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    Antelope Valley Fall Century/Metric - Ride Report

    I wish I could have been at the Chino mtb ride, but we were already booked for this....next time for sure!

    We had a nice easy drive to Palmdale...a bit under an hr.

    It seemed like there were less riders than last year...we heard approx 50-60...last year was over 100 I believe. This club needs to market this ride better. It is a great ride, but no one knows about it!
    I heard it took 50 to break even.so they just made it!

    It was a beautiful morning....a bit cold but you could feel the sun warming things up, so I took a chance....

    No windbreaker..only arm warmers...

    Was a bit chilly the first few miles but that went away pretty quick.

    This is a really nice ride...after about 3 miles the roads are pretty empty.
    We could see a couple of hot air balloons, so that both cool to see and good news since that meant there was little to no wind. But this is the Antelope Valley and that never last long!

    There were 4 of us in our group. Mark and I took turns pulling the group. I was feeling really good and was able to dl some long pulls...I did miss one turn, but we only overshot by a 100 yards or so...opps...

    We had our friends Linda and Debbie riding with us...Debbie had done the Metric at Cool Breeze, Linda hasn't done this many miles since recovering from a broken leg and not since she got her new road bike.This was actually a 65 miler.

    The first rest stop was at 26 miles...a bit long for some of us city riders...we had to stop to let the blood back into our feet once or twice.


    Great desert scenery, also riding thru some farm land, really quirte and peaceful...after the rest stop, near the wind turbines in Tehachape (sp?) we came back thru the mine areas of Rosamond.

    One semi tough climb at about 22 miles...another at 30miles..then a great downhill thru some incredible scenery....but nothing serious...total elevation was rated 1050, my altimeter had it a bit over 1300ft
    However the century is about 5000 ft. Mark did it last year and said it was one of the tougher centuries he has done.

    There was only supposed to be 1 rest stop, but before we turned to the windy leg, there was the last stop for the century rides and the turnaround for the 26 milers. It was good get another banana and orange, and use the facilities....
    Note to self...Use the darn cleat covers you carry before walking in dirt...duh..
    The portopotty was off the side of the road and I didnt realize that it was deep soft dirt in front...
    I had a really had time clipping in after that...clogged em up pretty good...


    So since it is the high desert the winds did return...we had a great 5 mile run with a tail wind....pushing 20+mpg with ease. But that thrill was erased by the 8 mile trek thru what had to be a 20mph head wind...this at 55 miles into the ride!
    We kept thinking of the poor century people, they would have hit this at 92 miles in or so!!

    I hung on Marks wheel for 5 miles before I had to slow down...the girls tried to also but were about 1/2 a mile behind...

    It felt real good to make that turn off that road and only get a side wind.....another 4 miles and we were done.


    I had what I think what was a personal best day on the bike....we had to slow to not lose the girls otherwise my average would been a personal best!!

    I think some if it has to be credited to my new wheels...THEY ARE AWESOME!!!!!!
    This was the first time I had ridden them....custom built Mavic OP/ with Ultegra hubs and a new 12-27 cassette..and new Gatorskins..I am extremely happy with this setup!
    It was comfortable, and rolled incredibly smooth!

    Overall this is a great ride...a bit far to get to, but still worth it!

    Sunday...
    Was a bit stiff and sore, so I went out for a quick recovery spin...
    I think these new wheels have added at least 1-2mph maybe more..the 1/2lb weight loss has to have helped also...

    Here is the only dig pix we took....the rest are on throw away cameras, I will post them as soon as we get them back!
    Mark gearing up

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbm
    I wish I could have been at the Chino mtb ride, but we were already booked for this....next time for sure!

    We had a nice easy drive to Palmdale...a bit under an hr.

    It seemed like there were less riders than last year...we heard approx 50-60...last year was over 100 I believe. This club needs to market this ride better. It is a great ride, but no one knows about it!
    I heard it took 50 to break even.so they just made it!

    It was a beautiful morning....a bit cold but you could feel the sun warming things up, so I took a chance....

    No windbreaker..only arm warmers...

    Was a bit chilly the first few miles but that went away pretty quick.

    This is a really nice ride...after about 3 miles the roads are pretty empty.
    We could see a couple of hot air balloons, so that both cool to see and good news since that meant there was little to no wind. But this is the Antelope Valley and that never last long!

    There were 4 of us in our group. Mark and I took turns pulling the group. I was feeling really good and was able to dl some long pulls...I did miss one turn, but we only overshot by a 100 yards or so...opps...

