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100 mile mntn bike race--who's done one?

limewave2012-08-23 22:12:08 +0000 #1
My friend wants me to race a 100 mile mountain bike race with her this coming spring. Sounds like fun to me! But I have no idea how to train for one on my limited schedule. And I have no idea what to expect! Just wondering if anyone on the forum has raced one before. I would like to hear your experiences.

Thanks!
Aggie_Ama2012-08-23 22:14:47 +0000 #2
WOW! I am doing a 85+ miler January 7. It is not all trail though, it starts on trail (9 miles), road to another trail, 18 miles (+/-), road back and then about 1 mile of trail. It is called the Excrutiation Exam. Otherwise we don't have a lot of super-endurance marathons here. I am doing a 52 miler Saturday but that isn't 100!
limewave2012-08-23 22:17:38 +0000 #3
If I am correct, the race I want to do is almost all singletrack. It's a 33 mile loop. Here's the website: www.lumberjack100.com/ .

And I want to hear all about your race when you're done! With a name like Excruciation Exam . . . you should have an experience to share
TrekJeni2012-08-23 23:16:43 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by limewave

My friend wants me to race a 100 mile mountain bike race with her this coming spring. Sounds like fun to me! But I have no idea how to train for one on my limited schedule. And I have no idea what to expect! Just wondering if anyone on the forum has raced one before. I would like to hear your experiences.

Thanks!

Lumberjack rocks! It's beautiful and the terrain is varied. What I did to prepare was ride a lot of road miles because we had such a wet spring.

Jeni
limewave2012-08-23 22:47:08 +0000 #5
Thanks TrekJeni! I am so excited about this race. I really hope I can get in. I am going to be doing a TON of road riding this spring.
jessmarimba2012-08-23 23:19:02 +0000 #6
I've never raced one (hah - or riddein anywhere near 100 miles) but the BF does Shenandoah Mountain 100 every other year. I know he does big mtb trips on weekends but does lots of road riding during the week to train.
Catrin2012-08-23 23:46:55 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by jessmarimba

I've never raced one (hah - or riddein anywhere near 100 miles) but the BF does Shenandoah Mountain 100 every other year. I know he does big mtb trips on weekends but does lots of road riding during the week to train.

I've several friends who do the same thing. They don't race at all, but do lots of mountain biking on the weekends and try to road ride at least 100 miles during the week to keep in shape for the trails.
spokewench2012-08-23 23:14:32 +0000 #8
Never done a 100 miler mountain bike race; but have done a 24 hour race that you do about the same mileage. For the 24 hour race on a team, your goal is to ride a bit faster than if you were doing it all alone; so you have to train for pace and intervals. But to ride a 100 miler mtn bike race, I would say your goal is to keep going and finish at a reasonable pace. So, I'd say just ride a lot; lots of miles, both on road and off. I say off road, cause as you know mtn biking takes more strength in upper body and arms and so you will have to have those areas of your body ready to take the bump punishment. I would not concentrate on speed or interval work as much as I would just miles, hills, time in the saddle kind of stuff.

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