Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mountain Bike Monday - 12 Hours of Cranky Monkey


On Saturday, Dynamo and Mariooochee participated in a team race called 12 Hours of Cranky Monkey at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA. The guys drove up early on Saturday morning to begin the race at 8 a.m. Their plan was to take turns riding each lap. Dynamo was to start out. The race course was a little over 9 miles.

Marioochee's girlfriend, Elise, and I arrived around 4:30 p.m. and when we drove up there were tents everywhere!


Our guys' tent is the 2nd one on the left in this next picture.


As soon as we got there Dynamo was coming in from one of his laps...


In the team relay while one rider is riding the course the other is waiting and resting. When the first rider comes in the other one must be ready to take the "baton" (in this case it was a timing chip they wore around their neck) and roll on!

Dynamo and Marioochee were a great team! They worked so hard all day long!

Here's a pic of Dynamo passing the necklace to Marioochee...


And, Marioochee waiting for the chip...



Dynamo looks pretty good coming out of the transition area...


He had some repair work to do on his handlebars after a minor incident...


We waited back at the tent for Marioochee. Dynamo munched on sweet potato chips...


Elise was so kind to share her scones from Panera...


Clearly we relaxed and laughed while the guys worked their butts off! I do consider us good spectators! We are an excellent support crew good at pushing food, water, cheering, and taking photos!

Dynamo went out for his last lap and we patiently waited. Marioochee got the report that if Dynamo passed certain riders then there was a chance they could finish in 5th place in their class.

So, we waited to see Dynamo come down the final stretch of the course. When we saw him we were thrilled.


And, so was he (even though you can't tell here - he just finished after riding a total of over 50 miles and a long 12 hour day of riding and waiting)...


After they found out they had indeed placed 5th they were chatting about the course and the events of the day.


Elise took our picture while waiting...


We waited for the awards ceremony where the guys took the podeum for their 5th place finish! Dynamo completed 5 laps and Marioochee completed 4 laps for a grand total of 9 laps in 11 hours 18 minutes 16 seconds. Rock on!! It was a long day, but worth it for the glass mug!!

Here are the stars...

5th Place Finishers Cranky Monkey 2011

Overall, they finished 84 out of 188! Great job, guys!!

To see the results by class click here.

To see the overall results click here.


Charleston Hokie said...

When I first saw the title of your blog, I thought poor Dynamo-he had to deal with cranky Angelica for 12 hours on a bike ride. Oops! :) Way to go Dynamo's group finishing 84th. that's awesome!

M Rosen said...

wow, they did a great job! I cannot imagine riding/racing for that long! great blog post.