Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Bikes: Rodriguez Shiftless street fixie with S&S couplers, Kuwahara tandem, Trek carbon, Dolan track
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Thanks for the advice. I did the ride (1000 km brevet), and that was one tough climb, coming at 31-34 hours into the ride. I left Leavenworth at about 1 pm. The grades were very easy, but the shoulder was narrow and bumpy in places, although the traffic almost without exception gave me plenty of room (you could hear the tires on the median rumble-strip before and after passing). It is one hell of a long climb, though - 36 miles, the second half (after the "Hoffway haus") much steeper than the first. You keep working your way around long, broad turns only to find another long ramp you have to climb. It was interminable. And unfortunately, I hit the descent right in the middle of a torrential shower. The first part of the descent you have to ride out in the motorized portion of the roadway in order to avoid the wide drainage grates occupying most of the shoulder. But the turns are nice and wide, although I could only hit about 55 kmh due to strong headwinds. At the bottom, I was able to warm up at the gas bar/convenience store in Skykomish, though. The clerk let me stand next to the heat lamps keeping the burritos and hot dogs warm, and I used the blow dryers in the restroom to warm up the damp gloves.
I finally finished the ride at 3 am Monday. This is a leadup to Paris-Brest-Paris, but it's got to be way tougher, with three 1st categorie or hors categorie climbs to conquer.