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Report2003-10-06

BUNU Plattekill Weekend

Date: 2003-10-06
By: Mike Ondik

Well, what can I say, Plattekill is the season finale. Itís an all-round good time. A few friends. A few laughs. Some burgers. At least that is the way it has been in the past. Can it live up to that again?

  • "This Lebowski, he called himself the DudeÖ. I only mention it 'cause sometimes there's a I won't say a hee-ro, 'cause what's a hee-ro?--but sometimes there's a man. And I'm talkin' about the Dude here, sometimes there's a man who, wal, he's the man for his time'n he fits right in there--and that's the Dude, in Los Angeles. And even if he's a lazy man, and the Dude was certainly that--quite possibly the laziest in Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin' for laziest worldwide--but sometimes there's a man. . .sometimes there's a man. Wal, I lost m'train of thought here. But--aw hell, I done innerduced him enough."
  • I put this quote in because it is funny but, more importantly because I wanted to quote the greatest movie ever not once, but twice in the same race report. Okay, now I am done.
  • This yearís race was cold. It was wet. It was muddy. It was late to start. (Menís C didnít go until 2:30 pm) But, most importantly it was fun. That is if you like hypothermia or other cold weather related illness. I do like that stuff so it was a good race for me. I mean that may seem selfish. This race report only being about my feelings and no one elseís. And in normal cases that would be a no-no but, if you consider that Joe Kopena, Dan Moyer and I were the only riders with enough -insert expletive here- to race, then my 33% team opinion can really stand out in this race.
  • The ride up was pretty uneventful. Moyer, Kopena, Place, and Regi all packed in the Kia. (That would make a good car commercial in San Francisco by the way) Justin, Beth and I all packed up in the truck. I sat in the back of the truck and watched the cooler. I did some break dancing too.
  • We arrived at the race course by 2 am and went to sleep. By 5:30 am we were soaked by rain and sickened by the cold. God I hate camping! 9 am everyone was awake and Moyer started the DS race. He may have won it if not for a spectacular crash in the third race. I am guessing he finished 4th or 5th.
  • At 12 pm we all headed up to register for the XC race. After a 7 hour wait in line we were finally given numbers. By we I mean Kopena and I. The race was cold, wet and tiring. All and all it was a kick ass ride. Long climb in the beginning, some flat single track and them some insane downhill. Most of you have raced it so I will spare you the description. Just keep in mind that the rain makes it three times tougher. Mike Ondik (me) finished around 20th and Joe Kopena finished around 25th; not bad for a first time at the Platte. I mean what can you expect from a place with kill in the name? If you havenít done it, do it. Thatís it. Simple as that. A special thanks goes out to all the spectators at this race. They were a great help. Justin, Regi, Steve, Beth, Sara, and Joe P. We couldnít have done it without you guys to cheer us along the way. Or rather to cheer us on from the warm and dry ski lodge. Nah, Iím being a dic. What do you expect itís in the last name. Good season guys. And just remember to never look back!!!!
  • Until next year: keep pedaling, avoid the sharks and donít order the lobster rolls.
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