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The 2009 Ascutney/Okemo Double...Ouch...w/ Lots O' Pics...

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The 2009 Ascutney/Okemo Double...Ouch...w/ Lots O' Pics...

Old 04-27-09, 07:29 PM
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The 2009 Ascutney/Okemo Double...Ouch...w/ Lots O' Pics...

I hate this ride. 64 miles with 8100 ft of climbing. Mostly in two 3.7 mile 11 – 12% climbs...




The steeps got to me after a while, even with a 26/34 low gear...

Did great up Mt. Ascutney and felt great, 12 watts off race power with some to spare. But it was the beginning of the ride...

Mt. Ascutney was in pretty good shape (road is still closed). Lots of debris in the road so had to descend carefully...

Did Tempo up Tyson Rd and still felt pretty good...

Cracked about 2.5 miles up Okemo Mountain but struggled on. There was still snow on the road and had to stop and walk through the snow twice. There is a washout with mud across the road that I was able to ride over...

It was sunny and hot. Not quite used to the heat yet. I got a pretty good sunburn with a nice stripe on the bald spot...

What a beautiful day...



Mt. Ascutney in the windshield. My old nemesis. Stills gives me butterflies when I see it...




Okemo from the top of Ascutney. Where I am going...




Stratton Mountain is somewhere in the morning haze...




A farm in the valley...




The Frankenclimbing Scott...




Hammertoe at the Ascutney look out...

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Sheep...




The Mt. Ascutney Ski Area on the opposite side of Ascutney Park Road...




Echo Lake...




Okemo Mountain...




Okemo Mountain Road. Maybe I should have listened to the sign...




Looking back to Ascutney. Dang my car is on the other side of that mountain...

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Mud across the road but firm enough to ride over...




Snow in 85 degree temps. Won’t last too much longer...




Views, close to the top...




Snow across the road. Time to walk again...




The end of the Okemo Mountain Road. Now I have to descend the Mountain and get back to the car...

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Beautiful.

I'm jealous of the mountain roads you can train on, but far from jealous of the pain that accompanies riding them.

Keep riding safe!
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Looks fun
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Originally Posted by Hammertoe View Post
I hate this ride...
Nice opening line.

Great pics, I drove my car up Mt. Ascutney once.

Do that ride again in the fall and get even better pics for us!!
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Been a long time since I rode those roads. Can't believe how open from snow they are already, but after being in VT this winter, I am not surprised. Good climbs...
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Nice pics and tour...
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ohhh excellent!! i want to go do that ride. any chance you have it mapped out on mapmyride or something similar and a link to the map?
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Can you show some closer pictures of the scott?

The drive train looks so interesting with the odd blend of parts
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Nice pics, I'm thinking about doing the Killington/Okemo loop. Start/end in Rutland.

It's something like 62 miles, I'm not 100% on the total elevation change.
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That looks like a great ride. I can smell the fresh air. The profile looks brutal to a flatlander like me.
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Looks like a great ride!

Come on out this weekend and do this one with us:






114 miles, 12,000 ft. of descending.
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
Looks fun
You would like it...

You seem a little warped ...


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ohhh excellent!! i want to go do that ride. any chance you have it mapped out on mapmyride or something similar and a link to the map?
Here is last years Motion Based map (I did not bring my Garmin this year)...

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/6188705

Also if you have not yet found this site, it is the best for us Northeast hillclimbers...

http://www.northeastcycling.com/NE_Climbs_main.html

http://www.northeastcycling.com/asc_oke_loops.htm


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Can you show some closer pictures of the scott?

The drive train looks so interesting with the odd blend of parts
No pics...

Ultegra cranks with 48/38/26 TA chainrings and an IRD Alpina FD...

XTR RD and I switch between a 12/26 cassette for sane riding and 11/34 for the big hills (Ascutney/Okemo/Whiteface/Equinox/Washington)...



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Come on out this weekend and do this one with us:

114 miles, 12,000 ft. of descending.
I would love to climb out west. Maybe when the kids get older....

I hear the climbs are not as steep but go on forever...

I would like to see how I would handle climbing for 15 + miles...

The altitude may kill me though...
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I now have even greater disdain for SFL
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Beautiful!
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Just as I'm getting used to California, you have to post those pics and make me homesick for the East Coast. Jerk.
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