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2019/07/22 14:31:54 (permalink)

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
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    Re: Natchez Trace 2019/07/22 17:55:34 (permalink)
    Doc Dan
    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.

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    Re: Natchez Trace 2019/07/22 20:11:25 (permalink)
    Thanks, Tim.  All good.  I PM'd you.
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