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    So what SS gearing are YOU running at the Lumberjack 100?

    Can a few in the know chime in with some gearing suggestions/experience for this race? I am coming out from the Tetons (Victor, ID) where I have been running and racing 32x20 and 34x20 on a 29er for the last couple years. I know the course is flatter than what I normally ride and race on out here, so what are folks running who have raced before or regularly ride in the area?

    Thanks for the help!
    Dan

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    I ran 34x18 the past 2 years to a 4th and 5th in the SS class. Lots of long, flat sections. A few short, punchy climbs thrown in. Im back to gears this year. Good luck!
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    I am running 34/19...a little easier than MTB23, but I am towards the other end of the finishing order, but I did finish. this is my year to start improving on my time.
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    Not on the SS this year but I also ran 34x18 on a 29er the past two years.

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    34 x 18 it is, just changed the cog over! Thanks for all the help, car is loaded, now time to start the 25 hour drive

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    I ran a 37/19 last year on a 29er and wished I had a 36/19 on the last lap. It was good till about 70 miles or so then got a little hard to push. Going with a 2x10 this year and I will have all the gear I need. Good luck its a pretty good ss corse.

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    34x18 is a good gear for LJ100. Just remember, it will be sandy and hot upper 80's on Sat. Goodluck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcadelina View Post
    34x18 is a good gear for LJ100. Just remember, it will be sandy and hot upper 80's on Sat. Goodluck!!
    National Weather Service now has the forecasted high only 79 F but sandy it will be. I wish the race was today its only 37 F up there this morning.

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    I spotted that low temperature, it was making me start to rethink which sleeping bag I was going to camp with!
    Rolling on 29", 650b, 8.3" and 23mm

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    It was HOT and sandy every where. Race update from our SS friends?

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    Overall, a fun race and experience with a lot of lessons learned. 34 x 18 ended being a great gear, though I wished for a 32 ring at points on the last lap. I went out fast on the pavement to avoid the pile up at the entrance to the single track and got in a good groove with some geared folks. Unfortunately I stuffed it hard when I caught my climbing grip on a rouge tree at 20+ mph somewhere around mile 10-15 ish, before the first aid. I was okay but lost my glasses (and, oh yea, all my momentum). I came through the first lap in 2:36.

    Lap 2 was all right, but I struggled with some cramping, funny that it came on all the roads and fast single track sections. I was cramping in my hamstrings during extending periods of spinning, so much so that I was psyched to see a steep grunt to "relax" my legs. Also, I got a bit sucked in by my computer rather than racing, I was more concerned with what my average speed was or the time than just riding and focusing. Lap 2 was slower, as expected, in 2:52.

    I turned off my computer at the start of lap 3, turns out looking down at a number doesn't make you go faster... information was not the limiting factor! Lap 3 was the most fun and felt the best. I rode clean and focused on being efficient, I didn't have a computer to look at and just rode as hard and smooth as I could. It was the slowest lap, 3:02, but was less of a loss than the lap 1 to 2 differential. 8:30 and 14th overall, good enough for my first 100 and first race over 50 miles. My longest training ride coming in was 50 miles and I definitely did not have the endurance base needed to go much faster than I did, it was painfully obvious through most of lap 2 how much training it takes to hang at the front.

    Course was fun, race was well organized, and I made it my wedding a week later an hour to the north. I don't know if I'll make the drive from Idaho for it next year, but if I was within 12 hours I would for sure!

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