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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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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    I'm riding it (100k)! First endurance race on a mtb. Pretty psyched to see what its all about! My wife and kiddo are looking forward to meeting up with me at the different aid stations through out.

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    I'm in as well, riding the SS again. My original plan was to try and beat my 6:50 on the 100k from last year, but I've heard the course has been changed a good bit (and the write up of this years course doesn't mention the single file dismount train bridge that was a huge bottle neck for me), so I'm not sure that I have a worthwhile bench mark. I might see if I can switch to the 100 mile instead of the 100k and see if my body is up for the challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo-x View Post
    I'm in as well, riding the SS again. My original plan was to try and beat my 6:50 on the 100k from last year, but I've heard the course has been changed a good bit (and the write up of this years course doesn't mention the single file dismount train bridge that was a huge bottle neck for me), so I'm not sure that I have a worthwhile bench mark. I might see if I can switch to the 100 mile instead of the 100k and see if my body is up for the challenge.
    What class did you race? I was in the cat 2 30-39 and I would probably dismount on the train bridge even if they didn't make us. Only took maybe a minute or two to walk across and I didn't have a bottleneck when I got up to it. I did go out super hard in the start so I may have beat some of the crowd there but your finishing time was really good.

    How did you hear about the changes to the course? Any more info on what might be different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adumb View Post
    What class did you race? I was in the cat 2 30-39 and I would probably dismount on the train bridge even if they didn't make us. Only took maybe a minute or two to walk across and I didn't have a bottleneck when I got up to it. I did go out super hard in the start so I may have beat some of the crowd there but your finishing time was really good.

    How did you hear about the changes to the course? Any more info on what might be different?
    6:50 on SS is pretty solid! I'm looking to break 7:00 mark but never manage to train enough so will see. I'm riding my heavy 6" trail bike too, as my race 29er is in need of new drivetrain. I've heard significant changes to the first 9 miles or so, no details though. I honestly like the original layout as it gives you time to settle in to a pace and quickly put some miles behind on the rail trail. Good luck everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ol' Grey Pug View Post
    6:50 on SS is pretty solid! I'm looking to break 7:00 mark but never manage to train enough so will see. I'm riding my heavy 6" trail bike too, as my race 29er is in need of new drivetrain. I've heard significant changes to the first 9 miles or so, no details though. I honestly like the original layout as it gives you time to settle in to a pace and quickly put some miles behind on the rail trail. Good luck everyone!
    Yes that time is definatly solid. I hope what I wrote didn't come off in a way that made it not seem good. Sub 7 hours is awesome and on a ss with those hills is just crazy

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    I've done the 100 mile the past 2 years and 100k in the years past.

    There is rumor the start of the course changed this year (starting with a lot of climbing rather than the 20 miles of 20+mph dirt road). The "beach" is part of this 20 miles of road which is simply a sandy railroad bed - hard packed when wet but soft when dry.

    After the first 20 miles, you'll start climbing and experience some sweet singletrack interspersed with more dirt road and a powerline climb. There is quite a bit of nice singletrack, especially at the end of the race through the campground.

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    In for the 100 mile, got my registration switched. I have a friend in the area who is involved in the race and has seen some of the changes. About 7 miles in is a 400' climb over 1.5 miles. Took my friend about 40 minutes to ride it and he's pretty fast and on a geared bike. I'm expecting to HAB that. I raced the SS 100k race last year and finished mid pack about 1:20 behind the winner. Stoked to see Jerry Pflug signed up for the SS race!

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    Damn that was a blast but frigin' hard.

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    My memory isn't great since I have only done the race once before but the first 15ish miles was waaaaaay harder. Once we got on the rail trail that was the first thing I recognized. Kind of a bummer because I can't compare my times from last year since it was a different course. Ended up at 7 hours 35 minutes. I am pretty happy with it. Didn't make to many mistakes and road a lot more of the second half of the course than I did last year

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    Yep, that was WAY harder than last year. By my estimation, I'd say the first 62 miles was probably close to an hour slower than last year. That section of the course had the majority of the new cut trail, that un-rideable snotty-rock-and-root garden and an extra climb at the start. Hard to say for sure though since we were on pavement a little more this year I thought. And adumb, don't worry. On the second loop of the course where I was riding some of the same stuff the 2nd time I still couldn't remember it. The brain just checks out it seems...

