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Bone Head 05-30-08 12:16 PM

'One Helluva Ride' (OHR) Elevation profile ??
Does anyone know of a link to the elevation profile for the "One Helluva Ride" (OHR) held by The Ann Arbor Bicycle Touring Society (AABTS)

I'm getting ready for my 2nd century ever (1st was 6 weeks ago.) Being a "Flatlander" in coastal Virginia, I have no experience with climbing and I'm concerned with the "moderately rolling terrain." I rode the 'Covered Bridge Metric Century' near Lancaster, PA last year and the "rolling hills" killed me-had to walk up 4 hills!!
The only local training opportunity is the high-rise bridge (Pungo Ferry Bridge) over the inter-coastal waterway. Any thoughts/advice to help this Clydesdale turn into a Mountain Goat in 6 weeks would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance

Tom Stormcrowe 05-30-08 02:52 PM

Ride hard against as much of a headwind as you can find. Look for a hill.......any hill and run windsprints up it over and over. Man, you live in some flat country! 1 inch rise per mile average! :eek:

scelia 05-30-08 03:09 PM

You could plot the route in and it will give you an elevation profile.

Air 05-30-08 05:33 PM

Get as much weight on the bike as possible to train - extra water, bricks, drag something (tire) behind you.

Bone Head 05-31-08 06:12 AM

Thanks to all for the assistance.

I don't have the route for this year's OHR but I did find the route for 2006 on MapMyRide. I'm sure it is nearly the same. It looks do-able.

I guess I'll be getting intimate with the Pungo Ferry Bridge. I'll have to park the road bike & begin training on the MTB. I'll lower the air pressure and strap some sandbags to the frame. I thought my big butt would be enough training weight. Dragging a tire is a good idea -- should i use a 650 or 700??:lol:

Seriously, I appreciate all the input and will use the training tips/tricks to varing degrees.

Tom Stormcrowe 05-31-08 08:21 AM

Air 05-31-08 09:34 AM


Originally Posted by Bone Head (Post 6792170)
Dragging a tire is a good idea -- should i use a 650 or 700??:lol:

(not me, just found it online)

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