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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #60 on: February 03, 2013, 08:45:59 pm »
Thanks guys.

@ Justin, just do it bud, you know you want to  ;D We have a lekka training group going during the week and weekend with GJ and co.

@BB , it wasn't that long at all, just lose and flippen steep. It you stalled on the hill you had very little chance of getting going again because there was no grip, so it was a case of turning around, going down and hitting it again... and again and again  ;D
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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #61 on: February 03, 2013, 09:05:52 pm »
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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #62 on: February 04, 2013, 02:15:27 am »
Thanks guys.

@BB , it wasn't that long at all, just lose and flippen steep. It you stalled on the hill you had very little chance of getting going again because there was no grip, so it was a case of turning around, going down and hitting it again... and again and again  ;D

Yip those kinds are biatches that have to be hit in 3rd or 2nd with lots of feathering as you slow down.
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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #63 on: February 04, 2013, 07:29:27 am »
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« Reply #64 on: February 04, 2013, 11:09:45 am »
Caledon RR - Part 2 - a few pics added on page 3, more to follow

With a new found sense of elation and freedom I pushed on, figuring nothing can be worse than that climb. Fortunately I was right, besides more off camber rocky wheat fields and a few sections through grassy single track there was only two more technical climbs. The one I was able to hit with a bit of speed and it posed no problems, the other was more tricky because you approached it from the base of a big erosion gully and then suddenly the track turned 120 degrees right up a very rocky climb with a few rocky step-ups  :o I slowed down, sat back in the saddle and hit it in 1st and paddled my way up it, feathering the clutch and trying to keep the front wheel down and stop the back from spinning up.
Fortunately I did some training in the gorges of the Transkei in December that were similar to this climb, only longer and it stood me in good stead because I saw a lot of guys wipe out here. Itís a great feeling when you get a climb like that right but it needs to all come together for that to happen  :thumleft:

On my last lap I thought I had this climb  pegged but I hit the sharp right hander in 2nd and the bike stalled on me. I stuck out my right foot only to find fresh air and I moered down hard with the bike landing upside down on top of me  :-[ Thank goodness I had gone with full body armour because I landed on my back and elbows onto the rocks. I only found out after the race while chatting to GJ that this climb was actually Hamburger Hill and the other hectic MFer climb was a new one that they had added for this event?

Then it was another short fast section before arriving at pit lane and my very welcoming pit crew. They topped up my bike and camelback, shoved a GU energy drink down my throat and sent me back out into the pit of hades.

The 2nd lap I was able to pick up a lot more speed because I knew what to expect and lines were forming through the faster sections. The only niggle I started experiencing was a muscle cramp on the left side of left shin bone from shifting so much. I was a bit surprised because I was drinking a lot to try stay well hydrated. Fortunately that disappeared as quickly as it appeared and I was starting to enjoy life. Every so often you would find guys stranded with dead bikes or punctures or wipe-outs, fortunately none to serious, that I saw anyway. The race was taking its toll.

Then I hit that damn big MFer of a climb again  :xxbah: Iíll start by saying that I made a big mistake here by letting this climb get into my head. It intimidated me and had me believing that I could not beat it  :crybaby2: Iím wise enough to know thatís 9/10th of the battle lost right there but I wasnít able to do anything about it at the time. I hit it hard the first time and at 1/3rd way when it kicked, two deep erosion ruts had formed covered by fess fess type dust. The back end kicked out and I came down quite hard.
My sense of humour left the building and I had some harsh words with myself. I needed a few sqirts of this:



Instead of going down again, I tried contouring to the right again, through the brush but the back end kept on slipping down and I wiped out a few times again  :tard: Mother, it was hot as hell and I was losing energy fast. Then I spotted a little track and I dropped down onto it and followed it but it ended abruptly in the gorge and left me having to wrestle the bike around and go back. I was overheating so I had to take off my helmet and try cool down and compose myself. I looked at my phone, it was 11:50 (the race started at 10 and is 3hrs long) and I realised that the race was slipping away from me and if I wanted to have any chance of doing 3 laps I needed to make a plan quickly. I got back to the climb only to see GJ (Gideon) approaching it on his 3rd lap, thus lapping me. He hit it hard and clean and aced it in one goÖ ďmy moed het tot in my tone gesakĒ, oh to be that skilled on a bike  :notworthy:

