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    GMR SoCal Clyde/Athena Ride Report

    TODAY.....was one of the best rides of my life! No, I didn't set a PR on GMR, I didn't climb faster than I ever have in my life, no I did not top the billboard on Strava. What did happen was that I had a chance to ride with one of the best groups ever assembled for an assault on GMR. A group of Clydes and Athenas from bike forums.

    Not just any group but a group of riders that I would consider riding against all odds. There were riders that had said they could never do a climb like GMR. Riders that said they walked up lesser hills. Riders that may have been intimidated by the mention of the mountain climb. But today, we freaking kicked butt on the ride. No we didn't break any speed records but what we did do was break the record for the most encouragement in a single climbing group of those fighting against our disadvantages as Clydes and Athenas.

    There was PhotoJoe. A dude completing the ride after a major battle with cancer. Uh yeah, I got stung by a bee on a ride yesterday so my quad was all ouchie today. But freakin' PhotoJoe had his hamstring removed and GMR was on his comeback list. I am ashamed of myself, my bee sting, and sorry for using the "F" word Ma!

    AHultin from the SSD area. He posted about a year ago that he couldn't do a climb like GMR. Guess what, he did it without any kind of resistance. The dude floated up the climb. CommuteCommando, I'll try it but I'm not sure. The dude skated up the road!

    The ride organizer (suggested, same thing I say ha ha!) BeachGrad05. The lady walked up a hill on an organized ride. OK, that is cool but darn it, you rode every inch of GMR today! Lady, you got the bragging rights in your club now. You are Da Bomb! It was cool as we nobody ever said, "I have to stop!". It was more like this group read each other like a book. We'd climb then we'd take a short break. No stress, no sweat, everybody was on the same page even though we might be on different levels. It was like a natural um, um I can't describe it!

    So anyway the group climbs and as I mentioned, not knowing the road can affect the mind. That was more the reason for a break than fatigue. We took a few more breaks than usual but once these people know where they are on the road, it's on baby! Every one of these riders will go non stop to the shack no sweat. Not to say that they couldn't have today if they had known the course. We did stop but everybody stopped as a group. It was great, no attitude, no I'm better than you, nada! We did have a few veterans with us. TrojanHorse who has posted decent times on Strava. Herb who has raced up GMR n the past. Alyce and Gina that have done it quite a few times but fit right into today's routine.

    It was sweet! The experienced riders stayed right there with us the entire time. I was worried that if one rider faltered, we'd be left far behind as my intentions were to hang back if anyone should. But NO, everybody stayed together and the big dogs of the group were right there encouraging all of the riders. BeachGrad05 called the ride a first timers virgin ride and we treated it so. THIS ....is what I like! Togetherness, encouragement, support, it was all there today!

    The people were great! Humor, friendliness, but no competition, pure motivation! The more I think about this ride, the more hyped I get, I'm speechless. Never, never have I been on a ride designated as a first timers, I'll help ya out ride without any ego whatsoever! Man, I got tears in my eyes!

    Thanks to all for making it a success. As far as the ride? Do not put any faith in TrojanHorse weather forecasts ha ha! His mid seventies forecast turned out to be 91 degrees when we hit the shack. OK, so Gina balled me out and said I tricked her into the ride with false temps. Baby, it wasn't me, I was framed! You know what, now that I think of it, Gina had attitude. But she was the only one ha ha!

    So the group climbed as if it were 72. A little dark and cool looking at the start but by the first mile after the gate, I was dripping with sweat. Pretty humid and I'm usually not much of a shweaty person. We all agreed that it was getting hot and quick, there was no denying it but it didn't seem to affect anybody. Especially that dude Commute Commando. Everybody was glossy with sweat but the dude's face was D-R-Y. He mentioned something about having his sweat glands removed. I thought he was kidding but now I am not so sure.

    Taking pics on this ride as usual. Wow, I just pretty much point and shoot but I really like this set. Along with the video footage. Maybe the thing that makes it look so sweet (my opinion) is that plenty of times we were all in line and together. It was how do they say it nowadays, "tight". Or was that the 70's? Wow, I am getting so old ha ha!

    Anyway, we did get a chance to meet Genaro and JusRelax at the start. I've known Genaro for a while now bu tit was coll that he made an appearance to say hello to the new faces. Along with JusRelax. Pretty supportive guy on the forum and on Strava. Yeah we appreciate it all guys! The two had us outclassed so they took off on their long journeys leaving us behind. No problem but I'd say with the way these newbs climbed GMR today, you guys better watch out ha ha! Just kidding! ;-)

    Dang, I'm still smiling!

    This video:

    PhotoJoe
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    Couple of shots from the ride!




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    That is so cool. Great job to all of you.

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    Absolutely. Beanz, thanks for the video, as usual.

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    Nice job everybody. Cool to see names put to faces, and rubber put to the road.

    Beanz for prez?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertical bob View Post
    That is so cool. Great job to all of you.
    Hey Bob, you better watch out, there is a new breed of climbers coming your way.

    Excellent people and attitudes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmX View Post
    Nice job everybody. Cool to see names put to faces, and rubber put to the road.

