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Darkhorse 40 Race Wrap

19 August 2009 No Comment

Sunday was a scorcher at Stewart Forest in Newburgh, NY as 90+ degree temps, a bajillion percent humidity and nearly 400 racers collided in the near-perfect storm of sweat, triumph, heartbreak and beer known locally as the Darkhorse 40. Far from “just another mountain bike race,” the DH40 is everything that a great regional mountain bike race should be- not too serious, with a great course, good competition, serious challenge and copius amounts of liquid carbohydrate refreshment.

This race has become a favorite of the NYC crew, and this year more than a dozen racers from NYC ventured up to tackle the four laps of this year’s ten mile course. Here are the cliff notes, for those not patient enough to read through the extended forum thread:

Sean Smith chatting with Maddawg Mike.

Sean Smith chatting with Maddawg Mike.

Sean Smith and Nate Kraxberger at first and third place in mens Cat 1 singlespeed

Sean Smith (far right) and Nate Kraxberger (middle) at first and third place in men's Cat 1 singlespeed.

Sean Smith, aka Spookykinkajou, redeemed himself after a disappointing Wilderness 101 by taking the win in the Singlespeed Cat 1 class and taking home a coupon for a free carbon fiber rigid fork from Niner Bikes with a blazing time of 3:21:13. He put ten minutes on the second place singlespeeder, Boston’s Thom Parsons (Fisher 29er Crew). Two minutes after Thom was NYC’s Nathan Kraxberger (Sids Bikes- Cannondale) in third place at 3:33:09. In addition to winning Cat 1 SS, Smith also placed third overall!

Al Seabeast Siebert takes the win in Cat 1 30-39

Al "Seabeast" Siebert takes the win in Cat 1 30-39

Al Seabeast Siebert, the biggest cheese in Cat 1 men 30-39, and 4th overall finisher!

Al "Seabeast" Siebert, the biggest cheese in Cat 1 men 30-39, and 4th overall finisher!

Al “Seabeast” Siebert (Team NYCMTB-Peak Bikes) killed it again in Cat 1 30-39, taking the win in 3:21:27, 8 minutes ahead of the next guy in his class. Seabeast would have placed third overall if Smith hadn’t sprinted past him with 750 meters to go in a perfectly executed surprise pass. With nothing left in the tank, Seabeast let him go, but still took 4th overall with a win in his class.

NYC Velo’s Andrew Crooks made a rare race appearance, finishing 5th in Pro. Chris Steffens (aka Stuffy) raced Cat 1 SS and finished toward the end of the pack in 4:27:51 after wrestling with stomach cramps and going into survival mode. Adam Krop (Team NYCMTB-Peak Bikes) finished 18th in Cat 1 men 30-39, in 4:54:36

Georges Rouan downed a PBR every lap to win the self-proclaimed title Lei Champion

Georges Rouan downed a PBR every lap to win the self-proclaimed title "Lei Champion"

In Cat 2, Georges Rouan (Team NYCMTB-Peak Bikes) finished 8th out of 18 in singlespeed (5:01:33) while also consuming a PBR each lap to dull the pain of a wicked crash. Daniel Ingerdal (Team NYCMTB-Peak Bikes) came in right behind him in 9th (5:02:16) after having some trouble with a flat on the first lap. Highbridge trail steward Chris Skolnick finished 8th of 14 in Cat 2 men 16-29 (4:34:39), and NYC’ers Chris Fidler (Team Darkhorse), Bill Cullen (Team NYCMTB-Peak Bikes), and Alex Buell (Team NYCMTB-Peak Bikes) finished in 11th, 12th and 14th, respectively. Luis Rivera (Team NYCMTB-Peak Bikes) finished 14/23 in Cat 2 Men 30-39.

Emily Johnson (Team NYCMTB-Peak Bikes) had an unfortunately derailleur problem that took her out of her Cat 2 women’s race in the first lap, so she resigned herself to drinking as much beer as possible while cheering on the team. Guillaume Loize likewise was crushed by cramps and ducked out after the third lap to self-medicate with barley and hops.

Kraxberger with the pimp DH40 medal.

Kraxberger with the pimp DH40 medal.

Despite the pain and suffering, a great time was had by all, the race has again been penciled in to everyone’s race calendar for next year. Thanks Darkhorse for putting on a great event, and proving again that there’s no race hiccup that three kegs of beer can’t fix!

-JB

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