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100 mtb miles by singlespeed

post #1 of 28
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This past weekend was the inagaural Tahoe-Sierra 100 MTB race. Which, as you have probably surmised, is a 100 mile mountain bike race across a swath of beautiful and VERY remote Tahoe National Forest and is the last stop on the NUE (National Ultra Endurance) Mountain Bike Race series.

I signed up for this sucker about 10 months ago, when it was first announced. I've ridden road centuries many many times, but never a mtb 100-miler...and I was nearly riding singlespeed exclusively at the time, I figured why the hell not sign up for SS class? It would definitely give me something to work hard for over the Spring and Summer and of course hopefully get me into decent shape for ski season (always the overhanging goal ).

The course was absolutely brutal. The course organizers laid out a route that was 100 miles with about 14,000 ft of elevation gain with a high point of around 7,200 ft and a low point just around 3,900 ft. Not much singletrack unfortunately, but lots of technical fire roads and very fast descents that left some poor souls with broken collarbones and broken cheekbones.

Here are my MotionBased.com ride stats:
http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6708163

For how brutal the course was though it was tempered by many good friends who joined in with me, friendly and supportive racers and just a great atmosphere.

I'm not sure I would do one of these things again (I'm sure my arm could be twisted though), but it's nice to check off 100 miles via singlespeed mountain bike off of the 'bucket list'.

Here are some pics. These were all taken by my friends at the start/finish area.

Start was 7 AM. Getting ready in the near dark:


Most of our posse:




Race Director, Jim Northey, providing pre-race instructions which basically consisted of "Don't get lost and have fun any questions?!"


Myself and a buddy


and off! Fast guys at the start..Tinker Juarez on left


Right off the start, I'm toward the back of the pack. Fine with me...my only goal was to finish in under 12 hours. No need to try and stay with the real fast dudes




Fast forward roughly 7 -10 hours..................


Men's winners, Chris Eatough and Jeremiah Bishop from Team Trek. Finished in like 7:04 or something insane like that



This guy wins the 'smartest animal alive' at the event award for deciding not to race and to just kick it around the lake for the day. Next time I might follow his lead!


bike porn. Indy Fab with a Lefty


Men's singlespeed solo winner. John MyIne. He got 4th overall. Insane.



Dead? Alive? Somewhere inbetween? The two guys behind him don't seem too concerned


Is pink still punk? In this case...pink is bling.


The band rolls into camp..


Women's SS solo champ. Linda Eckhart


What the fack did I just do?


I don't really remember drinking this beer


Moon dust becomes moon cake


:yourock:


Top 3 men's solo


more pictures coming........
post #2 of 28
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Mens singlespeed solo winners


Co-ed team relay winners. TGR Maggots and friends on the podium!


Mrs Shoe was determined to finish and while others choose to bow out when the last aid station closed, she was determine to finish no matter what. So as the last one on the course, she got to finish in the dark with a SAR escort riding behind her. When I got word she was maybe 15 minutes, I hopped on my bike to ride another mile or two in my flip-flops to ride the last bit in with her



And she made it! So stoked for her! :yourock:


She crossed the finish line feeling really good despite how long she was out there and was all smiles.




Now, can I stop pedaling yet and start skiing soon? Please?
post #3 of 28
Are you insane?
post #4 of 28
Wow! Good job. I don't understand the SS thing, but great ride!

PS need more pics of the Mrs. Shoe babe!
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Are you insane?
Probably...I mean, two days later and two of my fingers on my left hand (pinky and ring fingers) are literally still numb (can't be good) and I would still consider doing another one. I may be a little cuckoo.
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post

PS need more pics of the Mrs. Shoe babe!
You do realize this 'babe' is my wife right? haha..



post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
You do realize this 'babe' is my wife right? haha..



TS, she is amazing! I can't believe how much it takes to rid 20 miles on SS let alone 100, and she did it to the end.
Would she do it again?
post #8 of 28
Strong work Ron! I can't believe you can do that much elevation gain on a SS. Did you do the death ride this year too?
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
TS, she is amazing! I can't believe how much it takes to rid 20 miles on SS let alone 100, and she did it to the end.
Would she do it again?
Oh she did it on a geared bike. I did it on the SS. She thinks I'm cuckoo as well for doing it on a SS.

She is still totally amazing though...she barely trained at all for this thing!
post #10 of 28
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Did you do the death ride this year too?
Nah, I skipped the Death Ride this year. It was on the same day this year as the Downieville Classic mtb race which I did instead.
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Oh she did it on a geared bike. I did it on the SS. She thinks I'm cuckoo as well for doing it on a SS.

