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    Thursday after work ride - Montebello

    People - it's too nice not to get out today. Me and some of the lads are meeting at Chain Reaction Los Altos at 5:45 for a Montebello climb. Green Webcor kit, Seven Axiom. Pace delicate to the base then "on your own" to the top. Come one come all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by murphstahoe View Post
    People - it's too nice not to get out today. Me and some of the lads are meeting at Chain Reaction Los Altos at 5:45 for a Montebello climb. Green Webcor kit, Seven Axiom. Pace delicate to the base then "on your own" to the top. Come one come all.
    Damn, I was out there yesterday, but I could tell my climbing was suffering. I made it just before the flat section of Montebello began. My legs just didn't have it yesterday. Plus, I have meetings today at 6 pm, so I won't be able to make it.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    hmmm I might have to come out and give it a shot-- what's the climb like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by exhorserider View Post
    -- what's the climb like?
    2 miles of ~7-8% avg, w/ some shade, 1 mile of flattish recovery, shaded, and finally another 2 miles of ~6-7% w/ a spike or two, no shade. Bring water. Drink lots. Have fun.

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    http://graphics.stanford.edu/~lucasp...ontebello.html

    The bottom part is the steepest sustained part but very nice and no traffic. After 2 miles there is a flat mile - if you are suffering use this to recover. The top part is less steep but still a grinder, then at the end there are a few stair step tough sections. Once you see the big American flag you know you have it whipped.

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    I'll try to join you. Another Webcor kit, Specialized S-Works.
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    excellent, smithers, excellent...

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    I'll try to make it if I get home from work early enough... though I'll probably regret it and get by but kicked. Not sure what I'll be wearing but I ride a silver specialized allez elite (and a green mazda protege with it on top)

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    I was going to do this ride on saturday.. or at least attempt it. Let us know how it was.
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    I'll give it another shot tomorrow. Maybe I'll actually make it past the school this time.
    I'm in it to finish it.

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    the climb is pretty good. it was a bit hot, but two bottles of water were enough for me.
    general advice for those who never rode it: don't kill yourself during the first 2 miles (unless you are racing up that hill) and combine sitting and standing "intervals" (3-4 minutes sited, then shift 1 or 2 cogs up and go for 30-60 seconds standing, the downshift if you need to, sit back and repeat). another thing that I found useful: engage core muscles. this will help unload quads and you'll recover a bit.
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    Report and summit pictures on my blog

    sub20olh.blogspot.com
    Last edited by murphstahoe; 06-13-08 at 02:20 PM. Reason: links

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    I did this today. The air quality is not too bad, but you don't get a really good view once you climb it. Maybe after all the fires are out, and the smoke clears, there may be a better view.

    It took me 1 hour to get to the top from the bottom off of Steven's Creek. I stopped twice ... once because my chain dropped as I was shifting to my granny gear, and another to take a quick pic.

    Yeah, I'm a bit slow on the climbs. I'm going to try and do this more often after work (one of the benefits of doing the east coast shift, 6 am - 3 pm).
    I'm in it to finish it.

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