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Old 04-24-11, 08:03 PM   #1
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New climb videos-2 tough climbs

I read about some hard climbs near Newcastle/Auburn in Placer County, so naturally I had to do them The first one wasn't as hard as a certain owner of a certain LBS led me to believe:

Here's the Garmin data for the entire ride: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/81350751

Ridge Road climb (the "easy" one, but some good footage in here anyway-be sure to listen to the dialogue between me and the riders I caught up to):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyKjhQc9Qbk

Chili Hill Road. This was steep and Painful! Maximum grade was 17% according to my Garmin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnT0vfuP3iY

Glenview Road. The last steep, painful climb with grades up to 19%:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22q2zixhX18
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Old 04-24-11, 11:58 PM   #2
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Good job! And thanks for sharing.
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You are not only a freight train pulling up hill.
You're a steam engine to boot.
Way to hang in on those hills.
They make me shudder just looking at them
and hearing you work.
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Excellent work, but be careful with that heart rate.
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HR over 200?? OMG...be careful!

Strong work, though - you made it look easy, too!!
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Well done - the last video makes me tired just watching.....pretty countryside!
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Thanks all Don't worry about the heart rate I've always been able to push my heart rate to well over 200. When I was in my twenties I used a local hill to find my maximum HR. It was 215. Now I'm sure it's a few beats lower, but according to the Garmin page from yesterday's ride, the maximum HR I reached was 204.

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You are not only a freight train pulling up hill.
You're a steam engine to boot.
Way to hang in on those hills.
They make me shudder just looking at them
and hearing you work.
LOL! Thanks I am a big fan of raw footage on climb videos for that reason While I might add music to a more "boring" easy flat ride video, I will never put music on a climb video because I enjoy the sights and sounds of a good sufferfest. I love climbing, so that's why I'm always on YouTube searching for other people's climb videos. A good raw ride video is almost like being there
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Great videos. Thanks for posting. You have a lot of beautiful places to ride. Is this series of vids near your home? Also by looking at the "For Sale" signs, it could be Anderson, SC. So much for sale and nothing seems to be moving.
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Great videos. Thanks for posting. You have a lot of beautiful places to ride. Is this series of vids near your home? Also by looking at the "For Sale" signs, it could be Anderson, SC. So much for sale and nothing seems to be moving.
Thank you This is in Newcastle, which is in the foothills about 25 miles away from me. Here's a picture from the top of Glenview Road, which is the next to last climb I did on the ride, and in the last video:


Specialized Sirrus at top of Glenview Road climb by kittyz202, on Flickr

At the top of Chili Hill Road I saw a father taking pictures of his son who was climbing the hill on his bike. I told him I recorded video of my climb and he liked that When his son got to the top of the hill he noticed my camera setup too and wanted to know more so he could record his rides. I told him about the camera and mount, and that I would be posting the good climbs on YouTube later on that evening. His father said his son loves watching cycling videos on YouTube and that he was trying to get him into cycling. I told him he has a climber's build and he agreed. He said his son had the Andy Schleck look

When I got home I noticed I had a new subscriber. Then when I uploaded the first video it got a view and a thumbs-up right away. It was the kid I met on the hill
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Your videos make me so jealous, they all look like amazing places to ride
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Your videos make me so jealous, they all look like amazing places to ride
They are wonderful roads I love going up there and getting away from all the typical urban BS. No sirens, no screeching tires, no drama, nice clean air that smells so good, and of course great scenery. Takes my mind off the suffering on a good climb
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Your videos make me so jealous, they all look like amazing places to ride
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I wish there were real hills near Kiev! I envy you, but at the same time I'm happy for you, and Mr.Beanz, and others who keep bragging about your lovely hills. Joking, keep the videos coming!
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Maybe it's all relative, but I continue to think you're too hard on yourself. You appear to be a good climber to me - just look at all the cyclists who you passed who had stopped for breaks along the way! Maybe no polka dot jersey, but yeesh...

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I wish there were real hills near Kiev! I envy you, but at the same time I'm happy for you, and Mr.Beanz, and others who keep bragging about your lovely hills. Joking, keep the videos coming!
Thanks Will definitely do! I have another new hill to try this weekend-Baxter Grade. It's supposed to be long and hard-oops, that sounded pretty bad, didn't it?

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Maybe it's all relative, but I continue to think you're too hard on yourself. You appear to be a good climber to me - just look at all the cyclists who you passed who had stopped for breaks along the way! Maybe no polka dot jersey, but yeesh...
Thank you If you're talking about the guy with the blue jersey who you see at the top of the Ridge Road climb and in the middle of the Chili Hill Road climb, he was the father of the kid who was standing on the side of the road on Chili Hill. I talked to both of them at the top of Chili Hill Road. The kid is just getting into cycling and was very interested in my camera setup, as he wants to start recording his rides too. I did this ride with a female friend of mine who told me later that the kid took a few breaks for water during the Chili Hill climb. Understandable, considering he's a beginning cyclist riding a low-end road bike on a steep climb. The father was taking pictures of him as he climbed. Very friendly people, and I look forward to seeing his ride videos

If you look closely you can see my friend climbing Indian Hill Road in the picture I posted. I took the picture right before we climbed Glenview Road, which parallels Indian Hill Road and summits where I was standing.
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