The guy with the load of sticks on his back... That's Team Ricoh.
Those in LCR just get it, those not, don't. It's all about the disadvantage, fighting your way out of a hole, being last makes you first, winning isn't everything, remember Underdog? Besides Popeye, that dude ruled Cartoon land circa 1978...
"Riddlers pit". The Buck starts are down low, LCR (besides Eddy) gravitates to the worst possible sand trap spot to tow the line= riddlers pit. Why? See above...
Last week start off riddlers pit, D-man led out, his Pops would have been proud to witness, but ARS don't start in riddlers pit with us these days... It was humorous start, no complications other than passing 30 people in 200 yards...
This week, was expecting the same. But didn't compute that riddlers pit was now DRY. Off start, spun out within 5 feet, second attempt futile, no mo to dig out of trap, run bike to hard ground, start was in bottom 5. Sweet. New game, time to fight out of almost dead last see where it shakes out. Worked my way up some, but then pushed off trail in first little singletrack, me blocker (yag on my part), jimmmmay helps me out.
Lap 1 picnic in the heat. Come up on a LCR sister in long sleeve and fancy pants, it's RZ. In heat infused high tone squeel "Zilla coming up!!!" RZ goes elbows wide, kids me to the weeds thinking me the enemy, ha, jack would be pleased, POINT. Somehow got weeds wedged into rim/ tire bead. Thwacking against fork, lasted for a lap. Challange- avoid mind riddle to stop and pull weeds, just ignor. Then on to rubbed elbows with D-rider, a little back and forth tellin me he ain't sandbagging- nice, he'd be LCR if pickles had no juice.
Lap 2- up some more to fast start Eddy and his new guy Steve... Get by on backwards climb only to get chain wedged between cranks and frame, can't ignor that. Off bike to decode. The handfull I just passed now have to redo effort. Burn another match. Sweet.
Lap 3- Get by Ragnorok Champ Brandon Mankse and fellow OG Ray Coyle. Good to see both these guys giving it.
Lap 4 brought in a handful more including gravel grinder Ted Loose, he did me in on sprint finish at Rag 2 years ago, Nice. He'd be a recruit, but Wookies have more sophisticated riddles to us lower on evolution chain.
In the end- burnt 7-8 extra matches/ stall out/ chain wedge/ weed eat in 4 laps was able to fight back for 12th.
It's not the final result you remember, but what it took to get that result...
The racer boi in me says go start to the left/ no riddlers pit sand trap next week. But my LCR sisters will call point if I avoid the disadvantage.
For 1 hour on a bike, too much to say, didn't stick around just went to hang with Honey...
Spent 3+ hours on new bike at Levis Trow yesterday. Heat infused singletrack bliss. Goat Dancer- wanted my fancy phone and the Goat. Sidewinder both ways (backwards easier). Toad road twice, had to redo the challenge spot, almost fell off rocks from heat, ha. Cliffhanger, no propedal required, pin it but dabbed on slick limestone rock line, "point" in my head. Porky Point, stopped and did ladder drop backwards (aka climb the drop) for my sisters. Went to cap off with Snodgrass for Stoener, but trail was closed- swamped. Jim- i thought of you getting the reverse teeter point on me when doing the stunt trail... Oh, new skinny in Dead Turkey- consequence is ankle deep mud... ha.
Hope you were able to get full 7 minutes of song. Bonham's drumming non compare, many copy.
"When the levee breaks momma you got to move..." Led Zep playing the blues