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Old 08-06-13, 09:59 AM   #1
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Diablo Challenge 2013

I did a couple of Diablo Challenge rides in the 80s. I didn't get even close to an hour, and never will.

But this year I'm having a birthday that's a really big number, so I signed up just because, well... just because. I'm not really sure. Heck, I could just go ride without a zillion other crazed folks bothering me.

Anyone else in?
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Some mild interest is building. Of course I already officialy know I'm slow.
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Old 08-08-13, 10:54 AM   #3
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Consider it a charity ride. I'll probably volunteer again. Let me know if you want me to haul up your support hose or something old man.
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There are two kinds of cyclists. Those who time trial uphill and the rest of us.
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DiabloScott: I will consider it that way. I love Diablo.
LanceOldStrong: It's a ride, with a start and a chip. When I first did it I considered the challenge was just to ride to the top and not die. I was shocked, SHOCKED to discover that it was also a "race." How could that even be possible? Isn't riding up enough?
They did give me a t shirt, and a tiny towel to soak up the gallons of sweat I produced. It wqs enough for me then. Now, I don't even get a shirt. Oh well. I'm just an old guy on a bike ride after all.

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I have a nagging feeling that I may be back this year, but my prevarication mode is fully engaged at this time. Excess weight must be shed.
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How big of an issue is the traffic if you start in a later/slower wave? I only planned to sign up if I thought I could do an hour, but at least as I noticed last year, if you don't sign up early you end up near the back. Is it pandemonium in the back the whole way up, or can you expect to ride at your desired pace?
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I'm not quite sure I understand your question, but I wouldn't describe the climb as pandemonium at all. I'd wager that the majority of participants fall in the 60-90min time. You can always ride at your desired pace - like any race, if you see a wheel you want to follow then go ahead. Each time I've done it, I really enjoy finding others to follow and pace myself with. There are always faster and slower riders.
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PS - I would be alert on the descent afterwards. I've never had a problem, officials on motorbikes pace waves of riders down the hill, but Im ave seen a couple of folks end their ride the wrong way due to excess adrenaline/inattention/poor descending technique etc.
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In the old days I rode from Walnut Creek where I lived, then descended Northgate just to avoid high-ego low-skill descenders after the ride. I'm not sure what my plan will be this time.
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By the way, for big bucks you may still be able to get an early wave.
I'm going in a late wave so I won't get in anyone's way. I don't expect to be passing anyone either.
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I'm not quite sure I understand your question, but I wouldn't describe the climb as pandemonium at all. I'd wager that the majority of participants fall in the 60-90min time. You can always ride at your desired pace - like any race, if you see a wheel you want to follow then go ahead. Each time I've done it, I really enjoy finding others to follow and pace myself with. There are always faster and slower riders.
I had this vision of the back waves being a big social ride with five bikes abreast, and others trying to find any way around they could. I've seen enough posts about people missing the hour by seconds (by starting at the back of their wave) that I'd tend to wait until I could do a solid hour solo (I'm at 1h3m now) without the adrenaline/pacing of a group, rather than get frustrated if there was traffic.

Posts about prior year rides I've found have had some people finishing
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I had this vision of the back waves being a big social ride with five bikes abreast, and others trying to find any way around they could. I've seen enough posts about people missing the hour by seconds (by starting at the back of their wave) that I'd tend to wait until I could do a solid hour solo (I'm at 1h3m now) without the adrenaline/pacing of a group, rather than get frustrated if there was traffic.

Posts about prior year rides I've found have had some people finishing
Given that my best time is is 62mins, it's definitely not a social ride! The full road closure is worth the entry fee alone if you're a regular, I've never had any problem passing riders if I have the legs to do so.
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Given that my best time is is 62mins, it's definitely not a social ride!
I'll just note that the 3-hour people are a little more chatty.
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I know I am slow, because Strava tells me so.

My 3 best times from Athenian to Summit:

1:27:43 / 1:29:08 / 1:30:56

The 1:27:43 was from my 2011 first DMD when I was rail thin, highly trained, highly motivated and on super light climbing wheels.
That is as good as I get.

I got the 1:29:08 in May of 13 when a good 12 pounds heavier on heavy bomb proof wheels, so I was glad to break 1:30, if barely.
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You got me wondering about my times. My last big whole-mountain effort was
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-KOM-Challenge
Richards KOM challenge back in 2009

I posted this after the ride:
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I looked down at bike computer as I hit the summit. I'm sure it was at 77 minutes (well, 1 hour, 17 minutes). I was using the stopwatch and not the ride time, so even if the computer hickuped it should be right. Right?

BUT

I just downloaded my Garmin data and it says I took 82 minutes. Darn it. Now I don't know what to think. I guess I better go back tonight and do the whole thing over. Or just go out to dinner and blow the whole thing off.

So, in the interest of Occam's Razor, please set my official time to (darn it) 82.
I don't know if I can hit that now...
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I have been wanting to do Mt Diablo for a while, but I can never find the time to meet up with a friend that is a local.

I love climbing, so the 1 hour challenge sounds exciting. Then I crunched the numbers based on the segment profile on Strava. There's no way I can make it in under an hour! I will still try to make it since the closed road is appealing.
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