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Old 10-12-09, 02:09 PM   #1
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Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century, last organized ride of the year

Saturday I did the Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century. It was my sixth and last double century for this year. The first 75 miles out of Fresno was flat with only 960’ of climbing. Then the climbing started and I ended up with 10,581’ for the day with 5,000’ of climbing between mile 120 to 160. The big climb of the day is Powerhouse Grade which is 6 miles of 8% average with pitches to 12%. With a quick 1 mile downhill it’s on to the final push to Bass Lake with a 4.5 mile climb of 5%. At Bass Lake I picked up some gear I had sent out on the course and headed back down Powerhouse Grade only to do the final major climb of the day, 4.5 miles at 5%. After mile 160 it’s pretty much downhill back to Fresno, finally all the major climbs are done. Now it’s an easy ride to the finish line.

When I was leaving from a stop sign at mile 170 on the easy ride to the finish I heard an unmistakable sound, ping, a broken spoke. Sure enough I broke a non-drive side spoke. I wasn’t about to DNF now after doing all the major climbs. I removed the spoke, opened the brake up and started the ride back. Most of the ride was down steep twisty roads that I tried to watch my speed to keep from hurting the wheel. There were a couple of short climbs I had to be careful on. About halfway to the finish a rider came up behind me, we were now in the dark with the headlights on, and said “did you know your rear wheel is wobbling”. I did make it back and I finished in just about the time I thought I would. The ride ended up being 202.3 miles with 10,581’ of climbing. My overall time was 17:25 and bike time was 14:45.

My organized rides for the year have been (time is on bike time):

Pedal to Pier 2/7/09
Metric century which I did as a double metric
117 miles, 3,619’ in 7:11

Blossom Ride 3/7/09
66.5 miles, 2,461’ in 4:08

Solvang Spring Double Century 3/28/09
193.6 miles, 7,598’ in 11:44

Central Coast Double 5/9/09
205 miles, 13,681’ in 14:44

Lung Ride 5/16/09
103.6 miles, 5,961’ in 6:43

Eastern Sierra Double 6/6/09 (it snowed on us)
184.9 miles, 12,587’ in 14:35

Grand Tour 6/27/09
199 miles, 8,940 in 13:09

Windmill Century 7/18/09
101 miles, 3,720’ in 6:11

Knoxville Double Centruy 9/19/09 (Vacaville, CA)
203.6 miles, 13,020’ in 14:53

Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century 10/10/09
202.3 miles, 10,581’ in 14:45

It’s been a long season and I’m ready for a break. About 3 weeks off and I’ll start training for next year.
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Old 10-12-09, 03:05 PM   #2
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Sure, make me feel like a wimp for only having a single 300k and 400k brevet on my ticket for this season...


Nice going! So I'm guessing that 3 of those qualified you for the CTC this year? Those are some hefty amounts of climbing (and at elevation, too! I recognize a few of those rides) Very tough, man. Very tough. I have a rough time just thinking about riding at 7000+ feet above sea level. *gasp*
I'm aiming for my R-12, R-3000, and SR awards next year but it still doesn't put me at having 6 doubles. 9x 200k, 3x 300k, 2x 400k and 1x 600k if I survive my prospective schedule.
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GREAT JOB!!!!

I am definitely a wimp.
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Nice going! So I'm guessing that 3 of those qualified you for the CTC this year? Those are some hefty amounts of climbing (and at elevation, too! I recognize a few of those rides) Very tough, man. Very tough. I have a rough time just thinking about riding at 7000+ feet above sea level. *gasp*
I'm aiming for my R-12, R-3000, and SR awards next year but it still doesn't put me at having 6 doubles. 9x 200k, 3x 300k, 2x 400k and 1x 600k if I survive my prospective schedule.
3 got me my Triple Crown and 5 got me the Thousand Mile Club. Doing all that climbing isn't easy on a clyde. No one should feel like a wimp, as long as you're having fun that's all that matters. With that said, I don't know if it was all fun at the time I was doing it. I hope you make your goal for next year, keep us posted.
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Your times don't look too bad, it looks like it's time to step up the the Terrible Two, Devil Mtn Double and Climb 2 Kaiser! What an awesome trio...

Did you say hi when you came through the Big Sandy (the last one) rest stop on the CCD? I was running it. The CCD is one of my favorite doubles, I think I've done it 9 or 10 times. I also like GT, Knoxville and Eastern Sierra. Those are some of the best doubles. I stopped doing Solvang years ago because every time I did it i got rained or hailed on!

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Your times don't look too bad, it looks like it's time to step up the the Terrible Two, Devil Mtn Double and Climb 2 Kaiser! What an awesome trio...

Did you say hi when you came through the Big Sandy (the last one) rest stop on the CCD? I was running it. The CCD is one of my favorite doubles, I think I've done it 9 or 10 times. I also like GT, Knoxville and Eastern Sierra. Those are some of the best doubles. I stopped doing Solvang years ago because every time I did it i got rained or hailed on!
That's why we've had good weather! I always stop at Big Sandy and complain about "it's the long 13 miles to any finish line I know".
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Wow, I feel like such a wuss! I only did one organized ride this year!

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10,000 ft in 7:40 ride time..Bummer, can't help but think my time would have been a wee better if it hadn't been wet for the first 40 miles! Me'h, maybe I'm just getting old as I was 30 minutes slower than my best (7:10).

Someday, when I can afford to do more rides, I'll do some of the others!
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Nice ride Dante!...Way to hang in there. The tough guys don't let anything stop 'em!

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Would you be up for doing a double Beanz?
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Would you be up for doing a double Beanz?
Believe me, I have plenty of riders trying to talk me into the doubles. I plan to someday but I personally can't afford to do the KOM, and the Triple Crown all in one year! Hotels, gas, training, equipment is a little too much for us.

I know plenty of double riders but not too many that will not touch the climbing rides. So if I have to choose, I'll do the KOM first! But that's hoping I get in as the rides sell out in 2 hours! Life is tough being a poor Beanz child from the ghetto!...Plus all the Mountain rides are local.

Hopefully the King of the Mtns series this year while I'm still in some sort of shape!
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Well, if you want to do the Central Coast Double, there is a place for you to stay here. If Mrs Beanz wants to come along I know that Mrs Homey would love to take her touring the local wineries.
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Well, if you want to do the Central Coast Double, there is a place for you to stay here. If Mrs Beanz wants to come along I know that Mrs Homey would love to take her touring the local wineries.
Thanks, appreciate it but gotta warn ya. I don't let Gina touch wine! She tried to drag me out of a car window once. Other than that, she's the sweetest thing, just not around wine!

Do you plan on doing the CCD this year?
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Yeah, I will most likely be riding this year. We'll be doing final prep for RAAM so I'll probably be on the tandem though. You should come up. It'd be a hoot! As Long as we're on the bikes it doesn't matter if the ladies are dragging each other out the window of the car...
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So Homey, where do you live on the Central Coast? I have a place in Cayucos, but haven' been to get over there lately.
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I live about 15 miles from the Big Sandy rest stop. I have a small ranch NE of San Miguel.
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