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Old 03-03-11, 03:12 PM   #1
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Big East Coast climbs + clyde = big fun!

Ok, I think I found my century ride for the summer. On Saturday, August 6th about 2 hrs south of here is a Century ride that advertises 100+ miles with 13,000 ft of climbing and descending. Sounds like just the ticket for me. Here is the website: http://bikemountainmama.homestead.com/ Its called the Mountain Mama Road Challenge and includes 9 climbs over 100 miles in 2 states and 3 counties.

Looks like a ton of fun, and if I stay the course I sould be at 195lbs by that time which would be 15lbs liter than when I did my last climby Century the Mt. Davis century back in 2008. Here is the thread from that ride for those who are interested: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...e-added-later)
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Old 03-03-11, 05:13 PM   #2
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Good to set goals.
If you don't have a goal, you won't know when you get there.
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Should be a piece of cake. I did a 12,000 ft and it wasn't much different from the 10,000 ft centuies I've done.

At 195, should be a walk in the park.
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I've done that ride the last two years. It's a lot of fun indeed. Actual climbing is more like 10K though. That doesn't mean it's easy

Here's my Garmin info from last year:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/47424255

There's a steep, switch-backed stretch right at about mile 95 for a couple of miles where you think you might die, and then the most beeeeautiful 3-mile glide back in to town for the finish. Fantastic!

I want to do it right now!

Let me know if you want any more information.
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I've done that ride the last two years. It's a lot of fun indeed. Actual climbing is more like 10K though. That doesn't mean it's easy

Here's my Garmin info from last year:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/47424255

There's a steep, switch-backed stretch right at about mile 95 for a couple of miles where you think you might die, and then the most beeeeautiful 3-mile glide back in to town for the finish. Fantastic!

I want to do it right now!

Let me know if you want any more information.
Is this as a timed event or funride?
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I'm considering it as I hope to be in the 175# range by then. Stuck in th 203# range now. Web site says it is not a race.
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Is this as a timed event or funride?
Its not timed. If you want a hard East Coast timed event there is the Mountains of Misery Ride Memorial Day Weekend starting in Blacksburg, VA. But that is too soon for me to be up for it and too far away for a day trip. I can get to Mountain Mama start in 2 hrs from here. But it looks like I'll do it with a friend who races. He's much more hard core than me. He and a couple hours did 50+ miles Saturday w/ 7,000 ft of climbing in 3 hrs including a 1/2 hour worth of flat changes. I'm headin out shortly to do my longest ride of the year at 20 miles and 1500 ft of climbing.
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Its not timed. If you want a hard East Coast timed event .
Just wondering. I'm west coast. But we got Breathless Agony (114 miles with 12,000 ft) and Ride Around the Bear (100 with 9800ft) timed events.
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Is this as a timed event or funride?
Just for "fun"

Despite my unimpressive time according to Garmin, I wasn't the last one in...

I've done Mountains of Misery twice also, but I actually found Mountain Mamas to be harder. MoM has two mega climbs but is otherwise standard valley rollers (some very steep of course.)

Mountain Mama has nine major climbs with no real rest (other than some really fun descents). As soon as you hit the bottom of one you're climbing up the next one.
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Just for "fun"

Despite my unimpressive time according to Garmin, I wasn't the last one in...

I've done Mountains of Misery twice also, but I actually found Mountain Mamas to be harder. MoM has two mega climbs but is otherwise standard valley rollers (some very steep of course.)

Mountain Mama has nine major climbs with no real rest (other than some really fun descents). As soon as you hit the bottom of one you're climbing up the next one.
That's actually an impressive time IMO. Of course not on the bike fourms where everyone does 10,000 feet centuries in 3 hours.


But I did a timed event, (Ride Around the Bear) 10,000 ft in 7:40 official elapsed time (7:10 ride time) and ranked # 123 out of 400 at 220 lbs.

Of course 7:40 doesn't sound great on a bike forum () but in reality, I was at the finish line waiting for the crowds to show. So you time is impressive in reality.
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I've done that ride the last two years. It's a lot of fun indeed. Actual climbing is more like 10K though. That doesn't mean it's easy

Here's my Garmin info from last year:

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/47424255

There's a steep, switch-backed stretch right at about mile 95 for a couple of miles where you think you might die, and then the most beeeeautiful 3-mile glide back in to town for the finish. Fantastic!

I want to do it right now!

Let me know if you want any more information.
Hi Jim,
I'm considering doing it and was just wondering since you have been there, does anyone park an RV in the school parking lot or on the grounds. I sow on the web site that they allow tenters on the grounds and offer showers and portajohns so it just seems that a self contained rv would be the ticket. What are your thoughts. I sent the ride director an email but he has not replied.
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Hi Tony,

Are you referring to Mountain Mama, or Mountains of Misery? For MoM there isn't much in Newport. Most people stay in Blacksburg.

I'm not sure about the accommodations in Monterey for MM. The start is at a high school, so I don't think there's much parking for an RV right there. But I imagine there are places around town to park. I have a friend who has a house in Staunton, so I have been staying there and just driving over in the morning.
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I am talking about the Mountain Mama. On their web site there is mention of allowing tent camping with showers provided in the school gym so I thought maybe I would just take a self contained rv and park in the parking lot for at least Friday night. I could easily move after the ride to a local or not so local campground. Just wondered if you may have noticed any rv's? I sent an email to the director and have not heard back. Not a good sign. Do you know of anyone that I could email about rving at or near the ride? Might just take the rv and park in the school parking lot or somewhere nearby. Someitmes it is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
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If you want a timed event, look no further than the Blood, Sweat and Gears ride in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of NC. 100 miles and 13,000+ climb. Fully supported and well run. 1200+ riders and the event filled up within 1 day!!

I'm in and hope I can stay the course

Here's a link: http://www.wataugaredcross.com/bsg/main/start.htm
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I bet you somebody at the Chamber of Commerce would know:

http://highlandcounty.org/
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Good luck, cru!
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