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[RC] Getting ready for Tevis - sherman

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I've overheard "out of area" riders express their surprise at the heat, length and steepness of the canyons on Tevis day as slowly they made their way to the top of the first one. It's definitely beneficial to include many miles of long, fairly steep hill work ridden in uncomfortable heat as part of the preparation for Tevis and some riders have a hard time finding those conditions to train in. That would put them at a disadvantage on ride day for sure. Looking at the elevation profile many, many times, and at the completion and pull lists (times are given on those charts) , figuring out how long it might take you to go thru each canyon is important, IMO. Otherwise, one might just look at the mileage and think, oh, that won't take long, and be pulled for being overtime when you finally make it to the top. 


RE: completion rates:  It seems to me that when we studied it, only about 19% 
of first time starters complete Tevis. Not first 100, just the first time at 
Tevis.  The overall completion rate hovers around 50%. My gut feeling is that 
this number is a bit worse for riders from out of the region

By the way:  Jody isn't crazy.  She just has Southern "character".   You don't 
get to be the all time SE Region Endurance mileage leader by being  crazy.  OK, 
maybe it doesn't hurt to be a bit crazy, but all Endurance Riders are at least 
a bit eccentric.

Paul N. Sidio
Sane as can be expected
Spokane MO