Hello Carborocket Team: Not sure if you've heard of Trans Iowa... the ultra long distance gravel that went on for about 14 years. Anyways, its successor Iowa Wind & Rock was this past weekend. About 340 miles & 27.5K feet climbing, the route won't get published, 15 min prior to the start a cue sheet to the next CP is given, no GPS file available. No outside support or neutral support, 100% on our own. 10% finisher rate in its first edition in 2019. So I went out to do it. Back safe and sound after 33 hrs 16 min. Actual riding was more like 29:27 hrs. It was the hardest thing I've done on bike!
Initial reg 120+ riders, 1 week out down to 81 riders, the morning of only 52 starters. Total 11 finished and I was the only female finisher. Added 15 miles by mistake, so a total of 355 miles for me with 27500+ feet of climbing on fresh loose gravel, wet dirt B roads, relentless hills, etc. etc. I used Carborockets and have been comparing them with other stuff I've used in the past. No doubt CR is the best tasting and I did feel it kept me fueled for a long time. But this past weekend really was the time I was completely convinced, CR 333 Half Evil truly shined. Even with my joints and everything else screaming, I had the energy to be pushing pretty hard at the end (when I realized I was cutting real close to the given 34-hr limit due to the last massive detour).