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Old 07-04-11, 12:57 PM
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Guess It's (GULP!) Almost Time...

Well folks, just a few days until I ship out to participate in the madness that is the Death Ride. 130 miles & 15,000 feet of climbing. Hoping to check off another one from the bucket list. Will try to send a picture from the finish (assuming I do). Looking forward to the ice cream at the top of Carson Pass, since anyone who knows me knows it's REALLY about the frozen confection!
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Old 07-04-11, 01:06 PM
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Have fun--I'll enjoy at the pics and be thankful I'm not driven to such things!
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Old 07-04-11, 01:38 PM
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Have a great ride Pat!
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enjoy! Take it a mile at a time and you'll be fine-

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Old 07-04-11, 02:39 PM
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I'm thinking a comparable ride is doing 130 miles around here in this heat and humidity! Enjoy the day. That new steed will make it a snap.

And don't even think about how you could be doing a flat 160 miler in Indiana!
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Good luck! Be safe and have fun.
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Have a fun ride...milk the east side of Monitor for all it's worth!

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It'll be fun! I'm going for the 9th time. If you see a very thin man in green Webcor kit, that's me.

Looks like the weather will be good. But there is still the possibility of thunderstorms on Carson in the afternoon.

Last year they had really good juice bars packed in dry ice. They were awesome.
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Old 07-05-11, 09:34 AM
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Good grief man! Go get a cognac and a cigar and get back on the couch. (Have fun.)
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Sounds fantastic, I'm actually jealous here! Good luck and enjoy it!
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130 miles and 15,000 feet of climbing? How much "fun" can you stand? I hope you have a blast. You will have certainly earned it.
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I'm thinking a comparable ride is doing 130 miles around here in this heat and humidity! Enjoy the day. That new steed will make it a snap.

And don't even think about how you could be doing a flat 160 miler in Indiana!
I you ride from Cherokee at the start of the BRP to the Pisgah Inn and back it would be 125 miles and 15.500' of climbing. The main difference would be not going up to the same elevation but the extra humidity might even that out.
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Originally Posted by GoGranny View Post
Have fun--I'll enjoy at the pics and be thankful I'm not driven to such things!
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In addition to not being driven, I doubt I could do it
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I you ride from Cherokee at the start of the BRP to the Pisgah Inn and back it would be 125 miles and 15.500' of climbing. The main difference would be not going up to the same elevation but the extra humidity might even that out.
The higher elevations didn't seem to bother me all that much-I was just a little slower than normal. But--- I did not have the 1st cramp in Colorado 7000 ft -12,000+ ft. However if I did your route I'd be cramping after about 3 hours on fresh legs due to the humidity. So basically you do an out and back 60+ miles from the start of the BRP? I bet 30 miles of the BRP are along the stretch we do on the Blue Ridge Breakaway? There were some pretty long climbs headed south + spectacular scenery.....
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After my attempt at the metric century and 8,000 ft of climbing all I can say is.............
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I came...I saw...I finished...just over nine hrs., a bit longer than I hoped. A great trip to a beautiful riding venue. Everyone should become a Death Rider!
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Well done. How was the ice cream?
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Everyone should become a Death Rider!
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I did the Markleeville Death Ride last year, and while I was riding I kept asking myself "Why on earth would anyone want to do this ride more than once?!?!"

...but by the next morning my wife and I were giddy as little kids, asking each other "Wanna do it again next year?"
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Well done. How was the ice cream?

Excellent Fudge Bar!
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Congrats on the ride. I would like to try a ride over a century but since we don't have mountains here in Florida, the climb would do me in.
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I came...I saw...I finished.


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That is a truly great accomplishment, P. A big, big congrat from FL.


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Congrats on the ride. I would like to try a ride over a century but since we don't have mountains here in Florida, the climb would do me in.
If you're interested, John, in November we're putting together a ride across the state from the gulf to the ocean - last year's course was 128 miles. A whopping 1280 feet of climbing; yes, that's right, 10 feet per mile. Makes me tired just to think about it. Shoot me a message if you're interested.
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In addition to not being driven, I doubt I could do it
There is no doubt in my mind. I know I couldn't do it.
I just did 2500 ft. of climbing in 9 miles yesterday and that's all I wanted.
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