Council of the Elders
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Omaha, NE
Bikes: 1990 Schwinn Crosscut, 5 Lemonds
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Sorry I didn't get to say hello Big John. It was for sure the ideal day for me to experience GMR for the first time. Lots of riders out and all in a festive mood, I must say. Everyone I met was very friendly up there... it was just a great experience for me.
I parked about a mile below the gate and started up about 9:00 and lots of riders were already coming down. About 1/3 of the way up to the shack Jim, Yen's husband, went by and turned around to chase me down (not real hard given my climbing speed
) and we chatted for a few minutes. Very nice of him to interrupt his descent. Then I rode non-stop to the shack where I was schmoozing with friendly locals when Beanz and his chums pulled in. Very shortly, along came Volosong going up. We all had a nice talk ... very pleasant indeed. When Beanz left, Volo and I rode another couple miles up but I turned back as time was an issue for me and the distance to water was a stretch. It was heating up too.
I had an absolutely great ride down and, according to Strava
, I am currently the 974th fastest on the descent from the shack to the gate. This confirms that there are clearly 973 crazy riders up at GMR! With a little experience and familiarity with the road I am confident I can crack the top 950.
And the climb, well it is hard but doable. Lots of subtle nuances to it at the switchbacks made it interesting, as opposed to something that is just unrelenting and always the same. Scenery is very, very nice. There is occasional shade. I'm now a big fan of GMR ... just want to know where I can order my GMR jersey. (Or someone should design a GMR patch to go on jerseys... that would be cool.)
Last edited by billydonn; 07-05-12 at 07:17 AM.