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Old 09-30-06, 09:43 PM   #1
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How was Angeles Crest?

Big John? Caligurl and SirLanceimnot?? How was the ride today?
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They're probably still out there pedaling in the dark...
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No, we're back home.
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So how was it?

I slept in for the first time in ages and went down to ADT in the afternoon.
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It was just about perfect. The weather was perfect, nice and comfortable all day, with some clouds late.
More traffic than usual on AC on the way up, but quiet coming back.
Vertical Bob, Caligurl, Sarah and I stayed together for most of it and we were visited from time to time by Keith,(Sarah's husband), and Sir Lance,(Cali's husband), and Stan and others.
About 11,000 feet of climbing,(I skipped the last couple miles of Mt Wilson), and that CRAZY decsent of AC at the end.
We started at 6:30 amd got back to the car at 3:20 or so.
We missed you, M.E., and wished that Fixer had come with us
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It was just about perfect. The weather was perfect, nice and comfortable all day, with some clouds late.
More traffic than usual on AC on the way up, but quiet coming back.
Vertical Bob, Caligurl, Sarah and I stayed together for most of it and we were visited from time to time by Keith,(Sarah's husband), and Sir Lance,(Cali's husband), and Stan and others.
About 11,000 feet of climbing,(I skipped the last couple miles of Mt Wilson), and that CRAZY decsent of AC at the end.
We started at 6:30 amd got back to the car at 3:20 or so.
We missed you, M.E., and wished that Fixer had come with us
I'm happy you had a good ride - smart choice (to skip the descent on AC...I HATE it). And that's the nicest compliment I received all day, John. Thank you, I missed you guys as well. I kind of wished you all could have been on Lighthouse (hmmm...I see a ride being planned for next year). I've got to call Bob to hear all about it, too. I'm sure he loved the climbing!
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nice report John. I am not sure what you mean by the crazy descent at the end.

Wow, Sir lance kicked some serious butt out there. Cali, I would hardly call you slow. Good job.

How come the high number of "did not starts"? It is kind of a shame as I probably would have done this ride except I procrastinated registering until the slots were filled. They paid for their spot and I guess it is their prerogative not to ride. I will just have to be earlier next year.
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It was just about perfect. The weather was perfect, nice and comfortable all day, with some clouds late.
More traffic than usual on AC on the way up, but quiet coming back.
Vertical Bob, Caligurl, Sarah and I stayed together for most of it and we were visited from time to time by Keith,(Sarah's husband), and Sir Lance,(Cali's husband), and Stan and others.
About 11,000 feet of climbing,(I skipped the last couple miles of Mt Wilson), and that CRAZY decsent of AC at the end.
We started at 6:30 amd got back to the car at 3:20 or so.
We missed you, M.E., and wished that Fixer had come with us
Well, thank you John. Now looking back...17 hours or so later.... I wish I had joined you all. Darn it! I was feeling really good this morning but decided to do the Montrose ride instead.
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Well, thank you John. Now looking back...17 hours or so later.... I wish I had joined you all. Darn it! I was feeling really good this morning but decided to do the Montrose ride instead.
we missed you and really wished you had come along! don't stand us up again!
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I didn't skip the descent, I only meant I skipped the last two miles of Mt Wilson, turned back before the summit,(wuss).
Ah, the descent. The first part from Red Box is steep and fast with sharp turns. Sounds fun until you see the cracks, holes, and stutter bumps. The worst section of the whole century. Then after Clear Creek is the 9 miles of smooth descending at 35-40 mph. The crazy part is the traffic, not a lot of cars but who wants a car there at that speed on those twisty turns? Some of the other cyclists are all over the road and can push you into oncoming traffic when you try to pass them. The turns are exciting,too, like being banked over at 40 into a blind corner. If you aren't on your toes, you should slow down a bit, but my dumb a$$ was chasing Sarah and the group she was racing. It was thrilling at the time, but looking back I get a strange feeling that I shouldn't push it there. Like M.E. says, I hate that descent.
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I didn't skip the descent, I only meant I skipped the last two miles of Mt Wilson, turned back before the summit,(wuss).
Ah, the descent. The first part from Red Box is steep and fast with sharp turns. Sounds fun until you see the cracks, holes, and stutter bumps. The worst section of the whole century. Then after Clear Creek is the 9 miles of smooth descending at 35-40 mph. The crazy part is the traffic, not a lot of cars but who wants a car there at that speed on those twisty turns? Some of the other cyclists are all over the road and can push you into oncoming traffic when you try to pass them. The turns are exciting,too, like being banked over at 40 into a blind corner. If you aren't on your toes, you should slow down a bit, but my dumb a$$ was chasing Sarah and the group she was racing. It was thrilling at the time, but looking back I get a strange feeling that I shouldn't push it there. Like M.E. says, I hate that descent.
Hey John, sorry I misread your first post. So, you DID descend down that death hwy hmmm? Only kidding. AC scares me more because the cars have been so aggressive with me on the copious times I've descended it. That day that I bailed halfway up (the 104 degree in the shade day that you, Bob, Stan and a bunch of others rode 86 miles), I had two cars come so close to me that I'm just lucky their rearview mirrors didn't graze me. And I was over as far as I could get without hitting the mountain! But you describe it perfectly. Chasing Sarah, huh? That chick has no fear, I tell you. Glad you had a great ride!
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AC scares me more because the cars have been so aggressive with me on the copious times I've descended it.
...I had two cars come so close to me that I'm just lucky their rearview mirrors didn't graze me. And I was over as far as I could get without hitting the mountain!.
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That last stretch of AC is where I had my head-on while driving up the road. I hadn't even made it up to the fire station and it wasn't a tight corner either. My personal opinion is that the woman who crossed into my lane just wasn't paying attention to driving.

