Dirty Dozen 2013 Race Report, Jonathan’s Version! :)

Several club members competed at the Dirty Dozen race at Bluff Creek Ranch, Warda last weekend (2nd Feb). This is a 12-hour race at Bluff Creek Ranch Warda where riders or teams of riders complete as many laps as they can in 12 hours. No BVMBAers were mad enough to race the event solo this time! but BVMBA did have a great showing and entered 3 teams.

Travis, JP, James, and Victor arrived on Friday afternoon and chose what only can be described as a prime camping spot near a pond in the woods, very close to the course, but still close to the start and finish line. Collin, the Flynn brothers, and I arrived at 7am on Saturday morning and joined up with the happy campers who were enjoying a hearty breakfast. John made everyone’s day by sharing some What’s the Buzz Coffee with us. We then went to the race meeting and made some final adjustments to our bikes.

James, Justin, and Colin competed, as the BVMBA Crank Monkeys in the 3-4 person masters category. John, JP, and Victor racing as team Are we there yet? Are we there yet? also competed in this category. Travis and I competed in the 2 person open category as team Foci. Boon was riding with the guys from the Aggieland Procycling Race Team in the 3-4 person open category.

The race started with a Le Mans start where the first riders on each team had to run several hundred meters to their bikes. Happily Travis agreed to do this! The start gun went off and the riders sprinted (or waddled in their cycling shoes) to their bikes, mounted up, and then disappeared into the woods in a cloud of dust. The rest of us went back to the campsite and ingested some more calories while we waited for our teammates to complete their first lap. The camping spot was great as we could watch the riders go past. All our teams got off to flying starts. All too quickly it was my turn to ride! Part way through my first lap I was surprised but happy to come round a sharp corner and see the familiar face of Joel; he was taking race photos for Bobcat 13 Photography. Kim and Ali were also there doing a 13-hour shift as volunteers keeping track of the solo racers! Travis and I used a two-lap strategy and my first two laps went pretty smoothly (if a little slowly).

Unfortunately, Travis snapped his chain on his second lap (he must he been pedaling much harder that I was) but fixed it and went on to complete his two laps. Meanwhile I went back to camp and hung out with the others. My rest time went by surprisingly quickly and before I knew I was back on my bike again. My next two laps were a bit harder than the first two but I made it back in. Travis then had another mechanical failure when his rear derailleur cable snapped. He finished his lap in single speed mode and I was back on the bike again. During this lap my freshly devoured salami sandwich was sitting heavily on my stomach and threatening to make reappearance with every hill. Luckily my lower esophageal withstood the onslaught of partially digested food, Gatorade, and gastric acid and I finished my lap with my lunch in my stomach.

Meanwhile Victor wrecked on his 3rd lap (serves him right for riding so damn fast!) and unfortunately injured his knee. He finished the lap and had to be forced to stop riding by his teammates to prevent serious injury! So John and JP took over and continued to ride strongly. Justin riding for the Crank Monkeys aggravated a knee injury and was forced to pull out leaving James and Collin to finish up.

The sun had set by the time I finished my last couple of laps. It was great at first as it was cooler and my legs felt okay. However, by the second lap fatigue and the low light levels were taking their toll, I could barely ride in a straight line and the course was kicking my ass. On more than one occasion that lap I did a trick known as low speed full turtle roll and embarrassingly each time it took several minutes for me to right myself get and back on my bike. I was delighted to make it back to the start/finish line leaving Travis to take over. I have to admit at this point I gave up and started to gorge myself on pita chip, hummus, and full-fat Coke. By the time Travis made it back in my bike was in my car and I was happily in a food coma back at the campsite. Travis probably had another lap in him but his rear derailleur was constantly ghost-shifting so team Foci called it quits.

In the absence of Victor, John and JP switched to a two-lap strategy. On the last lap JP narrowly lost a sprint finish to a competing rider. To be fair JP did not know they were on the same number of laps and the other rider did. James must have been in the zone because a red mist came down over his eyes and he was riding like a machine. Collin and Justin had to physically stop him from riding laps even though the race was over; otherwise I think he would still have been out there!

The final results were as follows. Boone competed and the Aggieland Procycling Race team won the open 3-4 person open category with 21 laps. Victor, JP, and John competed came 4th out of 13 teams with 19 laps and just missed out on 3rd place in the highly competitive masters category. James, Justin, and Collin also competed in this category and came a very respectable 10th out of 13 teams with 16 laps. Travis and I came 4th out of 6 teams in the 2 person open division with 14 laps.

Some solid performances from the BVMBAers but above all we had an awesome time with some great company on a beautiful Texas day! Its funny my memory of the pain and fatigue is rapidly fading and I am already planning for the 2014 Dirty Dozen (I may even do some training next time)!

