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Green Mountain Double Century

post #1 of 19
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A new ride for this year, brought to you by the same devious mind that brought us D2R2....

 

Here's the "highlights"

 

 

205 miles

 

80% on very rural dirt roads

 

25,000 feet of climbing

 

 

http://www.ultracycling.com/events/GMD.htm 

 

 

post #2 of 19

OOf.

 

 

Rudi will do it.   Rudi'll do anything.

post #3 of 19
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OOf.

 

 

Rudi will do it.   Rudi'll do anything.


Yeah, I might.  Maybe.

 

There's plenty of time between now and then, right?  Could be a lot of fun.  Granted, my first big "event" ride is Mountains of Misery over Memorial Day weekend, and I'm not really keen on riding the double metric there (mostly due to the logistics of carpooling - most of the folks I 'pool with ride the English century).

 

But it's possible.  I'll get more info before any commitment, though.

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Yeah, I might.  Maybe.

 

There's plenty of time between now and then, right?  Could be a lot of fun.  Granted, my first big "event" ride is Mountains of Misery over Memorial Day weekend, and I'm not really keen on riding the double metric there (mostly due to the logistics of carpooling - most of the folks I 'pool with ride the English century).

 

But it's possible.  I'll get more info before any commitment, though.


But Rudi, you're fast enough that you'll be able to complete the double metric in the time they'll take for the english...

 


 

post #5 of 19

Sounds like it would make a serious Giro d'Italia stage.

post #6 of 19
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Sounds like it would make a serious Giro d'Italia stage.



I feel that this post is a quite transparent effort to get RS to ride this event on a Cambio Corsa bike.   smile.gif

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I feel that this post is a quite transparent effort to get RS to ride this event on a Cambio Corsa bike.   smile.gif



My buddy has a Cambio bike too....

 

However....There is no way I could complete this ride in TWO days. That's a fact! I'll enjoy it from the saddle of my dual sport motorcycle come the fall foliage season. The riders who do Sandy's beautifully painful long rides have my utmost cycling respect. These are HARD rides for sure but the routes taunt you with such great isolation, scenery, jaw dropping, lung searing climbs, etc, that you thank him for it.

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I feel that this post is a quite transparent effort to get RS to ride this event on a Cambio Corsa bike.   smile.gif


a what?

 

post #9 of 19
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Here's my buddy's late '40's Malaguti Cambio Corsa (epic, it's the gear changing system)

 

 MalagutiCambioCorsa 001[1].JPG

post #10 of 19

Ah, I've seen those at Peter Weigle's shop. I'm not sure that would be the optimum choice. I like your BMW idea better.

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 I'm not sure that would be the optimum choice.


 

I'm durn sure it would not be the optimum choice, but it was fun to plant some masochistic ideas in heads.   Ok, if "plant" was too strong a verb,  let's use "price at nursery".


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 The riders who do Sandy's beautifully painful long rides have my utmost cycling respect. These are HARD rides for sure but the routes taunt you with such great isolation, scenery, jaw dropping, lung searing climbs, etc, that you thank him for it.

 

Kinda like what the term "storica" was invented for.     Granted, he's not selling it as a Gran Fondo but...

 

 


Edited by comprex - 3/1/11 at 5:56am
post #12 of 19
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This is my D2R2 bike, or if you prefer, how I deal with Sandy's michief.... 

that's a 28-32 low gear and it get's used often! That's a '83 Bianchi Cross frame, Columbus tubed

 

Bianchi20[1].jpg

post #13 of 19

epic once thought he'd ride D2R2 on 26" with 22-32 or something, did that ever work out?

post #14 of 19
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We did a pre ride of the course this past weekend for this Saturdays inaugural Green Mountain double Century.....except we did it on dual-sport motorcycles! Really nice course, great scenery and we saw a LOT of VT that many never see. It took us over 9 hours at a casual pace with some stops for food, etc. I can highly recommend both the Grafton Grocery Store and the Mt. Tabor General Store. What fantastic iconic traditional New England businesses  biggrin.gif

 

Next year there is talk of a 2 day "tour", staying perhaps at an Inn around the midway point. For those with the legs, you really might want to consider this!

The riders roll out at 4am this Saturday, best of luck to them all....have a BLAST!

