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Had a great time last weekend at the Virginia City Grand Prix! It was my first real race since busting up my shoulder back in February, and fortunately the shoulder held up fine. I raced Sunday in the 50+ class, and with the big advantage of starting on the first row I pulled off a 2nd place finish in my class, just missing 1st place by 57 seconds! That means I get bumped to the Saturday race from now on, and will have to go four hours instead of just three.

It was a fun course, 25 miles of hills and rocks, and maybe a little faster than usual. Unfortunately no Sutro Canyon this year, but they did throw in one of the rocky roads from a few years ago that bottlenecks the Sunday race big time. I was really glad to be on the first row, got through before the bottleneck started which I heard held people up for 15 - 20 minutes.

As always we had a great turnout for the Polka Dots, about fifteen Polka Dots racing on Saturday, and three of us on Sunday. Can't wait for next year!

OldeDude at the 2011 VCGP

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i raced it sunday as well. unfortunately, i didnt sign up in advance so i started in the back and got held up in that bottleneck you mentioned. i could have easily spent a half hour on it if i didnt try to bulldog through it.

i did see a handful of people wearing PD vests.

this was my 1st time doing the VCGP and i had a blast. i have over an hours worth of helmet cam footage that ill post up when i get a chance to.

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Congrats curt, nice pic too. Who was that girl, top three. I heard she was

a pro but could not race on sat.

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The race did have a few rocks along the way but nothing to stop me from doing 3 laps.

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Hey Curt I also raced Sunday. I think I caught you on the 3rd lap I remember seeing your jersey. What a great race. I was #158. The bottle necked sucked even where I was. I just bulldogged my way through. I am sure I pissed off some guys. Hahaha. Yea that woman who was 3rd in the race is a pro and a district A rider.

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I raced Saturday, Row 21 #203. Flatted about halfway thru lap two. Fortunately the first big DH was wide open for us and "Radiator hill" where the big uphill bottleneck occured... I got up though there were some stalled racers. I went up blind in the dust and didnt get a look at the hil until lap two. :thumbsup: Then I was not sure how I got through it in the dust. :confused:

I was riding my new (and first) 4T, 09 YZF450. I am a 2T loving fool and think I would have had just as much fun on my 04 RM 250. :worthy: I DNF but had a blast and the worst part was the 14 hr drive home. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Vid of the first 8min of Saturdays race from my GoPro:

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Haven't had a chance to check out any of the helmetcam vids yet, been having issues with my internet connection, and my camera has been screwing up lately and I didn't get any video myself. It was fun as always, and I'm bummed about the helmetcam not working, I made some good passes that I was hoping to have on video. :thumbsup:

Let's all hope we can do it again next year. This was the last year of the club's current permit, and they are starting to get shit from the BLM like we get from the Forest Service over here in NorCal. You sure wouldn't think that dry rocky-assed area would present any "environmental" issues, but the anti-access haters are everywhere I guess, and they will do whatever they can to try to get rid of us.

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Let's all hope we can do it again next year. This was the last year of the club's current permit, and they are starting to get shit from the BLM like we get from the Forest Service over here in NorCal. You sure wouldn't think that dry rocky-assed area would present any "environmental" issues, but the anti-access haters are everywhere I guess, and they will do whatever they can to try to get rid of us.

Say it isn't so....this race is on my bucketlist! :confused::thumbsup:

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Here is the General's Blog on the closure issue:

http://thegeneralsrecreationden.blogspot.com/2011/04/blm-in-nv-to-ban-ohv-events-in.html

Here is a Draft letter to copy utilizing Don's information from his blog. Copy and paste. Links to the letter and the General's blog will need to be copied seperately, as TT abbreviates them. I will provide links to locally affected city and county boards at the bottom.