    We had our friends Linda and Debbie riding with us...Debbie had done the Metric at Cool Breeze, Linda hasn't done this many miles since recovering from a broken leg and not since she got her new road bike.This was actually a 65 miler.

    The first rest stop was at 26 miles...a bit long for some of us city riders...we had to stop to let the blood back into our feet once or twice.


    Great desert scenery, also riding thru some farm land, really quirte and peaceful...after the rest stop, near the wind turbines in Tehachape (sp?) we came back thru the mine areas of Rosamond.

    One semi tough climb at about 22 miles...another at 30miles..then a great downhill thru some incredible scenery....but nothing serious...total elevation was rated 1050, my altimeter had it a bit over 1300ft
    However the century is about 5000 ft. Mark did it last year and said it was one of the tougher centuries he has done.

    There was only supposed to be 1 rest stop, but before we turned to the windy leg, there was the last stop for the century rides and the turnaround for the 26 milers. It was good get another banana and orange, and use the facilities....
    Note to self...Use the darn cleat covers you carry before walking in dirt...duh..
    The portopotty was off the side of the road and I didnt realize that it was deep soft dirt in front...
    I had a really had time clipping in after that...clogged em up pretty good...


    So since it is the high desert the winds did return...we had a great 5 mile run with a tail wind....pushing 20+mpg with ease. But that thrill was erased by the 8 mile trek thru what had to be a 20mph head wind...this at 55 miles into the ride!
    We kept thinking of the poor century people, they would have hit this at 92 miles in or so!!

    I hung on Marks wheel for 5 miles before I had to slow down...the girls tried to also but were about 1/2 a mile behind...

    It felt real good to make that turn off that road and only get a side wind.....another 4 miles and we were done.


    I had what I think what was a personal best day on the bike....we had to slow to not lose the girls otherwise my average would been a personal best!!

    I think some if it has to be credited to my new wheels...THEY ARE AWESOME!!!!!!
    This was the first time I had ridden them....custom built Mavic OP/ with Ultegra hubs and a new 12-27 cassette..and new Gatorskins..I am extremely happy with this setup!
    It was comfortable, and rolled incredibly smooth!

    Overall this is a great ride...a bit far to get to, but still worth it!

    Sunday...
    Was a bit stiff and sore, so I went out for a quick recovery spin...
    I think these new wheels have added at least 1-2mph maybe more..the 1/2lb weight loss has to have helped also...

    Here is the only dig pix we took....the rest are on throw away cameras, I will post them as soon as we get them back!
    Mark gearing up

    Good job Herb. Hope your feeling a bit better by now. I sure am, I even started my spine exercises today. Ill do an ride this afternoon in the heat. Justa recovery ride to loosen the legs and get the blood flowing again.

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    Hey Herb!

    Sounds like a great ride! Gotta love those headwinds... not! We had 'em in Palm Springs and they are tough!

    I'm so glad you are loving your new wheelset! AND, I look forward to the rest of the pics!

    Great Job

    Trac'

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    Thanks for the ride report Herb! Glad you're happy with your new wheelset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSean
    Good job Herb. Hope your feeling a bit better by now. I sure am, I even started my spine exercises today. Ill do an ride this afternoon in the heat. Justa recovery ride to loosen the legs and get the blood flowing again.
    Thanks..I do feel a bit better...still a bit sore on the undercarriage....legs are recovering nicely...
    I hope the heat helps loosen you up...it should...
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    Thanks all....
    I am still waiting for DW to see the old set in the garage and start asking questions....oh well...it is worth it!!!

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    Thanks for sharing your ride report Herb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by herbm
    Thanks..I do feel a bit better...still a bit sore on the undercarriage....legs are recovering nicely...
    I hope the heat helps loosen you up...it should...
    h

    Just got back a bit ago. I did a good job of keeping the heart rate under control, so that was good. I did my regular loop which has a few decent climbs, so the legs got stretched out real well. There was alot of riders out today, so I had to play chase , yet not get the heart rate too high. I rode well and caught all but one person. I may have done a bit much for it to really consider it a recovery ride, but I do feel good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigSean
    Just got back a bit ago. I did a good job of keeping the heart rate under control, so that was good. I did my regular loop which has a few decent climbs, so the legs got stretched out real well. There was alot of riders out today, so I had to play chase , yet not get the heart rate too high. I rode well and caught all but one person. I may have done a bit much for it to really consider it a recovery ride, but I do feel good.
    Good deal...and the back was feeling pretty good?

