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Old 10-14-12, 08:26 PM   #1
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Gmr to the village reports here please!!!!!!!! (10/14/12)

I'll be posting some pics shortly. Please post your stuff here.

One of the videos, the interview video




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Old 10-14-12, 09:18 PM   #2
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Here is the Garmin stats.....

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/233587824













And we made it to the snow level, ok, not really, this is my next bucket list item, "hurricane ridge."


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Listen. That's a hard ride and half of the riders had never even attempted it so congratulations all around.

Here's my ride: http://app.strava.com/rides/25065404 Once again, I forgot to start the flipping timer until we got to the gate... again, so I shorted myself some climbing.

In my mind, this was the Beachgrad redemption tour and the ahultin hardman tour. A special should out to Mrs Ahultin for being the most diligent sag driver ever and of course, the indomitable Sebastian (who skipped the gate-shack segment but rode the whole rest of the ride without one word of complaint or negativity) he's in 7th grade, people, and I know I'd be proud if he were MY son - he's a great kid.

OK, so on to the nitty gritty. We went up, up, and then up some more. We saw the same crazy crotch rocket pilots over and over as they ripped up and down GMR and fortunately, no accidents. it looks like we improved on our shack time and then the ride to the village was just a grind. Lunch took an unusually long time and then we hit the road for the parking lot.

Personally, this was my second trip to the village of all time. The first time, I chased some billygoats and frankly, didn't really know anybody. This was a lot of fun for me and it was great to see everybody i already knew and meet one new peep.

Great ride people - how are we going to top this?
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Nice going guys. Not fair, you guys still have summer....
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My full ride report will have to wait as I am flat out beat and gonna hit the rack soon. However here is my Strava and Garmin data:

http://app.strava.com/rides/25070387 set 3 PRs

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/233613876

I rode today in honor of my mom who passed away due to Breast Cancer and the fact there were tons of breast cancer awareness rides set today....so I rocked the PINK...


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Nice going guys. Not fair, you guys still have summer....
We pay extra taxes for more summer. The ride back was really hot.
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Looks like you all had a great time and great weather.... that is one big spider BeachGrad. Riding down looks absolutely terrifying.

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I opened up my Strava this am to see some of the data.

All of your are rock stars!!!
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OK, we need PhotoJoe's picture of this guy: (the young man in the InCycle jersey behind his dad in the crash test dummy jersey on a tandem)



We were on the early part of the hill just chatting with a bunch of the other riders going up and PJ told the dad, "Hey, your son is just sitting back there playing Nintendo" and sure enough, the young man reached into his dad's center jersey pocket, took out his nintendo and started playing while riding up GMR. I about died laughing.
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congrats on the tackle to Baldy!! Cool pics too
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I went to bed Saturday night with no trepidation about this ride. Sunday morning, up early and headed out. Well, I guess maybe I was concerned a little about the heat. Here in SoCal, we have both seasons, and we're still in the thralls of summer. I checked the website and it showed no road closures. That's good. Otherwise, I think it would have been another great ride to the shack. When I got to the base of the hill, I drove up to the first gate to make sure it was open. Yup. Wide open......no excuses today!

Got to the meeting point where we all prepared for the assault. Rolled out at 8:17 and like others have said, we went up. And when that was over, we went up some more. The good news was, that when that second part of up was over, we rounded a curve and there it was....a whole new spectacular view.....of more UP! The ride to the shack was no problem. Been there, done that and knew what to expect. I think my favorite part of the gate-to-shack ride was being passed by the tandem being ridden by a dad/son team. It was priceless. Dad's pedaling away, son is on the back playing his DS3. I have a picture, but forgot to upload it. I'll insert that here later.

I stopped to rest at one point and realized we were missing a couple of riders. I think it was Alice that went by me and said they had stopped to look at a tarantula. I then had a debate with myself...I want to see the spidey, but that's downhill from here. I would have to climb the same stretch twice. Was it worth it? Hmmm.....



We had a good rest at the shack then headed on. I think I heard Beanz say that the first half (gate to shack) is harder than the second. I beg to differ, but then again, it could have been psychological being that I didn't know what to expect. It was NOT easy. The last mile into Baldy Village is a BLAST! Steep downhill with some great turns. So much fun. But the whole time going down it, something just wasn't setting right with me, but I couldn't figure out what it was.

We got to the village and a few of us went into the lodge for a sandwich. We had no idea that it would take so long to be served. While I enjoyed the company, and laughing with everyone, I think it was a bit counter-productive to sit around for that long. Those who did not go in to eat (read: those veterans who came prepared with their own food) took off a little before we were done. I don't blame them.

We finished up our sandwiches and fries and headed back out. The first thing we hit was that 1 mile climb out of the Village. Ah.....now I know what wasn't feeling "right" about riding down that hill. The old "what goes down must go up" adage. It was hard. Really hard, but we muscled through it and made it. I am a little confused though. We rode all the way up to the village, but coming down, it felt like it was all uphill to the shack again. I thought when you rode up to the village, you rode up. When you rode down to the parking spot, you rode down. NOPE. I think it's all uphill both ways.

