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Also, a huge shout out to HMBA member Mahk Adams!  Mahk was out (with his ferocious guard dogs) Friday afternoon clearing huge messes on Bobcat and Hesitation Point, and was even out Saturday morning ahead of us making sure Aynes and Green Valley were ready.  HMBA trail builders and maintainers are the heroes of our sport!


Thank you from Mike and Panting Deer Adventures!




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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Panting Deer Enduro Results
« on: July 26, 2016, 04:22:35 PM »

Hi Everyone,


Results are posted at pantingdeer.com. 


As you know, our scoring system is modeled after motorcycle enduro, which scores on a point system based upon "zeroing" each segment.  This is different than most bicycle events where the overall cumulative time determines the outcome.  For the second year in a row, the fastest overall time did not determine some of the outcomes of our race.


Congratulations to Jason Blodgett, the 2016 Panting Deer Enduro overall winner, and to Matt Battin who finished with the fastest cumulative time. A single second on segment 10 (Green Valley) determine the outcome.  The key time for that segment was 2:00, with one point assessed for every 20 seconds past the key time.  Jason completed the segment in 2:20, which scored as 1 point for the stage.  Matt completed that segment in 2:21, which scored as two points. 


There were a couple of other positions where the point system trumped cumulative times.  I have included cumulative times with the results. 


Test segment 4 had some irregularities and so was not included in the scoring.  Nor was test segment 11, where we had not scorer.


Sunday I rested, then yesterday and today I poured over score sheets searching for errors and inconsistencies.  Things are rushed on race day and we want to get it right for you.  There are a couple of changes from Saturday in the silver and bronze categories.  If you should have received a medal or deer on race day but did not, we will get those in the mail to you within the next week or so.  If you got a medal or deer but dropped in standings, keep them to remember your day, and make up your own story.  No one will know any different in a few years!


Thank you riders for a great day!  You make it fun and you do mountain biking right. 


Thank you to our sponsors:  Explore Brown County, Flambeau, Bicycle Station, Columbus Cycling and Fitness, Hesitation Point Bikes, and Q's Bikes, and Salt Creek Cycles.  Please let them know how your appreciate their contribution to our fun on Saturday. 


Thank you to our promotional partners at DINO for helping extend our outreach.


Mike

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Hey everyone,


Here is your final Panting Deer Enduro Update (unless another is needed).


Registration, check in, start, and finish are at Hesitation Point in Brown County State Park.  Registration opens at 9:00.  Rider's meeting at 10:30.  First wave rolls out 11:00 (well, technically 11:01). 


If you are under 18, please bring a parent to sign our liability form.


Race day weather:   H...O...T


Our official fueling zones are Hesitation Point and Hoosier's nest.  These are the only places you are permitted outside assistance (mechanical or handups).  However, due to the extreme heat we expect Saturday, you may accept and/or stash fuel and fluids anywhere on the course.  We will have coolers with water at Hesitation Point and at the North Tower trail head.  Also, we will score you as an official finisher after stage six if you have had all the fun you can stand, with 30 points assessed for each stage not completed.


Hesitation Point has one primitive bathroom with one stall each for men and women.  There is no running water at Hesitation Point.  Please plan accordingly. 

Enjoy Noodles and Company with us at the post-race social!  Bring your own drinks.

Remember the per vehicle $7 in-state or $9 out-of-state park entrance fee, and the $5 per rider daily trail pass fee.  These are not part of your registration fee.

With or new DINO partnership, we are still guessing at numbers for Saturday.  If we run out of parking, we will use some of the picnic shelters located just a few hundred yards from Hesitation Point.  We are set up for 20 waves of 2-4 riders each.  We try keep the number of riders in a wave low so that you have plenty of space on the single track.  If we need to increase the number of waves to accomplish that, we will eliminate stage six.

If you have any other questions, send me an e-mail at mike@pantingdeer.com, or text or call 812-374-6350.  It's going to be a great and challenging day!  See you Saturday.

Mike

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Brown County State Park / Re: Trail Flow Saturday at BCSP
« on: July 20, 2016, 11:31:21 AM »
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Bobcat:                     DOWN                                         10:45-11:30


Aynes:                      COUNTER CLOCKWISE                11:15-12:15
                                 CLOCKWISE                                 1:05-2:20


Hesitation Point:       UP (from Aynes)                           11:30-12:15
                                 DOWN                                          12:35-1:35


Walnut:                     HP TO HOOSIER'S NEST              11:55-1:00
                                 OGLE LAKE ROAD TO HP             12:35-1:20


Green Valley:            CLOCKWISE                                 1:20-3:10
                                    (with short hike-a-bike)

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Bobcat:                     DOWN                                         10:45-11:30


Aynes:                      COUNTER CLOCKWISE                11:15-12:15
                                 CLOCKWISE                                 1:05-2:20


Hesitation Point:       UP (from Aynes)                           11:30-12:15
                                 DOWN                                          12:35-1:35


Walnut:                     HP TO HOOSIER'S NEST              11:55-1:00
                                 OGLE LAKE ROAD TO HP             12:35-1:20


Green Valley:            CLOCKWISE                                 1:20-3:10
                                    (with short hike-a-bike)

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Brown County State Park / Trail Flow Saturday at BCSP
« on: July 19, 2016, 10:35:18 PM »
Hi everyone,


As you know, Saturday we will be at Brown County State Park for the Panting Deer Enduro.  We strive in our planning to keep the trails open for everyone all day, but as you might guess, we need to designate some of the trails as "one way" for periods of time to keep everyone safe.  Below is a list of the trails that will be affected, including the times and direction of flow. 


