Originally Posted by Painted Horse
I put on an endurance ride back in the 90's. I laid out a 50 miles trail. It had 16,000 foot of elevation change.. The horse that won completed the event in 7 hours. So riding a flat vs a mountain trail can make a big difference.
Terrain can make a huge
difference, as can weather.
I rode a 50 mile race in the mountains of West Virginia in Sept two years ago in a time of about 5.5 hours (which placed us 7th). The weather was seasonable, mid to upper 70s with moderate humidity. We were able to maintain a nice pace all day.
Last year, I rode that exact same trail in hellish 98 degree weather with horribly high humidity in 8 hours.. and that time won
the ride. I think I spent most of the day walking.
Painted Horse, some day I am going to load up my mare and come knock on your door.. your trails are to die for!!