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    Hotter'N Hell Hundred 2007 - Survival Stories!

    A continuation from the HHH 2007 planning thread here: Hotter 'n Hell 100 - 2007

    Now that the 2007 edition of the Hotter'N Hell Hundred has ended - here's the thread for all of our survival stories and ride reports. I will update this post soon with my own, probably after I catch a little sleep.

    The short of mine: Great ride, 100k, probably an 18.4 or higher average pace. My new Cyclometer worked well, if only I remembered to turn it on / off at the right time. Fred (lecterman) and I rolled back into town around 11:35 or so I believe. I couldn't have asked for better performance out of my newly completed Serotta. A few derailleur adjustments early on which I expected after fiddling with it last night without really testing the changes.

    I'll have much more plus photos later. If anyone wants me to host their photos of the ride, please PM me and I'll give you an email address you can send them to.

    Lastly (for now), it was fantasic meeting so many of the BF members who made the trip. crdean1 and crew - you all were great to ride with as always. superdex, RDL the 100mi group, hope your ride went well after the split. Looked like Hell's gate stayed open all the way to 12:30 so I'm sure you were able to make it through.

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    You know, it's funny how you can do just about everything right, and a plan still doesn't come to fruition.

    My big problem were the last 6 weeks I was out of town up north with very little riding while I was away, and then come back to the heat and humidity here and only get 30 miles worth of riding in to prep myself for HHH.

    I *should* have had a time between 4:30 and 4:45. I planned to find me some good pacelines going around 23-24, and just stick with them until the smoother pavement the last 25-30 miles and then hammar down on my own. never DID find a line to suit me, so the trip to hell's gate was by myself at that pace and I hit the freaking wall. After that was the first time I got passed - when the pacelines finally started to catch up to me and pass me. After that it was a frequent occurrence The chipseal after that just took its toll, and I had to spend way too much time getting ice towels and the like. Ended up with a 5:10 for the hundred. It's a decent time, but I really should have been able to do much more.

    At least I got to annoy Cuda in line buying some schwag last night, and came away with a 90 dollar bell sweep-r - TO MATCH CUDA'S!

    We're OCP like dat.

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    Aikigreg - good running into you at the show, even if you did buy the same new helmet as me. Maybe we should start a "What cool schwag did you score at HHH" thread as well. I got a jersey ($21 from $60), the new Sweep R helmet, and some cool Campy clothing to go with all the Campy gear I have hanging on my bikes now.

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    Ended up in the very front row for the start.

    A) On behalf of military aviators everywhere, my apologies for the less than timely fly-by. They were late but at least they flew over the correct spot after what appeared to be some last second alignment corrections. B) We started even later due to a malfunctioning cannon. The lanyard that fires the cannon appeared to have broke twice before they got a successful kaboom.

    Since I started on the front, I thought I'd just see tandems, maybe shelled racers, etc. Lots of people jumped onto the route further upstream, apparently. The 20 mile rest stop was packed and I don't recall all those people passing me.

    Jumped on with various groups. I dropped off one group smoking along at a good 25-26 mph figuring I wanted to finish and not wind up blowing up somewhere along the way. More comfortable was a 22-23 mph pace on the flats.

    Hit the 40 and the 80 mile rest stops. I started with 2 water bottles with HEED and subsequently filled with Powerade and a 70 oz. camelbak with water. Power Gels and Hammer Edurolytes along with a couple of bananas accounted for the nutrition. I think I could have used a Cliff Bar or two.

    The first 70 miles felt great then the legs started twitching and acting like they would just love to cramp up with a little encouragement. Put down some pickle juice, edurolytes, and lots of fluids and finished under my little umbrella of misery. Hit the overpass at 100 miles and I'm thinking, "Just where the hell is the end of this thing!!! I'm at 100 miles and I'm ready to quit!!! The bastages lied!!"

    I'd like to thank Rick, one of our Granbury/Glen Rose cycling group, for dragging my weak arse that last 15-20 miles.

