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Old 11-28-21, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Tomm Willians
My wife insists on crewing for me as she hates the idea of me doing this solo and being a nurse doesnít hurt either. Due to the less than perfect surface conditions, Iím going to ride my Orbea Terra gravel bike with 32c GP5000ís, a shock stem and a Selle Anatomica saddle. This bike has proven itself very comfortable to me and while not as quick as some of my other bikes, I think the comfort will prove more important long term.
If she's volunteering to drive you back, I'd take her up on it. Merely being awake for 24 hours is generally no big deal, but you might be pretty brain-dead after riding for that time, and it will be nice to leave the driving to someone else.
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Old 11-29-21, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by unterhausen
…It gets cold at night in most of the U.S., even in summer. It's worth figuring out how you are going to do this and take the clothing on shorter rides to make sure your plans are workable.
This is true, but even if the ambient temperature didn't drop, your body has a natural rhythm, and will feel colder around 3 AM. I've also found that my thermal regulation goes haywire when I'm exhausted, but that might just be me.
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I'm sure we all have some variation in core temperature. I'm not sure I'm good at differentiating between outside temperature changes and my body wanting to go to sleep. At night, I try to be careful not to drink a lot of cold fluids because that can make the next half hour of riding fairly unpleasant.
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Temperature regulation is really important as the length increases. I am not good at it to be honest having made some really big mistakes in 24h and longer races. I thought I had posted a quote related to Scott Dickson but must have forgot to. The gist was he needed another warm woolen jersey on the second night of PBP. IIRC, he finished with the lead group in 1979, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1995, and 1995. He won it a couple years. (Yes, I know the premieres and results are no longer thought in those terms, it was back then)

Jumping into a 24H race or test without some experience riding in the middle of the night is a little risky. The only think I remember from Loudeac to Fougeres in 2015 was two French riders with dead batteries sucking my wheel and shivering my derriere off. So, might be a good idea to try a midnight to 6 am training ride first.
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