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I know its still a bit off, but just seeing if anyone is planning on heading out to the San Felasco 8hour race.

I'm tempted to try this one out solo...:D
 

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I'm planning on riding as one of the teams for my local bike shop. This 8 hour race will have two person instead instead of 4 person teams for the 12 and 13 hour events typically done by the goneriding folks. If the team thing doesn't work out, I'll do my first endurance solo and see if I can survive for 8 hours.

I'm betting it is going to be blistering hot out there. San Felasco seems to be a heat magnet.
 

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I'm looking forward to it being my first race. I'll be in a 2 man team with a friend of mine (his first race as well). I can't wait to get my but kicked :p

Gatorback, which LBS are you riding for?
 

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HandyMan said:
I'm looking forward to it being my first race.
First race ehh?! Sweet!!!

an endurance style race like this is a brave first race at that! :thumbsup:
 

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Going to compete solo...never done an endurance race before. I am headed to La Ruta in Costa Rica in November, so I need to know how it feels to be in the saddle for 8+ hours...figure this would be a learning experience...
 

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I'm looking forward to it being my first race. I'll be in a 2 man team with a friend of mine (his first race as well). I can't wait to get my but kicked :p

Gatorback, which LBS are you riding for?
I should say "riding for" cautiously. I'm by no means slow, but you won't find any bike companies knocking down my door for sponsorships.

I have twice ridden on teams for the Ocala Bicycle Center, our local Trek/Gary Fisher dealer. It is a benefit of being "not slow" and also being a good customer. I'm not sure how many teams they will have this time around since there will be 2-person teams instead of 4-person teams. With the 4 person events they have typically have sponsored two teams (meaning we get our entry fee paid and free work on our bike during the race).

I think I'm going to push for a better deal.

:)

Oh, I did forget the free tune up before the race. (The shop doesn't want their teams riding on bikes which break down, creak, don't shift well, etc.)
 

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jcard14 said:
Going to compete solo...never done an endurance race before. I am headed to La Ruta in Costa Rica in November, so I need to know how it feels to be in the saddle for 8+ hours...figure this would be a learning experience...
I did my first century on the road last October and it took just under 5 hours and 20 minutes. I can tell you that just 5 hours really hurt. It hurt bad. You definitely want to be out there putting in some long days if you are going to ride La Ruta. My biggest pain wasn't sitting on the saddle--it was my legs. I had really felt fine until about mile 80, then my legs just lost power and it quickly became pure pain from about mile 85 to the finish. It hurt so bad I just wanted to get done and was lucky enough to fall in line with a faster group that had stayed longer at the last SAG stop. I was able to hang on behind them and get that thing over with as fast as possible.
 

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August heat not the only challenge?

Just strolled over to Gone Riding and checked out the event calendar:
http://goneriding.com/EVENTS.htm
Took a look at Dave Berger's GPS track for the 8 Hour:
http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6138797
Loaded it into Google Earth, and noticed one of those intriguing little Google Earth "feature" dots on the other side of Sanchez Prairie from the course. Clicked the dot and discovered this:
http://www.oregonbigfoot.com/report_detail.php?id=00830
I know, it was 5 years ago, and the report is likely the ravings of a lunatic. Or you might wanna squeeze a can of extra strength Sasquatch spray in your Camelbak.
jk
"If I fall you're going down with me" - Trail running advice from my Dixie Chicks
"Pugsley: It's how I roll" http://www.surlybikes.com/pugsley.html
http://tallahasseetrails.smugmug.com
 

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jcard14 said:
Going to compete solo...never done an endurance race before. I am headed to La Ruta in Costa Rica in November, so I need to know how it feels to be in the saddle for 8+ hours...figure this would be a learning experience...
I'm not sure Felasco is anywhere on the same page as La Ruta.. that race is TOUGH! Good luck!
 

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TallahasseeTrails said:
Just strolled over to Gone Riding and checked out the event calendar:
http://goneriding.com/EVENTS.htm
Took a look at Dave Berger's GPS track for the 8 Hour:
http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6138797
Loaded it into Google Earth, and noticed one of those intriguing little Google Earth "feature" dots on the other side of Sanchez Prairie from the course. Clicked the dot and discovered this:
http://www.oregonbigfoot.com/report_detail.php?id=00830
I know, it was 5 years ago, and the report is likely the ravings of a lunatic. Or you might wanna squeeze a can of extra strength Sasquatch spray in your Camelbak.
jk
"If I fall you're going down with me" - Trail running advice from my Dixie Chicks
"Pugsley: It's how I roll" http://www.surlybikes.com/pugsley.html
http://tallahasseetrails.smugmug.com
What's up with the course map, is that correct??
Anyone know why are they starting such a long way from the parking lot in that field?
 

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isnt obc awesome, haha. i know i know, a shameless plug for my shop. im thinking about givinbg it a shot solo, but i wont be wearing the obc colors, ill probably get gassed and bonkout around hour 4 or 5, so dont want ems carrying me out with an obc jersey on. haha.
 

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How difficult or easy are the trails out at San Felasaco? How does it compare to Alafia, Boyette, or Wilderness Park?

I won't make it for the 8-hour race, but I'll be there for the first FSC race in September. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to get up there to preride anything before the race. :madman:
 

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A1an said:
How difficult or easy are the trails out at San Felasaco? How does it compare to Alafia, Boyette, or Wilderness Park?

I won't make it for the 8-hour race, but I'll be there for the first FSC race in September. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to get up there to preride anything before the race. :madman:
I've never done Wilderness park, but the closest comparison, I think, is a 20+ mile (if starting from the trailhead), lush version of the North Creek trail at Alafia with longer climbs and a few switchbacks thrown in. Hardly technical but will wear you out.
 

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A1an said:
How difficult or easy are the trails out at San Felasaco? How does it compare to Alafia, Boyette, or Wilderness Park?

I won't make it for the 8-hour race, but I'll be there for the first FSC race in September. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to get up there to preride anything before the race. :madman:
If there is one course you would have to pick to not be able to pre-ride, San Felasco would probably be it. It is not real technical. But it's got some more sustained climbing and, as Cyclopod said, will wear you out. Some hard core mountain bikers would probably say it's a "roadie course."
 

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I wouldn't say roadie course, I would say a corner speed course :D most of it is very 'flowy'

From the looks of the map, it appears the race will hit the technical sections of Tung Nut, which is some of the most technical stuff out there, but still just rooty medium up and downhills.
 

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The race is from 10am to 6pm on August 31st. It is going to be held at the hottest part of the day in the hottest part of the year. They could have held it toward the end of the day, into the night. Instead they've decided to end the race just as the day starts to cool off.

I want to do it but I'm afraid I'm not into that level of masochism.

EDIT: I just noticed the map. They're starting the race in a normally inaccessible field. Parking will be interesting.
 

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The race is from 10am to 6pm on August 31st. It is going to be held at the hottest part of the day in the hottest part of the year. They could have held it toward the end of the day, into the night. Instead they've decided to end the race just as the day starts to cool off.

I want to do it but I'm afraid I'm not into that level of masochism.

EDIT: I just noticed the map. They're starting the race in a normally inaccessible field. Parking will be interesting.
Do you know what trails are included? I assumed Tung Nut and the trails that lead from that loop to the regular parking lot, but I can't tell much from all those squiggly lines. I've only ridden up there a few times.
 

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Gatorback said:
Do you know what trails are included? I assumed Tung Nut and the trails that lead from that loop to the regular parking lot, but I can't tell much from all those squiggly lines. I've only ridden up there a few times.
Tung Nut, into Hammock Hub, back into Tung Nut.
 
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