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Old 07-26-12, 12:14 PM   #1
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GMR / GRR Ride Sat. July 28, 2012

Hi SoCal forumites,

Just an FYI to let you know that Lou Ann and I will be doing a GMR / GRR (that's Glendora Mountain Road to Glendora Ridge Road) ride to Mount Baldy Village (and back) this Saturday starting from Boulder Springs Road in Glendora (the only place on GMR where there's a traffic light) at 7:00AM.

We'll be staying with some GMR virgins at 7:00AM, so those of you who climb well are welcome to start at 8:00AM (with JimmyNH and Rodney) or whenever you want, of course.



Lou Ann and I also have a plan to add the Ski-Lift Climb (2,000 feet of climbing in 4.6 miles) above Mt. Baldy Village, which is Brutal (beyond category for the Pros) so we will not be taking the virgins up there! Or, well . . . unless one of the virgins surprises us and goes zipping up the mountain, in which case . . . maybe.

So, all fortumites are invited to join us and esp. any that are GMR virgins and have been looking for a good oportunity to lose their GMR virginity.

We will have a stop at the Shed (9 mi. up approx.) and at Mt. Baldy Lodge. Here is the post on the OC Rebel site for further details: http://www.ocrebels.com/special.htm

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Hmmmm, it looks like Rick volunteered me as a co-organizer. OK, let's take this one by one:
- First of all, I don't know about the GMR virgins but you, bro, must get laid this Friday night. Then you'll be a lot more agreeable to a later start time.
- I don't like this start location, so I'll start from Glendora High School at 8:00 AM.
- I'm not going to babysit anybody, come prepared and be self-sufficient. We'll be hauling arse! ("hauling arse" means moving at my speed or faster, just like the par on Willie Nelson's golf course is whatever he shoots that day)
- As usual, I only invite a very select group of riders. Only the wise, those who are not afraid of Mr. Heat and those who got laid on Friday night can join me.

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Hmmmm, it looks like Rick volunteered me as a co-organizer.
Thanks for your input Jimmy, I knew I could count on you!

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I only invite a very select group of riders. Only the wise, those who are not afraid of Mr. Heat and those who got laid on Friday night can join me.
I cannot ride with you guys for 2 of the 3 reasons Jimmy posted. I won't say what two!
Seriously, I'll see if I can make it.
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Hmmmm, it looks like Rick volunteered me as a co-organizer. OK, let's take this one by one:
- First of all, I don't know about the GMR virgins but you, bro, must get laid this Friday night. Then you'll be a lot more agreeable to a later start time.

I won't be making the ride due to schedule issues. But at the risk of sharing TMI, I'm usually really sluggish on the bike if I get laid the night before. Probably due to lack of sleep and dehydration.
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I cannot ride with you guys for 2 of the 3 reasons Jimmy posted. I won't say what two!
Seriously, I'll see if I can make it.
Genaro, Please keep in mind that Jimmy's reasons are only applicable to the 8:00AM start from the High School and do not apply to riders who start from Boulder Springs location.

Just sayin' . . .

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My first attempt last year, halfway between the shack and the village. Turned around due to time constraints.
This past July 4th, to the village. Nixed the ski lifts due to heavy holiday motorized traffic. GRR/GMR pretty much deserted on my way down.
Getting a BG Fit tomorrow.
Was thinking of losing my virginity on the ski lifts this weekend, as the little lady is going back to visit her parents in WI.

If I show, don't wait for me. Slow climber. I'll be self-sufficient.
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What kind of pace are we talking about for the poky people anyway? I've only been to the shack twice and nixed the trip to the village for time constraints one fateful evening in June.
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We are climbing to Crystal lake the same day!! Watch you for the motorcycle nuts.
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Do you have a garmin or strava or whatever trip you did to Crystal lake? I was looking for things to do at the north end of SGRT and it looks like Crystal Lake is a direct shot north but I'm not entirely positive where / how far that ride takes you.
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Do you have a garmin or strava or whatever trip you did to Crystal lake? I was looking for things to do at the north end of SGRT and it looks like Crystal Lake is a direct shot north but I'm not entirely positive where / how far that ride takes you.

Just follow hwy 39 up on strava, mapmyride or map site. From the point where the trail dumps you on to hwy 39, it is about 21 miles to the Crystal Lake turn off.

I say once you get to the west fork area, it gets a bit steeper than GMR.

few miles before CL.



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Genaro, Please keep in mind that Jimmy's reasons are only applicable to the 8:00AM start from the High School and do not apply to riders who start from Boulder Springs location.
Just sayin' . . .
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My first attempt last year, halfway between the shack and the village. Turned around due to time constraints.
This past July 4th, to the village. Nixed the ski lifts due to heavy holiday motorized traffic. GRR/GMR pretty much deserted on my way down.
Getting a BG Fit tomorrow.
Was thinking of losing my virginity on the ski lifts this weekend, as the little lady is going back to visit her parents in WI. If I show, don't wait for me. Slow climber. I'll be self-sufficient.
Hey Volosong, it was nice meeting you on the 4-th of July. Screw the ski-lifts, that road should be closed to bicycles. Join us for an easy ride to the village and for pizza and beer after the ride - Round Table on Foothill Blvd and Grand Ave in Glendora.

