So after all the dust settled, the Ethos crew racked up a pretty impressive tally of podium apperances at last weekends Bone Bender in Lawrence, KS.
All their winter training paid off, as we had a total of 6 podium spots accounted for.
JP Brocket and Little Karen Rocket took first in the Co-Ed Duo Class.
Kevin took first in the big boys Clydsdale 6 Hour Solo class.
Trav and Myself took down the 6 Hour Duo Open class.
Jessie took a hard earned 2nd in the 3 Hour Solo SS class.
Mark Cole put in 7 laps to capture the 6 Hour Solo SS win.
And even though I couldn't find the photographic evidence to prove it, our gal Sara W. took 2nd in the 3 Hour Solo Female category. She did however come in with less than a minute to spare and still went out for lap 4. Now that's a true Ethosian.
My recap is here.
Seans is here.
JDougs is here.
And holy cow, Pryo updated his blog here...
The rest of the crew put in valient efforts, and I'm sure they all had a blast getting blasted by the awesome course that was laid out. Thanks to all the volunteers, and all the work done to put on such a great event. Ethos will be back next year!
Bone Bender, Uuggg. I don’t know what it is but three years running this race has stymied me. I just can’t get a rhythm going for this thing, adding in the
topography just compounded things. I started out OK after the run up. Managed traffic then Phisst- a slow leak in my rear tire. Stan’s stopped it at about 15 psi so I decided to ride it out to the pits since I was in traffic anyway. Clinton Lake
About two thirds through the lap on a mostly benign section of trail I dropped off the downhill side and launched over the bars, leading with my face. For a split second I thought I was done, I landed on my head, flipped or whatever then stood up quickly to assess damage. My helmet was OK as was my neck so I jumped on and continued, although shaken at the dynamic of the crash.
Back at the pits I added air but the leak came back so Travis plugged it then I took off on lap two. About a third in, Phisst- a slow leak in my rear tire. Same story so I decided to ride it back low and top it off at the pits. Then another crash trying to manage a rocky section, not on my head but decent enough. My race was all but ruined, I was riding way conservative, shaken from the early face plant and just couldn’t get a decent rock game going.
I limped around for another three laps then called it at 5:20 feeling like another lap would likely lead to another spectacular crash.
I will fight another day.
Posted by Burnsey at 12:42 PM