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Old 07-01-11, 12:32 AM   #1
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San Gabriel Mountain Century Ride

Hi, I am currently trying to train for my first century. Ideally I would have my first long ride be supported, however my near future is kind of uncertain so I will have to go it alone. I've been using this schedule to train. [B]http://sweat365.com/library/training.../century-ride/ I'm at week 6 and all is well. I believe that I should be able to pull this trail off at the end of the training schedule http://www.tourofcalifornia.org/2011...mountains.html . So I was hoping that some of you have made this trek before and might have some tips for me. I would like to participate in the Kern county Spooktacular and other mountainous rides so I This seems like a good analog to see if I can do it. Thanks for taking the time to help a new rieder.
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Head over to the Southern California forum. There are plenty of threads talking about these very routes you are thinking of doing. In fact there's an active thread about GMR right now. This weekend is probably your best chance to ride the GMR/GRR portion of that route completely CAR FREE. Because the forest service closes GRM and GRR every July 4th weekend. It's actually closed to cars beginning today through Monday.
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Wow that is one heck of a century you are trying to tackle. There are not a lot of opportunities for water and even less for food. Unless you are pretty self sufficient you might want to consider a different route.

I can only think of three good places for water on that route:
1) Mt Baldy Village
2) Ranger Station at the bottom of Highway 39/Azusa Cayon
3) Small faucet at toll booth into OHV area past the East Fork Bridge

There may be running springs near the top of the 39 but kind of hard to rely on. Good luck with your training. Let me know if you have other questions.
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Wow that is one heck of a century you are trying to tackle. There are not a lot of opportunities for water and even less for food. Unless you are pretty self sufficient you might want to consider a different route.

I can only think of three good places for water on that route:
1) Mt Baldy Village
2) Ranger Station at the bottom of Highway 39/Azusa Cayon
3) Small faucet at toll booth into OHV area past the East Fork Bridge

There may be running springs near the top of the 39 but kind of hard to rely on. Good luck with your training. Let me know if you have other questions.
More:
1) There is water spigot at Camp Williams on East Fork (beneath the tree in their picnic area). Go inside and you can order food, beer, soda, etc.
2) The running spring the side of the road at approx 4000ft level on CA39 was flowing well two weeks ago. Great place to douse your head and fill up your water bottles.
3) The Snack Shop at Crystal Lake is open. So there's an opportunity for a real lunch, soda, etc.
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