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Old 08-15-10, 09:14 PM
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as seen at mile 12, i turned onto shawmont the wrong way and took a 0.6 mile climb to ridge that averaged a 13% grade. gps claims it was 32% at one point, but the grade for much of it was reliably in the upper teens and twenties. my gearing in inches is only in the 60s, but that was insane without granny gears.

overall, i ended up heading north from valley forge going to collegeville for 71 miles fixed, which is my longest ride yet. trying to eat a 125 calorie half of a powerbar every seven miles worked well for me. as opposed to my bonktastic 500 calorie 67 mile ride, i consumed 1500 calories and felt pretty fresh at the end, but having run out of food, red wine and red meat called me home. admittedly, a good bit of that freshness is due to the slow pace and breaks my geared friend needed, but im optimistic about the scenic schuylkill century.

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