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Old 05-10-11, 10:21 AM   #1
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Garmin display after L'etape du California

Check this out. Don't know when I'll see a number like that again, so I took a photo of it for proof! I know the top speed number is wonky, that happens just about every time I ride these roads for some reason.



Rode the L'Etape du California last Saturday. I've been training for a couple months, and put on a 12-36 cassette for this ride. I am so glad I did. Don't know if I would have finished without the mega granny gear. The last few miles up to the ski lifts was tough. It would be a challenge by itself, even if it wasn't the last few miles of a 75 mile ride.

The ride was advertised as 75 miles, 10,500 ft of climbing. My Garmin showed more, and it didn't change much when I uploaded to GC and used elevation correction. Ended up with about 90 miles total after riding back down to the start.

I was going to take some photos on the ride, but after a couple hours I didn't want to mess with it. I tried to keep the time at the rest stops to a minimum, just refill the bottles, grab some snacks, and keep going.

Total time was 7:45, hardest thing I've ever done. And not just on a bike.

Here's a picture when I pre-rode portions of the course.



Saw Bill Walton (ex-NBA player) riding up Mt Baldy Rd. It was a fun, painful day. Glad I did it, now time to find the next challenge.
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Old 05-12-11, 11:20 AM   #2
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amazing. grats. that's quite an accomplishment.
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Awesome, that is quite an accomplishment!
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Thanks guys. I was far from "fast" in comparison to some of the riders there, but proud to have completed it.
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I know the top speed number is wonky, that happens just about every time I ride these roads for some reason.
A software update might help cure the top-speed problem. I used to see it occasionally on my Edge 705. It was due to the GPS glitching and recording a single map point that was hundreds of miles from my actual position. When the subsequent point was once again accurate, it lead to huge max and average speed numbers. At some point I upgraded the unit with a more recent software release and I haven't seen the problem since...
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A software update might help cure the top-speed problem. I used to see it occasionally on my Edge 705. It was due to the GPS glitching and recording a single map point that was hundreds of miles from my actual position. When the subsequent point was once again accurate, it lead to huge max and average speed numbers. At some point I upgraded the unit with a more recent software release and I haven't seen the problem since...
Thanks, I'll try that. It's only happened twice, both on Mt Baldy rides so no biggie. There are two tunnels, and some areas with tree coverage and steep rock faces on the edge of the road, so I attributed it to spotty GPS coverage. You do lose GPS signal in the tunnels, and on the downhill, probably pass through them at 40+mph. That's where I think it happened. But I will check for software updates.

Or I might just need a new bike, just sayin..........
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