"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."
Jackrabbit is at least paved, albeit no longer maintained.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?
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.
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
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.
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.
^ 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.
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.
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.