This Sat. 3/30/13 I'll be doing a ride up Glendora Mountain Road to Glendora Ridge Road to Mt. Baldy Village and back. All the details are in the note that follows (i hope). This GMR/GRR ride is a bit different because I'm encouraging riders who have never done it to give it a try.
Some might think you have to HTFU to do this ride, but really, it's not that tough. As follows is the ride announcement. Let me know if you have any questions. And yes, I know most of you aren't in SoCal, but for the ones who are (or might be visiting here this weekend):
A GMR /GRR Ride for Inexperienced GMR Virgins as well as older and more climbing-savvy GMR/GRR riding veterans.
Saturday morning, March 30th, 2013
Okay . . . I know a lot of you have heard some of us talk about “GMR” but until you’ve ridden it, you don’t really understand what it means. You may have told me, “No, that’s too difficult, I could never do that!”
But guess what . . . you probably can. It’s not that tough. It does sound tough on paper, “44 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing.” That can seem a bit intimidating, I agree. However, once you get out there, and are actually on the climb, it’s not that bad. The vast majority of it is 5 and 6% grade. Short bits go down to 4% and up to 7%, but big picture – 5 and 6%.
Plus, there is no risk. If you get tired, you can stop and rest. If you go up a certain distance and just can’t go anymore . . . coast back down the mountain. Best of all, you can’t get lost if you remember this simple instruction: When you get to an intersection, go up.” Easy, huh? No route sheet needed!
We start at Boulder Springs Road in Glendora. That’s the only traffic light on Glendora Mountain Road.
The first climb is 7.6 miles, then you get a short descent and it’s a bit more climbing until you get to “The Shed.”
Re-Group is at the Cal-Trans Maintenance Shed at 9.5 miles. A couple miles later is the intersection of East Fork Road, but just go up and you’ll be fine. At this point you are on Glendora Ridge Road, and as the name implies, you are riding along a ridge, up , down and around.
The next real climb starts at mile 14 and goes to mile 17.5. This is the part that’s most difficult, mentally, for GMR/GRR Virgins. Physically it’s no more difficult that the first 7.6 miles, but then you do have those climbing miles on your legs already. Still, it’s quite do-able and the altitude at the summit of this climb is right at 5,000 ft. of elevation.
Again, if you get tired, stop and rest awhile. No shame in that. Have a GU, have a Clif bar . . . then carry on!
From this summit it’s up and down again, but nothing difficult and then you have a mile long descent beginning at Cow Canyon Saddle which drops you into Mt. Baldy Village. A left turn (up, remember!) and ¼ mile later you have arrived at Mt. Baldy Lodge for a wonderful breakfast (before 11:00AM) or a tasty lunch (after 11:00 AM).
Additional helpful GMR/GRR notes:
1. Bring 2 full water bottles plus add a few of your favorite snacks in your jersey pockets for a snack at The Shed and beyond. There are no services between Glendora and Mt. Baldy Village.
2. Bring a camera, the views from the mountain are fantastic plus you’ll want a photo of you and your bike at Mt. Baldy Lodge, just to show the kids back home that you did it! If you are tired and want to stop and rest, a photo opportunity is a great excuse (not that you need one).
3. Bring sun-block so you don’t get burned and bring a jacket in case it’s cool (it does get cooler at altitude).
About 70% of the climbing is on the way out, so only 30% (and no long climbs) on the way back.
Meet at Boulder Springs and Glendora Mountain Road at approx. 7:30AM so you’ll be ready to depart at 8:00AM sharp. Arriving later is okay if you are a quick “get ready to ride” kind of cyclist.
Approx. time for GMR/GRR Virgins is 2.5 to 3 hours from Glendora to Mt. Baldy Village and about 1.5 hours to ride back. We take the same route out and back. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the rule about going up applies equally well on the return trip.
John Nguyen will be at the start (and on the ride) to help answer any last minute questions.