Hey guys! The TR updates, especially the calendar are awesome-10 stars.
Regarding 24 hour racing, here’s some of the things I’ve learned:
A 24 won’t be won on the first few laps, but it can be lost.
Throw some running into your preparation if there’s a LeMans start
Take a weekend and do 4-5 rides (with at least 2 at night) with some 3 hour breaks-specificity training
Use the first 5-6 laps to get a rhythm-smooth is fast
Rider #1&3 and #2&4 are responsible for each other-When 1 comes in, he should debrief/ wake up #3…when #2 comes in, he should wake up #4. You get the idea.
Have more than 1 “Camp Mom”
Ideally, everyone should have the same saddles, pedals, and gruppo on their bike.
DO NOT DO DOUBLE LAPS with a 4-person team. If someone needs to sit out a lap, keep the rotation going and get them back in.
- You only need 1 bottle when on course, unless it’s wicked hot
- Rice, eggs, oatmeal, potato &salt, canned fruit. Makes camp cleanup EZ too.
- My favorite is two bite snacks: Tortilla with nutella/ banana/ honey/ and salt or tortilla with cream cheese, ham, and jam. Skratch and coffee. If you were in New England, I’d feed you whoopie pies too.
- Easy on the caffeine too
Bring beer for afterwards
Niterider pro on the bike (1800 lumen) and Exposure diablo (1200 lumen) on your helmet. Set the helmet light back on the helmet for better depth perception and balance. I use a day and a night helmet. Even in the no moonlight New Hampshire woods, I rarely need either light on high. When racing solo, I shut one off and run the other on low and wheel suck someone to use their light and save mine. No need for a blinkie light either (you will be considered a douche). Bring a small mag light as a 3rd light just in case.
I roll up a washcloth, clean socks, undershirt, jersey, and bibs and change into a clean kit after a lap. Baby wipes are wonderful to have. Sleeves, leg warmers, vest, LS jersey, beanie, gloves, glasses…have a few but don’t go crazy. 5-6 kits is usually enough.
Know the start and put your best runner up first. It will be crowded, but things thin out fast. Tempo is key. Get to the timing tent 15 min early. Make sure you pee. Have a blanket to wrap up in while you wait. Use the first 5 min of you lap to warm up, then go for it. Sip fluids all the time. Wheel suck as much as you can if it will help you, otherwise pass them. Always give kudos to the solo riders-we are miserable. Be able to hand off your bike at the end of you lap, get to camp, change and wipe off, get some food and fluid, and get horizontal. Sleep if you can, stretch, star gaze, but get the best rest you can.
Have an awesome time! 24 hour racing is an amazing experience.