 

Dirty Dozen 2013 race recap

BVMBA had was represented by 4 teams at this year’s Dirty Dozen 12 hour race.

  • Boone Flynn was a member of the Aggieland Cycling team that won the 3-4 man team open.
  • John Flynn, Victor Mason and I were on a 3 man team that finished 4th in the  Masters category
  • James Munnerlyn, Justin Flynn and Collin Clark finished 10th also in the Masters category
  • Travis Prochaska and Jonathan Lidbury finished 4th in the 2 man open category.

Friday night

Travis and  skipped work early and got to the ranch around 5pm.  Our usual spot was already taken so we found a more secluded spot on the other side of the pond.  Access was a little complicated but it was secluded and very nice spot.  James joined us as the sun was setting and Victor got there even later.  We made a fire, had a beer and strategized for the next day. 1 lap or 2 laps each?, who runs theLeMans start? etc…

Kim, Ali and Jared did a night ride and stopped at our campsite to say hi.  (By their second lap, everybody was already asleep!)

Saturday: the Race

everybody got to the campsite between 7 and 8am and we started to get busy for the 9am start!  John brought awesome coffee and Justin, Travis and Victor got prepared for the LeMans start.

Victor got an excellent start, being about 5th on his bike.  Travis and Justin had good runs too, being in the middle of things and looking strong.

Things were running smoothly for the first couple laps until Travis got hit with 2 mechanical failures, braking his chain on one lap and braking a derailleur cable on the next one (had to finish the lap “Single Speed” style).  Fortunately, Bike Mart had a mechanic out there that fixed his bike super fast in both occasion.

Not so fortunate was Victor who crashed at the end of his 3rd lap and hurt his knee pretty bad.  He was running very strong up to that point with 34 minutes laps.  Being a trooper, he hobbled through 2 more laps but had to call it quits after that.  John and I picked up that slack nicely and managed to finish strong.  We were about 3 minutes behind the 3rd place team on the very last lap and we almost caught them, finishing 10 seconds behind.

Justin also had knee issues so James finished the day with 2 consecutive laps to put the team in 10th place.

It was an awesome day, with Ali and Kim cheering us and rocking to 80’s classic rock  all day at the solo table and with Bob and Joel taking pictures on the trail.  All the BVMBAs did great especially considering it was the first race for Justin, Jonathan and Collin; or the first race in a long time for James.

2013 Miles of Discomfort & Overall Results

Mike and I had the oppurtunity to travel to Comfort this weekend to compete in the final race of the  2012-13 TMBRA Marathon Series.  On the drive we saw the result of a volcano erupting.

Erupting Volcano in Tx!!!

After a few miles of warming up we join all the participants for the full marathon at the starting line.  The whistle blows and we’re off. It was drizzling at the start line and drizzled for about an hour into the race.  These condition would make the rocky terrain slippery.  Not exactly what we we wanted. On the positive side we both have experienced  this type of riding condition and knew we would have to be focused and cautious on the rocks.

That’s exactly what Mike did.  Focus and cautious riding placed Mike 4th place with a time of 4hrs and 30 minutes.  I rolled in slightly later with at time for 6hrs and 58 minutes for the 52 mile race

For those of you that haven’t had a chance to ride at Comfort they are some of the smoothest and fastest single track, gnarly rocky sections with some 2000 ft of total elevation gain for the 26 miles of single track/jeep road trails.  Get there and ride when you have a chance.

Series Overall 40-49 Age Group Standings:

40-49 Age Group - 2nd overall

 

40-49 Age Group - 5th Overall

 

A Short Video  of the Upper Loop!!

 

What’s next for the BVMBA’ers:

Some of our fine riders will be at the Terra Firma Dirty Dozen Race on Feb. 2 and then some of us will be travelling to the Chihuahuan Desert Bike Fest in Lajitas, Tx for 3 days of riding in the Desert on Feb.14-16.

2013 El Paso Puzzler

The Race was held at Franklin Mountains State Park with a total of 146 confirmed riders as of Wednesday evening pre-registration cutoff time.

The race was cut into 3 pieces to form the 50 mile puzzler.  The 1st piece was an 8 mile loop that ran across the lower foothills on the mid north east section of the mountain range and looped back toward the start/finish line to complete the 1st piece of the puzzler.   After nearly 900 ft of climbing my legs and lungs were in for a long day.

Unfortunetly, Mike had 3 pinched flats on the Pipeline Road and had to run the final 2 miles back to the start/finish line.  We all know racing and this is one of those things thats just fustrates the heck out of us.  Believe me he would recover and recover with a vengeance!!!

