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Old 08-31-11, 02:37 PM   #1
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Hilly Hundred

Any midwest (or other) C/A folks planning to ride Hilly this year? The notion of riding it has been worming its way into my head. I did it once, about 25 years ago, and haven't been back since. Maybe it's time to change that...after all, I have this nice new compact crank now.
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Old 08-31-11, 02:42 PM   #2
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I'd consider it if it didn't fall on my weekend visitation with my kids ... that's one I want to do in time
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Half Saturday and Half Sunday? That's cheating!
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Old 08-31-11, 06:29 PM   #4
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Half Saturday and Half Sunday? That's cheating!
Hey, I didn't make up the ride.

Seriously, that's the way it's always been. For anyone interested, here's the hill data for the ride. Most are short, but many of them are pretty steep:

Saturday: .1 mile @ 24%; .4 mile @ 12%; .6 mile @ 10%; .4 mile @ 18%; .2 mile @ 10%; .4 mile @ 15%; .1 mile @ 14%; .5 mile @ 16%; .3 mile @ 18%; 1.4 miles @ 13%; .3 mile @ 11%; .4 mile @ 11%. Mileage total: 54.7; 5,202 feet of climbing.

Sunday: .3 mile @ 14.5%; .4 mile @ 13.3%; 2.0 miles @ 17.2%; .6 mile @ 11%; .5 mile @ 11%; .2 mile @ 20.2%; .7 mile @13%; .8 mile @ 17%. Mileage total: 49; 3,968 feet of climbing.
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Rode the Hilly last year and will do it this year. Not in Nashville any more but still a great ride with 5000 or more riders last year. Still a lot of fun. Great sag stops and a very well organized ride. Looking forward to it.
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I'm still on the fence... I'll see how I'm feeling but I got hit by a car last Saturday. I really want to though.
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I attempted to ride the HH last year (My first year back on the bike) with the remnants of a sprained ankle. I made it to the lunch stop on Saturday and had to quit.

Would like to try again this year, but I'm not sure if it's in the cards or not.
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You do realize we're flatlanders out here right?
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Hey, I didn't make up the ride.

Seriously, that's the way it's always been. For anyone interested, here's the hill data for the ride. Most are short, but many of them are pretty steep:

Saturday: .1 mile @ 24%; .4 mile @ 12%; .6 mile @ 10%; .4 mile @ 18%; .2 mile @ 10%; .4 mile @ 15%; .1 mile @ 14%; .5 mile @ 16%; .3 mile @ 18%; 1.4 miles @ 13%; .3 mile @ 11%; .4 mile @ 11%. Mileage total: 54.7; 5,202 feet of climbing.

Sunday: .3 mile @ 14.5%; .4 mile @ 13.3%; 2.0 miles @ 17.2%; .6 mile @ 11%; .5 mile @ 11%; .2 mile @ 20.2%; .7 mile @13%; .8 mile @ 17%. Mileage total: 49; 3,968 feet of climbing.
Craig those numbers are a bit misleading. The 2 miles @ 17.2% on Sunday caught my eye but when I looked at the website all these inclines are max % not avg, which is a big difference. Looks like a fun ride though.
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I'd love to, but I don't really know how I'd work in the two days thing.
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You do realize we're flatlanders out here right?


I am a flatlander.
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24% ? Wow. I struggle up an 11% grade. Even with my triple there is no way I could do a 24% grade.

Those numbers were so crazy I did some web searching and even on the Tour de France, the most challenging category they have, even higher than a Category 1 climb is described thusly,

An hors catégorie (“above category”) rating is given to exceptionally tough climbs. This could either be a Category 1 whose summit is also the finish of the stage, or one that is more than 10km long with an average grade of at least 7.5 percent, or up to 25km miles long at 6 percent or steeper."

I recently finished a 130 mile ride with extended 7-8% grades that were really quite difficult so I can't comprehend a 25% grade of any length. I would simply have to walk it. I did a multi-mile 16% grade climb last year and doubt if I could have done anything steeper...and that was on my mountain bike. Those are some tough competitors in the Hilly race.


Hmmm...I'll be this is a Percent Slope vs Percent Angle... I learned..

"If a road rises 10 meters over a 100 meter length, it is a 10% slope. That means that a 100% slope would equal a 45 angle, rising exactly what it travels. Most interstate highways in the U.S. are built with the goal of not exceeding a 5-percent
slope."

I'll be the Hilly numbers are referencing a Slope and I am thinking of Angle. If not...wow...even if it's the Max and not an extended run.

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It looks like a great ride! You should do it. But I won't. If I lived nearby, there's no way I would miss it. But there's more climbing out this way than I'll ever have time to do...

This month I'll be climbing Hurricane Ridge, though, which is 5,240 feet of climbing over the course of 17 miles; from sea level to glacier level. So please don't feel like I'm cheating.
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24% ? Wow. I struggle up an 11% grade. Even with my triple there is no way I could do a 24% grade.
You probably have and just don't know it. Many max sections are for only a few seconds. After you figure them in, the average grade may only be 7%. Check out 188CRU's post above.

On our 6% average climb, there are plenty of steep sections in switchbacks, you just don't know they are there unless you measure them separately.
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Hey, I didn't make up the ride.

Seriously, that's the way it's always been. For anyone interested, here's the hill data for the ride. Most are short, but many of them are pretty steep:

Saturday: .1 mile @ 24%; .4 mile @ 12%; .6 mile @ 10%; .4 mile @ 18%; .2 mile @ 10%; .4 mile @ 15%; .1 mile @ 14%; .5 mile @ 16%; .3 mile @ 18%; 1.4 miles @ 13%; .3 mile @ 11%; .4 mile @ 11%. Mileage total: 54.7; 5,202 feet of climbing.

Sunday: .3 mile @ 14.5%; .4 mile @ 13.3%; 2.0 miles @ 17.2%; .6 mile @ 11%; .5 mile @ 11%; .2 mile @ 20.2%; .7 mile @13%; .8 mile @ 17%. Mileage total: 49; 3,968 feet of climbing.
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And here I was fretting about a long 7% grade I was contemplating tackling in the near future.

You guys. You seriously know how to make me feel inadequate
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I wouldn't let those numbers make me feel anything. As was mentioned in a couple of posts, we're not clear whether they represent slope or angle (I double-checked the ride site to see and they don't offer any further clarification), and the numbers probably don't reflect the average grade of each climb, but the maximum. Plus most of them are relatively short - not like an 8-mile mountain climb.

Still, I remember from the one time I rode it, there were some hills that were quite intimidating. One in particular was right after a blind turn coming out of a little town. You turn the corner and there it was, like a wall, right in your face.

What the hell...I think I'll sign up for it. It's only an hour and a half drive from home, so I don't need to worry about last minute accommodations or their associated expense.
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Too bad you don't have a route slip to check the roads on mapmyride. I checked out Mt. Tabor and Mr Faris. Maybe a 3% to 5% here and there but nothing like a 24% unless I have the wrong roads (unfamiliar with the are so can't be sure). Climb on the site says .2 climb, that's short. The MAX 24% section must be about 10 feet.
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