Anyway, the couple of times that I've ridden on that road have generally been scary. After the car accident I'm not sure when I'll be brave enough to ride up there again.

BTW, one of my clubmates rode yesterday. Did you happen to see any Lightning Velo pink and blue up there?
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Cleave, I saw 2 riders with pink/blue but I didn't read the name. 1 of them had a white beard.
If I have a choice, I avoid that section. I'd rather go up and down Big T or just drive to Red Box and ride up there. It is more scary going back down.
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I like the descent down A.C. I know practically every corner. I just think of Eddy Mercks, "I dont bother reaching for the brakes, I know I wont use them anyway." The prevailing head wind in the afternoon slows me down enough I never need the brakes. Even the 25mph sign at the bottom.I think the key to descending a mountain is to know when to just hold the lane when there is no shoulder. If there are cars behind I slide over only where there is room, and ALWAYS where there is room. A little five fingered wave never hurts either. Remember we are almost doing the speed limit anyway. That was fun Saturday, lets do it again. V.B.
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IRemember we are almost doing the speed limit anyway. That was fun Saturday, lets do it again. V.B.
Hey V.B. - I hope you're not mad at me for being a lame a*s this morning. I should have ridden to SM with you I got no recovery ride b/cuz it was raining a bit. But I feel great, legs aren't sore. I'm just fatigued). sniff, whine, wimper... I'm glad you had a great ride yesterday. Did you do any climbing today??
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i liked the descent, too! but then.... i'd like any descent after all the climbing!

i have to thank sarah and vertical bob for being so nice and offering to bring my bottles to me when i so stupidly left then at the turn around checkpoint! i was SOOOOOOO ticked when i saw i had left them..... i said some choice words (not suitable for a family forum) and turned around and headed back..... someone on the way down said "they are bringing you your bottles".... but i headed back anyways.... and sure enough sarah and bob had them!

as always.... planet ultra did a great job! good food.... nice people.... roving sag (i got my bottles refilled on the way to the turnaround point!) and it's ALWAYS a good ride when i get to ride with bigjohn!!!!!!!
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Cali......for a moment I thought you had forgotten your Propel bottles.....
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Cali......for a moment I thought you had forgotten your Propel bottles.....
lol! no! those i would have just left there! it was my purdy polar bottles! so i had NO water for 26ish miles if i didn't go back!! yikes!

