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Hope as I might, my knee will not be ready for a century on Feb 22nd. From conversations I've had with attendees, very few (perhaps one) cyclists will be attempting the triple. Several will, however, try to double.
Therefore, Sam or I will head up a NO-DROP group on a SINGLE loop.
Starting at the same time will be a "NO-STOP" group that can stop and go as they please. If you're dropped you can wait for the first group to catch up if you like. I intend for the second group to be for faster riders who wish to complete the double within a reasonable time. If you can to a 2:30-2:45 single, you're probably on track for a double.
Of course, if you want to do a double at your own pace, you're entirely welcome to, thought he nature of a choose-your-own-adventure ride might leave you lonely on the trail.
Regardless, as promised, I'll be there with goodies and water, and cell phone numbers you can call if you need a pickup from any car-accessible portion of the loop.
If you INTEND TO TRIPLE, please make it known on the message board, and I have heard the suggestion of coordinating an early start.
We roll promptly at 7am. I'll be there at 6:30 with treats!
Come ride the River Mountains Loop Trail clockwise from the visitor center three times. Should be good for a century+ with 7,500 feet of climbing.
Frankly, I'm not sure I can do it and might stop at a double. Feel free to come ride one, two, or three loops with me.
This ride will be semi-supported with my wife on call. If you can't finish I'll make sure you get back to your car. I'll also have several jugs of bottled water at my car for refills and a couple of boxes of clif bars which everyone will be welcome to enjoy.
I don't plan to be in any hurry to finish, but would like to maintain a 2:40/loop pace to finish in a reasonable time. One long rest per loop at the visitor center plus food and restroom breaks. Roll at 7:00 am and be done in time for a huge, late lunch or early dinner. Weather should be perfect.