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fbi194
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2016 nats

Post#1 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:13 pm

glad to see the 2016 nats in il this is a great thing

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Post#2 » Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:49 pm

Yeah, it is. It's only been about 25 years or so since it was held at Sparland, IL.

Hopefully this'll reignite the spirit and all the local hills will see better turnouts next year.
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Post#3 » Sun Nov 08, 2015 12:48 pm

im going for sure its been along time and I cant wait too c old friends

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Post#4 » Sat Nov 21, 2015 8:34 am

This is great news just what I needed as the snow falls. We should have a class of 1988 reunion

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Post#5 » Sat Dec 26, 2015 6:40 pm

Anyone know if they got the hill created and what the length ended up being?

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Post#6 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:50 am

where are they having it at in IL.

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Post#7 » Tue Dec 29, 2015 12:14 pm

Neoga il

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Post#8 » Tue Dec 29, 2015 5:53 pm

The new hill is literally right across the street from the CIMC clubgrounds. They weren't able to get the hill construction completely finished before things got really cold (and really wet), but here's a picture that gives you a pretty good idea:

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From what I hear, 250' is going to be easy to achieve - may be considerably longer. Either way, it's gonna be sweet! :mrgreen:

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Post#9 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:41 am

How tall is this hill actually going to be? Total elevation? Not length

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Post#10 » Mon Jan 04, 2016 5:04 pm

I don't really know...maybe someone down there can try to measure it in the spring. Will probably depend on how much more dirt there is to arrange on top.

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Post#11 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:51 am

Any new pictures or information on the hill?

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Post#12 » Sun Mar 27, 2016 3:12 pm

The club has just gotten back to working on the hill...might be some new photos in a couple weeks...

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Post#13 » Mon Apr 04, 2016 10:15 am

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There's a couple current photos - I was just down at the hill yesterday...they've started working on it again, and it's shaping up to be a pretty impressive hill. You actually start a little further to the right than what you can see in the photos - there's a rolling jump right off the start, then you have to set up to hit that first jump you can see in these photos...which is at the crux of a slight bend in the course...the intent is to have more of a double right there, but the gap got washed in this spring...they''ll clean that back out so that the riders will be getting some good air for the spectators, who will be viewing the whole hill side-on like it is in the 2nd photo.

After that step-up/double you'll be coming at that big wall with some speed...you'll have to scrub some velocity and hit that wall right so you don't A) plant your head in it, or B) jump 30 feet straight up in the air of the top of it...and come straight back down. After that you'll hit a little double that's harder to clear cleanly than it looks, and then the last steep part on top.

They're still working on the hill...so it might look a little different before their first event in June - which, might be a good idea to head down to if you want to check it out - and then if they feel the need they can adjust it some more before the Grand Championship.

Levi Peters was there and took some passes on it - it's a lot of fun for the rider, and everything's going to be rollable for riders who don't want to get big air, but for riders that want to make fast runs it's going to be fairly technical in the way you time everything. And the club has done an awesome job prepping the hillslide that faces it - they've cut a series of terraces into the hill for spectators to use - kinda reminds me of a Roman coliseum. It's far and away going to be the best spectator arrangement you've ever seen at a hillclimb.

It's really hard to get a feel for the hill in photos...one problem is that all the dirt is fresh and the same color, so you can't really see what the design features are...but the photos just seem flat. Standing at the base of that first jump you see and looking up to the top of the hill is a pretty impressive view ;)

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