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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.
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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....
    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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    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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    are there gels at the aid stations?

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    I can't say, because I haven't ridden the course but most of the stuff in the area is a course sand and gravel mixed with larger stones and doll heads.

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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.
    I'm afraid of heights so a 26'r fits me to a T.

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    It's totally rideable, don't fret.

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    Be afraid, be very afraid.
    :-)
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    I'm in! 4th time for me. For the noobs, you're gonna love it! Middle third of the course is, in my opinion, ....awesome. Miles of endless singletrack that'll have you saying where the f*ck am I? I'll be on my 29er hardtail trying to beat the 7 hour mark. Best of luck to all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol' Grey Pug View Post
    I'm in! 4th time for me. For the noobs, you're gonna love it! Middle third of the course is, in my opinion, ....awesome. Miles of endless singletrack that'll have you saying where the f*ck am I? I'll be on my 29er hardtail trying to beat the 7 hour mark. Best of luck to all!
    7 hours for the 100 mile version of the 100k version?

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    No way--one lap about 62 miles must be what he means.

    Quote Originally Posted by adumb View Post
    7 hours for the 100 mile version of the 100k version?
    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
    No way--one lap about 62 miles must be what he means.
    Right. Should have clarified. I think 7:30ish was the winning time for 100 mile. Or to put it in perspective, the 100mile winner finished about the same time I did the 100k.

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    Almost there, see y'all around the fire.

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    Did a fun ride of about 8 miles of the single track including some of the course. It is in perfect condition. Really fun buff stuff. I may have met some of you as I was directing traffic to camp sites and such.
    Back early in the morning for the chaos.
    Lots more folks this year.
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    The Start

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    Simply awesome ride...that is all

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    definitely a cool race, well organized and I liked the course.

    got to met schott also which was nice, super cool guy and bombs the downhills on that fat bike like a champ.

    as far as how my race went. I hammered the first 20 miles like an idiot. hr was 170ish for the first 2 hours. my legs felt great and I wasn't breathing heavy so I went with it. I thought maybe it was nerves or excitement ariticially raising my hr. well I was wrong. at mile 36ish I started to cramp and by mile 41 I wasn't sure if I would make it to the next aid station. I literally had to lay on the side of the trail with a cramp so bad I thought my leg was going to never loosen its grip. at that point I was in survival mode. I walked just about everything over a 2% grade and every aid station I was taking endurolytes. once I got to mile 54 aid station I at least had a system of walking hills and pedaling on the flats. I progressively got a little better and was able to ride most of the course past mile 58. the single track at that point was fun and helped rest the rest the legs a bit. I finished with a time of 7 hours and either 24 or 26 minutes I can't remember. this was my first cat 2 race so I know I got a in a little over my head in the beginning and paid the price. I have no idea if this is a good or bad time but I am pretty happy with it.

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    Well said. Always nice to put a face to a name.

    Way to push through the pain. It sure seemed like those first 30 miles went by really quick, but I too paid the price for racing someone else's race (or bike maybe) early on. Those last 30+ miles hurt, but I'm impressed that I got back off of my ass and put my shoes back on to finish the race. Leaving camp after the 100k to finish is...hard, especially when you aren't having a great race anyway.

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    I survived as well! I took the first 10 miles pretty easy and then the pace picked up until about mile 28 when I started having strange chills and I couldn't keep my HR under 180. I dialed it way back for the next 10 miles and eventually started to feel better, but I decided to try to keep my HR sub-170 from that point forward and I was able to keep it together until the finish. I don't think the results have been posted yet but I think I finished in just over 8 hours and took 5th in Clydesdales. This was the hardest ride I've ever done, and I'm pretty sure I'll do it again next year.

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    Awesome to hear everyone had a good time, found limits, and dealt with them. Good work everyone, and if any of the support crews are reading, thanks to you too. I, for one, wouldn't have finished without y'all out there. I've never been to a race that had so many good things out on course. Coke, pickles, hammer gels, endurolytes, heed supplement, etc...and of course friendly faces and kind words of encouragement. Thanks again.

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    You are welcome. It works both ways. I was encouraged to get fit enough to either survive the race (100K) or sweep the course.

    Quote Originally Posted by Schott View Post
    Awesome to hear everyone had a good time, found limits, and dealt with them. Good work everyone, and if any of the support crews are reading, thanks to you too. I, for one, wouldn't have finished without y'all out there. I've never been to a race that had so many good things out on course. Coke, pickles, hammer gels, endurolytes, heed supplement, etc...and of course friendly faces and kind words of encouragement. Thanks again.
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    This was my first long distace/endurance race and it was fantastic. Loved the course as much as it was brutal. All the volunteers along the course were tremendous. Everyone of them with a friendly hello, encouraging cheer or just simply lending a hand. Really made it a memorable experience. To echo what the others have said before, would not have finished without them there lending a hand.
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    This was my first endurance race as well. I did the 100k on my single speed. I kinda wish that first 20 miles of road riding was at the end and the single track was at the beginning though. I was too tired at the end to really enjoy the single track to the fullest. That and 20 miles of road riding with 32/21 on a 29er sucks. I was either spinning like a hamster or in a tuck trying to draft someone down a hill, but since there weren't a lot of hills on the road section, I was mostly just spinning away. The volunteers were definitely awesome. I'll be back next year!

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    Next year, though....please...let someone else be in charge of the shirts. I rode 100 miles and alls I got was this shirt....which has a picture of Alaska on it?


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    I really can't say enough good things about this race. I took a bit of a hiatus from endurance racing for the last couple years and decided the Thursday before the race to jump in and race with my wife-best decision I ever made! (And not just because it made her happy for me to do a race with her!) The event was top notch, and the people even better. Every thing about this race is what personifies the endurance xc scene in my opinion. Lots of smiles, very kind volunteers, and families coming out to support the race. Seeing the smiles on the kids faces as I grabbed my support bags and some gels, coke, chips, etc. from the aid stations will stay with me long after the soreness in my body goes away.
    All in all, I'm excited to be back on the scene and happy even moreso that the Hampshire 100 was my first race back. A HUGE thank you to everyone involved in any aspect of this race. Two thumbs WAY UP!!!

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    Just got the unfortunate news that there was a lot of trash left on the course by racers. Water bottles, gel packs, etc. Far more than in the past. This is very unfortunate because there has been property owner complaint and this course exists due to the good graces and generosity of the property owners.
    What a drag this is. No excuse.
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    that is a bummer about the trash. while I was riding I probably only saw three or four gel wrappers my whole ride. I would assume those were probably dropped by accident. I know I put all my wrappers in my jersey pocket that has my tools in it since I hopefully don't need to get in that pocket the whole race.

    on a positive note I wanted to point out that the emergency water stops that were trailside were awesome. they only had water and a plastic grocery bag filled with powerbars and some gels, but it was perfect. I was hungry at one point and dropped the bike for a second rummaged through the bag grabbed a bar and was on my way in probably 30 seconds.... I think those were a really smart idea and could help people that may have miss timed the larger supported aid stations, or someone who got a little hungry like myself.

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    I saw lots of trash, and picked some up even when it was convenient. I also commented to a few racers that were littering. Not acceptable.


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    just about a week away. who is riding it this year. i am going to sign up probably this weekend and try to beat my time of 7:26 last year. i think if i ride alot easier and smarter in the begining i will easily get under 7 hours but we will just have to see.

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