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Old 08-21-13, 02:24 PM   #51
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Bringing up a slightly old thread, but have very similar questions. Racing the Hotter n Hell 100 as a Cat 4 this weekend which as you would expect, is 105 miles and 95+ degrees. There are three feed zones with neutral water only. I have heard that in the past the hand-ups are hard to get since most people are not that accustomed to doing this.

I personally am not a fan of carrying bottles in my pockets and have never tried riding with a camelback in a race. Heard that I could use a rear seat mounted bottle holder and then would have 4 spots total available. Is there anything against doing this or would you suggest using a camelbak or carrying extras only?? I know I need more than just water in this event.
Grabbing bottles is usually not that hard. Just make sure you are near the front of the pack going into it and on the right side of the road and you should be fine. Ditch your bottle before you grab a new one so you don't have to be fumbling around with the bottle cages occupied and an extra bottle in your hand.
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Old 08-21-13, 02:41 PM   #52
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Or just carry the extra bottles (in jersey pockets, htfu), and avoid the chaos that is the feed zone.

Then you can just stay to the left and watch the carnage unfold! And there's no risk of missing a bottle or whatever.

At worst you'll have warm water but that's better than none.
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Old 08-21-13, 03:58 PM   #53
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HA! Yeah .. HTFU indeed.

For the sake of ease .. have you ever seen anyone rock the rear saddle holder? I dont see any USAC rules against it. I realize it will look super tri-dork-fred, but it also is a competitive advantage.
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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.
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