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    Monday 5/28 GMR Early Morning Ride

    Date: Monday, May 28th
    Time: 6:00am
    Start: Intersection of Mills and Mt. Baldy Road See post #16 for directions
    Meet up #2: Lower GMR Gate (Approx. 6:40am)
    Destination: Baldy Village (or the lifts, if anyone wants)
    Distance: Approx. 40 miles
    Elevation: 4000+

    Who's in:
    Happytime - Mills Rd.
    jschen - Mills Rd.
    Gr@sshopper - Mills Rd.
    Scootcore - Mills Rd.
    Luwin - Meeting at GMR gate


    Chimivee (maybe)
    bitingduck (maybe)



    Everyone in for this ride, please let me know if you're planning on a Mills Rd start, or if you're going to meet up with us at the GMR gate.
    I will PM you my cell number, in case you have to cancel and we know not to wait.
    Last edited by Happytime; 05-27-07 at 08:09 PM.

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    ugh. that's early, and I even live closer to it than a lot of you.

    If I'm out of bed on time I might show up and do it.
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    W T E !!! (besides, I'm working the morning anyway)
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    I'm doing Chantry Flats with Jp at 8am, Joy. Normally, not too early for me. But since I won't be home until midnight on Sunday, no way, no how. You guys have fun. Thomson will do repeats on it, I bet.

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    If I'm not working on Monday, I'm tempted. Though there's M.E.'s ride, too. Any chance we can start at the intersection of Baldy Rd and Mills Rd in Claremont, ride out to GMR, do GMR and GRR, and then descend Baldy Rd back to the start? Don't plan around me, but I'm trying to arrange it so that I can roll out of bed and show right up at the start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitingduck
    ugh. that's early
    Ditto. What's wrong with you people?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roadfix
    W T E !!! (besides, I'm working the morning anyway)

    Way Too Easy?! There's no need to be so condescending, George!

    Doesn't seem too early for me but then again, on my way home this morning I saw about a hundred cyclists heading towards the PV hills... and that was after I did 3 hours of hill training. Some of those riders were still yawning! Early to bed, early to rise... gives the hill-bombing cyclist traffic-free switchbacks!!!

    Sorry I can't make it to the Chantry Flats ride, ME, but I have to come home early to get ready for my cousin's wedding. I think a greasy chain mark on my leg will be a nice accessory to a dress and heels.

    Jason, if you want to crash at my place the night before instead of driving up from SD, you can always stay on my couch. Currently Sacha is sleeping on it (along with my new Fulcrum wheels) but you can always tell them to take the floor.

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    Joy, if I'm free (don't know yet... gotta see how work goes today) I'll be at my parents' place. From the den next to my bedroom, I can see Baldy Rd. From my bedroom, I can see Mills Rd. That location is why when I first got a road bike (about two years ago) my first long-term goal was to someday climb Baldy Rd from Claremont to the ski lift. Seemed like "just another hill" since it was simply the hill I lived in the shadow of. Then I started researching it and realized I had picked quite a dream for a couch potato.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happytime
    Way Too Easy?! There's no need to be so condescending, George!
    Way Too EARLY!!!

    edit.....never mind....I didn't read the rest of your post...

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    Oh joy (Joy?), I have Monday off.
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    I'm probably going to start at Encanto, so just let me know if 6am is the meet-at-base-of-GMR-gate time or rolling-from-whereever-you-guys-roll time.

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    Any chance I can convince you people to start at the base of Mt Baldy? (Still hoping to simply roll out of bed and show up at the start still half asleep.) It's a relaxed cruise to the base of GMR from there, then a climb up GMR and across GRR to Baldy Village. The ride time up GMR is about the same as the ride time across GRR. GRR is longer, but it's not continuous climbing. Finally, the 8 miles of virtually continuous descending back to the start (one short uphill section you can hit at 50 MPH and easily stay in the big ring, one false flat, the rest all downhill) is a fast-pace reward for the earlier effort. There are at least four spots on the descent where under the right conditions, 50+ MPH speeds are quite attainable. And no particularly sharp turns.
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    If you want to be the tour guide, Jason, sounds good to me. I know Jim would like to experience the no-traffic part of GMR, as this will be his only chance.
    As long as it doesn't kill me, I'm up for anything.

