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    Quote Originally Posted by Birru View Post
    Ugh there's just no way I can get everything sorted before GRUSK this year. So if you go and have an awesome time please keep it to yourself. Thanks.
    If it makes you feel better, the ride was like 80% suffering for me for a few reasons. First, I just wasn't in top shape, so I was struggling physically. My legs even cramped up off-and-on during the second half, which has never happened to me before. Second, I didn't sleep well in the dorms and woke up with a terrible headache that persisted pretty much the entire ride. Third, I got pretty nauseous after the 2nd rest stop and that nagged at me for quite a while.

    Generally though, it was a great day to ride. There had been some rain the previous night and some mist/drizzle in the morning. So the roads, while not "muddy", were definitely soft, especially for the first half of the day. Not a huge deal, but when you're dragging ass on a climb and hit a stretch of really soft dirt, it just increases the suffering. The wetness also made the long grassy descent a real white knuckle experience. I came really close to wiping out once, but was just able to hang on....it didn't help that I was riding at the back so the surface was pretty rutted by the time I got to it.

    I'll definitely consider doing the Epic route again next year if I'm in better shape. Otherwise, I'll stick with the 50 miler.

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    Thanks for the ride report. Any pics? I was thinking of doing the non-competitive event, but never got my act together. Maybe I'll retrace the route in the fall when it's cooler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyRider View Post
    Maybe I'll retrace the route in the fall when it's cooler.
    It's significantly cooler down there as it is - we were in jackets and arm warmers/long sleeves at the start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyRider View Post
    Thanks for the ride report. Any pics? I was thinking of doing the non-competitive event, but never got my act together. Maybe I'll retrace the route in the fall when it's cooler.
    Also, if you opt to try the route anytime other than right around race time the grassy descent (otherwise know as forest road 916) will likely be blocked off and not mowed. You can avoid it but it wouldn't be as much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyRider View Post
    Thanks for the ride report. Any pics?
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    That looks fun. I can't wait to do it (next year!). And by the looks of the leaderboard, looks like the field got serious too. There go hopes of podium, but there's always just racing to push oneself and have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    That looks fun. I can't wait to do it (next year!). And by the looks of the leaderboard, looks like the field got serious too. There go hopes of podium, but there's always just racing to push oneself and have fun.
    The field DID get serious this year. I was in a completely stacked field (which is a good thing!) and finished 8 out of 11. The epic route is absolutely no joke: 72-ish miles with 8,500-ish feet of elevation. There was ONE flat section. The rest was either up or down (and not really smooth down either). Most of the climbs were relatively steady grades, but they were unrelenting in their length. It was awesome. We should definitely do it again next year.

    Also, I literally took ONE picture this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunyata View Post
    The field DID get serious this year. I was in a completely stacked field (which is a good thing!) and finished 8 out of 11.
    No kidding...in all the organized rides I've done, there are a fair number of men and women stragglers. There were NO women stragglers at this race...I was like 4th to last overall (AFAICT) on the Epic route and the two people that finished a few seconds ahead of me were men, and the three people behind me were men.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    No kidding...in all the organized rides I've done, there are a fair number of men and women stragglers. There were NO women stragglers at this race...I was like 4th to last overall (AFAICT) on the Epic route and the two people that finished a few seconds ahead of me were men, and the three people behind me were men.
    I wasn't there this year. Last year I performed the role of woman straggler (I was 2nd to last overall). Maybe next year I will again.

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    Great pics. I regret skipping this! I think I'll try for the non-competitive event next year. I'm sure I could finish the classic course - I do 90+ miles a week, between commuting and weekend rides. But I've never raced. I'd probably be in others' way by going too slow on the grassy decline. That is, if everyone hadn't already passed me

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