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The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillcimb...

Old 08-16-08, 07:24 PM
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The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillcimb...

The Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb...

As most of you know I was diagnosed with shingles 9 days before my goal of the season, Top Notch in the Mt. Washington Hillclimb (a time under 1:20). I have been training hard and had some good results this year. I was unable to just walk away from my goal...

I am a hill climber. That is all I can do. This is the biggest hillclimb race of the year. So I rode...

I did not sleep well the night before the race. Nerves and the hotel room I guess. I was feeling better but had not really done any training in a week and a half...

I put my bike together at the base of the mountain. Kissed my wife and kids good-bye and watched them drive up the Auto Road. I was now committed...

I ran into quite a few BFer’s. It is always nice to see the BF Hillclimb Crew ready for another sufferfest. Tell me again, why the hell we torture ourselves...

It was cool and raining during warm ups. I sent all my gear up with my wife except for arm warmers. I was starting to think, that was a mistake. It was hard to warm up due to the chilly temperature. I got to the start after the first wave already went off. I sneaked in behind DDYTDY and he reminded me to eat my pre-race gel. Our wave finally moved forward and I decided to take off the arm warmers...

The gun sounded and the race was on. I started REAL slow. Not knowing how my body would respond. I found I did not feel too bad and brought the power up at the end of the first mile. Unfortunately, the increased power did not last long. I just did not have any stamina. There is an obvious point at 4.5 miles that my power just dropped off...

The sun came out at about mile 2 and it was warm. I was glad I didn’t have the arm warmers. The weather (during my time on the road) turned out to be a non-factor. Pretty warms temps, it got chilly above mile 5 and I zipped up my jersey. There was barely any wind, a rare occurrence. The dirt section was in great shape...

I was lucky. After I finished and did the gift shop with the wife and kids, it started raining, with lightening and thunder. Then it started to hail and Hail and HAIL. It was pounding my car and hurt if you went outside. There were some riders still on the course. I don’t know if I would have finished. Tough as nails these hillclimbers...

Overall a great day, but I am beat and my skin is killing me. Oh yeah, next year I line up Top Notch...



Mt. Washington and Hotel on our drive the day prior to the race..




Weather on Mt. Washington when I left the hotel...




The Start...






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You can see the start area in the valley and if you look center left you can see a dirt section of the Auto Road at mile 5...




The Presidential Range...




The Mt. Washington Cog Railway Car...

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Old 08-16-08, 07:25 PM
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Hammertoe finishing the race. My kids were running next to me giving me encouragement. That was an awesome feeling...



On Top Of The World..




The weather after I finished the race. Notice the low chance of precipitation...






HAIL...










Notice the rider finishing the Race in the HAIL...

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Awesome. Congrats on the top notch.
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Jeebus.

That's hard core.

And with shingles to boot.
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Nice job, Hammertoe.
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Graet job man! Just great! I will do this ride someday.
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Nice pics, did Mt. Washington myself... on foot. While skipping down the rocks for the last km on the way down, I felt like my knees were going to explode and that my quads were going to spontaneosly combust anytime.

Doing it on bike would be nice, especially for the descent. On that subject, anyone knwo how the descent feels, can you get good speed? Is it really curvy, or can an amateur manage to enjoy top-speeps?
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nice job. i've never been up there and not froze my ass off, even in august.
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Great job, especially with shingles. I had them a few years back and I know they are not fun.
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Hammertoe is HARDCORE.

great pictures. glad you made it up ok, esecially with the shingles episode. later.
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Glad mother nature held out for you! Good job.

Do you have total time/average speed calculated yet? It might not be what you want to see, but at least you got out there and now you have an easy time to beat for next year.
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So how is the shifting with the TA chainrings (went and looked up old post) compared to Shimano rings?

I'm thinking of making a cyclocross-style bike with similar gearing up front so that I can use it for hillclimbs too (not like there's much of an aero issue with cantilever brakes).
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Originally Posted by rasamatoo
Nice pics, did Mt. Washington myself... on foot. While skipping down the rocks for the last km on the way down, I felt like my knees were going to explode and that my quads were going to spontaneosly combust anytime.

Doing it on bike would be nice, especially for the descent. On that subject, anyone knwo how the descent feels, can you get good speed? Is it really curvy, or can an amateur manage to enjoy top-speeps?
They don't let you ride down, you have to have a prearranged ride down the mountain and it is the only time in the year you can take a bike up the autoroad.
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I cannot believe that running it and riding it take about the same time. (At least for the elites of both.)
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Did the guy in the car between you and the Jeep take a shortcut down the mountain?

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I thought the same thing but I think it was melting and running off the road???

Originally Posted by SpongeDad
So how is the shifting with the TA chainrings (went and looked up old post) compared to Shimano rings?

I'm thinking of making a cyclocross-style bike with similar gearing up front so that I can use it for hillclimbs too (not like there's much of an aero issue with cantilever brakes).
The rings shift great. I was not having a problem until Mt Equinox race and dropped the chain on the BB (more of a FD issue). The shifts are crisp and quick. In the small chainring, you can not use the highest 3 cogs as the chain starts to rub on the middle ring (only if you are using a triple, unsure about a double).

I would recommend them. I actually enjoy the 48/38/26 set up for this area.




Where are the rest of the BF Hill Climbers. Chime in and let me know how you did and your experience in the HAIL!!!
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe

Inclement weather on Mt. Washington is no joke. Kudos to all those who rode in those conditions. I got caught in a thunderstorm on Mt. Washington once while hiking, and it's something I never want to go through again.
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