frontrangegravel
Rebecca's Private Idaho is set for August 31. 
Over 200 people participated in the inaugural 2013 event.

There are 56 and 94-mile options.

If you have any pictures, comments, questions, or anything to share about the race, share it in this thread.


This is a good video to get your blood flowing
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.Cricket
I signed up for this!  This is my first year doing any events, and I'm a wee bit scared. I've rented my hotel room and since it's about halfway between where I live now and my hometown, I'll be meeting my sisters there for the weekend as well. 

So, I can't chicken out now. [smile]

Any tips for a flatlander to train for hills would be appreciated. 
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jimmydot
.Cricket, I won't lie it's a hard ride but it is very worth the punishment. its fully supported, aid station every ~22-24 miles, if you are doing the 94miles its a lollypop ride, if the 54 miles then out and back. To train for this ride rolling hills if you can and ride as much gravel as you can. Last year this was my 1st intro to gravel and had to learn on the fly about navigating around on the road looking for the smooth paths. get use to riding in washboard.

I am registered and might see you there.
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.Cricket
Thanks, jimmydot! 

I live on a farm, so all of my riding is on gravel.  I am mostly worried about living on the Plains and not having a chance to do any hill work. 

The guys at the bike shop assure me that riding into the wind will be a good hill replacement. I hope they're right. 
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jimmydot
Cricket, absolutely ride against the wind. Get gets Windy here in the Colorado along the FrontRange. I use to hate riding in the wind, but now I view it as training opportunity! I am also training with a frame bag filled with a few pounds and will ride a Fatbike for the 50 mile or less gravel rides over Spring and summer.

Read some of the ride reports if you have not http://www.rebeccasprivateidaho.com/highlights-and-race-reports/ the ones by adventure monkey and fat cyclist are a good read.
Fast as a Turtle in Colorado
2012 Carver Ti | 2014 9:zero:7
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“Be like water… adjust… put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Be water, my friend.” ― Bruce Lee
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.Cricket
You are too sweet.  I did read AM's recap, I will check out the others. 
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.Cricket
Anybody else?
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RebeccaRusch
Hey Cricket-
There are some great videos and race reports on the link below that will give you a great feel for the event.  The first year was a blast. Yes, hard, but not impossible and the party at the end is a great way to celebrate a big day in the saddle.  If nothing else, the views will take your mind off the burn in your legs!

http://www.rebeccasprivateidaho.com/highlights-and-race-reports/
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Noah_Deuce
I rode it last year and had a blast - the views should be even better this year, as I don't believe they've had the same bad fire season.

The two most difficult parts were the initial climb and the washboarded roads. That first climb is pretty long, so coming from lower you'll want to make sure you've got the gears to get you up it (I'd recommend putting a bigger cassette on if you'll be on a cross bike). You'll also have to climb up the other side at the end, so make sure you save something for that final climb.

The washboards were also tough - some areas there was no good line, so we were just getting bounced all over the place. Made me jealous of people with dual suspension mountain bikes. You'll be fine on a rigid or even a cross bike, but I'd recommend at least a 700x35 tire in the rear - go wider if you can.

BUT! It's a totally doable ride in a beautiful area! Rebecca is a super gracious host, and it's fun to see all the big names that turn out. Have a great time!
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RebeccaRusch
Course update for Rebecca's Private Idaho year #2:  we've had tons of rain, so the course is not dusty at all and the hills are green.  No fire smoke as we had last year.  It's an unseasonable wet August, so bring a rain coat!  The roads this year have been improved and oiled (not my doing, it just happened), so the course is smooth and fast in most parts and there are virtually no washboards at this moment.
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