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Climb To Kaiser...any advice on rest stops??

Old 05-05-08, 03:53 PM
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Climb To Kaiser...any advice on rest stops??

Doing it for the first time.......What's better (faster)? couple of long recovery stops with meals or multiple short stops to stretch and eat. Any advice would be of value to me before going into battle. Thanks,
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Whatever usually works for you, I guess. FWIW, I heard that it's harder than the Death Ride because the grades are steeper and the steepest ones are at high elevation. It can also get very hot on the way down, so drink up. Enjoy!
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I too am planning the Kaiser, after last year bonking on, and DNF'ing the Death Ride. I am pretty sure I have a faster than normal sweat rate, and on the Death Ride I became progressively more dehydrated beyond my ability to replenish.

I've been looking up information on how I might avoid this fate on the Kaiser, the best information I've found thus far is a book from Hammer Nutrition which is a free download entitled Endurance Athlete’s Guide to Success. You'd think it would just be shilling Hammer products, but that isn't the impression I get. I think it has a lot of solid information.

The temperature makes a big difference. Look at the difference between the finishing times and number of finishers in 2006 (max temp 107 F) and 2007, (max temp 93 F ). 2006 was brutal, out of some 275 registrants, only 159 completed the ride. Many ended up in the ER.

The average high in Fresno for June 28 is 94 degrees. If the temp is near average, there shouldn't be such a big problem. But if 2006 should happen again, it is Katie-Bar-the-Door.
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I've found with double centuries that for me quick rest stops make a big difference. Get what you need and eat on the bike will spinning at a slower pace. If I spend too much time at the rest stop, my legs feel like lead. This was particularly true with all the climbing at the Terrible Two last year.
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Get in, get what you need and get out... and may the lord bless you on big creek grade.. lol..
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I am seriously considering this ride. Still two months away to hammer all the ugly stuff in the Bay Area to prep.
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Kaiser

I've made the ride - twice. Once should have been enough but I wanted to show it was no fluke. ;-)

Given the number of rest stops, I think that should give you the answer to your questions. There are essentially two lunch stops.

That said, your body, rather than your mind, will tell you how many times to take a break.


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5 times, once on single speed, once was the "Dinky Double." I go for the get what you need and get going strategy. In past years, the weather would get pretty cold, possibly raining/snowing on top later in the day. I'm not expecting that this year however you still need to be concerned a little about getting out of the altitude. Top of Kaiser is not a good place to linger.
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>5 times, once on single speed, once was the "Dinky Double."<

What was your gearing on your single speed? Did you complete the ride?
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