frontrangegravel
The 1,533 rider long roster was just posted.

http://almanzo100.blogspot.com/2014/02/2014-almanzo-100-roster.html

Are you on it?
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ryanhanser
Yep, and a first timer... [smile]
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Crotalus
Ah yes. Yes I am.
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.Cricket
I am!  I am so excited!  Ok, and a little scared. Or a lot. Whichever. 
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ReXTless
I'm in.  First time for me, too!
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ryanhanser
Advice on tire selection?
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rideonpurpose
They tend to dump fresh gravel in one of the counties the race goes through but if it's been dry the rest of the course is best ridden on what most consider a road tire.

I will likely be back riding the 100 on 700x27 vittoria pave, have also ridden 30c schwalbe marathon, 32c file treads in the past.
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Clodhopper
I'm in. First time. Running 32mm Paselas
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.Cricket
I have on a set of Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tours.. Realistically, I will probably be too lazy to search for something else and these have great flat protection. 
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Bumbleberger
This will be my third. Didn't finish in the cold rain in 2011, but did last year. Really great event. Beautiful, challenging course.

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It's not adventure until something goes wrong.
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60Cycles
Clement LAS's work well enough. It's mostly about width and pressure with tires. Soft but not flaccid.
Train for hills... and distance. Train for distant hills.
Mostly bring your propensity for fun.

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ryanhanser
Water... How many bottles do you carry? Sounds like refills available at Preston and the park...
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60Cycles
I carry 2 on the bike (one is with electrolyte) but many have found that a Camelback, or like equipment, works best.
Reasons for this are:
1. Water bottles can be jiggled loose and/or easy to drop on a bumpy course. My first Almanzo I was amazed at the number of water bottles I passed.
2. If it happens to be a wet day, your bottle will become covered with mud and everything that lays in the mud. Farm fields are often fertilized with manure which is hauled on these same roads on the way to fields. Some falls off the wagon and consequently kicked up onto your bottle.
3. Camelbacks can be bought that hold plenty of water and are easily accessible with the drinking tube. Tip: blow some air into the bag to pressurize it and don't suck so hard. It may make the roof of your mouth really sore by the end of the day.

There are multiple stops where water can be had... and beer.



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frontrangegravel
Photographer Adam Morgan took over 800 pictures at the Almanzo this weekend. http://ridinggravel.com/almanzo-pictures/
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Rich S
Thanks to y'all for stepping up last minute and getting that 3rd checkpoint up and running! I rolled in late and boy was it a sight for sore eyes. I still had lingering hopes of finishing as I rode out but ultimately the wind broke me. I made it to the turn at mile 83.7 at 8pm and, with the sun going down fast, I decided to ride the 6 miles back to the start. 

So as far as I'm concerned I have some unfinished business and will be back next year to give it another crack. This time I think I'll leave the Pugsley at home and bring something a bit speedier!

Thanks to everyone that put in time and effort to make Almanzo happen! 
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Slim
Yes, again, thanks to all the volunteers, and especially Ben for that last checkpoint! Those brats smelled SO tempting, but I figured they weren't the best idea.
It was my first time, I will be back.
This seemed like interesting conditions, on the one hand the roads were just about as perfect as they can be, with only two brief sections of mud early on, very little dust, and most of the fresh gravel sections had a smooth edge along the grass. The temperatures were cool but not frigid, nor hot. So far sounds like easy conditions.
But the WIND! The F'ng wind! At one point my wife was sliding sideways through the gravel due to the wind. I used a 34-32gear on the flat. My knees froze despite Windstopper leg warmers, in other words, horrible wind!

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namdoogttam
Bumbleberger wrote:
This will be my third. Didn't finish in the cold rain in 2011, but did last year. Really great event. Beautiful, challenging course.

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Hey - sweet frame pack...how is it 'branded'? I have one that looks very similar - mine is a "Western Bike Works"...haven't seen many of them around, but I like mine!
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