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    GMR/BALDY ride reports for sep 2 GO HERE! lol!

    i never get to start these cuz i live so far away.... so i'm starting it now! lets see your pics and hear your stories!!!!!
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    Hey Cali.....didn't you know it's against forum rules to reserve a titled thread?...
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    I live close and cut the ride short so I'm first! I gave Gina an hour hadstart so that she could do her pace to the shack then wait fer me. I thought I would be therre maybe 10 minutes after her, but she waited 1/2 an hour. That was good as it gave er time to watch a few of the riders go by. She was suprised that quite a few cyclists went by and said," oh, you must be Gina". Gina was happy as she felt pretty good at that point. Last week she was calling me names at mile 2. After we left the shack, my legs were tired and she dropped me on a couple of the early climbs.

    About a mile after we crossed the gate, sure enough first bee I see hits me and stings me near the neck! We stopped for a bit and packed some mud on it. Then continued but was worried as I swell a bit when stung. Last year, bees got me about 5 times and every time there was swelling. I was actually tired this time so I told Gina, if it got too hot for her, I'd be happy to turn back. We got to about mile 15, she had to stop and cool off for the 2nd or 3 rd time within 3 miles, so I just turned us back. No sense in suffering. I told her I was concerned about her riding in extreme heat. I didn't say anything about my legs hurting! What she don't know won't hurt her!

    She felt much better than last week though, even after the ride. I think the 8 am start in the heat is just too much for her. Last week was a 7 am start and it was hot even then.

    The ride: It was real nice to meet a few of the people from the forums. A few of the guys riding around me were very friendly. I met Voltguy,Cj,Jason,Matt,Celtic, Fixie and a few others while riding. I'm not sure who a couple of the other guys were but it's tough trying to keep up with those liteweight flyguys!

    Fixer would pass me, take a few pix, then drop back. Pass me again, take a few more then drop back again.What the....? Made me wanna cry cause it looked like he was toying with me!

    I pretty much gave it my all on the first 8 cause I knew I'd slow when I met Gina. I didn't count on her dropping my azz! I think she was happy to punish me a bit! My legs hurt like they haven't in a couple of years. I really need to do more hills!

    I always hear Jason say he's slow. but he looked pretty fast to me, Maybe the new bike? I don't know where he came from but right before the shack, he came flying up the road! Then after the 8 mile gate, he flew by again. Good thing I was with Gina, I had an excuse to fall behind!

    When I stopped a the shack, a few of the guys gathered. It was nice to speak with a few of the boys. All seemed very nice. Then met up again with SCVRoadie for a lil chat. Talked to TCR for a while and had a few good laughs before and after the ride. Met Grumpypig, but never saw him on the ride. Danger guy went by with a high five! One other guy tha came up behind me with Fixer right before the shack, that dude was fast but can't 'member his name right now. Spoke to Rick OCR, rode with Malcolm for a while and said hi to Linda Adams.

    Was cool to met everybody that I met. All seemed like very good riders. Sorry we didn't make it all the way. Missed out on a chance to hang with The Village People ( ) for some more chit chat, but I swear it was Gina, she held me back, yeah that's it, it was Gina!

    Gina was really happy that I dragged her out there! Said she had a good time and she appreciates the fact that everybody was very friendly! She gets so tickled that people already know her name when the ride by!

    Thanx for the ride!

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    I also live close, and was hoping to be the first but I can't beat Mr. Beanz nor fixer's pre ride report! I am sure a lot of you guys don't know me 'cause you all are so fast, but I was the guy on the BMC taking up the rear with my brother on his siena. I got to meet SirLanceImNot, 1955, GrumpyPig, JsChen, Dave, and a few others at the beginning in the parking lot. Sandbaggers the lot of you, I swear it. Caligurl and a handful of others were already to the lifts and back by the time I got to the lodge

    From my house, just a hair under 45 miles round trip with an avg speed of 11.2 and a max of 44.3mph. Yes, the engine needs a major overhaul! It was definitely hot, and I was out of water bout halfway through. Thank you Baldy Lodge for $1.75 bottomless cokes and water (Thanks Voltman, I owe you $3.50). It was nice hanging and talking with a bunch of yous at the lodge like CJBruin, Extort, Voltman, Mateo, Isits etc. Also, all the people who were constantly passing me and my brother were very curteous, friendly, and helpful. If you're thinking about joining a BF ride for the first time, I strongly recommend it.

