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Old 11-04-10, 04:42 PM
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LKHC Welch Creek

Anyone going?

Ruth and I plan to go on the tandem (despite our lack of riding over the pas couple weeks).

Here's our planned route, starting from Fremont BART.
https://bikeroutetoaster.com/Course.aspx?course=188994

Gives a nice easy 9 mile warm-up to the registration and 4 more miles to the climb start.

Niles Canyon -> Registration
Calaveras -> Welch Creek (with LKHC riders, as group)
Race!
Calaveras -> Niles Canyon
Both Sides of Palomares
Return to Fremont BART

52 miles
4300 feet
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Old 11-04-10, 05:41 PM
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Yup ... see https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?692025-Welch-Creek-LKHC
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How about on the return back from Welch Creek, hanging a right on Foothill, then left on Dublin Canyon Rd., then left on Palomares ... unless you are just planning on more climbing with an out and back on Palomares?
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For some of us Giant Economy Sized folks, there is no such thing as a "LKHC."
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Originally Posted by spingineer View Post
Error: Infinite Loop!

After typing in the URL manually I see the thread (which I posted in... oops!)
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer View Post
For some of us Giant Economy Sized folks, there is no such thing as a "LKHC."
Limited Kinetic Hill Climb. good climbers don't suffer less they just suffer faster. i'm not saying this from experience, just something i heard.

i'll see you guys at registration. i'm up for a ride after.
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this one looks fun!

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What time at Fremont Bart?
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lost you guys on the way back. went to the car to get a spare wheel and must have missed you when you passed the parking lot.

well, Ron, Ramon and i represented bikeforums this week. we all finished. i think Ron cut about 6 minutes off his previous time. nicely done.

here's some video from the climb. attached the camera to the rails under the saddle and pointed it at the action behind.


the noise around 2:50 and 3:30 is the rear hub giving up. (close up photo here.)

on the way down i realized this is a very pretty road. funny how i didn't notice any of it on the way up.

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Great video. Yea, I got a PB out of that and shaved 5 minutes off. Funny how lkhc gets your adrenaline up. We ended up going out to Pescadero and back. As a team, we wound up 13th. Fun times.
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Originally Posted by bam View Post
here's some video from the climb. attached the camera to the rails under the saddle and pointed it at the action

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on the way down i realized this is a very pretty road. funny how i didn't notice any of it on the way up.
Great job Bogdan, on all fronts (climb time, video and hanging with the broken spokes.)

I checked out the finish line pics on the LKHC website and felt a pang of regret that I couldn't make it yesterday - only climbed WC once before and that was more in survival mode than I'd like. The section from 11mins onwards of your climb video really captures the suffering of this climb though. You're dead on with your comments on the scenery.
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I like that video perspective. More interesting then most.

Sucks about the wheel. Hopefully Zipp treats you right.
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Wow -- to finish the climb, including three cattle guards, on this is really impressive:



I have to say I'm not surprised the wheel's a Zipp. On the other hand, I've never heard of a Reynolds wheel failing in such extraordinary circumstances.

Welch Creek is an amazing rode. Pristine asphalt for close to 4 miles to serve just three houses. Someone up there has friends. But it's also an amazing climb for cycling: the extended steep grades really need to be experienced to be fully appreciated.
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One highlight from the ride: Gary Gellin beat out most of the cyclists running the climb:




Gary's a highly accomplished trail runner, but still, very impressive. As Bogdan's profile shows, there's plenty of generally flat/rolling on the climb on which runners are at a substantial disadvantage.
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+1 on the broken spoke, and 3 cattle guards. The descent must have also been squirly. We did luck out, that there was only that one car at the bottom of the hill ... didn't see any other cars either on the climb, or on the descent.
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Fantastic video. You started very fast passing everybody, it makes for a fun videos with the other guys trying to catch up and some eventually passing you. I love it when you were out of the saddle rocking the bike side to side. The gradient starting at around 11' sounds very painful. Ouch!
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You started very fast passing everybody, it makes for a fun videos with the other guys trying to catch up and some eventually passing you.
yeah.. that was the plan all along.. the climb was brutal though. if i could graph the pain factor it would look much like the gradient profile but with increasingly profane expletives on the Y axis.

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One highlight from the ride: Gary Gellin beat out most of the cyclists running the climb
Gary is a machine. i hope he comes out for hicks-a-hum. only one flat spot on that climb.
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A few of our illustrious forumites captured in pixels:




The Gellin, after just passing one of the riders on the 18% section:



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