I'm doing the Mountains of Misery ride in Blacksburg, Va for the third time next week. This is one of the hardest rides I've done, mainly because it finishes with a four-mile, 12% grade that is just a killer when you've already done 100 miles.
There is a rest stop about 1.5 miles from the top. For the last two years I've skipped it on the theory that if I stopped, I would never be able to get started again.
The first year I made it to the top, but just barely. Last year I had to do the "walk of shame" the last quarter mile because of some horrendous hamstring cramps, as well as just general exhaustion.
I'm thinking of stopping at the last rest stop this year. What's your advice? Does it help to re-gas, or does it just make it harder to get back on the bike?