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Old 03-27-13, 08:34 AM   #1
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GMR/GRR Ride Glendora to Mt.Baldy Village Sat. March 30th 8:00 AM Start

Hi All,

I posted this ride in 50+ (I'm actually 60+) and someone there suggested I should post it on C&A as well.

If you've ridden GMR/GRR then you know about its wonderfulness already. If not, and you live in SoCal, maybe you'd like to join us Sat. March 30th, 2013.

A GMR /GRR Ride for Inexperienced GMR Virgins as well as older and more climbing-savvy GMR/GRR riding veterans.
Saturday morning, March 30th, 2013

Okay . . . I know a lot of you have heard some of us talk about “GMR” but until you’ve ridden it, you don’t really understand what it means. You may have told me, “No, that’s too difficult, I could never do that!”

But guess what . . . you probably can. It’s not that tough. It does sound tough on paper, “44 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing.” That can seem a bit intimidating, I agree. However, once you get out there, and are actually on the climb, it’s not that bad. The vast majority of it is 5 and 6% grade. Short bits go down to 4% and up to 7%, but big picture – 5 and 6%.

Plus, there is no risk. If you get tired, you can stop and rest. If you go up a certain distance and just can’t go anymore . . . coast back down the mountain. Best of all, you can’t get lost if you remember this simple instruction: When you get to an intersection, go up.” Easy, huh? No route sheet needed!

We start at Boulder Springs Road in Glendora. That’s the only traffic light on Glendora Mountain Road.

The first climb is 7.6 miles, then you get a short descent and it’s a bit more climbing until you get to “The Shed.”

Re-Group is at the Cal-Trans Maintenance Shed at 9.5 miles. A couple miles later is the intersection of East Fork Road, but just go up and you’ll be fine. At this point you are on Glendora Ridge Road, and as the name implies, you are riding along a ridge, up , down and around.

The next real climb starts at mile 14 and goes to mile 17.5. This is the part that’s most difficult, mentally, for GMR/GRR Virgins. Physically it’s no more difficult that the first 7.6 miles, but then you do have those climbing miles on your legs already. Still, it’s quite do-able and the altitude at the summit of this climb is right at 5,000 ft. of elevation.

Again, if you get tired, stop and rest awhile. No shame in that. Have a GU, have a Clif bar . . . then carry on!

From this summit it’s up and down again, but nothing difficult and then you have a mile long descent beginning at Cow Canyon Saddle which drops you into Mt. Baldy Village. A left turn (up, remember!) and mile later you have arrived at Mt. Baldy Lodge for a wonderful breakfast (before 11:00AM) or a tasty lunch (after 11:00 AM).

Additional helpful GMR/GRR notes:

1. Bring 2 full water bottles plus add a few of your favorite snacks in your jersey pockets for a snack at The Shed and beyond. There are no services between Glendora and Mt. Baldy Village.

2. Bring a camera, the views from the mountain are fantastic plus you’ll want a photo of you and your bike at Mt. Baldy Lodge, just to show the kids back home that you did it! If you are tired and want to stop and rest, a photo opportunity is a great excuse (not that you need one).

3. Bring sun-block so you don’t get burned and bring a jacket in case it’s cool (it does get cooler at altitude).
About 70% of the climbing is on the way out, so only 30% (and no long climbs) on the way back.

Meet at Boulder Springs and Glendora Mountain Road at approx. 7:30AM so you’ll be ready to depart at 8:00AM sharp. Arriving later is okay if you are a quick “get ready to ride” kind of cyclist.

Approx. time for GMR/GRR Virgins is 2.5 to 3 hours from Glendora to Mt. Baldy Village and about 1.5 hours to ride back. We take the same route out and back. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the rule about going up applies equally well on the return trip.

John Nguyen will be at the start (and on the ride) to help answer any last minute questions.

Any questions for me?

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Old 03-27-13, 08:58 AM   #2
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DON'T FALL FOR IT! It's a trap. GMR to the village can only be accomplished by Cat 2 and above racers. It was part of the ToC, for crying out loud!!!!!!

OK, I kid. It's a great ride and an amazing feeling of accomplishment when you conquer it. Heck, if I can do it..........

Anybody in?
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Ooo this is tempting....i need a long ride saturday
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I'll pencil myself in - I had an MRI on my ankle last week and the doc tells me what it says tomorrow, so if he says "OK" I"ll suffer my way up, if he says "NO" then I'm unpenciling.

I'll go for an easy ride this afternoon to see what's what, despite his strict instructions to the contrary.
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Like how the climb back up out of village is casually avoided...

honestly...if I can do this (tho certainly not in times noted above...my "riding/moving" time was 5:20)...most anyone can.

