Thanks, some good stuff here.
I've some zipfit energy wine gums which I'll tape to the bike and munch on route, and my c/bak is light weight (Charge LR)but I'll remove unecessary stuff. Its a 2L resevoir so I'll stick 1.5 in it and top it up at the midway feed stop.
Against my better judgement (becuase I'm a wuss) I'm taking the light (22lb) hardtail rather than the confortable full suss, with the weather as is probably with Ralphs on.
Why am I doing it? Becuase I can, and becuase its the furthest I've ridden on an MTB so why not eh?
I'm on / have been fitness training, extending my road rides to 100k+ over the next few weekends, evening HIIT's and as of this week (hooray for the weather) some lunchtime MTB sessions. I ride quite regularly anyway.