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    baker lake 400k ride report (it was tough!)

    a few shots from a 400k (249 mi) brevet i did on saturday in the cascade foothills. rode from my place to redmond, started the ride at 6 AM. we went as far north as about 20 miles from the canadian border!

    one of the many hills encountered:


    riders at sunrise:


    view into the cascades:


    marblemount, wa


    a crazy 7-8% hill we climbed that was scattered with gravel!! it lasted for about 2 miles too:


    view of mount baker:


    mt baker & ciocc:


    fixing a flat at night (on burns road):


    done. at 4:30 AM, the ride was over!


    full ride report here: http://cyclinginseattle.blogspot.com...unrise-to.html

    and here's the route on a google map: http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=19883 (ignore the elevation, i need to clean it up)

    the route is highly recommended if you've got the time/legs!!
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    Once again, you've ruined a perfectly nice 3-day ride by doing it in one day.

    While I worry about your sanity, I do applaud your accomplishment.

    Pretty country up there, isn't it? I was up near Granite Falls hiking w/my son last weekend and I kept thinking how nice it would have been to have gone up on my bike...

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    Well done!!

    Thanks for the report and the beautiful photos, lovely ride on a nice PNW day, what could be better?
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    Mattm, Congratulations!! That blows my mind that you went that far in a day! Unbelievable! And you had time to take pictures, also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BengeBoy View Post
    Once again, you've ruined a perfectly nice 3-day ride by doing it in one day.

    While I worry about your sanity, I do applaud your accomplishment.
    =]

    just wait until our 600k happens next month!! that will combine RAMROD, High Pass Challenge, and a few other climbs all into one. it will be beyond-epic, and if i do that one them i'm certafiably crazy (aka a randonneur).

    but this was certainly a big ride in itself, my 2nd longest to date. it would indeed make a nice multi-day trip, especially if you camped out at baker lake.

    thx all for the nice comments!
    pro-meter: lol

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    Mattm... you are hardcore! I love reading your posts. Your enthusiasm for cycling comes out in your posts and in your photos. Very inspiring for the rest of us! Good luck on the 600K... I'll be looking forward to reading your ride report.

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    Matt,
    I always enjoy your ride reports and pictures (although I think you are all kinds of crazy )

    Congratulations and I look forward to your 600K report

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    Hey Matt, does the upcoming 600km follow the same route as the 4 Passes ACP in the spring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Hey Matt, does the upcoming 600km follow the same route as the 4 Passes ACP in the spring?
    this one is even crazier, at least it sounds like it. it's a combination of the RAMROD route, HPC, and a jaunt out each towards Naches.

    here's a rough map of it i made: http://tinyurl.com/5f6gbl



    here's the 600 description. should be a good one!

    For the Fall 600 km brevet, we were asked to provide a fitting finale to a season that carried the motto "Return to the Mountains". SIR riders have come a long way in recent years - when the course of this year's Spring 600 was first used, the DNF rate was high. This year, almost everybody made it. With SIR riders (and visitors) riding so strong, we decided to provide a course that will challenge all riders.

    The route combines a lot of favorite roads. It is very scenic - you get to visit Mount Rainier several times, and you'll ride into the blast zone of Mt. St. Helens. You could call it "Ramrod++", and there is no lottery to get in! Here is the preliminary route:

    0. Start in Enumclaw.
    1. Follow Ramrod route to Eatonville, Elbe, Mt. Rainier.
    2. Climb to Paradise
    3. Descend to Ohanapecosh (with Backbone Ridge as a "bonus" climb)
    4. Ride to Packwood and on to Randle
    5. Climb up to Windy Ridge (we may cut the last few miles past Independence Pass, which feature giant rollers)
    6. Turn around, return to Randle, Packwood
    7. Climb White Pass
    8. Overnight at Rimrock Lake (as in Spring 600)
    9. Descend toward Yakima
    10. Climb Chinook Pass
    11. Descend to Cayuse Pass
    12. Descend toward Enumclaw
    13. Climb up to Sunrise Point
    14. Turn around, ride to Enumclaw

    2, 5, 7, 10 and 13 are major climbs.

    The final course will be determined after we have ridden the route. We may cut the Sunrise portion, even though riders riding through the night will reach Sunrise around sunrise, with a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier. This also would be the first time an SIR brevet goes over 6000 ft in elevation. (For out-of-towners, consider we start at sea level.) If we cut this portion, we may instead go all the way to Windy Ridge, and perhaps add a little jog in the apple orchards towards Yakima to make up the distance.

    It will be a challenging ride, but we feel it's doable for experienced randonneurs. All the roads are paved and in decent shape. Even though there are quite a few climbs (and long ones at that), none are ultra-steep. Navigation will be easy, although we plan to use some sideroads between Packwood and Randle to get off the highway. It will be a lot of fun!

    Jan and Ryan
    i also wouldn't be surprised if we ended up off road for at least a few kms.. i'll be running 28's most likely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    this one is even crazier, at least it sounds like it. it's a combination of the RAMROD route, HPC, and a jaunt out each towards Naches.



    i also wouldn't be surprised if we ended up off road for at least a few kms.. i'll be running 28's most likely.
    Yeeha, that's one tough route! I can't wait to see the pix and read the report from that one.

    28's are your "off-road" tire? Wow. I roll 28's as my everyday rubber, but I think I've got a few pounds on you. I'd be looking at something like the Vittoria Randonneur in a 32 or 35 if I knew I was going to be riding any gravel or dirt roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    Yeeha, that's one tough route! I can't wait to see the pix and read the report from that one.

    28's are your "off-road" tire? Wow. I roll 28's as my everyday rubber, but I think I've got a few pounds on you. I'd be looking at something like the Vittoria Randonneur in a 32 or 35 if I knew I was going to be riding any gravel or dirt roads.
    the new pacer only fits 28's with fenders, so that's what will determine my width.

    one the guys on the pre-ride did it on 25's, so if there is any offroad action, it's probaby just packed dirt. they'll make it doable for 23's most likely since not all the randos sport wide tires.

    but yeah 32's would be optimal, one day i'll have a bike that fits em (w/ fenders)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    the new pacer only fits 28's with fenders, so that's what will determine my width.
    I didn't know you had a Pacer. I thought you were going to be rolling the Ciocc for this ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    I didn't know you had a Pacer. I thought you were going to be rolling the Ciocc for this ride.
    just ordered it! it'll be at the shop on weds, hopefully built up by next friday or so. but by saturday i'll still be on the ciocc.

    the ciocc is a great bike, but doesn't have room for wide tires nor real fenders; not to mention the 2-3" saddle-bar drop is too much for my poor hands after 200+ miles!

    so i went for something a bit heavier, but way more comfortable. i think it'll be a nice solid bike (haven't ridden a pacer yet). and it's actually just something to hold me over until i find the "right" rando bike.. too many choices!
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