Who Survived The Furnace?

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OK the official tally... 52 women riders entered the Furnace HS today. I'm just guessing, but I suspect this was one of the largest AMA sanctioned women's cross country races of the year... in the US.

It was hot (100 degrees in Sacramento) . The racing was great. I'll leave the details to the ladies.

Thanks to everyone that made it out, I hope you enjoyed it.
 
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Results should be posted today on the D-36 site. I have not seen them yet.
 

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They wouldn't stop racing.. , hopefully we will have a few race reports when everyone cools down a bit!

I have the preliminary results in hand and the DRN ladies did very well.
 

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Originally posted by LocoCD
Results should be posted today on the D-36 site. I have not seen them yet.
Where? I don't even see the Prarie City Race on the cross country schedule??
 
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Where? I don't even see the Prarie City Race on the cross country schedule??
Denise, it will probably be in the Youth Cross Country page...
http://www.ama-d36.org/YouthCc/

How's your knee/leg? Jennifer has a good collection of bruises from her 2 crashes... :)

Pierre
 

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Originally posted by jennifer

Denise, it will probably be in the Youth Cross Country page...
http://www.ama-d36.org/YouthCc/

How's your knee/leg? Jennifer has a good collection of bruises from her 2 crashes... :)

Pierre
Ride report forthcoming...
I think I pulled the ligaments on both knees, so I'm stiff and sore, but otherwise in good shape.
Thanks for asking. It was really great to meet you!
 
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Originally posted by Fe_princess


Ride report forthcoming...
I think I pulled the ligaments on both knees, so I'm stiff and sore, but otherwise in good shape.
Thanks for asking. It was really great to meet you!
Great to meet you and Bill too, Denise! I have a tape of the race, including you laying on the ground next to your bike up side down and then you kicking the yamaha 2 gezillions times. Are you interested? ;)

Dennie, nothing on the D36 Wed site, I think you will just have to post the results here... :D

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Oh my, where to start? The race was great, very well organized, quite a big deal to be lined up with that many women and all the menfolk buzzing around holding umbrellas and generally trying to help where ever they could. Didn't do the Le Mans start after all because it was too hot, we just did hands on helmet, cold engine... which gave e-starters a deffinite advantage - Jennifer got out 3rd, I was 4th!! Got passed before the first corner then again before the first drop off into this deep sandy wash single track into some bushes, having racers hot on my trail meant I had no time to dither about yipes(!) and rode thru it probably the best of all my laps, came around a corner onto the mx track and a bike was down sideways which I joined when I tried to get around her.(splat)....so got the first crash over, now had an open track as planned - everyone in my heat was long gone! But as I started catching up, found out what single track desert racing means...dust. Dust enough to obscure the trail suface if you got too close, and track was mostly too narrow and rocky to pass easily - so when I came to a wide uphill and the 2 in front of me went left, I went right shifted into 4th gunned it... and hit a foot high rock shelf about 30 feet up the hill that I couldn't see dead on - went over the bars pretty hard...enough to just sit there a bit and think about life... one gal stopped to ask if I was okay - not too many people passed me I don't think, but then, how would I know??? :-)
So checked all moving parts, got back on - fortunately I'd bounced up above the shelf and had landed on a big flat rock - no pointy things, so got started up and went off slowly til I got my confidence back and then started to pick it up again. Somehow the dust was never as bad later on, and I managed to stay upright the rest of the time, loved the little zigzag tunnel thru the trees, found that there were spots to pass and be passed safely but one had to be patient, know I got lapped by the front runners - there were a couple gals there who were incredibly fast..and Jennifer was running in 4th place for most of the race, wow. Got to check out my rock shelf (stayed left this time) several times more and was amazed to see it was painted flourescent orange even.... so my big lesson was "Never ride blind thru dust". No kidding. And I was pretty glad to see that checkered flag... 45 minutes was plenty!
All in all it was a great experience, fun time, looking forward to next year!

BTW, FePrincess, I think its your comb I found on the picnic table and blue towel? My email is smpost@comcast.net if you'd like me to mail it to you, send me your address.
Hope everyone who crashed is recovering fast!
-Susan
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It was awesome riding with everyone. Sounds like we all came out with bruises. Fe Princess... sorry to hear about your knees. Susan, I think, got pretty banged up and my date with the ditch was quite an experience. It looked like flat land with a few bumps... SURPRISE, SURPRISE!!!!! Needless to say, I have a very sore wrist and thumb. Do you think that we will all make it to the next race?

Who's doing the Prime Time at Metcalf?
 

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I guess I better post the results that I have... they are unofficial:

JR #432: 3rd in class and 4th overall out of 52 riders, 5 laps.
SP #412: 3rd in class and 8th overall, 4 laps.

If you let me know your numbers I can post the rest. Sorry about all the bangs and bruises. You all rode like screaming banshees around the course and it was a true cross country layout. We had a club debrief last night and were all talking about the speed the women's class, incredible!
 
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Thanks for posting the results Dennie, Jennifer kept asking me every 10 mins to check if they were published online... :)

Way to go Susan and Jennifer!!! Two 3rd places! Jennifer's first trophy and tomorrow is her birthday!!! Woohoo!!!

Pierre ;)