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Dare I challenge, "The Wall"

Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Dare I challenge, "The Wall"

Old 07-31-07, 06:31 AM
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Dare I challenge, "The Wall"

http://www.backyardbikes.com/Images/...y-40-miler.pdf

Hmmm....something called "The Wall" now intrigues me.
This is supposed to be a 40-mile ride, but with the ride to and from that bike shop to my weekend lake house, that would tack on 12 more miles.

A 52-mile ride with "The Wall" looming in the middle.

Saturday's forecast: Partly sunny and 87 degrees.

Shall I strap it on and go for it?
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Old 07-31-07, 06:36 AM
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Absolutely... the profile is deceiving, it's only about 150 vert. ft for 1 mile or 2.8%...don't let that beat you!!!!


Oh...and regarding the strap-on, save that for your nightly adventures...
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Old 07-31-07, 06:37 AM
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Go for it! If you're feeling like bypassing that hill- looks like there is an alternate.
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Old 07-31-07, 06:46 AM
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Total climbing 1560 feet
Do it.
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In the words of the great Roger Waters,

"All in all you were all just bricks in the wall."
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Do it. My regular sunday ride includes one hill 5km long @ 7%, and another 1 hour later which is a monster. just over 3km @ 8%. The first 1500m average 14%, then it flattens out for 500m and kicks back up to between 7 & 10%. God its great, hurts like hell. (total ride distance is about 95km)

Point is, embrace hills, don't be intimidated by them. It helps if you ignore your friends and climb below threshold.
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you can DO IT!!

later.
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Old 07-31-07, 07:03 AM
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It ain't nothin but a "thang". Go for it!!!
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Just pace yourself. Don't try to set a record going up.
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Sounds like fun, Hip.
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Old 07-31-07, 08:01 AM
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hills make mongo strong
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I don't get it ... according to the profile, The Wall is about 200 feet of vertical.

My route home from the office tonight has about 700 feet of net vertical, most of it in a three mile stretch with a couple of pitches at 8%-10%. My name for it is .... The Commute.

Sounds a lot more dramatic when you capitalize it.
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that course isn't even close to the elevation gain on my 11 mile MTB ride yesterday and sub hour is a GOOD time for that course. The "wall" with probably less than 2000 feet of climbing for 52 miles?

Today's road ride is 20 miles with 3k of climbing and that's just tooling around. I'm sure others will say...that's nothing...I just did 3k feet of climbing in 3 miles. It's all relative but I'd personally be bored with a course that flat.

Just ride it. That's a flat course even with "the wall".





Originally Posted by Hipcycler View Post
http://www.backyardbikes.com/Images/...y-40-miler.pdf

Hmmm....something called "The Wall" now intrigues me.
This is supposed to be a 40-mile ride, but with the ride to and from that bike shop to my weekend lake house, that would tack on 12 more miles.

A 52-mile ride with "The Wall" looming in the middle.

Saturday's forecast: Partly sunny and 87 degrees.

Shall I strap it on and go for it?
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Old 07-31-07, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler View Post
http://www.backyardbikes.com/Images/...y-40-miler.pdf

Hmmm....something called "The Wall" now intrigues me.
This is supposed to be a 40-mile ride, but with the ride to and from that bike shop to my weekend lake house, that would tack on 12 more miles.

A 52-mile ride with "The Wall" looming in the middle.

Saturday's forecast: Partly sunny and 87 degrees.

Shall I strap it on and go for it?
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say... no.
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Old 07-31-07, 11:08 AM
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Do the ride, Hip, so you'll be ready to tackle Blue Mound for next year's HHH.
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Old 07-31-07, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by TheJRK View Post
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say... no.
First person to go there!
I was wondering who would say it first.
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200 feet of elevation change in a mile ... that's 3.7%. Hip, kawitcher*****in and ride it.
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler View Post
First person to go there!
I was wondering who would say it first.
Wait a sec.

Is that the answer you wanted to hear? I hope not.

Climb the hill. If you can't make it, descend and take the cut-off route. Whatever. Just give it a shot!
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Old 07-31-07, 12:03 PM
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Wall....is it flat in Milwaukee? Come to Cali....we'll get ya on some hill that will make ya question your ability...Cylowe97 is right though...what is the worse that can happen...you try it, fail...turn around and do it another day....you'll be good bro.
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pshh thats nothing. Go up to Copper Harbor michigan (start from houghton and you'll hit it on mile 52 of 100) and go up Brockway mountain. That "wall" maxes out at 23% grade, and is around 10-15% for about 2-3 miles. Turn your autostop off if you have a garmin, and Triples or tree trunk style legs are advised.
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1560 ft of climbimg for 40 miles...thats super flat for me! i have an avg of 4000 ft of climbing for 40 miles
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go for it!
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Do it. You can always get new kness to go with your hip.
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