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Introduction of the combatants






Euphoric the Teutonic Psycho




New to the forum but not to fitness and veganism, EUPHORIC has his eyes on victory and nothing less. Lean and mean 6 foot 3 inches, the tallest of all combatants.



Mellos "Robin" T.O.B.I.




The young padavan, 16 years of age, short but agile, light but determined, fit and fast. He is not going to give any points away easily!



Baldy the South African Menace




Baldy has not travelled that far to put up a poor show. He's secretly been spying on everyone's training logs for weaknesses and come up with a strategy to conquer the top today.



Raw Powerman Lars




The leader of the raw foodist team is here to make a point and prove raw vegan power!



Yann "capital Y" cooking master




He keeps fit with cycling and just wants to join in the fun today - WTF!



B to the O cyclin' Bo




Tall and fit, he could prove to be the dark horse today...



Pascal the silent storm




Not much is known about this quiet guy, better keep an eye on him...








Spug "Gimli" Myers:




"El_Flaco" on this board, the Scottish representative, the beardy threat to all teutonic, the ginger haired dwarf, the muscled trash talker - the one who needs no further introduction! Clearly the favourite of the day.



Jakob "The Thing"




Young, big, strong and fierce - if anybody can stop Gimli, he can!



Devil's "Ghostrider" Plaything




Drawing power from dead protein, this undead superhero grows stronger all the time. There will be no stopping this inexorable force of nature, one can only hope to gain some time before he will take the crown.



Kryptonite V aka Daywalker




Your friendly local superhero who faces all these fearsome foes for your entertainment.

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Round One - Tyre Flip:

The sidekicks had 120 seconds time to flip burning tyres to save innocent victims lying underneath. The one who saved the most gets the most points!




1. Euphoric http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Euphoric.jpg - 18 flips.

2. Baldy http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Baldy3.jpg - 14 flips.

3. Lars http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Lars.jpg - 13 flips.

Joined 4. Mellos http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Mellos.jpg - Yann http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Yann.jpg - Bo http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Bo.jpg - 8 flips each.

7. Pascal http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Pascal.jpg - 7 flips.



Euphoric takes an early lead with a comfy win in the Tyre Flip!





Round Two - Farmer's Walk:

The sidekicks now had to carry away the saved victims from the inferno as far as possible - one 60kg victim per hand, no time limit!




1. Baldy http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Baldy3.jpg -60m.

2. Euphoric http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Euphoric.jpg - 59m.

3. Lars http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Lars.jpg - 22,54m.

4. Bo http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Bo.jpg - 19,10m.

5. Yann http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Yann.jpg - 15m.

6. Pascal http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Pascal.jpg - 12,41m.

7.Mellos http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Mellos.jpg - 6,86m.



Baldy and Euphoric are now head to head with one first and one second place each, while the rest of the field begins to seperate as they fight for the third spot.





Round Three - Log Press:

The task is simple, but not easy: lift the 40kg wooden log from floor to overhead as often as possible in 120 seconds to, er, save more innocent victims

Mellos began and set the mark everyone else had to beat with 16 highly respectable reps.




1. Baldy http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Baldy3.jpg - 20 reps.

Joined 2. Euphoric http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Euphoric.jpg - Lars http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Lars.jpg - 19 reps each.

4. Mellos http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Mellos.jpg - 16 reps.

5. Bo http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Bo.jpg - 7 reps.

6. Pascal http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Pascal.jpg - 5 reps.

7. Yann http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Yann.jpg - 2 reps.



Baldy draws away from Euphoric while Lars secures his third spot.





Final Round - Loading Race:

The Sidekicks did what they do best: assist the superheroes. The task was to bring the deadly rocks of kryptonite away from the superheroes as quickly as possible and safely store them in shielded cabins.

Read: carry a ~30kg rock for 15m, a ~55kg rock for 8m, and load them onto 150cm platform, then load a 75kg atlas stone on a 120cm platform.