    I finished as well, at 11:03 for the 100 mile. Likely DFL in class, but I don't care. That was the hardest thing I've ever done on a bike to date. No crashes or big mistakes here (only 2 pedal strikes for the entire day!) either, but I did go a bit more conservative on the 2nd loop on the loose rocky descents.

    I had another rider crash right in front of me. Tagged a pedal on a rock at 15mph+ and went FLYING. I thought for sure he was done for, but he bounced right up. I'm guessing he's hurting a bit more than the rest of us this morning though.

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    Anyone have a strava ride for this? I might add it my list of hundos.
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    This was my first year doing the Hampshire 100k and I really didn't know what to expect in regards to a finishing time. I checked out last years finishing times for my age category (expert master) and figured if I could grind out a 6hr time I'd be satisfied. At the 5hr mark on Sunday I realized I was way off my mark and it really took the wind out of my sails, little did I know that this years course times were nearly an hour slower. I finished with a 6:42 which was good enough for 2nd in my class and 20th overall. I've been doing the endurance racing thing for years now and this race was by far the hardest one for me in a long time. I debated all week long what tires to run and ultimately I choose the wrong ones. They sucked in the greasy mud. Blah blah blah. I'll definitely be back next year.
    PS I could not imagine tacking on an additional 35 miles after the first 65.
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    2014 was my first time too. The 100km was PLENTY for me. Climbs weren't particularly long, but they were steep and punchy and eventually took a toll. Lots of spongy and raw singletrack, which I enjoyed but did not make the miles fly by. I didn't spend much time at aid stations, but they were well stocked, friendly, and very fast at refilling my bottles. Some of those folks at aid stations must have had a _very_ long day, servicing the ultrarunners too. Good on 'em!

    Looking at last year's results, I too had figured a ~6h time was about right for me. In the end, I rolled in at ~6:50, including 13min lost in a few "bonus miles" (going off course was my fault as the course was very well marked). Other than frustration with myself for going of course, I'm ok with that. I ran a snakeskin Ron/Ralph combo on my 100mm FS bike, and that seemed about right given the wide range of surfaces.

    I'll definitely do it again!

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    Holy crap I'm really happy to hear people saying it was hard. That course murdered me. I felt like I lost an hour in the new stuff (basically mile 40 to mile 48). At mile 30 or so (top of a fairly long climb we had like 3 miles of super flow single track) I was with a really fast group having the time of my life. 30 minutes later it was like I'd never ridden before in my life. I had a pretty good finish time (6.5 for 100k) but I was so wasted after that. Never done one of those before. People told me "oh yeah they're easy it's like a gravel ride with some single track." That was WAY harder than I expected it to be.

    I rode a hardtail 29 with Bontrager 3 (looks like an Ignitor with bigger knobs and more volume, I actually really like it ) on the front and an Ikon on the back. Nothing would have helped me in the new trail section but I loved my setup otherwise. Would have chosen full suspension if I had one, though.

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    It was hard. I expected it to be hard. That was my only expectation upon crossing the start line. I simply wanted to experience what it was like to finish such a long mountain bike race; this was my very first. My hopes were high that I wouldn't get injured and that if I do manage to finish, maybe doing so just under 10 hours.

    My training miles weren't as many as I had hoped but the miles I did put in were pretty much all out 15 mile pops. About a month ago I began to realize that I needed to think about nutrition. I spent some time on a thread here regarding Tailwind and decided to go for their Tailwind Challenge. While I have no comparison other than Gatorade and PowerBars, I have to say that I'm completely floored how my body responded to using Tailwind.

    My wife and daughter were psyched to play the role of "CD's Pit Crew" and gave me new bottles of Tailwind at each aid station. I made sure I consumed at least one bottle an hour. Started the Caffeinated Tailwind stuff at about mile 40. I really appreciated how Tailwind worked for me - as it is all I consumed all day.

