Spreading the Christmas Cheer
Dec. 17th, 2006
The winter season kicked off in grand style with 21 riders and temperatures remaining a constant 44 degrees through out the day. The December trials also marked the start of the set up and ride format. This is where the club members that are in attendance set up a section, a make shift loop is formed and everyone rides together for the first loop. This format will be used for the January and February trials as well. For a quick hodge-podge of sections thrown together, I thought they were great. One of the more interesting sections was Ken Brown Jr’s. It required a shoehorn be used for the lower classes to squeeze through a tight opening in the rocks. Everyone figured Kenny’s diet had been working. It was later changed. It was great to see all the new faces in the Novice class. I believe 3/4 of the class had 2 trials or less under their belts. Mark Crabtree took a close win over his nephew Bobby Crabtree. Zayne Arndt from the MWTA in Nebraska took a solid third. Derek Lange made a good showing in one of his first events by finishing fourth. The Amateur class was overflowing with eggnog and riders. They had a whopping eleven in the class. Joe Boyce claimed king of the mountain with his first place ride. Jeff Arndt nabbed second place while Mike Chebul won out a tight battle between four riders for third. Dale Malasek took the two Intermediate riders under his wing to ride Expert. This plan almost backfired as up and comer Chris Williams nearly got Dale. Ken Brown Jr. won the tough man award today as he continued to ride after slicing his hand open on a rock. I did not see the crash, but understand the acrobatics would have put the US Men’s Gymnastic team to shame. Jason Carpenter returned to action and had a strong fight on his hands with Scott Carpenter and Bill Sanderson. Only two points separated the three going into the final loop. Early cleans in the loop enabled Jason enough cushion to survive a lost rear brake and surge from Scott at the end of the loop. Bad luck claimed Bill Sanderson’s day, as he had to settle for third. Thanks go out to all who helped set up and tear down the sections. Also thanks to our visitors from the north. See you all next year.
In honor of Kelly’s notable quotables, here’s a small sampling of tid-bits I overheard.
“Ooooooohhhh!!!!………..are you all right?” Crowd response to Steve Smith’s crash in section 1 on the third loop.
“Why is everyone looking at me?” Russ Amos going through section 5. Could be those stylish pants.
“Did I make it?” Jason Carpenter after crashing off a rock and landing on his back in section 4.
“I don’t think I’ll be having anymore kids.” Bill Sanderson after having an abrupt and not so discreet meeting with his gas tank.
1. M. Crabtree Gas 25 1. D. Malasek Gas 47
2. B. Crabtree Gas 31 2. C. Williams Gas 53
3. Z. Arndt Sco 40 3. K. Brown Jr. Gas 81
4. D. Lange Gas 53
Amateur 1. J. Carpenter Gas 44
1. J. Boyce Gas 27 2. S. Carpenter Gas 46
2. J. Arndt Gas 35 3. B. Sanderson Gas 61
3. M. Chebul Bet 41
4. J. Bridges Gas 42/10-0’s
5. B. Cratty Bet 42/8-0’s
6. J. Crabtree Gas 44
7. H. Griifieon Gas 52
8. B. Sanderson Gas 55
9. R. Amos Gas 62
10. S. Smith Gas 77
11. B. Kabourek Mon 97