If you ride the park Saturday between 11:00 and 3:30, please be mindful of the direction of flow when you plan your ride.  If you are on one of these trails during the times designated, be listening behind you on the downhills for guys and gals who will be in an awful rush.  If you are going uphill, there will be no particular hurry.


Thanks for tolerating us for the day, and have a great ride!


[/size]BCSP Flow 7/23/16[/b]


[/size]Bobcat:    DOWN                                 10:45-11:30   (45 min)Aynes:    COUNTER CLOCKWISE     11:15-12:15 (60 min)                CLOCKWISE                        1:05-2:20    (75 min)Hesitation Point:  UP (From Aynes)    11:30-12:15  (45 min)                              DOWN                     12:35-1:35   (60 min)Walnut:   HP TO HOOSIER’S NEST    11:55-1:00 (65 min)                OGLE LAKE RD TO HP        12:35-1:20 (45 min)Green Valley:   CLOCKWISE                1:20-3:10 (110 min)   (with short hike-a-bike)

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Trail Flow Saturday at BCSP
« on: July 19, 2016, 10:33:25 PM »
Hi everyone,


As you know, Saturday we will be at Brown County State Park for the Panting Deer Enduro.  We strive in our planning to keep the trails open for everyone all day, but as you might guess, we need to designate some of the trails as "one way" for periods of time to keep everyone safe.  Below is a list of the trails that will be affected, including the times and direction of flow. 


If you ride the park Saturday between 11:00 and 3:30, please be mindful of the direction of flow when you plan your ride.  If you are on one of these trails during the times designated, be listening behind you on the downhills for guys and gals who will be in an awful rush.  If you are going uphill, there will be no particular hurry.


Thanks for tolerating us for the day, and have a great ride!


[/size]BCSP Flow 7/23/16[/b]


[/size]Bobcat:    DOWN                                 10:45-11:30   (45 min)Aynes:    COUNTER CLOCKWISE     11:15-12:15 (60 min)                CLOCKWISE                        1:05-2:20    (75 min)Hesitation Point:  UP (From Aynes)    11:30-12:15  (45 min)                              DOWN                     12:35-1:35   (60 min)Walnut:   HP TO HOOSIER’S NEST    11:55-1:00 (65 min)                OGLE LAKE RD TO HP        12:35-1:20 (45 min)Green Valley:   CLOCKWISE                1:20-3:10 (110 min)   (with short hike-a-bike)

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Hi JCampbell,


Thanks for inquiring.  We are very mindful of other trail patrons when we design the course, and base many decisions on keeping the trails open and safe for all users.  As you have pointed out, we need to designate some trails as "one way" for brief periods on that day in order to avoid dangerous situations.
 
Between 11:00 and 3:00 on the 23rd, Bobcat, Aynes, Hesitation Point, Walnut, and Green Valley will be temporarily designated "one way" for periods of 45-90 minutes.  Signs will be posted at trail heads and intersections alerting trail patrons of the designations and times.  These signs will post next Wednesday or Thursday.  We will also post on this forum and the BCSP forum the times and direction of flow on each trail so that you can plan your day to see us racing, to ride along with us, or to avoid us all together.


Mike

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Hi Everyone,

The official Race Log and Course Map for the Panting Deer Enduro are posted on the "updates" page at pantingdeer.com.

The race is Saturday, July 23 at Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana.  Register by next Thursday (July 21) to save $5 from "day of" prices! 

Check-in on race day opens at 9:00, and the mandatory riders meeting is at 10:30.  First wave rolls off at 11:00. 
We look forward to seeing you!

Mike

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Another Panting Deer Update
« on: July 09, 2016, 11:11:16 PM »

Hi everyone,


Update for the 2016 Panting Deer Enduro which will be held Saturday, July 23 at Brown County State Park:


Check in, staging, race start, race finish are at Hesitation Point in the park (not the bike shop).  Registration and check in area opens at 9:00.  There is a mandatory riders meeting at 10:30, and the first wave leaves at 11:00.


Work responsibilities have put me a few days behind producing the map and race log, but I don't want to leave you hanging.  Go to the Panting Deer home page (pantingdeer.com) and click on the red "updates" button to see a preliminary race map.


Let us know there are any friends with which you would like to be placed in a wave.  We will do everything in our power to make that happen.


Mike

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Panting Deer Enduro Update
« on: July 02, 2016, 01:22:28 AM »

Hey everyone.  It’s finally July, and that means…Deer Season!  The Panting Deer Enduro is only three weeks away, and we have been busy planning a great day for you!


