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Old 05-17-09, 05:22 AM   #1
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100 miles of Headwind???

Just peeked at the weather forecast for tomorrow. PAlt, myself and others will be doing Mitchell. It is a point to point ride and basically heads north for most of the 102 miles. It appears the temperatures are probably going to be in the 50's for most of the ride.......which is about 40 degrees cooler than last year-at least that's a relief. However you never know what Mitchell itself has in store-usually cooler and more wind.

However it also looks like there will be headwinds anywhere from 6 to 15 mph for most of the ride. Why don't they just through in 11,000 ft of climbing just to add to the difficulty??? Oh yeah.......At least some of the climbs should be sheltered by the terrain. Note to self: find a group and stay off the front!!!!

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Old 05-17-09, 05:26 AM   #2
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Just peeked at the weather forecast for tomorrow. PAlt, myself and others will be doing Mitchell. It is a point to point ride and basically heads north for most of the 102 miles. It appears the temperatures are probably going to be in the 50's for most of the ride.......which is about 40 degrees cooler than last year-at least that's a relief. However you never know what Mitchell itself has in store-usually cooler and more wind.

However it also looks like there will be headwinds anywhere from 6 to 15 mph for most of the ride. At least some of the climbs should be sheltered by the terrain. Note to self: find a group and stay off the front!!!!
Good luck. Wnds can be wearing, and, as I understand it, Mt. Mitchell is a major challenge without wind.
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Headwinds and possible hypothermia. Sounds like fun.
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My first 100-miler, actually a metric double century, included two significant hill climbs, but the worst part was 45 miles in low gear (45.3") on the coast highway north from Santa Cruz, against a strong headwind.
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Was only a metric but I had travelled 100 miles to get to it. Circular route on nice open moors and it is a fantastic ride that I try to do as often as I can.

But in 2001- High winds and rain were forecast. They were right and the wind direction kept changing and it increased in strength as the ride progressed.

The final 5 miles were the killer. Torrential horizontal rain into the face across the top of the moor. Pace line at 5mph worked by 6 of us and you did not spend much time at the front. It was the nearest I have ever got to hypothermia.

I still do that ride but I do check the weather forecast before I leave home at 5am on the morning of the ride.

And teaching you to suck eggs now- but take some warm clothing for once the ride is finished. Just in case it rains and you can't stay at the rear of the pace line line you are in.

Edit- This is a monday ride so in honour of your Ride (Or lunacy if the weather is bad)- I will ride to the LBS and take in the steep hills to get to it. After my lack of riding this winter- I will know how you will be suffering as 20mph winds forecast aswell- only difference is that I will arrange to route to give me a tailwind.
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Do the ride backward, with the wind.
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However it also looks like there will be headwinds anywhere from 6 to 15 mph for most of the ride.
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