Changes & challenges

It's time for a new challenge.  After a dozen or so 24 hour races all done with some type of support, why not do one self-supported?  This silly thought has been rattling in the back of my head for some time...KTR leftovers?  In any case, Anna, my longtime one person support crew, is a bit under the weather and good friends & Steamboat locals Murph and Jen are racing so fate has made the decision for me - I'll be doing the Steamboat 24 hour solo event self-supported.

This is certainly nothing new in the world of 24 hour racing...just new to me.  Each 24 gets a bit easier, and now I'm at the point where I don't need much anyway, so long as the bikes hold together.  Don't get me wrong - if you're in the area and are just itching to go through one of my bikes I'll accept help.  I'm no purist. 

Thoughts on streamlining the pits dominate. 

  • Hydration, I tend to use a small hydration pack plus a bottle.  The Fuel's only have one bottle cage which is taken up by a light battery at night.  This time around, I'm foregoing the hydration pack in favor of 2 bottles, and my fancy DIY lights have small battery packs that fit under the stem.  Going with bottles means I can mix everything up prior to the event and put it in a cooler, ready to go.  I do have 4 50oz packs that I'll have ready with water for the witching hours as it'd be hard to pick a water bottle up at 4am (I get dumber and lazier at 4am).
  • Hot food is out.  By the time the food got hot I'd be cold, so that's a no go.  A couple thermos' of coffee & hot water for instant oatmeal, one of my personal faves...and last weekend during a 10+ hour ride I gobbled 3 oatmeal bomb cookes from Bread bakery. I'm not sure I want to know how many calories are in those monsters, but lets just say there was no hunger all day.  I'll be showing up with a bunch of those for sure!
  • Lighting - my DIY systems can go all night with a set of Lithium AAs, so futzing with lights should be minimal.  I haven't tested them for water resistance yet, so I'll have the Niterider's on hand just in case.  Steamboat was "moist" last year.
  • Intel:  the announcer at the 'boat is as good as they get.  Don't know his name...but last year I knew where I stood each time I came through as I could hear his announcing for the first 5 minutes of the course every lap.  Hopefully he'll be back this year - the registration form actually asks for some background info for he announcer, so I'll bet he is...
  • Competitive goals:  I'll have to admit it'd be nice to repeat.  However, I am realistic and understand going self-supported will probably cost me a lap or two.  *** just happens.  I'll go in with a solid plan but an open/flexible approach, have fun and ride hard.  Podium or not, it'll be a new experience in a familiar venue.

Should be fun.  Besides, if a girl can do it...

Published Friday, June 02, 2006 4:51 AM by Dave


# @ Friday, June 02, 2006 1:02 PM

It is an honor to read you will be legitimizing the Steamboat Springs 24 Hr with your presents. I am a true rookie to the 24 hr thing and look forward to seeing how I measure up to a real seasoned legend like yourself. Good to hear your trying the unsupported way too because that will be my style as well. Hopefully I can spot you and say ‘hi’, I’ll be known as the Canadian Stick Boy. Good luck and see ya there and thanks for all the 24 hr tips in back blogs.

Jesse Jakomait

# @ Friday, June 02, 2006 2:56 PM

So that's your secret weapon?...the oatmeal cookies! Damn I only packed one of those for the ride last Sat. and you had three.

My other mistake was putting the cookie in my jersey pocket.


# @ Friday, June 02, 2006 8:14 PM

Im sorry to hear that Anna is under the weather but it sounds like you got your strategy dialed in anyway.
My guess is you wont have to worry about washing the mud off your bike this year, its like mid-July in steamboat.
See ya in a week.