The Elbert mini-mart opens at 05:30 on Saturdays so it can be relied on to be open.
In regards to the 75 mile return with no services, I can arrange for a water station at a friend’s house at mile 121.
Since there’s been no response regarding a water station at mile 124 and after reading the rules on the site, I will not set out any water. Unless someone replies today.
Did a few miles of the course yesterday, should be all clear of snow and mostly dry. The 3 miles of doubletrack on rd 98 are clear of snow but VERY muddy.
For anyone using a Garmin Edge 800 here’s the Garmin connect version of the course – http://connect.garmin.com/course/921204
Bike Route Toaster works fantastic for my Edge 500, but doesn’t play well with the 800 for some reason.
Since this is my first Anti-Epic Gravel Grinder, I have a couple of questions:
* Other than spending tons of time in the saddle, any additional training?
* What do you bring with you? (how much water, food, water filter, etc.)
Training: While there is a lot of climbing overall, none of it is typical Colorado climbing. Don’t expect to do climbing in the mountains and show up ready. There are a lot of short steep little ones. I would say that, in addition, to spending a lot of time, you should be ready to face a headwind 5-7hours into a ride. If you can ride steady and be ready to do that, then you’d be fine.
There is one place to refuel – at halfway in Deer Trail. I’m not sure what level you are, but a good bet is to be ready for 10-14 hours. So 5-7 hours worth of food going to and coming from Deer Trail.