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Old 06-22-11, 08:29 AM
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Leaving for Garrett County Gran Fondo

Wish me luck. Metric Century with 8,000 ft of climbing!

http://www.winthefight.org/granfondo/

My personal donation page if you are so inclined: http://www.winthefight.org/fundraiser.html?id=3271 (It default prompts to $50 but you can change it to any amount)
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Old 06-22-11, 09:25 AM
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Good luck. I did the NY Gran Fondo back in May. 101 miles and I think my computer showed 8800' of vertical. It was fun looking back, but not fun until I crossed the finished line and realized I had done it!
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Old 06-22-11, 09:35 AM
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Good luck. I live nearby and thought about doing this fondo, but I haven't yet been riding long enough (and haven't had time to train enough) to handle those hills. So I'm doing the much easier Bay-To-Bay century instead, on the same weekend.

I'll be curious to know what it's like, and perhaps I'll brave it next year...
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Old 06-22-11, 09:51 AM
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I almost did the Bay to Bay last time around but was not ready for it yet(like I'm ready for this fiasco ). I get back home to do stupid stuff like this occasionally
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Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
I get back home to do stupid stuff like this occasionally
By "get back home" do you mean you work out-of-state? I work in Virginia Beach, bring the bike down, and ride with a club down here. Nice rides, but the area is as flat as a billiards table.

I'm looking forward to the Bay-To-May, but suspect it will be a teeny event compared with a fondo...
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I grew up in Western Md and was at the Deep Creek/ McHenry/ Wisp area all the time. I remember when the top of Squirrel Cage was like 40 feet wide. I now live in Tennessee and get back there 1-3 times a year.
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Hang on---Aren't you the one that was happy with his old Cannondale and happy doing just 30 mile rides a few months ago? ? ? ? ?

Surprising what this forum can do to people.

Hope you enjoy the ride and we want pics.
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Have fun! I was thinking of doing this ride, but Bike Virginia conflicts with it.
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Hang on---Aren't you the one that was happy with his old Cannondale and happy doing just 30 mile rides a few months ago? ? ? ? ?

Surprising what this forum can do to people.

Hope you enjoy the ride and we want pics.
Smart ass . Something tells me 30-mile, flat rides will be very welcomed again . If it weren't for my buddies back home and this being a charity, I'd not think of doing this to myself.
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My thanks to those that donated. I see your names listed but it does not correspond to user names. You and God know who you are. Thanks!
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Got a mount for the bike to take video from my cell phone(1080p HD). Will link to You Tube when done. Should be some great scenery.
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Best of luck. Garrett County is beautiful. I go fishing down there, but can't even imagine riding those hills. Will look forward to the video.
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Hope your Gran Fondo ride went much better than mine. Not a total failure but not my best day on the bike for sure. Got serious cramps at mile 38. The Hammer Nutrition guy jumped out of a support car and gave me some stuff that really helped reduce the cramping. Got back in the hunt but the the cramps returned several times during the ride. Small comfort that many were experiencing cramping during the ride.

The infamous hill "Killer Miller" got me and many others that had to do the same I had to relent to the cramps and walk the bike up about 1/4th of the hill. This is something I have not done for years.

Anyway got to the split point and dropped down from the double metric ride and finished the century(real slow). Cramping would not go away no matter how much fluids and electrolytes I got in my system. Sans the cramps I feel like I could have done much better. SW Pa being my home base, I have gained a new respect for the "hills" of Western Maryland. We have many climbs that are just as steep but they are much longer. All the rides at this event are very tough. My computer showed 102 miles and 12,250 of elevation gain. On the first 60 miles there are only 2 directions you ride, either up or down a big hill. Very few flat runs.

The ride was well organized and the aid stations well stocked, scenery is great when you are not in oxygen debt. Post ride meal was also good. Going to try again next year with some more serious hill work before the ride. My wife got a chuckle when I got home. She commented that "you guys consider yourselves the kings of hill climbing and this ride did you in!"

A 50+ comment, I looked around at the start of the double metric and thought. Oh boy I look like the oldest rider here. Lots of young hammer heads out to prove a point I guess. The mass start was more like a 25 mile race than an endurance thing.
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