Dear City Council Member/County Commissioner;

Re: BLM In NV to Ban OHV Events in Reno/Carson City Area

Throughout the West there is a growing movement among some federal land management units to functionally ban OHV (and even some non-motorized) permitted events. Just recently, the Blue Ribbon Coalition was contacted by the Reno Dust Devils Motorcycle Club regarding just such a case in the BLM Carson City Field Office. In response to that request, a letter was written to Congressman Dean Heller asking him to review this issue. Here is the April 13, 2011 Blue Ribbon Commission Letter to Congressman Heller:

http://www.sharetrails.org/uploads/C....2011.0001.pdf

Some of you may have been following a similar situation on the Eldorado National Forest where basically ALL permitted AMA sanctioned-events have been administratively banned. Blog with Overview of Eldorado National Forest and AMA Events:

http://thegeneralsrecreationden.blog...dorado-nf.html

A federal line officer (Forest Supervisor/Area Manager) has 100% discretion (without review or appeal rights) regarding the authorization of permitted events. If that line officer is biased against OHV events or if they have been threatened with an eco-lawsuit - by a vexatious litigant if they allow an event - it is quite easy for them to kill events by creating a mountain of red-tape or requiring a cost-prohibitive environmental planning document. The long-term solution is for Congress to fix this issue with legislation that encourages OHV events at designated OHV areas, fishing derbies on fishing lakes, ski events at ski areas, and rock climbing competitions at popular rock climbing areas. The current regulatory atmosphere makes it all too easy for line officers that do not want permitted events on their units to simply create a red-tape hurdle that volunteer clubs cannot climb. There are many local OHV events on the BLM Carson District and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest that bring numerous persons to the area, that utilize hotels, local OHV shops, gambling, fuel costs, and other recreational uses that bolster our local coffers.

I encourage you to make contact with the line officers at the BLM Carson City Field Office and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and express your concerns over the economic impacts of this decision.

Thank you for your service!

Fallon:

http://www.cityoffallon.com/government/citycouncil/

Fernley:

http://www.cityoffernley.org/index.aspx?NID=132

Lyon County:

http://www.lyon-county.org/index.aspx?nid=205

Ormsby County and Carson City:

http://www.carson.org/Index.aspx?page=67

http://ci.carson.ca.us/content/government/members.asp

Storey County:

http://www.storeycounty.org/Commissi...missioners.asp

City of Sparks:

http://www.cityofsparks.us/governing...uncil_manager/

City of Reno:

http://www.reno.gov/Index.aspx?page=130

Washoe County:

http://www.co.washoe.nv.us/index/rt.html~qid=17

Churchill County:

http://www.churchillcounty.org/commissioners/index.php

Douglas County:

http://www.douglascountynv.gov/sites...contact_us.cfm

Minden/Gardnerville:

http://www.townofminden.com/aboutminden/contactus.html

http://www.gardnerville-nv.gov/board.html

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heres some helmet cam footage i just threw together from sundays race.

i signed up the day of the event, so i started on line 45.

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heres some helmet cam footage i just threw together from sundays race.

i signed up the day of the event, so i started on line 45.

Ol' 500! You are a better man than I. :thumbsup:

I sent registration in the first day you could and got row 21. :confused: Lots of pre entries!

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Ol' 500! You are a better man than I. :thumbsup:

I sent registration in the first day you could and got row 21. :confused: Lots of pre entries!

well i enjoy passing people, so starting at the back wasnt so bad although the main bottleneck did suck. the video didnt do it justice.

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heres part 2. just some more footage from the 1st lap with a crash around 11:40..lol

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nice! Where is that camera mounted? Chin bar?

yeah mounted to chin using the gopro wrist strap

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yeah mounted to chin using the gopro wrist strap
I have tried side and top of helmet. Need to find the best way to mount on the chin bar now.

Middle of my first lap... highlights. I will make a Part 3 soon with my subsequent crashes and flat tire. :smirk:

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Dang check it out. Been a long time since I checked in and what do I see but Curt throwin down with some air time?!?!?! Nice! OldeDude showin he's got some mad skills! haha!

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