FINALLY, I beat my climbing route <insert smiley who is jumping up and down and doing back flips>
I have a 2.5 mile climb that I have yet to successfully conquer since I got back on a bike back in May. I've tried it on my MTB and two different Roadies, on several occasions, and lost every time. I've made it about 1/2 way several times, but no further, without taking a bail out at one of the hiking trail heads.
After getting my inaugural ride in yesterday on my touring bike and having the best ride I think I've had yet, I found myself thinking of the climb all last night at work. When I got home, I was actually excited at hitting the hills. A little too excited in that I failed to down some fuel before I left, lol.
There are about 1.5 miles of rollers, some pretty severe, but mercifully short, before you start the steady elevation change. I felt good going through the rollers, and used them to get a better feel for the gearing on the Dawes Super Galaxy. As I started the climb, I knew it was possibly my day.
I rode the middle ring for a about half the ascent, then started switching back and forth between the middle and small ring as cadence dictated. I knew the only way I was going to make it was to stay in the saddle and spin instead of getting up and mashing. When I passed the half way point and still had all of my legs left I knew the day was mine.
My plan was to just get to the Ranger station at the lake dam, and stop and down a bottle of water. When I saw the flag, I was still feeling good so as I crested the "summit" I grabbed the bar end actually semi sort of sprinted to the end of the road where the road blocks are for keeping terrorists and 4 wheelers off of the dam. I WAS Mark Cavendish, if only for a moment and in my own mind/little world!
I did my turn around and headed for the Ranger Station to grab my favorite spot under the tree and enjoy my victory water before heading back. I pulled in and hopped off the bike just as the regional lake manager guy (has a title, don't know it) was parking. He gave me a map of the one off road riding area that is at the lake, and also a proposal map for a huge riding area that is in the works. I just passed on my MTB to a guy who wanted to start riding to lose weight. I might need another real soon.
One thing about climbing a one way climb is that it is down hill on the way back! Woohoo was that some fun! When I got to the severe rollers that stand sentry over the climb, I was worried about finishing it off. I just kept spinning on the uphills until I was back on level road, and then realized I wasn't even in my lowest gear! The ride home from there was nice and flat. I like flat.
So yea, I'm getting some Polk-a-Dots for my jersey, if only for a day.