I think this photo summarizes things quite well

I think this sums it up pretty well

Well my friends, raceday has come and gone. Looking back on how it all unfolded, I can’t help but feel very proud of what this has become. Great people with positive attitudes, perfect weather and fresh horseshit…who could ask for more?

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The Facebook response has been overwhelmingly positive. Seeing everyone’s Reactor photos and reading their tales of cameraderie, perseverance and hot dog/beer consumption brings warmth to my fat, fat heart.

Chucky V leading the Neutral Rollout

Chucky V leading the Neutral Rollout

As far as I know, we only had one pissed off cyclist….and that’s fine with me. Endurance events like these force us to learn things about ourselves, and not everyone learns something they wanted to know.

Other people learn things they already knew, like my man Corey Case, who is the proud owner of the CCX Jim Phillips Wallet.

Normally, I’d mock a man with fruit in his beer…not today.

It’s important that people know a lot people came together to make this happen. My good friend Kate Geisen is/was responsible for approximately 90% of the stuff on our Facebook page. I’m sure there are loads of flattering pictures of her on the webs, but for some reason this is the only one I could find.

The venue, the Start/Finish line, the after-party and basically anything that had to do with parking, logisitics, etc was handled by Nick Smith, pictured below.

Nick, Team Redwheel and Redwheel Bikeshop put together the most legit Start/Finish line we’ve had thus far. Good people all around, and I’m proud to call them friends. Thank you to anyone who took a moment to thank them by making a purchase at the bikeshop on raceday.

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^^Then there’s Nick’s Dad. The man built a hotdog/water/beer stand in his yard just so he could make hotdogs for everyone. Oh yeah, and he had tarps set up for shade and lawn chairs to sit on. And you KNOW they’re good chairs if Don Daly sat on one.

By now I think we all know the trails on the 3rd singletrack section are totally fucked. That being said, I’d like to point out they’re much less fucked after the efforts of 2 good men:

Chuck Vohsen:

After leading the first Neutral Rollout, Chuck was out clearing trails while the race was happening. He also helped run the drop station and shuttled several DNF riders back to the Finish line. On top of that, his wife lori is responsible for most of the photos you’ve seen on social media.

Luke Lamb:

My brother from another mother. Luke spent his pre-race friday with me, clearing trails and tying caution tape to dead animals so noone would tear it down.

The list goes on and on. So to all of you, (including my lovely wife pictured below), Thank You.

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I assume there are people who want to know their finish times, so here ya go. And just so we’re all on the same page, I realize there are a few errors. I don’t plan on fixing any of them, because my wife made these charts and I’d rather die than point out her mistakes.

Active/Retired US Military
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Clinkinbeard Dan 5:37 PM USA 34
Windmoeller Stephen 6:04 PM USA 44
Gilmore Stacy 6:46 PM USA 60
Nelson Larry 8:58 PM USA 92
Alphagina
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Wilson Kate 4:38 AM Alphagina 11
Piper Mary 6:00 AM Alphagina 42
Geisen Kate 6:34 AM Alphagina 55
Bateman Melanie 7:42 AM Alphagina 75
BAMF
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Case Corey 4:28 PM BAMF 8
Boianhoff Mickey 4:32 PM BAMF 9
Buttram Don 4:38 PM BAMF 12
Juncu Anatolie 4:47 PM BAMF 14
Howser Eric 5:09 PM BAMF 19
Irish Ryan 6:04 PM BAMF 46
Nagy Benedict 6:08 PM BAMF 50
Johanson Todd 7:14 PM BAMF 67
Gilmore Darren 7:26 PM BAMF 71

Random photo of my dog in a Taddihogg hat

Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Clarke Jenny 5:12 PM Ladies Solo 21
Windmoeller Michelle 6:04 PM Ladies Solo 45
Stevens Anne 7:49 PM Ladies Solo 82
Mattson Loreen 7:49 PM Ladies Solo 83
Gutierrez Kristy 10:11 PM Ladies Solo 96
Orban Kristen DNF Ladies Solo
Fucking serious about Winning
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Johnson Joshua 3:34 PM Serious Folks 1
Meschke Ryan 7:26 PM Serious Folks 72
I wonder if this volunteer is still out there...