    Beanz for prez?
    Hey man, you were the subject of a discussion on the ride. Be happy, everybody says you are as real as it gets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyThePinhead View Post
    Absolutely. Beanz, thanks for the video, as usual.
    Thanks for watching, now watch the second one ha ha!.........music vid

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    Great vids and great pics, thanks Beanz! It was a blast and I'm already looking forward to the next ride up the mountain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by psalm View Post
    Great vids and great pics, thanks Beanz! It was a blast and I'm already looking forward to the next ride up the mountain.
    Nice job today and dude, you took some cool pics! I think I found a model.

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    Awsome ride report Beanz. Nice meeting everyone else at the base of the climb!

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    Looks like fun!
    May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

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    Great videos, Mr. Beanz. It looks like everyone had a good time. I'd still like to do this in the fall with a little later start for those coming from San Diego.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Great videos, Mr. Beanz. It looks like everyone had a good time. I'd still like to do this in the fall with a little later start for those coming from San Diego.
    No kidding! I'd like a later start for those of us living up here too!

    We did have a contingent from North County though, so it's doable - CommuteCommando and ahultin carpooled. The 7 am start was supposed to let us beat the heat but unfortunately, the weather people lied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Great videos, Mr. Beanz. It looks like everyone had a good time. I'd still like to do this in the fall with a little later start for those coming from San Diego.
    Thanks! Hey, I never have a problem with later starts.

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    I brought my GoPro and managed to get video of the climb almost to the Shack. I am still learning how to make good ones but here is my crack at the GMR Clyde/Athena Virgin ride:

    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    Great videos, Mr. Beanz. It looks like everyone had a good time. I'd still like to do this in the fall with a little later start for those coming from San Diego.
    No kidding! I'd like a later start for those of us living up here too!

    We did have a contingent from North County though, so it's doable - CommuteCommando and ahultin carpooled. The 7 am start was supposed to let us beat the heat but unfortunately, the weather people lied.
    And we had one crazy dude ride to the ride from Whittier, and another from Santa Clarita on only one hamstring.
    As much as you paid for that Beemer [Mercedies, Audi, Escalade], I'm surprised it didn't come equipped with turn signals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuteCommando View Post
    And we had one crazy dude ride to the ride from Whittier, and another from Santa Clarita on only one hamstring.
    1) Just to clarify, the dude (TrojanHorse) did ride from Whittier...and he IS crazy.

    2) I am missing a hamstring...and a brain....but I did not ride from Santa Clarita. Just wanted to clarify that.

    3) I am crazy, too.

    4) Yesterday was the best ride I've ever had. Great group of people, complete support for and from everyone involved and we succeeded at our goal. AMAZING day!
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    Great video and ride report, Mr.! It looks like you somehow associate GMR with the Rolling Stones. If it is not "Waiting on a friend" it will be "Sympathy for the devil". Never heard this version - it sounds like Mick Jagger but it must be from his more ...hmmm... mature years.
    You guys rock. I'm sure for some of you, facing this hill was something like let's say... me facing Beanz in a boxing match. (No, I'm not that crazy ). Great job everyone!
    I liked Beachgrad's video too, but still Beanz gets the perfect 10 because of the music choice (of course I'm biased ). But keep trying Beachgead and who knows - one of these days Beanz Studios might be going out of business.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyNH View Post
    Great video and ride report, Mr.! It looks like you somehow associate GMR with the Rolling Stones. If it is not "Waiting on a friend" it will be "Sympathy for the devil". Never heard this version - it sounds like Mick Jagger but it must be from his more ...hmmm... mature years.
    Sounded more like GNR covering the song to me, which I guess is perfect for a ride up GMR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    Hey Bob, you better watch out, there is a new breed of climbers coming your way.

    Excellent people and attitudes!
    Attitude is about 90% of the battle. Looked like everyone was busy making lemonade.

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    Ha ha ha Jimmy! Beachgrad is doing a great job at editing but I'm holding on hoping the music will help me out.

    I seem to pick the Stones for GMR on forum rides because I know that youtube will allow their music. The forum rides , usually GMR, are usually longer videos so I want to make sure they go through instead of loading then an hour later finding out YT disabled the vid.

    In this case it was a Stones song done by Guns N Roses. I like the song and knew it would take on YT.

    Yeah, this group was all heart! Gotta love the riders that go out and do rides that are against the odds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
    In this case it was a Stones song done by Guns N Roses. I like the song and knew it would take on YT.
    Uh, Guns N Roses! No wonder it sounded like Mick Jagger from the days the Stones were accompanied by a gerontologist.

    If the length of the song matters, I'll have to introduce you to Uriah Heep, son! "July Morning" would have been a perfect fit for this video (well, you were a few days late but I'm not going to make too much fuss about it ). Listen to David Byron: "With the strength of a new day dawning and the beautiful sun". The sun is beautiful, not something to bítch about (and to blame TrojanHorse) .

    Yeah, they don't make bands like these anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyNH View Post
    not something to bítch about (and to blame TrojanHorse) .
    Yeah, no kidding! what's up with that! It was beautiful at 5 am when *I* started riding.

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    Thanks for the complements on my attempt at ride videos. I have a ways to go to reach the polish of a Beanz production. I just got my GoPro a few weeks ago.
    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

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