I was able to snap this pic of Toby right before he started the first test of the Prospectors Enduro at Anza.
It was good to see you at the race. I was looking for you at round 1 to stop and say hi but didn’t see you. I hope all is well. Attached is my race report from round two with a picture. I don’t have any pictures from the race because my camera woman (my wife) is currently in Afghanistan. So attached are a couple others.
I know you have been doing some 500 xc-w testing for awhile. What a fun bike to ride. In stock form not the greatest but when you put a good set of factory connection suspenders underneath her it’s a whole different story. I have been riding it back to back with my 300 and it is better in some areas and worse in others but again it is so much fun to ride. Enduro 360 looks good. Up to date with some good bike tests and results. Good job. Anyways, hope all is well and see you at the races.
The AMA West CHEC series had us headed to Anza, CA for round 2 hosted by the Prospectors motorcycle club. I was excited about this event because it was held in the trees, something I have been missing riding in. I had been watching the weather for about a week and it showed that we were going to have some rain which was good to keep the dust under control. That was the case when we arrived at the race site Saturday night after making the 10 hour trip. The ground was wet and looked to be a promising muddy race. Josh Tomaselli and I headed to town to grab a room and would return in the morning. When we did we were greeted with six inches of snow and low 30 temps! It was going to be a cold one today. At first key time was delayed an hour, which had no benefit as conditions only worsened. At the riders meeting they told us that the race was shortened from a 60 mile course to two three and a half mile specials ninety minutes apart. Everyone had their opinions about their decision but the club did what they thought was best in reference to safety.
I was on minute 16 which was probably the best place to be because of the likelihood of the course deteriorating as 250 riders pushed through it. As expected the first special was snowy and muddy. I just rode smart and concentrated on not making any mistakes because a fall would shuffle me back in the results due to the tests being short. I started with 3 tear-offs and ended the test with no goggles. The snow from the trees and the 10 or so riders I passed wrecked my goggles. It has been a long, long time since I have ridden in the mud and didn’t even think of bringing my Scott roll offs. “Good job Toby,” I said to myself as I was squinting to see the trail riding in first gear because the snow hurt my eyes once I took my goggles off. I finished the test in 12:10. Not the fastest I could have ridden by any means but I just rode smart and made it through the test mistake free.
I waited my 90 minutes and set out on the second and final test, this time with 8 tear offs stacked on my goggles! You see I’m not the greatest at using tear offs, I often become jealous when I see Justin Barcia scrub a ridiculous braking bump and rip one off. I went 30 seconds into the test when I reached for a tear off; I rode for another minute before reaching for another and then realized I ripped all 8 of them off at the beginning of the test. “Way to go Toby.” I struggled keeping my goggles clean but fell over because I couldn’t see so I took them off yet again. I finished test two the same way as test one, squinting because the snow hurt my eyes and riding in first gear. My time was 12:46 earning me a 2nd overall for the day.
All in all I rode fine. I fell once in the 2nd test but that was it. I could have rode a lot faster but felt the smart thing was to ride a little slower and not make mistakes. I feel like I made a good decision doing that and the results show it. The first thing I did when I arrived home was dig out those trusty roll offs. Thanks everyone for reading and see you at the next AMA West CHEC on April 15th in Lakeport, CA.