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As the title says, that's what I'm looking to do. Being that my friends just went to France to do the L'eTape I decided I wouldn't go since Im no roadie and get bored to tears when riding that much road, I was looking for something I could do along those sort of lines. I saw the Jan issue of MBM with the review of the RUSH done during the E100 and was impressed by it's magnitude - 100 miles, 18,000+ ft climbing and all single track - that's my kind of personal challenge.

So being from a pretty damn flat - 1100+ is highest elevation - Caribbean island how could I go about training for this? I just went for a ride w/ a guy from the US who said the climbing wouldn't be a problem for me since our roads just go straight up, no switch backs etc and I could easily practice for the climbing here, however the altitude would be a different thing. SO is there any way to train for the altitude? What sort of base should I have in miles wise? What sort of daily/monthly climbing should I be looking to do?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm starting early as I plan to do either the 2007 or 2008 if the '07 doesn't come to fruition.
 

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Trail Update for 2006

Due to the construction in Deer Valley, Park City and The Canyons... Boris, Jim and I went out and spent the day GPS'ing the new routes! I can tell you this...they are going to be SWEET!! Boris took us out on the new (or actually very old, hidden, secrect stash) of Bow Hunter.... This is some incredibly narrow singletrack, and the views make it hard to keep your eye on the trail....this is what Mountain Biking is all about!!

I will be posting the new maps as soon as Boris signs off on them...should be today!! So get out and ride!!

See everyone in 14 Days!!

Greg
www.singletracktreks.com
 

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Definitely a great personal challenge. When I need to muster a little courage, I think about tackling the E100. You gotta come up here and give it a go. If you can come up in advance and get a week of pre-riding the various stages, I think that would be the way to go. Plenty of guys would be willing to show you around - Boris has a pretty good crew that like sto take outta towners around and put the hurt on them :D

I've ridden a number of tough 100 milers and the E100 is the most rewarding to finish because it is so damn hard.
 

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I'm wondering how long I would/should need time wise to be there to get aclimatized to that altitude, since the highest we get here is about 1,000 ft? What are the temps normally like, is it cooler being at altitude or is it summer hot?

I think I can do all right training here for the climbing even though we don't have the sustained climbs we have some steep ones - longest and it's road is about 4 miles - the altitudes the only really question mark in my mind.
 

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It can get hot in Park City during the summer. Generally it runs about 10 degrees cooler up there than down here in the valley, but temps in the 90s are not unheard of up there. The course will have a lot of tree cover though, so hopefully that will help knock down the heat if it is an extra hot day.
 

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I'm wondering how long I would/should need time wise to be there to get aclimatized to that altitude
Conventional wisdom says you should either go to altitude 2-3 weeks before you race, or wait as late as possible before the race to show up. That's my plan for Breckenridge - get there Friday afternoon, race Saturday. I'd go one step further and stay in Denver Friday night, but that's not in the cards.
 

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Yeh, that's what they told my friends that just went and did the L'Etape - so that's what they did, got there I think Sat to run Monday.

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Conventional wisdom says you should either go to altitude 2-3 weeks before you race, or wait as late as possible before the race to show up. That's my plan for Breckenridge - get there Friday afternoon, race Saturday. I'd go one step further and stay in Denver Friday night, but that's not in the cards.
 

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As the title says, that's what I'm looking to do. Being that my friends just went to France to do the L'eTape I decided I wouldn't go since Im no roadie and get bored to tears when riding that much road, I was looking for something I could do along those sort of lines. I saw the Jan issue of MBM with the review of the RUSH done during the E100 and was impressed by it's magnitude - 100 miles, 18,000+ ft climbing and all single track - that's my kind of personal challenge.

So being from a pretty damn flat - 1100+ is highest elevation - Caribbean island how could I go about training for this? I just went for a ride w/ a guy from the US who said the climbing wouldn't be a problem for me since our roads just go straight up, no switch backs etc and I could easily practice for the climbing here, however the altitude would be a different thing. SO is there any way to train for the altitude? What sort of base should I have in miles wise? What sort of daily/monthly climbing should I be looking to do?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm starting early as I plan to do either the 2007 or 2008 if the '07 doesn't come to fruition.
...Lynda at www.lwcoaching.com. She has a bunch of different training plans you buy for a nominal bit of ca$h and she can help you substitute where needed. BTW she's a pretty phenominal racer and just crushed the field in the Kokopelli Trail Race.

Good luck!
 
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