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    I'm doing support for the road and TT stages of masters nationals this week in BendOR. Every mountain town is subject to some odd weather now and again, but this came at a very bad time (inside 10k). My hat goes off to these guys, even the ones that tried to hide from the hail! Unshelled peanut sized hail that was big enough to leave some dents in our support cars.
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    Wow, that is tough. We have had some bizarre waether in the PNW the last couple of weeks.

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    too bad.
    dangerous as hell.

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    Yeah, I'm out here. some of the guys I'm staying with were in that race, crazy shit....guys were screaming in pain, some were running for the trees. This pic is 3 hrs after the race and shows the welts from the hail.Image 1.jpg

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    Just a couple of weeks ago I was bitching about work interfering with what's important,...
    So who has the biggest cajones/won?

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    I was there spectating that day and it was one of the most dangerous cycling days I have ever witnessed in 40 years of cycling. Mt. Batchelor is so darn unpredictable!

    Quote Originally Posted by abbeyQ View Post
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    I'm doing support for the road and TT stages of masters nationals this week in BendOR. Every mountain town is subject to some odd weather now and again, but this came at a very bad time (inside 10k). My hat goes off to these guys, even the ones that tried to hide from the hail! Unshelled peanut sized hail that was big enough to leave some dents in our support cars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rustylion View Post
    I was there spectating that day and it was one of the most dangerous cycling days I have ever witnessed in 40 years of cycling. Mt. Batchelor is so darn unpredictable!
    Yea, I remember the year I spent in LaPine as a kid and it snowed about a 6" the last day of school in June.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gradient View Post
    Yea, I remember the year I spent in LaPine as a kid and it snowed about a 6" the last day of school in June.
    We call that juneuary :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Rosenfeld View Post
    We call that juneuary :-)
    or springter. Oh well it's gorgeous in BendOR currently, couldn't ask for any better weather.

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    Good thing cycling is so glamorous. Otherwise....

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    Holy hell... Chapeau That's freakin rugged.
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    Default Re: Suffer fest at masters nationals times 100

    I was there too, in the middle of a 9-day MTB road trip

    The night before we camped at Soda Creek on the NW flank of Bachelor, it was beautiful:




    While one of us drove the car down into town in the morning and took the shuttle back up, we rode the Sparks Lake and Metolius-Windigo trails across Bachelor to meet her at Dutchman Flats. That had us riding through the final corner just a few minutes ahead of that morning's race!

    We rode the Flagline trail to South Fork to North Fork past all the Tumalo Falls and finished with the Mrazek descent.

    Right after starting the last leg, I tagged a tree with my bars and burped my front tire, while I fixed it the rain started. I had to sprint a mile or two to catch my friend and retrieve my jacket from his pack, luckily the hail only started around then.

    Boy oh boy did it hail, nonstop for 25-30 minutes. Most of it was about the size of peanut M&Ms, but there were quite a few golf balls and tangerine-sized agglomerations.


    These are both from the first 5 minutes:






    It was mostly survivable, but every few minutes in the first half a wave would come through and a full inch of hail would fall in the span of about a minute, we'd be diving for cover.

    The Mrazek trail was a beautiful place for it though, perfect flow and just enough shelter. As we lost altitude and the storm cleared it got amazing, several inches of hail & pine needle mix is a surprisingly good trail surface. Ended up being about 40 miles of amazing singletrack, the last 10 miles of which were descending in hail.


    On the drive back up after getting dinner, the road was still covered with several inches of hail hours later around Sunny Lakes. We thought we were in the clear when it dissipated as the road descended a bit, but right as we got back to camp it returned, and this is what awaited us:



    We had a blast digging ourselves out and cutting drainage canals to avoid waking up in puddles
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