AUGUST 1st 2010

Friday, July 25, 2008

Some things you might not know about the 40, or some answers to FAQ

the race starts promptly at 9:00am for all classes! registration opens at 6:30 and closes at 8:30. please plan accordingly. remember you can pre-reg on bike reg and save $10! that way all you have to do is pick up your packet and head to the starting line!

1- george and i are not nearly competent enough to pull this off on our own! no, thats right we require way to much adult supervision to keep us in check. so we rely heavily on our dedicated crew of volunteers. these guys and gals come out and help us in so many ways. from cleaning trails, weedwacking grassy sections, cleaning the brush from the roads, set-up, scoring, registration, cooking, etc.... i could go on. basicly if we didnt have these guys and gals this whole thing would devolve into george and i alone in the woods argueing over who gets the last beer from the cooler. believe me, it wouldnt be pretty! i've been there!

2-the racers make this the event that it is. and not just the racers but the spectators as well. you guys come out and support our crazy event and for that we thank you. but you also come out with great attitudes and a killer vibe! we love it and feed off it. its what makes all the hard work worth it! thanks!!!!

3-camping. stewart is actually a state forest, not a state park, and as such you can pretty much camp where you like. however, there are no provisions for it. so, no open fires, no water or facility's barring a porta-jon here and there. now of course on race weekend we have a plethora of portajons so that isnt an issue. we get lots of calls about camping and some people have camped in the past. one year we even had a couple of fine young lady's come out and camp, get us coffee in the am, race and then help us break down the tents and make sure that the coolers were nice and lite for the ride home!!! here's to ya girls!! so if you want to camp let us know and we can hook you up with a good spot.

4-chicken bbq. yeah we tried a few other food options in the past but the chicken bbq was just so way over the top that we had to stick to it. heres to our chefs! these guys do a heck of a job making sure that you guys and gals get to eat some delicious free range, locally farmed, umm uum good bbq bird! yum!

5-beer. being that stewart is a state forest, not a state park, you are free to have and consume adult beverages. that being said, if the ranger thinks your under 21 they can and will ask for id. of course we ask that you act responsibly, well at least as responsibly as you can! listen, we have beer. its for everybody, it will run out. be nice, be considerate, be responsible, and have a good time.

6-norba. this is a non norba event. you do not need a license. that being said all norba rules apply! race accordingly folks. be considerate on the trails, race fair and of course have fun.

7-aid stations. there are 3 aid staions on course. these will be stocked with water, heed, hammer gel, bannanas, maybe some cookies and a few other things. they are manned by volunteers. they will be there to help you as much as they can. we do not offer drop bags. if you wish to leave something at an aid station it is your responsibilty to get it there and get it after. aid stations may or may not, depending on who is manning them have the following, tools, tubes, tequila, etc. we suggest you bring your own. it you think you might need something special. bring it!

8-preem cards. there will be a number of florescent index cards hung from trees in the woods. these cards will be numbered. you can redeem ONE card per person at the awards ceremony for a prize! please be considerate and let everybody have a fair shot at them. there is no special prize for collecting them all!

9-directions. the easiest thing to do is put 1 new rd, rock tavern ny into a map program, google maps or mapquest. it will take you right to the parking lot and main access rd.

so thats a few that we get asked from time to time. as i think of more i will post them up. if you have a question just shout it out to us and we will be happy to answer it!

DH40 course map!

alright folks here it is for your viewing pleasure! the darkhorse 40 race course for 08!

we have a few changes in store for you guys. the start and finish will be in the same location this year. you will start down on weed road in the standard location and you will finish in the same spot. you will not be climbing the gravel road up to the finish! we have routed you thru the single track instead!! hooray!
the location of 2 of the aid stations will be slightly different. there will be an aid station at the entrance to major mike(food 1 on map). this is on top of the gravel road just after you exit the orchard trail. the aid station at beaver pond(food 3 on map), which you will pass twice, will be in the same spot. the other aid station(food 2 on map) moves slightly, it will be at the intersection of new rd just after muskrat as you enter pine root trail.

we have sent one of our top trail gurus out and he has placed mile markers on the trail. they are yellow surveyor stacks with numbers on them. there are also markers to designate the food stop locations.

so have at it boys and girls. we will be in there this weekend marking the course so if you see us say hi!

Friday, July 18, 2008


no not that kind!!!
this kind!

alright heres the deal. we hate these wrappers! whatever brand they are. they get discarded on the trail and they are nasty! they make a mess of the trails and quite frankly are just gross to clean up. i equate leaving gel wrappers on the trail to leaving miller lite cans scattered in the grass in front of your trailer!
so this is what we are doing. when you pick up your number plate for the 40 you will be given a bag. this bag will contain one of these....
we will have jugs of hammer gel for your consumption. feel free to fill up with the delicious flavor of your choice or put whatever gel you brought into the flask. the flask is obviously yours to keep, you think we would want those nasty things back? ick! the aid stations out on course will be stocked with hammer gel as well so feel free to top off or refill when you need.

see thats easy, no nasty wrappers out on the trail!

now, if you choose to disobey the gel flask mandate and take wrapped gel on course and should you discard these wrappers on course, well hell hath no fury like a george who has picked up a sticky wrapper!!! you have been warned!

thanks for your cooperation!

Monday, July 7, 2008

whats on george's mind?

so maybe you have attended a few 40's. maybe you read this blog and think its all about the good times, tomfoolery, and drunken singlespeed shenanigans? well you would be right...........

but alas, there are 2 sides to every coin. so to give you a little idea what rattles around in george's noogin point your mouse here

you can check back monthly for a dose of george! just to keep things in perspective!

ride on amigos

Thursday, July 3, 2008

tick tock tick tock

its coming folks! looming large on the horizon. better get those pedals turning.

new design for this years shirts and glasses. new medal design as well but we're keeping that one under wraps! if you've seen it, and we know who you are, keep it to on the down-low!

as always we are making some changes to the course. maybe a little different feel this year. take you some places you might not recognize. we'll see. el hefe has been wondering the woods, scratching his balding noggin, working on a good batch of poison ivy and trying to get his mojo working. he's telling me its all up there rattling around in his head.

the chicken bbq gang has signed on again this year and have begun preperations on another monster grill. they promise to be able to cook a rediculous amount of chicken in a short amount of time and well i believe them! plus best not to argue with guys who make mega-ritas with a 2-stroke powered blender!

stay tuned.

same darkhorse time, same darkhorse channel!

have a safe and happy 4th!