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    Nice report. You did miss a couple more climbs towards the end, but no big deal. I've gotten lost like that on rides like this before. It was actually a common occurrence last year to have 15-20 extra miles on a ride.

    I really love climbing, so this century is perfect for me. The first year I did it (which was my first century), I had a 39x23. That was fun. This year I had a 25 on the rear which made it a little more manageable. People wonder why you pass them so fast on the hills. It's because if I slow down, I won't be able to start again!

    It was nice meeting you. If you want to come back up and climb some more hills, hit me up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mirona
    Nice report. You did miss a couple more climbs towards the end, but no big deal. I've gotten lost like that on rides like this before. It was actually a common occurrence last year to have 15-20 extra miles on a ride.

    I really love climbing, so this century is perfect for me. The first year I did it (which was my first century), I had a 39x23. That was fun. This year I had a 25 on the rear which made it a little more manageable. People wonder why you pass them so fast on the hills. It's because if I slow down, I won't be able to start again!

    It was nice meeting you. If you want to come back up and climb some more hills, hit me up.

    Likewise.

    Have you done Climb to the Clouds which is in July I think ?
    There's that, the Mt. Greylock century and the Mt. Washington Hillclimb & Century that I'd like to do.
    Or tell me some other good hilly New England centuries ?
    Btw, Southwick is beautiful. You're a lucky guy.
    What do people do for work around there ? or where to they commute to for work ? Springfield ?
    I love the country like that but in CT to get country like that puts you into a long commute. Most people think Oxford is country, but it's not quite country enough for me. However, my commute is under 30 minutes too so everything's a tradeoff....

    You did East River Hill in a 39x25 ?
    You're a better man than me !
    I'll get there...

    What were the other hills I missed like. One guy told me that they were shorter but steeper than East River Hill....

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    Sounds like fun. My climbing repeat hill gains close to 300 vertical feet in a hair under a mile....600 feet in a mile and a half is quite a workout .

    I can't imagine living in Mirona's neck of the woods with only a 39x25, especially after spending enough time on Rte. 57. Screw that. It's hell enough with a 34x27 in quite a few parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
    Sounds like fun. My climbing repeat hill gains close to 300 vertical feet in a hair under a mile....
    Yup....that's about what I climb on a regualar basis too.....
    East River was steep and long.....
    I wish I could ride that a couple times a week....it would make me a better climber...

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    If you work in Southwick, it's mostly retail, restaurant, or farm work. Most people commute to Springfield, Chicopee, etc.

    I've done the Mount Greylock century which is comparable to the Great River Ride. The Mount Greylock century has most of the climbing condensed into 3 longer climbs, though. I have not tried the Mount Washington century or the Climb to the Clouds because my schedule has always conflicted with the dates. I haven't done any other hilly centuries but I would if they were there.

    I did the East River climb in a 39x25 and a 39x23 in previous years. Now it's going to sound like bragging when I say I'm going back to an 11-23 cassette because I rarely use the 25 anyway

    The other hills were steep and short, but were linked together so you would go up and around a corner and see another hill. But that's what I ride for anyway!

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    I did the the GRR yesterday with a compact (36x23 being my lightest gear), and my knees are telling me today that they wished I had lighter gears to spin in on some of those short/steep hills. The East River climb was alright though. All in all, I felt like the real meat and potatoes of the GRR were stuffed in between miles 65-80, though that might be because I had a brush with bonking around mile 75. What a great day for it, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tc83
    I did the the GRR yesterday with a compact (36x23 being my lightest gear), and my knees are telling me today that they wished I had lighter gears to spin in on some of those short/steep hills. The East River climb was alright though. All in all, I felt like the real meat and potatoes of the GRR were stuffed in between miles 65-80, though that might be because I had a brush with bonking around mile 75. What a great day for it, though.
    I'm the exact opposite...I have plenty of short steep stuff to climb at home.....I liked East River becase it was so long....like I said, once you found a gear and got comfortable it was just a long spin to the top...I did it in 34x28 and would not have wanted to do it in any less....

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    Easr River Hill

    You Can Ride It It A Couple Of Times A Week Without Going Very Far From Oxford. Just Get On I-84 East And Get Off Southington Exit For Rt 322 I Forget Exit Number Head West On 322 And Before You Know It Your On Our Version Of East River Hill I.2 Miles At 10%. It Has The Identical Look And Feel Of East River After That First Bend However This Is A Main Rd So It's Not Nearly As Peaceful. I Hope You Check It Out Even If It's By Car. After Reading Your Experience With Your Clothes I Am Sure Glad I Opted Not To Leave My Coat At The 1st Rest Stop. I Wanted To But The Guy At The Table Wasn't Very Reassuring Saying That It Should Make It Back. Idecided To Do 86 Miles With The Coat. I'm Sure I Looked Like A Dork In The Afternoon But I Didn't Feel So Bad. Next Year I Will Elect To Chill For A Few Miles And Then Warm Up.

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    I lived/grew up in Southington for 21 years, and it is quite a hill - I lived right near Mt. Southington, actually. When we were kids, my buddy decided to ride down it one day, on a bike with brakes that didn't really work well. He ended up stopping by the bridges, and was passing out cars on the way down. Ahhhh....good times. Not sure how he didn't get killed by the Marion Post Office though.

