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Old 03-11-11, 06:34 AM   #1
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Any Iceman Cometh veterans?

I got my registration in to race the Iceman Cometh 2011.

What should I expect? Any advice about the course, getting around, or anything else a first time Iceman attendee would need to know?
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Old 03-11-11, 12:40 PM   #2
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This is one the best rides of the year for me and do both road and mountain bike events.. The shear number of people alone make this a great event.

What should you expect, well 4000 bikers all having fun. The course does have some sand pits so wider tires are nice. you will want to get there early. you will have to park a mile or two away then just follow the crowds. After you are done there is a bus to get you back to your vehicle. You will leave your bike at the finish area. DO NOT LEAVE COMPUTERS OR ANYTHING REMOVABLE ON YOUR BIKE. The bike will be safe but a lot of garmens come up missing every year.

The start format is now done by previous times. The fastest go first and every three minutes another wave of 200 riders head out. This race is more of a personal time trial than anything else. Because you have never raced the Iceman you will start near the end. After all the returning Icemen and Icewomen start they send the waves out by age. If you are fast plan on passing a few hundred people.

The finish is a rush no mater how fast you are. The last mile or so is all fenced in and there are 1000's of people cheering you on.

If you can get up before the race to preride the route I would recommend it. DO NOT PRERIDE THE ROUTE ALONE YOU WILL GET LOST. Every weekend morning for about 8 weeks prior to iceman there are several 100 riders preriding the route.

Here are some videos I made from 2009. I could not race it last year . 2010 was the first year for starts based from past times so this will give you an idea of what you might have to do if you are faster than most.





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Awesome! Thanks for the videos!
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