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2012 District 37 Check Chase Results
2012 Checkers Hare & Hound
We had a good race at the annual District 37 Check Chase last Sunday. The club put together three loops of interesting desert terrain for the riders. To mix it up a little bit, the race was started by class. This kept the lines down to about 10-15 riders each. There was no bomb run to practice, so each line headed right into trail as they started.
Another interesting thing that the club did was to give the riders a choice of what order to ride the loops in. Three loops, ride them any way you wish. As my line started, I got off really slow. I pulled off to the left just a little and hit a good line that was dust free. I was able to make up a number of positions as we headed to the first single track ravine.
I was still in a bit of dust with a couple of riders right in front of me. About two miles into the loop there was the three-way split: left for loop 3, right for loop 2 and straight for loop 1. I had not really made any decision about which direction I was going to go. As we hit the split, two riders went left and two went right. I figured the best plan was just to continue straight into loop 1 as that appeared clear. Just past the split, I crested a hill and found the loop wide open in front of me. Not a single rider on my line had chosen to ride loop 1 first. For most of the loop I rode by myself. Senior rider Robert Longnecker caught and passed me early on. Right at the end of the loop there was two miles of common trail for all loops. I got stuck in a little traffic here and Paul Schafer also go by me.
Overall the course was lots of fun. It had a good variety of terrain to keep things interesting. I was hoping the third loop would be a little bit harder. The 500 KTM worked well all day. In the longer open sections it is super easy to ride. I need to dial in the suspension just a little better. I think I have my settings too stiff. The front was deflecting in the rocky sections so I had trouble charging through some of the third loop. But no problems all day, we had a fast pit and I never touched the ground all day. That is almost a win in it self.
This raced paid points for the District 37 enduro series. I finished second in class for the enduro and I am leading the Vet A class.