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I can't climb and do not sprint well so I over compensate with bad form and lack of endurance
2008 Wilier Mortorolio - 2008 Stumpjumper Hardtail - 1986 Paramount
I'll pay up in pitchers & pies if you ever want to meet for pizza & brew, and a ride when it cools back down.
They're opening a new Pizza Port right up here in Bressi Ranch/Carlsbad, a five-iron's distance from my work. (Just when I was starting to get back down to race weight. Ah well, when Allah gives you lemons...)
Found some feedback from Etape. Looks like it was an extreme sufferfest that started with poor planning and clinched by the weather. People towards the tail end complaining about aid stations running out of food and electrolytes; unmarked turns (one group made it past Warner Springs before realizing they were going wrong way); and then slowest riders were done in by the heat and the incline of Cole Grade. Here's a very succinct review: http://app.strava.com/activities/53708839
I suspect that many non-locals taking the long route were misled into thinking that they were done climbing at the top of Palomar, and took off without proper hydration. The ones taking the short route had 32 miles between the aid station on Mesa Grande and the aid station in Valley Center.
I would guess that some people who are not local and or avid cyclists also came out because of all the hoop-law? I think the heat just made things worst but all manners?
Yeah, I tried to save up for Cole Grade, but it was a hot, dry day and I didn't have but one match left by then. Not the toughest I've ever done, but it was up there.
It really did not help that the guy giving the rider safety briefing was pretty jocularly HTFU about it, saying, "After you descend Palomar, there's just one little roller left up Cole Grade, but you guys'll be able to big-ring it, right??"
I thought about correcting him, but no one likes a smartass who corrects the teacher.
I suspect the low-turnout caused them to do a quick adjustment on expenditures. The last two years have seen fields of 1500+, but this one barely made it over 500. Perhaps because the Diablo l'Etape bled off a few sissies looking for an easier way to score an 'Etape T-shirt?
What a tough finish to the TOC today. As riders went over, they had to be propped up by helpers. The road is 22% at the line! It's hard to walk over there..it's easier to actually take a little trolly from the parking lot 100 yards down than to walk to the buildings.
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Watching the event on NBC sports, I was very surprised how fast they flew up Palomar and how SHATTERED the group was on Cole grade. BTW I hate Cole grade everytime I ride Palomar from my house, but it's the safer way out of the valley, not the best though.
I don't think they had even 500. Their results page reports 317 people making it to the top of Palomar. Lost some people to Mount Diablo and maybe some Angelenos sat it out because it's kind of on the periphery of SoCal.
Blame it on the heat, yeah yeah...
Congrats on keeping the water weight down, I'd filled it back up w/ beer by now
I'm convinced recovery burns up a fair amount of energy.
I think our going up the 78 (instead of Highland Valley Road) is what cut down a lot of the climbing.
I'm looking forward to doing the Pie Ride in the proper clockwise fashion here soon, as soon as it cools back down again.
Chris congratulations on the finish. A friend of mine rode it and over the last couple months I rode with him as he trained. He wanted me to ride it but that last Cole Grade climb would have done me in. He turned 61 on Saturday and that was his "birthday present" to himself.
Man, I didn't even know there was a L'Etape, how do you guys find out about these events?!
And thanks Matt! The real rider is your friend. Cole Grade was a ballbreaker; I can't imagine doing it again in 17 years.
Stage 3 starts about a mile from my house, but I couldn't get off work to attend/watch. I'm getting a hoot out of the comments on the cyclingnews live feed. They are going on and on about the wind, tumbleweeds, cowboys, and nice houses out in the middle of nowhere. Just another typical day in the Antelope Valley.
"Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia'".
- Vizzini during his "battle of wits" with the Man in Black
I was at finish area for Stage 2. OMG it was brutally hot just standing there... I felt really bad for the riders...suffering doesn't do justice to how they looked.
Lots! Need to upload to photobucket but here is a taste
Winner Janier Acevedo
Not sure name
Team Cannondale and Peter Sagan
Watching those guys positively KEEL OVER at the top was enlightening! Wow! What a brutal stage that turned out to be.
It was extremely brutal. We felt bad for them as they passed especially the later ones. They were waving all over the road and the pain/exhaustion was so visible
I couldn't help but think there was a more level stretch to put the finish line. They were so spent once across the line yet it still looked like a 15% incline.
It was 22% from what I know at finish line....it was a steep incline from where we were standing and went beyond the finish...hence the guys grabbing them immediately after crossing it...
just below where we stood was a sort of flatter section that could have been used tho not sure how much it would have helped them