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Re: [RC] Cougar Rock - D'Arcy Demianoff-Thompson

I don't think that anyone would begrudge anyone for
going around the rock from the old days. From what I
have been told.  The stability of the rock is very
different from the first days of Tevis.  Anyone care
to elborate on riding the rock say 20 years ago vs
present day??


--- "Cunningham, Marci" <mcunningham@xxxxxxxxxx>

My first climb over Cougar Rock was during the old
Capital to Capital ride in 1987.  I expected a much
longer climb but it was over before I realized it. 
In 1992 I attempted my first Tevis and one of my
goals was to get a good Cougar Rock picture.  Before
anyone criticizes someone for attempting to climb
the rock you have to realize that the most coveted
picture for most endurance riders is one going over
Cougar Rock.  In 1992 I got a great Cougar Rock
picture even though I didn't get a buckle.  I came
back in 1993 and got both a picture and a buckle. 
My heart was pounding for both pictures and there
was no bypass in those days.  In 2001 I won an entry
and went back to Tevis.  The bypass was available
and I took it but got pulled at Dusty Corners, the
same place I was pulled in 1992, and I didn't get a
picture or a buckle.  I can see the reason for
offering the bypass but going over Cougar Rock is
part of the Tevis mystic.  Would Wendell Robie be
turning over in his grave if he knew about the

Marci Cunningham

D&#39;Arcy L. Demianoff-Thompson   


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[RC] Cougar Rock, Cunningham, Marci