Have you raced the Kamikaze on Mammouth Mountain Repack Rider? I'm sure there's a bit in that original video where the camera is h'bar mounted.. Looks awesome.. :twisted:
Whilst looking for the Marin Rider, I thought I'd check the MTB Hall Of Fame.. Saw you in there 8)
I have ridden down that mountain, but I have never raced it. It's effing SCARY.
At the top the surface is loose and sandy and about a foot deep. The first turn is extremely off-camber and it takes forever to get around it.
On the straightaways you can let go of the brakes if you have the guts, and I have heard of speeds of 60 mph. The high elevation means there isn't much wind resistance.
I'm pretty sure this is the first place riders started wearing extensive armor.
I have some photos from the 1985 race, so I'll scan them and post them.
My book, Fat Tire Flyer: Repack and the Birth of Mountain Biking
is at your bookseller and on Amazon