Mohican this weekend anyone? I switched to the 100k because I think I’m getting tired of being on the bike for 10+ hours. Looking forward to a challenging race at a higher intensity that doesn’t take the entire day.
I rode the long version of the Divide back in 2018 or 2019. I really liked it. Solid gravel race. There was some sand. I ran 42mm tires, which were probably a little overkill. I ride 35mm tires in every other gravel race in Michigan. I’d probably run 38’s or maybe 40’s.
It went ok, 7:19 for the 100k, which was 62nd place out of 252 racers. I suffered from some bad cramps a few different times and had to nurse that. Also had a decent crash and injured my palm which made it difficult to hold onto the bars. The weather was hot and humid and it was surprisingly muddy. However, it went much better than the Cohutta 100 last month.
Has anyone done or going to do Lutsen? I’m trying to get an idea of the type of terrain we’re going to be riding. I see the map says snowmobile trail, double track and gravel but that can mean a lot of things. How technical would you say it is? Does it run pretty fast with good weather or are the snowmobile trails miles of deep sand like we have in Northern WI?
I have not personally done it, but several riding buddies have. It doesn’t sound too terribly technical and my understanding is that some people will do it on gravel bikes (but probably not at the pointy end).
Sounds like there is a fair amount of pacelining / fast group riding among the lead riders.
I am doing the 49er for the first time this year. Guys I ride with have who have done it in the past said it is basically a gravel or road race with a little bit of single track. My understanding is that it runs fast as there is quite a bit of group riding. I just picked up MTB last year and was told not to worry too much as its not super technical.