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Old 06-20-09, 10:07 PM   #1
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133 miles over the spectacular North Cascades Highway - new p.r. bike ride

Did a ride over the North Cascades Highway today called the Native Planet Classic. From Winthrop, through North Cascades National Park, to Lake Diablo, and then back again. Ride was listed at 128 miles but I rode to the start from my hotel and ended up with 133 miles for the day. 10,400 feet of climbing.

The ride is basically 64 miles of climbing, 64 miles of descending. Very little flat riding.

It was my longest bike ride ever...

Here's the ride profile:


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Leaving Winthrop, Wa., about 5:45 in the morning...



Climbing from the valley up to Washington Pass...



Looking back toward Methow Valley...



Switchbacks..



Made it...

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Lake Diablo overlook..




Another view from Lake Diablo...



One of many waterfalls along the road...





Big prize at the end - all you can eat lasagna...



Beatiful scenery, well-organized ride, great food, lucked out on the weather (a little cold at the top, but most everyone on the ride remembered to bring jackets and tights).

This is worth planning a vacation around if you want a high class mountain ride - plenty of other great riding in and around Winthrop as well...

Rapha recently did one of their "Continental" rides over the North Cascades Highway...here is their write-up:

http://www.rapha.cc/north-cascades-highway

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Well done, BB! Nice pictures too. It's suprising to me that this ride doesn't get more attention. Did you notice the bigfoot crossings painted on the road on the way back from the turn around point?
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Sweet! That is beautiful! (the lasagna too!)
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Well done, BB! Nice pictures too. It's suprising to me that this ride doesn't get more attention. Did you notice the bigfoot crossings painted on the road on the way back from the turn around point?
Yes! I saw two sets of them, I should have stopped to get photos but was "in a groove" going uphill both times.

You're right about this ride - it should be more popular than it is; I think the distance (5 hour drive from Seattle) doesn't help. I really think it's worth the effort to get there. Furthermore, it's a hard route to do on your own due to lack of services, so doing it on an organized basis is a good way to do it.
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Outstanding:

1. Distance
2. Climbing
3. Scenery
4. Photos
5. P.R.

Well done!
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Sounds like a great ride in spectacular scenery. Way to go and thanks for sharing.
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That sure is some breath taking scenery. Thanks for the ride.
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Very nice ride! Those temps must have been wonderful. I would have traded places with you yesterday in a second on our 100 high humidity century. There are so many great rides to do, I wish I had the time to try them all.
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Wow! That looks like an incredible route. I don't guess you ever dropped down into your small chainring???
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Beautiful pictures. That's one serious ride. It's not more popular because it's HARD!! Congratulations on completing such a challenge. An out-n-back such as that would be a good thing, as far as scenery is concerned. I'm guessing seeing the route from "the other direction" is completely different. Nice going.
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I'm impressed - very impressed! (and at your age!)

I rode over the North Cascades pulling a Bob trailer with all my gear two summers ago. It was the hardest ride of my cycling career! It took me considerably longer.

Way to go!
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Sunday morning, before returning to Seattle, I took a "recovery" ride near Winthrop, Wa. Some other riders recommended I follow the road out of town up the Chewuch River, which I did. Had to add these photos...it's a beautiful area.







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Just awesome...Kudos and thanks also for the great pics!
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Very nice!
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Sunday morning, before returning to Seattle, I took a "recovery" ride near Winthrop, Wa. Some other riders recommended I follow the road out of town up the Chewuch River, which I did. Had to add these photos...it's a beautiful area.

Which Brooks saddle is that on your bike? How does it work for you?
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Which Brooks saddle is that on your bike? How does it work for you?
It's a Selle Anatomica. I own several Brooks saddles as well (a Swift, a B17, and a Professional).

The SA has been a great saddle for me - comfortable from the very first ride. Requires more regular tightening than a Brooks does. Also, after 3,000 or 4,000 miles it seems like it's about 2/3 of the way through its adjustment, so maybe it's not going to last as long as a Brooks.
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