I rode the 200 a few years ago. Quite difficult!
Many 400 riders abandoned on the climb out of Valdez. Thompson Pass is murderous that way, and the Valdez stop was nice, so as you can imagine the mental challenge there was serious. Train to get the trophy handed to you but get it kicked away by a vicious opponent who is still after you!
It rains a lot during this ride. I caught it for 100 miles, hard for a desert dweller. You need to be completely used to it, if you're not already.
Rolling course! It was bad enough for me but you'll be cussing the downhills on the way out. So in summary, I'd tell you that this is mentally killer and physically tough. When the road disappears uphill into the clouds and all you can hear is vehicles that you think are airplanes, that's a big hill. When the video boys come by (George likes his movies) you have to smile and be nice, punching him out is a bad plan. Should some young guy named Ben blow your doors off you have to roll with it - he does that a lot it seems.
I second the nomination to do the 200 first. I saw way too many abandons to say anything else. I had to hang around and do a rescue on an AK rider who bonked and went hypothermic. Mean business out there! This girl was bear-bait! Besides, the ferry ride to Whittier was real nice
Last edited by SandLizrd; 03-11-09 at 10:25 AM.