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Old 08-29-10, 03:26 AM   #1
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Gina on GMR Climb..Sat vid and pics

Had stuff to do on Sat morn so we decided to do a GMR ride in the evening. Gina agreed to ride GMR cause it was close. She's been talkng about it for a while thinking it would get her back into shape. She's much more at ease doing the ride now and eventhough it's been a while, she did great. She's actully thinking that it cold be our regular Saturday ride. We'll see, but she did have a good time. Hillbasher was the only one to show up out of the 72 invitations I sent out. Not sure what it is but my messages and email seem to get lost when they include the letters G-M-R bwahahaha!

Nice climb, 8 miles with 2200ft. She did much better than I expected figuring she hasn't done the climb inover a year.

Not many riders or traffic up there on a Sat eve. Met some motorcyle dudes up there, figured it 's good for cycling-Moto relations., Dudes were cool! Can't hear or see in the video but when they passed after the meeting, they honked and waved, it's working haha!



















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Old 08-29-10, 01:05 PM   #2
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Great ride. Was glad Gina came along, improved the company 1,000 %. Just kidding. Great ending to the video with that sunset shot of Gina on top. Great picture.
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Good to see Gina riding...Nice touch with the motorcycle riders.
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You have all the fun there! Ahh for those invitations - you sent them to the wrong people! I'm always open for more hills. In fact, today I did a shorter recovery ride, about 16 miles or so, and yet I miss hills! Bah, those recovery rides. But I know that I need them. And btw, that was awesome riding, all of you make a crowd of people seem quiet
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Great ride. Was glad Gina came along, improved the company 1,000 %. Just kidding. Great ending to the video with that sunset shot of Gina on top. Great picture.
Thanks, I actually got her to thinking we shoud do GMR on Saturdays instead of 2 trail rides on the weekends.
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Good to see Gina riding...Nice touch with the motorcycle riders.
Yup, just making sure I don't get runt over!
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You have all the fun there! Ahh for those invitations - you sent them to the wrong people! I'm always open for more hills. In fact, today I did a shorter recovery ride, about 16 miles or so, and yet I miss hills! Bah, those recovery rides. But I know that I need them. And btw, that was awesome riding, all of you make a crowd of people seem quiet
That Hillbasher is too much. Actually pretty quiet, making him laugh takes alot of effort!
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Few more pictures from Saturday's GMR ride with Gina. Pics through the eyes of The Hillbasher. As you can see, it was a back and forth battle beween Gina and I for the hilltop victory! I was doing well til she sucked my wheel then spun around near the line to win the stage! Haha, everybody knows I don't race Gina.

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I was thinking about you and Gina yesterday, when I did my Sunday hill ride. I rode a common local route up to Estes Park and back (http://www.horsetoothcycling.com/bic...tes-park-loop/). Most of the climb is in the 5% - 8% slope range. There is only one little 500-yard section on that climb that goes over 12% slope, and I had to get off and walk it. After over two and a half hours of not-so-steep climbing, my legs just couldn't do it. My cadence was in the 30-35 rpm range in the easiest gear I had. I don't know how you do it! The hills are a lot steeper out there. Whew!
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80 miles? Wow, that's a long ride. I fyou can do tha, you can easly do what we do. The entire climb to the village is 21 miles with 4500 ft, 5000 round trip.

The first 8 miles Gina's vid is only 6% average for the 8 miles. The next 13 eases up a bit 5% (?). I'ta all getting used to it. First time after time out of the hills makes the back hurt, legs fatigue but the more you do it, the easier it gets.

I'm thinking the centuries with 10,000 ft get to most riders after 50 60 miles. Afte that point it's tough but the 20 mile climbs aren't all that bad once you get used to them.

The grades in the vid aren't that bad. I see a couple points where Gina reall slows down. If I remember correctly, others have called out wtih their garmins like 10% max but for VERY short sections. If gIna can do this climb you could no problem. I can't figure out why so many people avoid the ride. Everytime Gina does it she worries before the ride. ON the ride she says, it's not all that bad. After the ride she says, let's do it again soon.

We're even thinking about replacing one of the flat weekend rides with a GMR ride. I hope so, the more she does it, the further she will go and easier. Hillbasher better watch out!

Onen thing I noticed about lots of rider is that they pick it up on the flatter sections, WHEN you do get a break. I use those and preach to Gina to use them as recovery. Lots of guys that I have had friendly compettion with on climb might be a little behind (those that don't kick my butt), we hit a flatter section, I ease up bu tthey use it to hammer to catchup. Righ after the grade kicks back up they are toast while I'm a bit recovered adn ready to take on more. So smart riding helps too, recover while you can.

You can see a couple times (maybe more) in the vid where Gina is at very low rpm's, around a turn, Those are the tough sections where we all slow our cadence.
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I can't think of many rides around here where you have a 20 mile climb. The climb to Estes Park is about 22 miles, but I have to ride another 20 miles from my house to start it. The rest of the climbs that you can do from your home driveway are usually only 9-15 mile climbs. Then they flatten out into rolling hills, or go down into the next valley to start another, and usually shorter, climb.

There are some rides that are gradually uphill for 30-60 miles out on the prairie. The terrain is rolling, but you steadily gain elevation as you head north towards Wyoming from Fort Collins. I'm guessing a 2%-3% steady gain in elevation? Everyone starts out strong, but after about an hour or so, only really strong AND lighter riders maintain speed. Group rides up there string out for miles after about 2 hours.

Pretty up there.
Denver and Fort Collins are a lot like any modern and urbanized town that you come across in America, but just a few miles out-of-town you remember that you are in cowboy country. Lots of farms, cattle ranches, and horse ranches up that way. You are guaranteed to get a wave or "silly city boy" smile from a real-life cowboy or cowgirl when you ride up there; usually wearing a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, blue jeans, and a long-sleeve button-down shirt (no matter how hot it is, and usually blue/denim, or checkered flannel). Most are driving around in pickup trucks or small 4-wheeler off-road vehicles, but you always see a few out riding horses for recreation. Since you are stepping out onto the high-plains prairie, there is also a good chance that you will see pronghorn antelope, if you pay attention (they really blend into the grassy and brushy terrain).

Sorry. I was already thinking about riding up there this afternoon on a cycling club group ride with my wife.
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This is the climb Gina rode. She has gone further up to the 16 mile point two times in the past. But it eases up a bit past the 8 mile point.

Gina started at the dirt lot about 1/2 mile before the bottom gates, then ride to the landing just above the shack (as I know it).
2200ft in 8.4 miles according to mapmyride. 16.8 roundtrip.

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I guess I'm a couple days behind because I'm just seeing this video. Again, Mr. Beanz, I really enjoyed it. I don't think I've ever ridden a hill like that.
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I guess I'm a couple days behind because I'm just seeing this video. Again, Mr. Beanz, I really enjoyed it. I don't think I've ever ridden a hill like that.
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! I can't believe more riders (meaning locals, not you) don't ride more on the mtn. It's available and It's FUN!

Gina's asking for more!
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