    Finished with an "on-bike" time of 4:55 and 20.6mph average. Overall time was 5:16.
    Flying a jet is no different than riding a bicycle. It's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

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    my first centuy...had a great time....6:22 with a 16.2avg...overall time 7:10...looking foward to next year!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will G View Post
    Lots of people jumped onto the route further upstream, apparently.
    More than I realized before. Since I was riding a bent this year I expected clear roads until the fast guys started catchin up. Wrong! We started out at 22-24 and by th time we were 5 or 6 miles into it the road was solid curb to centerline riders.

    I was on the bike for 5:35 and a total time of 5:52. I was averaging 19.4 until I stopped at the 70 mile stop. Just couldn't get it going again after that. I'm happy though considering it was only the second 100 and maybe third or forth over 50 miles ride I'd done all year.

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    I can probably count on one hand the times in my life that I set a goal, really prepared and worked hard toward that goal, then exceeded my own expectations. This was one of them.

    My best ride ever! Everything just clicked. If Lance Armstrong and Wonder Woman gave birth, I felt like that child. Everything that could go right, did. I never bonked, cramped, or became exhausted. I was actually beginning to think something may be wrong, because this was very unlike me.

    This was my first century on a road bike. (My first HHH was on a MTB and my 2nd HHH - on an old Trek touring bike - was cut short last year due to the early closing of Hell's Gate.) I bought my first "real" bike in June, a Felt F90. I trained about 1100 miles for this year's HHH, and from my training log predicted an on-bike time of 6:18 with three 8-minute breaks for a total time of 6:42. (Yes, I did plan my ride down to the minute. It's a sickness, I know!) I knew that time may have been a little conservative, but I wanted to err on the side of caution.

    I greatly underestimated myself. I pulled an on-bike time of 5:25 (18.7 mph) with 0:22 of breaks (mile 30, 60, and 80) for a total of 5:47 (17.6 mph). I even managed a negative split. Woo-de-FREAKIN-hoo!

    I'm still waiting to wake up and find myself at the mile 50 rest area, exhausted, puking pickle juice from my nose, and with 20 minutes until Hell's Gate closes!

    And what a difference 10-12 degrees makes from last year, huh? Almost didn't seem fair.

    I hope everyone had half as much fun as I did. I look forward to reading your stories. Thanks for indulging me and reading mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curt9988 View Post
    I can probably count on one hand the times in my life that I set a goal, really prepared and worked hard toward that goal, then exceeded my own expectations. This was one of them.
    well said, that's exactly how I felt when I got back to the van.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoonerBent View Post
    More than I realized before. Since I was riding a bent this year I expected clear roads until the fast guys started catchin up. Wrong! We started out at 22-24 and by th time we were 5 or 6 miles into it the road was solid curb to centerline riders.

    I was on the bike for 5:35 and a total time of 5:52. I was averaging 19.4 until I stopped at the 70 mile stop. Just couldn't get it going again after that. I'm happy though considering it was only the second 100 and maybe third or forth over 50 miles ride I'd done all year.
    We had a disorganized group for a while and we went blowing through and around lots of slower riders in that first 20 miles. I was hoping we did not appear to be rude or intimidating but some of the closure speeds had to be surprising to them. My biggest fear was they would alter course abruptly causing a pile-up.

    Saw a bunch of bents out there. Where did you guys start?

    Passed two bikes towing trailers with boom boxes. A little Aerosmith helped turn the pedals for the short time we were in the sphere of the rolling party.
    Flying a jet is no different than riding a bicycle. It's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

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    I caught up to the boom-box pulling riders as well. First one some time shortly after the second rest stop. As for all those rolling out ahead of the official start - it is nothing short of a safety problem for just those reasons that Will G stated. There is little to nothing that the officials can really do to stop it, but I wish people would realize that the short advantage in time they get starting out there is putting them and other riders at risk as well as cheating themselves from the experience of seeing the huge mass of cycling that is the start line.