The 2nd piece of the puzzle was a 27 mile ride. First we would spin are legs throught the Lazy Cow trail the onto the Old Tin Mine road then we went up and around the southern portion of the Franklin Mts. on Mundy’s Gap trail.  I knew It would be a grinder for me and the other five riders I was climbing with. Next thing I hear, in the faint distance “just keep swimming, just keep swimming”.  You know it Mitey Mike was climbing like he probably never climbed before.  Leaving me and 20-25 other riders in the dust.  Was really glad to see him back where he should have been from the start.  I just kept swimming up stream knowing I had great company up the mountain.  Unfortunetly that did’nt last long the guys I was with started to walk more than ride and that left me all alone to do push myself to my limit and by time I reached the top my limit had been spent, just under 1900 ft of climbing in under 8 miles.

What a great view!!  The downhill descent would be tricky. Alot of loose soil and rocks would test our skills.  We both make it to the 1st feed zone where Debbie and Jenn were waiting for us.  It’s always a GREAT feeling to see there faces out there.  We’ve done 3 other races this series and had others cheering us on but when its your wife or friends is even sweeter.  The next 10 miles to the 2nd feed station were really cool Up and Down the trail trying to stay away from the thorning pointy plants!!  I did get a pin hole in my front tire during this section but the stans did it’s job.  Mike had prepared me very well for this race.  Rocky, Hilly, Loosey and the Mundy Gap climb but he forgot to mention we climbed up and over the northern end of the Franklin Mts.  I thought we would stay on the foothills and just went around the mountain.  I was told at the 2nd feed station it was time to get the lungs and legs ready for some more climing. I didn’t feel bad walking this one. 90% of it was, in my eyes, unridable!!

By this point Mike was long gone and I was ready to finish this piece of the puzzle.  Finally making it back I see Mike had finished. Way to go Mike.  I was exhausted when I head to the timing table.  That’s when I found out I had missed the 2:15 cutoff time to finish the last piece of the Puzzler.  Was I happy, not really.  Was I glad, Sort of.

We talked about the ride on the way home.  Thats when I found out the 3rd piece of the puzzle was more climbing and sections more technical that what I had already ridden.  We came to the conclusion it was a beautiful trail that reminded us of several other trails combined.

After all was said in done Mike finished in 8th place in the 40-49 age group and I had another great ride!!!

Big Thanks to Debbie and Jenn for coming out, cheering us on and driving us home.

Blazing Saddles, the Afterburn wrap-up

BMVBA was very well represent at this years Blazing Saddle, the Afterburn endurance race held at Bluff Creek Ranch in Warda.

99% of the trail system was utilized during the race.  The 1% that was taken out was the Palicade and bridge section.  I’m sure everyone was dissappointed that was ommitted from the race loop, NOT!!  With the rains Warda receive on Friday morning the race officials decided it could be a hazard as the race got nearer.

Back to the race.  A total of 59 riders were out this year to show support for the Sun and Ski Youth Mountain Bike team.  The temperature was about 93 degrees with about 95% humidity at 6pm .  Mike Record, Travis Hilton, John & Boone Flynn, Nicholas Kennedy, Kim Topp, Collin Clark and Joel Reyes all raced solo with Dana Clark, Katelyn Ivey, and Jennifer Reyes out supporting and cheering us on.

The solo open group started first then the solo men followed by the solo female and 2 person team.  All groups were separted by a 1 minute interval.

With everone on the race loop we get several oppurtunities to chit chat and shout out encouragement to each other.

There were a few incidents throught out the evening and i’ll leave those stories alone because they’ll be more interesting if told by the person it happened to.  But overall we did well and came out with a few leg cramps and a few bumps and bruises.

One last THANKS to all our friends we saw out there racing. Till next time we see ya on the trails!!!

BVMBA Solo Men Results:

Boone Flynn – 6th, 7 laps completed at 11:56:30pm                                                 Travis Hilton – 12th, 7 laps completed at 12:22:20pm                                                  Mike Record – 13th, 7 laps completed at 12:25:44pm                                                      Joel Reyes – 16th, 6 laps completed at 11:43:30pm                                                      John Flynn – 17th, 6 laps completed at 12:28:12pm                                                Nicholas Kennedy – 22nd, 4 laps completed at 9:12:06pm                                        Collin Clark – 26th, 4 laps completed at 11:20:20pm

BVMBA Solo Women Results:

Kim Topp – 5th, 4 laps completed at 9:43:15pm

 

A&M Consolidated take 1st place at State Championship race!

Our student racers were amazing this weekend.  Travis and Haaris both moved up about 3 positions!  They dug deep and pushed beyond their ability, that we have seen.  This was the last race of the season and was the State Championship race.

Here is how we placed:

JV Girls:

Betty: 2nd in race, 1st place for series (State Champion)

JV Boys:

Boone: 2nd place in race (by 3 inches), 1st place for series (State Champion)

Creed: 4th place in race, 2nd place for series

Travis: 3rd place at race, 4th place for series

Haaris: 8th place at race, 8 or 9th pace is series (no final postings)

Two other team members did not make it to the race.

