D.P. (The favorite— Pros: holds the course record, veteran racer, nerves of steel, intelligent strategist, wily, never outwardly shows emotion. Cons: no spring chicken, has applied for an AARP card, DNFed in Iowa, has he loss the hunger?).
D.G. (The Sentimental favorite—Pros: last year’s winner, took second the year before, makes it look easy, designer of the Pugsley, has great support system with Dad and other funny relative, drinks whiskey, nothing seems to rattle him, unassuming, beats ya with a smile on his face, young. Cons: sustained serious hip injury last summer, upon entering Heaven will be stopped and questioned about his role in the design of the Pugsley)
J.C. (A favorite—Pros: 2nd place last year, had a great 2007 mountain bike and cyclocross season, easy going and yet tough, young. Cons: gets lost and very lean)
B.S. (Has a legitimate shot—Pros: two time finisher, lives way up North in Canada, young. Cons: obsessed with neoprene and electronic devices)
D.G. (Has a legitimate shot—Pros: takes a measured “scientific approach” in preparing, balanced, big aerobic base, lots of enduro-experience, has first hand knowledge of the course. Cons: Busy schedule, has lots on his mind, trusts C.F.)
D.S. (Has a legitimate shot—Pros: Hez one of those great guyz from Nord da Koda, young. Cons: Hez one of those great guyz from Nord da Koda, young, with a baby on the way!)
D. R. (Has a legitimate shot—Pros: Lots of experience traveling in the winter. Has lots of time in the saddle. Cons: Is not worried about having a legitimate shot).
J.P. (has a darn good chance-- Pros- Veteran Fast MountainBiker from way back. Young. Appears to have overcome his past cold weather wardrobe anomalies thru study and running out of errors left to make. Multiple weapons for varying conditions. Lots of riding this winter. Cons-Doesn't seem to drink whiskey much anymore. A gaggle of little kids. His wife can beat many of us on a bike. He has a real job for a living.
C.F. (A Long long shot—Pros: Drinks whiskey, short memory, will cheat if he thinks he won’t get caught, suffers from dementia, rides a bike made in Waterford, Wisconsin, a shameless opportunist, suffers from delusions of grandeur. Cons: confused about what it means when they say to drink a lot before a big race, ain’t no spring chicken, lacks focus, )