Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: fort collins
Bikes: c'dale supersix, jamis trilogy, spec. tricross
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posted this in the race forum but i'll put it here too, mostly just to reinforce that knowing/pre-riding the course is the single most important thing you can do to prepare.
aside from that, spending time riding at altitude will help psychologically, thoguh i'm not really sure it makes a difference psyciologically, unless you live at altitude for a week before the race.
theres nothing hard about the route other than the length and the height. its not steep, its not technical, the roads are in decent shape, its just a really long time to grind away with very little relief. hydrating (not just on the ride but in the days before) is important, pacing yourself is important, being prepared for weather changes is important, but above all just be familiar with the road, the length is unique among colorado climbs, and specifically the last couple of miles, starting from summit lake, are a serious headgame.