I have done this race so many times, I cannot even remember. It is a top notch event and a great course. I choose to load an 80 ounce camelback and not stop at all. I use a gel flask and with it and Cytomax, I have plenty of calories. I also use endurolytes every hour because it gets warmer as the ride goes on. I rode in my division, oldest one, but used my Single Speed bike because I feel that, other than Old Copper Road, the race is pretty Single Speed friendly. After the Connector trail to RIverview trail, I only saw 10 other riders and after I passed about 7 of them going back up Boyd Gap, I saw no one on Brush Creek return, until right before the finish. That was nice. As long and my body can stay healthy, I will be back to this event every year.
Side note: A single speed rider won the overall race this year which brings a
to my face. He smoked it at about 14.2 miles per hour. That is sick.