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    I Made the Grade

    Anyone else planning on doing the I Made the Grade ride in Clarkston this June. I rode it 25 yrs ago as a 18 yr old on a crappy, heavy bike and have been wanting to do it again since then. This year's the year - coming down the hill is the best part (if they still let you ride down.)
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    I might be. Depends if I'll find myself back at WSU or not... I don't think they let you ride down there anymore, too many people going up.
    Sometimes, I have to wonder.

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    humm; this looks fun

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    How do you get down if they don't let you ride? Is there another route or do you have to make your own arrangements to transport your bike?

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    They may let you ride down after everybody is up. When I was there, there were people still climbing, and nobody coming down, but I can't be too sure
    Sometimes, I have to wonder.

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    Do they close it to automobile traffic? If not, it's a public road so you can ride whichever direction you like.

    Or you can finish with one of our favorite loops: http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...ton-Grade-Ride

    Very nice scenary the whole ride.

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    My brother said he rode back down on the new highway the last time he did it. From what I remember the old grade is closed to vehicle traffic. 25 yrs ago you had to wait until everyone was finished before you could ride back down.

    It is a lot of fun - and it's only 18 miles in distance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scozim View Post
    My brother said he rode back down on the new highway the last time he did it. From what I remember the old grade is closed to vehicle traffic. 25 yrs ago you had to wait until everyone was finished before you could ride back down.

    It is a lot of fun - and it's only 18 miles in distance.
    The old road "Old Sprial Highway" is normally open to traffic. That's great if they're closing it for the ride.

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    So, who else was there Saturday in Clarkston? Fantastic day for a ride and I had a blast. We had five members of my family riding the ride. I rode it on my C&V 1984 Gitane Tour de France.

    And, to answer the questions - you can ride back down the Old Spiral Highway after you're done as others are still coming up.
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