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Old 09-27-07, 07:48 AM   #51
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beeballman- Let me see what info I can get for you. We are riding this weekend again, and my buddies GPS should let us know everything.
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Old 09-27-07, 08:55 AM   #52
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Hey all,
Here are some elevation maps I did of the 65 miler. The mean grade is not working for some reason. However it is a better elevation map than the LAF gives you. Also you can see the max and min elevation in better detail. I had to do it on two different pages. Just click on the elevation button. http://toporoute.com/cgi-bin/getSave...QRBBBIDGCOUKYF
http://toporoute.com/cgi-bin/getSave...WWVJIQPLXLPCVP
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Old 09-27-07, 11:59 AM   #53
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Where is the bail point from the 90 mile ride to the 60 mile ride? Or is it one or the other?

I have a bad feeling I am not up for the 90 miler that I signed up for as I have had a lean riding year.
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I just got an email back from the LAF, I wrote them to find out what the grades were. I got back that the average grade is 2 percent and the max grade is 6 percent. These seem low compared to what the total elevations are. So it looks like long rollers, but not too many steep climbs. DOn't know about everyone else but I am super excited about doing the ride!
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Grasshopper- last year the cut off was at 70 miles for the 100 mile route. I am willing to bet this year the cut off will be the 60 (65) route.
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From the graphs, things don't look too bad...

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http://www.livestrong.org/site/c.khL...Event_Info.htm
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OUCHIE! Nice training ride until 45 miles in, it happened, my first crash, got a little too close drafting bumped my friends rear wheel and next thing I know I was down. Some nice road rash but not too bad. I had read how to fall, so I kept my hand on the bars and skidded to a stop. Nothing broken on me but the pride, I was more worried about the bike (typical roadie). Minor scrapes to the derailer cage and STI handle, but nothing broke..Thank goodnes. Took it to the LBS and they trued the back wheel which took the brunt of the falll, along with my elbow and side. All fixed and ready to ride again tomorrow. I was lucky, but hey live and learn. Wee fixed the rear flat, I must have kicked the valve stem coming down and it sheared off. Fixed the flat and hopped back on, dripping blood, and rode the 5 miles back home. Felt good about that. At least it was 2 weeks before the ride! Nice ride other than that!
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Hey beeballman,
Sorry to hear about your spill! Happens to everyone at least once. I did it late last year, cruising along, and just fell over! Bike was fine but my pride sure was hurt.

We rode to 65 miler again today. We were planning on doing to 90 miler but the bike decided otherwise. Oh well.
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Ok so looking at the maps the '60' mile and '90' mile loops are the same until a point at which the 60 mile loop makes a right turn off of Fischer Store Rd onto Peale Rd. The 90 mile loop goes straight...I don't know if the map has been messed with but the extra section which makes the 90 mile loop 30 miles longer than the 30 mile loop sure looks longer than 30 miles. LOL

Has anyone ridden the 90 miler with a Garmin Edge yet and could I get the file? I wouldn't mind uploading it before the ride.

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I thought the same thing. That extra 30 mile section looks way longer than 30 miles! We rode the 65 milers again this weekend- I am very happy that the 90 miler misses the "Hill of Death" on the 60 miler.
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I thought the same thing. That extra 30 mile section looks way longer than 30 miles! We rode the 65 milers again this weekend- I am very happy that the 90 miler misses the "Hill of Death" on the 60 miler.
I am guessing the "Hill of Death" is at around the 43-44 mile mark? Looking at the elevation profile there is a big one right after the two rides come back together as well...around 47-48 miles in on the 60 route and 72 ish on the 90 route.
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You nailed it Grasschopper, around the 43-44 mile marker. I rode it two weeks ago and loved it, but this weekend I was not happy about it. The nice thing is the downhill maybe around 5-8 miles later, is great for speed. Hit 42 mph on it this weekend.
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You know my friend and I looked at the ride map as well, and we both said to our selves, that looks like ahuge loop to make 90 miles! I would love to see a Garmin Edge download of the route as well. I emailed LAF and asked for the percentage grades on the ride and was emailed back that the max grade was 6 percent. That seemed low to me, what do you all think. All I am hoping for is good weather!
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As is stands right now, you will get your wish beeballman! Last year it was HOT, record heat as a matter of fact. However, this year will be perfect riding weather.

High: 80 °F RealFeel®: 77 °F
Intervals of clouds and sunshine with a couple of showers and a thunderstorm

This is from AccuWeather.com
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I know that the Livestrong Challenge is to raise awareness and money to help in the fight against cancer, a cause that is very, very personal and dear to my heart. As well as a way to honor those that have lost their fight against cancer and those that fight daily against this senseless killer.

I would also like to bring it to everyones attention that earlier this year, cyclist Adam Raymond was killed while riding his bike on Mount Gainor Road. I do not point this out to worry anyone, instead I point this out because riders that ride the 40, 60 and 90 mile routes will all ride by his Ghost Bike. Hopefully as you ride by his bike, you can say a little prayer for him, his family and the many other cyclist that have lost their lives while enjoying the greatest hobby in the world. Thanks!

http://www.kvue.com/news/top/stories....4574b756.html
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Wow! How is that guy not held responsible for that, What in the World was the Grand Jury thinking! I will remember the cyclist killed when I ride by. Thats un believable!
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Ours was yesterday it was a wind and rain soaked sufferfest where they had to take out 30 miles out of our 100 corse. I felt ready for a warm shower afterward and it felt great to be done.
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Grasschopper, I found the first half of the Austin Ride on Motion Based's web site, searched Livestrong Dripping. Here is the address for it: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3907637

It is about 46 miles, now according to this profile I can see it as 90-94 miles for the total ride. It matches perfectly with the top portion of the ride maps posted on LAF. The biggest elevation climb I saw was between mile 21.8 and mile 31, from 923 feet to 1382 feet. Anyway hope this helps.
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Hopefully this guy will not "get off" like most other drivers. This happened a few months ago, 1/2 mile from my house. http://www.kvue.com/news/local/stori...12c893941.html
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Beeballman,
Here is a link to my ride of the 40 mile loop of the LiveStrong Challange: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/3910907

The only thing we did was return the same way we left instead of coming around the backside of the high school as the route on laf's website shows. We are no speed demons, but that previous link you posted must have been someone on a motorized vehicle. None of the hills are steep enough to get the 63 mph max speed. pwherman512 and I are in the same boat in the concern over the road surface with a large number of riders. I can tell you the little distance we ride on 2325 is a hard part of the ride, not due to hills but due to the road surface. This road is fairly recently paved, but they used something we call here in Texas "chip seal". The surface is very abrasive and the tires do not roll freely at all over the road.

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Thought it was kind of strange on the speeds too, I said Man that was fast. Probably was a car. Thanks for the link. Heard allot about the chip and seal surface should make things intereating.
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Whats the mouth piece for?
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The mouthpiece is for the BUMPING roads
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Chip n' Seal = Texas Pavé.
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