No one has started a thread yet, so let me:
Deathride 2010 went well for me. I finished with about 8:10 ride time (8:17 includes 5-10 minutes rolling around at the start, looking for folks). Almost 2 hours faster than last year.
I felt pretty winded right from the start. The altitude affected me much more this year than last. I don't know why, maybe we just arrived a little too early the day before.
On the monitor ascents I was lucky enough to get great pacing from Tim, a Utah U cyclist that had come down for the ride. He was allegedly a cat-5 cyclist, though he said he'd won each race he'd entered so far! He seemed too comfortable, it was unfair that he lived in Park City and was used to the thin air. He dropped me just before the summit of E. Monitor, but it was nice riding with him for 5k+ elevation gain!
I brought the camera this time, and recorded some of my ride. Here's my first attempt at this sort of thing:
(if anyone has music suggestions, let me know and I'll audioswap them on there. right now all you can hear is road buzz and SRAM clicks)
Ebbett's was better this year as I knew what to expect. This was also where Chris Phipps overtook me. I started 25 minutes earlier, so by my accounts I was doing well! (I tried to ride with Chris and his friend for a bit, but after maybe 2 minutes I was about to blow up, so I dropped off and hyperventilated for 10 minutes)
The good news this year was the descents. The work on Monitor got me ahead of a lot of people, meaning I had open roads to ride down. It was a lot better than last year, where I was descending in fear of the weeble-wobblers cutting me off.
Descending Ebbett's was still crazy though. The entire road was taken up by ascenders as I was heading down. I'll work that video next. It felt like a dangerous obstacle course!
The trip up from South to North went much better this year as well. I was able to hold a comfortable pace with a strong group the entire way. We were making such good time that I had to skip my planned stop at my car. That kind of backfired when I had to resort to drinking cytomax.
The cytomax lead to some stomach issues, which made the climb up Carson pass the death march it should be. Still, I was lucky enough on Carson to catch and ride with Rob, a guy from Milpitas, for the second half of the climb. Having someone to trade pulls with into the wind on those false flats made life MUCH less miserable. I tried to do my share, but in reality it was probably 35/65 me/Rob doing the work. I was cramping a bit along with the gut pain, and he was nice enough to not say anything when I needed to sit in. We picked up another Wells Fargo rider nearer the top, and the 3 of us finished that climb strong.
It was EMPTY up there! I know not everyone signed the board, but I counted 18 signatures on the skeleton when I wrote my name down. I had my choice of location, and went with the R, center and eye-level!
My video of Carson was corrupt for some reason, but I maxed out around 52mph. It was 1:30pm, so I think I (lucked out) missed the huge tailwinds I had last year. I'm not complaining, 50+ still feels too fast for me, so I was happy to descend safely without wind gusts!
On Sunday, Donald, Ramon, Michael and I hit up Kingsbury grade from NV towards Tahoe. I'm glad we rode it, but it was long (8 miles/ 2500ft), and the descent wasn't as fun as I'd hoped. Still, if you want to add a 6th pass to your weekend it wasn't a bad choice!
Congrats to everyone who finished. It's a really tough ride at elevation! I've never felt so winded.