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    2018 Wilderness 101

    Less than two weeks out.
    I've done SM100 a couple times and Mohican 100 three times.
    I have decent intel on the course of W101, but curious about the campground and any other unique issues with this race.
    Looks like I won't be able to get there till about noon on Friday (day before). What are my chances of getting a decent camp site? ... or am I going to end up out in an open field?
    Any other logistics advice?
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    It is all an open park field, noon should be decent chance you get a spot near some trees or near the creek.
    XC, Road, XXC, Endurance, Mtn, All-Mtn, Cross, Gravel, just go have fun on 2 wheels!

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    100 % you will be in an open field as that is all there is. The trees to the right are no longer there.

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    Any important course details (or general event details out of the norm) for a 1st timer? Iíll be on a single speed by the way.

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    Not really-it is well run and well marked. Fair amount of gravel climbs with the ST sprinkled in. Typically fast start on roads until first ST around mile 30 (often three-bridges).

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    The first 30 miles is on the road??

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    Anybody have any info on the new 101k course? I heard it may cut out a lot of the road/fire road first part.. but can't find anything on it

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    In previous years yes...mostly dirt roads, but then tech starts around 30.

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    HMMM... thanks! I wonder if I should re-gear for this race? How are the climbs, I haven't seed a course profile (I need to search it on Strava)? I am planning on a 32X19 on my 29er, that would be a slow day on the road especially the flats. I spin out around 14-15 mph

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    Been awhile but don't remember a ton of flats, except last ~4miles or so.
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    People usually gear between 32x18-20 depending on fitness and preference. The first 30 miles are fast rolling gravel miles...really fast. It's key to latch on to a train on the SS. The second 50 miles are much harder than the first. Generally the theme of the day is long gravel climbs with super rocky singletrack descents. I usually run a 32x20 but I'm trying 34x20 this year. My fastest time is 9:15 but I'm shooting for a sub 9 this year. I really don't have the fitness this season and I live on Long Island which is totally flat so it's tough to train for mountains. Good luck and I'll see you out there. I'll be on a purple Kona Honzo. Any other questions? I've finished it like 8 times. Chris Scott does an amazing job at putting on a really great event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebeat007 View Post
    People usually gear between 32x18-20 depending on fitness and preference. The first 30 miles are fast rolling gravel miles...really fast. It's key to latch on to a train on the SS. The second 50 miles are much harder than the first. Generally the theme of the day is long gravel climbs with super rocky singletrack descents. I usually run a 32x20 but I'm trying 34x20 this year. My fastest time is 9:15 but I'm trying for a sub 9 this year. I really don't have the fitness this year and I live on Long Island which is totally flat so it's tough to train for mountains. Good luck and I'll see you out there. I'll be on a purple Kona Honzo. Any other questions? I've finished it like 8 times. Chris Scott does an amazing job at putting on a really great event.
    Right on! I will be on a Pivot Les (with the red accents) and will have a MBR jersey on with a white helmet. If you see me give me a shout for sure, my name is Jesse! Thank you for your suggestions. I just ordered a 20t cog tonight, not sure how Ill gear but I want the option. I normally run a 34X22 and love that gear, but I just built the Les last Wednesday before I raced Carrabassett 100K 3 days later and decided to try 32X19 (I have ran it or similar in the past and liked it). Who knows what Ill do...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbell View Post
    Right on! I will be on a Pivot Les (with the red accents) and will have a MBR jersey on with a white helmet. If you see me give me a shout for sure, my name is Jesse! Thank you for your suggestions. I just ordered a 20t cog tonight, not sure how Ill gear but I want the option. I normally run a 34X22 and love that gear, but I just built the Les last Wednesday before I raced Carrabassett 100K 3 days later and decided to try 32X19 (I have ran it or similar in the past and liked it). Who knows what Ill do...
    I used a 32x20 gear last year and while it was a bit spinny, it wasn't terrible. I was able to keep the heart rate under control on the climbs and comfortably turn the cranks. Drafting was certainly key though. Unfortunately I had a mechanical and dropped before aid 4 where the course gets a bit tougher. I was averaging 11.5mph up until that point though. I'm bringing a good deal more fitness this year and hoping to see the whole course. I'm planning on 32x19 gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo-x View Post
    I used a 32x20 gear last year and while it was a bit spinny, it wasn't terrible. I was able to keep the heart rate under control on the climbs and comfortably turn the cranks. Drafting was certainly key though. Unfortunately I had a mechanical and dropped before aid 4 where the course gets a bit tougher. I was averaging 11.5mph up until that point though. I'm bringing a good deal more fitness this year and hoping to see the whole course. I'm planning on 32x19 gear.
    Excellent thanks! I think not knowing the course Iíll do 32X20 this time.

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    This is me. Be sure to say, "Hi" as you blow past me in the tech sections!

