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    Texas "Hotter-N-Hell" Ride

    Just curious if anyone here rode the HHH this year and what did you think of the Ride and Reststops?
    It was my wife and I first large ride "11,809 riders" and it seemed to get a little crazy at times.
    However, once the 100 milers split off, it left the others doing the 100k alot of room. We ended up with a average of 16.8mph for 61 miles, not as good as other tandams but not bad for a couple that only rides once a week together. Well if you did ride I'd like to hear your comments and results.

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    Phil and Gina

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    I rode the HHH with my boyfriend and had a blast. We just bought the tandem a few weeks ago. It was our second real ride together. We've both been riding single bikes for a while, but he's so much stronger than me, so we rarely get to ride together at rallies. This was a great way for both of us to get a work out while riding together. I was amazed at how fast we could go and how may cyclists drafted off of us. We were riding 25+mph on most of the flat places. I thought the rest stops on the 100K route were great. Getting to start before the rest of the riders helped. I hear they ran out of food and ice at a lot of the stops early. I'll definitely do this ride again next year on the tandem.
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    My wife and I took possession of our Burley 3 weeks before the ride, averaged 18.9 mph for the ride (100K), with a max speed of 36 (down hill) and finished in 3 hours 18 min ride time, 4 hours total time. It was my 5th time for the event and her 1st. The rest stops were awesome (as usual), and got quite a few comments from other riders along the way. We had a lot of half bikes TRY to draft but few could keep up. Will definitely do this again next year. We have finally found a sport we can do together and enjoy. Look forward to having a tandem talk for the next 100K.

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    True epic day of suffering.. Our day started out great, after camping out at the MPEC in our trailer. Since we ride tandem, we are the lucky ones who start at the front !! The start was great with a BEAUTIFUL quad tandem leading out. We were flying at 19+ for some time when we developed our first problem of dropping our chain in High gear !! We had to slow down and "limp" into the 2nd rest stop for some mechanical assistance. Come to find out it was a bent chain !! that was throwing it off.
    after that we were flying again !! Everything was going great and we were making up time. I think the "enorphan thing" kicked in between the 40 and 50 mile stops.. We had the stereo going,, and We were killing it !!!! I was pulling 4 other guys,, that at one point had to sprint up along us to take the lead saying,, "I feel Bad we keep sucking your wheel " I LOVE those moments !!! Our moving average was good but the total time it took at the rest stops really was adding up !! Every rest stop was MOBBED on the 100 mile route. It took more than twice the time to just get food and drink !! but hey thats ok,,, we were still enjoying ourselves and made it to hells gate at 11:15 am.. We stopped to take a picture of the pyro pete guy really cool... and slipped thru hells gate.. into the depths of hell itself !!!!@ It was later in the day that we learned we were one of the last to make it thru hells gate before they closed it at 11:30 YIKES,,
    This is where the riding started to get really dangerous.. The THREE rest stops after hells gate did not have ANY ICE,,, Not usually a big deal but today it was horrible,, when they store the water in those portable trailers, it had to be at least 100 degrees !!!! We ( and alot of other riders) were having serious problems bringing our tempurature down..
    it did not work to pour the water over your head,, or drink it because it was soo hot like bath water!!! At about the 83 mile mark we were starting to stop every 3 miles or so to TRY to cool off under any kind of shade that we could find. We were just about to succomb to the heat and sag,, ( OUR MOTO IS DEATH BEFORE SAG !!) when a local " Bubba" guy and his wife stopped to see if we were ok.. we asked if he had any ice ,, AND HE DID !!!! after filling our packs and all of our bottles we were finally able to cool down some and continue.. The ice truck finally made it to the unofficial rest stop put on by the Jolly fire department at the top of that nasty little climb outside of Dean,, At that point we knew we would be able to make it in... Oh yea ,,, we had 2 flats also !!! I know that they had almost a record number of people,, but little was done to expand the service for the riders in relation to how many were participating..... We read the local paper on Sunday and were really amazed ( and thankfull) that no one died on the route... I know that they closed hells gate because of the heat index.. In my opinion they should also have red flagged the entire ride at the point when they were serving HOT water to the riders...

    Thank god we did not get caught up in the "diverted" riders !!!!


    our start time was 7:04am
    finish time 3:30 pm
    OUCH!!
    riding time of: 6 hours and 7 min.
    finally reaching the beer in my cooler at the trailer,,,,,,,,,,,,,,PRICELESS

    ((I copied this from the "surviving hhh thread"))
    ps... I did not see but only ONE other tandem on the hundred mile route,, We were were running a little behind,, but did not see but only one, !!

    Greg,,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by nochain
    ps... I did not see but only ONE other tandem on the hundred mile route,, We were were running a little behind,, but did not see but only one, !!

    Greg,,,
    Was that tandem orange???


    We were probably behind you guys. I developed some kind of nerve pain in my sitbone area that spread up and down my leg. Nearly shot the ride in the head. Spent a good 45 minutes at the ~38 mile rest stop propped up to see if it would go away enough to continue on. We had such a good average at that point too, even though we got tossed to the side of the road by the lead tandem group. We did end up limping it the rest of the way...made it through Hell's Gate. We had a pathetic time of 6:44. Although we will look to shave an hour or more off of it next year. I say that knowing that every rally we've done so far, something has happened to cut us down. It's usually cramps, but I now have a magic potion for that.

    Of the two fastest tandems out there, we saw one at a rest stop further down the road - with a broken spoke. His name is Steve...can't remember hers. They ride locally in our area. We'd like to be hella fast like them but not sure it will ever happen.
    "The cycling community is so small that it is nearly inbred." - Steve Tilford

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    .................don't think it was orange,, not sure ??

    I am convinced that what helped us make it is a pure electrolyte additive that we used for our water packs.. its called "elite" electrolyte add-in. It is a mixture of salts and minerals that replace your electrolytes without any added calories,, or sweetners. We had NO cramping whatsoever... I have been using it for a couple of years now. We Love it !!

    What "ate up" our time was the rest stops,, wow they were busy !!!!!!!
    and that nasty wind tooo!!

    This ride was probably the toughest one yet for us,,
    However a couple of years ago we had quite a bit of adversity as well!!
    My wife "snapped" her seatpost about 40 miles in,, We made it to a rest stop, with the mechanics at hells gate. They said: "sorry we cant help you !!" Well we did not accept that answer. At that point I asked if he had old tubes we could have. He looked at me crazy and said sure help yourself,,,
    Then I took the seat, and lashed it to the stubb of the trashed out seatpost, using about 4 old tubes!!!! I pulled them with all of my strength to get it as tight as possible to hold the seat down..ahhhhh,,
    southern construction at its finest !!
    When it was finished the seat kinda wiggled back and forth, but it was secure to ride !!!! I do feel sorry for my wife she had to finish the last 40 + miles with her seat soooo low that her knees were in her chest,, but we DID finish the whole route !!! We were both glad that it was cool that year, or we probably would not have made it !! ,,,, oh yea,, she had a upper respatory infection going on too !!

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    was gonna, but my pardner broke her leg.

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