Monday, June 13, 2011

Dayton Hare Scramble

You don’t know it, but I’m a little bit behind in blogging and in race coverage. I realize that you’re fine with that. All of you, except my unidentified secret blog readers who live for the thrill of reading about my boys racing. Open-mouthed smile (I know you’re out there, feel free to say hi, you’re safe here.)

Okay, so on to the thrill…

Sunday, June 5,

Dayton, Iowa,

a farm lot and some timber,

gasoline, oil, mud, noise,

moms, dad, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents.

The 50’s class, featuring Ben!!

Ben Dayton 5 Dads stay very close to their racers. They are needed to sometimes help start the bike, help pick up fallen riders, and in this race, direct riders around the course.

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Ben Dayton 8

Grandmas are needed to say little prayers and be completely biased fans. Brothers are needed to time laps and play with Mom’s cell phone when they are bored.

All Three

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“Can I ride some more?” The kid is addicted!

After Race Smile

Then we have Bill’s race. The course was 6 miles long so we only saw him a handful of times over the time of 2 hours. Do you need me to explain the timing/scoring thing to you? Keep reading.

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Race results: Ben got 4th place! Bill got 3rd! He did get a plaque and I did take a picture but I am not allowed to show you a picture. It was the birthday boy’s request. Actually, I can never show you another picture on here of Bill’s trophies and stuff because if I do, he might not let me have this blog anymore.

So here’s how the timing/scoring thing goes. It’s essentially the same for everyone.

For the mini’s (50’s, 65’s 85’s), racers ride for 30-45 minutes. The larger bikes ride for about 2 hours. Scorers keep track of how many laps are completed. Most laps wins. In this race, Bill got to the gates at 1:58 in and so he got another lap to try to finish.

There’s more, but *yawn*, I can tell you need a break.



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