1. Baldy http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Baldy3.jpg - 23,1 seconds.

2. Euphoric http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Euphoric.jpg - 33,0 seconds.

3. Mellos http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Mellos.jpg - 44,0 seconds.

4. Lars http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Lars.jpg - 48,1 seconds.

5. Bo http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Bo.jpg - 59,9 seconds.

6. Pascal http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Pascal.jpg - 62,5 seconds.

7. Yann http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Yann.jpg - 65sec for the rocks, Atlas stone not loaded.



Baldy untouchable!

Mellos gained some good points in this event.

Everyone gave a good fight and almost everyone loaded the atlas stone!

Yann had the disadvantage to go first, plus he had bruised, bleeding fingers from his fight with the tyre! Well done, Yann, proper HTFU!




Final results:


1. Baldy http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Baldy3.jpg - 27 points.

2. Euphoric http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Euphoric.jpg - 24,5 points.

3. Lars http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Lars.jpg - 19,5 points.

Joined 4. Mellos http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Mellos.jpg - Bo http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Bo.jpg - 13 points each.

6. Yann http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Yann.jpg - 8 points.

7. Pascal http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Pascal.jpg - 7 points.




Congratulations to everyone!





Sidekicks after comp: Lars, Pascal, Baldy, Bo, Yann, Euphoric, Mellos and some weak guy.

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less said about performance in Germany the better






Round One - Medley:

First job for our four wannabe superheroes: move a giant earthmover tyre out of the way and then bring three hazardous barrels from the industrial plant about to explode.

Big tyre flip x3, TOXIC barrel 90kg, BIOHAZARD barrel 110kg and RADIOACTIVE barrel 120kg carry 6-9m and load onto 130cm platform.

Everyone was eager to start and get a notch on his gun.




1. Jakob http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Jakobgunshow.jpg - 48,4 seconds.

2. Kryptonite V http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Krypto2.jpg - 60,4 seconds.

3. Devil's Plaything http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/DevilsPlaything.jpg - 63,2 seconds.

4. Gimli http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Spugface.jpg - Radioactivity turned out his weakness, loaded two barrels.



Major surprise in the first round, the Scottish ambassador couldn't finish the task! The Thing from Konstanz easily dashed through the event and made a clear statement: don't mess with Jakob!




Round Two - Log Press:

A superhero knows no tiredness. To yank out a giant tree and hurl it at his foes is a display of strength as well as a weapon in his arsenal.

Log press for max weight, 4 attempts each. Everyone had a go at the 60kg log to get into the groove.




1. Gimli http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Spug.jpg - 85kg - 95kg - 100kg - F at 105kg.

Joined 2. Devil's Plaything http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/DevilsPlaything.jpg and Jakob http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Jakob.jpg - 90kg each.

DP: 80kg - 85kg - 90kg - F at 95kg.

Jakob: 80kg - 90kg - 2xF at 95kg.

4. Kryptonite V http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Kryptoc.jpg - 70kg - 80kg - 2xF at 85kg.



As expected, Spug proves a point with the log press and is back in the game! Jakob stays in the lead!







Round Three - Farmer's Walk:

The industrial chemical evil powerplant is still ablaze, superheroes and sidekicks fighting side by side to save the innocent. The superheroes aid the sidekicks with the task of carrying the victims into safety - two victims per hand!

120kg per hand for maximum distance, no time limit, turns after 15m.




Joined 1. Devil's Plaything http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/DevilsPlaything.jpg and Kryptonite V http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Krypto2.jpg - 15m each.

3. Jakob http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Jakob2.jpg - 7,71m.

4. Spug http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Spugface.jpg - about 1m.



Krypto and DP are happily surprised that a poor 15m secure them top points, while Spug gains himself the new fighting name "Gimli Onestep".




Round Four - Yoke Walk:

Our amazing heroes now carry, erm, something very big, heavy and important on their shoulders! Heroic!

250kg for 20m, 90sec time limit.

