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    ORAMM and Heartbreak Ridge... Perspective please.

    I'm doing ORAMM for the first time this year. I went to Old Fort last week and rode HBR and Kitsuma for the first time. My experience is former Cat 1 Track and Cat 2 Road (1988-1992). I started riding again and racing on the MTB in Fl. I found that I love all of it. I've ridden all of the major trails in Fl, Tsali, and DuPont. My first run in Old Fort was on a wet Kitsuma, and it took everything I had not to crash. This was a totally new experience. Then I did HBR the next day top down and I realized that this was no place to make a mistake. I road very cautiously riding the brakes a lot. I did it twice more and Kitsuma in the dry. Kitsuma is actually fun dry. But HBR with the narrow trail that slides off the mountain, and the off camber kinks had me on edge still. I love that trail now and plan to go back in the fall and spend a week there. But, I'm wondering, for those of you who have done more of Pisgah and other places, how do rate HBR and Kitsuma compared to other places in Pisgah and also out west in terms of knarlyness and risk? Also, for those who do the ORAMM, do you push it on HBR, or just try to be on your marks? From what I gather, you are descending for maybe 40 minutes but climbing for hours.

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    This will be a fun thread, subscribing.

    I have only done ORAMM once it poured too the point where much of Heartbreak Ridge and Kitsuma the second time around were like rivers flowing done (or over in some cases). Kitsuma was really slick, I was fine kept it relatively in control but had some riders in front of me that were riding too much brake in those conditions sliding more than necessary and causing dangerous conditions for those behind them.

    As far as pushing it is a race so within reason do it. I think on heartbreak I picked up time on most but maybe had 2-3 riders pass me not get too far ahead and kitsuma 2nd time around the river situation made it a little chaotic I remember passing just was hard due to conditions.

    Got to get back to ORAMM one of these years you will have a blast.
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    I pre rode the course over the 4th. I do a lot of endurance races, mostly NUE but after riding the course I think ORAMM will be pretty much harder and more technical than most NUE races, the only one that may be more demanding is Wilderness.
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    ORAMM is a one-of-a-kind race.



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