Monday, March 05, 2007

Heartland Racing - Spoke Pony Showdown

Heartland Racing - Spoke Pony Showdown: "March 17, 2007: Spoke Pony Showdown 3/6 – Landahl Park Reserve, Independence, MO."
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OK, I'm thinking of making this race my first of '07 in preparation for the Ouachita race on 4/2. Folks who oughta know say it'll be good prep for the technical aspects of the AK race and goodness knows I could use that.

So ... not having done something like a 6hr mtb race ... what'll it be like? I know there won't be a wheel pit, so do I pack a couple of tubes and gear? Do I need one of those water backpack things? Or do folks use bottles? How much food do I need to carry? Newbie needs help with her packing list and racing item inventory. :)

12 comments:

Neve_r_est said...

You need:

A cooler with 6-10 bottles premixed with whatever you're using for fuel(Hammer nutrition Sustained Energy+Heed 50/50mix is what I use)

Couple gallons of water.

Some solid food for when you need something other than fluids, and for recovery after the race. Recovery drink if you're using one (I like Recoverite)

Couple spare tubes, pump, minitool, chain lube, ect. Spare bike....

You can use a pack if you want too, makes repairs on the trail alot more managable if you have the tools, plus you can pack along clothes or remove them whenever. If you plan on racing at Ouachita with a pack try it here first.

A couple of sets of clothing in case you get soaked/chilled or you just need to get out of a crusty chamios. Some sort of chamios cream is prolly recommended, less you've got the callouses built up.
Pack clothes for damn near any condition. Weather can change alot in 3/6hrs.

Tent and camping gear so you can hang out afterwords.

And you might bring some TP just in case.

DG

sydney_b said...

how does it work? Do you have to have somebody hand you stuff like a RR, or is there a stop pit, or what?

Neve_r_est said...

Usually I don't have any crew for events under 24hours, so I just set the cooler so I can get at it from the course as I come through. Stop and pit usually.

These events are usually pretty laid back. Some folks make it more of a party than a race.

Another note: if you are new to using energy mixes like Sustained or whatever you choose, now would be a good time to be checking that out. I think they even had Heed at the rest stops at Ouachita last year.

DG

bryan said...

Ask Mr. 24 -- Jeff Kerkove. He's an endurance racer for Topeak-Ergon. www.jeffkerkove.net

Marc said...

Yes those are all great ideas. I'll be in your pit, hopefully on my trainer, as your help. Even a cell phone to call ahead if you need something special before you hit the pits.

I'll get back on you with how and why nutritionally, mechanically, and physically how to race 6 hrs off road. There's a lot of detail but the key is to not be overwhelmed and enjoy. Your there to race and learn. Do your best.

Squirrel said...

This race is going to make your upper body hurt. Landahl is relentless and unforgiving...but all smiles...even through the pain. Grelk and I will be pitching tents for the evening:) Make it fun, break when you need too:) See ya soon:)

Peace

Cornbread said...

The trick is to take your time and enjoy yourself. Landahl has a lot of rocks and a couple of big logs to negotiate. Great way to brush up on tech skills.

My back killed me after last year. I swore to never race that place again without a full suspension rig, but I gonna do it again on a hard tail cuz I'm cheap.

Definitely a great way to bitch slap yourself into the '07 racing season.

sydney_b said...

well, thank you all for your advice. I'm feeling more confident going into this deal.... and from the sounds of it, it might make me a little more grateful when i'm on the asphalt. :)

cornbread, u ride a 29er, right?

Cornbread said...

Yeah. Nothing else really fits me.

3p0 said...

the way it was set up last year was sweet, I was able to back the car right up to the course so every lap I went right by my car...

I carry a few things with me, tube, pump, mini tool, tiger milk bar...

I leave everything else in the car and each lap, 5-6 mile laps I stop at the car and get another bottle, some sushi, and a beer. maybe adjust clothing...

I take my time for the first lap, let everyone take off, I get towards the back so I can go at my pace, and climb at my rate, cuz the first lap will have a lot of bottle necks, lots of stop and go.

if you try to keep up with everyone esle, you may end up really hurting towards the end of the race, you can always warm up the first lap or two, and then lay it down towards hour 3/4

I got fatigued last year in hour 5 and destroyed my helmet on a branch and had to stop...

just depends on how your fitness is going so far this year...

gettin used to a pack is a good idea cuz your gonna want to have one for ouachita, I recomend a mnt smith from the tooth...

myself, I have no chance of placing being a guy in my field so no pressure on me.

but your in a different possition, your field is a bit smaller so your probably gonna be in good possition if you can just have a decent race and not make any mistakes...

get used to the course on the first lap. and just chill..


last thing you wana do is wreck in the first lap cuz your trying to hard with not as much exsperience off road...

you'll be fine.

we're gonna have one hellava time...

sydney_b said...

thank you so much for the detailed overview, cvo. I get real nervous and this helps a lot. Thanks to all you guys I'm feeling like maybe I will be able to avoid embarrassing that bad boy Badger I'm gonna ride.

3p0 said...

dude, your gonna be fine..