Just how hard is that race Joe? I know you are asking that, so I am going to try to answer it.
Racing is hard. It always hurts and always has it’s trials and tribulations. But how do you compare races? I have decided that the way to measure that difficulty is a combination of just how hard is the race, and just how much preparation do you have to do for the race. It has been decided that from here forward, that is the official difficulty rating of races.
So, in the scheme of things: The Tour de France is just about the most difficult race out there. It is physically really hard and it takes a years worth of individual preparation and team preparation to be competitive. There are 9 riders to be trained properly, a team to be organized and financed, tactics to be coordinated and staff of 15 at the race and another 15 at home.
But, in our world of motorcycle racing, the following chart is the official difficulty rating of the kind of races we all do.
How much prep did we do? Take a look here, and you will get a feeling for it. Alot. How physical was it? It was 24hours, duh. I am still recovering. Will race the first local race since the 24hr tomorrow. We will see how that goes. It is hard to go fast after a 24hour race going at 85-90% pace.
In the end, I am proud of our efforts and achievement. Would we do it again? Give it some time, and we will answer.