    Most sore body part of the day: hammies. Any suggestions as to what can cause this? Or is it in climbing, that is what usually is supposed to hurt? (I do not climb much nor well).

    Thanks again JSChen for organizing this ride, me and my brother will be sure to try and make it out to a lot more of these. Thanks to Celtic and Volt for pacing me and my brother most of the way. Thanks to Isits and Beanz/Gina for showing me what determination is. You guys are tough. I hope to get the chance next time to talk with/meet more of you all next time, instead of being forced to grit my teeth and pedal in anger (at least for me it was in anger!).

    Jeremy
    P.S. Fixer was constantly passing me and falling back as taking pictures as well. It was quite disheartening and inspirational at the same time to see him dance by me probably more than five times, only to turn around and start snapping away as I passed him at my measly 5mph while trying to make it look like I was going fast off the front.
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    Sounds like you had lots of fun! I could not get away from the kids (sisters) today, too bad because I live 10 miles from the start. Going for a job interview today, hope to be able to come out next time!

    Oh ya, if you were climbing at 5 MPH maybe it was better that I didn't attempt right now... my 11-23 roadbike would be about 20 RPMS at maybe 4 MPH
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    Had a great time on the ride and also meeting everyone, too many to mention!
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    I had an awesome time, although it was very hot. I can't wait to see some pictures on SirLanceImNot's hardbar carnage.

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    Great ride everyone and thanks for organizing this ride Jason! After I got home, I quickly showered as I was already running late for work so I headed straight here to work. I had to be in at work by 2 this afternoon so unfortunately I had to skip the last steep 4.5 mile climb up to the ski lifts (thank God!..). That would have taken me an additional hour just to get up to the top. I didn't feel too bad as many actually decided to pass on that climb to the lifts, mostly due to the heat. Instead, most of us gathered and spent some quality time together at Mt. Baldy Lodge while waiting for those who made it up to the ski lifts to return.
    After a few short minutes, a few riders came descending down from the lifts including caligurl who seemed to be in a state of panic because apparently her hubby's (Sir-Lanceimnot) carbon handlebar had snapped during the descent from the ski lifts. She wanted to get back to her car asap so she can drive back up to pick him up. Fortunately, Sir-Lance was ok. Since I was in a rush to get back home myself, Pico, caligurl, and I left the group immediately and descended straight down Baldy Road into Claremont and eventually back to our vehicles parked at the base of GMR.
    I met so many new faces today. I pretty much stayed near the back during the entire climb up to Baldy Village. Since we were all so spread apart, I spent a good portion of GRR with mateo44. There seemed to be no one else around us.
    I also snapped a few pictures and will post them later on this evening...
    I apologize for not taking pics of so many of you as most of you were ahead of me....

    But in the meantime let's thank Tom for sweeping GMR of road debris every Saturday so that we can enjoy our rides!

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    Glad to see some ride reports coming in! Scary about SirLance's handlebar. Glad he wasn't hurt! Looking forward to many more reports and seeing some pics!

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    Ok, first of all, SirLanceIamnot I hope made it out alright. I was really bummed to see you get stranded and were sorry to leave you behind. I am still amazed the fact you had avoided a crash ( both sides of his handle bar had snapped and were basically held on by a bar tape). I hope you didnt have to wait too long for Caligirl to pick you up. With all that climbing finished only thing left was to blast down the mountain, what a freakin' luck.... but things could have been whole lot worse and I thank god you didnt crash at that speed. Time to invest in a sturdier handle bar.

