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Old 06-15-11, 11:32 AM   #1
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Terrible Two Double Century this Saturday

I'm in for the third year in a row. Temps look to be low 80's for hot areas and low 60's for the coast. Going with 52/39/30 11-26 this year.

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Old 06-15-11, 12:22 PM   #2
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I'm in, too. Low gear for me is 34-25 (compact crank). Should be about like last year weather-wise which will be nice.
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Old 06-15-11, 02:16 PM   #3
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I'll be there, my first time. Going with 52/39/30 11-28 since I haven't ridden the course and heard that there will be lots of steep longgggggg hills
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Old 06-17-11, 11:45 AM   #4
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Going for 34x25 bottom gear. Never ridden it before and just looking to take things steady and enjoy the scenery.
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Old 06-17-11, 12:41 PM   #5
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Won't be doing the ride this year but I wore my "I did it!" t-shirt to work today. Have a great ride!
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Old 06-19-11, 01:24 PM   #6
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That was really tough in the climbing department with some really long constant steep grades. I could have done with having lower gearing as some of the climbs turned into a real grind. There were some interesting technical bumpy descents that were almost as hard work as the climbs and a few sections of gravel thrown in for good measure.
Ride support and restops were excellent. Got my first flat in double ever (Valve broke) and discovered my spare had perished. Thank goodness for the SAG support guy in the element with the spare tubes(saved my day on Skaggs).
I suppose we were pretty lucky with the weather although it still felt really hot on Skaggs and it was cold on highway 1. Kudos to anyone who finishes it on a 100+f day.
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Old 06-19-11, 01:25 PM   #7
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Actually Kudos to anyone who finishes the TT at all. Its a proper challenge.
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Old 06-19-11, 07:46 PM   #8
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Man..those were some really steep climbs that didn't look like there was an end. Thank god I brought the triple instead of double . Yup, excellent support.
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Old 06-20-11, 10:04 AM   #9
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Thanks to all the TT organizers and volunteers. The only terrible thing about the ride ended up being the road conditions. In a strange way that sort of added to the fun. Dodging potholes on the descents was like playing Frogger or some game like that.

This was my first time doing the TT and my first time riding any of those roads. I felt pretty good all day. I started out too far towards the back (dumb move) and ended up losing the front group going through Santa Rosa. I made up ground on the first climb, did my typical wimpy descent, and was lucky enough to find myself in a nice group of riders who were setting a good pace through those flatter parts around 35-75 miles into the ride. Before the ride I knew that portion was going to be important and being in a good group there could save a lot of time.

I felt good on Geysers and made it to the lunch stop without any issues. Skaggs didn't seem too bad and it was nice and warm at that point. It felt nice to get a good sweat going since it's been cold most of the year here in Reno. I think after Skaggs is when the rough roads started making me wonder how many brain cells I was losing that day.

That climb before the Stewarts Point rest stop was a tough one, but I really enjoyed the scenery through there. Then came my favorite part of the day- the Hwy 1 portion. That was a great change of pace and it came at the perfect point in the ride at ~150 miles in. That's the point when I usually hit a bit of a mental wall. I took a lot of pictures through there, but none of them really turned out. Here's the best one I got:



I got caught by a small group of guys towards the end of the Hwy 1 portion, so I jumped on and did some wheel sucking. I felt relatively strong on the uphill portions of Fort Ross Rd and made my way to the final rest stop. I don't know why this happens, but late in a ride like that when I don't see anybody for a while I always worry that I'm getting lost or I missed a turn or something. I can look at the map 10 times and know I'm on the right road, but I always have that thought in the back of my head. I just ride and ride hoping to see some paint on the road. A guy caught up at the final rest stop, so I happily rode along with him for those final few miles that always seem to take forever.

I made it in and the clock was showing 12:46. I went into the day hoping to break 14, so I was happy enough with that time. I'm sure once the results are posted I'll see a ton of names ahead of mine and won't be so happy. I climbed well all day and I can't point back to a moment during the ride when I wanted to quit. I always seem to have one of those moments on a double, but not this time. I'm still a crappy descender, but that's just something I need to work on. I think it's more mental than anything else.

The post ride meal was one of the best I've had. I don't know why, but the guacamole really hit the spot. I'm also a big fan of eating chicken after a long ride, so I was glad to see that there. They have a really nice setup with the high school. Seems like a perfect place to host a ride. Thanks again to everyone who makes the TT possible. I hope to do the ride again in the future.
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Old 06-20-11, 11:30 AM   #10
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I used just about all of their 16:30 time limit for this ride. I shot over an hour of video during the ride. Here is my
10 minute ride report video. I also posted 32 minutes of that into four parts in my YouTube chidonchea account.
The results are up!

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I used just about all of their 16:30 time limit for this ride. I shot over an hour of video during the ride. Here is my
10 minute ride report video. I also posted 32 minutes of that into four parts in my YouTube chidonchea account.
Those are great videos. Very well done.

Props to the TT guys for posting the results so quickly.
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Old 06-21-11, 09:24 AM   #12
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Cool video! You caught me at 1:43. I guess filming must be a nice distraction but I am so impressed you were able to film and finish!
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Posted my lengthy ride report in this bikeforums thread.
Terrible Two ride report
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