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Old 05-24-10, 06:22 PM   #1
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Amgen Tour of CA Stage 6 from My Hang Glider



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Frame still of the leaders near the 100-mile point. (click for full res)
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Old 05-24-10, 06:26 PM   #2
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Now if that ain't some cool $hit, I don't know what is...

Beats umd's helmet cam.

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Beats umd's helmet cam.
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I thought the helmet cam would go unrivaled TBH.


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Aero, How much would a rig like that cost in total?. And, How long does it take to master???...
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I think a big set of balls would be certainly be one of the requirements (No low-blow replies, thankyou).
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.............Aero, How much would a rig like that cost in total?. And, How long does it take to master???...
My racing glider, harness and instruments all cost me $8,000 used. A new setup would be $12,000 or more. Older, good quality gear can be purchased for much less. It takes a few hundred hours of practice to fly a comp glider safely. Everyone learns at his/her own rate and it can take anywhere from six months and 50 hours to several years and many more hours to be able to safely fly in mountain thermals and unknown terrain. Our plan was to fly all the way to Big bear Lake and land across the highway from the finish line but the lift wasn't strong enough so we played it conservative.

If you want to inquire about lessons in your area try this link: http://www.hanggliding.org/marketing...tact.php?id=52

I have many other videos posted that give an idea of what the expereince is like: http://www.youtube.com/nmerider

Cheers, Jonathan
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That is some great video. I watched the stage, and they did show the gliders up there on several occasions and did mention that it was the best spot for a good view of the race.
My brother used to do that, the hang gliding, down in San Diego area mostly. He was into it for quite a few years, going way back, but more recently got out of it.
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Wow...great shots. I don't think I've seen gliders on any of the Tour de France stages....
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My racing glider, harness and instruments all cost me $8,000 used. A new setup would be $12,000 or more. Older, good quality gear can be purchased for much less. It takes a few hundred hours of practice to fly a comp glider safely. Everyone learns at his/her own rate and it can take anywhere from six months and 50 hours to several years and many more hours to be able to safely fly in mountain thermals and unknown terrain. Our plan was to fly all the way to Big bear Lake and land across the highway from the finish line but the lift wasn't strong enough so we played it conservative.

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Cheers, Jonathan
What kind of average speeds are you making in the mountains when riding the updrafts?
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What kind of average speeds are you making in the mountains when riding the updrafts?
On a good day I can maintain a 40-45 mph ground speed along those stretches where I took the video. Sometimes, it's a rough slog and I can only average 15 mph or less because I have to keep stopping to work the available lift just to stay high enough to glide back to our landing zone. If it's too windy I can get blown to a near standstill or even go backwards. You just have to make the best of the wind and the weather. That's the challenge of it. I have flown with my Garmin Edge 305 and was shocked at how high my average heart rate was throughout the flight. No wonder I'm so hungry when I land after a difficult 3-5 hour flight.
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