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    MT Diablo challenge October 4th

    Are any of you peeps riding this event?
    I am going to try it. I have never seen the mountin and have not experienced a climb of this nature before. Hoping I at least finish and under the 3 hour mark. I am gravity challenged and not the best climber.

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    Are you sure it isn't sold out already?
    I'll be volunteering - driving backpacks and such to the Summit. Some pointers:

    1. Don't pack your car keys and wallet - just in case you don't make it for whatever reason and you want to get back into your car.


    Can't think of any more right now but ask questions because I've done this for about 8 years in a row.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
    Are you sure it isn't sold out already?
    I'll be volunteering - driving backpacks and such to the Summit. Some pointers:

    1. Don't pack your car keys and wallet - just in case you don't make it for whatever reason and you want to get back into your car.


    Can't think of any more right now but ask questions because I've done this for about 8 years in a row.

    Got an email today from Dana Halpin with my confirmation and bib #.

    dont pack my keys and wallet?

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    He means keep ur keys with u - don't send them up the mountain in a backpack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ursa Minor View Post
    He means keep ur keys with u - don't send them up the mountain in a backpack

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    thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ursa Minor View Post
    He means keep ur keys with u - don't send them up the mountain in a backpack

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    Exactly. The organizers won't let ANYBODY start back down from the Summit until at least 11 o' clock. So lots of riders will be hanging around at the Summit Lower Lot for hours - you should have some warm clothes and food and maybe comfortable shoes to wait it out. There are a few items available at the finish but not many and it's nothing like a rest stop on a century. If you don't make it to the Summit for whatever reason and have to turn around, it'll be after 1pm before your stranded backpack finds its way back down to the bottom... you'll be glad you had your car keys instead of standing around at the start line waiting for the volunteers to make it down after the slowest descenders.
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    a ceremony at the summit with food and beverages for all.


    so the event is a ride up and come back down without a lunch? I was under the impression from their website it was a lunch type deal. Thanks for the heads up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flatbroke View Post
    a ceremony at the summit with food and beverages for all.


    so the event is a ride up and come back down without a lunch? I was under the impression from their website it was a lunch type deal. Thanks for the heads up.
    Nothing like lunch - probably cookies, fruit, and clif bars, usually some kind of sports drinks in bottles, maybe coffee. Once there was a Jamba Juice truck but they wanted $3 or something.

    The "ceremony" involves making some announcements, giving away some schwagg, and introducing the winners in various groups and other VIPs. I'm not trying to diminish it, it's fun... but it's not a party and it's not lunch.

    Here are all my Diablo Challenge blogposts:

    Diablo Scott's Bike Blog: Diablo Challenge


    BTW - anyone with a pickup or vehicle that could haul backpacks and stuff and would like to volunteer, let me know.
    Last edited by DiabloScott; 09-23-15 at 12:11 PM.
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    Last time I did it the Northgate was closed for the day, which screwed up my plans a lot.

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    Followup: Curtis Corlew in Bicycle Land: Diablo Challenge 2013 results, comments and questions

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    So any idea what the planned closures are this year? Same I assume? NG all day and SG until like noon or something?

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    Last year they opened up NGR after all the big trucks came down (last vehicles) - it's only closed because those trucks need both lanes around some of the turns. Something like 1pm the whole Mountain was back open.
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    Just got home from the Ride. I actually really enjoyed the event and have a couple others wanting to join next year. Guess I was the huckleberry this year as non of us have ever seen the mountain before today.

    I made my my goal of completing the ride. I exceeded my goal by not finishing last. The volunteers were super friendly and even handed you water as you rode by. The gals at the finish cheering and ringing the bell offered enough support to motivate me not to stop on the wall.

    A guy was walking the wall half way up and carried on a conversation offering words of encouragement. Really nice event big thumbs up

    I saw several bike riders walking but I did not. I rode the entire route without stopping

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    It looks like it was pretty windy. Was it a strong headwind most of the way up?

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    After the 1st mile there was a pretty strong headwind up to the place where visitors pay. I didn't notice the wind after that area.

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    What are the grades on this ride, elevation, etc... My one big climb of my life was Mt. Haleakala, and I didn't make it. At least I tried, that's a lot more than even my younger Cat 3 boss ever tried. I'd like to try something else like that at least one more time in my life. I'm 60 now and won't have too many more chances to try. I have free airfare (my son is a pilot, this is the greatest benefit ever) so I can do this on a whim.

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    Mt kaleakala is 3 times the elevation. I don't think you would be happy.

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    Haleakala and Diablo are simillar grades (approximately 6%), but Haleakala is 3 times as tall. If you can ride to the Park entrance, you should have no problem with Diablo.
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    I was the guy in the storm drain with the whistle and cowbell at the bottom of The Wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zacster View Post
    What are the grades on this ride, elevation, etc... My one big climb of my life was Mt. Haleakala, and I didn't make it. At least I tried, that's a lot more than even my younger Cat 3 boss ever tried. I'd like to try something else like that at least one more time in my life. I'm 60 now and won't have too many more chances to try. I have free airfare (my son is a pilot, this is the greatest benefit ever) so I can do this on a whim.
    I've done both, and Diablo is way way easier. Haleakala just keeps going and going, plus you finish over 10,000' elevation. Diablo is slightly steeper, but not enough to even worry about. I can do Diablo in about an hour, Haleakala took me over 4 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Haleakala and Diablo are simillar grades (approximately 6%), but Haleakala is 3 times as tall. If you can ride to the Park entrance, you should have no problem with Diablo.
    Yes, people in this area who plan to do the 'Death Ride' with 5 passes in the Sierras frequently train on Mt. Diablo by doing repeats and figure that being able to do it 3 times in a row in a reasonable time is sufficient. But the other factor with Haleakala is the absolute elevation - you don't have to worry about insufficient oxygen on Diablo.

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