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bikepunksondope

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Who’s going? What bike, gearing, and tires you planning on running? I’m registered for the full 120 miles. Haven’t seen a thread yet for discussing this event.

I’ll be running my black mountain cycles monstercross canti version. Right now I’ve got a 1x with a 38 up front and 11-46 cassette. Once I get a little closer to the race I plan to switch out to a 10-48 cassette and drop to a 36 in the front to help my legs with all the dirt climbing.

I’m on the fence right now for tires. Either compass snoqualamie pass or soma cazaderos in 42mm it seems like most of the course will be great for the compass tires but I may prefer a little extra tread for rough/loose spots.
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I'm going for the 90 mile event...I've only been in Western PA for a year, so this will be a nice way to see more of the state.

Will bring my (heavy) gravel bike with 50/34 and 11-32....And if that ain't low enough, I'll just gut it out.  Hopefully I can push those gears up the hills - I've been doing tons of hill work this summer.

Will be running 38-40mm tires...Not sure what. Maybe Terrene Elwoods.
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My wife and I are doing the 120, stoked for another new adventure! We are both going to be riding our Slates with 40mm G-One (650b). Both of us are running 1x11 with a 10-42 cassette, her with 40T up front, me with 44T up front.

My low-end gearing may be a bit long, so still trying to get a feel for what the climbing at Unpaved will be like. If necessary, I can swap to a 40T chainring...
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My wife and I are doing the 120, stoked for another new adventure! We are both going to be riding our Slates with 40mm G-One (650b). Both of us are running 1x11 with a 10-42 cassette, her with 40T up front, me with 44T up front.

My low-end gearing may be a bit long, so still trying to get a feel for what the climbing at Unpaved will be like. If necessary, I can swap to a 40T chainring...


Nice! The website has links the ridewithgps routes so you can see the elevation profile. At over 9500 ft of climbing and 80% unpaved surface over 120 miles it reminds me of the western Mass and Vermont rides I’ve done and the climbs can be punishing.

I’ve never ridden in PA before looking forward to the experience. Maybe I’ll see you guys out there. Those skates with the lefty forks can’t be hard to miss!
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I live in Pa. I have done races in

KS
NC
NY
OH
FL
WV
PA

The fees seem a little bit high to  me so I probably am out. I am doing The Rose Mt. Rumble in NH and The Cabot Ride the Ridges in VT.

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Koyote

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Fee seems reasonable to me, given the ride lengths, well-stocked aid stations, after-ride dinner and gathering, and giveaways and other free merch. And given that my wife and I will travel a couple hundred miles to get there, then will stay in a nice B&B for a few days, eating in restaurants, paying our dogsitter, etc, the registration fee is the most trivial expense.

I've done some cheaper rides, and some more expensive rides. Nice to have variety.
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GW Hayduke

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I'm going - signed up for the 120.  I'll be running 1 X 11, 40T up front and 10-42 cassette.  For tires I'm planning on 38mm Panaracer gravelking SKs.  
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brando

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Curious to hear how this went. It looked like a great route and race.
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bikepunksondope

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The route was incredible! I rode the 120. The route was absolutely gorgeous. A lot of big climbs and some of the most fun dirt descending I’ve ever done. Aid stations were perfectly place and extremely well stocked. Very tough route but I loved every minute of it. 10/10 would ride again!
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bikepunksondope

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Here are a few photos - I didn’t shoot many of the roads as I was too busy having fun I just shot photos when I stopped to take in a view. The roads were mostly good quality, either smooth and flowy gravel or somewhat chunky but still nice to ride on. There was on le 30 mile section that was really loose and rough with larger rocks and some big puddles. This rough stuff definitely beat me up but was still fun.

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Koyote

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I rode the 90 mile race, and ended up wishing I had done the 120 - I felt like I had another 30 miles in my legs. On the other hand, I heard that the longer route had some brutal additional climbs, so...maybe not!

Like the previous poster stated, it was a great event: very well-organized, route well-marked (and a GPS map distributed ahead of time, of course), fantastic aid stations (first one had espresso shots, a couple of the later stations had microbrews on tap, good food and nice people), a nice included lunch afterwards, a little swag, etc. Also, Lewisburg is a nice town - we stayed in a cool place and ate in some nice restaurants.

My only qualm is that the follow-up email says that next year's tentative date is October 27th - not only pretty late in the fall (with iffy weather), but a Sunday. This year, I could make it on a Sunday, but next year probably not. I don't feel like riding all those miles and then driving 200 miles to get home in the same day. We'll see.
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I probably live less than 80 miles from this ride so pretty local for me. I think you might have convinced me to do the ride next year.  😃


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The organizers knocked one out of the park on this one. For a first year event, the logistics, the course, the aid stations/volunteers and of course, the vibe, were all outstanding. I'm glad my wife and I made the nearly six-hour drive to Lewisburg!

The 120-mile course offered a fantastic mix of terrain, from the (naturally expected) gravel to a bit of soft trail and a significant portion of rocky road climb/descent that was punishing when you were around the mid-point of 120 mile day. The climbs were long enough that they gave you time to go deep inside your head space and think about the meaning of life. The descents were the sweet reward for those climbs (just be careful out there), albeit one could see them as foreshadowing for another climb yet to come.

Yes, I'd love to have this event a little earlier on the calendar in hopes of warmer weather. However, the late October date isn't a deterrent for participating, just dress accordingly (note to self).

Unpaved: Highly recommended!


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