    This is me. I'll be wearing this exact kit/helmet combo.
    Be sure to say, "Hi" as you blow past me in the tech sections!

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo-x View Post
    I used a 32x20 gear last year and while it was a bit spinny, it wasn't terrible. I was able to keep the heart rate under control on the climbs and comfortably turn the cranks. Drafting was certainly key though. Unfortunately I had a mechanical and dropped before aid 4 where the course gets a bit tougher. I was averaging 11.5mph up until that point though. I'm bringing a good deal more fitness this year and hoping to see the whole course. I'm planning on 32x19 gear.
    There's a heck of a climb after Aid 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebeat007 View Post
    There's a heck of a climb after Aid 4.
    Yes, definitely. I can only speak to the first 55 miles and how awesome the folks at Aid 4 (as well as the other aid stations, but I spent the most time with the folks at Aid 4) were. The real take-away should be that the spinny gear isn't hurting you too badly in the first half of the course, so if you think you need/want that for the 2nd half, go for it and just focus on drafting. I'm only going to the 32x19 because I've been working with a coach this year and have a lot more fitness than last year. Also, last year I spent the week before the race in Vegas for work, which isn't exactly the best taper week.

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    Good luck to everyone Saturday and maybe I'll see you there. If you see either my friend or I neither one of us are a chiropractor (you'll understand if you see us).

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    All set!

    All packed! Heading up in the morning to meet some old friends in State College for a long lunch. See you guys at packet pickup around 5 pm tomorrow.
    Geeked!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebeat007 View Post
    There's a heck of a climb after Aid 4.
    I didn't find that climb to be that bad at all. Felt about equal to the earlier climbs after adjusting for 60 miles in the legs.

    I was the guy with the broken front wheel the morning of. I found it when putting air in the tire that morning. Chris King ISO hub with a cracked flange that resulted in 2 spokes pulling out. Now that I think about it, I can actually remember hearing it let go on Thursday after building the bike. (frame was at Lynskey getting repaired for a crack from old crash damage that I discovered after Lumberjack) At the time I just thought it was the headset settling a little (I put it in the freezer and tapped it in with a soft headed hammer) and rechecked headset preload. Now I'm guessing that the hub flange letting go was what I heard. Glad I found it before the race, as having a front wheel fold while tearing down the single track descents wouldn't have been fun.

    Great event, great course, great weather. I had a blast and will be back next year to shoot for a sub 8hr finish. (8:47 this year)

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    It was definitely a good day for me. While nothing to write home about it was my fastest time in that race by 25 minutes so I'm pretty pleased. Last year I got a race ending flat at the end of the singletrack after Aid 3 so I was mentally relieved to get past that point.

    On the long gravel descent to Aid 5 I heard "hiss hiss hiss" and felt my calves get sprayed. Seriously?!? A puncture on a gravel road??? This time my sealant took care of it but not before I heard the hiss a couple more times. Added a little air at Aid 5 and I was good through the finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4mula1 View Post
    It was definitely a good day for me. While nothing to write home about it was my fastest time in that race by 25 minutes so I'm pretty pleased. Last year I got a race ending flat at the end of the singletrack after Aid 3 so I was mentally relieved to get past that point.

    On the long gravel descent to Aid 5 I heard "hiss hiss hiss" and felt my calves get sprayed. Seriously?!? A puncture on a gravel road??? This time my sealant took care of it but not before I heard the hiss a couple more times. Added a little air at Aid 5 and I was good through the finish.
    Hmmm, I flatted on that gravel descent to aid 5. I had a slow leak that turned into a cut sidewall.

    Sealant didn't seal it, plug slowed it down a bit and the mechanical support at aid 5 put a tube in for me.

    Finished in 8:50:28

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo-x View Post
    I didn't find that climb to be that bad at all. Felt about equal to the earlier climbs after adjusting for 60 miles in the legs.

    I was the guy with the broken front wheel the morning of. I found it when putting air in the tire that morning. Chris King ISO hub with a cracked flange that resulted in 2 spokes pulling out. Now that I think about it, I can actually remember hearing it let go on Thursday after building the bike. (frame was at Lynskey getting repaired for a crack from old crash damage that I discovered after Lumberjack) At the time I just thought it was the headset settling a little (I put it in the freezer and tapped it in with a soft headed hammer) and rechecked headset preload. Now I'm guessing that the hub flange letting go was what I heard. Glad I found it before the race, as having a front wheel fold while tearing down the single track descents wouldn't have been fun.

    Great event, great course, great weather. I had a blast and will be back next year to shoot for a sub 8hr finish. (8:47 this year)
    I heard that call out for the need of wheel. Glad you were able to get on to use! I finished just before you at I think 8:43 was my time. We had to of crossed paths a time or two.

    Great race! The single track was an ass kicker!!

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