This is the finishing order, before any review or penalties
I am just in from the first day on the course. What a day it has been! I have sort of held off talking a lot about this event until I could get a little more feel for it. Part of my purpose for being here is to spread the word about the event to the folks back home. It is hard to believe that Kendall Norman is the only American rider in this event. He is really only here by accident more or less. I don’t mean that as a slight to him, he was just given the opportunity and jumped at it. But we have no other riders, where as there are many from Canada, South Africa, UK and New Zealand.
This morninig I was out the door at 5 am. Very early start here. But on the other hand, the first riders were back to the paddock by noon. I headed out to the first off road section and then the mid point service area. After that, my duties were sort of completed, so I just jumped on the race course to check it out.
I rode the “hobby track” for the second half of the day. That means that I did not have to do all the super gnarly stuff that you see in the videos. Actually the “hobby” was fairly easy. So let me give you the quick 411 about some of the most important and unique parts of this event
start early finish early
feels very much like riding the six days, but far less rules and much better virgin course
the technical difficulty of the sportsman or hobby track is similar to riding the Idaho City ISDE qualifier. Lots of up and down, some tough spots, but all doable by the average A level rider and probably by many B riders. My dad could probably do all of it and he is 70 something.
we will see what the next days bring, but actually the hobby track seemed a little too easy today.
fantastic scenery out on the course, feels more like a spectacular trail ride than a race. It also looks just like Idaho City.
if it rains, things will be far more difficult
plenty of virgin terrain, no whoops or old bike ruts
a day is about half of what an ISDE day is for length and time
GPS navigation, but course is ribboned also
As you can see, I am very enthused about the whole event. It is like a very low key version of the Six Days. Of course, for the expert and pro classes, that is something of a different story. They have sections that are vastly more difficult than the hobby. These are course splits, so the classes share much of the same basic route.
The Husaberg 300 I have is the perfect tool for the job. I am having a good time on it, very easy to ride in the tough stuff. I have to give a shout out to Phillip from Husaberg who did all the prep work on my bike. It was a little knackered when I showed up, but he went to work and made it all shiny and new again.
They have an interesting way of dealing with the mousse inserts here. The one in the rear of my bike is the equivalent of about 4lbs of tire pressure. It has had both the inside and outside diameter shaved off it. It will hardly go down the highway,the tire wobbles so bad, but it sure is sweet in the bad stuff. I have a new set of Golden tyre rubber on. I had to cough up a few Euros for those, but they seem to work good.
So our first day is sort of over. There is still lots of work to do before the day 2 start. I have pics and video to work on. I need to get the new gps maps loaded. But mostly I just need to get some sleep. I was good for the first couple of days, but it was a no go last night, got about 3 hours total. I would take a nap now, but that Red Bull just ain’t going to let it happen.