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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 04-01-14, 11:31 PM   #51
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BeachGrad et al, I'm 90% in. I might have either my wife or my daughter with me (both of whom can presumably climb better than me, so no, I can't use them as an excuse to stop... lol). I'm looking forward to another shot at the shack, and possibly, the village.
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BeachGrad et al, I'm 90% in. I might have either my wife or my daughter with me (both of whom can presumably climb better than me, so no, I can't use them as an excuse to stop... lol). I'm looking forward to another shot at the shack, and possibly, the village.
Definitely bring your wife and daughter!! If you can make it to shack...you can make it to the village. Just need enough water.
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We still on for Sunday? Really looking forward to riding GMR and meeting some new riding buds.

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Still the plan as far as I'm concerned.
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I can't even drive so not cheering from the SAG patty wagon from me
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Sorry. I'm out. I've been helping my parents renovate their house and it ain't nowhere near being done.

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Sorry. I'm out. I realized this would involve actually pedaling my bike and the prospect of being soundly beaten up the mountain by a bunch of ladies is too much for my frail ego.

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I'm gonna be there 8 o'clock sunday morning.

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Note that I'm not going either. Well, if PJ isn't going to be there, I very well could be the slowest rider in the group, and I can't risk that! I think I'll blame my kid's soccer game again!
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2 soccer games and a pinewood derby.

I would like to point out that I whipped out this excuse right away. You took weeks to yellow belly your way out!
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2 soccer games and a pinewood derby.

I would like to point out that I whipped out this excuse right away. You took weeks to yellow belly your way out!
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2 soccer games and a pinewood derby.

I would like to point out that I whipped out this excuse right away. You took weeks to yellow belly your way out!
You're right. You are pretty quick with your excuses. Almost like you have a list ready to go. I may have to work on that.

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You're right. You are pretty quick with your excuses. Almost like you have a list ready to go. I may have to work on that.

Enjoy the ride, everyone!
What do you mean "almost"!

You know, we have a snappy term for people sitting around pointing fingers... "Blamestorming"

We need a similarly snappy phrase or word for the excuse making, but I'm not coming up with anything at the moment.
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Not sure how many of us ladies will be there but we will have a few of us.
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Beachgrad, I'm going to try to switch some things around at work so I can make it. I'll know in a day or two.
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Yikes! I used mapmyride to check out GMR to the shack and it looks like it climbs from 1000 ft up to about 3400 ft?
I couldn't tell what the gradients were but I must admit I'm a little nervous.

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BG, I was looking forward to this ride but unfortunately I won't be able to make it. I'll be at work while you folks are having fun. Enjoy!
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Yikes! I used mapmyride to check out GMR to the shack and it looks like it climbs from 1000 ft up to about 3400 ft?
I couldn't tell what the gradients were but I must admit I'm a little nervous.

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Charlie - it is steady climbing and yes is about 2400 feet of climbing...

Here is my most recent Strava: http://www.strava.com/activities/123080414

And here is a video of a ride with several Clydes and Athena's to show you it CAN be done even for us gravity challenged folks.


This was second time riding with gate closed due to fire hazard. It was a hot day and I struggled but I still made it. This one shows the SHACK...my GoPro died on previous one before getting to shack:


Here is the day I set my PR to date:


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Thanks Beachgrad great videos.

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Thanks Beachgrad great videos.

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Hope you give it a go! Not sure how many of the team I ride with are coming but I think we have several who are coming.
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I'm getting my stuff ready! I plan on riding to the Village. Hope I have some company!
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I'll be there but I'm only planning to try to make it to the shack.

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Charlie... you can and will make it to the shack. You can do it, and I'm not just blowing smoke up your skirt. Have fun.

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I'll be there but I'm only planning to try to make it to the shack.

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You'll have company...a few or most of the team ladies are only planning on the shack. I won't say its easy but I will say it is doable and more mental. You can stop and rest, enjoy the views as much as you like too. The grade is never so bad that getting going again is difficult.
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@Ursa Minor and @HunkerDown - Was so nice to meet you both this morning. I know it was a long drive for both of you.

HunkerDown: Sure hope you made it to the Village and Lifts.

Ursa Minor has beautiful classic Romulus bike with a dream climbing gear 22x38! I will let Charlie tell of his experience with GMR.

Here they both are pre-ride (HunkerDown on left...Ursa Minor on right):


Here is one of my teammates in Bianchi jersey and her friend (future teammate):


Here is Lisa and her husband Sam. Lisa is the rider who was knocked down by an A#*hat jerk on the Palm Springs Century this past February. She broke her upper arm near the shoulder. She is a real trooper and is getting her strength back rather quickly. She has not been cleared to mountain bike yet but she is able to road ride. Her husband is talented on the mountain bike. He came today with a single speed mountain bike. He rode up to the Shack with his wife then rode the trail down the mountain rather than GMR.


Of course Vntgdrms (Lisa) who owns and operates The Unlikely Cyclist in Costa Mesa (a women specific bike shop and she can SHIP. I highly recommend her if you are needing Athena sized gear and want better options)


Here is Marni who is such a fantastic person and teammate.


Here is Charlie reaching the Shack and I took photo either too soon or too late..as he was giving me the thumbs UP!!!


Charlie by the sign:
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