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Old 05-05-08, 03:41 PM   #1
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13,000 ft. evevation gain, Climb to Kaiser

I'm going to do the Climb to Kaiser this year. Anybody done it ?? My bike is top of the line and geared with a compact set up. I'm fit and able to do the climb and the distance, problem is my butt get so dang sore on long rides. I'm looking at 10 hours in the saddle or more....Any one done this ride or have ANY secrets ????
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I'm going to do the Climb to Kaiser this year. Anybody done it ?? My bike is top of the line and geared with a compact set up. I'm fit and able to do the climb and the distance, problem is my butt get so dang sore on long rides. I'm looking at 10 hours in the saddle or more....Any one done this ride or have ANY secrets ????
1) find a saddle that fits (sounds like yours doesn't)
2) ride a 'bent.

I tried for years to do 1), and ended up doing 2).

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Old 05-07-08, 09:46 PM   #3
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Better shorts / bibs? Chamois Butt'r and/or Body Glide? (with reapplications) Practice?

Sounds like a wicked ride. I'm jealous of your opportunity!
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I'm going to do the Climb to Kaiser this year. Anybody done it ?? My bike is top of the line and geared with a compact set up. I'm fit and able to do the climb and the distance, problem is my butt get so dang sore on long rides. I'm looking at 10 hours in the saddle or more....Any one done this ride or have ANY secrets ????
Lubricant makes a big difference, as does the style of chamois. I have a couple sets of cannondale shorts where the left and right part of the chamois are stretchy and thin. The combination of that with chamois-buttr have allowed me to do 8+ hours without much discomfort.
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After you have the perfect saddle, shorts, and lube, for you, more saddle time/week helps. Otherwise, get out of the saddle for 1 minute in every 10, by the clock, even on the flat. Even 30 seconds helps a lot. I try to get into a schedule where every so many minutes I'll do something: stand, drink, eat, etc. Keep my mind occupied and looking forward to something different happening. And then I don't forget to eat, drink, stand, etc.
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Having done the ride twice, I think I can say with confidence that you'll be out of the saddle much of the time, at least on the way up. That should help. (During the ride, I've met people who wished they had triple. But if you're young and fit and used to riding 15% grades that grind on for half a mile or so, then except for butt pain, at least on the return, you should be fine.)
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