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    2017 Dragonslayer - Goodwater Loop of Lake Georgetown

    The event is on for October 7th with a rain day of October 14th. Riders have the option of riding one (26-ish miles, a Dragon's-Egg), two (53-ish miles, a Baby Dragon ), or three laps (80-ish miles, a Dragonslayer). The event starts at sunrise that day with 4:30:00 cut offs for each lap in order to continue to next lap.

    Good News!
    - Hammer Nutrition has gotten wind of this event and are looking into dumping a bunch of swag on us. We will be looking to pick up other industry sponsors as well.
    - Several bike shops have offered to be involved by providing cry-rooms around the 26 mile loop. They may even have a wrench on hand.
    - Our title-sponsor, Texas Cycle Werks (Texas Cycle Werks), is offering a discount tune-up for those who have registered for the event (registration will be open in a month or two) so you know your bike is ready when the time comes for the Dragonslayer.

    The bad news is (only face value bad news as it protects everyone involved), we will have to charge a small fee (probably around $10) and will use BikeReg to collect it. Lake Georgetown requires ATX100K insure the ride and insurance costs money. Seeing as we have no operating budget beyond buying a few sharpie markers, I am sure you guys understand.

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    This is six months out from today. Good time to start training up. Even if right now you can barely turn a full 12 mile lap of Walnut Creek without dying, you can be ready to take on the Dragonslayer two-lap option and maybe even the full three laps if you start training NOW.

    The Enchilada Buffet is two weeks after the Dragonslayer and the Nutcracker will likely be on the EB's heels. That is three grass-roots, ultra-marathon distance rides in a row and you do not want to miss any of them! Start getting time in the saddle now!

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    Can we still call one lap each way the Jorge Horseshoe? I'm bidirectional.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bamwa View Post
    Can we still call one lap each way the Jorge Horseshoe? I'm bidirectional.
    First lap is CCW, next two laps are CW, so you can ride one in each direction for a Baby Dragon and call it whatever the hell you like! I'll even write it on your trophy rock if you prefer (provided you finish).

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    Can I go halfway around (13 mile, a Drag-Queen), and then have my parents in Sun City pick me up, take me to lunch, and then bring me back to my car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bsdctx View Post
    Can I go halfway around (13 mile, a Drag-Queen), and then have my parents in Sun City pick me up, take me to lunch, and then bring me back to my car?
    As long as you pay the registration fee, you can bail out lap one whenever you like and call yourself whatever you please.
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    I'm going out there tomorrow for my first ride ever at Lake Georgetown to prepare for this. I really would like to complete the 3 lap option at the event. That's my goal at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFROTHUND3R View Post
    I'm going out there tomorrow for my first ride ever at Lake Georgetown to prepare for this. I really would like to complete the 3 lap option at the event. That's my goal at least.

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    I'm pretty sure I'll be out there tomorrow as well. Planning on hitting the trail between 8:30 and 9, let me know if you want a riding buddy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by schoolie View Post
    I'm pretty sure I'll be out there tomorrow as well. Planning on hitting the trail between 8:30 and 9, let me know if you want a riding buddy!
    Headed to Cedar Breaks for a 9:00 wheels down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simplemind View Post
    Headed to Cedar Breaks for a 9:00 wheels down.
    Aww man, I didn't see this until now. I rolled out at ten till, just missed you! How was the ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by schoolie View Post
    Aww man, I didn't see this until now. I rolled out at ten till, just missed you! How was the ride?
    As always...punishing! Pretty slow @ 3:45, but still nice to be out there.
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    I rode the whole loop yesterday for the first time. Punishing is an understatement. I'm literally amazed anyone could do 3 laps of that in 1 day. To master that trail I will need to figure out something for the god awful chaffing I experienced and bring more nutrition. I brought some gels and energy chews but next time I'll need more. I bonked out at mile 20 and started walking parts a bit more. Also on my second ride I'd know the loop better. At some of the park intersections I didn't immediately find where the trail took up again. At this point I'd be happy with 2 laps in one day.

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    I just moved down here this fall, so Saturday was my first time out at Lake Georgetown. I've got to say, it was definitely rougher than I anticipated. I was quite relieved to reach the easier stuff around Camp Tejas, since I had heard that the south side was the toughest part. Then I got around to Russell and Hogg... lol.

    Definitely had a good feeling of accomplishment at the end of the ride. Imagine what that will feel like after 3!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AFROTHUND3R View Post
    I will need to figure out something for the god awful chaffing I experienced and bring more nutrition.
    I have yet to find a solution to this. In my experience it is better to address chaffing and nutrition separately.

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    I should point out that I still had a blast though and those were some great trails. I'll look into those chaffing creams, thanks.

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    Long distance comfort is all about having a seat that fits. Padded shorts and creams are just band aids.
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    Tips for three laps that got me through it and MAY help you as well:

    The bike: A good seat is very important as mentioned above. Full suspension is also a plus. Setting up the fit towards trail-riding body positioning opposed to cross-country/race will help also by taking weight off the arms limiting fatigue. You can always hunch over into "race-mode" when needed. Fork settings should be plush with a little slower rebound rate. Rear shock can be in climb or trail but slow the rebound. Tire pressures should be on the low end to avoid sliding on rock edges and cutting sidewalls. This combination really helped me on my three laps. You will largely at or below 7-8 mph apart from the double track where you will be closer to 15-16 mph. Thus you have set up your suspension for rock-crawling, not enduro/DH.

    Nutrition: 20-24 ounces of hydration per hour plus 200-300 calories, plus some carbs, plus the essential electrolytes (Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Sodium in an 6:4:2:1 ratio). After two hours, start adding protein into the nutrition intake so your body does not eat itself. There are drink blends that do all this for you such as Infinit GoFar.

    The mindset and bike handling: Ride with the intention of minimal impact on you and your bike. "Row" your bars over the rocks to limit the front tire from pushing in and sapping momentum. Look for paths of least resistance in the rock gardens (if you were water, which way would you flow?) and then see if that path will set you up or screw you up for paths through the rocks further down the trail. Adjust your line as needed. When climbing, steer straight as much as you can while staying perpendicular. If a line up or down something puts you at unneeded risk of crashing, breaking your bike, and/or is going to burn a bunch of matches, consider walking it. Stay well away from threshold heart rate.

    As for training for something like this? Build up base miles for a couple of months then slowly blend in threshold intervals. Pay attention to nutrition on every ride and get good sleep. Keep it fun though and try not to make it into a science.
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    I think I had my compression damping set too high, lol.

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    Out of all the stuff I've ridden since moving here, I think LGT is gonna make me get some suspension. Not sure my hands would still work after three laps of that nonsense
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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post
    I have yet to find a solution to this. In my experience it is better to address chaffing and nutrition separately.

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    Keep in mind: these are chafe prevention. Not chafe treatment. I recommend Dr. Smith's diaper cream. No joke. It cures any kind of chafing I have. Apply liberally before you go to sleep, you'll be good to go next day. Just my $.02.
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    Yeah I definitely need prevention. So I was already on the market for a fs even before my Georgetown loop but that solidified it after the beating I took on my 1x9 hard tail. So I got a used niner jet 9 I can't WAIT to take back to lake Georgetown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMR View Post
    Keep in mind: these are chafe prevention. Not chafe treatment. I recommend Dr. Smith's diaper cream. No joke. It cures any kind of chafing I have. Apply liberally before you go to sleep, you'll be good to go next day. Just my $.02.
    How does that one taste?
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