Desert 100 2013 General Thread

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  1. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Displaced Adventurer

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    I'm starting this thread for general Desert 100 discussion so as to not clutter up Darryl's Do you want to race an Adventure Bike? Round 3 thread.

    This is about the Stumpjumpers Desert 100 race to be taking place April 6, 7th this year.

    Info here: Stumpjumpers Website

    From the Stumpjumpers website:
    The World Famous Desert 100 – Since 1969 when this annual race began, the Desert 100, once known as Mattawa, has been the most prestigious off road race of the year. In addition to the race, the Desert 100 weekend features the following events:
    Family Poker Run – This is a fun event for the whole family and each year it gathers hundreds of riders just looking to have a fun ride and great time.
    Iron Man Poker Run – This is not for the faint at heart. Designed for the more advanced rider, this event is much longer and harder than our family poker run.
    Dual Sport – We also put on a very fun ride for those who have dual sport bikes. People always look forward to these events knowing they are in for a fun day. You will have lunch at the Brewery, see the sights of Odessa and the surrounding area which includes private property trail rides including the BLM Lakeview OHV area!
    Food Drive – We host a food drive for the Odessa Food Bank at the race site on the race weekend. Your donations are gladly accepted. Pet food accepted too. Thanks for your support!

    If you haven't been before, do yourself a favor and come and check it out. A great weekend of fun and riding.


    Update - March 28th

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    Desert 100 City
    Humongous campground, filled as far as the eye can see with RV/Toy Haulers. If you are camping and want your friends to find you, I suggest giving them clear directions. Cell coverage is spotty to non-existent at best. If you are putting up some sort of marker flag, make sure it is unique as hell. Pirate Flag, Bike brand flags, American flags are not original, there are 10 of each out there.

    No open fires, enclosed gas fire cases ok.

    No ATV’s…anywhere, at all, don’t bring them. They’re ghey.

    There is a vendor area selling bike accessories and parts, doing tire changes, etc…

    There is a food area, typically run by some of the local high school clubs from Odessa. Support them, they can use your money, and the food is good.

    Saturday
    Ironman Poker Run – Two laps, around 80ish miles. Do-able on most dirt bikes. You can take your bigger bike, but you better know how to handle it.
    Dual Sport Run – Get out and see surrounding landscape, including some of the local dirt roads. Best if done on smaller plated bikes, but perfectly do-able on larger bikes. Best you know how to handle your big bike well. Great offroad practice, but don’t expect to learn to show up and learn to ride here.
    Family Poker Run – about 20-25 miles. Easy run of desert. Lots of families with small kids so don’t ride like a douche.

    Race Day
    Come prepared. Don’t be the stupid kid who doesn’t bring a water pack and then pulls over because you’re dehydrated. Bring tools to fix a flat, repair your chain, or otherwise wire your bike back together. Due to the sheer volume of bikes, and injured riders, do not expect the sweep riders
    [FONT=&quot]to come pick your broken bike up off the course until the very end of the race. The sweep riders are volunteers who need to be focusing on the injured. If you are not sure if your bike will make 50 miles at race pace, carry extra gas, and check your fuel lines before the race for cracks. 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  2. 81forest

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    I was hoping this thread would happen soon... I am planning on attending this event and WAS planning on entering in the 100 race... but watching some of the footage has made me a little nervous... The video that Darryl has posted of his 950 is terrifying, fascinating and freaking cool. :huh Especially when he is flying past guys on "actual" dirt bikes by bushwacking through the sage...

    This will be my first enduro event, and although I consider myself an "intermediate rider", I have not had a real dirt bike since I was a teenager twenty years ago. I know that the 100 is going to require some training, and I'm starting my regimen on Saturday morning at Tahuya! For those that have done this race before, what are your tips and suggestions? Do you need to take tools for a flat repair? Food? Is it unbelievably brutal or can the average weekend warrior show up on his drz and be fine? I know I want more challenge than the dual sport ride, and I love the idea of racing for 100 miles. It looks truly epic.

    I have friends that set "fitness goals" for themselves around an upcoming triathlon or marathon. Eff that. The Desert 100 is going to be my fitness goal! :rilla
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  3. K7MDL

    K7MDL 2015 Tiger 800XCx, 2006 TE450, Jeep Wrangler

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    If you re not out to win it, ride it at your own pace and no special conditioning is needed. Plenty of room to stop and rest when needed and watch the rest. Good stop points are the hill climbs and water crossings for the good entertainment value. Always some number of bikes trying to kick start in the middle of a creek.

    I run steering stabilizers on my DS bikes. I swapped bikes with my son (same model bike but no stabilizer) at the Fringe poker run recently (similar terrain as the D100, with maybe more sand) and we both noted how much the stabilizer works to save effort. I was glad to get back on my own ride later. You forget what the differences are after a while and take some mods for granted. I did crank up the damping too much once in the sand and that did not bode well.

    Tire flats do happen. Some ride it out to the pits if they are racing. It can be a long way back to the pits so fixing a tire/rim you want to save is worth it if you have the time and tools. I run 16-18lbs on my rear MT43s out there and worked fine as many others have also.
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  4. Harder1

    Harder1 braaaap!

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    You'll be fine on the DRZ. I've done the event 6 or 7 times with mine, but stiffer springs sure will help. Another fun way to get a taste of everything is to start early on Sat a.m. and do a lap of the Iron Man and then go ride the D.S. route. It ends up around 150 miles for the day and you get a lot of terrain variation. Plus, your last checkpoint is the brewery.:freaky
    P.S. I'll be at Tahuya on Sat. a.m. too. On blue DRZ w/ Desert tank and abide sticker on front. Cheers
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  5. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Displaced Adventurer

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    As far as conditioning goes, if you do any training, just do push-ups and a lot if them.

