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2010 ISDE Qualifier – Garrahan Nails It
We just finished up the 2010 Idaho City ISDE qualifier. It was a long tough event, perhaps the hardest in years. This seasons course was 115 miles, consisting mostly of new trails running on private timber lands. The new technical sections were made even more challenging by the steady rains that came down before and during the race. Plenty of holes and bogs developed, stopping the progress of many of the riders, including myself.
Yet for Brian Garrahan none of this seemed to matter as he was clearly in a class of his own in these conditions. It has been a few years since Brian has made it up to Idaho City, but he clearly hasn’t forgotten his way around. He was chased by Ian Blythe, Jordan Brandt, Ryan Powell and David Kamo.
I had a race that I would just as soon forget. Just a few miles into day one I discovered water shooting out the weep hole of the water pump on the Husaberg. Deciding to play it safe I called it a day, figuring I could secure a replacement water pump seal and restart day two. No sense blowing up the bike Husaberg had been so kind to loan me.
I headed into Boise to pay a visit to the local KTM dealer, Motosports and see if they could help me out. Sure enough the part was the same as on the orange bikes so I had it fixed in no time at all. The water pump shaft was coated in sludge, so it was pretty obvious what had caused the problem. I think someone had been putting muddy water in the cooling system. That “someone” was probably an editor from one of the magazines.
Anyway, I was all set to go on day two. The trail was awesome. Despite the rain, the soil conditions held up pretty well and there is nothing like lots of new trail to put a smile on your face. Things were going good. Matt Stavish had pretty much secured the win in the senior class, but if I could just follow him around I should have second for the day pretty easy.
All was going well until the third special test when I made one of those lapses in judgment that I have no good explanation for. I chose the wrong line though a big mud hole and I knew even before I hit it that is was going to be bad. If it hadn’t been a test I would have stopped, but being in a hurry I just went for it and buried the Berg up to the rear fender in the mud. Then, as soon as I jumped off to push, I twisted my knee.
I remember thinking at one point that I wished I had my heart rate monitor on, because I am sure I hit a new max rate. After 5 solid minutes of struggle, up to my knees in mud, I finally had the bike free. But at that point I was so exhausted that it was all I could do to just ride. As the race went, it was basically the end of my day. I carried on to the finish, but dropped a few route points along the way.
So, that is just the way it happens some days. I always try to ride just as steady as I can and make as few errors as possible, but sometimes it just all goes the wrong way. I can’t complain about the Berg, it was more up to the task than I. In fact it is a really easy bike to ride as the terrain gets more difficult.
So congratulations to Brian and all the other riders who qualified for the ISDE this year in Mexico. I am hanging out at David Kamo’s place today doing a little clean up and recuperating. Tomorrow we head out for some adventure bike riding with MotorcycleUSA. This weekend we will be up in Sandpoint for the Selkirks rally.