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chas

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Nice to see a new race getting so much positive endorsements.  

I like coast to coast on such a beautiful and diverse state.

https://www.bicycling.com/rides/a20770672/michigans-coast-to-coast-210-gravel-grinder/

Good advice for anyone doing DK, C2C, or any long distance race..

The MI C2C route:  https://www.strava.com/routes/11067831
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Chas thanks for that link. Sure is good to read somebody's ride report to get a feel for the ride. Weather conditions can make a big change on a gravel ride  though. I guess this is the fit chick over at bicycling mag. right?


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I rode the 101 mile loop route as a training ride for DK.  It was a great first year and I'd expect to see the ride grow next year as they are moving the date back to the last weekend in June.  This will give more daylight to race the sun, a good thing, plus more time to train, also a good thing.  It will also mean drier trails which equates to more sand or a possible significant hike-a-bike effort.  That's OK too as long as you know about it.  Weather will always play a role in how well a gravel ride goes.  Several sections of the 101 loop were underwater from heavy rain the night before.  Next year should be warmer, but summer thunderstorms are possible.  Maybe they will tweak the route a bit to get ride of most of the sand.  We shall see.
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Yeah, daylight is good, and we get a lot in the summer.  I rather liked the idea of an early spring ride to keep the temperatures cool – although this year spring was about a month late.  That and I had an “unfair” advantage of being able to practice in the velodrome all winter long.

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Yeah, daylight is good, and we get a lot in the summer.  I rather liked the idea of an early spring ride to keep the temperatures cool – although this year spring was about a month late.  That and I had an “unfair” advantage of being able to practice in the velodrome all winter long.



Lucky you I have to force myself to go down to the dungeon and didn't get er dun this winter. If I want to do some early spring rides next year I am going to have to do that. I can't ride the exercise bikes at Planet Fitness as although I have never had knee problems they mess my knees up as they aren't fitted to me like my bikes are. We never really had a spring per say here in Pa. this year and Feb. was raining and cold and March was just cold if I remember right and April was either rainy or cold. Hoping for a better training late winter/early spring or any spring next year as it went straight from winter to summer.  

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Lucky you I have to force myself to go down to the dungeon and didn't get er dun this winter. If I want to do some early spring rides next year I am going to have to do that. I can't ride the exercise bikes at Planet Fitness as although I have never had knee problems they mess my knees up as they aren't fitted to me like my bikes are. We never really had a spring per say here in Pa. this year and Feb. was raining and cold and March was just cold if I remember right and April was either rainy or cold. Hoping for a better training late winter/early spring or any spring next year as it went straight from winter to summer.  

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I know it's not for everyone but I had great success with Zwift and a Tacx Vortex smart trainer this winter (off season is almost 6 month long around here). I'm really lazy when it comes to training. But with Zwift I was able to do solo and group interval training, social rides and even racing with sometime more than 1000 persons from all around the world in the same "event". I still prefer a good fatbike ride but if I only had an hour or two available, that was a great substitute...
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Fresh back from Kanza I can provide some sense of comparison.  Any ride over 150 miles is going to be difficult, so they were both tough!  Kanza this year saw a return to strong north west winds.  While the race did start with a weather delay of 30 minutes the day turned out to be very nice.  The river and streams were rather low requiring only two walks. Generally the route was fast and dry.  Kanza is not a very technical ride but there were still several sections which demanded your acute attention, especially on the dissents.  Texaco Hill and Ten Hill were very ridable and I made them both.

 

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Fresh back from Kanza I can provide some sense of comparison.  Any ride over 150 miles is going to be difficult, so they were both tough!  Kanza this year saw a return to strong north west winds.  While the race did start with a weather delay of 30 minutes the day turned out to be very nice.  The river and streams were rather low requiring only two walks. Generally the route was fast and dry.  Kanza is not a very technical ride but there were still several sections which demanded your acute attention, especially on the dissents.  Texaco Hill and Ten Hill were very ridable and I made them both.

 



DerekJ_MI

Maybe you could give us a more detail report on the Kanza ride report on a separate thread for those of us that may think of doing it sometime. Maybe some other members could share their thoughts of the ride also. Like maybe did you get a chance to work with some other riders to fight the wind.


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