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    24 hours in the Old Pueblo 2007

    Who all is going to this race. I am going out there on Thursday before the race.
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    I am planning on it.
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    Solo registration

    Quote Originally Posted by alizbee
    I am planning on it.
    FYI: the solo field is over half full after one week of registration. If you wanna go solo, jump now or you'll end up doing what I did in '04 - riding a duo team by yourself. They are serious about the field limits!
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    yikes...I knew it filled up fast, but wow.
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    I'l be there, '05 was 5 person coed, '06 was 4 person male, '07 will be duo........what will happen for '08??

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    Planning to solo

    Was planning on soloing it and enjoying some warmth for once after months of cold slogging. Guess I better discuss it with the wife and get it on the calendar now...
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    Yup, I'll be there and be solo again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyndaW
    Yup, I'll be there and be solo again.

    if I remember corrected, you did pretty good last year


    (I'm friends w/Heather Mosley who was in 2nd (solo female) for 6 or so laps till she banged up her foot pretty bad)

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    Plan to come down from Norcal again

    enjoyed the race last year, very fun course, very good time.

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    What bike should I use?

    Can anyone tell me if the OP course is rough enough to make it worth using a full suspension bike? What bike would work best on this course for racing solo? Here are my options... Hardtail 29er, Single/rigid 29er, YETI A-SR.

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    You can ride the course on a SS easy enough but you will be giving away some speed. I have riden the course the past two years on a HT bike and turned in some respectable times. I dont think HT bikes lose anything except a little on the night laps where I think the FS bikes can ride a little faster without worrying about the rough spots. The Yeti and the HT 29er get the edge for speed.

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    For the average Solo Joe, I think geared vs SS is a draw....just look at the Solo results, lap times between SS and geared aren't much different.

    Overall, the course is pretty tame and fast...does require a lot of pedaling though. ;0)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger___
    For the average Solo Joe, I think geared vs SS is a draw....just look at the Solo results, lap times between SS and geared aren't much different.
    that's cause the average ss'er is not an average mtb'er
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairball_dh
    that's cause the average ss'er is not an average mtb'er

    you nailed that one.

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    HT is great on the course. It is super fast...just look out for the cactus. I rode last year on a team with my HT 29er. Going to ride solo this year on a HT 29er as well.
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    Sure, they are

    same average Joe, just fewer options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkoInTheBoat
    Can anyone tell me if the OP course is rough enough to make it worth using a full suspension bike? What bike would work best on this course for racing solo? Here are my options... Hardtail 29er, Single/rigid 29er, YETI A-SR.
    Are you racing it solo?

    I'll be on my Yeti ASR the whole way. It may be one of the smoothest courses out there but it is still a 24. There is not a whole lot of climbing per lap so the weight savings IMHO are not even close to worth it for a 24-solo.

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    I'll be coming down from Alberta for this. Never done this race before and going to be doing it solo (done many other 24hrs solo before). Probably going to have to hire a bunch of locals to be my pit crew since I'll be flying down by myself with a bike box and lots of gear.

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    I here its a great race?

    How much climbing? How much money for solo, 1st, 2nd, 3? anyone know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyboy
    How much climbing? How much money for solo, 1st, 2nd, 3? anyone know?
    There isnt a whole lot of climbing, maybe 900 feet with the course starting near the top and dropping 600 feet and then the climb back up to the high spot maybe 300 feet above the start. Thats spread out over 16 miles or so. The fastest riders can run the course in an hour. I have heard there is $30,000 in prize money but I have no idea how its spread around. Awards go five deep across all the categories. There isnt much age bracketing except in the five person mixed teams. The competition can be stiff in Men's Solo with Tinker Juarez and maybe Chris Eatough racing. A couple of years ago Sloane Anderson toughed it out in the rain and won.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyboy
    How much climbing? How much money for solo, 1st, 2nd, 3? anyone know?
    I won $200 for 1st place solo woman last year.

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    Mi might be down there crewing if Pivvay wants me there fondling his bikes =)
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    Any locals have recommendations on a sporting goods rental place in Tucson? Looking for tent, water jugs, chairs, table, gas stove, lanterns and everthing to set up a pit, (best scenario is to pit with another solo rider, hint, hint). I don't want to bring all my equipment on the plane, just the bike food and clothes to do the 24hrs. Thanks

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    SS gear?

    Anyone have SS gear recommedations for this race?

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    Well I'm in for solo male. Resisted the urge to SS it. That will have to wait for TIv3 hopefully The fam is flying out to help crew for me and I'm excited to race for my lil bro for the first time ever.
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    depends on wheel size. I ran a 26inch wheel bike and a 32x17. That course has an awful lot of pedaling, but I'd be hesitant to run anything bigger. The *****es get pretty tough after about 8 hours.

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    Summit Hut would be my best guess for gear, not sure if they rent. Either on 1st Ave and River or Speedway and Country Club?? Not sure about that cross street.

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    24OP - What to expect? Camping/Trailer/Etc?

