My friend and I did a Multiple Sclerosis Ride this weekend. We did the "epic" route which ended up being 33 miles. Most of it was singletrack but they connected them with some dirt road sections. The trails were newly built in the last year by the county and some local clubs so they were more than excellent. Lots of twisty trails, roots and mud. It took us about 5.5 hours to complete the whole thing and we actually finished ahead of quite a few people. The mud was so gooey, it made slicks out of your tires. It was really fun negotiating some of the trail when you're dead tired and your handling skills are out the window when you're trying to ride in that goo. Several slow motion falls were the result. A couple of huge climbs were thrown in. The first one was called Mr Hill. The second big one was at mile 21. Other than the inner thigh and groin cramps I got on both legs and my buddy losing a good chunk of flesh to one of his pedals, it was a great ride. Luckily the cramps went away and the mud sealed up the hole in my buddys shin. I think over 400 people participated in the various distances. We raised about $1200 dollars. Some teams were over $15,000 with one person at $22,000. This was my third event and definetely not my last.
Sounds like a great ride. I'm curious about how you spaced your food and hydration over that distance, as well as what you ate the day before to prepare. I'm doing a 50 miler in Sept. so I'm gathering information if you don't mind.
As far as prepping, I'm sure I didn't do it right or else I wouldn't have cramped up. It wasn't escpecially hot but rather muggy so that probably didn't help. The night before these charity rides, I usually do the pasta and chicken thing and then a normal oatmeal and banana breakfast a couple of hours ahead of time. Grabbed a banana and bagel again at the start area.As far as eating on the ride, they gave us stops at 11 and 21 miles and had plenty of bagels, bananas, fruit leather and water. I carry Gatorade or equivalent on the bike for long rides like this as well as a full camelback. No easier way to drink while climbing than a camelback. I also like the chewy granola bars and the chocolate or vanilla gu packets if I'm crappy along the way.
The location was in Fall City, WA. Bottom of Snoqualmie Pass (I-90). Excellent singletrack.
I've done the 150 road ride also. This year it's two different loops from the same start/finish point but I don't think I'll have the time to do it this year. Working on a team for next year though.
At my local mtb center I regularly do a 30 mile run. The trails are a mix of single and double track - your average Ontario Cup racing loops (actually 2 loops).
Here is my food/hydration prep:
1) The day before I eat mostly carbs, but no more than about 2500 calories
2) On ride day I have 1-2 bannanas about 1 hour before starting the ride
3) During the ride I will consume about 2 liters of water (which is what my Camel Back can carry) and 3 gel packs. One gel pack before starting and then a gel pack after each hour of riding.
4) I ride non-stop and it takes me about 3 hours and 40 minutes, give or take a couple of minutes depending on conditions.
I am in decent shape (I can run 20 miles in about 3:15 and plan on entering a marathon in September) yet elite riders can do this distance in around 2:40, a full hour better than I can. Kinda makes me wonder what WTF are those guys made of?