I recommend something with wide knobby tires, and low gearing. This is a true adventure gravel route, which means there is no perfect bike. The course features long stretches of road, smooth dirt, sand, technical dirt, single track, rain ruts, brake bumps, baby head rocks, etc. I guarantee you will feel like you are on the wrong bike more than once, so choose your whip carefully.
If a perfect bike did exist, it would probably be the OTSO Waheela C with 700c x 48 Rene Herse knobby tires.
Many folks may choose to run a light XC MTB. Sure the fans will think you're soft, by why do you care? Deep down in your heart you already know that is true.
The route designer believes a great adventure gravel route pushes rider and machine to the limits. Physically and mentally demanding, the route is hard but achievable. Whatever bike you choose will not always be perfect. Regardless of your preparations or fitness, completing the route will be impressive. Every segment of the route is rideable by someone, that someone may not be you. Amazing scenery and stunning vistas will be punctuated by extreme discomfort and suffering. Perhaps at times you are unsure if completing the route is possible, you must rise to the challenge. Deep into the ride, the first few hours seem like a part of a completely different ride. You complete the route battered, exhausted, completely satisfied.
You will be done when the gravel decides you are done. Perhaps bring a light...
FKT is set at 8 hours 11 minutes.
All of them. Including the types you won't like. Mile 64 is a treat.
Unlikely. This is intended as a self-supported adventure gravel happening. There are a few spots along the course where water will be available. Marlette lake is an option for water if you bring a water filter.
Not really, this route is remote and challenging. Once you leave Virginia City there will be no chance to purchase supplies. If you are lucky a weird guy in a truck may provide some needed provisions (water). Rumor has it, this strange man accepts bribes to transport your own personal feed bag.
Stop right there partner, this is not the ride you are looking for.
You will experience "type 5 fun" Which means you attempted to do something very challenging, it wasn't very fun, then you start fearing for your life, then you die. There is no sag, figure it out.
It is the official position of the route designer that this route should not be attempted by anyone, under any circumstances, for any reason.
The route is amazingly beautiful, and some people enjoy type 2 fun. If the spirit of adventure calls you, then you will understand.
If you are thinking this...it's not.
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