Hotter'N Hell 2014

Old 07-01-14, 02:45 PM
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Hotter'N Hell 2014

It was my first century 8 years ago. Planning on doing it again this year. I still need to figure out lodging and would be happy to share costs if you have room in your hotel room...I have an aerobed so floor space would work.

Who else is in?
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Have registered for the spaghetti dinner and the ride and have booked a space at the downtown YMCA.

Seriously...is nobody else riding???
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Looks like you'll be the only one up there this year!

I've ridden it three times, but not in the last three or four years. But I just went to bed extra early, got up extra early, and drove on up there the morning of the ride. If you need a motel, just pick any place within a 100 miles of there and try that approach.
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I am registered. Not sure if I will be going or not. Had a bunch of stuff over the past month and a half come up so I haven't been riding much at all. Not sure if I want to subject myself to that kind of torture on such low mileage this season.
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The first year I did it we had 30 - 40 BF members riding. I even ended up in a private home bunking with Admin Cuda2k! It was a blast.

We have a BF/GF combo driving up to participate in the pace line division. Another rider is going to fly me up in his private plane (it will be tight with two bikes) but I'm looking forward to the adventure!
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Originally Posted by dstrong View Post
It was my first century 8 years ago. Planning on doing it again this year. I still need to figure out lodging and would be happy to share costs if you have room in your hotel room...I have an aerobed so floor space would work.

Who else is in?

I've ridden it 28 times, I'll be there again this year.
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I may try it next year, looks like a lot of fun!
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I've ridden it 28 times, I'll be there again this year.
Wow. You must be old!
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Wow. You must be old!

I've got tire tubes older than most of you guys.
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i'm considering it. have to decide by wednesday if i'm going.
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Me and my husband will be there. This will be 10 years in a row for us. We are staying with friends
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my gear is ready and organized, i'm going to try and get some sleep now. i figure i need to get up about 5:15am to make it to the start line in time. hope to see you all there.
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Well that turned into a real sufferfest. It was warm as expected, but there was also a strong wind out of the south. I had hoped to do the 100m, but the combination of the heat and strong wind led me to decide to take the shortcut at hells gate. I was there plenty early (11am) but I could tell that the strong head winds on the way back were going to make for a difficult finish. Ended up with 70 miles
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Originally Posted by hammond9705 View Post
Well that turned into a real sufferfest. It was warm as expected, but there was also a strong wind out of the south. I had hoped to do the 100m, but the combination of the heat and strong wind led me to decide to take the shortcut at hells gate. I was there plenty early (11am) but I could tell that the strong head winds on the way back were going to make for a difficult finish. Ended up with 70 miles
I did the full 100 miles. It only got worse after Hell's Gate. The Ice Bath at Rest Stop 9 made it worth it. I use a cooling vest, which I soaked in the ice water. It makes a lot of difference.
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Well that turned into a real sufferfest. It was warm as expected, but there was also a strong wind out of the south.
The wind was pretty tough. A few weeks ago my training was such that I decided on the 50 mile route and that is what I did. I know the last part of that route pretty well and knew I only had to endure a certain amount of headwind before the rest stop, then not so many miles to the finish. For most of that headwind I was at 11-14 mph. I felt fine after the ride, but I'm glad I didn't attempt 100k. Next year maybe I can get my training going earlier.
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yeah the headwind was pretty brutal. i was at a pretty slow pace for that 10 mile stretch, but those around me were much slower. having to dodge and pass made it even worse.

100k finisher in ~3.25 hours. glad i didn't attempt the 100 mile. i would have sagged out for sure.

edit: that said, there were 30 miles in there that were pure bliss. long straight roads, mostly flat with some downhills and that wind that we ended up fighting at the end. it was my first time to do this ride, will definitely do it again.
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edit: that said, there were 30 miles in there that were pure bliss. long straight roads, mostly flat with some downhills and that wind that we ended up fighting at the end. it was my first time to do this ride, will definitely do it again.
I did the 100 mile and was running well above my typical pace up until about mile 80. Except for a short stretch in Buckburnett the headwinds were at the end when riders were fatigued and temperatures were at their hottest. So yes, that part was difficult but I would not call it a "sufferfest".
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