Belgian Waffle - Who's doin the slog?

#1

Who’s racing? Just finished welding up my whip for the race. I’m pretty stoked – and a little scared.

Holla yo!

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#2

No one?

#3

I looked at it. Hard pass this year. :rofl:

#4

I’ll be there with four others from our team in Nashville.

#5

I’m in. Did the two recon rides over the past two weeks. The dirt is looking sweet.

#6

In, with about 4-5 other guys on my team. The real question, what are you riding?

#7

I’ll be there, doin the full waffle. What’s everyone riding for tires? I’m planning on a pair of 31mm Vittoria Terreno Drys set up tubeless.

#8

I’m still undecided on tires. Part of me just wants to run the WTB Riddler 37s I already have on because I’m lazy. I don’t think I’ll need that much extra cushion but shelling out another $100-$120 on tires makes me not so happy.

Thoughts?

#9

I’ll probably ride 30mm tires, but my concern is gearing. What is everything using? I have 52/36, 11-30 right now, but worried that I’m screwed.

#11

FTP? and w/kg? What drivetrain are you running?

#12

Guessing 3.8 but I’ve been sick (sinus infection) for about a month, etc, so could be between 3.5-4.0, about 185lbs. Not in my best form for sure. I’m good with punchy climbs, struggle with long, sustained climbs. Dura ace Di2 drivetrain. Really just going out for a long day with friends, this is not something I would even think about “racing.”

#13

My brother in law is racing and running a 34 cassette with a 52 36. He is 380 watt ftp at 6000 feet. I’m sure you could complete it but my guess is you might have more fun with a 50 34. Maybe you could borrow chain rings from a friend?

I’m about same w/kg as you and no way would I want to be riding 36 30 combo for that race. I’d be wrecked anyway much less slogging a gear like that.

#14

reading some of the interviews with “high power” people a bunch have said 50/34 x 11-32 or 11-34.

I’m opting for 11-32.

#15

I’m about 3.6 w/kg and running a 50/34 with 11-34 and 28mm tires. It’s been perfect for the recon rides.
Could get by with a 32 but the 34 will come in handy for the latter part of the day when the suffer factor rises.

#16

Been riding my whip unpainted for the past two weeks. Took it on some singletrack near here and I think it’ll do just great for the ride (I’m a little unsure about myself though) — The wheelbase is longer by virtue of slightly slacker heat tube angle and longer rear-center meaning that it’s quite stable (it’s actually designed more for DK). I took a queue from my MTB friends and opted for a shorter stem to bring back the steering quickness I’m used to on a road bike (also helps me pop over stuff I can’t just ride over).

Wheels: Astral Wanderlust rims (24/28 2x/3x) laced to Bitex TA hubs. Added spoke washers to help with the bracing angle and lateral stiffness. They’re quite nice.
Tires: WTB Exposure 32 TLR.
Drivetrain: Ultegra 8k. RX RD. 50/34 11-32 7K shifters
Cockpit: Shimano Pro Vibe. Spec Toupe 155.
Pedals: Shimano XT the big ones.
Brakes: Shimano 8k FM 160/160 rotor.

Bike gets stripped down this morning and painted tonight/tomorrow. I’m taking a queue from the late-90s Schwinn Homegrown but with some SoCal chill.

See ya’ll there1

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#17

A group of us are all riding CX bikes with file tread 32s.

#18

How did it go for everyone? Great day to be out there!

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#19

Targeted 9 hours and completed in 8:52. My teammates did it in 7:16 and around 8:15. No flats, no mechanicals - awesome ride - highly recommend it!

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#20

8:55, so i was just behind you. sick coming in, but ended up a good day- no flats, no mechanicals. ran panaracer gravelking slicks 32c tubeless- i think they might be the perfect tires for this race. weather and conditions were the best i’ve seen in a few years.

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#21

I had a few issues:

  1. A new form of knee pain about 100 miles in. Not medial, not lateral, not anterior, not posterior . . . deep in the center of the knee joint. The last 25 miles were just an exercise in stubbornness. If i kept the power under 150w I was “ok.”

  2. I can stand 2 bottles of Maurten 320 but things go south if I do more.

  3. I needed to do more 6+ hour rides just to get a better feel for things.

Well, at least I finished. I think there’s plenty that didn’t.

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