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Nov 25th 2019, 09:31 PM   #1
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  Jan 2016
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Local Rider finishes Baja 1000 in solo IRONMAN class!

Local rider Garrett Vandersys, of Custer (north of Bellingham) Washington, went down to the Baja 1000 and finished his first IRONMAN Baja race!
He signed up for the Ironman class where the rider covers the entire course on his own and with no relief riders. There are support pits set up along the way that they can use for parts and relief but they're basically on their own. It is unquestioningly the hardest and most difficult way to race the Baja 1000.
This year was no exception. With having 4 inches of rain in the 3 days before the start, the race course was swamped and nearly 200 miles of the more fragile areas of the course was cut from the course due to the weather.
Congrats for a job well done!

Edited by Thumperpilot on Dec 1st 2019 at 02:06 AM
Nov 26th 2019, 05:16 AM   #2
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  Jan 2016
  Custer WA

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Nov 26th 2019, 05:59 AM   #3
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  Jan 2016
  Custer, WA

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Congratulations
Nov 26th 2019, 07:52 AM   #4
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  renton aka the dirty south

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What a badass... almost afraid to go follow him on the trails!
Nov 26th 2019, 02:29 PM   #5
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  Jan 2016
  NW

It was the Baja 800 this year... 200 miles of the course were cut out.

Also, he lives in South Dakota now... and he was 15 minutes ahead of last place...

If the race had not been cut, there is no way he would have finished the 1000 miles in less than the 36 hr time limit.


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PRO MOTO IRONMAN (Solo Riders) —1. 705x Arthur Babcock, 33, Las Vegas, Honda CRF450X, 23:14:13 (34.45 mph); 2. 775x Tanner Janesky, 24, Middlebury, Conntecticut, Honda CRF450X, 25:19:31; 3. 749x Shane Moss, 29, Australia, KTM 500EXC, 28:58:03; 4. 774x Florian Schwarz, 50, Canada, KTM 500EXC, 31:18:45; 5. 757x Rick Thornton, 52, Todos Santos, Mexico, KTM 300XC, 32:09:26; 6. 753x Garret VanDerSys, 47, Spearfish, S.D., KTM 500EXC, 32:18:42; 7. 792x Justin Wilber, 48, Hyrum, Utah, Honda CRF450X, 32:32:50.(15 Starters, 7 Finishers)

Edited by Scribbles on Nov 26th 2019 at 08:18 PM
Dec 1st 2019, 01:27 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Scribbles
It was...
After such comments of vapid pablum, i expected you to regal us mere mortals with how you single-handedly raced the entire Ironman course, stopped for no pits, and waved your own flag at the finish line...
A troll like you doesn't deserve the dignity of a repost of your quote.

So go ahead; give yourself a pat on the back and head to pnwriders.com where you will find others of like mind.

Edited by Thumperpilot on Dec 1st 2019 at 02:11 AM
Dec 1st 2019, 02:54 AM   #7
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At least he finished ahead of the class 11 team (stock VW beetle).
Jan 2nd 2020, 10:46 PM   #8
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So much of what this "Scribbles" (aka: disgruntled armchair warrior) wrote to try to discredit my story was inaccurate, that I think it should be countered. I've encouraged one of the family of the racer to come on here and post. Until they do, this is my take...

Factually, he couldn't be more in error. Though the race was shortened due to torrential rains which i believe was 4" in 3 days and snow in the upper elevations, this didn't in any way diminish the difficulty of the race.

NUMERO UNO.
"Number 1" for Scribbles: Many, many people DNF'd this year. There was NO SHORTAGE of problems due to the water falling from the air and standing on the course and in the creeks and washes.

Robby Gordon was on video (that i watched live) saying that it was the MOST DIFFICULT Baja ever due to the water. Even the loaner RPM truck that he was racing had issues, and had to have an alternator replaced due to the water getting into it and shorting out the truck. He finished late afternoon of the second day this year. (Normally a top tier Trophy truck I would expect somewhere in the low 20's to 30 hours).

Many of the UTV's that i was watching on the livestream tracking ended up as DNF's. Viking Mike didn't officially finish. Simply put, the rain and standing water reeked havoc on the electrical systems on vehicles in all the classes and made the course slippery and slimy like was unheard of before. ALL the prerunning was in vain as the course was a SLOP FEST and the intel was useless.

