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    Tahoe-Sierra 100 - August 24, 2013

    The event is on and it's rapidly approaching. As I tell all my mt. biking friends who are strong riders but not exactly "racers": "You need to do this... when else are you going to link together all these great trails in one incredibly supported, point-to-point adventure? But you need to qualify... I can't vouch for you."

    I rode with a guy in Pinecrest a couple weeks ago, who did both the 2011 and 2012 TS100's. He was very happy to hear the race was on, saying "That's my all-time favorite course anywhere."

    So if you have aspirations to ride one of the best and most challenging endurance events in NorCal, you do need to qualify. It's a tough and very remote course where physical fitness, mental toughness and bicycle handling/repair skills are incredibly important for getting from one aid station to the next, and ultimately finishing. You can't think you might finish... you have to know that you have the ability to finish.

    Fortunately, if you haven't done a qualifier in the past year or so, there are some local events coming up:

    Coolest 8/24 on June 22: You need to ride 70+ miles in 8hrs or 120 in 24hrs

    The Mendo One Hundo on July 21: You need to finish before cut-off time (this new event is billed as "the most rideable 100 in CA") -- I hope I can fit this one in too!

    The High Cascades 100 is on July 20th (the day before Mendocino)... so choose Mendo

    Mammoth 8/24 is July 27 (new event): You need to ride 70+ miles in 8hrs or 120 in 24hrs.

    There are other qualifiers... see website below.

    Some highlights of TS100:

    There is fire road riding:
    Tahoe-Sierra 100 - August 24, 2013-984227_10200836856756605_1277286097_n.jpg

    There is singletrack - lots:
    Tahoe-Sierra 100 - August 24, 2013-389017_3960866272963_2031671109_n.jpg

    There is ridge riding:
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    There is climbing - lots:
    Tahoe-Sierra 100 - August 24, 2013-561276_264327970348585_227720961_n.jpg

    There are views:
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    There is greenery:
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    There IS hiking:
    Tahoe-Sierra 100 - August 24, 2013-603091_10200836738033637_1341706128_n.jpg

    There are jumps:
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    There are switchbacks:
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    There are fantastic aid stations, full of VOLUNTEERS who will keep you and your bike going!
    Tahoe-Sierra 100 - August 24, 2013-532138_264329687015080_1247638938_n.jpg

    More Tahoe Sierra 100 info and registration

    Race reports from Last year: T/S 100 Race Reports

    The 2012 course (2013 will be very similar): Strava Segment | 2012 Tahoe Sierra 100

    Note that the 59 miler is NOT starting in Soda Springs this year. In fact, it's not 59 miles this year. The shorter option (30 mi. +/-) will start at Noon in Foresthill and likely follow the TS100 course down to Rucky Chucky, then up to Drivers Flat, Foresthill Divide trail, Connector, Culvert, Confluence, Stagecoach, then pavement to the finish. You don't have to qualify for this. For those that always wished there was an MTB race in Auburn (that doesn't involve riding 59 miles first), this is a great opportunity to hit all these trails as a point-to-point as well!

    I hope to see you freaks out there! Who's in?

    (I don't work for GBE.. I just support this unique, adventurous type of event with every inch of my MTB passion.)
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    So awesome that it's back on! I can only keep dreaming of this race, maybe some day.

    Enjoy the fun!

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    Nice write-up Jeff! very happy to hear its on!

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    Tahoe-Sierra 100 - August 24, 2013

    I think my 2010 TS100 finish still counts as a qualifier for this year. Too bad I am no where close to being in shape for it. I really want to do this course.


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    Finishing the Hard Coe're 100 should be a qualifier
    Here's to sweat in your eye.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    So awesome that it's back on! I can only keep dreaming of this race, maybe some day.
    Enjoy the fun!
    What are you talking about? You can do the Sierra Tahoe? Hell, I'm not as strong as you and I'm gonna give it a go. I might qualify from a couple of 2010 events...but one was beginners luck (Burn24) and the other, I really had to HTFU (Shenendoah 100, broke two bones)....but what the hell. I will do the Coolest 24 as a litmus test. If I fail, then I'll bail. If I finish strong, then the fat S.O.B. will ride on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redmr2_man View Post
    So awesome that it's back on! I can only keep dreaming of this race, maybe some day.

