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Old 01-16-11, 12:41 AM
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hotter than hell 100

i'm a newbie registered for the hotter than hell 100. I'm from canada and needing some tips on where to stay and maybe any other helpful tidbits of info to make a bit easier logistically speaking. this is my main cycling goal this year so all my training is "geared" towards this event.

John Dubeski, Selkirk.Manitoba, Canada
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Old 01-16-11, 01:30 AM
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I live in the Dallas area and have just driven up the morning of the ride.

I don't know where the best place is to stay, but if I was staying up there, my first choice would be the motel in Henrietta that I drive by. It's about 20 miles from Wichita Falls, so you can't just ride from this motel, but parking hasn't been a problem for me at the ride, either. I think the critical thing is to make reservations early, like now. It is close enough to drive over for the consumer show the day before the ride.
http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sour...97.22,,0,-0.01

I have read in the past that motels in the area will institute a 3-day minimum for the day of the ride and stuff like that, so beware. Staying an hour farther away might be even better.

There have been a number of threads on the HH100 in the past. I assume searching would turn them up.

Main complaint is a lot of wrecks. I avoid pacelines, try to leave plenty of room, and haven't had any problems with that, though.

The last three years, it hasn't been especially hot- around mid-90's for the high. If it turns out to be 105 on that day, it'll get a bit rougher.

I haven't found the PowerAde/ Gatorade or whatever they serve at rest stops to be adequate to prevent cramps. Consider some Endurolytes or something along that line to help out there.
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Old 01-16-11, 02:53 PM
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Your first priority now should be lodging. it really does fill up, and the neighboring towns have better deals with less restrictions.

Im assuming you are coming down a few days ahead of time to (try) and acclimate. the roads too and fro are pretty decent, but the traffic around the complex will be noticeable; car and bike. If you do drive in from out of town, plan on coming in pretty early even if you grab a nap in your car before the ride.

If you like camping, Lake Arrowhead State park is pretty clean, and not too far a drive in that AM. Many people camp on the grounds. They have showers and toilets, but it may be hot and muggy-hard to shed a heat load.


The worst problem IMHO is always the start. We started as Scorchers last year in the second block and cleared most hazards straight away, but about 15-20 miles in you
have some itty bitty hills what for some reason slow people down. That is the first real bottleneck. If you can start as a scorcher, do so and line up about 5:30 AM. Seriously. You wont be able to believe how crowded it gets, and keep your drinking to a minimum until you start as much as possible (although they DO have port-o-potties)

The year before we started as Keepers, and hit traffic and road clutter through the 65 mile turn off. Cooler weather the last two years has brought out some really dangerous people-keep looking up several people in front as well as beside you! The farther back you are the more waterbottles, sunglasses, cameras, etc you will experience, and you are hemmed in too tight to do much more than take it.

If you clear the start and keep 22-25 for the first 40 miles or so, you are pretty well in the clear.

Roads are pretty good, rest stops as well-and the whole experience is probably the best cycling related event most people will do. I hope you make it down and have a Hell of a good time!
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There are motels in Wichita Falls, and in surrounding small towns so it somewhat depends on how you are traveling to this area as to what might be most convenient to you.

There are alternatives in Wichita Falls- camping on the grounds of the city Events Center, staying in peoples' homes, etc. You would have to do some research on the HHH website to get information on these. You can also search on these forums for past information.

You can PM me with your email address and I can give you more information.
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Old 01-17-11, 01:37 AM
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thanks for the info folks...i figured lodging is a priority i'll have to get on that. bjtesch i don't have enuff posts to PM so jube65@shaw.ca
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The Blacksox Baseball team has a training facility in Burkburnett near Wichita Falls that had dorms available the week before the event.

http://www.burkburnettblacksox.com/p...all-facilities

I got a room at the Hampton Inn in Burburnett a couple of months prior to the event because I was HiltonHonors Diamond. I haven't been able tpo get a reservation there yet this year.
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Jube:

Our club comes over from Arkansas each year to ride the HH100, and we usually camp together near the Ag Center. I tried the local motel option the second year I rode the event, and it's much more convenient, just about as comfortable, and a whole lot cheaper to camp ;-)
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Old 01-23-11, 06:29 PM
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I stayed at the downtown YMCA when I went. It cost $10/person/night and is walking distance from the colosseum and a block or two from where I started. The best part was soaking in the hot tub after the ride.
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Old 02-13-11, 07:38 AM
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While watching your hydration is obvious given the expected hot weather, don't just consume plain water the days leading up to the ride. A couple of years ago I was fit and ready for the HH100 and I drank a lot of water the days leading up to the ride to be sure I was well hydrated.

I ended up having problems around mile 70 and I believe it was due to an electrolyte imbalance. While the day of the ride I consumed every other bottle of water as a sports drink I had not done so for the days leading up to the ride. All of the plain water before the ride was flushing out my natural electrolytes so the occasional sports drink during the ride was not sufficient to provide the electrolytes I need.

My recommendation is to hydrate leading up to the ride. Just be sure to include some electrolytes with the plain water to maintain your natural balance.
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Old 02-27-11, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by gtragitt View Post
The Blacksox Baseball team has a training facility in Burkburnett near Wichita Falls that had dorms available the week before the event.

http://www.burkburnettblacksox.com/p...all-facilities

I got a room at the Hampton Inn in Burburnett a couple of months prior to the event because I was HiltonHonors Diamond. I haven't been able tpo get a reservation there yet this year.
The blacksox facility is really nice if you don't mind open area bedding. It is probably 20 minute drive from there to the race.
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Old 02-27-11, 09:03 PM
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I can recommend a place to stay which is only 3 blocks from the start and about 8 blocks from the expo and crits (all within easy walking/cycling distance).
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