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Old 06-12-08, 01:01 PM   #1
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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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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.
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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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-- 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.
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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

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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).
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