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Ride report: "Diabolical Double" was all that!

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I'm wiped from a crazy work day and a very competitive club ride this evening, but wanted folks to read my report from the Garrett County Gran Fondo in McHenry, MD, which I rode last Saturday.  I rode the "Diabolical Double" route: 127 miles, 15,500' of climbing over very steep hills (average steepness of the hills was 13-14%, with many stretches of 20-22% and one short hill that was 31%).

 

Simply put: it was the most challenging day I've ever experienced on a bicycle, and that was the same feeling of the majority of participants.

 

You can read about it here, on my blog.  Feel free to comment there or here - all's good!

 

Pictures from the ride can be found here.  I leave you with a picture of the hilly vistas that dominated the day:

 

Hilly vista of Garrett County

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Awesome report! 

 

whens the next challenge in the mountain for ya?

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A report that had me riding along with you Rudi  

 

Insofar as a 34x27 or 28 I don’t know in your rich air.  But out here that combo can help you spin out the lactic acid on challenging sustained grades at altitude in headwind…provided you don’t fall over at a stall speed

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A report that had me riding along with you Rudi  

 

Insofar as a 34x27 or 28 I don’t know in your rich air.  But out here that combo can help you spin out the lactic acid on challenging sustained grades at altitude in headwind…provided you don’t fall over at a stall speed

 

your roads arent as steep. nor do you have the heat we have in the mid alantic.
 

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Rudi, I wish I was in good enough shape to do that ride.  Truly impressive.

 

Mike

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Insofar as a 34x27 or 28 I don’t know in your rich air.  But out here that combo can help you spin out the lactic acid on challenging sustained grades at altitude in headwind…provided you don’t fall over at a stall speed


I'm such a wussy I went with a 34x32.  I'm going to go back to a 34x27 this weekend, but that 32 sure helped on Slumgullion.

 

Mike

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I'm such a wussy I went with a 34x32.  I'm going to go back to a 34x27 this weekend, but that 32 sure helped on Slumgullion.

 

Mike

Oh for heaven’s sake Mike…you’re the very last person I’d consider a “wussy” on a bike regardless of gearing out in the steeps and thin air of CO. 

 

Actually the post exploits of you, UGA-SD, Wildcat and now songfta's Diabolical Double along with getting my butt kicked by cgeib, Bob Barnes and Betsy the other day on Montezuma have inspired me to get out and spin up with purpose.  Did such just yesterday while back around Acadia Nat’l Park with some added up and down work on Cadillac Mtn. 

 

BTW…I've forgotten how thick air makes you feel like you can climb like:

 

alberto-contador.jpg

 

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Awesome report! 

 

whens the next challenge in the mountain for ya?


Thanks!

 

The next big event is the Giro di Coppi road bike race on July 17.  I'm not going in with any expectation other than to have a good time.  I'm racing with the Cat 5s, without a team (though with a couple others with whom I'll work to keep us up front), simply because I love the course.

 

The next hilly challenge is likely the Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge on August 7 out in Monterey, VA.  It's a ride I've done many times before, and that I love: 99 miles, 10,000' of climbing over 9 passes.  These climbs aren't as extreme as at the DD (the steepest pitch on the entire ride is maybe 13 or 14%, with most climbs averaging 6-8%), but the scenery is awesome, the organizers most friendly, and the location high enough that, even in early-August, the temperatures are comfortable (easily 10-15 degrees cooler than DC).

 

I'll also go in search of new climbing adventures with my band of assorted lunatics.  There are many wonderful, hilly rides in MD, VA, WV and PA that beg for exploration.

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Great report, Songfta!

 

Congrats!

 

It appears that agony loves company! I hope to add another report when (and if) I complete the 200k Dairyland dare with 13,500 ft of climbing in mid-August.

 

I spent both Saturday and Wednesday during the last few days climbing hills in Wisconsin again.

 

Michael

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Thanks!

 

The next big event is the Giro di Coppi road bike race on July 17.  I'm not going in with any expectation other than to have a good time.  I'm racing with the Cat 5s, without a team (though with a couple others with whom I'll work to keep us up front), simply because I love the course.

 

The next hilly challenge is likely the Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge on August 7 out in Monterey, VA.  It's a ride I've done many times before, and that I love: 99 miles, 10,000' of climbing over 9 passes.  These climbs aren't as extreme as at the DD (the steepest pitch on the entire ride is maybe 13 or 14%, with most climbs averaging 6-8%), but the scenery is awesome, the organizers most friendly, and the location high enough that, even in early-August, the temperatures are comfortable (easily 10-15 degrees cooler than DC).

 

I'll also go in search of new climbing adventures with my band of assorted lunatics.  There are many wonderful, hilly rides in MD, VA, WV and PA that beg for exploration.


grrr both days I have plans

 

6 hours of Power in New York on the 18th but driving up and scoping course on the 17th, and The Big Bear Ultra (50 mile MTB) race on the 7th of august.

 

 

 

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