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Season Opener - Bring a rake.

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I went out to the track with Bob "" and Jeff from Eugene yesterday, and got some laps around in the new dirt section before it got too muddy with the rain. It is really fun, and looks to add another dimension to an already awesome venue. It needs some handwork though. The last two turns before the lip onto the tarmac are going to be a challenge for sure. If you are planning on coming to practice on Sat. bring a rake, shovel, clippers, or any other yard tools you have that can shape dirt and remove vegetation. It just needs some smoothing out and packing down. I walked the track before I rode it and along the way I started picking up chunks of asphalt, bricks, roots sticking out, and pieces of logs, and throwing them off the track. We'll probably have to keep water on it all day to break it in. Chris also wanted to know if some of the trees next to the track will be an issue, and I did almost hit one of them at speed; but I’ve also almost hit the tree right on the straight away too- this isn’t MotoGP. It looks like there was some thought put into runoff after the jumps, very impressive. The jumps are nothing to worry about if you’ve never jumped a bike before. You’d have to try pretty hard to get more than 12 inches off the ground, and if you freak out, there’s plenty of space to cartwheel off the track, hehehe. See y’all Saturday!!
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Good idea Moon. I have to admit, I'll bet that endurocross stuff is pretty exciting to watch. Those sections were gnarly!

I say we take ron's advice and see what happens come race day. We might have a totally different perspective once we get some laps on it and see if there are places to pass and such. We might want to keep it flat and get some of those stations like they have at Marathons with people holding out cups of water.

Speaking of which, how is the water situation? Is there a sufficient length of hose to get water to the section?

I think this new section will make Pat's go up another notch of coolness. As long as we can agree that the dirt is always a work in progress, I think this will be bitch'n. Personally, I'd like to have a nice table for some air time. Possibly some whoops or something too. Again, I think this is gonna be really cool.

See you guys Saturday!

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