After some (foreign) competitors struggled to walk a few steps with the warm up weight of 210kg, the organizer kindly proposed to reduce the comp weight to 210kg, but the athletes refused - brave heroes!




1. Kryptonite V http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Krypto.jpg - 22,5 sec.

2. Devil's Plaything http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/DP.jpg - 29,4 sec.

3. Jakob http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Jakob2.jpg - 35,3 sec*.

4. Gimli Onestep http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Spugface.jpg - 44,9 sec.


Devil almost matched Krypto's time but stumbled a few meters before the line and dropped the yoke.

Spug fought bravely and went all the way slowly but surely without a drop.

*In the official documents Jakob's time is listed as 45,3 sec, which gave him 4th place. But i think there was a mistake, iirc his time was 35,3sec. I'm not 100% sure, but i decided to change the results, makes no difference for Spug anyway




Final Round - Atlas Stones:

Only superhumans can hope to lift these titanic boulders!

75kg, 100kg onto 150cm platform, 130kg, 150kg onto 120cm platform.




1. Jakob http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Jakobgunshow.jpg - 44 seconds.

2. Kryptonite V http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Krypto.jpg - 52 seconds.

3. Spug Braveheart http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Spug2.jpg - 6,5 sec for two stones.

4. Devil's Plaything http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/DP.jpg - 9,9 seconds for two stones.


Jakob so fast, it looked easy!

Krypto had to fight with the last stone, but sheer willpower got him through.

DP and Spug close, but not close enough on the third stone.







Final results:


Joined First Place: Jakob http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Jakobgunshow.jpg and Kryptonite V http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Krypto.jpg - both 14,5 points.

Third Place: Devil's Plaything http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/DevilsPlaything.jpg - 12 points.

Fourth Place: Poor Old Spuggy http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o117/Kryptonite_V/VSGG%202008/Spuggy.jpg - 9 points.



I hope everyone enjoyed the gathering as much as i did!



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Those beards are fierce! Truly fitting for a strongman.




They most certainly are. HOWEVER, the word 'fierce' IS NOT. Zack, please kindly refrain from joining in on the strongman talk and stick to general discussion outbursts and banter


Listen son, when you can get to my level and stop deadlifting that 405 with an arch that makes it seem you will slip a disk at any moment, get at me.

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Yeah man, much respect!


I was just telling Jessifly today about how you organized the event and how Jonathan has also organized events and of course the Vegan Fitness Week in general as well.


Event organizing is tough and I retired from it but I think I'll get back into it again for the 2009 Vegan Vacation.


I really like how you presented the winners and results. Very cool to see!


Congrats to everyone involved!

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Robert, i know i said this last year, but i can't think of much that could prevent me from visiting you next year again! You do awesome work!

(If only you were bigger )


Richard, you're the man! I'll come back to you soon on that offer! Thank you in advance!

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I think a bunch of us cried when we didn't see you last year, in fact a bunch of us from Vegan Vacation who live in Portland (some just moved here like Lean and Green and thendanisays) as well as Tasha, Jessifly, etc. were chatting saying we hope to see you in the future, since I was one of the few to meet you.


We plan our Vegan Vacation IV in L.A. to train at Gold's Gym Venice, have strength competitions on Venice Beach, hang out at the Animal Rights Conference with 800 or more other vegans, hang out at Muscle Beach, etc. I know you don't like the IFBB Pros, but a bunch of them train in Southern California. I've trained next to them, one week out from the Olympia. It's fun, and even though you've changed your mind about them, which I totally respect and agree with for the most part, you'll still be inspired to some degree simply because of your background in bodybuilding


Hope to see you again. I really enjoy having you as a role model.


I will also echo how awesome Richard is. He might be the most generous and considerate person I know.

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Awesome and good-looking group of fellas


Best Pic I've seen on this site:




Best beard (and expression ) :




But I have to admit, I'm disappointed. Where O' where is the Master of Mustaches, the The Mack Daddy of Disco, the Grand Poohba of facial epiderm, the Man, the Myth..??




His, always rides free

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