From Bruce Brown - Race Coordinator...
After sleeping for 9 hours, I thought I would wrap up some thanks that I may not have uttered yesterday due to my week of sleep debt getting final things ready for the race.
Here goes..... First of all - thank you to all 160 racers and their families who drove out to Lake Ahquabi yesterday to enjoy perfect weather and trail conditions for The Mullet Fall Classic.
Thanks to all who brought potluck/beverages and enjoyed the season ending party. Ma Nature has been very kind to me over all the years I have hosted this event. Yesterday was no exception as we enjoyed 64 degrees and fall sunshine. Running the course counterclockwise with a new section or two provided some welcomed variety and a new challenge for all.
Thank you to Bob Matthews
for helping me this year again to bring you The Mullet Fall Classic. Amazingly, nobody called me Bob yesterday, and nobody called him Bruce. That's a first for us. ;-) I also would like to thank all of the wonderful volunteers that helped out with this season ending effort for IMBCS.
, and Doc Finck
handled the pre-race prize/schwag table and put smiles on peoples faces for winning something before they even hopped on their bike.
Thanks to traffic control at our crossing, Ed and Pete kept the RV's and cars from ruining anyone's race day.
A big shout out to Christine Brennan Cooney
for potluck organization. We actually had enough food this year and somehow, Brian was able to rotate the pots around with the help of others to keep all of the hot food hot! Yay!!!!
And all those that pitched in with tear down and clean up. Thanks. We left the place looking better than we found it. Course marking thanks to Nick Ludwig
for helping me pound orange stakes on Friday
Thanks to Bob Matthews, Ron Cooney, and Kevin Welsch
Thank you to Elvish Consulting for yet another excellent race scoring with their disposable chips, tiered backup system of numbers being keyed in, a video camera, and all of their problem solving to get the results right and results up for all to see in such quick fashion.
Thanks to sponsors Scheel's, and Oakley (Rob Versteegh
) for schwag donation for The Mullet.
Thanks to Josh Shipman and the Lake Ahquabi DNR staff for letting us take over Lake Ahquabi trails for a weekend, and help get the trails ready. The hard work of a volunteer core team helped bring these trails back from the July tornado damage. Bob Matthews, Kevin Welsh, Doc Finck, Al Boone, Ron Cooney, Christine Cooney, and yours truly put in a lot of hours to move trees, clear debris, trim, mow, fill in erosion spots, and get things back to where they were before all the summer damage. The work call morning last week of 22 of us were able to finish off with some nice final grooming to complete the course preparation.
Thanks to Rich BuffetKiller Wince
for the use of your generator. We needed it! Power was not working correctly in the shelter in spite of Brian and Bob's attempt. I'm sure I have missed a name or two for all those that chipped in to help. The IMBCS 2014 season is in the books (look for series winners announcement soon).
The Mullet Fall Classic is complete. And we are all back at work again today.
The trail should be in great shape this week for anyone who wants to take advantage of the route that is nice and worn in from over 1000 laps of tires. If you missed it, come on out this week and ride the trail to see what you missed.
A final thanks to the donations for the IMBCS domain name annual fees, and website fund. We raised $120 and change which will be set aside in a separate fund. More news on the website soon to be released (and viewed by all of you)