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100km of Walnut Creek - Endurance Ride #1

Ever wonder if you have the legs and lungs for some real distance on the dirt? Now is the time to find out. This is the first of a series of 100k rides at local trails. They should occur around once every two months and future rides will be posted with more advance warning than this one was.

For this Walnut Creek 100k ride, it will be an intermediate-level 10+ mile loop repeated six times. This means almost 3,500 feet of climbing and from six(if you are a god) to ten(for most mortals) hours in the saddle.

The route is viewable here:

http://app.strava.com/activities/27897399#[masked]

Pay no attention to the times logged as Strava does funny things with long segments

On December 2nd at 1:30pm, I will lead the Ridge Rider's meetup ride on this route for two laps so everyone is familiar. It is a pretty traditional route and was chosen to minimize cross-traffic or head-ons.

This ride is self-supported in that there are no water or feed stations mid-lap, but each lap takes you back to the parking area where you can eat/drink/make repairs/throw-up/etc. If you have to bail during a lap for some reason, but wish to continue the ride after fixing the issue, return back to where you left off and pick up the route again. Feel free to ride in a group if you wish and pool resources.

We are using the honor-system here, so have integrity and do not cut the course. If you cannot finish the distance, just do as many full laps as you can.

SCHEDULE:

Please be ready to ride by 8:30am at which time there will be a review of the route, a safety briefing, and some tips after which we will hit the trail enmasse at or before 9am. I will lead Lap One along the route at an easy pace and after that, you are on your own.

Everyone should have 3-4 laps in by 1:30pm when the Ridge Rider Ride starts and riding with that group is of course an option as long as the route is adhered to.

REQUIRED GEAR:

Helmet, Hydration, and a Mtn-bike in good working order.

You will probably want gloves, some extra gallons of water at your car, snacks, electrolytes, tools, tubes, and the like to keep your bike and yourself going.

OTHER STUFF:

If anyone wants to cook out, pass out snacks or water, or join for a lap or two to encourage the distance riders, feel free.

Feel free to post up comments and questions or email me directly through Meetup.

RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK!! 100k on knobby tires 100% off-road is a hard day no matter who you are. Know your limits and know when to throw in the towel and watch everyone else suffer to the end. THIS ROUTE INCLUDES ENDO VALLEY. Walk it if you need to as well as other technical sections, but know that after a bunch of miles, things that were easy to clear early in the ride become most difficult and your chances for a crash start to increase exponentially. If you get off to walk, please yield to those who chose to ride that section.

But all that said, this ride is very doable if you are comfortable on your bike, pace yourself carefully, stay hydrated, eat properly during the ride, and have a positive attitude. Even those that seldom ride more than a single lap will find they can finish much of the distance.

Go get some practice in then come out on Dec 9th and give it a go!

I hope to see you there!!

~The Nomad

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  • Jamey H.

    Great ride, and an amazing job by the organizers -- especially for the very first in the series! Special thanks to Stephen for getting me back on the trail with after my rear valve stem decided to start leaking. The Orange Seal and his floor pump saved my ride. See you at the next one!

    December 10, 2012

  • AJ C.

    Really good ride. It was harder than I expected. Maybe some biodegradable trail paint could help with confusion of the lap next time but well done overall and I am grateful you guys organized it!

    1 · December 9, 2012

    • AJ C.

      It was still a great ride just a few people I saw get a little lost but I don't think anyone was too worried about it.

      December 10, 2012

    • AJ C.

      Muleshoe is a good un!

      December 10, 2012

  • Charles C.

    Had a great time, good to see some old friends and enjoyed meeting some new people out there!

    2 · December 9, 2012

    • Andrea f.

      Thanks a ton for your help Charles. I really appreciate it! Much better to ride in pitifully than to walk :) I owe you.

      2 · December 10, 2012

    • Charles C.

      Glad you made it back, and faster than I did on a working bike ;)

      December 10, 2012

  • Albert Y.

    Great ride yesterday, although it was tough at the end! That was surely the longest I've ridden on singletrack in any one sitting, and at a somewhat fast pace (when I was riding and not recovering at my car!) And the weather held out for the entire day, ending with the sun coming out. Never thought I'd see a string of 50+ riders heading single file into the trails at Walnut Creek. :) Need to work on shorter breaks between laps!

    Kudos to Todd and Thad for organizing a great start for the ATX100k 6-Pack Series!

    1 · December 10, 2012

  • Thad

    Results are posted at www.atx100k.com. Congratulations to the 25 riders who finished the inaugural ride of the[masked] ATX100k series! Congratulations are also in order for Matt Barkley and Rocky Gingg for turning in an amazing time of 5:59 in men's and to Cindy Abbot for her spectacular 6:48 in women's! Thanks to 52 riders who showed up to help make the event a success and a big thanks to Texas Cycle Werks and Orange Seal for all their support!

    5 · December 9, 2012

    • Desert N.

      Hey guys, go buy some Orange Seal and take your bike in for a tune up at Texas Cycle Werks! Let's make sure they want to make other rides this series!

      December 10, 2012

  • Desert N.

    Brutal test of determination and perseverance.

