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    AES: Coconino 250 Roll Call!!

    The fall AES season is upon us. Hooray!! The party gets going on Friday Oct. 10th in Flagstaff for bikepacking stage race that is the Coconino 250.

    AES: Coco250

    It's a rare blend of racing, bikepacking and socializing with other endurance freaks. It's an awesome route, but it's no cake walk. It's a tough route, but the payoffs are worth it.

    See ya there!!
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    Given what Ray is promising to stash at the first night's stop - I'm definitely in.

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    Heard he's stashing doobies on Mingus. Maybe Maynard will crawl out of his cellar in Jerome and join us for a little shindig.

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    I'm in. First bikepack trip.

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    Well, it looks like this years coco is shaping up to have a good turnout and (cross your fingers) pretty nice weather. Me, JeffZ, NancyG, BartL, BradF, JohnS, Seron, MikeK, Carlos, (Scott and Ez)(maybe?) and several I don't know have committed. It is IMHO, the best format of racing and socializing ever invented...bikepacking stage racing. Race during the day, socialize at night...fun fun fun.

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    Looking forward to this! The Kaibab was a pretty decent shakedown. I can probably easily lose 5lbs off my setup! I'll be taking part in the Coco-Lite though. The extended HABs on the Kaibab are having residual effects on certain joints, so for the sake of just wanting to finish, I'll pass on Mingus and BW, taking bypasses in both cases. That should keep the knee pretty happy. As long as I stay on the bike, I don't seem to have much trouble. I won't be super awesome like the rest of you, but I'll still feel pretty good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dag Nabbit View Post
    Looking forward to this! The Kaibab was a pretty decent shakedown. I can probably easily lose 5lbs off my setup! I'll be taking part in the Coco-Lite though. The extended HABs on the Kaibab are having residual effects on certain joints, so for the sake of just wanting to finish, I'll pass on Mingus and BW, taking bypasses in both cases. That should keep the knee pretty happy. As long as I stay on the bike, I don't seem to have much trouble. I won't be super awesome like the rest of you, but I'll still feel pretty good.

    Really psyched about doing this - love the format. Can't wait to see some old friends and meet some new folks.

    Watching the sun set over Sedona while sipping a brew - that will make the fuster cluck that is Anderson Mesa worth it for me. Mingus, well, I'll just have to see what that is all about.

    Hoping the weekend is a little less "damp" than your Kaibab trip.

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    I'm in for this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GilaMonster View Post
    I'm in for this one.
    Oh yeah. Welcome to the show.
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    Anyone have the beta on the Mingus water spigot? I forget exactly where it's located, I want to say it's just past the singletrack turnoff a little ways up the bypass route. Coords?? Anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by freeskier46 View Post
    Anyone have the beta on the Mingus water spigot? I forget exactly where it's located, I want to say it's just past the singletrack turnoff a little ways up the bypass route. Coords?? Anyone?
    There's a Mingus water spigot? Next you'll be telling me there is a Starbucks up there. I was planning on hauling a bunch of water up the mountain - would be nice to not have to.

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    spigot is off route... probably more than you'd want to go.

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    Is coyote spring reliable after Mingus? Cottonwood to the Verde seem like a pretty long stretch without a refill.
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    Two years ago, Coyote Spring had a dead rat floating in it.
    I filled up in Cottonwood (100oz, +3 bottles), and had no problem getting to the verde. You'll just want to pass on washing your feet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    Two years ago, Coyote Spring had a dead rat floating in it.
    I filled up in Cottonwood (100oz, +3 bottles), and had no problem getting to the verde. You'll just want to pass on washing your feet.
    Icky. I guess I'll have about the same. You move a lot faster than I do though! At least it's downhill.
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    when you leave the campsite, it's mostly downhill off the west side of mingus, then as you travel north, there's a few short but steep climbs along an access road. But once you get to the left turn on the north end of mingus, it's time to unclip both feet, put them on the bars, and hang on tight. Took me 3 hrs to get there from the top of mingus.

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    That Perkinsville rd descent is a hoot!!

    I'm really hoping for more carne asada & chicken tacos at the Verde this year, pro-style trail magic!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raybum View Post
    spigot is off route... probably more than you'd want to go.
    Spigot is 1.5 miles off route. I don't know if it's on. It was on in May.

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    Anyone have a good idea where to stash a car in Flag for the duration of the race? I'm coming in from out of town and bringing a friend.

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    ^^what bugshield asked.

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    I'm a rookie but Amtrak station off Phoenix st looks like an option.

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    Seems like in the past people have simply parked in the residential area near The Place. That's what I'll be doing. See you all Friday morning ready to chow down.
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    Cool. I figured there might be limits on on-street parking since the area is so compact.

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    Mother Nature is trying real hard to muck up the start of the Coco, but have no fear the SPOT tracker is up:

    Coconino 250 tracker

    The actual start list is about double that the track list, plenty of folks going stealth mode. My only real goal other than finishing is to reach a campsite or two before dark!! Not even close last time.

    Best of trail karma to all those lining up for this one.
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    Have fun all y'all! Fantastic loop (except for maybe the mingus monster haha).

    Freeskier.....maybe a gal and her lil donkey might see ya out there! i mean, it's been sooooo long already! Happy trails!
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