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phantomhorse13 04-29-2013 09:00 AM

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:
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chasing the sunrise:
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some really nice trail:
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with amazing views thanks to the great weather:
https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...80657934_n.jpg


no missing the infamous OD rocks though:
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normally this is a swamp crossing:
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more fun trail:
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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! :D

Cacowgirl 04-29-2013 09:51 AM

Looks like a great day-congrats on the placings.

QOS 04-29-2013 12:17 PM

Wow that looked great Dawn. That was some rocky going!!!

AnitaAnne 04-29-2013 12:39 PM

Congrats to you and your DH Dawn! The Drean team pulls off another fabulous score:D

What a fun looking ride, the scenery is beautiful!

greentree 04-29-2013 02:49 PM

Congratulations!!! Looks like a great ride....I will get up there and ride OD one of these days.

Nancy

crimsonsky 04-29-2013 03:47 PM

always amazing to see the rides you guys do! :D

phantomhorse13 04-29-2013 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by greentree (Post 2382082)
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! :D :wink:

AnitaAnne 04-29-2013 07:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by phantomhorse13 (Post 2382866)
If you would like a preview of some of that trail.. I am looking for crew for the 100 in June! :D :wink:

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!!

phantomhorse13 04-29-2013 08:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AnitaAnne (Post 2384338)
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.

AnitaAnne 04-30-2013 02:04 PM

I picture tells a 1000 words...

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

Plus a beautiful grey Arabian :D

Lots of hard work but what a blast!!


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