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Most memorable. Hardest. Most interesting bike ride

post #1 of 14
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Ahem. In honor of the the two previous threads: Fastest and longest bike ride, I present the question: What is the hardest/most memorable/interesting bike ride you have experienced?

Mine: It was a 41 mile ride in the Mendocino National Forest (CA). Done twice. 7 hours in the saddle. 9 hours total. 7100 feet of vertical gain. Started at 3200 feet. Top altitude was 6700 feet. Low point was 2800 feet. Half the distance was over 5500 feet. Epic.

First time with local bike club. 12 people. We split into three groups. 3300 feet of climbing during the first 6 miles.

Most memorable points of ride. 1. At mile 19 we hit a moderate hill. Knowing that we had 22 miles of hard riding ahead I announced that I was going to walk this particular climb to save energy. To my surprise, the other three guys in my group got off their bikes and walked with me. Yes, the ride was that hard. 2. At mile 37 one of our group had a miss-shift and got off his bike. All four of us broke into hysterical laughter for five minutes. Yes, we were that far gone. 3. The last three miles I was in the zone of zones. A flying head, elevation four feet. Legs and arms in another place making the bike go. 4. The post bike time at Roundtable Pizza.

Yours?

For perspective: Rule of thumb: One mile on a mtn bike on dirt is equal to 2.5 miles on a rode bike on pavement in terms of effort and time.

For details: go to MTBR.com, trails, CA, Hull mtn loop.
post #2 of 14
Hardest one day ride I ever did was all of 7.6 miles. It was the Mt. Washington Hill Climb in New Hampshire. About a 12% average grade, about 2 or 3 miles of it is on dirt, the weather (generally) sucks... Everybody should do it at least once just to believe that it can be done. I did it in 1 hour 35 minutes.

I've done a couple centuries with 10,000+ feet of climbing in them, but it's really hard to compare the two events. The hill climb is a race -- you're going for time, so you are really pushing the whole way. With an all day "fun" event like a century, it's easier to just "back off" a bit when it hurts.

As for hard tours -- I've done week long rides through Wyoming and Vermont. Every day seemed like all we did was climb, climb, climb, climb, climb. The last day of both of those trips involved a lot of diggin' deep.
post #3 of 14
I don't do much in the way of epic rides because of time constraints. But my most annoying MTB ride was the one and only race I have ever entered (or will enter, after that experience). I'm not a great, fast, hard core rider, so I entered the beginner class and started near the back (okay, maybe that was part of the problem). I ride technical stuff fairly well, both up and down hill, but don't normally go ball-to-the-wall on flats. At the race, every time I came to something technical, especially stream crossings and steeper hills, I'd end up having to dismount because of the people in front of me not being able to ride it. On the downhills, I'd constantly be riding up to people's wheels and having to slow down. Then, on the gravel flats, people would go as hard as they possibly could and try to pass me, only to slow down way slower than I wanted to go when we got to something technical. No. No more races for me. I'd much rather ride solo or with a group of friends.

My most annoying road ride was the first Seagull Century I did. 50 degrees, pouring rain and driving winds. Ugh! It was the first century I ever did, and left a hell of an impression on me. Luckily, the following year had perfect weather.

Most days in a row: 13 commuting days in a row about 4 years ago.
post #4 of 14
I've posted it here many times before, but this one

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post #5 of 14

memorable

i remember being run off the highway and over the side of a hill by a blue-haired lady in an old wide pontiac. i was on a descent at a pretty good clip when there she was, continuing to come over til i had no place left to go but over the rail and down. my bike and i tumbled like slough - i had no idea where or how i might end up - till my last cartwheel landed me on my feet, quite dazed, in time to watch the dirt kicked up from where my bike (a tanker-like nishiki) bounced before going airborne and disappearing again into the brush.

the blue-haired lady never even slowed down.

i was very lucky to come out of it merely scraped up and bruised. the bike held up surprisingly well too, though the wheels were fatally bent.

that's approximately when i began to get a lot more of my training mileage in the gym, on the lifecycle, getting my roadriding done in sanctioned events or in the occassional ride with a peleton made up of friends and acquaintances.
post #6 of 14
Gruppo di Selle
Pordoi, Campolungo, Gardegna, Sella
post #7 of 14
Golden triangle, 320 kms. 9600' climbing total. It was cold, then it was hot, then it hurt, then it stopped hurting, then it hurt a lot, then it kept hurting and kept hurting, then I was too tired to hurt, then it stopped hurting, then I got off my bike and went home.
post #8 of 14
L7,
where is the golden triangle
post #9 of 14
Just found it on the net
Banff
post #10 of 14
Carb'o, you might be turned up to 11.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by carbonissimo
Just found it on the net
Banff
Si.
post #12 of 14
Not even gonna bother - apparently I am a "gaper" on a bike too. Either that, or I hang w/ overachievers.

My goals are modest and the victories small: First time I broke 20 miles, First time I broke 40 miles, First time my daughter rode w/ me, First time I cleared a log (last weekend)..... virtually every time I have been on a bike has been interesting and/or memorable.

Though there WAS that bike date when our cars got towed..... funny, I never heard from him again after that.:
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frau
Not even gonna bother - apparently I am a "gaper" on a bike too. Either that, or I hang w/ overachievers.

My goals are modest and the victories small: First time I broke 20 miles, First time I broke 40 miles, First time my daughter rode w/ me, First time I cleared a log (last weekend)..... virtually every time I have been on a bike has been interesting and/or memorable.

Though there WAS that bike date when our cars got towed..... funny, I never heard from him again after that.:
First 20er, first 40er. The ride with your daughter. Those are all memorable. It's all relative. I percieve you are kinda new to the sport. Your 40 miler is cool.

In 5 or 10 years you may have greater experiences, but this is today and that is what matters.
post #14 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Frau
Not even gonna bother - apparently I am a "gaper" on a bike too. Either that, or I hang w/ overachievers.
Hanging with overachievers is the best way to become one yourself.

It's contagious.

Honest.

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