 

Couple pixGMDC River rd.JPG

 

 

 

GMDC break.JPG

 

GMDC cue begins.JPG

 

GMDC lunch.JPG

post #15 of 19

Looks great! Sadly, I can't make it up this weekend, as I'll be at a reunion in SLC.... which will also involve some skiing at Snowbird.

 

Take plenty of pictures!

post #16 of 19

off topic but how steep is the climbing at the D2r2 ride? thinking about doing it on my tricross singlecross. trying to find out if it even feasible.

post #17 of 19
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off topic but how steep is the climbing at the D2r2 ride? thinking about doing it on my tricross singlecross. trying to find out if it even feasible.



BW....which course were you thinking of riding? 100k, 115k, 180k???

 

Both the long and short rides have been completed on a SS. I'm pretty sure Pamela Blalock has ridden the 100k on an SS.

So yeah it can be done. Should you? Well that is an entirely different question. The tricross with 32ish mm tires would be great, it's of course the gearing issue. I think stock it was a 63inch gear (42/18). My low for that ride is a 23inch gear (28/32) and I use it plenty.

 

If you're up for the challenge it is a GREAT ride with now 500ish folks signed on for the 3 distances. The rest stops are well stocked, lunch at the crib damn is awesome and afterward a pint or too of local micro brew and live music along with your post ride dinner.

 

I'd at least go to a 20t rear freewheel (57inch gear) and spin your ass off on the flats. Two large waterbottles are NEEDED, it can get mighty HOT in August.

 

Warning...once you do it, you'll keep coming back.......great lead in for cross season, many "teams" are there for a fitness check!

 

D2R2 Tee.jpg.jpeg  D2R2 2008n.jpg


Edited by Rossi Smash - 6/9/11 at 6:57am
post #18 of 19
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We did a pre ride of the course this past weekend for this Saturdays inaugural Green Mountain double Century.....except we did it on dual-sport motorcycles! Really nice course, great scenery and we saw a LOT of VT that many never see. It took us over 9 hours at a casual pace with some stops for food, etc. I can highly recommend both the Grafton Grocery Store and the Mt. Tabor General Store. What fantastic iconic traditional New England businesses  biggrin.gif

 

Next year there is talk of a 2 day "tour", staying perhaps at an Inn around the midway point. For those with the legs, you really might want to consider this!

The riders roll out at 4am this Saturday, best of luck to them all....have a BLAST!


Good to see that the floods haven't washed away the course. I think I'd ride it. On the bikes you just used.

 

post #19 of 19
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BW....which course were you thinking of riding? 100k, 115k, 180k???

 

Both the long and short rides have been completed on a SS. I'm pretty sure Pamela Blalock has ridden the 100k on an SS.

So yeah it can be done. Should you? Well that is an entirely different question. The tricross with 32ish mm tires would be great, it's of course the gearing issue. I think stock it was a 63inch gear (42/18). My low for that ride is a 23inch gear (28/32) and I use it plenty.

 

If you're up for the challenge it is a GREAT ride with now 500ish folks signed on for the 3 distances. The rest stops are well stocked, lunch at the crib damn is awesome and afterward a pint or too of local micro brew and live music along with your post ride dinner.

 

I'd at least go to a 20t rear freewheel (57inch gear) and spin your ass off on the flats. Two large waterbottles are NEEDED, it can get mighty HOT in August.

 

Warning...once you do it, you'll keep coming back.......great lead in for cross season, many "teams" are there for a fitness check!

 

D2R2 Tee.jpg.jpeg  D2R2 2008n.jpg




I think i am going to do the 180k, I have done 50 mileish road rides with alot of climbing albeit kinda of shallow on the tricross with a 25c slick and 40-18 gear. It tough but doable. I am going to gear 38-18 for the ride.

 

I just cant fit a big enough tire on my road bike and being that it is a 15+ year carbon bike I would rather not ride it down rough roads. Plus the tricross is set up alot more upright.

 

So my calculator says with a 38-18 on a 32c tire I will be at 57 gear inches which is 8.5 mph at 50 rpms and 17.0 mph at 100 rpms. I can grind much slower and spin much faster than both of those but 100 rpms is more than comfortable for me, and actually save my legs for climbing.  I am tentatively in, this sounds like an awesome ride.

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