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    There Will Be Mud

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    Just a few photos from the Ed Sander's Memorial Cross Race at Lilypons near Frederick.







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    That's a lot of mud! It makes me miss my college rugby years...

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    Typical muddy cross race. A friend of my son's was supposed to race in a cross race in MD today - must've been this one. I didn't see him in any of the photos though. Two years ago in Charlottesville the conditions were similar except the temps were in the 40's (it was early Nov.). I have never seen so many demolished rear derailleurs & rear wheels as I did that day! I would imagine the results were close to that today. Great photos, Zen.
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    Great pics, although the OCD in me starts screaming when I see such dirty bikes. Yikes- must... clean...bike...right... away. Must be why I don't mtn bike as much- I just can't stand a dirty bike.

    Thanks for sharing the pics. (did you race or just oggle over the muddy participants?)
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    Ogle, ogle, ogle.
    one guy had his shirt off and was pouring water over himself after a race.
    That was almost too much for me to handle
    Probably best that i was there with Kalidurga to keep me on track.

    I had never been to a cross race before and really enjoyed it.
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    I knew you were taking photos of racer's butts. "No, I was shooting the mud in their brakes" Riiiiiiiiight

    Here's the face of someone who's just seen a half-nekkid 'cross racer bathing himself:

    "How about if we all just try to follow these very simple rules of the road? Drive like the person ahead on the bike is your son/daughter. Ride like the cars are ambulances carrying your loved ones to the emergency room. This should cover everything, unless you are a complete sociopath."
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    and it was still alive
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    And Zen rescued it and turned it loose near one of the ponds. Here're a few more shots, including the closest we saw to a crash (first photo, behind the second rider):





    "How about if we all just try to follow these very simple rules of the road? Drive like the person ahead on the bike is your son/daughter. Ride like the cars are ambulances carrying your loved ones to the emergency room. This should cover everything, unless you are a complete sociopath."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalidurga View Post
    Here's the face of someone who's just seen a half-nekkid 'cross racer bathing himself:
    No.
    not quite wide-eyed and slack-jawed enough
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    You two are hysterical! Nice worms hehe.

    DH fancies trying cross some day, I don't want him to drive either of our cars to it though.

    He did a very disgusting, rainy mountain bike race a few years back where he crashed, I tried to make him ride home on the roof of my car. Some blood, mud, sweat and a pissed off husband, nothing I want to be around!
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    Can a bike that muddy ever get truly clean again? Doesn't the grit get deep down in the crevices and affect the performance of the components? I am truly curious. I mountain bike but not in mud -- usually just damp or dry sand, and it's hard enough to get my bike cleaned up after that. I simply can't fathom mud like in these photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zen View Post
    Ogle, ogle, ogle.
    one guy had his shirt off and was pouring water over himself after a race.
    That was almost too much for me to handle
    this thread is useless without more pictures.

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    Maybe take it to one of those car washes with the hand held wand?
    I dunno, that's my answer and I'm sticking to it.
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    I'm guessing a cross bike would have to be overhauled a lot more often--hubs and bearings and bottom bracket and cables.

    My mountain bike got water in the frame just from riding on the rack in a rain storm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irulan View Post
    this thread is useless without more pictures.
    She was too stunned at that moment to get the camera out. And I was taking photos of water lilies, not racer's body parts

    They had apparently planned for the mud, as there were a few "bike washes" set up with hoses and buckets of soapy water. We walked past at one point and there were at least a half dozen riders and bikes in line.
    "How about if we all just try to follow these very simple rules of the road? Drive like the person ahead on the bike is your son/daughter. Ride like the cars are ambulances carrying your loved ones to the emergency room. This should cover everything, unless you are a complete sociopath."
    David Desautels, in a letter to velonews.com

    Random babblings and some stuff to look at.

 

 

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