A theme song, I’d start with this one: The B-52's - Private Idaho (1980) - YouTube and with 3 days of riding my followup theme song would be from the same 80s band. Something silly making like a MTB race on gravel bike. So my choice would be Rock Lobster for day 1 and Private Idaho for day 4
After a couple of visits to Sun Valley I’ve wanted to do the Baked Potato - that’s a lotta gravel. I’m afraid if we go this year I might be moving to Hailey. Maybe next year.
You’ve got it. I did QSR last year and ran 650b Senderos which was the right call. The first half of day 1 is a full on XC race. Then more flat/chill diesel pedaling. Eat a lot, bring the recovery legs. Also, it was FREEZING at the start of every stage last year. Bring a puffy for the TT, it’s a long casual rollout before the TT.
Day 1 - Seems like the most tech. Perhaps run a 45 or 50c more aggressive tires.
Day 2 - Don’t see any evidence of anything more tech than smooth gravel. Go down to a 40c or below lower-rolling-resistance tire.
Day 3 - I’ll be resting.
Day 4 - This one’s all over the place. Some road. Some smooth gravel. Some chunky tech that stretches the definition of gravel. My inclination is to keep something like my 40c Ramblers that I’ve found to be a good fit for mixed training rides.
But definitely open to suggestions, especially from riders of previous RPIs.
I ran 40c Ramblers at the QSR and thought they were perfect. There is one slow chunky section but overall the gravel is very fast.
Do run a huge tire day 1, it’s a mtb race. Run the fastest tire you have for the TT!
I’m bringing 2 sets of wheels.
Day 1 MTB Race- Mavic Alloy with 40mm WTB Nanos because 45mm don’t fit and I had fresh nanos. Also running Airliners. Also running my SPD platform pedals, so I can pedal without being clipped in and a dropper post where the lever is on the post so I can swap back out for the next days.
Day 2 Hill Climb TT- HED Emporias with 43mm GK SK+ that I ran at Unbound. the HEDs are crazy light and I don’t feel like swapping to a different tire and the Nanos with liners aren’t really the right tool for the job. Also switch to my smaller SPD’s and regular seatpost
Day 4- Baked Potato - HEDs again. 43mm cushiness because I’m looking to survive.
The first half of stage 1 is real singletrack. Nothing super tech but rough in a few places and volume helps a lot. Pretty sure you have to ride the same bike all weekend. I don’t remember seeing anyone on a mtb.
Just arrived in Ketchum after a couple of days in Truckee, CA. So 10 days at 6,000’ prior to the first day of the QSR.
Half day of work, then will head down to the LBS and see what kind of local suggestions I can get from them for rides that aren’t part of the QSR, but yeah I’m going to climb Trail Creek at least once this week.
Love the recon. Did you go over the back side of trail creek? I was wondering how the washboards are on the long stretch after the the climb. I’m running 38 pathfinders and I think with low pressure it should be good for the tarmac and gravel combo.
I run AXS wide so I have the 10-36 cassette paired with the 43-30 chainring, so plenty of low end for the climbs but still quick enough for the flats. I hope the climb isn’t too torn up, but I’ll be duoed with my buddy who is a better climber so I have a good rabbit to chase.
Okay did 2x20 minute sweet spot on Trail Creek today. didn’t get but 5 min worth of gravel this time though.
Swapped to 11-36 cassette. It works great, but I think it’s overkill. I think the 11-34 will be fine for race day.
Installed the Dropper post. 100% running that for the MTB race and Baked Potato. Descending with it feels way more planted.
I think the Nanos are overkill. The 43mm GK SK+ at 27 psi should be fine and since they are mounted on my Emporia GC Pro wheels, WAY lighter.
I’ve got a 2 hour zone 2 ride slotted for tomorrow, so I’m going to take a spin as far up Dollarhide as that takes me.
3x10 min threshold on Saturday, so will easy spin out to Trail Creek and see if I can dial in the setup.