Actually, that's not true. On the way down, I noticed a small bulge in the side of my tire. Stopped to look and sure enough, the tire was cut and the tube was protruding. We rode ahead and met up with Mrs. Ahultin, who had a floor pump. We stopped and booted the tire. Not an ideal situation, especially in the hills. I so badly wanted to take advantage of all the downhills to get momentum to carry be up the next incline, but I also didn't want to blow a front tire at 40 mph and, well....die! So, I kept it under 25 and watched for any more signs of problems. This made the uphills tougher, but you do what you got to do.

We caught up to Beanz and Gina. Seems he had a run-in with a thorn.



He had a good attitude about it, though. Beanz always has a good attitude about stuff. But this brought some of the group back together. When we got to the shack, we found the rest of the group there relaxing in the shade. We were all together now and off we went. The final 18 miles back to the parking spot. This was tough, too. I was very concerned about the tire, and keeping it under 25 was hard. LOTS of brakes the whole was down. I felt bad because many riders stayed behind me, and I was going so slow. I kept suggesting that they pass, but then never did. I don't understand that. Well, I understand TrojanHorse staying right behind me. On the way up, he was hoping to see me pass out from dehydration. He was disappointed when I didn't indulge. So, on the way down, he thought he had a second chance at seeing me splat! He thought for sure that tire would give him what he wanted! Sorry, man. Not this time!

All in all, it was a great ride. It was pretty warm. I think coming down the hill we were pretty close to 90 degrees. Bearable, but warm. Some of the hills were pretty steep. They were doable, you just had to grab the lowest gear and motor through it. My final total was 44.2 miles and 5,352 of descending. It was by far the hardest ride of my life, and the most rewarding.

Unfortunately TrojanHorse and jeepseahawk got past this spot before us, so missed the picture. Maybe I'll photoshop a couple of stick figures in for them!

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My final total was 44.2 miles and 5,352 of descending. It was by far the hardest ride of my life, and the most rewarding.
This is why cycling is SO addictive, the drive to step outside of your comfy zone and tackle something like this is truly an amazing feat.
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I kept suggesting that they pass, but then never did. I don't understand that. Well, I understand TrojanHorse staying right behind me. On the way up, he was hoping to see me pass out from dehydration. He was disappointed when I didn't indulge. So, on the way down, he thought he had a second chance at seeing me splat! He thought for sure that tire would give him what he wanted! Sorry, man. Not this time!
I thought I was pretty clear about my expectations. That's twice you've let me down. In other news, I think you faked a helmet issue on that last descent to get me to go around. Really, I was a little concerned about your tire and figured if you splatted I'd be available to help you out of the ditch... on video of course.

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I thought we were barely in front of you guys, then we started wondering if maybe you went to a different village. Then we started wondering if perhaps you DID splat and were mad that we were missing it, so we headed back out to find you, only to learn you stopped for photos. I tell you, the ride was just full of disappointments.

I couldn't believe how clear it was yesterday - a gorgeous day to pump up the tires and hit the road.
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Looks like you all had a great time. Sorry I missed it, but I twisted my ankle Saturday night. It was a little swollen Sunday morning so I decided to sit it out. Not to mention I was a little hung over too. Have you ever celebrated Thanksgiving with a Marine? Beverages are the main dish, and food is an after thought.
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psalm, we used your now-famous quote as motivation. I can't even remember it correctly!
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In other news, I think you faked a helmet issue on that last descent to get me to go around. Really, I was a little concerned about your tire and figured if you splatted I'd be available to help you out of the ditch... on video of course.
You're getting soft, but I won't tell anyone. Your secret is safe with me!

And I had forgotten about the helmet issue. A bee flew into my helmet on the final decent. I could feel it crawling around on my head. That was a really weird experience. I stopped and let it out. It said thank you and off it flew. I was the grateful one as it didn't sting me.

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I remember it clearly - "It's uphill all the way to the bottom!"
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It sure seemed like there was way more up coming back from the village than I recall getting to descend..
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...We caught up to Beanz and Gina. Seems he had a run-in with a thorn.

Mr. Beanz and Gina hauled a floor pump up to the village???

Great job, everyone. Next? The ski lifts.
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Just noticed the thread title has the wrong date.
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Mr. Beanz and Gina hauled a floor pump up to the village???

Great job, everyone. Next? The ski lifts.
Yah, he carried it in his right jersey pocket. He said he usually carried it in his left pocket, but that's where he was carrying his spare bike on this ride! Actually, Mrs. Ahultin had it in the SAG truck. Has anyone mentioned that she ROCKS?!?!?!?

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Oh how I hate the unexpected bent over fixing the tire belly flopping out pose.

I had the repair doen when MrsHultin pulled up so I figured the floor pump would be better. Good thing, this littel Lezyne pump got the tire up to about 80, too mushy for the GMR descent

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I could have given Mrs. AHultin a big hug for her support but I heard she doesn't like hugging salty cyclists.
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