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    Personal Best

    I've been doing a time trial up Mount Pleasant, a brutal 1,800 m climb in Montreal for some time now. Until today, my best time had been 6:51, set fairly early in the season. Today, I did it in 6:41. I felt like Richard Virenque looked on Mont Ventoux. Next goal: under six minutes.
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    LOL, for a moment I thought you meant 1800m vertical gain Congratulations on your new best, good luck on the goal

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    Congrats on your accomplishment Velocipedio! Always a good feeling to know you're improving.
    P.S. Do you give lessons? :confused:
    If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough...

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    Velocipedio, what's the gain in elevation for those 1800m?
    "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ...'holy *****...what a ride!'"

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    I gain in elevation is on the order of 100m give or take a few.

    I set a best time on the same hill yesterday of 7:48 over the previous 8:02. My goal is to beat Velocipedio
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    Originally posted by SteveE
    Velocipedio, what's the gain in elevation for those 1800m?
    According to my topo map of Montreal [one of the only nice things in my office at school], the gain is between 120m and 125m. Using string, I find that the distance covered is aboout 1790 m. That's just short of a 7% average grade. The first two switchbacks are closer to 4%, I should think, but there is at least on kickup [about halfway up the first leg above the Boulevard] that goes up above 15% in some places. According to the map -- and my accuracy should be questioned, if only because I'm doing the string-route thing -- there's a gain of 18m in 150m there... gets nasty.
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    velocipedio and Spire,
    go go go, remember we are cheering you guys.:fun: :fun: :fun:
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    Nice job fellas!

    The local standard in my area is Old La Honda Rd. It's 5310M with a elevation gain of 385M. I guess that's 7.2%. My best time so far is 27-28 minutes (I didn't have my watch on, the bike computer clock only gives minutes, and I didn't want to reset the trip timer). My goal is to reach 25 min. The semi-official record is about 15 min. supposedly set by Eric Heiden.
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    Good job! 6 min. is within your grasp.

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    there's an overpass next to my apt that has something like 35 feet of climbing on it!
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    Originally posted by velocipedio
    Today, I did it in 6:41.
    I'm getting close to my goal! I made it up in 6:48. Velocipedio is within my grasp!
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    Originally posted by Spire
    I'm getting close to my goal! I made it up in 6:48. Velocipedio is within my grasp!
    6:29.
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    The drama continues....
    Booyah!!

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    This is a fluke or something but I was able to reach and sustain 20mph on my stock comfort mountain bike on a flat in the saddle for 3 minutes. I thought that was a big accomplishment
    Picture yourself on a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies...

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    Originally posted by velocipedio

    6:29.
    6:27....

    My goal has been attainted, now for 6:00.
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    Do I hear 6:15....

    going once...

    twice....

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