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    I finally got the pictures from this ride up on my website


    Ride pix here

    Enjoy

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    looks like it was a great day for a desert ride. Nice pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone
    looks like it was a great day for a desert ride. Nice pics

    Thanks...BTW..just got back from Chino Hills...tracy and I did a newbie ride...
    We had a great time...she promised a ride report and pix later today!

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    I thought no cameras allowed

    Glad you had a great ride at Chino. I'm gonna have to go ride there again soon. Maybe we'll just have our next group ride there again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone
    I thought no cameras allowed

    Glad you had a great ride at Chino. I'm gonna have to go ride there again soon. Maybe we'll just have our next group ride there again.
    She relented on the pix....
    That is great place....now I want a better mtb...duh...

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    what kind of MTB do you have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone
    what kind of MTB do you have?

    Its a 2003 (i think) Gary Fisher Wahoo...hardtail...nothing special...weighs a ton...

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    you can put it on a diet for fairly cheap. Places to shave weight cheap are the tires and saddle.


    Kenda Karma L3R Pro 480g $30-45 each
    IRC Mythos 510g $12-25 each
    Maxxis Flyweight 330's 330g $30
    Maxxis Flyweight 490's 490g $30

    I run the IRCs cuz they are cheap, light and climb good. I have a L3R pro on the front cuz it's light and got it free from a raffle at one of my races.

    This is the seat I have. Cheap, light and comfy.
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/132...her-Saddle.htm

    Most stock saddles are 350-500gram, that one is 200, so you can save 1/2 lb just in that saddle upgrade.

    Most tires are 600-800 grams pending size and tread style. The IRC works very well in SOCAL, and cheap. So you can save 1lb of rotational mass with swapping out stock tires. I can't remember the calculation for weight saved on rotaional mass but I want to say it's like 4to1 or somthing. So if your stock tires were 650g each, 1300grams total and you instal some IRCs. You will net 280grams which is .62lbs. You you will feel this saves ALOT more then that of the saddle saving.

    1lb = 453.6grams

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone
    you can put it on a diet for fairly cheap. Places to shave weight cheap are the tires and saddle.


    Kenda Karma L3R Pro 480g $30-45 each
    IRC Mythos 510g $12-25 each
    Maxxis Flyweight 330's 330g $30
    Maxxis Flyweight 490's 490g $30

    I run the IRCs cuz they are cheap, light and climb good. I have a L3R pro on the front cuz it's light and got it free from a raffle at one of my races.

    This is the seat I have. Cheap, light and comfy.
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/132...her-Saddle.htm

    Most stock saddles are 350-500gram, that one is 200, so you can save 1/2 lb just in that saddle upgrade.

    Most tires are 600-800 grams pending size and tread style. The IRC works very well in SOCAL, and cheap. So you can save 1lb of rotational mass with swapping out stock tires. I can't remember the calculation for weight saved on rotaional mass but I want to say it's like 4to1 or somthing. So if your stock tires were 650g each, 1300grams total and you instal some IRCs. You will net 280grams which is .62lbs. You you will feel this saves ALOT more then that of the saddle saving.

    1lb = 453.6grams
    Interesting...thanks...I have changed saddles...got a Fizik Gobi on ebay...I really liked it today...
    Tires would be a simple and easy fix...
    thanks

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    I had a heavy hardtail too, so you can only do sooo much before it gets crazy. It was a 2002 Fuji Thrill, was like 32-33lbs My current hardtail is lighter then my roadie If and when you do get a light weight MTB, you will be AMAZED on the speed and acceleration on both flat land and short climbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone
    I had a heavy hardtail too, so you can only do sooo much before it gets crazy. It was a 2002 Fuji Thrill, was like 32-33lbs My current hardtail is lighter then my roadie If and when you do get a light weight MTB, you will be AMAZED on the speed and acceleration on both flat land and short climbs.
    I can imagine...unfortunately...thats all I can afford to do right now...

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    you gotta ride what you got so it's good. Don't get too caught up in the weight wennie thing. It's fun but kinda pricy unless your a cheap bastard like me and find the lightest bang for buck items out there.

    My current hardtail is an ebay Magnesium frame that is got for 120 bucks I built up the whole bike minus fork for $450 and slapped a $500 fork on it I have no regrets getting the top of the line fork on it, its the rockshox REBA Team w/ remote loc out which I LOVE

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