    5 · December 9, 2012

    • Albert Y.

      I remember talking to you about the "backup bike" before starting out, and then seeing you stopped at the top of the ledge climb on the very first lap! Congratulations on your perseverance. :)

      December 10, 2012

    • Desert N.

      I will have both NRS's set up for the next go around. That or a hardtail and one NRS. Probably will still bring the Nomad just for the inspiration it provides for fixing what ails the XC bike...

      December 10, 2012

  • Tommie R.

    Thanks to Todd and Thad for organizing such a great series and today's event. Thanks also to Texas Cyclewerks and Orange Seal for being there today.

    2 · December 9, 2012

    • Albert Y.

      I agree with Tommie--Muleshoe is going to hurt more! More overall elevation change, more technical challenges, and two of the extra credit sections will definitely slow people down. Reimers will be a race track, that's for sure--I'm curious what loop you end up using. BCGB and Emma Long will both be a bitch! I think BCGB will be worse if it's held in the summer--the heat is going to be brutal with all the repeated climbs.

      December 10, 2012

    • Desert N.

      Reimers will be the expert loop with the added loop before the 1 mile downhill fence run. So each loop will be 7ish miles of hellish ledge climbs and drops followed by 7 miles of very fast single track. As for BCGB, it will be a giant clockwise loop. So no climbing mulch hill which will make James Cobb very sad. We will be going up 'taint however and that will likely be the sole big extended climb. We shall see.

      December 10, 2012

  • Desert N.

    And now some negative:

    This course as chosen was tested tested and tested again to determine just how fast a top rider could clear it. A world champion could smoke a couple of laps of this course in about 52-53 minutes per lap if ridden to perfection and that is popping 20+mph on all the straights.

    For the riders of this 100k who had the audacity to come in and claim a sub 50 minute lap, you had to have severely cut the course. Unless you have an unedited GPS/Strava track to demonstrate you did in fact do the entire 62+ miles along the route, you will probably go down as a DNF. It's a 10+ mile loop, and finishing that in 36 minutes would be a 27.7 mph average. Don't think for a moment the time keepers cannot do simple math.

    This is coupled with some eyes on the ground accounts of riders skipping Windy and/or BMX then heading back to the start/finish to log their time. If you are one of these riders who knowingly cheat the course, this series is probably not for you.

    2 · December 10, 2012

    • Albert Y.

      Even though the opening lap was "enmasse", it got broken apart pretty quickly due to differences in speed, mechanicals, rider skill, and crashes (I witnessed three crashes on the first lap alone). If the ride is held at Walnut Creek again next year, might be helpful to post volunteers at the major deviations from the normal loop (such as at the turn for the Church Climb, the end of Mark's Art, down to Endo Valley, etc.) At least for the first lap--you obviously can't keep people from cheating if that's what they want to do, but this would help people who don't know the proper course, since you can't really put signage out there.

      December 10, 2012

    • Desert N.

      The rest of the season will be at more mtn bike only type venues and we should be able to mark the course.

      December 10, 2012

  • Michael S.

    It was a great ride! I doubled my longest ride at Walnut.

    2 · December 10, 2012

  • Robert

    WOW!!! What a day!!! Great Ride, glad to see everyone out there for the suffer fest.

    2 · December 10, 2012

  • Gary C.

    Great event! Many thanks to Todd and Thad for organizing. LMK if you need or want help with any of the future events.

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • James C.

    I underestimated how tough that was going to be. Thanks to all for putting in there time and effort to make this happen (looking at you Todd and Thad). Congrats to the riders who give it their best shot today. No easy task!

    Special shout out to Thad for letting me borrow a light so I could get my sixth lap. I'm still trying to decide if I'm glad or really pissed at him for doing that. :p

    5 · December 9, 2012

    • Desert N.

      I am glad you enjoyed six climbs out of endo valley, James. Just wait till you see the GB route.

      December 9, 2012

    • Thad

      You love me for it!

      1 · December 9, 2012

  • Thad

    Thanks to everyone who showed up! It was an awesome time.

    December 9, 2012

  • Dena

    Good turnout a great group of riders. Congrats to all finishers. Was a hard 6 loops, but a lot of fun too. Thank you to all the organizers....well done!

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Andrea f.

    Lots of riders and good fun! Great job!

    1 · December 9, 2012

    • Tommie R.

      Wish you could have ridden the whole thing with me.

      1 · December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    100K at Walnut was tough!. Thanks for putting this together! I can't wait for Muleshoe

    December 9, 2012

  • Wes D.

    WOW 42 attendance nice!! Walnut is going to get hammered

    2 · December 7, 2012

    • Albert Y.

      It will be quite interesting given how busy the park usually is on Sunday! :D Need to make sure I have a bell on my bike!

      1 · December 7, 2012

    • James C.

      No, WC hammered US!

      2 · December 9, 2012

  • Chris M.

    Made it through the 50k of Walnut ... Congrats to all who finished the full 100K ... That's a hell of an achievement!

    4 · December 9, 2012

  • Rachelle

    Ouch! What a tough, but great, day! Who knew Walnut could be so hard?!

