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Originally Posted by Richard Cranium
Yeah, forget Florida, what about the Ohio 600k?
I'll be riding it this weekend. Check out http://www.ohiorand.org/
for lots of information, including cue sheets, route maps, and an elevation profile.
I've seen all of the route this year. It's roughly a combination of our 400K and our 200K. The first 300K will be extremely hilly; no big climbs, but unrelenting hills, some of which are quite steep. The roads are good. The scenery is beautiful. Note that the first 300K is really out there; there are some very long stretches of the ride with no services.
The second 300K will be hilly-to-rolling at the start (and again at the end of it; it's an out-and-back), but then will be dead flat at its far reaches.
This is a tough 600K. Check the finish times for folks who rode the 400K two weeks ago; there's a lot of experienced ultra-racers, PBP anciens, and generally fit folks who turned in times of over 20 hours on that route, on a good weather day. It's hilly. A lot of the DNFs were from folks who rode too fast at the start and then couldn't pay the piper later in the ride.
Another note about the 600K this year: you'll come back to the start/finish (and hence, your stuff/hotel room) at the 300K-mark. Not ideal. Plan on riding it straight-through or being fast enough to buy yourself some sleep after only 300K. You could grab a room in Xenia (roughly 400K), which is a big town, but you wouldn't have anything with ya -- no drop bag there. There's a fair number of us planning on riding straight-through who will do the ride in the low- to mid-30-hour timeframe, so if you come out and that's your plan, you'll have lots of comapny.
Holler/PM with any questions. Hope to see you out there.