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2007 Quicksilver National Enduro
One To Remember
The 2007 Quicksilver National Enduro is certainly one I remember well. Like many years at Coalinga, it rained and the conditions were lousy. I was riding on minute 10 with Dylan Debel, Mike Sigety and Dennis Decker. How we ended up with 4 comparable A riders on the same minute I don’t know. My dad was also on the same minute. You can see us leaving the start at the very beginning of this video.
With the new National Enduro format, the four of us would launch off into each test like it was a motocross, full roost. We were all buddies, so we tried to work out a pecking order, but we were all so close in speed that there was not a clear leader for the minute until late in the race. At one time Dylan would lead, then Dennis and sometimes me. Dennis was fast, but struggled when in the lead, so he decided he would rather follow.
As the day progressed, the conditions got worse and I started to lose touch with the others who were much better in the mud than me. Late in the day we came upon a big bottleneck, common for the Quicksilver. I had more experience at this event, so after taking a quick survey of the situation I told the other three “Look, this is no good, I am going back down to the road and find a different way up this mountain, if you want to come, let’s go”.
We all worked our way back down the trail, about 100 yards to the road. It only took a couple of minutes to find an alternate route. It ended up being a very good choice.
The last test was super challenging. The club had cut new trail on the side of the mountain, not really any trail, just a ribbon and cleared area. It was nearly impossible to ride some of the slick side hills. But I was making progress and getting near the end. Dennis and Mike both had issues, one went off the trail somewhere very steep. I think it was a section he tried to ride, while I bulldogged my bike down.
Late in the race I got passed by Kurt Wilcox. Amazingly, I caught and passed him back. If you have ever raced against Kurt in nasty conditions, you know how good he can be. At the very end was the enduro cross section. Lafferty had just passed me from 15 rows back. I was almost to the finish when I got stuck in the rocks. Both wheels were buried in and I could not lift the bike out. I am sure it was only a minute or so, but it felt like an eternity with all the spectators watching me. Wilcox came back by me there also.
The second photo is me and Mike Lafferty at the finish, so muddy that we are hard to recognize. All four riders on minute 10 were on pace for top 20 finishes, but Mike and Dennis lost it in the last test, finishing 46th and 26th respectively. Dylan was top man at 13th overall and I finished 23rd. Still, I was in front of some pretty good riders that day.
I have two quick shots in this video, at the start and right as the finish. You will also see Husaberg riders Dylan Debel and Ricard Wressel as well as a few other D36 regulars. Yes, I think we were all very tired at the end.