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Well you did get a little extra climbing by coming back ,and another trip through the tunnels. That is such a beautiful spot, I like to spend time there whenever I can. We have seen Big Horn Sheep close by and I'm sure you noticed the Bear scat on the road in several places. We should do the ride up to Jarvi lookout from the eastern end. That is the road that was snaking down the side of the mountain below us. Its hwy 39 San Gabriel Cyn Rd. from Azusa. It's like a 30 mile climb through the most awesome Canyon in the San Gabriels. V.B.
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Well you did get a little extra climbing by coming back ,and another trip through the tunnels. That is such a beautiful spot, I like to spend time there whenever I can. We have seen Big Horn Sheep close by and I'm sure you noticed the Bear scat on the road in several places. We should do the ride up to Jarvi lookout from the eastern end. That is the road that was snaking down the side of the mountain below us. Its hwy 39 San Gabriel Cyn Rd. from Azusa. It's like a 30 mile climb through the most awesome Canyon in the San Gabriels. V.B.

ohhhhhhhh but the tunnels scare me! lol! john was telling me about the different areas around there to climb! (and babout the bears!!) we definitely need to come down and do some rides with you's all!
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I liked the ride, but the traffice on AC was crazy. I finished at 6:05 according to the website. Don't know where they got that number! I started just about 6:35 and got back to the car about 2:00. Did you see the 6-8 Japanese cars come racing by? Couldn't miss the sound. Sounded like a dozen sport bikes side by side. They flew past us and then about 1/2 mile up, one of the silver 350 Z's spun out. He slid off the road and had his left rear wheel hanging off the edge of the cliff and his right rear tire right on the edge. Wonder if they slowed down after that?

The ride was well organized and the sandwich at Mt. Wilson was much appreciated. Wish they would have had PB&J's at the rest stops. The last few miles of 35 mph+ zipping down AC was a little hair raising for me. I like speed, but the turns and close proximity to the cars made me nervous. I hit 52 mph coming down a hill on the Death Ride in July, so 35 is not that fast. I think it was the cars and blind turns at times that made it seem so fast. I had 10492 feet of climbing and 98.2 miles. Really needed a porta-potty at the start. Had to leave and find a rest room at the McDonalds which, fortunately, was open at 6:00 a.m down the street. You probably didn't need to know that, did you?
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I liked the ride, but the traffice on AC was crazy. I finished at 6:05 according to the website. Don't know where they got that number! I started just about 6:35 and got back to the car about 2:00. Did you see the 6-8 Japanese cars come racing by? Couldn't miss the sound. Sounded like a dozen sport bikes side by side. They flew past us and then about 1/2 mile up, one of the silver 350 Z's spun out. He slid off the road and had his left rear wheel hanging off the edge of the cliff and his right rear tire right on the edge. Wonder if they slowed down after that?

The ride was well organized and the sandwich at Mt. Wilson was much appreciated. Wish they would have had PB&J's at the rest stops. The last few miles of 35 mph+ zipping down AC was a little hair raising for me. I like speed, but the turns and close proximity to the cars made me nervous. I hit 52 mph coming down a hill on the Death Ride in July, so 35 is not that fast. I think it was the cars and blind turns at times that made it seem so fast. I had 10492 feet of climbing and 98.2 miles. Really needed a porta-potty at the start. Had to leave and find a rest room at the McDonalds which, fortunately, was open at 6:00 a.m down the street. You probably didn't need to know that, did you?

The cars were crazy. I saw them and they were just going too fast. As for the time. The time stops at the top of mt. willson. Great ride though. Loved the views.
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The cars were crazy. I saw them and they were just going too fast. As for the time. The time stops at Loved the views.
PRETTIEST ride in socal.... prettier than GMR..... prettier than palomar.... prettier than latigo.... just PRETTY PRETTY PRETTY!
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