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Old 03-25-10, 11:12 PM   #1
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Wow, check out these Mtn pics!!!!

When I mention GMR, this is the second section of the ride. GMR is Glendora Mtn Rd and GRR is Glendora Ridge Rd.

GMR is 8 miles but this pic is GRR which is the second section of 13 miles, 21 total with 5,000 ft of climbing. One of our fun rides.

At times I feel like a lion or some other animal is following and stalking me from above the high ridges beside the road as I ride. I'm not the only one that gets that feeling while riding this road as others have mentioned it. Kind of spooky as you ride and small rocks tumble down the sides traveling in the same direction I ride!

Well, I get the feeling that something is watching me. I guess I can relax now knowing that it's probably those pesky skiers!



I've never seen this view. Hillbasher took these pics from the top of Thunder Mountain, wherever that is!...He skis up on MT Baldy so he snapped a couple of pics overlooking GRR!

I've never seen this view!

Nice shots!

On the road, I feel like we are at the top as we hit the 5,000'ish ft level. The pics are form 7000 +. Now I know!



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Oh that's just beautiful! Glad I don't have to climb it and can admire it from my nice flat spot in the swamp! Simply gorgeous. Thanks for posting them.
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Oh that's just beautiful! Glad I don't have to climb it and can admire it from my nice flat spot in the swamp! Simply gorgeous. Thanks for posting them.
You say that now!.....if you had a chance to climb it once, you'd be back! I try to take riders up all the time but too many won't try. It aint that tough if you just take your time. I've seen riders take up picnic baskets and have a good time!
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We were on that road yesterday, some pics and a video from the ride. Nice Pics are from Hillbasher's camera.



Little GMR down to Eastfork







Hillbasher in action


Pinoybenter (center in all black)


FryDaddy in action



FryDaddy (seated #3 on bikejournaldotcom) and our ride video. No, we didn't speed up the camera, the dude is FAST! And no mount for the camera. I am getting better at descending with one hand!

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I get nervous driving through mountain roads (on vacation, none near here). I'm getting dizzy and queasy even looking at those pictures!

Seriously, phobias aside, that looks like fun!
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That looks like a sweet climb! Almost makes me want to pack up the bike and head for the left coast. Thanks for sharing the pics and video.


Maybe, bigfoot is stalking you on your way up and tossing the little pebbles down to mess with your mind
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Obviously your slackin' Beanz! You should be riding all the way too the top!
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I get nervous driving through mountain roads (on vacation, none near here). I'm getting dizzy and queasy even looking at those pictures!

Seriously, phobias aside, that looks like fun!
Watching the video, my palms started sweating and I could feel my pulse speeding up!
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You say that now!.....if you had a chance to climb it once, you'd be back! I try to take riders up all the time but too many won't try. It aint that tough if you just take your time. I've seen riders take up picnic baskets and have a good time!
Used to live in Denver as a kid. I remember the grandeur of the Rocky mountains still. I imagine if given the chance, I'd give it a shot just to see those views in person. Breathtaking!
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I get nervous driving through mountain roads (on vacation, none near here). I'm getting dizzy and queasy even looking at those pictures!

Seriously, phobias aside, that looks like fun!
Funny, I get dizzy driving the road too. But it's much better on the bike, no Dizzy Miss Lizzy!
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Obviously your slackin' Beanz! You should be riding all the way too the top!
I've never had the desire to do the ski lifts on this ride. Ive heard andknow of too amny riders eatinng it on the SHARP! STEEP! turns. Not for me!

I'm more ascared of them than I am of Bigfoot!

We've done forum rides wher som of the guys have snapped carbon bars (after a crash and ok'd by the shop) hitting largecracks in the road and a few others going down in the turns, not for me! One guy luckily found a free ride in a taxi that happened to be driving by after an incident.
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Watching the video, my palms started sweating and I could feel my pulse speeding up!
Well see, you are ready for the ride!
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Looks like a pretty tough climb! The descent looks fun. What kind of speeds are you hitting on the descent? I didn't spot any cars in the video... not a lot of traffic? or was it just the time of day?
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Looks like a pretty tough climb! The descent looks fun. What kind of speeds are you hitting on the descent? I didn't spot any cars in the video... not a lot of traffic? or was it just the time of day?
Weekday mornings are pretty car free, maybe 5 or 6 vehicles. Surprisingly no crotchrockets as there are usually a few in the mornings. Weekends are different, first 4 miles are infested with thrillseekers!

We rode 8 miles up, then down and backup 5 miles on another section, so the 13 miles of climbing was average 6%, good but not too tough.

Downhill speeds are 30-35 mph around the swithcbacks. One straight section, last clip in video is a 1/4-1/2 mile straight where I hit 42 'ish. Some guys claim 52 on that strip but uhhhhhhh.................ok!
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Those do look awesome!.. and Hillbasher is looking exceptionally sporty on that Scatterini.

I was hoping to get out on Skyline this weekend, but a cold front came through and we're back in the 40's/50's.... I'm staying flatlands until it's at least 60!!! yup, I'm being a wussy.
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Looks like a sweet climb, 6% is just enough to be working, but not enough to be suffering. Gorgeous views!
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Those do look awesome!.. and Hillbasher is looking exceptionally sporty on that Scatterini..
Yeah, it is a nice bike! And the guy is getting much stronger!
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Looks like a sweet climb, 6% is just enough to be working, but not enough to be suffering. Gorgeous views!
Yes, nice but you know you did something good when you get to the top!

Gina has done the 8 mile climb about 6 or 7 times and SHE IS NOT A CLIMBER! She did do 16 miles of the full 21 mile climb twice. I've offered to take up several first timers at a fun pace but most won't try.

second section of the climb (GRR)


Gina and another first timer


Gina about a 1/4 from the top of the 8 mile climb
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Man, I should come visit sometime, I'd really enjoy tackling that
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Man, I should come visit sometime, I'd really enjoy tackling that
If you do, you got company!...Hillbasher and I will personally escort you up and protect you. Even if it comes down to fighting a bear. Hillbasher will fight the bear while I escort you down to safety!
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You know Beanz, you're having too much fun with these pics. Here's a pick of one of my training rides. It only has 3000ft of elevation gain but it's all in 5 miles! Yeah, those are 15-20% grades.
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Looks like it's in a nice area, but I don't think I could make it up that road without walking..it seems to take so long to become fit enough to do strenuous hills like that
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Don't tell anyone but, I walked part of it the first time I did it.

btw, it is a really nice area but I can't tell you exactly where it is or I'd have to kill you. We like to keep our roads as car free as possible...
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There are plenty of hills around here, bumps really, that I walked the first time I attempted them. Stupid short little things, like a quarter mile at 8%. Now, they aren't anything special. We have some roads that are that kind of steep(such as can be found here) around here, and maybe someday I will be fit enough (and my knees tolerant of the idea) to do them, but not now. For me, cycling fitness has been a long and slow build-up, seems like it will take years to do things that I don't think are physically possible for me to do at the moment.
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Keep after it, you'll be surprised how fast it will come.
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