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    Any info on Oak Glen road resurfacing

    I've just heard that Oak Glen is being resurfased near the top, does any body know what are the conditions and if it will be completed before Breatheless Agony?

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    Here is what I was told in the email from them.

    "The climb on Oak Glen Road from the Yucaipa city limits to the top of Oak Glen is under construction. Currently, the pavement is gone for about two miles so it is rough hard pack and has some loose dirt. We have over two weeks before the 2012 Breathless Agony Ride goes up that climb and we are hopeful that some of the construction will be complete by that time. But the reality is that this will be part of the challenge of the course this year so we wanted to give everyone a heads up on it. We are calling it "Jackrabbit Junior". We have many reports that the road is rideable by bike and we will confirm that in our upcoming test rides of the course next week."

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    Jackrabbit is at least paved, albeit no longer maintained. I think it is very irresponsible and down right dangerous to send riders through ongoing road construction. If the road is closed or even closed to through traffic, then the organizers are asking the riders to violate the law. That is also the steepest part of the climb. Think traction might be an issue?

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    There is no word about the road being closed and considering it is up hill not that dangerous. It does make it more dificult though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lesper4 View Post
    There is no word about the road being closed and considering it is up hill not that dangerous. It does make it more dificult though.
    Do we not come down that same road? I dont know the route.

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    Wow, that isn't good news I don't think is the organizers fault at all, I know they always place the participants safety first. On the other hand we are going for time and 2 miles of dirt on the step part of Oak Glen won't allow us to accomplish our goal. Unless the road gets fixed before the event we may just have to roll our registration for next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmX View Post
    Do we not come down that same road? I dont know the route.
    We go through Oak Glen and branch off to hwy 38 so I don't think there will be any downhill unpaved road. Only thing would be based on city limit map and description, the section of climb would be 7%-8% if I remember it right. If it is just packed dirt... it will probably be a little better than Jack rabbit. To me... jack rabbit's "paved" status is joke. Only saving grace on jack rabbit from what I see is there is no real descent in that thing... you jump straight to hwy 60 after you are done with climb. Looks like Oak Glen will be the real crucial part of ride on this century even more... (steepest incline... now with uncertain road condition) At least, I hope they have fresh Apple Cider on the stand... than I am game

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    I'll be riding the Breathless Agony worker's ride this Sat. (April 28) so will report back on this forum after I do that ride regarding the condition of the Oak Glenn climb.

    Also, I'll be driving SAG on the day of the event (May 5), fixing flats, pumping up tires and whatever else needs to be done (transporting back DNF's?) so say "Hi!" if you see me out there.

    I'll be driving my wife's Subaru Forester, dark blue with "BIKE 1" license plates.

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    I heard from someone that rode it last weekend. It is not signed as closed or closed to through traffic. It is passable when dry, but any wetness would render it unrideable on a road bike.

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    Passable when dry? Can you elaborate?
    And thanks for checking it out for us Rick! I'm really looking forward to your report.
    Was thinking about launching the new Look Badger bike in this event, but if it's ugly, I'd rather ride my rainy day bike.

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    Accuweather reports 5/5 as Warm with occasional rain... Oh lord...

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    I have no interest in subjecting even my rain bike to a cyclocross mud fest. I'm skipping if it rains.

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    http://www.weather.com/weather/exten...m_ite=CityPage
    Rain? This is a hard route to predict the weather since there are number of different climates.

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    humm, I am sure we will know more by next week
    http://www.weather.com/weather/tenda...nprogress=null

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    Quote Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
    Passable when dry? Can you elaborate?

    I'm riding 38 from Mill Creek to Onyx tomorrow; I plan on heading over to Oak Glen after to look at the road. Sorry I can't elaborate, that's all I was told by someone who was out there last weekend.

    Skipping isn't really an option for me because I have worked too hard to do the KOM this year. There is a road (something canyon) that cuts across from Oak Glen Rd. to Bryant St. before the construction starts. This would give access to the other side of Oak Glen; the promoters could then make the climb an out and back. I looked at it on a map last week. It might add a few miles and some additional climbing, but at least it would be paved and rideable in the wet.

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    ^ Wildwood Canyon, I think and I an planning on riding the regular route, it can't be worse the Jack Rabbit or that top section of Little Secymore on MC. And like you said I plan on finishing KOM this year so I am a go rain or shine.

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    Here is a pic of the construction area.

    OakGlen.jpg

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    THanks cdp8! Any idea how long (miles) it's like that?

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    According to Chuck's BA email, it's two miles.

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    Weather 8 days out means almost nothing. I wouldn't worry too much about it. What *would* worry me is a week of rain up until next saturday - leaving that stretch muddy. That doesn't look like its gonna happen fortunately.

    That pic doesn't seem too bad. I'll be on a comfy shock absorbing roubaix, so as long as my tires don't sink in I'm hopefully good to go. I'll pretend its a stretch of cobbles.

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    Anybody thinking of throwing on some wider rubber? I ride 23's, but I'm contemplating 25's or 28's because of Jackrabbit and Oak Glen.

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    I used brand new 23 last year and this year I have a new rear 23 from MC.
    That section does not look too bad except for it is the hardest section before the tiny downhill and then one last push on pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    I'll be riding the Breathless Agony worker's ride this Sat. (April 28) so will report back on this forum after I do that ride regarding the condition of the Oak Glenn climb.

    Also, I'll be driving SAG on the day of the event (May 5), fixing flats, pumping up tires and whatever else needs to be done (transporting back DNF's?) so say "Hi!" if you see me out there.

    I'll be driving my wife's Subaru Forester, dark blue with "BIKE 1" license plates.

    Rick / OCRR
    Rick, we'll be looking forward to your report.

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