    Enjoy the fun!
    Whaaat?! You're a savage and should be all over this. So should Guzman and Herron.

    Bike Reg says prices go up 6/15.

    I agree on the Hard Coe're 100 as a qualifier and you can likely make a case for yourself if you can present your stats to Jim.

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    I'm signed up for the short option and hope to do the 100 next year.
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    I considered the short option, but noticed I am already signed up for something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer View Post
    I agree on the Hard Coe're 100 as a qualifier and you can likely make a case for yourself if you can present your stats to Jim.
    I'm considering using the Tahoe-Sierra 100 as a qualifier for the Hard Coe're 100... does this create an infinite loop ?

    But kidding aside, I'd think Jim will indeed be open to this, mud'ncrud, and you could also page Sean Allan to chime in (I think Sean helped create the TS 100 course right?).

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    Tahoe-Sierra 100 - August 24, 2013

    Quote Originally Posted by ElHombre View Post
    and you could also page Sean Allan to chime in (I think Sean helped create the TS 100 course right?).
    Sean Allen uses the TS100 course as a weekend warm up. And probably does it going uphill.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewtality View Post
    Sean Allen uses the TS100 course as a weekend warm up. And probably does it going uphill.




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    Ha! Not even close, although the Ca. Sierra Trail Race does head to Robinson Flat up the TS 100 course, so I guess I am a bit sick and twisted......Funny, I had thought about heading to Robinson Flat from Auburn up WS this weekend but pussed out when it got too hot, I'm getting soft in my old age.

    All kidding aside, I think that finishing the Coe 100 should get you into the TS 100. Time is the key here, you would have to push a lot harder to make the time cuts at the TS 100 as opposed to the Coe 100. TS 100 has about 7,000' less climbing but you really only have 14 hours to get it done before you start coming up on the cutoffs.

    I think I could talk Jim into it if you are serious.

    Mei should absolutely do it if she is riding as strong as she was last year.
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    Define "Soft"

    Quote Originally Posted by Sean Allan View Post
    I'm getting soft in my old age.
    Really?! Tell that to the [A$$] Whole Athlete" road ride you dismantled going up Eureka Canyon in your big ring..... you know, the 53 tooth. With NO insoles in your carbon shoes. Soft, that's HILARIOUS!
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    Sean Allan is the new Chuck Norris

    When Sean Allan does a push up, he isn't lifting himself up, he's pushing the earth down.

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    Ha!
    And I thought it was the thread that was the most interesting on MTBR...

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    sean is ...the most interesting man in the world.....

    does a good job on fences too

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    signed up 30 may when i heard the thing was permitted

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    Hey Sean,, did you change the cutoff times at all this year?


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    I'm 90% sure I'll be in again.

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    100% Sure

    I will see you 100 milers at Red Star Ridge again this year. No racing for me. Just to busy with life and our mission trip to Alaska at the beginning of August will not allow me to do proper training. I am considering sweeping on my bike from Red Star to Michigan Bluff though.
    What is a "healing vibe"???
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    bb, how are you doing after TBC chased you into that tree?? Hope all is well.
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    I'm fine...I was riding a few days after that but still can't sleep on my right side. Look closely at the video and you will see that the big rock on the left side actually jumped out in front of me and pushed me off the trail.
    What is a "healing vibe"???
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    Quote Originally Posted by chairthruster View Post
    Sean Allan is the new Chuck Norris

    When Sean Allan does a push up, he isn't lifting himself up, he's pushing the earth down.
    I heard Sean was going to head out about a 1/2 hour before the TS100 racers with a backpack full of chalk and flagging to mark the course. Then when he gets to Auburn he's catching a ride back up to the start so he can sweep the course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboulder View Post
    I'm fine...I was riding a few days after that but still can't sleep on my right side. Look closely at the video and you will see that the big rock on the left side actually jumped out in front of me and pushed me off the trail.
    Thought you tagged that thing instead of the trees at first before Jeff rolled up to you, that would have been ugly(er). Glad all is well Steve.

    Are you still demo'g bikes or have you settled on one?
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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