Re: Natchez Trace
I'm in the very preliminary stages of 2020 planning. Anybody on this list do, or know of any recumbent doing/having done, the Natchez Trace? http://www.raceacrossoregon.com/nt444.html
I did the inaugural NT444 in 2015. We had a light overrunning rain from Hurricane Joaquin at the start. Since it was not a "race" at the time and only a demonstration event, I treated it like a ride. I had problems at the start with new tires and wet road. I had no traction on my CA2 front wheel and could not let it fly on the downhills - it felt like it was floating. I didn't know until later that the release agent on new tires is a problem in the wet. This was my first overnight race and first time in the wet. Live and learn. After the rain stopped and the roads dried some, I didn't have any other issues with the bike.
I wound up pulling the plug at 300 miles. I developed heavy chest congestion and began wheezing at about 250 miles. I didn't want it to develop into anything worse so I DNFed.
I was initially concerned with the climbing but for this flat lander, it was not bad. There were a couple steep climbs but they were short. The southern section is flatter.
This for me is an ideal venue for a RAAM qualifier. I plan to do this event in 2020 at this time.
Rod Owen also rode a recumbent in that year and finished. He started on a Vendetta but I think he went to his backup bike after a few hours. I also believe he plans to ride it in 2020.
PM me if you want to talk with me. I can give you my phone number.
2013 CA2.0 - 700c
2014 ICE VTX+
2013 Invacare Force G hand cycle
2006 Corsa (Sold July, 2013)