I've been on a mountain bike kick lately after weeks of road cycling, so I did a couple rides in Auburn last week. The first one was my favorite loop up Clementine and Fuel Break, then downhill on Culvert and Confluence. After those two fun descents I decided to see if I could get a PR on the grueling "Mercy Mile" climb from the river to Foresthill Road. This is a steep climb with a max grade of 20.3% according to Strava. I have a QOM on that climb, but I don't count that because I was one of only two women who've posted data from that climb on Strava. When I compare myself to men and women I am way down on the list
I always record video with the GoPro HD Hero2 on the chest strap mount and the ContourHD on the vented helmet mount. The helmet mount is good for showing interesting things I look at, like scenery.
The chest strap mount shows a bit more action because you can see the rider's arms and the handlebars. Descents and flatter singletrack sections look faster with the chest strap mount too. Be forewarned though, my heavy breathing on climbs is more audible with the GoPro due to the more sensitive microphone in the camera.
I normally only make one ride video, but this time I made a few more because I've been posting them in a thread on another forum with other riders who post videos. We've all been posting several videos per ride.
Here's the ride from the helmet mount perspective: http://contour.com/videos/watch/aubu...-ride-11-24-12
Here's the steep Mercy Mile climb from the helmet mount: http://contour.com/videos/watch/aubu...strava-segment
Here's the Mercy Mile climb from the chest-mounted GoPro (caution very heavy breathing!).
Three days later I decided to sneak a quick ride in before the first of a series of rain storms hit. This time I decided to check out a couple singletrack trails I've never ridden: Flood Road and Mossy Rock. It was dab city on some sections because it got technical and I wasn't ready for it. There were some nice short steep climbs too.
Here's the helmet mount version of this ride: http://contour.com/videos/watch/aubu...-ride-11-27-12
Here's the chest mount version.
The last climb of the day was the two mile climb up Stagecoach Trail from the river to the parking lot at the top. You have to park at the top if you want to avoid having to pay $10 to park at the river.
Here's the Stagecoach climb, recorded with the helmet cam. The steep section from the river to the switchback is also the first part of the Mercy Mile climb that I didn't include in the Mercy Mile climb video: http://contour.com/videos/watch/stag...limb-auburn-ca