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Old 08-22-12, 11:18 AM   #1
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Cycling Mauna Kea - 13,800 ft in 45 miles.

I thought I would share my little adventure this month.

http://theneapolitan.blogspot.com/20...mauna-kea.html
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Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment. I'm planning a ride up Haleakala on Maui next month and you're making me feel like a slacker! Haleakala is only 36 miles and 10,023 feet from the beach to the summit, with no dirt section.
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As an aside, several people stopped to talk with me at higher elevations and after I came back down. They all asked what I was training for. I trained for this! Is there something harder?
I about fell out of my chair laughing when I read this part - nice write up & thanks for sharing.
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Congratulations! That is quite an accomplishment. I'm planning a ride up Haleakala on Maui next month and you're making me feel like a slacker! Haleakala is only 36 miles and 10,023 feet from the beach to the summit, with no dirt section.
Climbing Haleakala will be great. Make sure to fill up with water and food at the last store on the way up. Smooth ride and a nice descent. Have a great time.
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Climbing Haleakala will be great. Make sure to fill up with water and food at the last store on the way up. Smooth ride and a nice descent. Have a great time.
Thanks I can't wait. I've been studying the chainreaction.com page and the training is going well. I rode from Encanto Park (elev. 600') to Dawson Saddle (elev. 7901') on Sunday with a stop at Crystal Lake on the return (74.4 miles, 8740' of climbing). I'm in Maui for a week, so I have 6 opportunities to give it a go, so hopefully the weather will cooperate for at least one of those days.

I'm sort of picky about what I eat and drink on rides, so I've been training with a camelbak and plan to use one on the ride. Every write-up I've read recommends full finger gloves, arm warmers and a jacket for the descent, so it makes sense to use one anyway.
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Guess I missed this one the first time around. Great writeup and photos. Riding all that way just to have to tackle a steep dirt road has gotta be rough.

I keep telling my wife this is the leverage she has to get me to do a family vacation in Hawaii (pre-cycling, I didn't really feel the need to go back after our first visit). Hopefully she's listening.
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Looks like a nice ride. Congrats.
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Wow, what an effort. I was just in Kona and rented a bike for two days. Got in three rides. I had aspirations of climbing Koloko? I think it was; but just climbing Hina Lani wasted me. That was only about 1400 feet in 3.4 miles with some small flat sections.
Seems everything there except Quen K involved a lot of climbing.
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Mauna Kea is on a total other level than Haleakala. Kudos to you sir!
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Wow, what an effort. I was just in Kona and rented a bike for two days. Got in three rides. I had aspirations of climbing Koloko? I think it was; but just climbing Hina Lani wasted me. That was only about 1400 feet in 3.4 miles with some small flat sections.
Seems everything there except Quen K involved a lot of climbing.
On the Big Island, you are either going up/down or around. Not much straight and flat, but lots of nice roads for riding.
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