    2 · December 9, 2012

  • Mike W.

    Great ride and well organized.

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • Jason S.

    'Twas a painful good time today! Thanks for taking the time to put this event together. Have a good one!

    1 · December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good luck all you hammerheads! Wish I could be there with my cowbells to cheer you on. Have a great ride and be safe. Watch out for all the green plastic stinky bombs!

    December 7, 2012

  • Desert N.

    Graham is helping put together some jerseys for the folks that finish all six 100km challenges, so there is an incentive to give it a go. There will probably be a fee for a jersey but we hope to snare some sponsors to defray costs. The venues right now are walnut, Barton creek, pace bend, city park, and two trails to be determined. They will progress on order of difficulty/pain factor. This is a fledgling grass roots effort at this point, but looks like there is some buzz and interest. Hope you guys can give it a go!

    November 25, 2012

    • Kendra

      this sounds painful. i may or may not come. dang it what happened to the maybe button on "will you join"?

      December 5, 2012

  • Brad H.

    Orange Seal Cycling Products will be on hand to lube chains, help with flats and have hydration as well. Come by the tent and say hello!

    5 · December 4, 2012

  • Desert N.

    Hot tips: Have a bike maintenance plan between laps. Maybe its compressed air on the drive train, lubing and wiping down the chain, checking for loose parts, etc. Just a minute or two to avoid costly issues mid-lap. Have your food figured out.
    Some of us will burn north of 5,000 calories in the 100k so nutrition is very important. Eat often at regular intervals, replace your electrolytes, and take in plenty of water. Show up ready to go with your bike tuned to perfection: true wheels, bearings adjusted, no ghost shifting, tire pressure spot on, shocks adjusted, etc. Go on a gear diet. Do you really need 6 co2 cartridges in your pack? Strip down the gear to the bare minimum needed to keep going for one lap and leave the rest in the car. Pounds count!

    Add some psi of tire pressure. Either at the start or as the 100k progresses, an extra 10% psi in the tires makes for lower rolling resistance and less energy consumption to pedal over distance. It might just make the difference between a finish and a DN

    1 · December 4, 2012

    • Desert N.

      DNF. Stay off the brakes in the corners. "Ride the speed of the trail" and don't power through the straights only to brake away your efforts for the next corner. Keep your momentum up. Every time you slow down, you have to pedal back up again which burns legs. Better to keep a steady consistent speed. See you guys Sunday!!

      December 4, 2012

  • Graham S.

    Where is the website? What's the name for this series again?

    December 2, 2012

  • Desert N.

    Just a heads up. Bring your lights if you have them. I know it sounds odd, but it may be possible to end up finishing in the dark even though you start at 9am. I predict most will clear the course in 7-8 hours with minimal break time between laps, but that can extend out if you have mechanicals or cramping to deal with.

    December 1, 2012

  • Desert N.

    This is the first of six 100km rides I plan on organizing in the next 12 months; one every two months. Walnut Creek
    The Barton Creek Greenbelt
    Pace Bend
    City Park (to finish out the season as the most demanding trail)

    Ideas for the other two? Reimers? Muleshoe? Reveille? Rocky Hill? Anyone? Needs to be close to Austin. Also. I am open to ideas for riders who complete all six 100km rides - a jersey or something if anyone knows about that sort of thing.

    November 25, 2012

    • Dena

      There will be a 10 mile loop, right?? Has the course been chosen yet....or is it a secret? ;)

      November 29, 2012

    • Desert N.

      The lap has been set, yes. Refer to the Strava link in the ride-call main text. If you can make one of the remaining prerides it will concrete the route easily for you.

      1 · November 29, 2012

  • Mike W.

    OK I'm in. I have to be at the parking lot at 1:15 to do the ARR ride. Not sure if i can do all 6 laps but I'll do as many as I can.

    November 29, 2012

    • Desert N.

      You'll make it. Just take every lap slow and steady and no stops from lap one and onwards. You cannot afford to sprint anything or power up any climb as it may cost you that final lap later on.

      November 29, 2012

  • Desert N.

    The Saturday 9am preride has been trounced by work.... At least any preride I will be leading. Tomorrow morning(Friday) at 9am for up to three laps, two laps on Sunday at 1:30p, and Monday 9am are still on.

    November 29, 2012

  • Desert N.

    Here is a fresh clean GPS strava track of the route:

    http://app.strava.com/activities/30127797

    November 29, 2012

  • Desert N.

    Training rides on the route below. Times are wheels down. All are no drop on initial lap. Correct the Saturday time and added Monday.

    Friday morning 11/30 at 9am meeting on the mulch for three laps.

    Saturday morning 12/1 at 9am meeting on the mulch for 1 lap.

    Sunday afternoon 12/2 at 1:30pm meeting on the mulch for two or three laps.

    Monday morning 12/3 9am meeting on the mulch for one lap

    November 28, 2012

  • Wes D.

    Are these rides always going to be on Sunday? Sounds like some fun rides!

    November 25, 2012

    • Desert N.

      Yeah they will be on Sundays. I know that makes it tough for some.

      November 26, 2012

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