I went down and hit it again and wiped out again in the same spot. So I went down and hit it again. This time I made it a bit further up and was able to go right again like I did the first lap and contoured through the brush and around and up again. I was so buggered that I didnít have the energy to be elated, the struggle had sapped me. I soldiered on, taking it easier till I got my breath back and then I really put the hammer down. I was desperate to do another lap and I rode the little KDX as hard as I could. Besides the hectic hill climb, I was loving the race, this is what Iíve been training so hard for and I didnít want it to end prematurely. I welcomed the fasters sections because it gave me a chance to cool down slightly. The rest of lap when without  incident and by the time I got to the pits I was feeling better. Clearly my fitness is improving because my recovery time is way better than it used to be. They scanned my transponder and said ďGo, you got enough time for another lapĒ.


The 3rd lap was a copy of the 2nd except for the cramping that started to set in. First my inner left thigh, then my right hip, then my left hand so badly that it pulled my thumb into my hand. I had to hook my thumb into the bar and stretch it out all while navigating rocky wheat fields at speed. By the time I hit my nemesis again, that spawn of satan hill climb , my body was feeling rather second-hand but my spirit was still up. This time I only fell once before I made it high enough up to be able to contour along and up. The remainder of the lap went relatively well besides the wipe-out on the rocky climb I mentioned earlier.

I was very relieved to make it back into pit lane in one piece and into the care of my pit crew. A cold coke has never tasted that good before.

I survived the first race of the WC Offroad season. My reward on the way home:



Summary:

Iíve done 2 Offroad events before (2011- Wellington & Bonnievale) and neither of them were as fast as Caledon and neither of them had anything remotely as technical as that big climb in them. Iím no Offroad expert but I seriously think that monster belongs in an Enduro rather than an Offroad race. A longer chicken run would have been very welcome at this point, especially for new comers. I had invited 2 friends with who declined and in retrospect, Iím glad they did because that climb would have put them off for life.

Besides that, the course was well marked and fun to ride, I had a great time  :blob9:

On the bike side, my little KDX performed like a trooper and never skipped a beat. It was no match for the 4 strokes on the flats and I struggled with its gearing on that big climb but the rest of the time it was a pleasure to ride.

After pic of the dirt bike:



Next race Wellington on the 9th March.

« Last Edit: February 04, 2013, 12:24:01 pm by Buff »
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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #65 on: February 04, 2013, 11:21:32 am »
Well done Buff!!!!!

Now for the WR!! :)
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« Reply #66 on: February 04, 2013, 12:26:50 pm »
Well done Buff!!!!!

Now for the WR!! :)

Thanks Pom & Ossie.

Boet, I'm glad I didn't take the WR, I'd still be standing at the bottom of that climb  :imaposer: That bikes power is intimidating for a beginner  :o
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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #67 on: February 04, 2013, 12:56:56 pm »
Caledon RR - Part 2 - a few pics added on page 3, more to follow

With a new found sense of elation and freedom I pushed on, figuring nothing can be worse than that climb. Fortunately I was right, besides more off camber rocky wheat fields and a few sections through grassy single track there was only two more technical climbs. The one I was able to hit with a bit of speed and it posed no problems, the other was more tricky because you approached it from the base of a big erosion gully and then suddenly the track turned 120 degrees right up a very rocky climb with a few rocky step-ups  :o I slowed down, sat back in the saddle and hit it in 1st and paddled my way up it, feathering the clutch and trying to keep the front wheel down and stop the back from spinning up.
Fortunately I did some training in the gorges of the Transkei in December that were similar to this climb, only longer and it stood me in good stead because I saw a lot of guys wipe out here. Itís a great feeling when you get a climb like that right but it needs to all come together for that to happen  :thumleft:

On my last lap I thought I had this climb  pegged but I hit the sharp right hander in 2nd and the bike stalled on me. I stuck out my right foot only to find fresh air and I moered down hard with the bike landing upside down on top of me  :-[ Thank goodness I had gone with full body armour because I landed on my back and elbows onto the rocks. I only found out after the race while chatting to GJ that this climb was actually Hamburger Hill and the other hectic MFer climb was a new one that they had added for this event?

