Dear Stanford cycling community,
The time has come for this Fall's rendition of the infamous Mudball. It will be held this coming Saturday, October 13th, meeting at the post office at 10am, rolling at 10:15. We will ride over to Half Moon Bay at a leisurely pace, going out Cañada to 92 in case you are late and need to chase us down. We will then stop at Cameron's Pub before heading back over Tunitas Creek. Be sure to bring plenty of money (spirited competitors may need as much as $75+) , as the team has been known to run up quite a tab at Cameron's.
For those unfamiliar with Mudball, here is the official description:
A multi-stage semi-classic forming an integral part of the inaugural Mudball
(Rand's description of "Day 1" from 2006)
Stage 1: Cameron's Pub ITT in Half Moon Bay
The first stage of Mudball begins with a leisurely ride over to Half Moon
Bay, leaving the Post office at 10am. The real "racing" begins once
the whole group arrives at Cameron's Pub in HMB, and the stage is scored
based on the quantity and quality of food and beverages consumed
at this fine establishment. Each food or beverage item has a time
bonus value associated with it--often, this bonus is determined only upon
inspection by our Chief Referee: Aaron Michel. Scoring sheets will be
provided once everyone has arrived at Cameron's.
Basically, Stage 1 is won by the competitor with the most time bonuses (IE,
most food/drink consumed), and these time bonuses are carried over to Stage
2, held the same day, directly afterward.
Stage 2: The David Pierce Memorial Hill Climb on Tunitas Creek Road
Named for the legendary Mudball champion David Pierce, this stage tests the
mettle of any seasoned cyclist. Pitting each rider against one another and
against their own stomachs, this stage consists of a timed mass-start
hillclimb up Tunitas Creek Road, a 4-5 mile brutal climb up to Skyline. Only
one rule applies to this stage: No vomiting of Stage 1 time bonuses is
allowed. Such behavior is considered doping and will result in severe
sanctions by the governing body, SUCycling. Each rider's time is recorded at
the top of the hill, and a Stage 2 victor crowned. Then, the Stage 1 time
bonuses are subtracted from the Stage 2 times, and the rider with the lowest
overall time for both Stages is crowned the 2010 Fall Mudball Champion!
Day 1 will be scored like a TdF High Mountain stage: top 15 get points (20,
17, 15, 13, 12, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1). There will also be
an under-21 category, slightly less prestigious but nevertheless a preview
of future Mudball greatness: top 5 score points (8, 5, 3, 2, 1).
Add points from Day 1 (remember, Day 1 consists of the Stage 1 Cameron's Pub
ITT, and the Stage 2 Tunitas Hill Climb) to Day 2, which
will come later in the Spring and will be exactly the same format, and you
have the inaugural Mudball Points Series champion.
Mark your calendars, this is an event not to be missed. I hope to see you all next Saturday the 13th at 10am!