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    24hrs of Rocky Hill Ranch....firstimer, what do I need to know/bring?

    I will be doing my first 24hr race with a friend as a two man team. Other than the obvious food/drinks bike/clothing and lights what else do I need or would I wish I had brought to make this a little more enjoyable? The laps look like they should take about an hour...is there anything btw laps I need to be doing or not doing? As far as tires go I have a choice of 2.25 Rocket Ron front with small block 8 rear or kenda nevregal front and either of the previous tires rear....any suggestions for that trail? Knee pads and elbow pads at night for safety? Sorry for all the questions.

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    Two man team on your 1st 24hr race is pretty hardcore! I know it's late in the game, but I'd suggest a 4 man team for your 1st outing. I run heavy tires at RHR because of the rocks, I still split a Saguaro w/ TnT carcass on a pre-ride last year. I've never bothered with pads on the night laps (knock on wood!), then again i haven't attempted 10+ laps at RHR in 24 hours!

    My suggestion is to not treat it like a race. Have fun, eat and drink before you need to, start SLOW, don't feel like you have to have a man of course at all times, rest when you need to. The worst feeling for me at my 1st 24 was going too strong too soon and not finishing.

    Recovery drink/bar after every lap, salt tabs/sport legs before you cramp (and you will cramp).

    Awesome story from last years winner:

    SATORI: 2012 24hrs of RHR

    See you there!

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    Sounds like good advice. My partner and I have a few bikepacking rides of similar time and distance as to what we will be racing with no real breaks for rest with heavier bikes and gear, but we will see how that shakes out on race day. If we don't do well or finish I think we will at least drink some beer and have a good time. If you see us come say hello. I will be on a black and red Tallboy and he will be on a black and blue Fatbike

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    First timer here as well. 2 man team. I went down there and rode the course 2 months ago. Nevegal might be good, I'm going to run an Ardent. Lots of loose rock. It'll be fun, I'm sure. I told my partner we are losing the term race from or vocabulary. LOL I looked at results from last yr, winners did 22 laps. We are going to shoot for 16. We'll be the fat guys. Ledgehead Racing.

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    Yea, those two are STUDS! Both well over 50, put in very consistent laps, and had little in the way of technical issues. Side note: the guy who put in the fastest lap was piss drunk the night before! Ha!

    BTW, we're team Huffynauts! See you guys there!

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    After registering yesterday I saw some team had named themselves "I **** my pants" ...can't wait to meet those guys. Sound fun. We are team Twin-Cam

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    Quote Originally Posted by exploder View Post
    some team had named themselves "I **** my pants" ...can't wait to meet those guys.
    Might want to avoid following to closely behind those.

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    uhmm, I'm not over 50, and I did get a flat, had to change to my spare bike, and then was able to switch back. I also stopped for 10 mins for some chatting. I'll be back this year I hope to see you out there.

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    santabooze is referring to this post about last year's race:

    SATORI: 2012 24hrs of RHR

    I'm turning 50 four days after this year's race, other than Ray Porter (also out there on an SS) I'm not sure who else was turning fast laps as 'old guys'.

    Here's my long and possibly boring writeup from that race:

    Now that was a road trip | A Piece of Our Universe

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    Sorry guys, I was referring to the two man team who won their class last year. Absolute studs, like yourselves! I may be mistaken, but I remember the fast lap being set by one of the Austin locals. Again, it wasn't me and it won't be me this year either....

    We're making a few laps at RHR early Sunday if anyone wants to join us!

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    No need to apologize, and you are right that 2 man team was moving fast and had an excellent result.

    I don't think you are mistaken regarding the fastest Solo lap, there was an Austin Solo racer who had a faster lap that I did. But as it turns out I got the award because I had the fastest Solo lap meeting the ruling of you had to be in the top 3 Solo finishers to get the award. I was surprised to get the award because I didn't really know about it until I was called up again.

    There's some really fast Texas racers, and that's what makes this race a legitimate race... and a good time.

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    Just put in 20 at RHR this morning, and it is as awesome at ever! It was 55 degrees when we hit the trail and never got over 70. Best news is the new hot showers! Hopefully the line will go a little quicker now.

