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East Enola Beach harescramble 8/20

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Well race #6 is done..... did the East Enola Beach harescramble with Mideast on sunday. Was my first time there and only the 2nd race they've had there, and they changed the track around from the first time. I had a good time and enjoyed the track.... it was definitely a rough technical track, but it was still fun. I was having an off day or something though cuz I felt like I just could not ride worth a crap. Was also having a really hard time visually following the trail in many spots.... bright sunny day and the shadows screw me up, plus most of the terrain is all the same color in many areas, so it was hard to see. Going by the arrows but still made it a bit difficult (for me)

Anyways...... start time... it was packed! First Mideast race back after summer break. I ran Sportsman C and we started with 38 in our class

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Aaaanndd 5 minutes from the start..... grreeeeaaatt, lol. I got plowed by another bike behind me, though I think somebody else hit him and pushed him into me. This was on a seriously steep downhill (doesn't look it in the vid.... it was)

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Video..... that's about how my day went :lol::lol:  So there was this steep downhill not far from the start..... they even mentioned it before we even started. Yet still everybody piles up. I waited at the top for it to clear out a little bit but still everybody was crawling down it. Going just fine then get about half way down..... BAM!! Dude slams into me from the rear and we both go down. But I'm pretty sure the dude that buzzed by me on the right here just before I went down, hit the dude on the blue Yamaha that hit me and pushed him into me. That same guy that buzzed me on the right, when he got to the bottom of the hill he hit my buddy EJ and took both of them out as well. People need to chiiiillllll, lol. Then a little further down I hit a damn tree and smashed my headlight housing. Had all the drops out of my system by that point, lol. Towards the end of the first lap just before you go into scoring, there was a little up and down hill climb section that was pretty fun. Poor KDX was getting all kinds of beat up out there.... uggh. Pretty sure there was at least 4 or 5 of us KDX's out there though   :supz: 

Then just a short clip here.... I'm not even gonna post a full lap cuz I wasn't riding so bad, lol.... I just couldn't get in a rythm. Off day for me I guess. But this first part here is that same steep downhill as the vid above where the dude hit me. With nobody else on it you can go right on down it no prob.... it really wasn't a hard spot as long as you just kept moving and didn't freak out

If it looks like I'm going slow as hell..... well I probably was, lol

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I reeeallllllyyy need to work on standing up more

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Ended up finishing 24th out of 32, with 6 DNF's. And 151 overall out of 182. Again, not great by any stretch of the imagination. But I am still fairly new to this kinda stuff so def still learning and (hopefully) improving. My lap times were terrible, BUT each consecutive lap I did get a full 2 minutes faster each time, so I guess some progress was being made, right? lol

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After the race, I left but wasn't ready to call it a day yet. So since I was already pretty close I just headed over to our usual riding spot at Brown Mtn and got another little ride in until dark, haha

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That's all for this one..... off to Stranges Ranch next weekend. Only supposed to be 82 degrees.... should be awesome! 

Edited by thirdgenlxi

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Just now, thirdgenlxi said:

I did indeed! Any time on my bike is a good time :) 

Main thing right? :) fun report, keep at it!

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Don't be hard on yourself, you're still new to this. There is nothing wrong with sitting and conserving energy in smooth sections, I do it every chance I get. Your race series deserves credit for using arrows that are really visible, much better than our series.  Really enjoy seeing that KDX on the trail, wish Kaw would make them again. :thumbsup:

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On 8/22/2017 at 8:00 PM, YHGEORGE said:

Don't be hard on yourself, you're still new to this. There is nothing wrong with sitting and conserving energy in smooth sections, I do it every chance I get. Your race series deserves credit for using arrows that are really visible, much better than our series.  Really enjoy seeing that KDX on the trail, wish Kaw would make them again. :thumbsup:

Very true.... very true.... I think I was just kinda frustrated cuz I knew I was riding way sloppier than I usually do, for whatever reason, lol. And yea both of our orgs (Mideast and NCHSA) are both very good about marking stuff really well.... which I'm very grateful for. Definitely makes life a little easier, haha

And yea I wish they would bring the KDX back too..... such fantastic and reliable bikes! I absolutely love mine.... no plans on getting rid of it. Who knows maybe once this 2 stroke EFI thing takes off, they'll start bringing some 2 strokes back. A modern version of the KDX would be awesome! There were at least 4 of us on KDX's out in this race.... possibly more but that's just the ones I know about

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