Squirrel wins 6 hour slugfest at Bonebenders

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Weather on the net predicted rain @ 70% for the BoneBender race 3 days out. That made the plan of bike set up easy, but its an Ancient Chinese secret:) I've raced in the mud quite a few times over my small amount of years in this sport. Bikes and mud don't mix very well no matter how ancient your secret be:) The plan for the day was to get to the single track top 10, get my Leroy on and stay in the 150's groove. I was on the bike 7th man back after the running start...two guys shot off the front very fast, Dwayne Goscinski and another very fast looking fella. Make no mistake had conditions been dry those two would have been setting grass fires! I asked to get around the 4 mates in front of me with everyone obliging...Grelkinstien was sitting in 3rd when I rolled by giving him a nice slap on the booty. At this point I was just trying to find the groove. I have no idea how far we were in on the course but it was just after the the 300yrds or so of the little baby head rock section that I caught up to Dwayne. Dwayne simply said your riding it faster or better then I and simply let me by. Not a hundred yards further I saw the lead fellow washing his bike in the small creek crossing. Once across the creek I was laying fresh tracks....mmmmm this is the sweet spot of riding mud kids:)

Now not 20 minutes into the race my plan of 150's had been shot out the window. There was $$ on 1st fastest lap...I just happen to be in perfect position to just keep on pushing for that money. I kept the pedals turning and didn't have to stop one time on the first lap. Coming back into the grassy area before the check in, I see Rick under the tent thinking...ahw crud what happened:( A quick bottle change,and I was back off. 1st through the check in...sweet!

The second lap on the other hand was the worst. 125 racers, plus mud had the tread in places churned up good. This lap I would push and clean mud off the bike, but not nearly as much as many of the other riders. I started lapping folks about half way through, I saw Kim Hopkins cleaning her rear der out on the black label, later on I came across our very own brutha in black Jim Logan walking a muddy bike. It was awesome having Herb and others cheering me on at a black label crossing. Although Herb never offered a beer or even a swill of his:) Thanks Bro..but next time have a heart man! At the end of each lap we had a nice and very welcomed piece of 1/2 mile black label to ride back to the start. This was where I would look behind for the #2 guy...never saw him....there that is:) Stopping for a bottle change and a bit of PBJ, Rick tells me of his bad luck. Ripped off his rear der. Rick also let me know that I had a 13 min. lead,sweet.....at least that's what he thought:)

Lap 3..a line is starting to ride in:) Things are looking up, still walking a few sections. Once again coming by Herb, and others with no beer love for a single speeding brutha:) Plenty of chears though! Again at the long black label I look back...whew...I don't see him. Stopping for a bottle change, Rick tells me his little mistake on the time gap...it was 6 mins! Ding...gotta go!

Lap 4 I rode almost everything. Leaving everything I had on the course at this point was the only option. Somewhere after the log ride there was a grassy section, this is where I spotted Dwanye for the first time since the first lap.I bolted! I had rode without one dub the whole time, that was about to change. Surfing the lakes edge there was a big rock out cropping that you had to take wide to get around. I'd about ran myself cross eyed and well it took its toll. The rock and my left shoulder met briefly, but I kept it up right and rolling. I kept pushing this time no one was around to cheer, the end was close and I hadn't caught any glimpse of Dwanye. Through the last single track and onto the black label I knew I'd pulled it off. For more on his win, or to see more pictures visit his blogspot http://cyclinglyfestyle.blogspot.com/2009/04/bonebenders-6hrs-of-mud.html

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