Monday, May 13, 2013

Pre ride of Patapsco 100

Jeff and I (Mike) went to try out the course. There will be a race @ Patapsco on July 7th.

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The course is 33 miles. For the race there are 33/66/99 (they round up to 100) options.

It had rained the day before so it was a bit muddy; not horrible but it made trails a bit soft.  There were lots of turns. Jeff felt like are ride closely resembled one of the orienteering races that he dose because we spent a lot of time looking at a map and exploring different trails before finding the correct one. 

The trails overall were pretty technical with lots of short-meduim steep climbs.  Jeff had a 1x10 and he was wishing he had more gearing for the steep climbs.  I think the average speeds on this course will be about 3 miles an hour slower than other 100 milers like the Shenandoah 100.  I think there will be a lot of people dropping out of this race too. 100 miles of this will be very difficult.

The scenery was great; lots of look outs, lots of section of trail following along pretty river and some relics of old built over construction.

Great scenery

Getting ready to duck under a branch

Epic water crossing

Brought cloths across on first load, bike across on second

Testing the depth of the water


Perspective make Jeff look tiny in this pic

Took a wrong turn and bush whacked back on the trail

Took a wrong turn and bush whacked back on the trail

In the parking lot, train passing in background

Riding along the river

We were lost again

Roter issues

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