Joel took a lot of good pictures, including the photo finish of Boone.  You can see them here –  A&M HS Team in Action

In addition, Kim+, Ali+, Joel and Mike + were there flying the BVMBA colors!

A&MCHS Mountain Bike team race #2 – Waco!

These kids ROCK.

The second race of the inaugural Texas High School Mountain Bike League opened under heavy cloud and a weather report of thunderstorms. It was the first time I’ve ever heard a race director instruct the riders to head the potential warnings of the course marshals to stop riding and take cover in the woods on the trail if they were told to do so. Yii-ikes. Apparently undaunted, the 7 girls lined up for the mass freshman/sophmore/JV start and were sent on their way at 10 am. Our own Bettie Oliva nailed the first corner, passed the majority of the field, and hit the hole to the single track in 3rd place. 37 minutes later, she rolls into the feed zone in 4th place wanting a water bottle and needing to straighten her seat – which she did by putting the bike on the ground and stomping on the seat (!). Her main comment? “There aren’t as many hills as I remember from yesterday.” At 1 hour 20 minutes, she shot down the finish stretch with a grin on her face and crossed the line in 4th place overall. WHOOP!! You go, girl!

Considerably more boys lined up in the JV and freshman/sophmore categories in this race than at Rocky Hill – including a certain young man who had not been at the first race, but who trained with the Lake Travis team and was racing as an independent rider. Boone Flynn and Creed Flynn, as the 1st and 2nd place winners in the first race, received the pole positions, and Boone held that spot as the field hit the singletrack. 19 minutes later, he and the independent rider were neck-and-neck as they came through the feedzone, and Boone forewent his planned bottle hand-up in order to keep his momentum. Creed, Travis Hilton, and Haaris Saqib were not far behind him in the field… and at that point the weather broke. The temperature dropped 20 degrees in a hurry, and the rain came down cold and heavy – and anyone who has ever raced in those conditions knows how miserable it can be. Apparently the second lap got pretty slick pretty fast. Boone held on to the independent rider’s tail and crossed the finish line 5 seconds after him in 2nd place, Creed held onto 4th, Travis blasted through in 9th, and Haaris finished in 14th. YEAH BOYS!!

We were on pins and needles at the awards – Lake Travis had won 1st and 2nd in the varsity boys race, and 2nd place in the freshman/sophmore girls race, so did we have enough points to keep the 1st place team trophy? Bettie garnered another JV girls’ Leader’s jersey and the first place finish points in that category, and Boone retained the JV boys’ Leader’s jersey regardless of his second place finish in today’s race, and the rest of the boys had finished high in the standings, but was it enough? In the end, the answer was YES – and so A&M Consol heads into the state championship with the JV Leaders AND as the first place team!! Next race is in 2 weeks in Warda – you’ve GOT to come see how this finishes!!

A&MCHS Mountain Bike Team Race #1

The inaugural Texas High School Mountain Bike League race took place at Rocky Hill Ranch this past weekend, 24-25 March. Our own local team, the A&M Consolidated High School Team, was one of 7 teams that participated in this ground-breaking event, and man, did they earn their stripes at this one. Between the 6 racers, they had a jersey-eating tree encounter, a lost shoe incident, a couple of wayward chains, a front wheel come loose on a downhill, a corner collecting a skidmark and a tumble, a disintegrating headset, and a flat requiring an amazing 1.5 mile rim ride!!! That said, the whole team rode absolutely phenomenally. Bettie Olivia came home with the JV Women’s Leader jersey, Boone Flynn garnered the JV Men’s Leader jersey, and the whole team earned the 1st Place Team Trophy! Congrats to ALL the racers today – and way to go Tigers!!! We are very proud of you!!

 

Texas Mt. Bike League race moved to Rocky Hill

Hey BVMBAers,

We cannot seem to avoid the downpours this season and this last one was a doozey. The Texas High School Mt. Bike League was scheduled to race in Dallas this weekend, but:

“As many of you have experienced in the last few hours, we have been flooded.  Rowlett Creek Preserve received 3.5″ of rain last night and 2.5” is forecasted for today.  From discussing with the land manager, it will take over 2 weeks to dry.

This has forced us further south to Rocky Hill Ranch in Smithville, TX.  Greg Maxwell has been so kind to waive the land use fee of $10 and just charge $15 for overnight camping and offer food from the Rocky Hill Cantina.  You can have that Rocky burger that you have always wanted.”

That said, they are on short notice for volunteers from the area. If you have some time this weekend that you would be willing to spare and are interested in supporting the High School Mt Bike League, please fill out the volunteer form and we’ll see you out there this weekend!

GO GET ‘EM A&MCHS!!!