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Old 06-17-10, 12:29 PM
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2010 Tour of the Catskills

July 30 - Aug 1.

Who's going to be there? I just reg'd for the Cat 4B group.

Anyone have any experience regarding this race or some good reports to share? Google search turned up very little that was helpful.
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Old 06-17-10, 01:23 PM
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Calling DennisD!
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Old 06-17-10, 01:34 PM
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I'll be there. I used to live right in that area, and ride up there most thursdays. Devil's Kitchen is insane. The best tactic for that stage is climb faster than the other guys...
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I was there last year, but I can't offer too much in terms of intel. The opening TT is a 2.3 mile hill climb. Nothing too steep in my opinion, but hilly enough such that I didn't think there was any benefit to using a TT bike and aero helmet.
Mechanicals and stomach issues wreaked havoc for me in stage 2, and as a result I've blocked out most of those memories and it also forced me to skip stage 3. I'm looking forward to a more successful attempt this year!

As for Devil's Kitchen, I've never done it (and it wasn't part of the course last year) and I'm interested to know if special gearing is required. The race promoter told me that you need at least a 39X25, but I'm curious if anyone else has any additional insight.
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sorry no intel. i'm in the 4s, no teammates, totally out of my league. it's my first stage race so i'm using it for the experience and to test myself.
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I do the Kitchen with my 25. Its not fun, but its certainly doable. A 27 is definitely a plus.
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I was there last year, but I can't offer too much in terms of intel. The opening TT is a 2.3 mile hill climb. Nothing too steep in my opinion, but hilly enough such that I didn't think there was any benefit to using a TT bike and aero helmet.
Mechanicals and stomach issues wreaked havoc for me in stage 2, and as a result I've blocked out most of those memories and it also forced me to skip stage 3. I'm looking forward to a more successful attempt this year!

As for Devil's Kitchen, I've never done it (and it wasn't part of the course last year) and I'm interested to know if special gearing is required. The race promoter told me that you need at least a 39X25, but I'm curious if anyone else has any additional insight.
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how does the Kitchen compare to East Mountain Road at Killington?
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Ah, I didn't do Killington so I couldn't tell you.

The kitchen is rolling uphill that averages something stupid, like 14-15% over 2 miles. The easy parts are 6-7% and last a couple hundred meters, the hard parts are like 30%+ and last the same amount of time. Its a bit ridiculous, and its hard to get into a rhythm on. Its one of the few climbs around that hurts my upper body more than my lower body.
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Sounds like a hell of a time. Toughest climbing I've done yet was Six Gap in Georgia. Can't wait to see how this compares.
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Good luck everyone, Joe most directly! (teammates, you know)

Glad not to be doing this, now that I hear of the madness of this climb.
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I and my friend went to ride stage 2. End up riding 78 mi. including Devils Kitchen. It is a tough climb but nothing near 30%. The steepest section is 22%, averaging 12%. I climbed it without stopping on 34x26. Iím 50 years old.

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Ah, I didn't do Killington so I couldn't tell you.

The kitchen is rolling uphill that averages something stupid, like 14-15% over 2 miles. The easy parts are 6-7% and last a couple hundred meters, the hard parts are like 30%+ and last the same amount of time. Its a bit ridiculous, and its hard to get into a rhythm on. Its one of the few climbs around that hurts my upper body more than my lower body.
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