Once in a lifetime. Once every year.
- From: dfhyman@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 05:34:38 -0700 (PDT)
Poached off FB - re: Stimilon MX Challenge 2012
Headlight class, 10/13 moto 1, 10/12 moto 2, 10th overall out of 13.
Decrepit 45+, 24/24 moto 1, 17/17 moto 2, 17th overall out of 24. In other words, I "beat" 7 riders just by riding moto 2. Nothing to brag about except the size of my grin when I was done. Huge.
I can't say enough about how nice the conditions were where the tire touches the sand. Even though I was slow, I didn't feel slow or sloppy. The bike just did everything right under me. When I parked it for the day yesterday, I told Sean "when I start feeling like Jeremy McGrath, it's time to load up".
I have a comprehensive soreness that's akin to afterglow. As unimpressive as the race results are, I'm fairly pleased. I never said I was fast. LOL
and this (from last night):
This morning, circumstances allowed that I was the first on the track for today's open riding. This is a world-class riding facility - the best riders in the world race here. Deep, perfect sand all the way around, up and down hills with tight turns and fast sweeping turns. A little rough from yesterday's racing, it was still in better shape than any other time I have ridden there (yesterday's conditions were fantastic). This morning, Ralph had groomed the big uphill right-hand sweeper that brings you back out of the "back side" of the track (I guess you'd call it turn six). It was glorious out there. I came across the finish after my first lap and nobody was out yet. On lap two, it was only my one fresh line from a few minutes before scratched into the deep sand. In the end, I had the whole of Southwick's famed MX338 all to myself for almost three laps. Words can not convey how good that was for me. Just Heaven. Very, very special. I love that track. And I love my GasGas. Thanks to Davo Stimilon for being exactly what this sport needs more of. Thanks to Ralph for being cooler than cool. Thanks to the crew who showed up in our pits to ride or support. And thanks to Forum Snowboards for my awesome snurfer. What a great few days.
Next year, you too can be part of the magic.