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Haleakala Fail! (need more excuses)

Old 04-12-12, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by jrobe View Post
I have ridden most of the big climbs in the US and Haleakala is right up there near the top in terms of difficulty. There isn't many places where you have to climb steady for 35 miles with absolutely no breaks except stopping to rest. That is mentally one of the hardest climbs I have ever done. It just seems endless. Then you get to the park entrance and you can see all the switchbacks still ahead.

I think your real mistake is that you underestimated it by quite a bit. You really have to bring your A-game to that climb. You definitely aren't the only one to be humbled up that climb though. You are lucky to have had the experience. You won't make the same mistakes the next time you try a major climb like this.
You know what? I think you hit the nail on the head. Up until this climb, I truly believed that I could climb anything, as long as I could pedal slowly enough. Now I'm doubting if I could have made it to the summit, even if I did bring my A-game to the climb. This was a real humbling experience.

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When I drove it the grader was on it. I wasn't what I would call "packed" it was more what I would call "loose."
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Heavy trucks go up there, so a suitably equipped bike should do it. Either a very light 29er or a cross bike should be okay. The physical challenge is hard for me to wrap my head around.

Looking at the contour lines on the map in relation to the distances...oh my there are some very steep sections. A serious granny gear is in order.

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