Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
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I've done 2x 400k brevets and my finish times were 24h 30m, and 24h even. Those events are considered to be unsupported, meaning you can only get outside assistance at designated checkpoints and anything else you need must be carried or purchased along the way.
Thankfully, you aren't left to that constraint with a 24hr event of this sort. In fact, if the Indiana course map is indicative of the rest of the courses, you're looking at less than 4 miles per lap. You could get away with not carrying a flat repair kit, or even a water bottle, and just take a handup each lap.
With the event supplying all your nutritional needs, you don't need a team the way you would with a normal 24 hour event: mechanics, nutrition, etc. You can basically turn off your brain and ride; just have something to drink every lap, and something to eat every other lap, and you'll be set.
When riding for a 24hr span, things I did:
- keep hydrated all the time. You should *never* skip a water opportunity.
- keep up your electrolytes. I used NUUN in every bottle, and supplemented with 3 Endurolyte caps/hr.
- keep eating. 250 - 300 calories/hr is a general good range. When you're riding, that's about the best that your body can actually process, regardless of how many you're burning through.
- take breaks when you need them, but limit your breaks to short time. 15 - 20 minutes was about the amount of time I'd take, with few exceptions; at 200k I take an actual dinner break of a half hour. Somewhere around 2 or 2:30 am I'd take a nap for a half hour to refresh for the last 40 or so miles.
- change your shorts every 100km if you can, every 200k if you need to travel light. Bring a different type of short for each change to alleviate pressure points and saddle pains. Change outs of gloves are nice to have, too.
- don't forget to have plenty of chamois creme available. Again, different types help for long term comfort. I'd start with Assos, switch over to a homebrew mix midway through the ride (more witch hazel, less menthol), then use Calmoseptine in the last 3rd of the event (high moisture barrier, more menthol, very high viscosity; it's a diaper-rash creme.)
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