Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: South Louisiana
Bikes: Ridley Fenix, Look 585, Specialized Allez Comp Race
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When you say you "...need more than just water in this event", are you talking about nutrition, electrolytes, or something else? If nutrition, just take whatever you normally eat on a long ride. If electrolytes, IIRC Powerbar gels have about the same sodium content as a bottle of sports drink. If something else, you need to clarify.
I don't know the course, but assuming the feeds are equidistant, they'd be around the 25, 50 and 75 mile points. A 20 mph average speed would put you at a feed zone every hour and 15 minutes or so. If it were me, I'd carry three bottles and skip the first feed zone except to dump an empty bottle, and then pick up a bottle at each of the remaining two. That would permit you to consume a bottle per hour.
FWIW, a bottle in your middle jersey pocket pretty much disappears until you need it. I live in the boonies, and usually carry three bottles on long training rides. If you don't like carrying bottles in your jersey pockets, take Matt's advice: HTFU.