Then it was another short fast section before arriving at pit lane and my very welcoming pit crew. They topped up my bike and camelback, shoved a GU energy drink down my throat and sent me back out into the pit of hades.

The 2nd lap I was able to pick up a lot more speed because I knew what to expect and lines were forming through the faster sections. The only niggle I started experiencing was a muscle cramp on the left side of left shin bone from shifting so much. I was a bit surprised because I was drinking a lot to try stay well hydrated. Fortunately that disappeared as quickly as it appeared and I was starting to enjoy life. Every so often you would find guys stranded with dead bikes or punctures or wipe-outs, fortunately none to serious, that I saw anyway. The race was taking its toll.

Then I hit that damn big MFer of a climb again  :xxbah: Iíll start by saying that I made a big mistake here by letting this climb get into my head. It intimidated me and had me believing that I could not beat it  :crybaby2: Iím wise enough to know thatís 9/10th of the battle lost right there but I wasnít able to do anything about it at the time. I hit it hard the first time and at 1/3rd way when it kicked, two deep erosion ruts had formed covered by fess fess type dust. The back end kicked out and I came down quite hard.
My sense of humour left the building and I had some harsh words with myself. I needed a few sqirts of this:



Instead of going down again, I tried contouring to the right again, through the brush but the back end kept on slipping down and I wiped out a few times again  :tard: Mother, it was hot as hell and I was losing energy fast. Then I spotted a little track and I dropped down onto it and followed it but it ended abruptly in the gorge and left me having to wrestle the bike around and go back. I was overheating so I had to take off my helmet and try cool down and compose myself. I looked at my phone, it was 11:50 (the race started at 10 and is 3hrs long) and I realised that the race was slipping away from me and if I wanted to have any chance of doing 3 laps I needed to make a plan quickly. I got back to the climb only to see GJ (Gideon) approaching it on his 3rd lap, thus lapping me. He hit it hard and clean and aced it in one goÖ ďmy moed het tot in my tone gesakĒ, oh to be that skilled on a bike  :notworthy:

I went down and hit it again and wiped out again in the same spot. So I went down and hit it again. This time I made it a bit further up and was able to go right again like I did the first lap and contoured through the brush and around and up again. I was so buggered that I didnít have the energy to be elated, the struggle had sapped me. I soldiered on, taking it easier till I got my breath back and then I really put the hammer down. I was desperate to do another lap and I rode the little KDX as hard as I could. Besides the hectic hill climb, I was loving the race, this is what Iíve been training so hard for and I didnít want it to end prematurely. I welcomed the fasters sections because it gave me a chance to cool down slightly. The rest of lap when without  incident and by the time I got to the pits I was feeling better. Clearly my fitness is improving because my recovery time is way better than it used to be. They scanned my transponder and said ďGo, you got enough time for another lapĒ.


The 3rd lap was a copy of the 2nd except for the cramping that started to set in. First my inner left thigh, then my right hip, then my left hand so badly that it pulled my thumb into my hand. I had to hook my thumb into the bar and stretch it out all while navigating rocky wheat fields at speed. By the time I hit my nemesis again, that spawn of satan hill climb , my body was feeling rather second-hand but my spirit was still up. This time I only fell once before I made it high enough up to be able to contour along and up. The remainder of the lap went relatively well besides the wipe-out on the rocky climb I mentioned earlier.

I was very relieved to make it back into pit lane in one piece and into the care of my pit crew. A cold coke has never tasted that good before.

I survived the first race of the WC Offroad season. My reward on the way home:



Summary:

Iíve done 2 Offroad events before (2011- Wellington & Bonnievale) and neither of them were as fast as Caledon and neither of them had anything remotely as technical as that big climb in them. Iím no Offroad expert but I seriously think that monster belongs in an Enduro rather than an Offroad race. A longer chicken run would have been very welcome at this point, especially for new comers. I had invited 2 friends with who declined and in retrospect, Iím glad they did because that climb would have put them off for life.

