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Old 07-06-2010, 08:06 AM   #15106
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Anyone on here done an Epic Gravel ride, or Gravel Grinder?

I am signing up for the "Flint Hills Death Ride" that is at the end of the month, and was looking for any tips



Flint Hills death ride is in Kansas. Is it on gravel roads? The web site claims it traverses some of the toughest terrain in Kansas. I'm thinking that means its a trail ride.
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Old 07-06-2010, 08:35 AM   #15107
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Flint Hills death ride is in Kansas. Is it on gravel roads? The web site claims it traverses some of the toughest terrain in Kansas. I'm thinking that means its a trail ride.
From the info and pics I have found for it, it looks to be mostly dirt and gravel roads. It says no single track, and a cross - moutain - hybrid bike will be ok. I will not be surprised if we end up on some two track, overgrown with prairie grass, yelling "HEP, HEP!" at cattle somewhere along the way

The new tires I put on my Cobia are 1.75" wide, with low tread blocks, and they roll fast at 60psi front, 80psi rear!

My seat is good to go. WTB Rocket V. I love it

I may just get a tri style bottle cage for behind the seat, since I do tri's anyway, and it will come in handy a month later.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:57 AM   #15108
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Anyone on here done an Epic Gravel ride, or Gravel Grinder?

I am signing up for the "Flint Hills Death Ride" that is at the end of the month, and was looking for any tips



I did the Cohutta 100 back in 2008. It was about 102 miles with 12,000+ feet of elevation gain. It took me 10 hours, 35 minutes.

My two cents:
- train on a road bike.
- learn to take it easy and pace yourself
- use the lightest weight tires you can with minimal rolling resistance (depending on your terrain). I used Schwalbe Racing Ralphs for that ride. Good tires.
- don't ride hard the last week before the race. Don't ride at all during the two or three days before the race.
- I like to make a mix of Perpetuem 3 times stronger than normal in a bottle and use only water in my hydration bladder.
- whatever enery drink you use, make sure it has some sort of protein in it. Also, don't wait until the day of the race to use it for the first time. Whatever you use during the race should be tested ahead of time.

Have fun and good luck!
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:17 AM   #15109
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I just googled up this Flint Hills Death Ride. says 5000' of vertical, yet I'm only seeing 100-200' high hills in the area around Madison,KS.. must be a lot of up and down

heh, I hear Death Ride and I can't help but think of the Markleeville thing, with 15000' feet of uptitude over 3 major mountain passes, in 120ish miles.
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Old 07-07-2010, 04:45 AM   #15110
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I've done the Deerfield Dirt Road Randoneé (aka D2R2) each of the past two years -- 60 miles mostly on dirt and gravel roads in western MA.
So I take it you are already pre-reg'ed?
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:19 AM   #15111
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I just googled up this Flint Hills Death Ride. says 5000' of vertical, yet I'm only seeing 100-200' high hills in the area around Madison,KS.. must be a lot of up and down

heh, I hear Death Ride and I can't help but think of the Markleeville thing, with 15000' feet of uptitude over 3 major mountain passes, in 120ish miles.

Yeah, UP-down-UP-down-UP-down....all day. Should be fun

I have been practicing with Perpetuem for the last month or so on long road bike rides. I think I'm good there...
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:22 AM   #15112
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I have been practicing with Perpetuem for the last month or so on long road bike rides. I think I'm good there...
That's good to hear.

A lot of the endurance mtb races I've participated in require a riding partner. My partner can't drink Perpetuem... it makes his stomach knot up.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:41 AM   #15113
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From the info and pics I have found for it, it looks to be mostly dirt and gravel roads. It says no single track, and a cross - moutain - hybrid bike will be ok. I will not be surprised if we end up on some two track, overgrown with prairie grass, yelling "HEP, HEP!" at cattle somewhere along the way

The new tires I put on my Cobia are 1.75" wide, with low tread blocks, and they roll fast at 60psi front, 80psi rear!

My seat is good to go. WTB Rocket V. I love it

I may just get a tri style bottle cage for behind the seat, since I do tri's anyway, and it will come in handy a month later.
I'm a Camelbak fan - They keep the water cooler than a bottle does. Sounds like a fun ride.
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Old 07-07-2010, 09:06 AM   #15114
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I'm a Camelbak fan - They keep the water cooler than a bottle does. Sounds like a fun ride.
Not a Camelbak Podium Ice bottle, that you freeze 1/2 full overnight with your premixed perpetuem, and then top off with a fresh mix. It will stay cold for about 4hrs in 80deg heat. (gotta adjust the level of frozenness for the heat that day)

nuun melts the ice much faster....what with all the salt in it
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Old 07-07-2010, 10:23 AM   #15115
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So I take it you are already pre-reg'ed?
In January.

I signed up for the big one this year. I might chicken out, though -- haven't been getting a lot of miles in.
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Old 07-07-2010, 12:12 PM   #15116
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fuggin A... trying to find a nice (and cheap, used) 'hybrid' kinda frame, ideally cro-moly or aluminum frame with cro-moly curved non-suspension forks, in men's medium or large, that fits 700c/29er wheels is not easy. craigslist is full of small framed womens and kids bikes, and tons of junk mountain bikes, and lots of expensive carbon road and full suspension high end mountain stuff...

yes, I've come to the conclusion that this frame I've built my new sorta-cruiser on is just a wee bit small.

something like this frame would be -perfect- ...


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Old 07-07-2010, 12:57 PM   #15117
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Patrick Tsai is a total fucking badass.

Even though he's slogging it out in last fuckin' place in the Tour Divde, he just skipped the easier optional reroute (that everybody takes!) to traverse a tough section with a crazy local or two to contend with as well.

http://tourdivide.org/blog2010/chapeau

Go Patrick, go. That's a hell of an exclamation point to put on your eventual finish.


(BTW, went and saw Ride The Divide last Friday. This has done nothing to dissuade me from doing the race.)
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:03 PM   #15118
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(BTW, went and saw Ride The Divide last Friday. This has done nothing to dissuade me from doing the race.)
Bought the DVD and still need to watch it.
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Old 07-07-2010, 02:05 PM   #15119
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(BTW, went and saw Ride The Divide last Friday. This has done nothing to dissuade me from doing the race.)
You should mention that you bicycled a 340 mile round trip to see it.
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Old 07-07-2010, 07:38 PM   #15120
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You should mention that you bicycled a 340 mile round trip to see it.
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Bravo!!!

Awesome movie. Pretty much confirmed that I have a screw loose. "Seems like a good idea."



Hey Askel, I forgot to tell you that we came across one of the TD riders outside of Dubois, WY. I have since forgotten who he is, but we looked him up on his spot and sho' nuff, 'twere he. That is some awesome country to ride through.
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