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    04-29-2013, 09:00 AM
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Yearling
No Frills 55 miler

This weekend, my DH and I did the No Frills 55 mile endurance race located in Star Tannery, VA. This ride is the first leg of the Old Dominion Triple Crown. The ride is notorious not only for challenging trail, but for the worst weather imaginable (generally snow or sleet or cold monsoonal rain). This year mother nature smiled upon us with perfect spring weather: sunny, light breeze, temps in the low 70s! For the first time ever, I was able to appreciate the scenery, as it had always been covered in clouds or fog the other years I have ridden here.

All vetted in, so nothing left but to nap:



Chasing the sunrise:



Some really nice trail:



With amazing views thanks to the great weather:



No missing the infamous OD rocks though:



Normally this is a swamp crossing:



More fun trail:



Some video (unfortunately I forgot to clear the memory card on the helmet cam before the ride, so quickly filled it and had to resort to using the hand held camera to video again):

No Frills 55 mile endurance ride - YouTube

At the end of the day, DH and I placed 2nd and 3rd.

Next ride will be a CTR in mid-may as a prep for the OD 100!
     
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    04-29-2013, 09:51 AM
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Green Broke
Looks like a great day-congrats on the placings.
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    04-29-2013, 12:17 PM
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QOS
Green Broke
Wow that looked great Dawn. That was some rocky going!!!
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    04-29-2013, 12:39 PM
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Yearling
Congrats to you and your DH Dawn! The Drean team pulls off another fabulous score

What a fun looking ride, the scenery is beautiful!
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    04-29-2013, 02:49 PM
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Started
Congratulations!!! Looks like a great ride....I will get up there and ride OD one of these days.

Nancy
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    04-29-2013, 03:47 PM
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Started
Always amazing to see the rides you guys do!
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    04-29-2013, 04:50 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by greentree    
I will get up there and ride OD one of these days.
If you would like a preview of some of that trail.. I am looking for crew for the 100 in June!
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    04-29-2013, 07:13 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by phantomhorse13    
If you would like a preview of some of that trail.. I am looking for crew for the 100 in June!
Dawn, how many people does a rider need to crew, and what is the crew's function? Do you have a crew on all rides?

PS - I meant to say the Dream Team in my post!!
     
    04-29-2013, 08:20 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
Dawn, how many people does a rider need to crew, and what is the crew's function? Do you have a crew on all rides?
Most rides I don't have crew and it isn't an issue. Most 50 mile rides only have 2 holds and if the holds aren't in camp, you can generally send a bag out with ride management. That way I have all the stuff we need (water, hay, grain, elytes, a cooler, food for me, etc) and only need to ask someone for help when I run to the porta-potty.

However, a 100 mile ride generally has 5 (or more) holds. And in the case of the OD 100, all the holds are away from camp and in different places, so management does not take bags out for riders (just too much for them to deal with, can't blame them). This is where having a crew is a godsend.

Crew could be one person or multiple people. Having 2 makes the work easier and the time pass faster and can help with directions/navigation between holds. Crew carts all the crap Dream and I need during a hold from one place to another and then helps take care of her (and me) during the holds. It's a fun but very tiring and often challenging ordeal. I have helped crew a couple 100 mile rides and honestly, crewing is as hard if not harder than riding the 100 miles! Hopefully this will link you to a bunch of pictures I took while crewing the Vermont 100 for a friend.
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    04-30-2013, 02:04 PM
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Yearling
I picture tells a 1000 words...

I can definitely see why a crew is needed! Along with a good truck and a barn's worth of stuff

Plus a beautiful grey Arabian

Lots of hard work but what a blast!!
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