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TBT – 2007 Quicksilver National Enduro
Very dirty at the finish, Lafferty has caught me from 15 minutes behind at the finish
Here are a few photos from the Quicksilver. It is probably one of the last great national enduros that I rode. Even though the rules had changed to the new system, it was so hard that it did not matter. Just getting to the finish was object. There were five of us on row 10, Dennis Decker, Mike Sigety, Dylan Debel, myself and Gordon White.
We were pretty closely matched, so it was full moto in each test for much of the day. I was actually the fastest of the group in a few of the sections. Following the course was a bit tricky, so the other guys were happy to let me lead at times. As the day wore on, it rained more and more. As it got muddier, the other guys, particularity Dylan, really started to pull away from me.
In the last section of the day, we were still close, but I was trailing. Mike Sigety ran his bike down off the trail into the brush in one steep section. I was bulldogging my bike down when I came to up to him. Dennis had stopped to help pull Mike back up and that was pretty much the end of their day. Dylan went on to have a great finish and I was just outside to top 20 in 23rd. I beat some pretty solid riders that day. Gordon blew up his bike in the muddy conditions and had to get towed in, well after dark.
Here are a few quick stories:
We came up to this huge bottleneck late in the day. It was single file way up the trail waiting. After a few minutes, I said screw this and told the guys I was going to find some other way around. We were just a quarter mile in from a road. So I gathered the guys up and we headed back down the trail to the road. We just went down the road a little ways before finding the next trail up the mountain. Sure enough in a few minutes we were back on the course and had avoided the huge line. This was a common type of occurrence at the quicksilver. You had to think outside the box.
The remote gas was clear over the mountain from the pits. There were only 30 some riders who finished the whole course. The gas truck did not get back to the pits until an hour after dark. By then nearly everyone had left for home, most of the riders being finished early in the day. There were at least 50 cans on the trailer than were unclaimed. So I just pulled the van up and did a little self service fill up for the trip back home.
I asked the crew a number of times about stranded riders, waiting for Gordon to get back in. They kept telling me that they did not have any information. Finally one guy said that all he knew that there was some guy who had made it out to a road and he had a big fire going. I knew immediately that would be Gordon.
Swedish rider Ricard Wressel and Dylan Debel were traveling with us. After the race they crawled into the bed in the van and slept like the dead all the way back to San Diego while I drove.
I had been passed by Kurt Wilcox in the last section. I was stoked to pass him back later. But at the finish I buried my wheels in the rock pile of the endurocross course and he got back by me.
I think this is the only race that I can claim to have beaten Johnny Campbell, I actually had a shot at Kendall Norman too, if it had not been for the rock pile screw up.
Nice and clean waiting to start with Dylan Debel, Mike Sigety and Dennis Decker
I gave Neena a ride back to the pits from the finish line not realizing that the bike was slinging mud all over her back
The first thing in this video is our line, row 10, leaving the start line. You can also see me cross the finish line at the 5:00 mark.