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    Details for stage 7 finally anounced.

    Thanks to Annette of the GMR blog for the heads up, here are details to stage 7 of the upcoming Tour of California.
    http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com...es/stage7.html

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    Holy Suitcase-of-Courage Batman!
    I've got some training to do before May.

    Edit: at least it's only 75 miles. They were touting a distance of almost 100. I should be able to knock that out in under 5.

    Edit2: I hope they take measures to weed out the bandit-riders, or riding down GRR in the resulting massive clumps is going to be pretty ugly.
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    It looks like the only difference between the Tour and L'Etape route is we're not making the little hook off of Sierra Madre Ave in Azusa. (Clicky.)

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    Looks like fun......

    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    I should be able to knock that out in under 5.
    Hey superman, if I sign up for it, will you push me up the hills?

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    The problem with pixels is they are a poor conveyor of sarcasm and smack-talking.
    I'd made a possible goal of 6 hours when I thought it was closer to 100 miles, but I've never done all those climbs in one sitting. I can ride a reasonably hilly century in sub-five, so 5 hours is the goal for the Queen Stage. We'll see how it goes.

    I already know it's going to be spirit-crushing to see how fast the pros do it two weeks later. But I'll bet a bunch won't finish that day too.
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    I've basically done this exact route. It's actually not that epic at all. Probably around 10k ft of climbing. Not that significant compared to the multiple 15k ft days during the last week of the TdF or Giro.
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    I'll either bandit it the day of, or ride the route the next day to avoid all the cyclists. No sense paying $95 to use roads that I ride for free every week, I say.

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    Kind of a curious route, considering the reverse GRR section. Options for multiple peloton viewing are intriguing. Watching them turn onto GRR after ascending Baldy to the village, then scooting up to either the finish line or along the switchbacks has promise. Should be a circus! I wonder if they'll have the lifts running to shuttle people up to the Notch Tavern? That'd be cool.

    I hope to start the day with an early ride up to the village via GMR/GRR. Me and a thousand or more?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben FR View Post
    I've basically done this exact route. It's actually not that epic at all. Probably around 10k ft of climbing. Not that significant compared to the multiple 15k ft days during the last week of the TdF or Giro.
    OK Debbie Downer. It's all we've got! You're going to be there, right? Ride up early?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben FR View Post
    I've basically done this exact route. It's actually not that epic at all. Probably around 10k ft of climbing. Not that significant compared to the multiple 15k ft days during the last week of the TdF or Giro.
    10k feet of climbing is a ton to us crit racers. I did half this route last weekend and all I was thinking about was racing Millikan this Sunday.
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    They aren't even going through my area this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    The problem with pixels is they are a poor conveyor of sarcasm and smack-talking.
    No worries, I think I read it the same way you wrote it. I just forgot to include one of these

    That looks like a fun ride, I got the OK from the planning committee, I'm gonna do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiddSisko View Post
    OK Debbie Downer. It's all we've got! You're going to be there, right? Ride up early?
    Yup
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    So where would be the best place to watch it from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by psalm View Post
    So where would be the best place to watch it from?
    You live close enough. Hop in the car and drive the route and check things out. There are a couple of spots half way out GRR that will give a view of the road for a long ways, both coming and going. Only problem is, I am sure you will have plenty of company the day of the race. Just a matter of what you want to put up with.

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    Because they do a double pass on GRR, you'll have the option and time to relocate between passes. Catch them flying down a descent section, then relocate and catch a climb section. Photographers will have a field day given the vistas and group shot options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrClyde View Post
    No worries, I think I read it the same way you wrote it. I just forgot to include one of these

    That looks like a fun ride, I got the OK from the planning committee, I'm gonna do it.
    I've decided if I break 5 flat, I'm rewarding myself with a mountain bike.


    Frustrated because I've cut out the wine & whiskey, and have been logging everything I eat, but I keep hovering at 179-180, and the goal is 172 by HGH next month.

    Keep us abreast on the kitchen pass situation. And what kind of time do you think you'll shoot for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    I've decided if I break 5 flat, I'm rewarding myself with a mountain bike.
    Buy one now. I've really enjoyed having the MTB option. If I get burned out on the road, I head to the trails for a while.

    For time, I don't know. I'm going to start hitting Palomar for training. Goal number one will be to finish. Probably in the 6 hour range.

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    who is riding the etape du tour? who is gonna bandit it? can anyone share a ride from north county?

    edit: chris, don't you live near la costa? buy a mtb! you don't have to be a 300-watt tough guy to enjoy mtbing. and you shouldn't quit wine either. it's good for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrClyde View Post
    Buy one now. I've really enjoyed having the MTB option. If I get burned out on the road, I head to the trails for a while.

    For time, I don't know. I'm going to start hitting Palomar for training. Goal number one will be to finish. Probably in the 6 hour range.
    But I never seem to get tired of riding on the road. (One of the few advantages of being a working stiff.)
    I'd sure love to join you on some of your Palomar rides. Please let me know when you're making them, (except for your weekday rides, while I'm stuck in here under the yellow lights above my cubicle.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    I'd sure love to join you on some of your Palomar rides. Please let me know when you're making them, (except for your weekday rides, while I'm stuck in here under the yellow lights above my cubicle.)
    I'm stuck too, only ride it on the weekends. If there is no rain, I'm going to ride SGR from Harrah's on Sunday morning.

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