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The Rift Gravel Race
Last Post 07/28/2021 10:25 AM by Orange Crush. 40 Replies.
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longslowdistance

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07/24/2021 08:26 PM
Thanks!
Orange Crush

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07/24/2021 10:16 PM
Photos look great on the Strava. Looks excellent. Yes be careful when terrain goes from hard pack to loose sand, we had some nice twisters but the WTBs kept me on course.

We suffered like dogs on a much shorter course with a massive amount of gravel climbing loose sand harsh rocks landslides and ultimately suffered defeat 2 km from target in a massive amount of deadfall and bear scat abound. The lake dip in end was sooo good. Photos on the Strava and Instagram. Tomorrow hopefully a more tourist gravel day although we start a an 8k climb haha.
Cosmic Kid

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07/25/2021 06:00 AM
Looked at my data last night…when I went down, I was going 30.5 mph. I’m amazed I didn’t suffer more injuries. A few tears on my GoreTex ShakeDry sleeve / shoulder and some scrapes on my lower leg, but that is about it.

Well, that and a minor concussion / double vision
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Dale

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07/25/2021 09:55 AM
Dayum! Landing on your head with the issue we have is not to be trifled with. Glad you're OK.

Sounds like an amazing place.
Cosmic Kid

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07/25/2021 11:09 AM
Oh schitt…I didn’t even think about that yesterday, Dale!
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79pmooney

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07/25/2021 11:41 AM
CK, keep a close eye on yourself. I know someone from a family where 2/3s had Marfan syndrome. Those with the syndrome typically have long, lanky, ungainly bodies like Abraham Lincoln who almost certainly was one. They have weak connective tissue in the aorta. Aorta swells and eventually bursts. Two of the four afflicted. My friend and his brother got replacements; along with a blood thinner routine for life. His brother hit hit head on a low ceiling. Ancient house in England. He's 6'-6". He was misdiagnosed/not taken seriously for weeks. I don't remember the details (35 years ago) but it eventually killed him.

You should have been a good patient, stayed put, lying down and staying quiet until the race ambulance came by. Just like I should have when I crashed on the Oregon Trail Gravel Grinder. Now, if they sent the ambulance after me, they might have needed a Chinook helicopter to rescue it! Either that or send in the Army Corp of Engineers in advance.
Cosmic Kid

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07/25/2021 06:33 PM
Now, if they sent the ambulance after me, they might have needed a Chinook helicopter to rescue it!


Funny you mention that, Ben…..just before I went down, a Rescue vehicle came through just as we got to one of the really steep climbs that you have to push up. These rescue vehicles are unreal…massive tires and HUGE clearance so they can get out anywhere.

They passed my buddy right in the middle of this climb, easily 20+% maybe more….and got their left wheels stuck in a runoff. Thought for sure they were gonna have to back down….nope, they just threw into 4L and powered up. Really cool to see.

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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07/25/2021 07:58 PM
They got a lot of those kind of trucks were I am now. Major 4x4 country. Also lots of dirt bikes. Then major Mtb scene. We’re the only fools tearing up the gravel roads.
Cosmic Kid

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07/28/2021 08:51 AM
Pretty cool shot of me and one of my buddies hitting a river crossing.....you can see my torn knee warmer from my earlier crash.

This was the halfway point in the race....on the other side of the stream was the "dry bag stop" where you could pick up dry clothes if you had packed them. I changed my socks and base layer here and it made a big difference.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/therifticeland/51333989332/in/album-72157719593129896/
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Orange Crush

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07/28/2021 09:51 AM
Nice form CK. You lads look all layered up so changing for warmth would have been good.

We had about a dozen water crossings Saturday. Most went of without a hitch but one which my buddies took diagonally I took straight and suddenly from wheel went deep. Put both feet down and avoided tumbling in. Wet feet were welcome in the heat. But our bikes didn’t like us very much that day, wetting then drying chains, add a whole bunch of road dust and things got pretty noisy after 7 hours.

Also saw that grizzly the owner of Airbnb had warned us about. A three year old. These are the tricky ones as they are being pushed out by parents need to find their own territory and have to figure out how to fend for themselves.
Orange Crush

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07/28/2021 10:25 AM
BTW I’ve screenshot the handlebar bar bag if we ever need to get back to this topic.

Thanks for the evidence hahaha. Nicely hidden behind race number but it’s there.
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