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Old 01-09-07, 03:27 AM   #1
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Breathless Agony Preview March 25th

I know it is a little ways out but let's get the buzz going on this one.

Sunday March 25, 2007 we will preview the Breathless Agony Century course. It is 112 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing. The tough part is you climb 11,000 feet in the first 75 miles. Yes there is 1,000 feet of gain in the last 40 miles. Once you hit Onyx Summit at 8443 feet "it's all downhill from there". The first pass is on a dirt road, Jack Rabbit Trail, then the second pass is Oak Glen. There is a descent after the first two climbs. But then next two passes, Angelus Oaks and Onyx Summit really hurt because they go up and up-- no downhill in between the climbs. The climb up to Onyx Summit from Rest Stop #2 is almost 30 miles of continous climbing.

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Ok so who wants to do some serious climbing? Want to see the elevation graph?

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i'm going to have to start prepping for a short season with a goal of a top ten or so at san luis rey, so i'll probably be up for some good climbing in the next couple of months. once my cold times out, i'll get on the bike and hopefully eventually start doing the group ride thing with you guys again.
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I'm in!

I wanted to mention that we will have SAG support for this ride too! Thanks to Mandy for volunteering (or maybe being bribed...lol) to SAG this one.
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Strong maybe. Has the start time been set or discussed?
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I'd be up for the challenge, but not 6 days before the Solvang Double.
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No start time yet...sunrise/sunset on that day is 0546 1804. I want a head start though!
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I'd be up for the challenge, but not 6 days before the Solvang Double.
Oh come on Joel, if I can do it you can too. <~~~not entirely sure she can do it at all...but willing to give it a shot.
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Oh come on Joel, if I can do it you can too. <~~~not entirely sure she can do it at all...but willing to give it a shot.
You're doing this AND the Solvang Double? I was thinking I'd need a light week before the double. I'll think about it. You know how easily my arm is twisted.
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You're doing this AND the Solvang Double? I was thinking I'd need a light week before the double. I'll think about it. You know how easily my arm is twisted.
Just roll over Joel...you know you want to. Solvang is a definite possibility for me, I haven't finalized my decision on which doubles I'm doing.
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Oh...and it's Mandy's birthday a few days later, so post-ride meal must include birthday cake!!
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No start time yet...sunrise/sunset on that day is 0546 1804. I want a head start though!
That's not enough daylight. You are all crackers!
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That's not enough daylight. You are all crackers!
Maybe we can take the train home.
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I believe the train is called "Two Pass Option"
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Nope...I'm going for the "Four Pass Option"!!
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Will there be a requirement to bring along lights just in case or are we going to turn around before it get's dark? If we need lights, what kinda lights do we need?

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I know it is a little ways out but let's get the buzz going on this one.

Sunday March 25, 2007 we will preview the Breathless Agony Century course. It is 112 miles and 12,000 feet of climbing. The tough part is you climb 11,000 feet in the first 75 miles. Yes there is 1,000 feet of gain in the last 40 miles. Once you hit Onyx Summit at 8443 feet "it's all downhill from there". The first pass is on a dirt road, Jack Rabbit Trail, then the second pass is Oak Glen. There is a descent after the first two climbs. But then next two passes, Angelus Oaks and Onyx Summit really hurt because they go up and up-- no downhill in between the climbs. The climb up to Onyx Summit from Rest Stop #2 is almost 30 miles of continous climbing.

Last year I finished 34th with a time just under 6 hours. By the way, the clock stops at the top of Onyx Summit. I really want top 30 on this one. So I will try to ride this course twice before the scheduled event day of May 5, 2007.

Ok so who wants to do some serious climbing? Want to see the elevation graph?

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That's not enough daylight. You are all crackers!
At Breathless Agony, one can start around 6 AM if one chooses. (My start time last year was 5:50 AM. About as early as anyone.) One must reach the summit by 3:30 PM. It doesn't take 2 hours to descend 42 miles with minimal flat ground and climbing thrown in along the way. So if one doesn't hang out at the top, one should get back no later than 5:30 if one's to do the ride at a pace that would qualify one for being an official finisher. There's more than enough daylight.
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If sunrise is at 0546, then civil twilight is even earlier (damn you Jason, you have me obsessed with looking that up on every ride...lol) and you could technically start then without the need for lights.
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Last year I finished 34th with a time just under 6 hours. By the way, the clock stops at the top of Onyx Summit. I really want top 30 on this one. So I will try to ride this course twice before the scheduled event day of May 5, 2007.
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I finished 33rd last year so you'll have to get past me first. This year I want to finish in under 5:45.
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So if one doesn't hang out at the top, one should get back no later than 5:30 if one's to do the ride at a pace that would qualify one for being an official finisher.
So who said anything about qualifying as an official finisher?
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Put me down as a "strong maybe". I was upset that I was going to have to miss BA this year, it would be fun to do this with you guys. What kind of pace are you planning (riding against the clock, or chatting it up on the climbs?), and how about rest stops. I'd like to be able to go hard, and not have a bunch of 30 minutes stops.
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What kind of pace are you planning (riding against the clock, or chatting it up on the climbs?), and how about rest stops. .
I'm planning to kick all of your asses. Plan to be chasing me down all day.
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Ok so who wants to do some serious climbing? Want to see the elevation graph?
Who is this Scott McAfee fellow? Does he breath helium?
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I'm planning to kick all of your asses. Plan to be chasing me down all day.
Nice, that's what I like to hear
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