    If you want a really steep hill though....Shuttle Meadow Road on the opposite corner of the town - the one that they block off from October to May. Not very long, but it's a steep one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
    I lived/grew up in Southington for 21 years, and it is quite a hill - I lived right near Mt. Southington, actually. When we were kids, my buddy decided to ride down it one day, on a bike with brakes that didn't really work well. He ended up stopping by the bridges, and was passing out cars on the way down. Ahhhh....good times. Not sure how he didn't get killed by the Marion Post Office though.

    If you want a really steep hill though....Shuttle Meadow Road on the opposite corner of the town - the one that they block off from October to May. Not very long, but it's a steep one.
    If you know right where it is Routeslip it so I can take a look......

    Here are some hills I've Routeslipped:

    East River Hill from the GRR
    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=10923

    Bee Mountain Road, right down the street from me..
    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=9389

    Cottage Street, by Stevenson Dam on the Monroe/Oxford line
    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=8705

    This morning's ride......
    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=7667

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    I have it routeslipped in my Tour de Southington route on routeslip....let me dig it up...

    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=673

    That climb at mile 18 is a real mother****er. You basically gain like 350 feet in less than a 1/4 mile from what I remember. I had to tack back and forth across the road back when I was 135 pounds and could climb much better than I can now.

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    haha, that looks like a straight vertical!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
    I have it routeslipped in my Tour de Southington route on routeslip....let me dig it up...

    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=673

    That climb at mile 18 is a real mother****er. You basically gain like 350 feet in less than a 1/4 mile from what I remember. I had to tack back and forth across the road back when I was 135 pounds and could climb much better than I can now.

    Holy Crap !!
    What is that climb @ 4 miles ???


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    Speaking of Routeslip, here's a few of my favorite loops....

    My 66 mile close-to-home route:
    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=8072

    This is my "standard" moderate distance route:
    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=627

    This is my climbing repeat hill that I do my hill interval workouts on (good times):
    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=4394

    This one is a bear - mainly due to the fact that the hilliest part of the ride has the worst pavement:
    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=951

    This one involves a lot of pain and suffering, particularly at the end:
    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=2918

    And last, this is my short ride/time trial/recovery ride loop. Although they needlessly chip-sealed a few miles of road which really pissed me off a lot (made it pretty dangerous in parts to ride it now, actually):
    http://www.routeslip.com/map.php?map=632

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeOxfordCT
    Holy Crap !!
    What is that climb @ 4 miles ???

    That's the one that the dude above was talking about on Rte. 322....it's a steady climb though, one you can get "into a rythym" on. It's also the same climb that my buddy descended (without brakes) and was passing cars on the way down. Took him like a half mile to stop

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    Love the name....

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
    That's the one that the dude above was talking about on Rte. 322....it's a steady climb though, one you can get "into a rythym" on. It's also the same climb that my buddy descended (without brakes) and was passing cars on the way down. Took him like a half mile to stop
    But you're saying that the one @ 18 miles is worse ?

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    Yeah....it's shorter, but much steeper. It's steep enough to block off the road in the winter, if that says anything.

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    I called New Horizon bike shop on Monday. They have my stuff that I bagged at the first rest stop and they are sending it to me no charge....apparently they're sending alot of stuff no charge....

    Guitar, when do you go back to the doctor's next ?

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    Waiting to hear back regarding my latest round of bloodwork, and then will go to see a specialist, depending on the results....

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    Shuttle Meadow Rd

    Would You Be So Kind As To Give Directions To The Road Starting From The Marion Post Office. Also, On Your Elevation Graph What Is The Steep Descent Off Of 322. My Guess Is Old Mountain Rd Or County Rd Thru The Golf Course. If I Am Wrong Please Let Me Know. Thanks

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    horton hill rd

    Here's Another Steep One For You And It Should Be Closer To You. It's In Naugatuck Off Of Rt 63 If You Head Towards Bethany It Will Be On Your Left And Not Far From Bethany Line. It Has Pitches Of 16 To 18% And Eventually Runs You Into Rt 68. I Couldn't Make It Up And Almost Wiped Out Coming Down. And It Is A Residential Street. The Town Engineers Told Me That Kind Of Rd With Residences On It Would Not Be Built Today

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    Quote Originally Posted by FRENCH BULLDOG
    Here's Another Steep One For You And It Should Be Closer To You. It's In Naugatuck Off Of Rt 63 If You Head Towards Bethany It Will Be On Your Left And Not Far From Bethany Line. It Has Pitches Of 16 To 18% And Eventually Runs You Into Rt 68. I Couldn't Make It Up And Almost Wiped Out Coming Down. And It Is A Residential Street. The Town Engineers Told Me That Kind Of Rd With Residences On It Would Not Be Built Today
    Which road are you referring to ??? Not Clark Rd ? I drive that about 5 times a week.
    Let me know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FRENCH BULLDOG
    Would You Be So Kind As To Give Directions To The Road Starting From The Marion Post Office. Also, On Your Elevation Graph What Is The Steep Descent Off Of 322. My Guess Is Old Mountain Rd Or County Rd Thru The Golf Course. If I Am Wrong Please Let Me Know. Thanks
    The entire route is on RouteSlip, actually....if you look at the tabs on the left, you'll see "Routeslip Preview", and that is where all the roads are. It's just heading straight up Rte. 322 into Wolcott, from the Marion Post Office. And yep....it's Country Highway through the golf course. A fast descent with some curves - need to be cautious on that one.

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    Horton Hill Rd

    Your Close. It Is The Next Road After Clark Rd. On Your Right If Your Heading North On 63 Or Your Left On 63 South Before Clark Rd

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