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1990 Hotter'n Hell Race

Old 08-17-15, 12:34 PM
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1990 Hotter'n Hell Race

I posted this on the road cycling forum a few days ago. Don't know if it is a violation or not to repost here but more riders here may appreciate steel bike, DT shifters 7 speed freewheels!

"I just found this on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNKSZ6vfCxo
This was the first year there was an official USCF race and the last time I rode it. Steel bikes, 7 speed freewheels and DT shifters. I was shocked to see there was a short video clip on the net. The resent comment posted is mine. Hard to believe that was 25 years ago. 100 miles in north Texas heat the end of August. The name is well deserved."
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A group of us go up and ride every year, though we don't all do the 100. I did the 100 back in '10, and it was 106 when I got across the line with a total of 104 miles. I don't care to do that distance again.

The sheer number of riders is what makes it a fun ride. Some year I plan to put panniers on my touring bike and tow a trailer just to see how many water bottles I can pick up.
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I rode Hotter'N Hell in 2010 and I was # 1403 so I know there were a lot of cyclists on the ride. That year it wasn't super hot, maybe low 100's but I remember they had a huge fountain at the finish that you could ride through or just hang out in for awhile to cool off.

I flew into San Antonio from SoCal and drove with several friends out to the event in Wichita Falls, TX. There were come real races in days before the event but not on the actual Hotter'N Hell century course.

Overall a very well presented event with checkpoints (really rest-stops) every ten miles. Kind of excessive, yes, but you weren't required to stop so it allowed each rider to pick their own hydration/nutrition stops.

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Looking forward to doing it for the firsts time this year.

I'm watching the forecast to decide on mileage. Right now they are forecasting 99 for a high. Which means it will only be 93-94 by the end of the ride if we start at 7am.

Most of the folks I know jump the start and head out between 5-6am. At that point, it might still be in the 80's by the time they finish.

Being its my first year, I probably won't jump the start. I'd like to get the full experience. Also want to ride through the air force base, which is not on the 100 route.
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Last year, my daughters and I rode the 100km route on our triplet. One biker that passed us was wearing number 14128. That's a lot of people.

In 2008, I rode the 102 mile route on my recumbent. It hit 100 degrees just after I finished.
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Originally Posted by Jarrett2 View Post
Looking forward to doing it for the firsts time this year.

I'm watching the forecast to decide on mileage. Right now they are forecasting 99 for a high. Which means it will only be 93-94 by the end of the ride if we start at 7am.

Most of the folks I know jump the start and head out between 5-6am. At that point, it might still be in the 80's by the time they finish.

Being its my first year, I probably won't jump the start. I'd like to get the full experience. Also want to ride through the air force base, which is not on the 100 route.
The start is part of the fun. Both the 100K and the 70 mile shortcut at Hell's Gate go through the Base.
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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
I rode Hotter'N Hell in 2010 and I was # 1403 so I know there were a lot of cyclists on the ride. That year it wasn't super hot, maybe low 100's but I remember they had a huge fountain at the finish that you could ride through or just hang out in for awhile to cool off.

I flew into San Antonio from SoCal and drove with several friends out to the event in Wichita Falls, TX. There were come real races in days before the event but not on the actual Hotter'N Hell century course.

Overall a very well presented event with checkpoints (really rest-stops) every ten miles. Kind of excessive, yes, but you weren't required to stop so it allowed each rider to pick their own hydration/nutrition stops.

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The HHH is one of the best organized rides I know of. From registration to a police escort for late finishers. In 2013, a friend had some problems and finished around 7 PM. He had a police escort through town to the finish line.
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