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 Post subject: Gloucester Grind
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:07 am 
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The Gloucester Grind was added late to the EFTA schedule due to a cancellation of the Big Ring Rumpus. I was a happy about this because its more of technical mountain bike course and its a lot closer to home.
This was a muddy race last year and luckily it was muddy again this year. We got around 2 inches of rain the Saturday before the race. I knew it would be nasty so I swapped out my rear tire for a better mud tire.
Modiggity and I got there about 2 hours before the race. We pre-rode the course. It was muddy, soupy, slick, with tons of off angle slippery roots. I thought I found some smarter lines though the nastiness during the preride.
I raced 30-39 Expert. The race went off at 11am. I started around 3rd. I tried to pace my self as there were some excellent athletes out there. I also wanted to avoid any stupid crashes. The first lap was awesome. I made my way to first. I got passed toward the end of the first lap. This brought me to second. I guess I slowed down the second lap as I got passed by two racers from my class. The third lap I wound up loosing one more place.
I wound up finishing in 5th. I would have liked to due a bit better but I gave it everything I had and I didn't get hurt. It was a great race. My Bike is a mess.
Other Bums did great at this mudfest. Jonh Modig, Steve Segechuck, and Rob Paton all had very nice finishes as well.

What Fun!


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 Post subject: Re: Gloucester Grind
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:10 am 
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Good job Matt. You didn't hurt yourself again did ya?
TP,

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 Post subject: Re: Gloucester Grind
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:09 am 
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Awesome job Matt. Way to go pushing to the front. It won't be long before you will hold it down for the entire race.

I wish i could have made that race, really bummed me out that I had a commitment with my MC club to work all day. Never even got to ride this weekend.

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 Post subject: Re: Gloucester Grind
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:21 am 
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Russ. No I didn't hurt my self. But I am not doing any favors to the healing process of my hands from a crash almost 4 weeks ago. Its not an excuse. I should have ridden faster.

John you would have killed at the grind. Really technical nasty course.


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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:34 am 
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All I can say is after racing Glocester, Sutton is going to feel like it's been paved.

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 Post subject: Re: Gloucester Grind
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:00 am 
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gofunburnman wrote:
All I can say is after racing Glocester, Sutton is going to feel like it's been paved.


Sounds like that rigid fork was the hot setup yesterday.

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:11 am 
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LIV2RYD wrote:
gofunburnman wrote:
All I can say is after racing Glocester, Sutton is going to feel like it's been paved.


Sounds like that rigid fork was the hot setup yesterday.


It was good enough to beat Matt :) Not good enough to beat Modig though. He got me by a couple of minutes. Friends of ours had a 40th birthday bash the night before and I may have had a few beers and eaten way too much. Well, at least that's my excuse.

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Here's my race report. Not as fast as Modig, Segenchuk or Chandler, but I finished!

http://pedalpushingpatons.blogspot.com/ ... eview.html

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