    Take what tools you need to fix a flat or other minor problems.

    There are so many bikes at this race that if your bike is stuck out on course, typically the sweep won't get to bikes until after the race finishes.

    What I'm saying is, don't rely on the sweep unless you have to. Let them focus on the injured riders not your broke ass bike.
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  6. 81forest

    81forest ADDRider

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    Ok then, I'm in. Copy bring flat tools. Thanks for the info, everyone. I will definitely be check pointing at the brewery, regardless of whether I enter the dual sport event...:wink:
    I'll look for your abide sticker at elfendahl, I'll be riding my orange 450, rolling up in a buddy's red van. See you there-

    Forest
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  7. mx813

    mx813 Been here awhile

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    Well said... and I have swept the race 4 yrs as sweep captain and now co-chair and soon to be next year, chairman.

    Ultimately, you are responsible for your own bike. During our final sweep, we will do everything to help get you going again. If that is not feasible, we'll do everything we can to get you to camp and give you directions on how to drive to the bike. While race is going, this is not possible.

    BTW...started a new thread with the flyers for the 2013 D100. Check 'em out.

    Mike
    2013 Desert 100 Co-Chair
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  8. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

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  9. Luke

    Luke GPoET&P

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    Deadlifts.




    :muutt




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    Hey, it happens. They also help you stand in the whoops. If I remember right the D100 has a few sections of those.
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  10. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Displaced Adventurer

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    Well if you want to be remotely fast and not suffering for the next three days after..... Train. I've been making a concerted effort to work out all winter. Last weekend at juniper proved that it is working. I rode pretty hard for 45 miles that say and wasn't that tired the next. I've been focusing on exercises the mimic riding. As a result I was not overly sore or tired.

    Lots of shoulder, arms and core. No heavy weights, just lots of reps at high frequency. Zero arm pump to speak of, and felt like I could stand all day.

    Hopefully riding back at Juniper this weekend. (Sunday) hitting the woops hard since that's what really takes it out of me.
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  11. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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  12. Chris6_85

    Chris6_85 Been here awhile

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  13. Grantizzle

    Grantizzle Been here awhile

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    in for a lap of a poker run then the DS routes. i did 160 miles last year on a KLR. this year, i'll be on a smc625. much lighter, more powah, more fun.
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  14. Alpha One Nine

    Alpha One Nine Been here awhile

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    Maybe I'll see you on the DS route Grant. It will be good to see you again. I will probably be on my WR450 trying to keep up with Ladybug on her DR200.
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  15. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    I hope it's warmer this year... like 40 degrees would be nice :D

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  16. Kootenai Rider

    Kootenai Rider Displaced Adventurer

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    Sweet, we'll be on the little bike brigade...I'll hopefully have the Honduh street legal by then.
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  17. Alpha One Nine

    Alpha One Nine Been here awhile

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    I didn't think you had to do anything but write a check to get a plate over there in Idaho.
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  18. 81forest

    81forest ADDRider

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    My Desert 100 training has begun, and after Saturday's ride at Tahuya, I'm painfully aware of the fact that I'm still riding the short bus...
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    I'm going to be doing a lot of cycling and mountain biking, daily core exercises, enough sleep, not so much booze, and riding the KTM every chance I get. What do you guys do about "swamp ass"? I don't think baby powder is going to be enough when you're scooting around for hours in sandy, wet drawers.. Also got some hand blisters on Saturday. Favorite remedies for swamp-ass and blisters?
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  19. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    I don't tend to have many ass problems on a single day ride :D but with regards to your blisters you might look at your cockpit ergos? Nice straight bars (to get your elbows out and back and chest into the equation, rather than just your forearms) that are tall enough such that you are able to stand comfortably? Other than the usual check of your grips and gloves, low, swept back bars could be hell on your hands. Lots of other guys in here with a lot more experience than I, hopefully they'll chime in.

    Regarding fitness I'm using the D100 as a goal as well. First time I've ever done that, but I've noticed an acceleration of softness after turning the corner at 40.

    Edit: Sweet shot by the way! I couldn't see it when I logged in over lunch at work.
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  20. redbastard

    redbastard Long timer

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    I'll be doing my 3rd D100 this year, here's some advise for the non superman I learned the hard way.
    • Don't go over board at the Saterday poker run. It's easy to get carried away :D
    • A little atheletic tape on the hands under your gloves will stop the blisters
    • Cycling shorts good, cotten underpants bad
    • Don't try to go all out. Yes it's a race, but it's a marathon not a sprint. I placed 203rd (just over 5 hours +45minutes in line at the end of the race) out of 450 finishers, there were another 200+ DNFs.
    • Stay seated as much as you can save your arm and leg muscles. Unfortualy this doesn't help with the sore back side issues but after 2 or 3 hours standing on the pegs without a rest my body starts to fail.
    • A stearing damper will help your upper body stay relaxed and last the day.
    • Remember finishing this event is a victory if you don't want to be a DNF save some for lap two!
    • Dress light, it's cold at the start line, but you'll warm up fast. Base layer, armor, jersey and you'll be good.
    • Stay hydraited, wear a camel back or similar, I put a PB&J in the pack too just in case I get stuck out on coarce all day
    • Don't go crazy packing tools, leave the tire irons and spare parts at home, maybe just a multi tool, and spark plug for 2 strokes
    • Fill your tank to the top. If you have a 4 gallon tank fill it, at the 1/2 way pit fill it again.
    • Last piece of advice. If they say 10 minutes until the start be ready to go at any second. Many folks desided to have a pre race pee and litterally got cought with thier cocks in thier hand when the canon went off. (just to be clear, this didn't happen to me)
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