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Just how hot and hellish is the Hotter than Hell 100 in TX?(12 posts)

Just how hot and hellish is the Hotter than Hell 100 in TX?PL
May 23, 2001 10:44 AM
Hotter than hell?? nmLen J
May 23, 2001 10:54 AM
Dang!grz mnky
May 23, 2001 1:27 PM
The Markleeville Death Ride actually boasts that no one has ever died. Maybe the Texans have a better claim on the name.

Actually called an ambulance for a woman going into heat stroke on a century ride last year. Docs said she wasn't far from doing permanent brain damage or worse.

Like Clint says in The Outlaw Jose Wales to the bounty hunter before he blows him away - "Dying at much of a livin'."
on that subject....heatStroke
May 23, 2001 5:02 PM
Did a MTB race in Texas several years ago. On the day before, Saturday, they had a ride over the race course. It was around 100 degrees that afternoon, and as my friend and I rolled in to the finish, we saw an older dude getting stuffed into an ambulance due to heat stroke. Typically Texan, he did the ride on an old huffy or murray MTB wearing cowboy boots, dark blue jeans and a heavy flannel shirt. I think it was a 15 mile course. DUHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
re: Just how hot and hellish is the Hotter than Hell 100 in TX?simstress
May 23, 2001 11:35 AM
The temperature of hell has not been measured, but I do know that the heat index in '99 was 118 or so. Ambient temperature was above 100. They closed the route early because they were running out of ice and water at the later stops on the 100-mile route. The hot wind did not help either.
Depends what you are used toDave Hickey
May 23, 2001 12:24 PM
It depends on what climate you are used to. I live in Texas and ride in 100 degree heat every summer. The heat index(Texas equivalent of wind chill) in Wichita Falls can be 120 degrees. If you are coming from a northern climate, it might be a difficult. If you do come for the HTH, drink PLENTY of fluids. Most of the stories of people almost dieing are from dehydration not the heat.
Depends what you are used todustin73
May 23, 2001 1:34 PM
yeah, like someone else said, the southern winds are awful. not 'cause they're strong or anything, but because they're hot. you try to inhale through your mouth, and you feel the heat going into your lungs. even now, i'll go for a ride, and 10miles into it, i'll be sweating buckets...
Year 2000 was the hottest!nuke
May 23, 2001 1:51 PM
I don't think there are any "official numbers". But this is the info I got from the officials and volunteers in the year 2000's HH100:

It was their hottest event ever since they started the HH100.
Highest air temperature of the day: 108.9 degrees F
Temperature measured 3 feet off of the pavement: 124 degrees F

There will be over 800 medical staff at the ride to deal with any sort of medical conditions, if that gives you an idea.

The medical tent at the finish looks like some scene out of MASH, except everyone is dressed in multi-colored spandex. IV bottles everywhere...

It's hot, yes, but it's doable. The important thing is to drink, drink, drink! And then, if that doesn't work, have the sense to realize you're reaching your limit. There are a lot more variables into your 'limit' for that particular day than just your physical conditioning but many make the mistake thinking that their testosterone level is the main input and no one wants to admit they have a low testosterone level...and so trouble ensues...

See y'all there this year! :-)
1996 was cooljp2
May 24, 2001 6:45 AM
i thought it was quite chilly myself that year.
humidity factor ...?Breck
May 24, 2001 9:00 AM
Texas Hot
i'll take Phoenix over Houston but have not ridden the Falls but a lot of old Gyp Water cowhands did early Texas. Has Archer City recovered from the Last Picture Show?

My grand parents on my dads side are from Olney, south west of Wichita Falls. I visited there a few times back in the 50's/60's but don't remember the heat. Pepa always said it was so hot up there in Wichita falls in the early summer that even the turkeys were prayin' for thanksgiving!

My take...
Water is the key here as for every pint of water you lose may raise your heart rate 8 beats or so. I would try and wear a visor for the helmet even if it looks dumb. A CamelbaK might help. Putting in easier perceived effort will help and may actually decrease the time out on the course.. If you can condition your self ahead of time do it. Don't seriously "race" the event.

I'm a heat lover myself but don't cotton to high humidity mixed in. Have raced in 105 degree one hour foot race on dirt hills Mission Viejo, 1978 (the road was later paved, named Olympiad Blvd., site of the US Olympic Bike race). One death there and lots of heat stroke from minor to major for the late to no finish runners. I finished 18th overall in the race i would normally maybe finish 60th or so on a "normal" day. Once you succumb to dah heat your time out on the course rapidly increases and you dehydrate more and you slow down and the vicious circle starts. In Western States 100, the runners are checked and pulled at the check points if the body weight drops below 5%. You will not have this benefit.

Have also trained at 50 years old ...three plus hours in the desert sands in the hottest months with no airflow as you get on the bike. Some have some sort of "resistance" to high heat and work and others do not. Assume you don't if you don't know. Don't do the race as a challenge.

My high temp mercury calibrated Taylor mercury thermometer showed a tarmac ground temp of 156 with the air being 113 degrees at the Yuma USMC air base where airplane landing tire and brake safety was a risk. Thats a delta of plus 43 degrees. Based on this your(Nukes) 109 degrees would be 152 degrees the tires are seeing at surface level and the 124 degrees at 36 inches off the pavement you mentioned. My worthless advise is to do the event but use caution.

Never been to Hell, butMalandMo
May 23, 2001 8:23 PM
last years ride was pretty hot. I live in the texas panhandle, so I am used to the heat. The heat is not what got me last year, it was the lack of eating during the ride. The heat just makes everything look and taste awful, so I just didnt eat. Bad mistake...I bonked and quit at mile 90. This year I will not be denied!!!!
Hope to see alot of you guys there!!!
It was 108 degrees in AZ yesterday!The Lone Cyclist
May 24, 2001 8:38 AM
Yesterday it was 108 degrees in Phoenix...I commute to work 24 miles...the trick for me is to hydrate as much as comfortable and wear long-sleeved white jersey. Water. I once ran out of water 2 miles away from home...barely made it.
As long as you are moving, it's actually quite bearable. Stopping at red lights right next to a vehicle is not. Looking forward to the 120 heat, he he..