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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    Pete, it's not okay to do that.
    Probably true. I guess I'll have to live with regrets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    Probably true. I guess I'll have to live with regrets.
    I'm okay with that. I've done my duty.

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    I'm in for some route or another. Need to order some beefier tires than Pro4s though. I don't think 28s will fit under my brakes though so maybe Gatorskins or Maxxis Re-Fuse.

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    Not to derail this from the JB Granfondo, but am I really crazy to be thinking about the Frederick Gran Fondo (100m route) on my 48x18 SS? Course map gives me the impression that there is no gravel at all on the route. I'm not looking to break any records on the climbs, but I'm also not looking to break my legs.

    http://ridewithgps.com/routes/1363618


    I've done a similar ride with Dirt and Tuba recently (shorter ride, but more or less same elevation::distance ratio) - I was geared, but only ran 48x (11-25).
    http://app.strava.com/activities/52564025
    Last edited by Bilsko; 07-30-2013 at 02:29 PM.

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    Depends on how you define the line between crazy and really crazy...

    I am planning to sign up for the shorter version of the Frederick Gran Fondo, and take it easy except on the timed segments. I did it last year and it was tough enough on a geared bike. I seem to remember there was one "gravelly" section that course marshals pointed out beforehand but it was fine on 25s, and would've been fine on 23s or anything really. It was more like just unsealed road and better than some of the paved roads around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vvill View Post
    Depends on how you define the line between crazy and really crazy...
    Ummm., you do remember me as your teammate in the BAFS competition this winter, right? I may not be Dimsal crazy, but I'm pretty far out there.

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    I'm glad to see such a strong response to a challenging ride several hours outside of the city.

    It seems like most of the people attempting the 104 mile route are returning vets with some experiences to share.

    As would be expected with any group this size there are some very interesting gearing and tire selections being discussed here.

    Recently I stumbled upon a wheel with a Sram 32-11 9 speed cassette, it is a snug fit but it seems to be working well with my Ultegra rear. It may require the addition of a power link in the chain if it develops any noise but at this point I think I like the idea of there being less slack especially for this ride since there will be many things looking for wipe out my derailleur on the dirt climbs.

    Does anyone here dress differently for this...different bib or shoes?
    Eat differently?
    Pack differently?

    As far as my clothing choices go I am thinking of picking up a DeSoto 400 Mile bib in a few weeks for this.
    Food wise, I am really weird about that to begin with but I typically pack based on rough hours on the course but in this the amount of work does not equal the amount of elapsed time so I am planning on several extra Skratch packets and a couple of Kind bars for post climbing snacks, and some Honey Stinger chews for the anticipated need for energy on the back half of this one.
    For centuries I typically pack an backup for my backup tube and one or two cartridges as well as some extra sunscreen, and a tiny first aid kit. But I am leaving the expandable saddle back and am going to roll the dice on most food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveTheTech View Post
    Eat differently?
    I recall that there was poor planning on the organizers parts for the aid stations on the back half of the ride. At least one had run out of water and the food options were down to the unpopular flavors of GUs. Definitely stock up when you can on the course, and be prepared to bring some of your own reserves if needs be.

    A perfect ride would be if the organizers of Total200 ran the aid stations and the organizers of Alpine Gran Fondo did the on course route marking...

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    I completely agree with that.
    They were running a little low on several things, which is one thing water is a deal breaker though. That was something many people were complaining about as we crossing the line, I suspect they received something to that effect in their surveys. I know I made mention of it. As well as the complete lack of HAM support on the WV side where there is zero cell signal and no one to contact in an emergency.

    There is a fine line between over packing everything you plan to eat and relying fully on them to feed you with god only knows what.

    I've heard that the Total200 support staff was some of the best in this area.
    They did have very good course markings on this one (it almost makes up for the hostile locals).

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    I would just make sure you have your confirmed-from-many-rides-most-comfortable kit ready to go, and keep a small stock of stuff that doesn't take too much room (Skratch packs, etc.) handy - always use the food stops' supplies first, and if they run out then you'll have something extra. I always carry two of my largest water bottles for rides like that, and often one is never less than half full, just so I have some emergency stuff. I use my usual shoes, which are MTB/commuter shoes anyway. I did get off the bike a couple times, not to walk but just to remount when I lost momentum (two of them due to the person in front stopping on a "gravel" climb). Maybe some padded gloves if you have sensitive wrists.

    And smile for the photos, or something. Mark and Tim had some pretty good poses on the descents I remember.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bilsko View Post
    Ummm., you do remember me as your teammate in the BAFS competition this winter, right? I may not be Dimsal crazy, but I'm pretty far out there.
    How could I forget?! My trophy sits eternally in my cube. In that case, you will be fine. (Just don't expect to do too well on the timed segments! I recall there were some beastly times on the full century.)

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