    With that being said, I hope everyone made out ok. What a climb! Its the most climbing Ive ever done on a ride. I tried to hang with Pico for through the climbs to the village but I couldnt match his climbing prowess. He was dishing out some major pain. I dont suffer like that unless I am in a race. Man what a pain in the ass trying to get up to the ski lifts. SirLanceIamnot did it with 23s in the back. I had 25s and it would've been so nice to have 27s. Coming down on GRR and GMR was phenomenal. So many curves, so much fun! It made going up worth while.... almost. I wished it wasnt so hot coming down. Killer ride today and it was nice to meet and ride with you all. Lets do it again.

    Hey Caligirl, I got to find a woman like you who can ride up to the Ski lifts!( and she beat us all up there )

    Thanks Jason for organizing this ride. You got a pretty sweet ride! Hope you get your new wheels in soon!
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    OK...now that I got that out of my system...

    Really enjoyed seeing everyone and meeting new people. I pretty much barely made it to the village and there was no way I was going to the lifts. A BIG thanks to Mad Mike who hung back and tried to keep my mind off the pain (not that it worked...but he tried).

    Great conversations in the lodge!

    What happened to Sir Lance was totally crazy. Less experienced riders would have hit the deck...I'm very impressed by his presence of mind and skills!!!

    Thanks everyone. Sorry, I didn't bring a camera but since I was slower than 95% of the group, I would have probably had to take most of the pics of myself.

    Nap time! Have a great weekend.
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    I had a fun ride. Got to talk to Beanzies at the start and then talked with Sirlance a while on the way up and met a new forumite - sorry but I forget who. I think he called himself bigjohn or bigjim or bigsomebody. Then I rode with Sirlance and some guy wearing a grey Verge sleveless jersey. Sorry, never got your name. Anyway, these two set a fast pace up to the shack. I was so glad to see Gina sitting there as it gave me an excuse to stop the suffering! From the shack up to the village I took it easy and just enjoyed the ride. At the gate at GRR I tried to swap my yellow Giant for a yellow crotch rocket but the guy wasn't interested. Oh well, I tried. I have to mention the nice folks up at the restaurant/lodge. They happily filled up our water bottles with ice and water. I think I may actually take my wife up there and stay sometime soon. The ride down was way cool and way easier. Took Baldy rd down to baseline and then back over to GMR. Got some serious speed coming down Baldy and flying though those tunnels was very fun. Ended up with 40.24 miles in 2hr and 35min. Good times!

    What's this about SirLance's bars? They broke climbing up to the lifts or what?

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    Hey everybody! I really enjoyed this ride. This was a first for me. I have never climbed this big a mountain before. I am so glad I changed my 12-23 cassette to a 12-27 two days before the ride! When I was riding up that last stretch to the ski lifts I could not beleive I was running a 27 tooth gear at the back: it felt like a 12! But nonetheless, I made it to the top! (had to take a few pauses along the way, unlike a few others that passed me by!). It was really great riding with you California roadies (Extort, Matteo44, 1955, Voltman and many others). Thanks Matt for the ride. Also got to meet the famous (at least by the number of postings she has!) Calligurl!
    Hope to ride again with you guys (and girls) in the near future (although I am going back to Montreal on September 28).

    I would really love to obtain pictures of todays' ride to show my buddies in Montreal. If you can, please PM me and I will provide my email so you could send me pictures.
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    I'll just do a photo journal first...

    Sir Lance on the way to the top:



    NDG at the top:


    Pico at the top:


    Picture of me going up the mountain: (Thanks to Sir Lance)


    Voltman after hearing about the ride to the lifts:


    Mt. Baldy Cafe:


    and lastly, the reason why it took so long to get this ride report up...
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    Big group that splintered into small groups right away. I climbed up to the village with 3 friends and hardly even saw any cyclists. We stopped at the trout ponds for a snack before going up to the ski area. I didn't summit, got close, but turned back. I saw sirlance walking and he told me he hit a crack/separation in the road at 30mph and the bars broke on both sides. He grabbed the stem and somehow kept it upright and stopped. A cab came by and gave him a free ride to the village to wait for caligurl to get the car.
    I met a few BF members for the first time, but wish I could have met more.
    Nearly called Ralph on the way down with an upset stomach, but ate a granola bar and felt better.
    A fun day, lets do it again when it cools off. Thanks again, Jason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Extort
    and lastly, the reason why it took so long to get this ride report up...
    Had I known you guys were gonna stop for some sushi, I would have stuck around a little longer. I see salmon, yellowtail, fatty tuna, and some California rolls.....
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    Gina' keeps crackin' up over the Voltman pic!

