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    thinking about doing the Hampshire 100. anybody give me an idea on what the course might be like. I know the elevation but kind of curious if it is a faster 100 or it is tons of slow single track. I have done the Vermont 50 before so how would it compare to that one? any info would be appreciated cause i am hoping to add this in for a fun experience in august. for the record i am only talking about the 100k option not the 100 mile option. baby steps and hopefully next year i might do the 100 mile option.

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    I am signed up for this....first timer for this type of event. There are a couple youtube videos on the event site. It does not look overly technical, but videos never seem to capture steepness very well. In the class I signed up for (novice vet I), finishing times last year ranged from 7-11 hours. Winning 100k time was 5+ hours. The participant guide has a description of the course, and it sounds like a decent amount of jeep roads and two track, with some pretty long, non-tech climbs. Everyone seems to groan about something called the "power line climb"....

    Aid stations every ten miles or so and waves start going off at 6:45. That's about all I know...

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    Is it in New Hampshire?

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    I did the 100k last year , it was great! Very similiar to VT 50.I'm going again this year,looking forward to a better finish time as i went kinda easy last year.Very well run event and lots of water stops,more than i've ever seen and i 've done all the east coast NUE100's.Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIDESLOW View Post
    I did the 100k last year , it was great! Very similiar to VT 50.I'm going again this year,looking forward to a better finish time as i went kinda easy last year.Very well run event and lots of water stops,more than i've ever seen and i 've done all the east coast NUE100's.Good luck.
    glad to hear it. if you don't mind what cat do you ride and what was your time. I am cat 3 guy and curious how long it would take me to finish. I did the vt50 in 7hr 11min. by looking at the results not many people in the novice category finish the nh100 that quick. it seems I should plan on 8-9hrs.


    all of the race reports I read didn't really like the course that much. lots of complaints of a 1.5 mile stretch of soft sand near an airport, and a lot of the climbs are littered with baby head rocks which kind of makes them almost unridable unless you want to empty your tank trying to clean it.

    I am still on the fence. I might just to it so that I can have my own opinion on what the course is like.

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    I did it in 7:30 approx, in cat 2 , 50 plus.I liked the course just fine , as did the 3 people
    who were with me . We're from NY so rocks are not a problem,i don't remember it being to tough,baby heads you roll over , some big ones take a little effort.
    I got off and walked on one or 2 obstacles , only takes a moment.
    The fiddler was awesome ! !

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    I registered back in February, I can't wait! First endurance event for me.

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    Sounds there are a few rocks.....how much of the course is pounding through rock gardens? It may affect bike choice for me.

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    I will be using my Scalpel ,My hardtail is staying home .

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    there are two videos on Hampshire100.com I have never ridden the course but after watching those two videos I feel like I had a much better idea of what to expect on the course. they are both over ten minutes long.

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    2 of the most boring videos I've ever seen. I'll be there , 100mile version. I'll be riding my fatbike. Power line climb is a beast, the rest of the course is pretty non-techy. They do a great job with the event overall.

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    From the participant guide, it looks like there are aid stations every 8-15 miles, with most closer to 8 miles apart. What would you all recommend for water? I am thinking of just keeping my 2L camelback half full and finishing it between stations, in other words, drinking a liter every 10 miles or so, and then re-filling and having a snack at the aid stops. Does that sound reasonable?

    Also, they mention that a route sheet will be provided...I assume that just means you keep it folded up somewhere until you get lost. Or, do people use a roll chart and keep track as they are riding (enduro motorcycle thing)?

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    I didn't even carry the course sheet. Well marked, lots of people, but hey, I live on the edge. I'll be carrying two water bottles...one water, one supplemental... And gels, blocks, endurolytes. Refills and eating real food at the stations, which really are well stocked.

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    just signed up. I delayed as long as possible to make sure the weather would be good and it looks pretty good to me so I went for it.

    I am with schott. I do bottles, with blocks and gels. if I get a hungry feeling I will eat something at one of the aid stations but I try to not stop more than I need to. what seems like a 2 minute stop is usually closer to ten minutes and that can add up after three or four stop that were not really needed.

    I do carry three bottles instead of two though. two on the bike and one in a jersey pocket. whenever I finish a bottle I switch it out with the one in my jersey, I can barely notice the bottle when full but when it is empty I definitely don't notice it. I am fortunate enough to have my wife handing me prefilled bottles at the stations they will let her get to.

    schott I will keep an eye out for you since it should be pretty easy to spot a fat bike out there.

    does anybody have a good line on a hotel that is close. only ones with available rooms are like an hour away, that is doable but I wouldn't mind being a little closer.

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    I live 30 minutes away. Google B&B's and Motels in Greenfield, Wilton, Milford and Peterborough.
    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    Yup, skinny guy on the fat bike, I'll be easy to spot.

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    One last stupid noobie question....will I need some sort of number plate holder apparatus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumblefish29er View Post
    One last stupid noobie question....will I need some sort of number plate holder apparatus?
    No.
    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    Thanks-just having memories of my first tri where I had to run around and try to find a number belt I could borrow...all that prep and one little piece of gear holds up the process....

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    Where are you coming from?
    Years ago, I've ridden a bunch of that stuff. Greenfield has long been a forum for mountain biking. I'm hoping to get back into the kind of shape where I can do a 50 without totally falling apart. There are a lot of hills and depending on the actual course could be some technical to challenge. Most of the area is bedded in sand and gravel, so I would consider that for tire choice.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rumblefish29er View Post
    Thanks-just having memories of my first tri where I had to run around and try to find a number belt I could borrow...all that prep and one little piece of gear holds up the process....
    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    ^^^yeah, dood...the BEACH. Can't wait to blow through there on my fatbike. All smiles, I'm sure.

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    I'll be the old guy toodling around, riding some of the course and trying to stay out of trouble--on a new Yeti 575 black.
    Ford F150 gray--with 'Make Room Remodeling' signs in side windows.
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    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Settertude View Post
    Where are you coming from?
    Years ago, I've ridden a bunch of that stuff. Greenfield has long been a forum for mountain biking. I'm hoping to get back into the kind of shape where I can do a 50 without totally falling apart. There are a lot of hills and depending on the actual course could be some technical to challenge. Most of the area is bedded in sand and gravel, so I would consider that for tire choice.
    I live down in PA, so roots and rocks are the norm here. Tech climbs yes, long climbs, not really. I went with some tubeless Kenda slant sixs, so hopefully the techy stuff does not get too slimy

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    The weather has been and will be dry and most of that stuff is high, so drains well.
    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    schott,

    how bad is the section of beach. is it even ridable on a regular bike? how long does it go? i have ridden in some really soft sand living so close to cape cod. you can usually find some firmer more rideable stuff on the edges somewhere.

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