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To say I am starting to get nervous about Savageman is putting it midly. I've been reading the forums on the Savageman website, and man-oh-man is the bike going to be ROUGH (total climb of 5940 ft).. I read what I thought was great advice in one of the posts: if this is your first HIM, treat it as an event and not a race. I am not going to stress about transition times, I am not going to stress about a slow average MPH on the bike, I am not going to stress about finishing in under x hours. I am going to enjoy it -- the agony and the joy of it -- and be grateful that I have the health and the means to participate in events like this.
The 55.7 mile bike course includes over 5,700 feet of climbing with both long gradual climbs and short, steep pitches. While the first 18 and final 10 miles are downhill or flat, all athletes should be forewarned that the climbing in the middle 30 miles is savage and relentless. All participants, no matter how strong, should consider a 27 tooth cassette or compact cranks. Weaker cyclists should consider a triple front chainring or risk walking their bike. -- I need some advice on this! Thoughts?