Nice project guys. I just donated. For what it's worth I solo'd the 1000 last fall and learned a few things along the way and raised a little $$ for a local charity. If interested you can read the whole sordid affair here. In no particular order, here are a few thoughts: - sort out your nutrition for training and racing - ride enough so your hands/arms don't fatigue. That will make the biggest impact - sounds crazy, but spend time on a rowing machine if you can't ride. - pull the smog stuff off of the 450x - no reason to have it on. - buy a used 450x for pre-running and to have as spare parts. You can use the wheelset (and everything else) and sell the bike for what you paid for it when you are done. - set the valves before the race - run tall gearing (14/48 or more if you are faster) and get the jetting sorted - get the suspension dialed if you are planning on running at a fast pace - steering stabilizer of course - make sure your light setup is bright. It can't be too bright (need aftermarker stator) - pack a spare filter with you - sat phones of course for you and chase - torque all bolts with a torque wrench before the race. - true wheels and torque spokes - Mousse's front and rear (unless you are pro-level fast, then just front with HD rear) I'm sure there is more, but that's all I could come up with now. Have fun with it!