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    GMR/GRR is a BikeForums favorite. The scenery on GRR is gorgeous, and traffic generally is very light. I would happily lead this route, especially since it means I get to sleep in until 5:40, change into cycling clothes, roll out the door at 5:55, and still get to the start early.

    Oh, and figure on about 40 miles with a bit over 4000 feet of climbing. A hilly but quite accessible route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jschen
    GMR/GRR is a BikeForums favorite. The scenery on GRR is gorgeous, and traffic generally is very light. I would happily lead this route, especially since it means I get to sleep in until 5:40, change into cycling clothes, roll out the door at 5:55, and still get to the start early.
    Slacker!

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    Directions to start from the west:

    I-210 to Towne exit a bit east of intersection with CA-57.
    North on Towne to Baseline (2nd light; 1st is to get back on freeway)
    East on Baseline to Mills (3rd light, I think)
    North on Mills to intersection with Mt Baldy Rd (1st stop sign)
    Go straight through the stop sign and park in parking lot
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    Oh, for anyone meeting at the base of GMR, figure on meeting at the gate at about 6:40 (somewhat variable depending on how quickly we ride to the base and how on time we roll).
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    One last thing... you probably won't drink much water on the way to GMR, so there's little sense in topping off during that time. But then there's no water until you reach Baldy Village. You can top off there, but there's no need seeing as it's virtually all downhill to the start. So figure on doing this ride with no water refills. I've never had issues with making this trip on two 24 oz bottles, but I do tend to drink less water than I should. You may want to carry a third bottle.

    I'll carry one extra bottle for the group that I do not anticipate using.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Happytime
    ...I have to come home early to get ready for my cousin's wedding. ...a dress and heels.


    PIX PIX PIX!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happytime
    Early to bed, early to rise... gives the hill-bombing cyclist traffic-free switchbacks!!![/i]
    Just descend fast enough that you don't encounter any traffic.

    And that's a nice ploy to lure Jason away from PGS....he was probably planning on staying at his parents and having the ride start from in front of their house.

    edit: doh. he told you in the next post that he wants to start the ride at his parents house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jschen
    That location is why when I first got a road bike (about two years ago) my first long-term goal was to someday climb Baldy Rd from Claremont to the ski lift. Seemed like "just another hill" since it was simply the hill I lived in the shadow of. Then I started researching it and realized I had picked quite a dream for a couch potato.
    I remember reading some of that way back before I met you. You've come a long way!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitingduck
    I remember reading some of that way back before I met you. You've come a long way!
    And regressed a long way, too. I had built up to riding 5 times per week, 100+ miles per week, 10,000+ vertical feet per week, trying to get myself into the necessary shape to climb Baldy. Now, I average less than one ride per week. I haven't found enough passion about any of the new goals to make myself ride as much as I used to.
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    Anyway, I'm off for the weekend...

    Joy has my cell phone number and hopefully she'll remember to fill me in on whatever details you all decide so that I can join you guys on Monday. (Hopefully doing my proposed route. But whatever you all want is fine by me.) Have a great weekend everybody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bitingduck
    Just descend fast enough that you don't encounter any traffic..
    The problem isn't the cars behind you... the problem is running into the backs of the cars in front of you!

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    Uh-oh. My coach Dan just called. I told him about this ride and he wants to come along, as least at the start. He probably won't hang with me, as he's likely to get bored and take off for the lifts.

    If he does come, you guys have to assure him that I never ever spend any time in my small ring! And you've never seen me eat a donut. Oh, and that I'm a Very Nice Innocent Girl. (He doesn't know about my BF addiction.)
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