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    Random Thoughts on ORAMM

    I rode my first ORAMM this past Sunday. Managed to finish. I was not last, but could see last in my rear view mirror. Instead of a nice long boring race report, I will offer a few observations. Feel free to add your own.



    4:50 is too early to get out of bed. Especially if you haven't slept a wink the whole night.

    Kitsuma is steep.

    Camelback water bottles suck if you have sweaty hands. No place to grab them.

    Lower Heartbreak is steep.

    Heed tastes like horse crap. Not that I have ever tasted horse crap, but I imagine it would taste a lot like Heed. They should fire the guy that came up with that flavor.

    Big thanks to all the volunteers at the rest stops. They were great.

    A cold can of Coke beats anything else when you are pooped.

    Whatever your lowest gear is, you need one more.

    Curtis Creek Road is evil.

    I would have been 5 minutes faster, but had to wait on the world's longest train at the bottom of Heartbreak.

    I hate mud. I mean I really, really hate mud.

    If you drop your gel wrapper on the trail, please stop and pick it up. It only takes 30 seconds. That's not the sweep guy's job and it won't cost you any prize money.

    Did I mention that I hate mud?

    Use more chammy butter than you think you will need. That stuff doesn't last 11 hours.

    Kitsuma is even steeper the second time around. Especially when your legs start giving you the finger at the first switchback.

    A post-ride spaghetti dinner is really just a snack after 63 miles.
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    Congrats man! Sunday was my first ORAMM experience too, but I was volunteering (rest stop 2). I certainly had plenty of moments that I was envious of those racing, but also had many that I was damn glad it wasn't me on the trails that day. Especially around 1pm when the deluge hit... Congrats again on your finish. And yes, Kitsuma is steep!
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    The funny thing is that I was never in a drop of rain the whole time. But I heard the thunder from a long way off.
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    We must've gotten it all at the base of Curtis Creek after you went through...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    The funny thing is that I was never in a drop of rain the whole time. But I heard the thunder from a long way off.
    Lucky bastard! I rode through a "I can't see more than 100ft" downpour on my second trip up Mill Creek.

    Additional random thought: "Kitsuma makes a sh*t slip-and-slide. Too many rocks."

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    Kitsuma is a crappy excuse for a creek.

    Clay be not sticky.

    EMS support rocks.

    Next year it'll be dry.

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    Random Thoughts on ORAMM

    Great write up and congrats for finishing!!

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    My first oramm as well. BRA puts on a hell of a show!
    I finished an hour ahead of my goal. I rocked it on the SS!
    I'll be back next year to knock an hour off my time.
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    Congrats to all the finishers, especially the first timers!

    I rode to/from ORAMM this year on my rigid, making a 100+ mile day of it. Wordy write-up at Unweight: Joe Rinehart on Bikes and Code: 2013 ORAMM - 106mi on a rigid drop-bar Salsa Fargo.

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    "EMS support rocks"? Gonna need details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IoC View Post
    Congrats to all the finishers, especially the first timers!

    I rode to/from ORAMM this year on my rigid, making a 100+ mile day of it.
    I remember you passing me on Mill Cr. the first time. I thought about riding from home, but would have had to leave on Weds or so. That's quite a ride you did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by IoC View Post
    Congrats to all the finishers, especially the first timers!

    I rode to/from ORAMM this year on my rigid, making a 100+ mile day of it. Wordy write-up at Unweight: Joe Rinehart on Bikes and Code: 2013 ORAMM - 106mi on a rigid drop-bar Salsa Fargo.
    Very impressive man!
    I remember seeing you at the finish line. Drop bar rigid is nuts!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum Jones View Post
    Very impressive man!
    Back at you - because I think singlespeed is insane!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    That's quite a ride you did.
    You too.

    As far as I'm concerned, finishing times and individual distances and that sort of thing are all secondary. Anyone who sets the bar just a little higher than they're comfortable with and then goes for it anyway has "quite a ride" - and it sounds like you did just that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IoC View Post
    You too.

    As far as I'm concerned, finishing times and individual distances and that sort of thing are all secondary. Anyone who sets the bar just a little higher than they're comfortable with and then goes for it anyway has "quite a ride" - and it sounds like you did just that.
    Hats off to all the people who rode the ORAMM. I hope to be one of them next year.

    Too the riders that have ridden it more than once I'd like to know what is worse, riding the ORAMM in the heat, or in the rain?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mopartodd View Post
    what is worse, riding the ORAMM in the heat, or in the rain?
    IMHO, if you're going for time, rain is worse because of what it does to Kitsuma. If you're just trying to finish, heat is worse because you may not be used to dealing with it.

    Ideally, it'd rain on the Curtis Creek side of the course and keep you cool while you climb while leaving everything else alone.

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    One more lesson on chammy butter. Putting additional chammy butter from one of those little single serving packets on you already chapped buttocks does not help. It just stings.
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    I rode the mini ORAMM (Jerdon) the day before and and did ORAMM on Sunday! Kitsuma three times on a SS is enough for one weekend! A week later and I'm still tired. Now time for Leadville in less than two weeks!

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    I like ORAMM - ORAMM does not like me.
    Sunny or Rainy - ORAMM is hard.
    I love going uphill - Most people don't.
    ORAMM is an animal unto itself - Hence the ever rising entry fees.
    I have completed ORAMM - Completing ORAMM revealed the new vista of what I'm capable of.....
    Thank You ORAMM


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    Kitsuma 3 times on a SS *might* get you prepared to go up the hill on Harrison Ave. in Leadville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycling_Chick View Post
    ORAMM is an animal unto itself - Hence the ever rising entry fees.
    The only thing that goes up faster than Star Gap is the price of riding it on ORAMM...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbwnc View Post
    Kitsuma 3 times on a SS *might* get you prepared to go up the hill on Harrison Ave. in Leadville.
    Totally different beast. This will be my third Leadville. Second time on SS.


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    Just wondering - how come there were so many DNFers this year? Looks like there were around 140 out of 500 starters. It wasn't overly hot and the mud didn't really kick in until the end. Are too many people signing up that have no idea what they are getting themselves into?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    Just wondering - how come there were so many DNFers this year? Looks like there were around 140 out of 500 starters. It wasn't overly hot and the mud didn't really kick in until the end. Are too many people signing up that have no idea what they are getting themselves into?
    I was thinking alot of people just didn't make it to the race. Was there a full field at the start?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeridesabike View Post
    Just wondering - how come there were so many DNFers this year? Looks like there were around 140 out of 500 starters. It wasn't overly hot and the mud didn't really kick in until the end. Are too many people signing up that have no idea what they are getting themselves into?
    Quote Originally Posted by mopartodd View Post
    I was thinking alot of people just didn't make it to the race. Was there a full field at the start?
    Probably both reasons. I do think a lot of folks have no idea what this ride entails. It shocked me the first time but I finished in 10:55 and went on to eventually go under 8 hours on my SS. I have missed it the past 4 years. May try next year. So many other races to do that are more reasonably priced.

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