Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Riders in Their Teens

The count became a baker's dozen when C-Man and XTeric rolled in just as the other 11 riders fished buttering their chamois. While teens are not permitted to ride in the ranks with FT3, groups in their teens, while rare, are acceptable. The mighty group included one new member, and one new-old member, yours truly - so without further adieu the group rolled to the qualifier. Atop the first rise, the top finishers, including yours truly, assessed our numbers and awaited the arrival of the newest rider, wondering if we would have to send him packing. Riders continued to roll in, but the newest newbie was not present. Alas, he arrived, sans seat, sporting only an uncomfortable-looking shaft. As the group recognized it was a mechanical issue, not a fitness issue, the group began to announce potential handle's. The new rider informed us that his hometown handle was "The Catastrophe." Since FT3 has had it's share of catastrophe's over the years, we opted not to name him as such. We took in some of the best trails around, suffered another mechanical and two crashes, then climbed to the top of Fleming Meadow to  determine the new rider would be named "Shaft."



Shaft went on to have the best night of his life, riding the best trails in the world with the coolest people in the world, then finding that we get served the best food in the world, including chickenbake. Thanks to Lars, who, even though he was not present, we had chicken bake in his honor. We ate the chicken bake with honor, and our stomachs honored us. Later that night our stomachs hated us, we sweated, and the next day we enjoyed red hot Wednesday.

Why not do it again?

ONE!




15 comments:

  1. Anyone up for a roll up or other pre-ride?

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    1. Its gonna be awful hot this afternoon. How about a post-ride?

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    2. Thanks for the trail conditions report of Shasta from the east side. I'll most likely be heading up there in a week and a half's time up bunny flats.

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  2. Out this week
    Wife's on vacation I'm stuck in Tahoe with the kids riding the corral trail

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    1. Glad to hear the back is better. Have fun on that sweet trail.

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  3. No per ride today- or if there is its going to be a last minute decision. But I'll be there for the main event.

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  4. Five! No pre-ride or post ride activities for me. I have an early on-site meeting tomorrow and will not be able to hide the effects of Red Hot Wednesday.

    Yes, I actually have to go to the office tomorrow...

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  5. Kits are in transit. Going thru customs now. I expect we'll have them on hand for Summer Solstice FT3.

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  6. Back in the FT3 saddle again. 6!

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  7. Oh, and since I didn't see a lot of comments on Cappy's post, I'll comment on my favorite line of the whole post, it was this one "the top finishers, including yours truly". Cappy this goes w/out saying. the only notable stmt would be if you were NOT in the top group.

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  8. Are we discussing Father's day weekend long rides tonight?

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    1. Both RG and Fro have mentioned long riding this weekend. And I am IN as well since both Mrs. Nocar and the dog will be out of town.

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  9. Great post Cappy and thanks for the tip when getting dropped. If I have to requalify, I'll stay with the group as long as I can and maybe my chain would accidentally over shift.

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