    I had no idea what to expect regarding the actual riding. I had some experience with road riding in my late teens (30 years ago) so I was familiar with holding my line and pace lines. While training I used a heart rate monitor and with that experience chose to race no higher than my zone 4. During the "Beach Section" a group of guys came up fast and encouraged a handful of us to jump on their "train" - so I did. I credit that moment for pushing me to flirt with the upper range of my target zone 4. I hung with those guys through to power line. Pretty sure they zipped along after the first big mud hole on power line as I didn't see them again.

    There WAS a lot of mud. There WAS a lot of sections that were questionable if I could even ride and some sections questionable if anyone could ride. As a former bike mechanic I knew that a sure fire way to bring on mechanical issues pitching you out of a race was crashing or needlessly subjecting your bike to the elements. So, I walked pretty much all the mud holes and anything questionable at or above my skill level. No mechanicals thankfully. Though, I'm quite sure that I would have flatted a number of times if I were not running tubeless.

    Around mile 55 or so, I was riding with two other guys when we heard the sound of what seemed to be a motorcycle. The guy ahead of me who had several years experience of this course under his belt said, "that sounds like the moto… we are about to be lapped boys". And sure enough, like a locomotive, Jeremiah Bishop came powering past us looking fierce. After he passed, my half hearted attempt to match his pace lasted all of maybe 30 or 40 feet… I still can't believe that guy!

    After being lapped I was fairly confident that I would at least finish the race so long as I stayed upright and kept fueling with Tailwind. During those last 10 or so miles I was reflecting on how the 2nd half of the race was filled with more solitude and the 1st half much more social. Interesting…

    The route finding was easy and very well marked. The volunteers were simply awesome. I was pleased to see during my ride that the amount of trail litter was minimal.

    At 8:33:23 I crossed the finish line to a wonderful cheering crowd, and my wife and daughter's exuberant congratulatory welcome. I would love to do it again next year!

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    Solo, those three climbs at about 80 miles must have been fun on the ss. They were pretty crushing with gears but I was glad to get a big chunk of climbing out of the way.

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    Yeah, those climbs were definitely tough. I made 'em, but it was slow going. Low cadence, out of the saddle, grinding my way up. Interestingly enough, I was able to climb more on the 2nd loop than I was on the first. Mostly because the finish was getting closer and I knew roughly what was in store and where I could recover. The worst part for me was in that 40-50 mile section where it was punchy climb, loose descent, mud pit, punchy climb, loose descent, mud pit and repeat again and again. Any "recovery" was on fresh cut loamy trail. That was a tough section.

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    Although I've done the CircumBurke a couple times this was my first endurance race.. so there was a lot of learning. The volunteers and spectators were fantastic. The babyhead section was the hardest for me.. given where it fell in the race and the general condition by the time I (tried) to ride it. I definitely liked the singletrack coming down off that climb to the 50 mile aid station, though.

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    I received an email last week from the Hampshire 100 promoters and it seems like they're planning on making it a more friendly and less demanding race. Bummer. IMHO it's one of the more challenging and engaging events on the East Coast. Hopefully it doesn't get dumbed down too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyderX View Post
    I received an email last week from the Hampshire 100 promoters and it seems like they're planning on making it a more friendly and less demanding race. Bummer. IMHO it's one of the more challenging and engaging events on the East Coast. Hopefully it doesn't get dumbed down too much.
    I got the same email. I think last year the course caught a lot of people off guard. I was and still will do it again but am kind of bummed out me and my buddy both can't get any redemption. Also changing the course three years in a row kind of sucks because you can't really play the beat last years time game.

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    Dumbing it down = roadies and triathletes crushing me. My small advantage used to be comfort riding efficiently in singletrack. That said I think would still like to do it if my schedule permits.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumblefish29er View Post
    Dumbing it down = roadies and triathletes crushing me. My small advantage used to be comfort riding efficiently in singletrack. That said I think would still like to do it if my schedule permits.


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    I've heard that the new course should have more single track in it, mainly the single track near the end of the old 100k loop. If that is the case and the amount of road riding is cut in half, I think it will overall be a better loop. Interested in finding out though!

