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Old 04-12-12, 08:22 AM
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+1 on this. I've ridden that stretch the other way and its easy to go over 30mph for quite a while due to the tradewinds coming through the valley.

Also, the average on the Haleakala is over 5.5% grade. That is real climbing. Other things are steeper for shorter distances, but 5.5% is not what I would consider "mild" by any stretch.

I think they key here is to get the ride done as soon as possible after arriving. There are too many ways to get distracted while you are there, and this ride requires serious effort; there is no way to take it easy.

Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Who ever did this ride is a stud. The first 32 flat miles from Kihei to Kahului is full on into the prevailing wind. This past Saturday, it was a heavy 20mph with gusts to 28. To me, that would be like adding an additional 3000 ft of climbing.
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