I know this is going to sound a bit silly, but I am looking for some input. I am doing the Shenandoah Mountain 100 on Sunday. I will be riding my Spot Brand 29er single speed. My dilemma is, what gear do I run. I have heard a few different opinions on the matter. Some say run what you always run, because you would probably be walking some climbs anyway, plus you don't want to be spun out on the flats.
Others say, gear down, it is 100 miles with 13,000 ft of climbing after all. Normally when I race somewhere like Michaux, I gear down because most of the climbs are kind of steep. From what I am told most of the climbs at the SM100 are fire road some steep and some not so steep.
I realize I am putting too much thought into this, but I am a geek when it comes to that. I mean, I am not freaking out about it, but I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about it. You also have to consider this is my first 100 mile race, hell this will be the first time I have ever ridden any kind of bike 100 miles.
So I ask what few readers I may have, what do you think I should do? Run my normal gear or go just a little easier.
Looking forward to any kind of input,