    A few of us are going to head down to Tucson for the Old Pueblo race to support my son who will be competing in the solo single-speed category. He turns 18 on 2/17/2007 and long distance offroad racing is his calling in life. We're planning on arriving Thursday afternoon. I have lots of options for housing including large white hunter's tent, regular camp tents, RV, travel trailer, etc. What is best? I'm leaning towards the white hunter tent with a carpet floor. That gives us room to get out of the sun and a place to store things plus a semi-private place. But - we would like to be in the middle of the action!

    I noticed there is a solo rider street in the 24-hour town. How is that different from the other locations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglas
    I'l be there, '05 was 5 person coed, '06 was 4 person male, '07 will be duo........what will happen for '08??
    well my duo partner broke his neck so I was out, but now I'm back in, and I got me a ringer

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhaile
    A few of us are going to head down to Tucson for the Old Pueblo race to support my son who will be competing in the solo single-speed category. He turns 18 on 2/17/2007 and long distance offroad racing is his calling in life. We're planning on arriving Thursday afternoon. I have lots of options for housing including large white hunter's tent, regular camp tents, RV, travel trailer, etc. What is best? I'm leaning towards the white hunter tent with a carpet floor. That gives us room to get out of the sun and a place to store things plus a semi-private place. But - we would like to be in the middle of the action!

    I noticed there is a solo rider street in the 24-hour town. How is that different from the other locations?

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    I recomend the RV, and solo street has camping spots along the course.

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    Age grouping?

    Has there been any more discussion and/or rules changes that give a youngster or old fart a decent chance to get to the podium?

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    Quote Originally Posted by douglas
    I recomend the RV, and solo street has camping spots along the course.
    No RVs on solo alley
    This is just need to know information: Am i supposed to enjoy the irony or pity the sincerity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhaile
    Has there been any more discussion and/or rules changes that give a youngster or old fart a decent chance to get to the podium?

    David Haile
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    yeah.....all they have to do is more laps then everyone else

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    Solo Fields Full!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Not suprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger___
    Not suprised.
    so now the only recourse is to sign up as a duo and shell out an extra $65 to race solo? does this piss off the race management? ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidhaile
    Has there been any more discussion and/or rules changes that give a youngster or old fart a decent chance to get to the podium?

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    No, If you are a male and over 55 you have a better chance of being killed by a terrorist than making the Podium at the Pueblo. On the other hand if you are female racing pretty much anywhere you have a decent chance. I brought this up to Todd and he probably feels that he has enough divisions and enough hardware being handed out. I am planning on being there again but about the only way I figure I could reach the podium would be on a two man hooking up with a guy that could consistently knock off laps under 70 minutes day and 80 nights.

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    Sorta...

    Quote Originally Posted by the pup
    so now the only recourse is to sign up as a duo and shell out an extra $65 to race solo? does this piss off the race management? ?
    I actually did this in '04, team Flying Solo, LOL.

    They gave me a lot of grief about it at checkin, made me find some guy to be a teammate and he was supposed to do at least one lap. He did the run for me and for that I was grateful.

    You will be required to have a teammate, but he/she only has to do 1 lap.
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    What trail conditions can I expect-rocks, hardpack, sand? and what are the tire recommendations for this course? What's it like when it rains-mud tacky or snotty. Going to be using a 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikesinmud
    What trail conditions can I expect-rocks, hardpack, sand? and what are the tire recommendations for this course? What's it like when it rains-mud tacky or snotty. Going to be using a 29er.
    Typically dry hardpack with several sandy wash crossings and a coupla rocky bits, but nothing significant. It's an easy course from a technical standpoint - and one where you'll do a lot of pedalling.

    It rained armagedddon style 2 years ago. The course held up remarkably well, bikes did not. It's mostly decomposed granite and handles moisture very well.

    Tons of cacti as well. Stans is your friend at OP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairball_dh
    I actually did this in '04, team Flying Solo, LOL.

    They gave me a lot of grief about it at checkin, made me find some guy to be a teammate and he was supposed to do at least one lap. He did the run for me and for that I was grateful.

    You will be required to have a teammate, but he/she only has to do 1 lap.
    Thanks for your experience. I was wondering how check in would work when I showed my solo face. I had no idea this race would fill up so fast, so it's really my fault anyway.

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    Solo YoYo..

    I'm in also....not sure why though

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    Ya'll ready for this one? Anyone been on the course recently? I'm getting excited for warm weather and actual mountain biking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onegearqueer
    I'm in also....not sure why though

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    It's cause ur nutz! We're psyched - see ya there. Oh, check out the site - the new fifty-five pic is urs. looks like it will be mango!

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    Oh yes...

    Quote Originally Posted by Pivvay
    Ya'll ready for this one? Anyone been on the course recently? I'm getting excited for warm weather and actual mountain biking.
    ...I've been on the course. I've been living in my trailer out at the venue for a couple weeks. I'm doing solo.

    There was some really wet weather about a week ago and the course got really tacky, but then it got a bit warmer. Now it's dry, hard, fast, but cornering is a little more sketch. Fun, all fun.

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    Thanks Tom! Man that looks fun. I'm giddy just looking at dirt that isn't snow covered. See you there in solo catagory.
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