Our first season pitted the Force against the Dark Side.  Last year we brought you the Magnificent Seven downhills.  This year, it’s the Dirty Dozen!  Get your Lee Marvin on and tame the “twelve most twisted, antisocial bunch of psychopathic deformities you will ever run into”.  That translates to twelve fantastic sprint descents connected by recovery uphill transitions.  Look for the course log and map to be posted by the end of next week.
 
Did we mention food?  Of course we are going to feed you at our “after the race social”, followed by awarding our unique Panting Deer medals for the top three in each category (remember, your finish determines your race category…sorry sandbaggers), and our coveted plush Bucky O’Deer for the top finisher in each category (who needs a lame lion?)  And don’t forget about tubs full of great door prizes from our terrific sponsors…Bicycle Station, Columbus Cycling and Fitness, Explore Brown County, Hesitation Point Bicycles, Q’s Bikes, Salt Creek Cycles, and Flambeau.
 
Just a heads up...the Indiana DNR now requires a $5 single day trail pass.  Plan for that, along with the $7 in state / $9 out of state gate fee.  Sorry, that part is out of our control.


So, who wants to be a General? (gotta watch the movie).  Register at Pantingdeer.com for the most fun you can have on a bike!


Mike 


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Hi everybody.  I work with Gary (XBC owner) and Quincy (Q's Bikes) out at XBC.  Gary loves having riders enjoy his trails, and we have frequently discussed ways to make XBC a more frequent destination for regional riders and visitors.  As a rider, the two negative comments I hear most frequently are that the trails are not well maintained, and it is just too hard to ride (too hilly or too difficult).  Well, Gary has heard you.


Thirty miles of bike trails are nearly impossible for a family-run business to keep groomed.  We discussed making one good intermediate level loop with several bail outs to the main fire trail "roads". This single trail could be kept clear and groomed year round. 


This winter, Lance (Gary's son) and Quincy scouted, marked, and cut connectors between some of your favorite trails.  This new trail follows the upper ridge line, so once you get past the initial climb from the parking lot, it is attainable for most people.  It starts at "roller coaster" (one of the favorite trails at XBC) and has that same feel throughout.  It finishes with a choice of two or three dedicated downhill trails back to the parking lot. And at $3 per head, it is almost half the cost of a park trail pass!


Many of you come to XBC for the very reason that it is "old school".  Don't worry, the 30 miles of gnarly, leg thrashing, log jumping, leaf-covered punishment are still there, inviting you to come get lost...again! (GPS optional)


Look for an invitation for an XBC "new trail ride-in" within the next month or two.  The new trail will be cut, but will need tires to get it packed down and momentum sustaining.


Mike
Panting Deer Adventures
pantingdeer.com

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Registration is open for the 2016 Panting Deer Enduro!  Go to pantingdeer.com and early for our lowest prices.


We are very proud to introduce DINO (dinoseries.com) as promotion and operation partner for the Panting Deer Enduro.  Those of you from the midwest recognize DINO as one of the premier adventure sport promoters in the region, offering mountain bike and trail running races, off road traithlon, and adventure race events.

Best wishes to all Death March riders!  It's going to be another great event!

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Hi Everyone. 


The Panting Deer Enduro Race is back for season 3!  Mark July 23 in your calendar for a great day of riding and racing.  We return to Brown County State Park...first wave rolls at 11:00 am.  Check out our updated web page at www.pantingdeer.com .  Registration opens February 23.  We'll keep you updated.


Mike

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Racing...from the novice to seasoned / Re: Indiana enduro?
« on: February 17, 2016, 10:01:28 PM »
Hi pslandinski.  Glad you wrote.  Great coincidence that I just came on tonight to let everyone know about this years Panting Deer Enduro and saw your post.


Check us out at pantingdeer.com .  We just updated our website last night and are in the works for this year's race. 


As you mentioned, we are not a pure downhill thrash event.  But we are nothing like a cross country race, either.  We describe our timed sections as "gravity assisted sprints". 


When we design the course, we include the longest continuous downhills we can find. They range from hardpack flow to steep and rocky.  Since we have riders of all abilities racing the same course, we leave out the most extreme stuff, though we have been known to offer a crazy scary shortcut option if the venue presents the opportunity.  And as we like to say, any trail is technical if you go fast enough.


As for the pedaling, our litmus test for selecting the timed downhill sections is that any hard torque pedaling last no more than 20 seconds (just about the time your atp-cp system has handed off to your glycolytic system), and that there be no more than two of these efforts required in any one test section.  We skip hills that do not meet these requirements, unless the reward justifies the cost.  Hesitation Point, for example, is totally worth the couple of pedal sections.  Also, our scoring system allows a downhiller to lose a few seconds to an XC racer on the pedal sections and still score the same points for the run.


We hope you give us a try and we look forward to getting to know you.  I think you will like the friendly atmosphere of our race, and will enjoy hard charging some of your favorite BCSP hills. Oh, and spandex is definitely optional!


Mike 

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