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    Mountains of Misery

    Hi, anyone planning to ride in the Mountains of Misery in Blacksburg, Va on Memorial Day weekend?

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    No, but how about a link so we can check it out?

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    http://www.cyclingdoubleheader.com/mountains-of-misery

    I've done this the last three years. I made the last climb the first year, but had to walk part of it the second year. Last year I made it again, but just barely.

    I'm thinking I may have to quit while I'm ahead

    Here's last year's GPS info. I ended up with just a hair under 10K of climbing, the biggest chunk of it coming in the last three miles

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/88856729
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    I'd like to give that a try one year but my big goal for 2012 is the Mountain Mama Challenge which is also held in Va

    http://bikemountainmama.homestead.com/

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    I did it last year. The title is very fitting. I finished it in around 9.5 hours I believe. My computer died about 3/4 of the way through the ride, so I was going off what someone else told me. I did it with a compact crank and 11/28 cassette. The last climb is hard. Very hard. But if you can make it over the previous climbs with a little energy left, you can grind up the final climb. And, there is no shame in walking. I passed many people walking. I'm not sure how I did it actually. I was just feeling really good that day.

    I'm hoping to do it this year as well.

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    Thanks to everyone who replied. I'm really pumped up about doing this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncdave45 View Post
    Hi, anyone planning to ride in the Mountains of Misery in Blacksburg, Va on Memorial Day weekend?
    No. I don't do anything with "misery", "hellish" or "deadly" in the title.
    Or "high colonic" but that's for a completely different reason.
    Set phasers to butt-whup!

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    I like the climbing rides. Done this one 4 times, 100 miles 10,000ft. 7:40 total offical timed event/7:10 ride time.

    I wanted to try bettering my time again this year (June) but work has been killing me with OT.

    If work slows a bit, I might do it, if not, training will be tough if I plan to post a good ride time.


    Bear by gulpxtreme, on Flickr

    Done Breathless Agony...12,000 ft


    onyxsummit by gulpxtreme, on Flickr

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    Mr. Beanz has cool videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncdave45 View Post
    Mr. Beanz has cool videos.


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