I wonder if this volunteer is still out there…

Single Speeders
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
White Justin 5:31 SS 28
Bockting Benji 5:36 SS 32
Clarke Adam 5:45 SS 35
Zoll Jason 5:45 SS 36
Anderson Jeff 6:49 SS 62
Mick Sean 7:01 SS 65
Ellis Robert 8:58 SS 91
Beever Jordan 10:11 SS 97
VanHoose Dwayne DNF (Long Course) SS
Lamb Luke DNF SS

And this year’s most well-attended category:

Dudes Open
Last First Finish Time Category Overall Place
Froese Ethan 3:34 PM DO 2
Simonson Lawrence 3:34 PM DO 3
Johnson Galen 3:34 PM DO 4
Henry Pete 4:07 PM DO 5
Maggard Jesse 4:07 PM DO 6
Bradley John 4:17 PM DO 7
Klein Eddie 4:38 PM DO 10
Tyman Devin 4:38 PM DO 13
Tomicki Tomasz 4:56 DO 16
Schnettgoecke Shaun 4:58 DO 17
Dowell Rodney 17:06 DO 18
Suthoff Brad 5:12 PM DO 20
Adkison Rodney 5:12 PM DO 22
Moore Jim 5:24 PM DO 23
Stacey Matt 5:26 PM DO 24
Daly Don 5:26 PM DO 25
Cranmer Stoney 5:31 PM DO 26
Goode Peter 5:31 PM DO 27
Langworthy Johnathan 5:31 PM DO 29
Cordia Tyler 5:36 PM DO 30
Spath Jacob 5:53 PM DO 37
Heydn Brian 5:53 PM DO 39
Pay Chris 6:00 PM DO 40
Pierce Richard 6:03 PM DO 43
Butler Scott 6:04 PM DO 47
Sides Stephen 6:07 PM DO 48
Sutherland Mike 6:07 PM DO 49
McAllister Bryant 6:10 PM DO 51
Donahoe Tim 6:12 PM DO 52
Smith David 6:22 PM DO 54
Giesing Jesse 6:35 PM DO 58
Clervi Art 6:49 PM DO 63
Orr Tom 7:13 PM DO 66
Pool Richard 7:25 PM DO 70
Koenig Xavier 7:42 PM DO 74
Smith Doug 7:42 PM DO 76
Behounek Josh 7:45 PM DO 81
Deffer Nicholas 7:53 PM DO 84
McEntire Brian 8:19 PM DO 87
Krause Guy 8:27 PM DO 88
Stookey Dan 8:52 PM DO 89
Fair Steven 8:52 PM DO 90
Schwartz Kevin 9:41 PM DO 94
Felix Miguel 10:11 PM DO 95
Van Hersh Ryan 10:33 PM DO 98
Vanderfelts Ben 10:33 PM DO 99
Botts Petey DNF DO
Boos Kyle DNF DO
Carr Lucas DNF DO
Dwiggins Jody DNF DO
Harp Tom DNF DO
Jennison Brian DNF DO
Kopta Arthur DNF DO
Morgan Michael DNF DO
Nemeth Justin DNF DO
Orr Chris DNF DO
Perry Joseph DNF DO
Rathke Dennis DNF DO
Smith Jim DNF DO
Cedar Sapling
Place Last First Finish Time Category
1 Ryan Steve 11:20 AM Sapling
2 McAllister Tim 11:20 AM Sapling
3 Clanton Corkey 11:21 AM Sapling
4 Brandhorst Jeff 11:22 AM Sapling
5 Webb Keith 11:22 AM Sapling
6 Webb Lisa 11:22 AM Sapling
7 VanHoose Dwayne 11:23 AM Sapling
8 Smith Matt 11:24 AM Sapling
9 Wolins Nat, Alane 11:48 AM Sapling
10 Lycke Craig 11:56 AM Sapling
11 Kubinak Susan 12:13 PM Sapling
12 Fogelbach Gary 12:19 PM Sapling
13 Reynolds Glen 1:10 AM Sapling
14 Goodman Dana 1:17 AM Sapling
15 Rehmert Tracie 1:17 AM Sapling
16 Gossett Emma 1:35 AM Sapling
17 Chase Jeff 3:32 AM Sapling
18 Clark Bob 3:32 AM Sapling
19 Friedman Steve, elena 4:01 AM Sapling

The finish line party was one I hope to remember forever. My bucket list got a little shorter when I checked off “Massive Bar Tab with 100+ Friends,” so that was a great feeling. Seeing the smiles as people finished a grueling day, grabbed one of mom’s potatoes and guzzled craft beers with friends…it just doesn’t get any better than that.

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A very nervous girlfriend waited at the finish line for Ben V. and Ryan Vanhersh to finish the course, all the while talking about Ben’s recovery from spinal and pelvic injuries. Jut after 10:30, Ben was our final finisher, and therefore rewarded for his efforts with the coveted Kuat bike rack.

wpid-fb_img_1431400578926.jpgAside from all the trail damage, I don’t know how it could’ve gone any better. And since at least one person had fun, we’ll be doing it all again next year on the first Saturday of May.

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