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Old 03-04-07, 10:54 PM
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Texas Climbing Pictures

Today I went out with a few guys to get some climbing in out in the Hill Country of Texas:

Here are the two climbs that we used as hill repeats:

This one starts at 15% and ends up qat 20% at the bend in the road


This one starts at 17% for the first 1/3 then jumps up to 22% for the last 2/3



These two hills resulted in this for me today. . . . . . . .




For all you Texans, this is out 281 N around Bulverde rd
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Old 03-04-07, 10:55 PM
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Where is that? Leon Springs?

And thanks for the picture of the puke...
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Why was I jealous looking at those pics? I ride out there as well... I just love it too much to be away for a day.
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What the heck did you eat? Looks like Purina...
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Those are some serious hills!
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That would be the apple that I had eaten about 2 hours earlier. . .
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You chew very evenly.
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Thanks, I am going to take that as a compliment
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Originally Posted by mike9903
For all you Texans, this is out 281 N around Bulverde rd


my parents live directly west of there, on the other side of camp bullis, in fair oaks ranch.
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I ride out there, but I can't get my friends to come. They're afraid of the hills.
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How long are these climbs. Distance and elevation gain? I'm wondering if they're any better than my current repeat targets here in Austin (15%-26%, 1/2 mile, 300-350 ft elevation gain).
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Okay, which is better for hill training, long but shallower climbs or short and steeper climbs? And is fertilizing the local landscaping and chumming for earthworms the normal result?
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I'm envious of the weather.
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Man, that looks like Lakeside Dr. around benbrook lake.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
How long are these climbs. Distance and elevation gain? I'm wondering if they're any better than my current repeat targets here in Austin (15%-26%, 1/2 mile, 300-350 ft elevation gain).

I am thinking that your hills are similar in length and elevation gain.

Here is the map of the climb that we did 4 times:

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Old 03-05-07, 10:43 AM
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Yeah, cool. Thanks.

Here's Jester (a frequent haunt of mine). It looks pretty similar to your link: http://www.toporoute.com/cgi-bin/get...JGFTVWFTYLCVHS
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Thought you might like to look at the Ramblewood profiles up, and down. As well as just up from each end. First one is over the top and back twice. Second is from Smithson Valley to the top. Third is back up on Hidden Haven St from the other end.
I'd say you get a good workout doing repeats on that hill.

Whoops meant Ramblewood St, and Hidden Haven St climbs!
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*gulp*...I'm doing the "Texas Hill Country" tour with the Adventure Cycling Association in April. Is this area close to where I'm going (Austin)http://www.adventurecycling.org/tour...illcountry.cfm?
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Originally Posted by Dewbert
*gulp*...I'm doing the "Texas Hill Country" tour with the Adventure Cycling Association in April. Is this area close to where I'm going (Austin)http://www.adventurecycling.org/tour...illcountry.cfm?

Could not find a map of the ride, but from reading the description you will be riding some pretty hilly terrian. The level of difficulty shows as intermiediate so I doubt you will be going up those 17-22% hills, but you never know.

You will not be going into the "heart of the hill country" where the 'hills' are 2 miles long at 15%+, but I would be prepared for some climbing!!!

For some stupid reason I am heading out to the Vanderpool, Texas on Thursday, "heart of the hill country", please pray for my return!!!!!!!!!
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Pretty devilish climbs. Haven't attacked a 15% grade myself in recent months.. I don't think my fitness is there yet. Props.
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That doesn't sound like it will hit hills as bad tough as the OP's hills or Jester, but I think you'll spend a lot of time climbing after Gruene.
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Originally Posted by mike9903
Could not find a map of the ride, ....snip......
I don't have the map yet, but the itinerary says:
Austin -->New Braunfels-->Spring Branch-->Fredericksburg-->Johnson City-->Austin
Mileage ranges from 55-65 miles per day. Sounds like it's going to be a fun trip.
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Johnson City is right up the road (30 miles) from where I was climbing this weekend.
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