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MRSI Challenge

Postby erniebearskin » Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:03 am

Sounds like it's still a go, anyone else heading out? I saw via Facebook that Dirtyboy, Daryl and Monty (and I'm sure others) have put in a tonne of work rerouting some of the crud on B loop.

I see light rain forecasted for Sundre so roll off and rain shell is probably in order!

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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby aebbern » Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:45 am

From the Weather Network for Sundre - sounds like this could be a bit of a deluge for Fallen Timber. I'm going to play it by ear and decide early Sat am

"Issued at 10:44 Friday 15 July 2016
Rain, at times heavy, is expected.

Heavy rains have developed along the foothills in southern Alberta associated with an upper low pressure system moving in from British Columbia. 20-30 mm of rain has fallen since Thursday evening for most areas in the vicinity of Calgary and along the foothills to the West and Northwest, with local amounts over 50 mm. Showers and thunderstorms continue in the Kananaskis region and will become more organized and spread north and eastward this afternoon with significant rainfall expected into Saturday. By Saturday afternoon an additional 40 to 60 mm of rain is likely in the Airdrie, Kananaskis and Nordegg regions. Surrounding regions are expected to receive an additional 20 to 40 mm of rain. The rain is forecast to taper off Saturday night."

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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby boland » Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:36 pm

I'm going :thumbsup: Got a brand new M5B on and patched up my rain coat, should be fun :headbang:
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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby erniebearskin » Fri Jul 15, 2016 3:54 pm

We'll enjoy a muddy beer post race Josh :thumbsup:
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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby patwill » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:13 pm

For sure!!!!! :thumbsup:
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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby erniebearskin » Sat Jul 16, 2016 6:47 pm

Well.......... That was certainly interesting. :crazy:
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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby vwrally » Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:30 pm

You can't leave it at that! The heavy rain warning kept me from committing to the event, how was it?

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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby erniebearskin » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:05 pm

Rain upon arrival, rain during the race, rain during departure. I rode 30B and it was probably one of the more challenging "B" loops I've raced on. Wet wet wet, I only managed two loops and wasn't disappointed at all to be cut off from my third. My roll offs lasted 5 minutes, my back up gogs lasted another 10 and my safety glasses made it 15 more. Track deteriorated big time between first and second loop, little trenches became big deep trenches, lots of deep holes formed, tricky root sections became pin it and pray sections, one hill was particularly challenging with at least 8 bikes strewn across it on my second passing. One of the bridges washed away so flaggers were guiding people through the skeg, actually all low land skeg was lean back and WOT! I was completely soaked through, and so muddy that I was chuckling to myself getting changed after at the absurdity of the situation.

Race organization was exceptional, course was very well flagged and had some awesome routing, riding some of the traditional MRSI course backwards.

Foordy claims B loop was harder than A loop but he also had a fresh track ahead of him, word from the A's was it was really tough going after the pro's made the first pass.

Despite all that, a lot of fun. Races like that, it's a win just to get out of the bush in one piece.
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Postby bikingagain » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:25 pm

:thumbsup:
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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby gorillam » Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:55 pm

I did the "B" loop at around 5:30PM because the club classes didn't get to run and really wanted to do some riding at least. Wish there was a firm decision and better communication for the club classes, quite a few people were pissed and just left.

We understand the rain and riders everywhere/destroyed trail, but most of us were amped up and ready to ride from 8:00am, and were only told it's cancelled at 4:00. We could have organized a bit of a group ride so some people could have a bit of fun. (suggestion for next time).

I would highly recommend making a firm decision early on the day to people can plan or at least know what's going on. This would help everyone out a ton. (This is just feedback and not complaining, everyone who put the event on did a ton of work and we appreciate it).

It was interesting to ride after everyone was gone, there was a river that formed in the middle of the trail out of no where, it was neck deep in the spot I chose. I got lucky actually didn't get water in the bike. Good ol ghost riding.

Saw 4 abandoned bikes, had a quick yell to see if anyone was still stuck out there. It really wasn't too difficult to ride, but there were several spots if you didn't pick a good line or think about it you could have drowned your bike.

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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby erniebearskin » Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:22 pm

haha "not difficult to ride".......right :rolleyes:

Too bad about the Sportsmen class getting canceled. That sucks but was probably the right call.
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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby gorillam » Sun Jul 17, 2016 2:48 pm

It would be almost impossible to race, I had the luxury or just putting around and could stop and pick good lines lol.

Yeah it was a great call cancelling it, it would have been carnage. Just wish it was cancelled earlier.

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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby boland » Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:24 am

erniebearskin wrote:haha "not difficult to ride".......right :rolleyes:



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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby Shibby! » Mon Jul 18, 2016 9:20 am

Sounds like the trails took a thrashing.

Too bad. The races in this area have put a lot of wear and tear on these trails already.

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Re: MRSI Challenge

Postby gorillam » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:13 pm

Yeah never seen a trail like it before, so much water coming down from the hill streams were forming in the rut haha.

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