September 7th. Anyone riding it?
September 7th. Anyone riding it?
That's the same day as the High Pass Challenge. I am signed up to do the HPC but am thinking about chickening out -- I have had two minor off-the-bike injuries to my left foot and have not done as much riding the past four weeks as I would have liked. Am going to see how things feel this weekend before deciding.
In other words, if I don't do the HPC, I might do the SIR ride. The longest I've done since I hurt my ankle is about 70 miles, so the SIR ride might be OK.
yeah i hate that the High Pass Challenge is on the same day!! i'm signed up for the HPC, but i might sell the ticket to do the mtn populaire instead, given the lore around it, and the fact that it's local. The HPC was a great ride, definitely worth doing at least once.
not sure if this is the exact route, but i found this route called the "issaquah alps 100k" on veloroutes: http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=9029 (it looks to be the route: cougar mtn, tolt hill, etc)
Spokefest In Spokane Is That Weekend Also, May Be Out Of Action Tho. Waiting For The Doc To Call
The populaire is going to be different in character than the HPC (I'm assuming it's similar to RAMROD in type). The mountain rides aren't terribly steep, but they are long (you might spend 90 minutes on a single climb) and can be hot and windy.
The populaire climbs aren't that long - if you're in reasonable shape, the zoo is a 20 minute (ish) climb (they don't do the full zoo, only the bottom 2/3rds) - but they're steeper. A *lot* steeper. And you hit the last climb after riding the 70 miles.
If you've done 7 hills or 11 hills, the populaire is considerably harder. I think it's harder than the Summits of bothel as well.
But, the price is right (it's free).
I've also been doing a commute home which incorporates 3/4 of Woodinville Duvall hill (from just below 175th up to the top) 128th from Avondale to 202, 116th from 202 back to Avondale, 104th from Avondale back to 202 again (the steep side of Education Hill) and then either Novelty Hill or the steep side of Union Hill Rd to the top of Redmond Ridge.
I'm either going to be really ready, or my legs are going to fall off.
this looks to be the official route for this year: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...K-2008-Version
i'll be there after all - if you see a bearded guy on a pacer, that will be me. it's gonna be a great ride.
Sux, but I won't be riding this weekend. I ate something bad yesterday, and I've been sick all day. Throwing up, etc. I'll be lucky to be back in shape to ride the 11 miles to work on Monday.
"I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
- Mandi M.
Hey I'll be there. Grey beard on a Litespeed.
i almost missed the ride myself; left the house at about 7:30, later than expected, and when i was about .5 miles from the start i saw the peloton of riders coming the other way (down newport)..
so i just turned around and join the pack. here we are starting the cougar climb:
here was tolt hill, towards the end of the ride:
we (me & one other rider, jack) finished at about 1:30, 5 hours total. i was definitely tired at the end, but the (new) pacer worked out well!!
here was the finish at the brewery:
What equipment are you guys set up with for this ride? Triples and 10 speeds what gearing? I gots to know.
(Life is too short to play crappy guitars) 2006 Raleigh Cadent 3.0, 1977 Schwinn Volare, 2010 Windsor tourist. ( I didn't fall , I attacked the floor)
i was running a compact (50x34) crankset, with a 12-27 in the back.
and i definitely used the 34x27 a lot, although it's really slow since the gear-inches are so low at that point, but at least it's easy.