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Old 08-11-09, 09:15 AM   #1
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Crater Lake this weekend?

Is anyone else besides Jobob, Mel and Amy going to be there this weekend? Spectacular scenery, and it's not crowded at all (the Park Service permit limits them to 300 riders, 225 for the century).

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I'll be going up there in two weeks and taking the bikes. Let me know about any routes and about that 33 mile ride that goes around the crater. Absolutely beautiful place.
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Hey, Mike,

It is beautiful up there. The ride around the rim is spectacular, but there are a few hills. In fact, the elevation gain riding around the rim exceeds the elevation gain from the 20 mile climb up to the rim! My memory from last year is a bit fuzzy, because I was trying to keep up with someone faster than me, but I seem to remember at least a couple of those rollers around the rim were a couple of miles long, and steep enough to get your attention. Not a brutal climb like Sierra, but steep enough. You'll need to carry enough food and water (it's not that long around the rim, so that shouldn't be a problem) - the century is a supported ride, so I wasn't looking for any place to refill, but I don't remember any.

The nice thing, though is that it is tough to get lost. Just keep the lake on your right (or left if you go counterclockwise) and it's pretty hard to get lost :-)

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I was scheduled to ride the Crater Lake Century (did it last year too) until I saw the e-mail about the recent chip seal.

I have thrashed both my bikes and my body riding fresh chip seals. The residual oil and chips get caked on your tires/frame, and the loose chips can cause a "ground touching event" if encountered in a fast descent. As much as I wanted to ride, the chip seal caused me to re-consider.

Currently trying to decide if the follow up pictures from this weekend provide the confidence needed to head up there. Plus, I just got back from Tahoe, after figuring my Crater Lake trip was canceled, so travel/being away from family again might be difficult.

If I make it, I'll be in a DR jersey on my Trek.

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I saw that e-mail also - 17 miles of it within park limits sounds like it happens on the steepish rollers around the lake - not so good. Some friends were up there on motorcycles a couple of weeks ago and had tar all over their bikes, but said it was on the road up to the lake. That would actually be better, since it's not a steep grade and isn't technical at all. I guess I'll find out in a couple of days!

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Hey, Mike,

It is beautiful up there. The ride around the rim is spectacular, but there are a few hills. In fact, the elevation gain riding around the rim exceeds the elevation gain from the 20 mile climb up to the rim! My memory from last year is a bit fuzzy, because I was trying to keep up with someone faster than me, but I seem to remember at least a couple of those rollers around the rim were a couple of miles long, and steep enough to get your attention. Not a brutal climb like Sierra, but steep enough. You'll need to carry enough food and water (it's not that long around the rim, so that shouldn't be a problem) - the century is a supported ride, so I wasn't looking for any place to refill, but I don't remember any.

The nice thing, though is that it is tough to get lost. Just keep the lake on your right (or left if you go counterclockwise) and it's pretty hard to get lost :-)

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Hey JB! You were right about how spectacular the ride around the rim is. I did it yesterday and it's the most beautiful ride I've ever been on. In fact, the climbing is pretty tough too! Here are some of the pics and BTW we're heading to Mt. Shasta tomorrow where I'll be riding again.












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