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    I travel for work all over and stay in one place for months at a time. I like to sample the local offroad riding wherever I stay and meet up with local TT'ers.

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  1. mtngoat

    Chadwick Open During Gov Shutdown?

    I was just there yesterday. Trails are open and I saw 6 other riders out there besides my son and I. Camp hosts were the only trailers I saw in the campground, but that doesn’t mean much mid-week this time of year. The toilets were open at camp ridge parking area.
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    Post your Beta video here..

    Another race in the Ozarks. I had a very unspectacular get-off into the rocks at the 22:45 mark that has left me pretty battered and bruised (at 54 years old it doesn't take much any more). I am sporting various shades of purple on my shoulder, upper arm, and butt. It was a fun technical course. Pretty good elevation changes too.
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    Post your Beta video here..

    I’m on a 2016 430 RS with an FMF exhaust and 13/52 gearing. I really like the bike and considering at this race I was at 275 lbs. without gear, I was very happy with how it pulled for me.
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    Post your Beta video here..

    The Ozark 100 in Mansfield, MO. This race is done every year the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It has a little different format than a typical race. Moto one is 2 laps that make up 50 miles that C riders and up do. Moto 2 is 1 25 mile lap with more extreme elements thrown in for B riders and up. If you're good enough to make the top 25, then the 3rd and final Moto is 3 laps of the most extreme elements completed after dark. This is quite an event. I'm only a C rider, so here is Moto 1 footage.
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    missouri Ozark 100

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. If you're looking for something to do this weekend, the Ozark 100 race is on this Saturday in Mansfield, MO. This is a pretty special event that draws in national level pros every year. It's a little different format than your typical race. Race 1 is at 9:30 am with two 25 mile laps. The first lap is typical Ozark hare scramble terrain. The second lap the women and youth are done and they throw in some more moderately difficult elements. All C riders are finished at the end of the first 2 lap morning race ( most C riders will take 3 1/2 to 4 hours to finish 2 laps). Race 2 is at 2ish and consists of one 25 mile lap for B riders and above ( most B riders will take 1 1/2 to 2 hours to finish this lap). This afternoon race consists of more difficult elements that test the riders skill & stamina even more. The 3rd and final race is for the top 25 overall and starts at dark-thirty. It is 3 laps, after dark, making up 25 miles of the most extreme elements offered in the race. A couple of the "special elements" are lit up for spectator viewing. It doesn't matter if you are a racer or a spectator this is a fun event to attend. It usually draws a pretty good crowd. Last year I did the C45+ class in the morning and spent the rest of the day hiking around to the different "special elements" to spectate and cheer on friends. It was a great way to spend the weekend. Here is a little video of Jordan Ashburn and Nick Fahringer coming through one of the night tests called "Something Special". http://www.theozark100miler.com/2017-race-info.html
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    Being properly prepared for Gifford/gnar

    I think that's the wrong clip reference for those remarks. It was the previous section of trail that includes the ascent to Shark Rock where I just about tipped over the side and felt like I was going to hyperventilate a few times. I did much better on this section. A little background. I was in the area for work. Never ridden the trail before and my guide wanted me to get the full Gifford experience. I had been working 72 hours a week for 2 months before this ride at a fairly sedentary job. It was my first full weekend off in that time and I had ridden about 50 miles at Little Naches the day before. It was right at 90 degrees that day, I'm out of shape, 52 years old at the time, tired from the previous day, and a mild to moderate acrophobic. Great idea to take me on this trail, don't you think? I was seriously stressed, was having leg cramps, and only about 1/2 way through about a 90 mile ride for the day. Good object lesson for the subject matter of this thread. By the way, you all have some INCREDIBLE riding at your disposal. I enjoyed my time there and got to ride some of the lesser trails and thoroughly enjoyed them. The Shark Rock ride was something that I'll always have footage of, but probably won't ever do again if I find myself back in the area.
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    Post your Beta video here..

    Really looking forward to doing the Hillbilly race at Soggy Bottom this winter!
  8. mtngoat

    2019 RR Race Edition Models - First Look

    Bonecutter's is a little ways from you, but they do support the brand in a BIG way. They are my go to shop when I'm home in the winters, even though there are closer dealers. I live just north of Harrison in Lead Hill on the south side of Bull Shoals, so not Bentonville NW, but not too far off.
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    Motorcycle Suspension Tuners: Stillwell or LT?

    I used LT Racing for my 430 RS. I was riding mostly technical, slow, mountain riding and was very pleased with the result. Les called me when he got my suspension and spent about 45 minutes on the phone with me discussing riding. From that conversation he planned how to set up the suspension. I ended up getting into a hare scramble series in the Ozarks, and my riding speeds increased for obvious reasons. The front end felt too soft at racing speed, so I replaced the front springs with the next stiffer set and everything has been great. When I'm in shape, I am a top Senior C or mid pack Senior B racer.
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    Post your Beta video here..

    Some of the most extreme trail in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The views along this trail are breathtaking, as well as the exposure. I have mild to moderate acrophobia and I try to do things to push it and get over that fear a little. This was something I was not prepared for though. I made it, and the sense of accomplishment is great, but I will never do it again. I've got the video and I can re-live it this way. Here are parts 1 & 2 of the most terrifying ride of my life.
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    Who knows southeast GP trails?

    This is the last one I have of any trails that would be considered SE Gifford Pinchot. For anyone interested in seeing the sufferings of a middle aged man with mild to moderate acrophobia tackle Boundary Trail from Langille intersection over Shark Rock to 80A, I will be posting those 3 videos on my YouTube page over the next couple of days as well. They're not SE Gifford, so I won't post it here.
  12. mtngoat

    Post your Beta video here..

    Ran across this gem on my computer the other day. Didn't realize I had never put it up on YouTube. This is from a ride 2 years ago in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington State. They have some amazing trails there.
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    Who knows southeast GP trails?

    One more for today. I don't know why, but I think this is my favorite of what I rode in GPNF. Not much in the first 10 minutes, so if you want to see where it gets interesting, just skip to the 10 minute mark.
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    Who knows southeast GP trails?

    The most beginner friendly of the trails I rode at GPNF. Exceptional view of Mt. Adams from the ridge on a clear day. Dropping off the ridge on the west side is the only thing I wouldn't recommend for a beginner. It's a fun descent, or climb, for an intermediate rider though.
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    Who knows southeast GP trails?

    A few miles to the west of the trail 18 trailhead on FS 90, is this next one. Of these two accesses to the east side of Boundary Trail, this is the longest and most difficult route. This trailhead is not obvious and you have to be looking for it. There is no defined parking and people just pull off on the shoulder of the road for staging.