I've only ever done 24hrs as part of a team. Carbo load if you can. Deplete your carbs a bit by some long kms & then load up the night before. I don't know whether the carbo load theory is still current, but I try to.
Find some one to do food prep. Even on a team you will (should) either be racing, eating or sleeping/resting. Taking the time to prepare meals distracts from the race/eat/sleep thing. Ideally you have access to a bike mechanic as well. If you are on a team, or otherwise, take the time to get massage - even self massage. Set up close to the transition area if you can - if its no too noisy. After the race is over get a final massage, eat and go to sleep foras long as you can. If you can talk someone into being the team manager (seperate from the team captain) to get people to the transition area on time, record lap times, monitor each racers condition and juggle the schedule if necessary, get racers to eat and sleep, etc. I hope this helps and isn't stuff you already know.
Paced means that you have a moving vehicle (usually a pace car) in front of the rider breaking the wind. This slipstream makes a huge difference hence the large discrepancies in times and speeds. As an example the highest officially recognized speed ever achieved on a bicycle, 268.831 km/h (167.043 mph), was obviously a paced result.
Also, it's like LeMans, you know the pit stops for breaks and stuff. It will be cold this weekend, good thing I'm going solo, you know, to keep warm. The race is held on a public road, part of a driveway, and some grass.
This is going to be so fun.
Saturday-Sunday Feb. 4-5
Hydrate or die...........and eat regularly after each lap......even if your not hungry, make yourself eat. I would also pre-ride the course the day before. Be prepared to do your 5-6 hrs of riding if doing it as a team, and ride your stronger riders first and second, as they will likely do more laps at the end. It's also nice to have a support team if you can get it.........mechanic, cook, manager type to coordinate everyone, motor home, fresh riding clothes is a must.......putting on a wet pair of bike shorts at 3:30 am REALLY sucks.