I'm out tho this time as have training ride with Team Unlikely Cyclist on 3/30. Vntgdrms and I are hitting GMR to the shack/shed on Monday morning 4/1. We plan on taking team up to do this on 5/19 as our last "major" training ride pre-event which occurs 6/1 in Malibu area

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I think I'm out, too. Family coming to town.
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Damn, I have an appointment early Sat afternoon. If I can cancel or postpone it I'll be there. If not, I may come by and see you all off.
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Damn, I have an appointment early Sat afternoon. If I can cancel or postpone it I'll be there. If not, I may come by and see you all off.
Or maybe just ride with us to the Cal Trans Shed at mile 9.5!

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I'll go for an easy ride this afternoon to see what's what, despite his strict instructions to the contrary.
Sounds good Sean, It would be great to have you on this ride but not at the expense of further injury to your ankle. Hope the Dr. gives you the green light.

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Or maybe just ride with us to the Cal Trans Shed at mile 9.5!

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Hmm, good idea. I haven't been riding as much as I would like lately. Let's see if I can make it that far. Count me in, for the first half at least.
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Good to hear psalm! Hope to see you at Boulder Springs on Saturday morning!

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Yep, torn tendon in my ankle... need surgery but I said he couldn't do it before the Tour de Cure on April 28. LOL.

Looks like I"m in for Saturday, pain be damned.
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Yep, torn tendon in my ankle... need surgery but I said he couldn't do it before the Tour de Cure on April 28. LOL.

Looks like I"m in for Saturday, pain be damned.
Sorry to hear it. Glad to hear you'll be there for TdC. Hope you can still ride somewhat comfortably.
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Not so much mad as hard headed.

It's probably been torn for years... and cycling doesn't apply any lateral stress to the ankle so to heck with it.
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Yep, torn tendon in my ankle... need surgery but I said he couldn't do it before the Tour de Cure on April 28. LOL.

Looks like I"m in for Saturday, pain be damned.
Dag! Sorry to hear that. Get some of those 'vitamins' that come in 'script form from the Doc.
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Not so much mad as hard headed.
It's probably been torn for years... and cycling doesn't apply any lateral stress to the ankle so to heck with it.
True Sean, No stress! I think you should be okay as long as you don't hammer up the climb. This is probably not the best time for you to beat my GMR times on Strava . . .

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True Sean, No stres! I think you should be okay as long as you don't hammer up the climb. This is probably not the best time for you to beat my GMR times on Strava . . .

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I was actually thinking of coming down for this. I don't think I've ever actually ridden GMR on a bicycle. Unfortunately, that's my aniversary and that might not go over so well. Maybe another time????

btw, where's that Beanz guy? He lives on GMR. Seems he should be doing this...
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btw, where's that Beanz guy? He lives on GMR. Seems he should be doing this...
Actually, I think Beanz lives on the Santa Ana River Trail and takes his vacations on GMR . . .

Don't know why I haven't heard from him on this. Good question!

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Rick, Are you coming up for the CCD? If so make sure you stop and say hi at Big Sandy. I'll be there filling water bottles again.
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No, I've never done CCD, probably should one of these years. Riding Hemet, Eastern Sierra, Grand Tour and Knoxville that I know of at the moment.

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No, I've never done CCD, probably should one of these years. Riding Hemet, Eastern Sierra, Grand Tour and Knoxville that I know of at the moment.

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I can't believe you've never done the CCD. That's one of the classic doubles. It's very similar to Knoxville in the difficulty scale.
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Can't wait to read ride reports from tomorrow
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Dear gawd ahmighty... chasing rick up the damn mountain again. The weather was PERFECT for a ride today - probably high 60s and sunny. Hills were green, reservoirs had plenty of water in them, it was a Good Day to ride. My garmin apparently decided to act up today, I have some very bizarre track info about 2/3 of the way up - it looks like I tied a bow tie with my garmin. Neat, but not really what I'm looking for.

http://app.strava.com/activities/46529392

I actually passed a few people today, which is always an exciting moment on a big climb. We paused briefly at the shack (I wasn't last but darn close), took some group photos and hit the road again, which is when I discovered that my rear wheel was soft. Ugh! CalamariChris stuck around and helped me change the tube... I couldn't find the flat, in fact the re-inflated tube appeared to be holding air just find, so I put a new tube in, and put a patch between the tube and a suspected cut in the tire and off we went.

Needless to say, about 7 miles later it was soft again, so I stopped AGAIN and this time, put a whole new tube and tire on (I was suspicious about the rear so i brought a spare, good thing too). As I'm putting the wheel back on I had some trouble and noticed that the freehub assembly appears to be broken because my cassette was moving all over. I'll have to take it apart later today and check it out.

That was the end of my mechanical difficulties, and aside from one lady who turned around right before the downhill into the village (don't say I blame her) I was dead Fn last this time.

The rest of the billygoats continued up to the lifts and I turned around. Frankly, I'm glad I did, my ankle is telling me I over did it today.

Interestingly, one fella who met us at the start (Stefan) was apparently riding a solo double century today with 30,000 feet of climbing. He was 95 miles into his effort today at EIGHT AM when we met - he'd been riding since midnight or so.

All in all a fun day.
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