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    Ok cool. So if I'm understanding this correctly, the only "free to choose" lap direction will be the 3rd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Ok cool. So if I'm understanding this correctly, the only "free to choose" lap direction will be the 3rd?

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    I guess you could make that choice, but I don't think anyone would. That leaves you with steeper hills and like 8 miles of cheesegrater to finish the ride instead of open easy stuff and a concrete dam. Right now, the plan is 1 ccw, 2,3 cw. If that changes, we'll post it up here.

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    Honestly, I prefer hitting the dam first when I'm just doing one lap so I don't have to fight the wind later in the day. However, after more than one lap, I'm going to be thinking about how smooth that dam road is right after I round Tejas heading cw.

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    Given the choice, I almost always start at either Tejas or Cedar Breaks and get the Tejas-CB out of the way first. However, makes sense first lap to put the dam/easier Overlook-Hogg out of the way first since there's less chance of people bunching up on that section.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    BTW, what tires are people running for this? Anything out of the ordinary?

    I'm running a Bont. XR4 front and Spec Butcher rear, thinking of swapping to something a little lighter, but still good sidewall protection. Maybe Spec Ground Control GRIDs.

    Edit: Mostly cause I want to run lighter tires for the EB, and I don't want to swap them again later on and I'm not sure how the Bonty holds up on sharp rocks. I know the Spec. is reinforced at least.
    Ground Control Grid is a great tire for out there. I think last time I rode a full lap there I had them on front and back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Ok cool. So if I'm understanding this correctly, the only "free to choose" lap direction will be the 3rd?

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    I'm no expert, but IMO CCW flows better...if there is such a thing out there. Just seems to me the north side is easier and you're technically going 'downhill' if you go CCW on the south side. South is the nastier side for sure.

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    I've don't have anything locked in yet (family, schedule, fitness, excuses) but I'm contemplating doing a lap (or 2?) out there the Monday morning of Labor Day. I'll post up if I get something finalized.

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    A few updates:
    1. Our list of sponsors grows: Texas Cycle Werks, Georgetown Cyclewerks, The Peddler, Orange Seal, 512 Brewery, Hammer Nutrition, Lezyne, USAC, and more are coming onboard.
    2. There will be raffle tickets for completed laps. It will be on a tiered basis. One lap raffle will be lesser prizes. Two lap raffle will be a little better. Three lap raffle will be significant prizes like Maxxis EXO TR tires and stuff. Look at the list of sponsors if you want more idea of what you can win. If you finish one lap only, you only get a one lap ticket. If you finish two laps you get a one lap ticket and a two lap ticket and a chance for two prizes. Finish three laps and you get tickets in all three categories and a chance for three prizes. Laps must be completed inside the time limits to count. The drawings will be done on Facebook live the Sunday after the race and prize pickup will be at Texas Cycle Werks for most of them and the other sponsor shops for the rest.
    3. Lap one is CCW and laps two and three are CW.
    4. We have full permitting for use of the trail by USACE and are insured through USAC for really any number of participants though I will probably cut it off before it is a dangerous amount. That said, it is not a race. There is nothing special for finishing any laps faster than anyone else, so don't be a STRAVASSHOLE and run over someone's dog.
    5. Sign up for $10 at USAC for USA Cycling Permit # 2017-2224 no license required since it is categorized as a non-competetive (i.e. no podium). It's the cheapest sanctioned MTB event in Texas I believe. ATX100k and myself will make no $ off it cause it's about you and your pain threshold, not us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fontarin View Post
    BTW, what tires are people running for this? Anything out of the ordinary?

    I'm running a Bont. XR4 front and Spec Butcher rear, thinking of swapping to something a little lighter, but still good sidewall protection. Maybe Spec Ground Control GRIDs.

    Edit: Mostly cause I want to run lighter tires for the EB, and I don't want to swap them again later on and I'm not sure how the Bonty holds up on sharp rocks. I know the Spec. is reinforced at least.
    When I did my three laps to show it can be done, I rode Maxxis Ikon 2.35 EXO TR at about 22 psi front and 24 psi rear (I am 200 lbs-ish) on my Hammerhead Thumper. I set up my suspension for slower than normal rebound and plusher psi than normal - rock crawling settings. Travel was 130mm front and back though 100mm would have been plenty at my 8.1 mph pace.

    Gearing wise, I ran a 32t N/W Absolute Black oval front and an 11:36 with a 42-tooth extender in the back. I was still wanting for a lower gear on lap three and ended up walking more hills than I wanted to.

    Also, I had a sidewall tear (piece of metal in the parking lot that would have torn any tire) within 10 feet of starting which meant the entire 80+ miles of 3 laps of LGT was ridden with a tube in the back tire - with no issues.

    I went with Ikons for the low rolling resistance and relative light weight for tubeless tire with sidewall armor. Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    I've don't have anything locked in yet (family, schedule, fitness, excuses) but I'm contemplating doing a lap (or 2?) out there the Monday morning of Labor Day. I'll post up if I get something finalized.

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    Thanks for the info. I've ridden the trail on my XC bike in the past w/ Ikons and they were fine. Just seems weird to put them on a bigger travel bike, but probably a good idea considering the long road miles on the EB. That reminds me, I will probably want to toss on a different chain ring for easier climbing.
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    Welcoming HobbyTown USA to our growing list of sponsors. At this rate there will be more sponsors than participants, so go sign up.

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    Added one more to the entry list just now. See y'all in october.
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    Wait, it is THIS october? Shit. Guess I need to start riding more than Walnut creek!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinerider View Post
    Wait, it is THIS october? Shit. Guess I need to start riding more than Walnut creek!
    I'd just barely consider it October considering its the 7th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rugger View Post
    I am preppy my 29er HT for riding LGT soon...ugh, hardtail.
    I ride a hardtail ~50% of the time but I prefer the squish bike at LGT. Standing up repeatedly for the endless rocks gets old.

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    Just signed up, will be riding single speed. See ya in October.


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    Is anyone still going to try and get a lap in this weekend or is probably a no go considering all the rain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFROTHUND3R View Post
    Is anyone still going to try and get a lap in this weekend or is probably a no go considering all the rain?

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    If we stay dry and windy the weekend should be good to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AFROTHUND3R View Post
    Is anyone still going to try and get a lap in this weekend or is probably a no go considering all the rain?

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    You can see from another thread that there will be several adventurers riding multiple laps on Monday. I'm probably going to ride a single lap on Sunday just to get a feel for my conditioning level since I've been riding no more than 2.5 hours per ride most of the summer. I should be able to finish a lap in 4 hours though.
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