The last time I rode 6 Gaps of Vermont was 2008. I’m basically starting over right now, so I figure I
will may give it another shot this year.
Even though I got my ass handed to me three days ago on a 40mi/3k loop. Freezing my ass off. Asking myself what the hell I was going out there the last couple of miles. Telling myself it wasn’t worth it as I zombied around a department store that night pushing a shopping cart. I know it will be worth it. I have been here before. This is where other people think they can’t do it, and they quit. It gets better.
So it’s time to do a little homework, such to make this next 6 Gaps experience a little more enjoyable than the first. Ideally I have learned something in these past five years that I can apply to the situation.
- If you get a hotel the night before, get your own room.
- You will make it over everything with a compact and 28t cassette. You don’t need your Mount Washington gearing. Unless you want to finish in 13 hours again.
- You need to eat real food and eat often, and you can’t carry it all. So when you see a store, stop.
- You can make it on 23mm tires, but let’s try to find some 25s that fit the Rivet and maybe smooth this thing out a little bit.
- You will need caffeine to make it through this ride. Don’t “save that one caffeinated gel for the end”.
- Please bring an iPod. We’re not going to do this entire ride with the chorus to Long Road to Ruin by the Foo Fighters stuck in our head again.
- Bring a blinky. Don’t take a headlight. It ain’t gonna be like that this time.
- Nevermind that. Take the Dinotte 200 just in case. It doesn’t weigh much.
- Bring an extra tire, two tubes, and a patch kit. And a real pump. Not the tiny pocket one that looks like jacking off a grasshopper.
- It will warm up. Go easy on the clothing.