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DerekJ_MI

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Well, well, well,  what do we have here!

So mush for DK200 being "epic"! (well it is still epic just a different kind of epic). I've ridden in this area and this is going to be a very difficult event.  Especially for those finishing after the sun goes down.  The roads and two tracks through the woods will be narrow, densely treed and dark, very dark. This means you will have to use slower speeds, and racing the sun will be much more difficult due to road conditions. Plus there are a lot of two tracks that split off from your two track and those won't be marked well at all, if at all.  No horizon to get your bearings from either.  I'm glad the route is posted now.  I'm going to try to ride the western 100 miles in the next few weeks to see what it's like.



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DerekJ_MI

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The good things about this event is the time of year.  Early May finds not many trees with leaves in northern MI,  Weather can be very pleasant too and usually never hot, but snow is not out of the question!  Rare yes but it does happen.  hopefully high ground moisture will mean the sand traps on the two tracks will be firm and rideable and the regular gravel roads less dusty. 
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DerekJ_MI

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This past Saturday I had a chance to do a short 30 mile recon ride from Mile 75 to around 105.  Overall the gravel roads are in great shape!  And why wouldn't they be!

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DerekJ_MI

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Typical fast gravel!  Not a car in sight. 

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JMosey

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I just signed up this weekend and can't wait. My longest gravel ride to date is the 36 mile course at Barry,
So lots of training to do!
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DerekJ_MI

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Speaking of Barry, word has it that they are going to be having a 100 mile option in 2018.  The ride is 3 weeks before this event so that might make it a good training choice.
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JMosey

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I did see that Derek... it's actually listed on the front page of their website but if you go into the detailed pages it only lists the three traditional distances. I'm definitely signing up for the 100. Another one I was hoping to ride was the HellKaat Hundie but I think that's a week before C2C and that's probably a little too close.
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