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    2015 nh100!!!!!!!!!

    who's in? I just signed up this afternoon. more changes so again another year of not being able to try and beat my old time. hopefully this course is tough and fun.... plus they keep it the same for a couple years so we can all try to beat the clock.

    two laps of about 33 miles with 3500 ft of climbing. I am curious if the long flat railroad bed beach section is still in it? that is an easy way to click off a bunch of miles. I will try again to see if I can get a 100k under 7 hours. hopefully it is a little on the cooler side, the heat this year has been killing me. if it is 85+ on race day it is just going to be a matter of getting to the finish line at all for me.

    so who's in and what are your expectations?

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    2015 nh100!!!!!!!!!

    who's in? I just signed up this afternoon. more changes so again another year of not being able to try and beat my old time. hopefully this course is tough and fun.... plus they keep it the same for a couple years so we can all try to beat the clock.

    two laps of about 33 miles with 3500 ft of climbing. I am curious if the long flat railroad bed beach section is still in it? that is an easy way to click off a bunch of miles. I will try again to see if I can get a 100k under 7 hours. hopefully it is a little on the cooler side, the heat this year has been killing me. if it is 85+ on race day it is just going to be a matter of getting to the finish line at all for me.

    so who's in and what are your expectations?
    I'm in for the hundred miler on my single speed. I finished 3rd to last in 2014 on gears. Proud to have finished but I can ride way better than I did last year & I'm going to prove that to myself on the 16th. I'm 10lbs lighter & have ridden many more miles offroad than I did last year. I also learned that I tend to overeat on rides like this & think I have my nutrition pretty dialed at this point. No real expectations but I am going to try to hang & work with a couple of my buddies who are generally faster than I am but I usually fall behind on technical trails & long, rocky descents. I don't remember there being anything much like that so I think I have an outside shot of staying with them. If not, no worries -I'm only racing myself anyway.

    As of now, weather looks good. No major rain in sight, it's been fairly dry & temps look like they'll be in the low 80's.

    Here's the course profile & their general description -not sure if "the beach" is in there...

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    Here's the current elevational profile of the 2015 mountain bike course. The trail boss has 3 more miles that have not yet been inserted into this, but they are of similar nature.

    General description: The first half of the course is primarily dirt road and double track, and is the faster part of the course. The second half of the course is mostly singletrack with some double track mixed in, so obviously slower going but really fun stuff! Total elevational gain per lap is approximately 3,500 ft. (100 milers therefore experiencing approximately 10,500 ft in total).
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    another tough course. looks like they added four or five miles. first lap was pretty slick. i had a serious mechanical halfway through the first lap. it ended up being a bent cassette and loose dérailleur. dropped the chain into the spokes three times and lost a fair amount of time messing with it on the trail. luckily the mechanic at the start finish found the problem and we did our best to bang it straighter so it would at least stay in a couple gears and make it so i could use the easiest one. probably took 20-25 minutes to fix it. but i didnt quit and did mu second lap. finished in 8:42. once i lost a ton of time with the mechical i stopped pushing it and just road to make sure i finished

    sorry to anyone who saw me on the trail swearing at my bike. i lost my cool for a good five minutes out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adumb View Post
    another tough course. looks like they added four or five miles. first lap was pretty slick. i had a serious mechanical halfway through the first lap. it ended up being a bent cassette and loose dérailleur. dropped the chain into the spokes three times and lost a fair amount of time messing with it on the trail. luckily the mechanic at the start finish found the problem and we did our best to bang it straighter so it would at least stay in a couple gears and make it so i could use the easiest one. probably took 20-25 minutes to fix it. but i didnt quit and did mu second lap. finished in 8:42. once i lost a ton of time with the mechical i stopped pushing it and just road to make sure i finished

    sorry to anyone who saw me on the trail swearing at my bike. i lost my cool for a good five minutes out there.

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    Way to stick it out and finish! Congrats!

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    After finishing the 100k race and having to wait 3 hours for the podium ceremony, someone stole my white Specialized Epic Evo 29 right off my hitch rack. It was a medium carbon Epic with Thomson seatpost and handlebar, 1x10 with a red Wolftooth chainring, XT brakes, and a Roval front wheel, WTB/DT Swiss rear. If anyone happens to come across it online or at a swap meet or something, please let me know. Pretty gutted that it got lifted.

    I don't have a picture of the exact bike, but here's a stock image that's close, and the only one of it hanging from my bike room, albeit blurry.
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