She is still totally amazing though...she barely trained at all for this thing!
HT or SS, that is an accomplishment.

As for the gains that Cirque posted about. I'm making some headway on my SS but nothing that compares to this. Again, Holy Shit!

Question about the Lake:
Did it resemble mud after all the riders jumped in it after the ride?
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

Question about the Lake:
Did it resemble mud after all the riders jumped in it after the ride?
When I jumped in, all the fish around me bubbled up to the surface dead
post #13 of 28
Wow, just wow.

Totally speechless. Congrats to both of you.

Are you NUTS?????
post #14 of 28
If you didn't look at the GPS link in his first post, you definitely need to............
Check this out!
http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6708163
post #15 of 28
OK. Let me rephrase that.

Are you F*ing INSANE??????
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
If you didn't look at the GPS link in his first post, you definitely need to............
Check this out!
http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6708163
Yeah, but half of that route is downhill! He really only had to ride 50 miles!

Holy Crap Tyrone! That's amazing. Great pictures, great write-up. Congrats on your achievement. What gearing did you wind up using?
post #17 of 28

Hey Tyrone

You think you gonna be bored with that next year?

Project for ya
http://www.mile43.com/peterson/Turtl...ainTurtle.html

post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
Yeah, but half of that route is downhill! He really only had to ride 50 miles!
I was thinking that it was only 99.33 miles so he must've cheated somewhere.

Nice job Tyrone, I'm very impressed with both you and your wife.
post #19 of 28
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You think you gonna be bored with that next year?

Project for ya
http://www.mile43.com/peterson/Turtl...ainTurtle.html

Now THAT is crazy. And way way too much for me. The multi-day stuff doesn't hold much of an interest for me. I'd rather focus on trying to get faster over more manageable distances!

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What gearing did you wind up using?
Ended up going with a 34 x 19 (26" tires). I think it was a good choice as I really didn't have to walk up anything (except for one short steep pitch that everyone walked up). After talking with a bunch of the other racers nearly every other singlespeeder seemed to be around this ratio as well. One buddy who churned out a time on this course that was nearly an hour and a half faster than me ran a 34 x 20 with 29" wheels.

Just got finished up cleaning the bike in the garage and putting it back into 'local XC race' mode. i.e. Faster, lighter tires and my normal, everyday 34 x 15 gear. Have 3 more races this week! A short and fast approx 12 miler on Wednesday night, an interesting "MTB Time Trial" on Friday night, and a 26 mile 'normal' XC race on Saturday. The Friday night mtb time trial and the Saturday race are a 2 race MTB Stage Race where they combine your times from both events into an overall winner...should be pretty cool! Have never done anything like that.(http://www.folsomcyclebration.com/MTB_Stage_Race.html)
post #20 of 28
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You think you gonna be bored with that next year?

Project for ya
http://www.mile43.com/peterson/Turtl...ainTurtle.html

comprex you seem like the GDR type
post #21 of 28
Cool dude.
post #22 of 28
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comprex you seem like the GDR type
German Democratic Republic?
post #23 of 28
Man you just love punishment.....well kudos to you...I dont think I could do it.

Sounds like some of your fellow cylists would have done well with a full face helmet. I think they'll be converts after they heal from the surgeries.

Oh, BTW nice babe.....I mean wife
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
comprex you seem like the GDR type
I've been chipping away at that route, motel to motel, restaurant to restaurant. You could knock it off in no time!
post #25 of 28
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Sounds like some of your fellow cylists would have done well with a full face helmet.
post #26 of 28
9.9 mph average speed? Good job Mr. Shoelaces!

Oh, yeah....Mr. Bishop cut his teeth on the WVMBA circuit. I ummm...tried to keep up with him for a while once. It was like trying to follow a motorcycle!
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
Oh, yeah....Mr. Bishop cut his teeth on the WVMBA circuit. I ummm...tried to keep up with him for a while once. It was like trying to follow a motorcycle!
yeah I saw those top guys for about .03435 seconds at the start...and then they were gone as if they motors on their bikes. They are amazing amazing athletes.

Here is pretty good write-up of the event from the top racers perspective:
http://cyclingnews.com/mtb/?id=2008/sep ... erra100_08
post #28 of 28
Congratulation on the 100 miler. I am impressed, no doubt. I never attempted anything like that. We have here 8 and 24 hour races. I have done a couple of 8 hour races where I cover 120-130 km with about 7500-8000 feet of elevation gain. The winners go 150 km.

The next 8 hour race is on Sep 27 and I will do it again on my rigid singlespeed (32:18). At this point I just hope we have no rain. This summer it has been very rainy around the East.
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