The Heartbreak Hundred Century (by Planet Ultra) was the third of three rides in the 2009 King (or Queen) of the Mountains series. From the O.C. Rebels we had Chuck Chen, Chuck Wentworth, Julie and Colin Stokes, Linda Adams, Arthur Shapiro, Joey “The Mouth” Guzzino, Elise Haussler and your Faithful Scribe, Rick Burneson.
Some of the O C Rebels before the start
The Heartbreak starts and finishes in Lebec, CA and winds through the mountains around the area roughly known as The Grapevine, with jaunts through Frazier Park, Apache Saddle, Ventucopa, and the Heartbreak Mountain, from whence it derives its name. I started out a bit behind the big pack, but eventually caught several Rebels on the climb up towards Mt. Pinos, a 12-mile climb pretty much right out of the gate.
The Climb to Mt. Pinos
Linda and Rick at Apache Saddle
Ex-Rebel Paul Haussler was working the first Checkpoint at Apache Saddle, (at 20 miles), so after filling bottles and eating a bit there it was a rather long haul to lunch in Ventucopa at mile 54. I was probably somewhat dehydrated, so I tried to drink a lot at lunch, but ultimately not enough as I suffered with pretty severe dehydration from miles 54 - 75, where I was revived at the Heartbreak checkpoint.
Most of the Rebels I'd passed earlier repassed me (as well as lots of non-Rebels!) as I trundled slowly up Heartbreak at a woeful 2.5 MPH, yet I did make it without getting off the bike. Julie handed me a few Jelly- Beans as she went past (thanks Julie!), and Santiago rider Doug Patterson advised me to "Drink, drink, drink." as he rode by, obviously recognizing in me the signs of advanced dehydration!
Climbing above the tree line
Me, near death on the Heartbreak climb
Fortunately, my friend Terri Boykins was working the Heartbreak Checkpoint, and took care of me so well that I was dramatically revived and able to not only continue, but actually ride a lot stronger from the Heartbreak Checkpoint, for the remaining 25 miles to the finish. I finished feeling really good, but not forgetting my low point earlier in the day! Linda’s altimeter showed 8,700 feet of climbing in 100.2 miles, and my time was 8:11.
Terri busy filling water bottles with ice at Heartbreak Checkpoint
Now that I’ve completed the three King of the Mountain rides within the time limits, I can buy the KOM jersey! Of course I don’t have to . . . but I will. It is kind of a cool jersey. Here’s a link to the KOM site:
Rick / OCRR