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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #40 on: September 19, 2016, 03:43:09 PM
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« Reply #40 on: September 19, 2016, 03:43:09 PM »

See you at starting line, bring your gas mask.
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #41 on: September 21, 2016, 01:37:19 PM
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« Reply #41 on: September 21, 2016, 01:37:19 PM »

I did last year's 500 which was my first race. It turned into a 250 for me based on how long it was taking me. Feel more fit after another year and a couple more races under my belt.
Trying to make the leap from fast touring to racing now.

This year's rig: BuckSaw with 27.5+ rims and 3.0 schlawbe tires



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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #42 on: September 28, 2016, 10:39:19 AM
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« Reply #42 on: September 28, 2016, 10:39:19 AM »

Matt, Those 3.0 tires must have served you well in the Bodie Hills.  Plus size tires are pretty much a requirement for this course.  I spent 3 hours to walk 5 miles on the first day on the way to Bridgeport.  My 2.2 Maxxis Ardents were not cutting it. 
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #43 on: October 01, 2016, 04:05:56 PM
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« Reply #43 on: October 01, 2016, 04:05:56 PM »

Congrats to Matt for finishing the 500. Good "push" to the end. It takes a lot determination to get this ride done. Adrian had a tremendous run at the 500, smoked it.
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #44 on: October 02, 2016, 12:22:29 PM
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« Reply #44 on: October 02, 2016, 12:22:29 PM »

Thx Art. You were my inspiration ever since last year.
Adrian did "kill" it. That dude is amazing and also fun to hang out with. He drove up from Bishop to see my finish and we all went out to lunch after.
 
Plus tires are no longer an oddity, but a necessity. Can't say enough about my schwalbe nobby nic and rocket ron snakeskin 3.0's. I beat the living hell out of them.
Since last year, I've been stewing over not completing the 500 (bailing out to 250), but it wasn't in the cards physically or mentally. Over the last 12 months, I did my due diligence on both aspects and with a couple other races and long bp trips under my belt since. It made all the difference. Also, as we know, luck is a huge factor.
Send me a PM, if you are ever up in Truckee, I'll show you around our fat bike winter action.

Here's some photos and captions from the trip, order is a funky

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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #45 on: October 03, 2016, 08:52:27 AM
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« Reply #45 on: October 03, 2016, 08:52:27 AM »

Matt, Those 3.0 tires must have served you well in the Bodie Hills.  Plus size tires are pretty much a requirement for this course.  I spent 3 hours to walk 5 miles on the first day on the way to Bridgeport.  My 2.2 Maxxis Ardents were not cutting it.  


I'm pleased with 3.0+ tires for sure. I did 4.0's on last year's attempt but it was overkill too much of the time.
I went down to 6 psi in front and 8 psi in back in the Mono Lake/Bodie section you mentioned and floated right over the stuff. I was interesting seeing all the squiggles of bike tracks except for the + people who aired down. I come from a rock-crawling/jeeping background so tire pressure is always something I'm trying to dial in. I used 10 and 13 respectively for most of the trip. I had one stick go through rear tread on descent of redding canyon into Bishop on sunday night. I plugged it and stan's did the rest. But, it always helps to be lucky too  thumbsup


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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #46 on: April 16, 2017, 05:13:06 AM
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« Reply #46 on: April 16, 2017, 05:13:06 AM »

https://fatbikemammoth.com/events/caldera-500-9-18-15/
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #47 on: April 24, 2017, 04:25:24 PM
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« Reply #47 on: April 24, 2017, 04:25:24 PM »

I'm aiming for the short version this fall!
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #48 on: July 11, 2018, 04:23:30 AM
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« Reply #48 on: July 11, 2018, 04:23:30 AM »

Official grand depart start date: Sept 28th, 2018 @ 7am.  Registration now open.  New 150 mile option added for those short on time.  All info here: https://fatbikemammoth.com/events/caldera-500-9-18-15/
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #49 on: July 11, 2018, 10:43:41 PM
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« Reply #49 on: July 11, 2018, 10:43:41 PM »

looks interesting
good time of the year for me
what happened in 2017?
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #50 on: July 12, 2018, 10:37:53 AM
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« Reply #50 on: July 12, 2018, 10:37:53 AM »

would love to see a link to the routes when available. Thanks
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #51 on: July 20, 2018, 02:31:35 PM
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« Reply #51 on: July 20, 2018, 02:31:35 PM »

did no one start the 500 last year
and only one person finished the 250?
was there a forest fire or something?
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #52 on: July 29, 2018, 07:39:17 PM
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« Reply #52 on: July 29, 2018, 07:39:17 PM »

Think it was a freakish storm that hit the Sierras the night before and no one was equipped with the gear to spend the first day in the snow.
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #53 on: October 16, 2018, 09:47:31 PM
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« Reply #53 on: October 16, 2018, 09:47:31 PM »

I don't believe anyone has finished the 250 or the 500 route since 2016. The Caldera makes the CTR feel like a beginner bikepacking route. Blake B is finishing his day 3 right now and he is riding strong. He has failed twice on this route in past years. I am going to make a prediction and say Blake is going to take first place this year!
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #54 on: October 17, 2018, 10:31:14 AM
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« Reply #54 on: October 17, 2018, 10:31:14 AM »

Damn, I jinxed it.  Looks like he cut it short and he is off route now.  Bummer.
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #55 on: October 17, 2018, 04:45:24 PM
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« Reply #55 on: October 17, 2018, 04:45:24 PM »

Two riders finished the north 250 this year.
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  Topic Name: Caldera 500 Reply #56 on: October 17, 2018, 07:44:47 PM
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« Reply #56 on: October 17, 2018, 07:44:47 PM »

My bad BangHead  Looks like Alex and Rick had a solid ride on the northern 315 this year.
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