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What kind of pace are we talking about for the poky people anyway? I've only been to the shack twice and nixed the trip to the village for time constraints one fateful evening in June.
I can talk just for myself here. I usually make the first KOM (from the gate to the shack) in about 50 minutes, then another 55-60 minutes to the Cow Saddle (just before that steep downhill to the village). I think my buddy Rodney is about the same, don't know who else will pitch up. Rick is faster than me, but he's got a good heart and usually rides slower to encourage and help the slower riders. Of course, if you start with us at 8:00, Rick will be drinking beer at the village by the time we get there. If you've got time constraints again, you can go back through Claremont - it's about 30 minutes faster than going back through GRR/GMR.
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Just follow hwy 39 up on strava, mapmyride or map site. From the point where the trail dumps you on to hwy 39, it is about 21 miles to the Crystal Lake turn off.
And what about you, old son? Are you joining us?
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I did it once in 1:02 and again later in 100 degree heat in 1:12 or so, so what I'm hearing is I better go with the head-start crowd.

I'll work on the other requirements Friday evening.
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What kind of pace are we talking about for the poky people anyway? I've only been to the shack twice and nixed the trip to the village for time constraints one fateful evening in June.
The pace for these new GMR virgins is not going to be fast; I'm guessing 4 - 5 mph for most of the climbing. Time to the Shack will probably be 1:30 - 1:45 and time to the Village 3:00 - 3:30. There are lots of variables though.

Some virgins may decide to turn around at the Shack, others may keep pushing on . . . have to wait and see.

TrojanHorse, You are welcome to join us at the 7:00AM start (as is volosong) and Beanz, though Beanz is fast enough to wait for the 8:00AM start with JimmyNH and Rodney. Linda and Lou Ann will both be there, starting at 7:00AM, but I'm not sure if they will stay with the virgins or hammer up the climb (as they are both very capable).

Also, volosong, my time from Mt. Baldy Village is about an hour to the summit of the ski lift climb, or a bit under on a good day, just FYI.

Should be fun in either case!

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Aw shucks! Planning to go up there with some virgins, me included, next week. Will it hurt?
Malibu/Latigo Canyon await us tomorrow. !Have fun!
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I'll shoot for the 7 am mass start... if by some chance I get to pass somebody on a hill, well great... that's a pretty rare occurrence for me. I won't have time constraints tomorrow, looking forward to it.
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I'll shoot for the 7 am mass start... if by some chance I get to pass somebody on a hill, well great... that's a pretty rare occurrence for me. I won't have time constraints tomorrow, looking forward to it.
Okay, that's great TrojanHorse, See you at Boulder Springs! Try to get there before 7:00AM since that's actually the "click-in" / depart time.

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Hey Jimmy-

After the ride up GMR Saturday, I'd expect nothing less than you getting laid again post ride, then showing up for the group ride on Sunday with fresh legs! I'm dying to do a GMR ride; never been up there. Working Saturdays is for the birds! Have a safe ride everyone!
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Hey Jimmy-

After the ride up GMR Saturday, I'd expect nothing less than you getting laid again post ride, then showing up for the group ride on Sunday with fresh legs! I'm dying to do a GMR ride; never been up there. Working Saturdays is for the birds! Have a safe ride everyone!
Hey Brian, can you call in sick?
Pick up a Sunday that works for you and we can do a GMR Sunday ride. I know quite a few people who prefer Sundays for this ride.
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The pace for these new GMR virgins is not going to be fast; I'm guessing 4 - 5 mph for most of the climbing. Time to the Shack will probably be 1:30 - 1:45 and time to the Village 3:00 - 3:30. There are lots of variables though.

Also, volosong, my time from Mt. Baldy Village is about an hour to the summit of the ski lift climb, or a bit under on a good day, just FYI.
Thanks for the times. I'm a somewhat of a slow climber. Just checked my times on Strava and my best time for the "gate to the shack" is 1:07, and for the "GMR stop sign to Baldy Village" is 3:27, but that includes about a half hour/45 minutes visiting at the shack.

I have to take the little lady to the airport tonight for a 1:00 a.m. flight. Coming from Palmdale and with little sleep, it will be an accomplishment for me to get there by 7:00. I'll give it a good try.
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I would love to ride GMR because I've never done it. I need a bit more notice. Can we plan another ride for the fall, maybe?
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I would love to ride GMR because I've never done it. I need a bit more notice. Can we plan another ride for the fall, maybe?
for us san diego county folk, this ^

have a few days off...august 6-11...and planning on hitting gmr/grr one day, 39 (closed part) + some of hwy 2 to dawson saddle & back another and maybe hwy 2 up to mt. wilson another. missed the 4 of july gmr/grr closure ride but will def be there next year. forgot about it this year.

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Yes, we ride GMR/GRR approx once a month all year long. Will try to remember to post here . . . Jimmy will remind me!

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