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    A fun ride, and I met a lot of great BikeForums riders, but didn't get any names, so I can only tell you the ones I knew from the "other" forum, and Rebels of course. Saw Beans at the start, plus caligurl and SirLance, then saw SCRoadie at The Village. I passed Gina somewhere it the first 7 miles and she was riding strong and looking good .

    I started a little after 7:00 AM since I don't do well in heat. That was my green Miata parked on Boulder Springs in case you were wondering who got there first. Started with Arthur Shipiro and Linda Adams (Rebels both, Arthur is our webmaster), pulled away from them and didn't see any other riders (well, some coming down at high speed!) on my way to The Village.

    Did see Tom the Sweeper and thanked him for all his work (guess I shoulda left a tip too . . . )

    Stopped at The Village for a Coke and a Hammer Gel, then headed for the Lifts. My time to The Village was 2:02, and my time at the Lifts (or where the pavement ends) was 3:05. When I headed down I saw someone close to the top. I gave him a little preview (pavements stays good until the switchbacks, etc.) then headed down and took out my camera.

    Unfortunately it was after caligurl had gone by so I didn't get a photo of her. Plus a couple others went by before I stopped at a little turn-off.

    Got a good shot of SirLance (going up, good handlebars still), and other riders whom I don't know. After a few photos I rolled back to the village and talked with several riders (Jason and a few others) but didn't get many names. One guy recognized my GT Ti bike from a previous post. Didn't get his name either!

    Met up with Malcolm (another Rebel), drank another Coke and sucked down 2 Hammer Gels, then rode back to Glendora via the same route I'd come up.

    I passed four riders on the way back (2 asians riding together, then several miles later an hispanic and a white boy; sorry didn't get names!). The asians were definitely BikeForum members though, I did ask that!

    To see Arhur's photos of the day, go to: www.ocrebels.com then click on "Photographs." I'm in shot #2 and shot #21 in case you wonder in the heck who I am!

    I have other photos which I can send to Arthur, so if someone can email me and tell me how to put photos on this thread, I'll be happy to post them. My email is: rb.housa@verizon.net

    Best Regs,
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    *Caution: Long Ride Report Ahead.*

    I arrived in time to get my bike, gear and self ready and start by 8am, but not enough time to meet and greet as many people as I would have liked. Since this was my last ride w/ the SoCal group, I wanted to savor it and make it last. Little did I know that I had little say in the matter, because as the day progressed the heat and hills made sure this torturefest would last plenty long. I'd rank this ride as one of my 2 or 3 toughest, but I'll get to that later.

    I rolled in at about 7:45 and got a parking spot behind big john, said hello to him and talked w/ him for a little bit. Got my bike and me ready to roll and made some pre-ride small talk w/ Isits, Voltman and jschen, then we were off. I saw valleygirl and we talked a bit -- she is so cool and big john is lucky to have her in his "harem". The gate at GMR broke up the pack a bit and I found myself riding solo for the 1st 10-15 minutes, which was fine because I just wanted to take some scenery and get myself psyched for the ride ahead. I soon found myself alongside The Fixer, who was smiling away, taking in the scenery with both his eyes and camera lens. It's pretty fun to watch him yo-yo amongst the pack, effortlessly performing his role as SoCal's photographer/ PR Manager . Next it was time to spin alongside Mateo44 and jschen. Mateo was pounding along GMR and GRR for the 1st time, determined to conquer both climbs. He did and was justifiably pumped when I met up w/ him later in Baldy Village. A couple bikes caught my eye and I ended up being drawn to dragoon976's BMC, who I met for the 1st time today. I wound up riding w/ him, his broher Phil and Voltman for the majority of GRR. I also got to meet Mr. Beanz and Gina as we took turns passing and being passed by them. I'm not sure why the bees have such a problem w/ Mr. Beanz.
    About 2/3rds the way up GRR, we realized we lost Voltman, so I turned back to investigate. A couple turns later, I see him shaking his jersey all over the place and his bike on the ground. WTF?? Upon closer inspection, I see a slightly bloody battlewound on his right knee! I didn't get to see it, but he told me he was practicing clipping in 1st w/ his left(?) foot instead of clipping in first w/ his right(?) as usual and wound up falling into a small bush. Sorry to have to share that w/ the rest of the forum Voltman, but it was one of the highlights of my ride! Voltman and I then caught up w/ Mad Mike and CJBruin w/ Mad Mike trying to keep the heat and pain out of CJBruin's mind. It basically worked and CJBruin found his 2nd (or perhaps 3rd?) wind and finished GRR on a strong note. My "Guts Award" goes to both CJBuin and Voltman for sticking it out on the climbs and finishing strong.