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    I'm getting pumped about this race. Did a mountain bike/road bike duathlon this weekend and did pretty decent. I'm doing the Tyler State Park race this weekend, then on to Rocky Hill the next. Also just found out my wife is pregnant so things are going great. First kid so I am excited.

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    Congratulations on the good news!

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    Wow! Good for you guys!!! Motivation!

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    Austin and Houston got lots of rain yesterday... I don't know how much RHR got, but I'd imagine it was a decent amount.

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    I just checked the weather and it looks like it is going to be a muddy race. I just built two homemade mud guards for the bike in preparation. May build and extra set to give away in case someone else would like a set.

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    You should note that RHR has a lot of red clay on it. The sand areas drain well but that clay - it's a mess. Bring a few cans of Pam for your tires...
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    just ordered a front fender...

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    Made mine from an old coolant jug... one for front and one for rear. I will test fit them tonight and see how they fit and modify if necessary. I was bored at work, you know how it goes.
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    Obviously! Your desk is spotless! Let me know how it works, I have plenty of coolant jugs!

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    I talked with the lady who runs Terra Firma, and she said that they will alter the course if it rains. There will be more Jeep road and I believe she said they would skip Fat Chuck and the hilly section on the back side. I seem to remember Black Track maybe being out too. Not for sure, I've only ridden there once. 40% right now on Fri and 20% on Sat. Get the pledge out boys and girls LOL

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    However sees me come say hello at the race

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    Blacktrac is usually out of it rains, as is the first part of Fat Chuck's - those areas get really messy and will add a nice lb or two of rotational weight to your tires in the form of red clay. I would guess they'll be out based on the forecast (rain MTWF).

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    They are going to re-route around the clay. Straight up fat chucks on the fenceline to Karaway then ride the course as normal. At the end, skip blacktrack/wall/grind and follow the jeep roads back. It’s going to considerably less fun, but it will skip that clay stuff.
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    On our pre-ride a few weeks back, Grey's Way (easy way up fat chuck) was not passable, and a few of the other trails were soft, but very rideable! Hopefully they can incorporate some of the more rock based trails and less double track.

    Not looking forward to Fat Chuck's every lap... There's a finite number of vertical ft in my Houston legs!

    Hey Exploder, any concern about mud clearance with those?

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    Here's an update I saw on the RHR Facebook page today:

    24 Hours of Rocky Hill update:

    This is from Kathy at Terra Firma about the race this weekend.
    Yes it’s pouring down rain here at Rocky Hill Ranch on Wednesday. We have not gotten the rain that Austin has been getting, but plenty nonetheless. The Race goes on Rain or Shine and we have an alternate course prepared in which you’ll:
    Skip the “Drop Zone” below the campground and go straight over to the fence line on the Rocky “Fat Chucks” up to high ground. This is the way the 24hr went for the first 10 years or so. The higher parts of the course hold up well and should be good. Coming back you’ll skip the muddy parts in favor of rocky roads similar to the Leadville Qualifier. Come prepared for some mud, but know that we recently had the Terra Firma 12 Hour after massive amounts of rain and the racers still loved the mountain bike course (guess that’s why the adventure racers haven’t been nervous about this weekend). We’re gonna have a great time so come be part of it!

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    How was everyone's race?

    We had some last minute changes that shook us up a bit. 1st we had a teammate drop out Friday afternoon, he was also bringing his RV. Luckily we all had tents and were prepared to be self sufficient! Then, We took a walk on team member who saved our bacon big time! All in all, through the cold, wind, and a little rain Friday, into a beautiful Saturday & Sunday, good friends, some new ones, great racing and some pain, we had a great race. Came out 3rd in the Grande class with 6 racers! Can't wait till next year!

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    Our race turned out way better than expected. We took home a trophy and some swag for 3rd place 2 man team with 19 laps. I don't remember ever being uncomfortable for that long of a time in my entire life. I never got to sleep and was cold and wet the entire race. Miserable feeling but we soldiered on.


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    Wow! Great work! Yea, the middle 12 hours was terrible... You guys were in it a lot more than me!

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    Our ugly mugs! Wish we could have met you guys, but y'all were all business!
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