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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 05-30-08, 12:16 PM   #1
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'One Helluva Ride' (OHR) Elevation profile ??

Does anyone know of a link to the elevation profile for the "One Helluva Ride" (OHR) held by The Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (AABTS) www.aabts.org/ohr/

I'm getting ready for my 2nd century ever (1st was 6 weeks ago.) Being a "Flatlander" in coastal Virginia, I have no experience with climbing and I'm concerned with the "moderately rolling terrain." I rode the 'Covered Bridge Metric Century' near Lancaster, PA last year and the "rolling hills" killed me-had to walk up 4 hills!!
The only local training opportunity is the high-rise bridge (Pungo Ferry Bridge) over the inter-coastal waterway. Any thoughts/advice to help this Clydesdale turn into a Mountain Goat in 6 weeks would be greatly appreciated.

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Ride hard against as much of a headwind as you can find. Look for a hill.......any hill and run windsprints up it over and over. Man, you live in some flat country! 1 inch rise per mile average!
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You could plot the route in MapMyRide.com and it will give you an elevation profile.
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Get as much weight on the bike as possible to train - extra water, bricks, drag something (tire) behind you.
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Thanks to all for the assistance.

I don't have the route for this year's OHR but I did find the route for 2006 on MapMyRide. I'm sure it is nearly the same. It looks do-able.

I guess I'll be getting intimate with the Pungo Ferry Bridge. I'll have to park the road bike & begin training on the MTB. I'll lower the air pressure and strap some sandbags to the frame. I thought my big butt would be enough training weight. Dragging a tire is a good idea -- should i use a 650 or 700??

Seriously, I appreciate all the input and will use the training tips/tricks to varing degrees.
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