Besides that, the course was well marked and fun to ride, I had a great time  :blob9:

On the bike side, my little KDX performed like a trooper and never skipped a beat. It was no match for the 4 strokes on the flats and I struggled with its gearing on that big climb but the rest of the time it was a pleasure to ride.

After pic of the dirt bike:



Next race Wellington on the 9th March.



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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #68 on: February 04, 2013, 01:10:33 pm »
Well done Buff!!!!!

Now for the WR!! :)

Thanks Pom & Ossie.

Boet, I'm glad I didn't take the WR, I'd still be standing at the bottom of that climb  :imaposer: That bikes power is intimidating for a beginner  :o

I was going to ask.. for a 1st season, what is a good bike to use, I assume my XR is just far too big and heavy.
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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #69 on: February 04, 2013, 01:21:53 pm »
Well done Buff!!!!!

Now for the WR!! :)

Thanks Pom & Ossie.

Boet, I'm glad I didn't take the WR, I'd still be standing at the bottom of that climb  :imaposer: That bikes power is intimidating for a beginner  :o

I was going to ask.. for a 1st season, what is a good bike to use, I assume my XR is just far too big and heavy.

My friend wants to do it on his xr650l, do you think its possible? He isn't very experienced
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« Reply #70 on: February 04, 2013, 01:23:44 pm »
I was going to ask.. for a 1st season, what is a good bike to use, I assume my XR is just far too big and heavy.

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« Reply #71 on: February 04, 2013, 01:25:40 pm »
Well done Buff...the first one is always the worst in terms of mental turmoil.

Once done....you're ready to k@k off at the 2nd one  ;D
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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #72 on: February 04, 2013, 01:26:47 pm »
I was going to ask.. for a 1st season, what is a good bike to use, I assume my XR is just far too big and heavy.

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« Reply #73 on: February 04, 2013, 02:03:51 pm »

My friend wants to do it on his xr650l, do you think its possible? He isn't very experienced


Rob and Muz , while it is possible on a 650 it is just unnecessary hard work and is more likely to turn them away from the sport for life , especially if they are not very experienced , a 200 or 250 - 2 stroke is probably your best bet .
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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #74 on: February 04, 2013, 02:10:20 pm »
Gonna keep my eyes peeled for one.. I can't let Buff have all this fun on his own.  :3some:
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« Reply #75 on: February 04, 2013, 02:13:16 pm »
Rob and Muz , while it is possible on a 650 ...

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« Reply #76 on: February 04, 2013, 02:24:09 pm »
What did you get Dave.. I just see a green tail piece.

I am not so keen on a 2 stroke, I don;t have the means to maintain one, I was thinking of keeping a honda stable and getting a CRF250.. getting my lotto ticket today  :laughing4:
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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #77 on: February 04, 2013, 02:35:00 pm »
Well done  :thumleft:

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« Reply #78 on: February 04, 2013, 02:43:29 pm »
Well done Buffster!!

You must be pretty fit? I realised when I attempted the Winterberg, that I underestimated the importance of fitness training. I'm in the gym these days, building up some fitness and I'm going to try do do a few races this year, and hopefully the whole season next year.

I'll also be using my KDX, as I sold the 300. Having said that, the 300 is a handful and much taller than the KDX, and on some of the impossible hill climbs, I couldn't touch the ground at all - had to lie the back down, drag it around, kick it downhill a few paces and then pick up and go back down.

Once again, well done!

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Re: Buff's 2013 Offroad (WC) - with 1st RR pg.3
« Reply #79 on: February 04, 2013, 03:01:05 pm »
Baie geluk aan Riki wat die vroue-afd gewen het.  Ek moet sÍ (amper) 50, menopausal, dik om die boud en lekker onfiks, het nie so lekker gemeng net die 2T 200 en Hamburger Hill nie! Ek't 'n nuwe taal leer praat!  Het dit net nie gehad om wťťr daai verdomde bult aan te durf nie.  Jirre, ek's nou nog gedaan!  ...as die "off-roads" so lyk, hoe lyk die enduros's...??? ::)
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