Coming up in a couple of weeks time I have a 6 hour XC relay race, we are doing it in a team of 2 (both TR users! ). The course is 1.6 miles long, relatively flat, mostly tight singletrack through the woods with 2 sections of uphill fire trail which turn in to sprints for position before you dive back in to the woods. A lap is about 12 minutes give or take.
We are wondering about strategy- long or short stints? 2 laps each would mean no need to carry liquid or food on the bike but give shorter recoveries. Set up a base camp with a cooler full or snacks and drinks. Longer stints would give longer recoveries but possibly reduce the pace overall and we would need to carry hydration with us?
Any thoughts most appreciated!