NUMERO DOS.
"Number 2" for Scribbles: 800 miles IS OFTEN THE LENGTH OF THE BAJA 1000. The actual miles are fluid. The very first Baja 1000 was 849 miles. For the 50th I believe it was 1,1038 miles. Some years I've seen it as low as in the high 700's. I believe part of the issue is that they don't have a year and a day to wait at the finish line. It seems to be that the length is based on the average speed (determined by the treacherousness of the terrain) and how long they expect to have the majority of the racers cross the line. The terrain is relatively slow in parts of baja, and the other parts are breakneck, WIDE OUT fast. Every year there are people that don't "officially" finish. It's a major accomplishment to finish the Baja 1000, as the race is the "toughest road race on earth". It doesn't matter how rich you are or how much money your vehicle costs. There's still a giant amount of skill and luck to finishing the race.

**And for the record, if someone moves from their hometown, they're still "from" there. Here in America, that's how it works in our usage of the English language. Yes, Garrett currently lives in S.D. having moved back there from out here this last year, where he and his wife are from. My brother lives in Alaska but is "from" Bellingham. Really simple how that works...

Edited by Thumperpilot on Jan 4th 2020 at 05:17 PM
Jan 3rd 2020, 06:50 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by Thumperpilot
So much of what this "Scribbles" (aka: disgruntled armchair warrior) wrote to try to discredit my story was inaccurate, that I think it should be countered. I've encouraged one of the family of the racer to come on here and post. Until they do, this is my take...

Factually, he couldn't be more in error.

NUMERO UNO.
"Number 1" for Scribbles: Many, many people DNF'd this year. There was NO SHORTAGE of problems due to the water falling from the air and standing on the course and in the creeks and washes.

Robby Gordon was on video saying that it was the MOST DIFFICULT Baja ever due to the water. Even the loaner RPM truck that he was racing had issues, and had to have an alternator replaced due to the water getting into it and shorting out the truck. He finished late afternoon of the second day this year. (Normally a top tier Trophy truck I would expect somewhere in the low 20's to 30 hours).
Lolz.. you should check your own facts. Robby Gordon finished around 11:00 am (not late afternoon). His truck had a problem with a TPS sensor (not alternator). In the video, you can see how difficult the course was after the rain... all that firm sand and lack of dust... must have been just horrible. And the puddles! some of them were 4 inches deep!
Finish times for the Baja 1000 have varied from 10 hrs to 32 hrs. The fastest vehicle in 2019 finished in 16 hrs 10 min, making this one of the easier races.
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Robby Gordon was on video saying that it was the MOST DIFFICULT Baja ever due to the water.
can you post a link to that? I couldn't find it.. (and I would hate to accuse you of making shit up, considering your dedication to being "factual".)

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ALL the prerunning was in vain as the course was a SLOP FEST and the intel was useless
umm.. the prerunning is 1-3 weeks before the event and the rain was just a few days before. Most teams had finished pre runs before the rain hit. (sure, the course changed some but that does not make the prerunning "useless")


Robby talks about his race at 18:00.

Edited by Scribbles on Jan 3rd 2020 at 08:21 AM
Jan 3rd 2020, 06:56 AM   #10
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  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Just the fact he went down there and ran in it is very cool. Even better is that he finished. Lot's of work just to even get to that point. It is always easy to stand back, watch, and make comments about others that are 'doing'. Much harder to actually 'do'.
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Jan 3rd 2020, 10:24 AM   #11
 
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In my opinion (which doesn't mean much):

Thumper Pilot - You have no reason to defend your post - You congratulated a fellow motorcyclist for completing something that very few of us motorcyclists could do. The man finished a Baja 1000 race Ironman.

Scribbles - Why would you demean the accomplishments of a fellow motorcyclist. There are so few of us.

I can say this:

I did a baja tour (not a race) some years ago with Malcolm Smith's son Alexander. 25 miles in trying to get through the "Never Never" section I thought my arms were going to fall off and I was spent.

I could not imagine competing as an Ironman in a 700, 800, 1000 mile race.
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Jan 4th 2020, 06:23 AM   #12
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Ditto all said recognition and respect to Garrett Vandersys. Racing a solo baja with the navigation challenges, night riding and probably limited support resources is worthy in my book.
A2B
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Jan 4th 2020, 11:48 AM   #13
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I personally have run exactly zero Baja events, and take the position that talking shit on someone who has is a bitch move. But that’s just me.
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