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    Black Fly Challange

    Hey guys, just wondering if any of you have done, or plan on doing the Black Fly Challenge? If you haven't heard of it, it's a 40 mile race between Inlet and Indian Lake in the Adirondack Mountains.

    I'm considering doing it, but not sure about this year as I'm not sure I'll be ready for a 40 mile ride in the saddle.

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    If I had a CX bike I would do it. It's all gravel roads.

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    Wink

    I have done it...

    ...lots of pedaling downhill too, cause of all the sand/gravel roads.

    Might hit it again!

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    Do it!
    This will be my third year racing in it, it's a great event.

    Cross bikes or monstercross is the way to go but 90% are regular mtb's.
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    Thinking about it too! I rode the Indian Lake to Inlet back in 2001 and had a blast. Looking forward to the reverse. Also, I recall in 2001 it ended with a couple of miles of singletrack. I believe they rerouted that portion?

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    I have done it twice (2010 and 2012). Both times from Inlet to Indian Lake (it reverses direction every other year). It's a blast!

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    Here is a video I shot at the 2012 Black Fly Challenge with a handlebar mounted camera.



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    If I use my hardtail. What tires would be suggested? Either 26 or 29.

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    29'r

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    29er with drops

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    I hammered this race in 011. It was a mudfest.

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    Did this a few years ago on a Santa Cruz Superlight (26er). Locked out the rear and used a semi-slick tire for speed. At the time it was the longest ride I had ever done and it was a blast. Since your probably not going to be in contention to win the race it doesn't really matter what kind of bike you race it with. A majority of the people doing it are doing it for fun and as a challenge but not with the expectation they're going to win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_ View Post
    If I had a CX bike I would do it. It's all gravel roads.
    I now have a CX bike and signed up for it.

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    It's a great race....highly recommended. I did this races 4 years ago. With little or no racing on the island it really a good test of ability.

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    Re: Black Fly Challange

    I've done the BFC every year since 2005. Had the most fun and my fastest time last year riding my Pugsley fat bike. Of course the conditions were the best I've seen.

    I really enjoy this race and it motivates me to get in shape early in the year.

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    yes and yes.

    race what you got, and its an easy & fast 40 miles, nothing technical - sign up and enjoy!

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