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Old 07-16-07, 08:25 AM
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70 Mile RR

Yep, that's right.

It's a RACE, it's 70 miles, it's hilly, and it's in the middle of winter.

I'm gonna have me some suffering.

Any tips on racing this sort of distance? Previous longest was 40 miles. Obviously I'll need to eat along the way, but in terms of tactics, etc? I've been doing some 75-80 mile rides on weekends to prepare myself mentally, but racing that distance is a whole other ball game.
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Old 07-16-07, 08:46 AM
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1)Don't worry too much about warming up, unless there's a major climb early.

2) eat and drink a lot. (is there a feed zone, and do you have support to help with that).

3) think hard before chasing any early moves.


If your riding 75-80 miles you'll be fine. While racing 70 miles will be harder in some ways, it also will be faster,and with the benefit of the pack. Train by the length of time, not the miles. You don't necessarily need to train on 70 mile rides to do a 70 mile race. You need to train for 3 hours for races that take 3 hours.
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Old 07-16-07, 08:54 AM
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In the same boat, 105 mile 1/2/3 RR in two weeks and I am not nearly ready for it. I guess that which dosen't kill you makes you stronger. Eat lots, drink lots and sit in alot if your a not sure on the distance.
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Old 07-16-07, 08:55 AM
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To add to Merlin's advice

Don't freak out about an early break getting away, it'll almost definitely be reeled back in.

Stay near the front, but try to avoid being on the front, especially in the first half to 2/3rds of the race. It'll allow you to avoid having to do many hard accelerations, and if you can't match the pace on a climb you can fade back without much worry of being dropped.

Really try to avoid working hard in the early parts of the race, as you'll pay for it later.

Eat a lot and drink a lot in the earlier parts of the race.
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Old 07-16-07, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
1)Don't worry too much about warming up, unless there's a major climb early.

2) eat and drink a lot. (is there a feed zone, and do you have support to help with that).

3) think hard before chasing any early moves.


If your riding 75-80 miles you'll be fine. While racing 70 miles will be harder in some ways, it also will be faster,and with the benefit of the pack. Train by the length of time, not the miles. You don't necessarily need to train on 70 mile rides to do a 70 mile race. You need to train for 3 hours for races that take 3
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+1. Proper fueling and hydration will be very important in a 70-mile race.

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Old 07-16-07, 10:04 AM
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+1 dont work too hard early. However be very alert for spilts or selections, especially if there are climbs or cross wind. Don't hesitate if you see a significant split ahead of you, jump across.
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Old 07-16-07, 10:54 AM
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Make plans ahead of time with your feedzone partner for a smooth transition. Good luck with the upcoming race.
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Old 07-16-07, 02:40 PM
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Old 07-16-07, 02:41 PM
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I like this new trend.
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70 miles should clock in just at 3 hours. If you don't have a team/feed zone/support for re-stock of water - that could be a challenge. Consider a seat post water bottle holder with some "throw away" water bottles so you can carry enough water for the whole ride.

Scout the course. Course knowledge will be really helpful mentally for knowing when the climbs start/stop and where to turn while you're off the front - if you opt to do so.

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Old 07-16-07, 03:00 PM
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unless its crazy hot out, 2 24oz bottles in the frame and a 16oz bottle in the pocket should be enough for a race of that length. Also, carrying a third bottle gives you an excuse as to why you weren't the first one up the climbs
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Old 07-16-07, 03:17 PM
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I wouldn't be concerned about a 70 mile race if you've been doing that milage in training. Eat a good breakfast with plenty of carbs, and you shouldn't need a huge amount of food. In most cases, I'd rather carry everything myself and not have to worry about all that can go wrong at feed zones. If it was a really long race, then feed support is more important.
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