This photo is from day 4 of the 2002 ISDE in The Czech Republic. It was my first ISDE and all I could think about was that I had to finish. Taking a DNF was not an option. Right before we left for the event, I found out that the AMA had entered me in the wrong class. Long story short, I had to change bikes two days before the event started. Fortunately KTM had a 400exc available for me. I picked it up from KTM, rode it across the pits and spent one hour prepping it before it had to go into impound. I literally put the mousse tubes in it and checked all the bolts.
When the ISDE started, I rolled the 400 out of impound to start, the bike had exactly 1 kilometer showing on the odometer. Fortunately it was nearly identical to the 400 I already had at home, so I felt right at home on the bike. It ran great all week. Just last week I just pulled that out and spent 3 days riding it in Mexico.
The event was incredibly hard. It rained nearly every day. Only half of all the riders finished that year. This picture is from day 4. Ten American riders did not finish that single day.
This is a special test late in the day. I remember it being sort of eerie. So many riders had gone out on that day, that I found myself riding completely alone. You can see in the test that I am one of just a couple of riders in the whole place.
I dropped 45 minutes that day. It wasn’t much fun, but I finished. The little 400 was almost perfect for me, it got great traction and did not spin the wheel much. It did not need much help from the clutch, it would just chug along in the mud. It brought me home with a bronze medal from my first trip to the six days. Hard to believe that was ten years ago now.