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Finally got a 1st place

July 2nd, 2013 by *MoonDogg*

I drove 6 hours up to Lakeshore, CA this weekend to race in the China Peak Enduro. Race #3 in the California Enduro Series. I was a scorching hot weekend all over California, but fortunately we were at an elevation of 8000 ft, so the temps were a bit cooler than elsewhere.

Lake

I registered Saturday around noon, and was able to get in 4 practice runs. The trails were really fun, and fairly long with lots of pedaling. The berms were mostly soft and deep, there were some tight trees sections, some rock gardens and some flat out speed sections. Overall I would say the best course I’ve raced so far.

Friends

Sunday was race day. I was in the second wave of riders to leave the start, so I had a bit more time in the morning to get ready. My brake magically decided to stop working. I messed with them, debating whether I should bleed them or not, and decided I didn’t’ have time.

Climb

There was only one climb during this race, right in the beginning, up to the start of stage one. After that, everyone rode the chairlift. At first I was pretty disappointed, but after actually starting the climb, I changed my mind. It was long and steep, with several hike-a-bike sections. Though it turns out we could have avoided those sections if we stayed on the correct road. Regardless, it would have really sucked to do that climb more than once.

I did pretty well on stage 1, no mistakes, but I did get caught behind a slower rider for quite a long way. I probably should have been more vocal about my desire to pass. For some reason I just felt bad.

Stage 2 I had a pretty big wipe-out in deep and soft turn. I got a mouth full of dirt and my goggles were hard to see out of after that. Probably lost about 10 seconds. The rest of the run was clean.

Stage 3b

Stage 3 was a lot longer than the first 2, and I had a good run, except for getting stuck behind several other riders. Still I don’t think I lost too much time. But looking back and realizing I only won my class by 9 seconds, I realize how important it is to get by other riders ASAP.

Stage 4 we epic. I wiped out in the first turn, and from then on I was just all over the place, overshooting berms, clipping rocks with my pedals, getting off my line. I hit a rock really hard with my rear rim, it made a really loud ping sound, and I though for sure it was going to pinch flat and my race was over. But to my surprise it held, and that gave me some extra motivation to ride faster. From then on I was in the zone, and really had a fast clean run.

Podium

In the end I was able to hold off the competition and stand at the top of the podium. It was a good feeling. The competition was pretty stiff, and I haven’t been training as much as I had hoped to. But I think my technical skills made of for any lack of fitness.

One race left in the series, and I’m in second. There is only one point between each of the top 3 guys. Santa Cruz will be the showdown.

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Off to the races

June 29th, 2013 by *MoonDogg*

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Road trip to the China Peak Enduro

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Martyn Ashton – Road Bike Party

October 10th, 2012 by *MoonDogg*

This has got to be one of the best bike videos ever!

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Good day for it.

May 29th, 2012 by *MoonDogg*

I’ve been listening to a radio station from Auckland, New Zealand for years, and it’s still one of my favorites. This is a ‘sting’ for their surf report. Still as funny as the first time I heard it. Makes me think of a couple of people who will go unnamed.

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Step-up Jump. Calavera, Carlsbad, CA

June 12th, 2011 by *MoonDogg*

Step-up at Calavera, Carlsbad, CA from MoonDogg on Vimeo.

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Chase & Status – Time (Ft. Delilah)

April 9th, 2011 by *MoonDogg*

Chase & Status – Time (Ft. Delilah) by delilahofficial

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Chase & Status – Time (Ft. Delilah)

April 9th, 2011 by *MoonDogg*

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Cool Dad, Cool Fashion… Going Brown

April 9th, 2011 by *MoonDogg*

This is one of Khristian’s first video editing projects. Totally hilarious.

Going Brown from MoonDogg on Vimeo.

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My location: Puerto Madryn, Argentina

March 2nd, 2011 by *MoonDogg*

My location: Av Julio Argentino Roca 800-900 Puerto Madryn Chubut Argentina 42°46.351′ S, 65°01.747′ W http://maps.google.com/maps?q=-42.77251,-65.02912

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Esquel, Argentina

February 4th, 2011 by *MoonDogg*

My location: San Martin 601-699 Esquel Chubut Argentina 42°55.065′ S, 71°19.374′ W http://maps.google.com/maps?q=-42.91775,-71.32289

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