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Old 06-09-10, 02:10 PM
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Mt Evans racers, what's your training?

(yes, a crosspost from Mountains-Plains)

I'm doing the Mt Evans Hill climb (http://bicyclerace.com) this year (first time), and 5-ish weeks of training left I'm curious how you're training for it, and also your expected tactics on race day. Short description: 28mi hill climb, 6600ft elevation, starting elevation 7500ft.

I'm not a greyhound or mountain goat (just shy of 200lbs), so I know I won't be in contention, so I'm thinking I treat it as a TT, though if I align with a group or two that's a bonus. My goal is 3hrs.

So, other than lots of trips up High Grade between now and then, what other pain should I be mixing in?
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If you're not in the running, then just work on fitness, acclimatization, and maybe some weight loss (I dropped 13 lbs in 5 weeks). Spend time sleeping at altitude if you can.

For strategy, don't lose contact with the main field until after Echo Lake. It's shallow enough down there to get some real help with drafting.

Have you ridden it yet? If not, do that. Leave Idaho Spgs at 6:30 am with a backpack full of winter clothes (wait until July to do this though). You change at the top and get down before the storms hit.
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If you're not in the running, then just work on fitness, acclimatization, and maybe some weight loss (I dropped 13 lbs in 5 weeks). Spend time sleeping at altitude if you can.

For strategy, don't lose contact with the main field until after Echo Lake. It's shallow enough down there to get some real help with drafting.

Have you ridden it yet? If not, do that. Leave Idaho Spgs at 6:30 am with a backpack full of winter clothes (wait until July to do this though). You change at the top and get down before the storms hit.
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Are you in the citizen's race, or USCF category? The citizen's race has a large field so starting near the front is useful if you want to turn in a good time. The licensed racer fields aren't so large.

You're already at altitude. Just don't spend a week at sea level right before the race.

Bring food that you can eat without chewing. Not breathing for just a few chews of a piece of bar at 11,000' made me dizzy. It took minutes to catch my breath. But live close to sea level and drove to CO the monday before the race, which isn't the best preparation.
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Agreed with ride it at least once before the race (either from Idaho Springs preferably, or from Bergen Park).

Other than that, if you live in Denver, do a set of mid-week repeats up Lookout Mountain between now and then (at least 3 in a session).

For race-day, try to stay with the main group for the first few miles out of Idaho Springs -- the relatively flat road makes it so that the speed can be pretty good through there. Other than that, just settle into your rythmn and save some energy to pick up the tempo on the flat spots (Echo Lake and Summit Lake)
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its one of my a-races

not really doing a ton of altitude specific work, just a lot of long climbing, and have some 2x20s and 3x20s planned on trail ridge.

ive ridden it many many times including doing the race last year and in addiition to the "get to the fron of the citizens heat" suggestion, best advice is to know the course well. the last couple of miles are a head****.
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Bring food that you can eat without chewing. Not breathing for just a few chews of a piece of bar at 11,000' made me dizzy. It took minutes to catch my breath. .
oh god i brought sport beans once. worst idea.
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the last couple of miles are a head****.
Oh yea, I'd forgotten.

"I'm done!" wrong.
"I'm done!' wrong again.
oh carp the finish must be another mile, hope I get there before I die.
hey what, its right here!
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Thanks guys, I 'perciate it. I'm definitely planning on at least one pre-ride; I'm in the 35+ 4s, so a smaller field. My expectation is I'll more or less hang for the first few miles until the curves below Echo Lake, then it's a TT from there. Like I said, my goal is 3hrs, but a pre-ride will put that into perspective. I've seen the roads up to Echo Lake, but not past. Should be entertaining....

badhat, I expect you'll ride to the race, place top-10, then ride home? yabasterd --I'll be up on Trail Ridge the last weekend in June fwiw....
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Originally Posted by superdex View Post
Thanks guys, I 'perciate it. I'm definitely planning on at least one pre-ride; I'm in the 35+ 4s, so a smaller field. My expectation is I'll more or less hang for the first few miles until the curves below Echo Lake, then it's a TT from there. Like I said, my goal is 3hrs, but a pre-ride will put that into perspective. I've seen the roads up to Echo Lake, but not past. Should be entertaining....

badhat, I expect you'll ride to the race, place top-10, then ride home? yabasterd --I'll be up on Trail Ridge the last weekend in June fwiw....
dex, just saw the cross post. let me know when youre going to pre-ride. i may join ya
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dex, just saw the cross post. let me know when youre going to pre-ride. i may join ya
rmcc is doing a golden to mt evans and back ride, prolly going to use it as my training/pre-ride...

RMCC Mt. Evans Challenge
“Colorado's Ultimate Hillclimb Event”
Single event; Pre-registration encouraged.
--46 miles (9000 vertical feet). Sat, Jun 26. Sign-in: 5:00 am, Depart 6:00. Start: Golden. Course: Golden, Lookout Mountain, Bergen Park, Squaw Pass, Echo Lake, Mt. Evans Summit. (Note, we will ride back, but we are only taking times to the top).
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