I'm not sure yet, but I'm fiending for some GMR/GRR/Baldy action.
I'm not sure yet, but I'm fiending for some GMR/GRR/Baldy action.
Snowshoeing trip in Sequoia, leaving tonight and getting back on Sunday.
For some reason Rick@OCRR didn't post here but he's orchestrating a ride up to baldy starting at 8 on Saturday. I penciled myself in pending my foot doctor's reaction to my MRI (have an appt this afternoon). I'm going if I get the thumbs up and probably going even if I don't.
^ There is another group starting at Encanto at 7:30 ... we'll probably meet up with Rick's group at Boulder Springs before they leave. Their plans are to head up 39 to Islip or Dawson and head back the same way.
GMR Sat, up to the maintenance shed. I don't have the time to make it to the village. Now let's see if my out of shape legs will take me all the way up.
Yes, as noted above, a GMR/GRR ride. This one esp. to encourage riders who have been afraid to try it in the past. Here's the whole enchilada:
A GMR /GRR Ride for Inexperienced GMR Virgins as well as older and more climbing-savvy GMR/GRR riding veterans.
Saturday morning, March 30th, 2013
Okay . . . I know a lot of you have heard some of us talk about ďGMRĒ but until youíve ridden it, you donít really understand what it means. You may have told me, ďNo, thatís too difficult, I could never do that!Ē
But guess what . . . you probably can. Itís not that tough. It does sound tough on paper, ď44 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing.Ē That can seem a bit intimidating, I agree. However, once you get out there, and are actually on the climb, itís not that bad. The vast majority of it is 5 and 6% grade. Short bits go down to 4% and up to 7%, but big picture Ė 5 and 6%.
Plus, there is no risk. If you get tired, you can stop and rest. If you go up a certain distance and just canít go anymore . . . coast back down the mountain. Best of all, you canít get lost if you remember this simple instruction: When you get to an intersection, go up.Ē Easy, huh? No route sheet needed!
We start at Boulder Springs Road in Glendora. Thatís the only traffic light on Glendora Mountain Road.
The first climb is 7.6 miles, then you get a short descent and itís a bit more climbing until you get to ďThe Shed.Ē
Re-Group is at the Cal-Trans Maintenance Shed at 9.5 miles. A couple miles later is the intersection of East Fork Road, but just go up and youíll be fine. At this point you are on Glendora Ridge Road, and as the name implies, you are riding along a ridge, up , down and around.
The next real climb starts at mile 14 and goes to mile 17.5. This is the part thatís most difficult, mentally, for GMR/GRR Virgins. Physically itís no more difficult that the first 7.6 miles, but then you do have those climbing miles on your legs already. Still, itís quite do-able and the altitude at the summit of this climb is right at 5,000 ft. of elevation.
Again, if you get tired, stop and rest awhile. No shame in that. Have a GU, have a Clif bar . . . then carry on!
From this summit itís up and down again, but nothing difficult and then you have a mile long descent beginning at Cow Canyon Saddle which drops you into Mt. Baldy Village. A left turn (up, remember!) and ľ mile later you have arrived at Mt. Baldy Lodge for a wonderful breakfast (before 11:00AM) or a tasty lunch (after 11:00 AM).
Additional helpful GMR/GRR notes:
- Bring 2 full water bottles plus add a few of your favorite snacks in your jersey pockets for a snack at The Shed and beyond. There are no services between Glendora and Mt. Baldy Village.
- Bring a camera, the views from the mountain are fantastic plus youíll want a photo of you and your bike at Mt. Baldy Lodge, just to show the kids back home that you did it! If you are tired and want to stop and rest, a photo opportunity is a great excuse (not that you need one).
- Bring sun-block so you donít get burned and bring a jacket in case itís cool (it does get cooler at altitude).
About 70% of the climbing is on the way out, so only 30% (and no long climbs) on the way back.
Meet at Boulder Springs and Glendora Mountain Road at approx. 7:30AM so youíll be ready to depart at 8:00AM sharp. Arriving later is okay if you are a quick ďget ready to rideĒ kind of cyclist.
Approx. time for GMR/GRR Virgins is 2.5 to 3 hours from Glendora to Mt. Baldy Village and about 1.5 hours to ride back. We take the same route out and back. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, the rule about going up applies equally well on the return trip.
John Nguyen will be at the start (and on the ride) to help answer any last minute questions.
GMR PHOTO for Facebook.jpgRick / OCRR
Rick, I may just tag along on Saturday! See you guys then
The ride up 39 to Dawson is great, but that section from the Crystal Lake cutoff to Islip Saddle ... lets just say my tires don't like it much. That's why I prefer to turn around at Crystal Lake and head to Baldy. I'd rather get my elevation going to Baldy Village and back. Fewer rocks, a better descent, and the Baldy Lodge.
Ah, got it.
C'mon Genaro! Saddle up!
meanwhile, my foot doc says I have a torn something or other tendon... or ligament... or some dumb thing. Surgery to ensue but I reckon a couple bike rides between now and then won't kill it. See you all Saturday.
Hey, it was nice meeting some of you guys Saturday and a special thanks to Chris for holding my bike while I changed two flats.
In other news, my freehub was mis-behaving so when I got home I took the wheel apart and the end cap and free hub just slid right off the axle with no effort on my part. So yeah, that was unsettling.
All in all, a good ride, thanks for the invite Rick. Next time... lifts.
Isn't it pretty normal for that part to slide right off?
I have no idea - it doesn't on any of my other wheels and I didn't notice any sort of looseness when i installed the cassette the first time (I've had the wheel for about a month).
It seems like the end cap is supposed to have some sort of friction holding it on so I suppose there's an oring or some sort of doohickey missing or damaged.
Whoa .... and look at the wear on those splines. Never seen that before.
My easton free hub body actually looks worse.
looks like there's a groove for a snap ring to hold the free hub onto the shaft......i'm not sure if there's supposed to be one but it sure looks like it. I think if your cassette is tight on the freehub it shouldn't cause that much damage, mine's aluminum and doesnt look like that, especially considering its only a month old.
The wheel is not a month old, I've only had it for a month. It came to me previously loved from a friend of mine.
I emailed Saris, if I hear anything interesting I'll post an update.
Hey Trojan, Nice riding with you and others on Saturday. Sorry about your bad luck with your flats.
I rode most of the way from the Shack to village with "Steffan" (think that is his name) been up riding all night and doing a double. Did anyone get a report if he made it home ok that night ? He was pretty fried.
Surprise guest appearance from Calamarichris was awsome!
Heres my ride.
I can't wait to move. I will be so much closer to the base of GMR, so I will easily be able to do this ride from home.
Hey thanks Genaro & Sean--delighted to see you there too. Great bunch, those Rebels.
Lauretta and I took a pile of pictures; I'll have those up here later this afternoon. So beautiful up there this time of year and it was pretty much room temperature outside all day. I hope we can do a few more of those rides before it gets too hot.
He had us kinda worried, cuz he was just sitting by the side of the road, a bit dazed. We chatted a bit and suggested that he get up to the Coldbrook Campground for a nap. I dunno if he did that or not, but he arrived back home at about 2AM Sunday morning.
The guy's an animal, but we were both more than a bit worried about him.