So obviously Unbound is a wee bit longer than BWR, so you should probably adjust your target power / IF down a bit. I would probably shoot for an IF ~67-68 and, if feeling strong at the end, up it a bit.
Routes are released: Routes & Course Maps - UNBOUND Gravel
An actual, literal mile of climbing on the 100
44% paved for the 200?
Yeesh……is that right?
No. In the IG live, they said that the paved/unpaved estimates wouldn’t be accurate and that the only pavement you’ll see is coming in/out of towns. I think they said 98% of the time, it’s unpaved.
Less climbing than I anticipated!
Indeed. About 1,000 less than last year. 1 mile shorter too! Easy?!?!?
No chance that’s correct. I’ve yet to see an accurate RideWithGPS estimate of gravel for pavement for my gravel rides. I just ignore their estimates as they’re comically off
RWGPS is wrong on the paved portion. Look on Google Earth or Maps and the only paved I see is going into and out of Madison and of course in Emporia. I imported the GPX file into Strava and Strava Routes had the same error. All dirt except in towns!
I can almost guarantee that I’m not beating the sunset, so I’m planning on riding in the dark. I’ll pick-up my bigger night light at the 2nd Checkpoint.
What front night light is everyone planning to use?
Are you planning on bringing a backup light in case your primary dies?
Strava is saying 38% “not specified” which I read as not paved. After hitting multiple greasy, thick, shoe sucking Dagobahs (mud holes with standing water that’s how deep?) on the Sherwood Hopper Sunday, I feel a bit more ready for this to be a complete mud fest as well as have tempered my desire to bomb through things like that.
RWGPS defaults to paved it seems if it doesn’t know. That said, It is easy to change and if people do it enough, we will eventually have a great mapset that will let us know how much pavement we actually have on a course.
I figured since it’s a somewhat new feature that it’ll just take time to get routes accurate. It’ll be nice when it’s closer to accurate so it’ll be easier to find more gravel routes. I know currently a few gravel races I’ve done the race directors mention RWGPS was not accurate showing how much unpaved.
Yea, thing is, they can change that…
I’m assuming they don’t know that. I didn’t know that but I mostly use the mobile app
What’s everyone running for their easiest gear? I ran a 40t front and 44 big cassette last year. Still had to walk a few portions of Little Egypt! Trying to decide if I should grab a 38T front and throw it on. One thing I’ve never heard from from a DK/UG rider is “I didn’t need that extra/easier gear”!
I’m running a 40t front and 11-50t cassette. I was debating on a 42t front, but I think I’ll stick with the 40t and risk spinning out on the descents (heck, I probably won’t be powering down descents anyhow).
Note: My goal is finishing, not racing.
My rule of thumb when I do long gravel events is to let gravity do its thing on descents….no need to waste watts on a long day.
I’m gonna employ a similar strategy for SBT GRVL later this year.
Same for me and even more sore on gravel. As much as I enjoy going fast, going fast on a gravel descent definitely makes me nervous at times.
for people just wanting to finish it’s rare to hear complaints about having too many easy gears.
40x11-50 for me as well. My experience last year was that pedaling on the downhills was the last thing on my mind for both fatigue and fear of flat reasons.