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    Default Has anoyone ever competed in the Iceman Cometh MTB race?

    Was talking with a pal of mine and we think it sounds like a good time to try and do it next year hoping I get a spot.

    Like any of you after I put down Harry Potter I am free to look at all of the press release info they have on it, but would like to hear some personal experiences if anyone has given it a go. Fun atmosphere, challenging race, or just general experiences that one gets form actually doing the race.

    Just kind of want to know if it is worth the travel and holistic fees involved.
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    Default Re: Has anoyone ever competed in the Iceman Cometh MTB race?

    Just win a state title and entry fee is covered ;). Or altleast it used to be
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    Default Re: Has anoyone ever competed in the Iceman Cometh MTB race?

    Oh yeah , make sure you have transportation set up for getting back to the start
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    Default Re: Has anoyone ever competed in the Iceman Cometh MTB race?

    All my buddies in Michigan do it. I don't because I don't own a mountain bike. Word is it's not too technical but it's tough anyway. Lots of sand, so a cyclocross bike is out of the question. Guys in the know tell me this. It will be cold and it can be wet.

    I've never done it but heard all the stories.
     

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    SirSaab is dead on about the sand. It's h3ll on a drivetrain and brakes
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    Default Re: Has anoyone ever competed in the Iceman Cometh MTB race?

    Quote Originally Posted by TJ View Post
    Oh yeah , make sure you have transportation set up for getting back to the start

    Hey thanks for offering man!
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    no. ahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     

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    Default Re: Has anoyone ever competed in the Iceman Cometh MTB race?

    I did it last year and am heading up Friday this year to race.

    It's wild to see 4000 people at a race. It's 28 miles with maybe 500 yards of singletrack.

    Not trying to be negative, but the trail is boring and it's pretty much a 28 mile TT. Go for the experience if anything.
     

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    This will be my fifth time doing it. Headed out tonight after work.
    Hoping for a good race, I've finished 23rd and 21st the last two time I've done it, both times I had mechanicals (four broken spokes in my front wheel and a flat). If I can have a clean race I'm hoping I can get up there a little more!

    Over all its one of my favorite races. The course isn't hard really, but it'll wear on you. My set-up this year is a ridged 29er with 1.9 tires.

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    I'm going in the second wave of riders. So I get to miss out on the Iceman experience of passing 800 riders this year. That's one of the more fun experiences, the all out war to get around everyone.
     

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    I have read though the recommendations from the homepage of the race. I understand why they say it, but how on your own are you for rides, bonking, etc. The verbage seems kind of harsh, however I imagine so they if they do help it is bonus not expected. Just need to make sure I understand this is allup tome and the party I came with. Do folks sort out rides there or do you really need that many extra cars and stuff?
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    Default Re: Has anoyone ever competed in the Iceman Cometh MTB race?

    I might be a bit biased as last year was like 65 degrees, but I think they're a little overly harsh on the Iceman site just to make sure people aren't getting in over their head.

    A had a few friends I went with last year that were novice class mountain bikers. Their previous longest ride was something about 15 miles. If you know what you're getting into you should be fine. The shuttle buses ran pretty frequently last year, so hitching a ride back to the start wasn't a problem. There are a million spectators and it seems that there were course marshals and stuff every 30 minutes or so give or take. We were able to make due coming from Cleveland last year with 4 guys in a truck and we didn't have any logistical problems with meeting up after the race or anything.
     

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