I went up to Donner Summit to shoot video of the riders in the Donner Summit Time Trial. It's a 3-mile climb from Donner Lake to the summit, and I captured more suffering from the riders on this year's event than on last year's.
After watching that I had to do some suffering of my own, of course. I descended and climbed back up. I was hoping to be able to do this 3 mile climb in 30 minutes or less, and I did it in approximately 29:50, in spite of the stubborn 20 pounds that just won't come off. According to this
site, "A commendable goal for the 3-mile climb is under 30 minutes". Of course, if you look at the results of this year's time trial, the slowest person climbed it in 28:16. But I'm not racing and I still have weight to lose, so I'm not gonna complain about my ride.
Unfortunately my Contour died permanently this time. It couldn't be turned off, requiring a battery pull. When I put the battery back in it wouldn't turn on, in spite of following the advice in Contour's FAQ and doing a reset. I felt like throwing the damn thing off a cliff, but hopefully their support can get me a working camera.
Since I believe in being prepared for crap like that, I brought other cameras with me. That means it's back to the handlebar-mounted digital camera for this climb video. That means louder suffer sounds, so be forewarned!
After going over the other side of the mountain and climbing back up the west side for the second time, my friend filmed my descent to Donner Lake with a camcorder mounted on the moonroof of his Honda Ridgeline. Since the audio was 100% wind noise, I added music but left just enough of the raw audio for effect.
I continued down Donner Pass Road to Northwoods Blvd for the final steep, painful climb of the day. It's short, but it's a good one!
Here's the last part of the climb up Donner Pass Road from last summer when I weighed 40 pounds more (around 185 lbs, give or take). I was over 7 minutes slower on this climb. This is on my friend mrRhwalden's YouTube channel. He came with me on this year's trip too.
Garmin Connect data from last year's climb: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/45882017
Garmin Connect data from this year's climb: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/110211931
Panorama shots made from several photos stitched together in friend's camera
3 riders climbing up