    At Baldy Village, we ordered some Cokes met some others who were hanging out there. I slammed an ice cold Coke and proceeded to get back on my bike, determined to give Mt. Baldy an ole fashioned ass whoopin'. Before taking off, I gave Fixer a handshake as he wished me luck. At this point I had been climbing for about 3 hours and hadn't ate anything since the 3 egg breakfast (**$HIT!!! --- without warning, my right hamstring just cramped up like a muthah and I instinctively started flailing my right leg around, sending a full glass of Cytomax all over the place!! What a mess, but at least the glass didn't break**) 5 hours prior. I saw JS Lopez screaming down the mountain and gave him a loud hello as he whizzed by. At this point, I was running on fumes as I had forgot my Clif bars . My stomach felt like crap and I think the ice cold Coke I slammed was causing sickening belly cramps. 0.2 miles into the 4.6 mile, 2100ft final climb, I found myself doubled over my bike, dizzy, mouth drooling (the saliva was lubing up the exit way for the projectile of vomit that I was getting ready to spurt out). I contemplated barfing and heading back down in shame. 5 minutes later I didn't feel like puking and made an agreement that I'd try to make it to the 1st (of 8) switchbacks, call my battle w/ Baldy a minor loss and make it back to Baldy village, demoralized, but in one piece . I trudged to the 1st switchback, feeling crappy, but relatively better. But at the 2nd switchback, the pukey, dizzy feeling came back. Baldy was going to make sure that our last grudge match was going to bring me to my knees. To add insult to injury I saw some smiling forumites zooming down from the other direction -- Pico, Extort, etc.. I didn't want them to see me at my low point, my Waterloo. The only things in my corner were my ego and pride -- which can be pretty strong when you're a knucklehead like me. FU MT. BALDY!!, I thought. I finished my last couple swigs of Cytomax and decided to go for an additional switchback or 2, zigzagging, taking breaks -- ANYTHING but quitting. This game continued for some time as fellow forumites, done w/ the climb passed by in the opposite direction and waved at me while I sulked and weakly muttered "Hi". An occasional leg cramp had me popping off the bike cursing, but I made it to the top as DangerMan offered encouragement while he was camped in the shade. Victory was mine. I bidded Baldy a fond farewell and glided back to the Village to be greeted by the few remaining stragglers.

    I found out that SirLanceImNot had broken his bars on the hairy descent and somehow managed to not only survive, but remain unscathed. I'm not too sure if I'm more impressed by that or the fact he did this climb with and 39*23 as his low gear. I was humbled. I then got to meet Caligurl as she performed SAG support for SirLanceImNot. I sucked down some liquids and some fries and true to his word our fearless Ride Leader jschen guided me home as I was the last one to make the climb to the top. Jason -- you're getting faster in every area, but I was particularly impressed by the breakneck pace on the descent back to the windy, 95 degree oven that awaited us in the flats. I was fried and just sat in the shade with jschen for 10 minutes or so, shook his hand as we departed and made it home, happy that I was able to be a part of such a brutal, but fun ride w/ some fellow bike dorks.

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