I did manage to find this photo of GRT with my bro-n-law John and Jay Hayes. That year was probably the muddiest race I have seen at the HOT. We walked around on wooden pallets that we stole from the bonfire pile because our campsite was under a couple inches of water. We had to dig a trench just to drain the water out of our campsite. That year our team managed to place 5th in the sport category even with a light problem that left John stranded out on the trail in the middle of his lap. The trails at Haw Ridge can be very dark when your all alone in the woods without a light. Luckily he found another rider and rode his rear wheel back into the pit area.
Although this was not our 1st 24 hour race it was our first under the GRT banner. We conned Keith into rejoining us and a new face John Rohrer at the BURN 24 hr challenge. Although we did not fair as well in the race we did manage to walk away with enough free BURN energy drinks to last several months after the race. What good is a race without alot of free swag? Sometimes the free swag is better than the prizes they give away to the winners.
Last year we decided to throw our hats into the singlespeed category. I had raced a 24 hour race on the Karate Monkey earlier in that year so I knew what I was getting into but this was the first race we were able to have the whole team on singlespeed bikes so we were pretty pumped not to mention we were going to be racing against some of our fellow NTMBA club members. They had a little more experience in racing singlespeeds but in the end we were able to stay out front and step on the podium for the first time in GRT racing history. That year we also all decided to sport handlebar mustaches, I think that intimidated our competition a little.
The new face of GRT Racing for 2008! We don't have a team picture yet so I had to take last year photo and photoshop Chris over that other guy who couldn't handle and the fame and pressure that comes along with being on such a prestigious team like Granny's Rotten Teeth. (Alot of folks like to throw around the term "Photoshop" even though they don't have the software or the knowledge to use it but I do. I didn't receive a Bachelors of Fine Art for nothing.) Not everyone is cut out to be a celebrity and we understood when Scooby had to step down. This year we may not be sporting handlebar mustaches but we do have a couple of interesting tricks or treats. It is a Halloween themed race after all and who wants to see the same old rerun.