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    Well yesterday was my first century. I really enjoyed the first seventy miles. I was riding with some great pacelines running in the 23-24 range and really enjoyed pushing myself. But by mile 70 I had pushed too hard early and the last 20-30 miles was no longer about going fast but simply survival. Somehow I managed to find a second wind at the end and did a solo 23 mph run for the last four miles, but by the time I crossed the finish line I was truly dead. I ended up crossing the line in a 5:50 total time, and 5:03 on the bike with an average speed of 19.9, come on just one tenth more!

    I stopped at five rest stops, but never for very long. I stayed at most 5 or 10 minutes, but at the stop at mile 70 I needed some recovery time and probably spent 20 or so minutes there. I have never ridden longer than 55 miles before so I needed to get off the bike and stretch more often as the ride went on. Overall I was very happy with how it turned out. At the end I kept thinking I never want to do this again, but now looking back, I am ready to do another.

    The start and waiting was really interesting. It was amazing to me having never done that to see so many people. We got there at 6:15 to get a decent place in line, but we still didn't cross the start until 7:15. We really pushed hard the first 30 miles to get in front of the slower riders. The boombox guy was funny. We passed him on a hill though and he was going slow so I didnt get to listen to it for more than 5 or 6 seconds.

    I think the experience overall was great. I was starting to get a little cocky thinking I was getting king of fast, but that sure put things into perspective for me.

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    Here's my Motion Based account of it....

    http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3769503

    In short..5:04 riding. A guy in our group had 3 flats so total time was sort of wacked a bit...7.14..20.0 avg

    The first 30 miles were hard for me....not sure what was going on....we stopped at 30 and after that things got better.....before that I was worried about everything..at 70 is about the same wall but not too bad....stopped at the beer stop..had a few and a hot dog and finished up.

    Anyone catch the Irish Rock Band under the tent....they were very good....

    HTH was my 14th century this year...it was my best one of the year as well. I am very happy with it...can't wait till next year...

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    For another side of the century story: I'm 58 years old and have been back into cycling for about two years. This was my first century ever - and my first attempted century. It took me 8.5 hours to finish. I was averaging about 16 mph (rode by myself the whole way) but did stop at all but three stops. I had a great time, and although my time was nothing like the super times of a lot of you guys, I feel so pleased to have finished - and not dead last! Congrats to all who finished, and I so admire you "fast guys"!

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    After what I had to deal with last year this years was fantastic! The weather was great considering how bad it can get at times in that part of the state. I was especially glad this time as I had four first timers in the 100 I was going to ride with. One was my 18 year old son who actually rode a couple 100k's more than a year ago and hasn't touched a road bike since. For reasons I don't know he decided he wanted to try. Two of the others had a max distance of 35-40 miles but had been riding for several months so there were several big question marks in the group. I decided that due to the limited experience in the group (I've done several centuries) I would ride my Pista with a front brake and freewheel. Add to this my father (just turned 65) and another with a max of 60 miles. In the end it turned out to be an easy 7 hour ride for the whole group, 7.5 for all but me and my son who grabbed my back wheel and drafted me for the last 20 miles. As always a well done ride by the organizers and a ton of fun to have a full group of finishers!

    Oh, me aand my son also raced the mtb time trial Friday night so we'd be good and tired Saturday morning. He won his class and I ended up 4th in the 40-49, couldn't get around the slower riders in the tight stuff. Hard to race a time trial in the tight stuff with such small intervals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Will G View Post
    We had a disorganized group for a while and we went blowing through and around lots of slower riders in that first 20 miles. I was hoping we did not appear to be rude or intimidating but some of the closure speeds had to be surprising to them. My biggest fear was they would alter course abruptly causing a pile-up.

    Saw a bunch of bents out there. Where did you guys start?

