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Old 12-01-08, 10:43 PM   #1
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Markleeville Death Ride on a Tandem???

Who has done this on a tandem?
How did you train?
Tips, do's and don'ts appreciated...
(I'm currently reading Dr. Arnie Baker's "Altitude Climbing Endurance Training for Cyclists")
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Old 12-02-08, 12:39 AM   #2
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Who has done this on a tandem?
How did you train?
Tips, do's and don'ts appreciated...
(I'm currently reading Dr. Arnie Baker's "Altitude Climbing Endurance Training for Cyclists")
Should be do-able if you both are in good shape.

We might do it, but it falls pretty soon after our wedding date and may not be feasible.

Our main goal for 2009 is to do Everest Challenge.

Along the way, we are planning to do 3 very hard double centuries as training and as litmus tests. Getting a couple California Triple Crown jerseys doesn't hurt either

Here's our plan for 09...

04/2009 -- Devil Mountain Double -- 206 miles with 18,600 feet
06/2009 -- Terrible Two -- 200 miles with 16,480 feet
08/2009 -- Mt. Tam Double -- 200 miles with 14,500 feet
End of Sept 09 -- Everest Challenge.
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Old 12-04-08, 11:11 AM   #3
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After doing the "Leakey Death Ride" at Hellweek, I've decided not to do any more rides with "death" in the title.

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Should be do-able if you both are in good shape.

We might do it, but it falls pretty soon after our wedding date and may not be feasible.

Our main goal for 2009 is to do Everest Challenge.

Along the way, we are planning to do 3 very hard double centuries as training and as litmus tests. Getting a couple California Triple Crown jerseys doesn't hurt either

Here's our plan for 09...

04/2009 -- Devil Mountain Double -- 206 miles with 18,600 feet
06/2009 -- Terrible Two -- 200 miles with 16,480 feet
08/2009 -- Mt. Tam Double -- 200 miles with 14,500 feet
End of Sept 09 -- Everest Challenge.
All three of those rides are more difficult than the Death Ride, with the possible exception of the Mt. Tam Double. The Terrible Two is brutal.
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All three of those rides are more difficult than the Death Ride, with the possible exception of the Mt. Tam Double. The Terrible Two is brutal.
That's what I figured.

We actually may opt to do Eastern Sierra instead of Terrible Two, since it is also close to our wedding.

DMD is for sure though
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This team did it but only the captain can comment.

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This team did it but only the captain can comment.

That is very funny!
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I didn't know Michael Rasmussen rode stoker.
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no no thats deaddy merckx....
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FWIW,

Our Everest Challenge experience: http://everestchallengex2.blogspot.com/
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I didn't know Michael Rasmussen rode stoker.
The real beauty of this stoker is that it is impossible for he/she to dope.
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The real beauty of this stoker is that it is impossible for he/she to dope.
he/she is also a lightweight!!

don't know about the power output though... unless the skeleton is possessed
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Here is the profile of the Death Ride.



I assumed that others would chime in that have done the Death Ride and offer some advice.

Here is what we can offer...We have raced in Markleeville at the Masters Championship road race this year (completely different course). The altitude affects everyone but for those that live there or at altitude. Road racing at altitude was very tough on the lungs plus this year there was a lot of smoke due to the fires.

We did not do special training other than to practice high speed climbing on hills (repeats) that were similar to those on the race course because that is where races are decided and we could easily ride the distance.

From the above profile, a reasonable local proxy would be to climb and descend Mount Diablo 5 times in a day (Note Mount Diablo is not as steep).

I know of many riders who do repeats on Mount Diablo getting ready for the Death Ride. The other choice that is more local is Mount Hamilton. Although Hamilton is longer the front side is not very steep. However, it is a good place to start. You can then go to the backside which is steeper. IMHO, repeats up long local hills are the way to prepare and there are many good choices. The number of repeats per session can be increased over time as the event approaches.
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Here's one of my double/EC prep rides that I made (starts/ends at home ) -- 160 miles with 13,800 ft

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...y-Training-SMC

Stuff like this is for steepness training -- 73 miles with 10,500 ft

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...Gladiator-Ride

Here is the ride we are doing tomorrow (typical weekend stuff, nothing crazy): 60 miles with 7,900 ft

http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...amilton-Sierra

Includes stuff like this:



And stuff like this:



In the same ride.

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