Originally Posted by stubby
What's the low down on the bike? I'm not familiar with that area-is it mostly dirt road/fire road, or singletrack...how much climbing for us lightweights to make up time? And then do we need a support person to take care of all our gear?
Thanks Mike, looks like it's gonna' be a sweet event and a good fundraiser for a great cause.
The bike course is roughly 20 miles. It is largely on dirt roads. There is some flat/rolling type riding on 2 track for the first 3rd. Then a climb on a dirt road which is not super long, I will check distance maybe 5 miles? Then a fast, kind of rocky and loose descent on a dirt road that is closer to a 2 track than a graded rural road.
The consensus from the bad ass riders around here is that a XC mountain bike with smaller (1.9-2.0) tires is the set up of choice. The descent is a little too steep and technical for a 'cross bike although I have heard people say they were going to try one out this year.
We will sweep transitions and bring gear back to Salida, but you need to set up your own gear the morning of the race.