    Passed two bikes towing trailers with boom boxes. A little Aerosmith helped turn the pedals for the short time we were in the sphere of the rolling party.
    I was one of the first riders off the line. Bents and tandems rolled out at 7:04 from the bridge. What's funny was that there were only 50 people in front of me, and not one person passed me the first 60 miles, yet I passed a thousand riders in that same distance. Very interesting!

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    Man I had a blast at this ride, it was my first official 100K, ended up with a 17.8 MPH average and finished in under 4 hours. I was pretty happy, just wish I would have gone for the 100 mile ride.
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    Cuda,

    Thanks for finding our group from Cushing, Oklahoma at the start. We had a nice day with everyone finishing their chosen routes easily. My 22-year old daughter, her boyfriend and I had a great day finishing in 7:40 overall after the gun. Didn't look to see when we actually crossed the start.

    The daughter was certain she just wanted to finish and was a little put off by drafting in the ad hoc pace lines, so we just went on our own pace. Cruised through Hell's Gate at 11:10 and had fun.

    Because of the relaxed pase, we were able to party well into the evening last night and weren't sore at all today. Guess there's a lesson for a competitive old geezer in there somewhere!

    My goofey English brother-in-law and my sister who seldom ride bikes finished the 25-mile route with class. Sis borrowed my wife's Seqouia and he rode a foldable vintage Hercules with 20 inch wheels. They enjoyed themselves. (He's a flies a crop-duster in real life.)

    Also, one of my younger riding buddies (33-years old) went all out and finished in 4:59 with a 20+ average for the full 100. He related that he was in a peloton-sized group early on and didn't really have to turn a tap until after the forty mile rest stop when the group broke up into smaller pace lines. He is a reasonably fast 20mph type of rider in shorter rides, but had the time of his life being with fast guys for the full 100.

    Sharing this to say that the Hotter N Hell can be fun for a bunch of different people in different ways. Funny, just like cycling in general!

    Tyson

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    Here are a few of the photos I took during the ride and trip:












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    Great Pics Cuda2k!

    Thanks for posting them.


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    Hey! I guess the re-printed jerseys made it in time! I was looking through the pictures and thought "hey, nice Texas jersey...wait minute...shouldn't I have one of those jersey if that guy's wearing one???". Then I got confused about which jersey we were waiting for so I checked the jersey thread and see that Cuda must have gotten 'em in. Lookin' forward to receiving mine!

    Again...great job everyone on what sounds like a very successful HHH!

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    Who had the Bikeforums jersey that stayed at the Cresent Plaza hotel? I walked in the door downstairs and saw the Bikeforums jersey briefly as that person stepped off the elevator.
    Flying a jet is no different than riding a bicycle. It's just a lot harder to put baseball cards in the spokes.

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    More photos from Crdean1:




















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    The Blue version of the Tx BF's jersey has YET to arrive. The red one above (hanging on the shoulders of Bluechip) is the Red version that arrived without issue months ago. That's Superdex in the Yellow/Blue BF's jersey all the way from Denver CO.

    Continuing with the photos:













    That's me (sitting up just a little after a long pull if memory serves) and the Serotta in action.






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    I accomplished my goal of 100K! While no speed demon, I did set a personal best on distance ever (70 if you count back and forth to the host home) and speed - 14.1. It was my first ever HHH and it was a blast.

    Wichita Falls is REALLY into cycling:


    The view from the front of the 100K'ers looking back:


    And looking forward...fuzzy but the sea of helmets was amazing!


    At about mile 35, we all waited for the life flight helicopter to evac someone. Never heard what happened other than a collision. Hope all are well.


    I loved the rousing cheers from the air force guys and gals...really got me going!


    YES! I finished!


    Oh, yeah!!!
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    Phazer - really glad you got a photo of the overpass wall with the riders. Lecterman was kicking himself for not getting a photo of that himself.

    It was great seeing all the Air Force guys cheering for us on the way out of the base. I was falling slightly behind the group I was riding with after slowing to admire the aircraft. So out of the saddle and in the drops I sprinted the Serotta with every bit of power I had left after 58 or so miles into the ride.

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