK AT IT WITH HER SPEED AND ENTHUSIASM!… OUR ROTATION HAD SOME ADJUSTMENTS AS WE WENT TO ADAPT TO THE CONDITIONS – THINGS WERE MOVING ALONG PRETTY WELL.

Samantha after her night lap...
Samantha after her night lap…

ONCE THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF NIGHT TIME HIT THINGS GOT SKETCHY. AMANDA WENT OUT AFTER VALERIE AND SAID IT WAS SLICK BUT SHE HAD A GREAT EXPERIENCE – SHE HAD THOUGHT OF CONTINUING TO RIDE ANOTHER LAP… HEIDI WENT OUT AND UNFORTUNATELY ON AN UPHILL HAD TO DEAL WITH TWO GUYS TAKING HER LINE AND KILLED HER DRIVE – SHE WAS IN AN AWKWARD POSITION AND THEN HURT HERSELF. AFTER THIS – HER THIRD LAP OF THE RACE SHE WAS UNABLE TO RETURN TO THE COURSE. SAMANTHA WENT OUT AND HAD QUITE AN EPIC EXPERIENCE – HER THROTTLE STUCK AND HER BIKE ENDED UPSIDE DOWN AFTER A FEW CRASHES AT AROUND MILE 6… IT WAS TREACHEROUS – SHE EVENTUALLY HAD TO GET ESCORTED OUT BY A MARSHALL. WE WERE ALL WORRIED AS SHE WAS OUT FOR NEARLY 3 HOURS! CRAZY… IT JUST SO HAPPENS THAT AT THAT SAME TIME ANOTHER SAMANTHA FROM THE PREMIERE TEAM WAS ALSO HAVING ISSUES AT MILE 9. WHILE SAMANTHA WAS OUT MY GUY HAD SEEN HER TWICE (ASKED IF SHE WAS OKAY AND WAS) AND WHEN HE MADE HIS WAY BACK KNOWING IT WAS MY TURN IN ROTATION HE LET SOMEONE KNOW NOT TO LET ME OUT ON THE COURSE.  I TOOK HIS ADVISE AND STAYED IN THE PITS. I BELIEVE VALERIE WENT FOR 2 LAPS FOLLOWED BY AMANDA THEN WE HAD A LAG – I WENT OUT IN THE AM AND HAD ABOUT A 2 HOUR LAP…JUST TRAIL RIDING – IT ACTUALLY GOT SLICKER AND WETTER AS THE MORNING WENT ON! WE THEN HAD VALERIE GO OUT FOR HER FINAL LAP AND TAKE THE CHECKERS FOR THE TEAM!

 

 

Valerie... If I had a $ for everytime she said "IT'S SOOO FUN!"
Valerie… If I had a $ for everytime she said “IT’S SOOO FUN!”FINAL LAP TAKING THE CHECKERS FOR THE TEAM!

WE ENDED UP 97TH OVERALL AND 1ST IN CLASS WITH 18 LAPS THAT WAS 11 LAPS AHEAD OF OUR COMPETITORS. LAST YEAR WE DID 26 LAPS… AND I COMPLAINED ABOUT THE DUST – BUT I HAVE TO SAY AFTER DEALING WITH THIS MUD AND TECHNICAL SECTIONS ON THIS YEARS COURSE – I’D TAKE THE DUST ANY DAY!

Silly String and the Checkers for Valerie!
Silly String and the Checkers for Valerie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ON A PERSONAL NOTE…I MYSELF AM PRETTY BUMMED THAT I WAS UNABLE TO GET MORE QUALITY LAPS IN AND RIDE AT NIGHT…BUT ALL IN ALL OF COURSE IT WAS AN EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE AND I ENJOYED BEING ABLE TO SHARE IT WITH MY RIDING BUDDIES!

I MUST ADD HOW AWESOME IT WAS TO HAVE MARINA THERE IN THE PITS – KEEPING TRACK OF LAP TIMES AND TAKING PICTURES – SHE EVEN BROUGHT CHAMPAGNE FOR POST RACE CELEBRATION!

A BIG BONUS WAS OUR TEAM WON THE PIT DECORATION CONTEST – WE SCORED SOME SWEET FLY BACKPACKS!!!

Award Presentation! Team DBGA gets 1st in class!!!
Award Presentation!
Team DBGA gets 1st in class!!!

NANCY SABATER

 

 

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