I did an Enduro!
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    I did an Enduro!

    by befree » Thu Sep 11, 2008 9:42 pm

    Well, after a fashion, anyway. I came in last, but I do get the Good Samaritan award.

    I hadn't ever seen this riding area before, so my first lap (about 8 miles) was really slow just figuring out where to go. It was a lot like an 8-mile motocross track in the desert with deep sand in the berms, fist sized rocks (Don took one on the foot from someone's roost), hard packed grass/soil and gravel access roads. A little bit of everything, but mostly it was a lot of up and down. I picked up the speed and did well my 2nd lap. The race was to be 4 laps total (around 32 miles).

    But on my 3rd lap, I came up on a scary near-vertical pitch about 15 feet high, and nearly hit a girl (maybe 14) mostly under her bike screaming bloody murder. I mean really screaming like a femur was broke or something, really hysterical. Oh crap! Two riders passed me while I was passing her and didn't stop. I just couldn't keep going. It would have haunted me if I had.

    I got to a mostly flat spot, parked the bike and jogged back to her. She was knealing in the tumbleweeds by now but still screaming. I yelled Are you hurt? (duh! I know). No break in the screaming. I shouted again in my best Angry Mom voice TELL ME ARE YOU HURT!

    Total silence. "Uh, no." pause... But I CAN'T GET MY BIKE UP! Back to the screaming. Good grief! I slowly realize that this is about a 11-year-old BOY and the only reason he is screaming is because his bike is stuck. I should have got back on my bike and kept going but I was now involved. So I told him to take a time out (I really did) and gather his strength.

    His bike was on its side with the seat slightly downhill from the wheels. It was apparent that he had made it 90% of the way up this steep vertical, the front tire had made it over the lip, then he killed it and fell over into the ditch full of tumbleweeds to the side.

    We heaved his bike (it was a 150R) up onto two wheels, but because he wasn't listening to me, he forgot to grab the front brake, and with the rear tire still on the vert the bike started rolling back down the slope. Thank heavens the track worker showed up at that very moment and kept it from becoming a total disaster. I left the two of them, and before I could get back on my own bike, he roosted me as he went past me. Humph! :roll:

    After that I was way too spent and way too far behind to get the 4th lap in without holding up the next race so I pulled off.

    I'm eager to go back and try this again. They hold 3 or 4 enduros every year, I'm told, so I will practice up for the next one. I can't wait. And next time, I won't stop for no screaming little brats! :twisted:
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    by AgentSmith » Thu Sep 11, 2008 10:26 pm

    Nice Job Barb!!!!

    Looks like you owe some brat a stone sammich... :shock:
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    by JAWS » Fri Sep 12, 2008 7:32 am

    Congratulations to you and Don. Way to go! Enduros are tough as you have seen. Try to find a Hare Scramble to ride. They can be a little less demanding since they don't have the time issues.
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    by RadRachel » Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:31 pm

    haha oh man that sucks!! He shouldnt be riding if hes gonna be a baby about falling over.
    Your so nice to have stopped and helped him out though! Props to that, your very caring.
    Good luck next time!
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    by Crfuzz » Sat Nov 08, 2008 11:51 am

    During my first harescramble I helped a kid who was stuck on a hill from my first lap, to my third which means he was probably there over an hour or so. I got 12th/19 in my first one.

    Good luck with the rest, once you start you just can't stop! (Did I steal that from Pringles :oops: ?)

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