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Old 03-15-19, 09:44 AM
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Anyone doing the 2019 Lobster Ride?

Scheduled for next weekend, Saturday March 23rd.

My only riding partner will be out of town, so I should be going solo.
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Old 03-16-19, 02:16 AM
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this in in socal?!
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I know some riders who have done it. I donít think Iím quite up to 14k feet including the ski lifts. Good luck to any of you who give it a go.
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It is in SoCal, but I am assuming you are working on that day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/lobs...1297495280884/
https://events.com/r/en_US/registrat...e-march-755442

I do not think there will be enough daylight hours for me to finish it. At a minimum I will go up to Baldy and bail before going up to Crystal Lake.
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oh...that lobster ride. yah, working. not in that kinda shape currently (nor ever) anyway. could maybe manage a third of that with generous tailwinds. you got that, tb.
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Mmmm... garlic butterrrr.... Alright I'm a maybe.
What's the latest post-Winter condition report on the road up to Crystal Lake?
If I make it, I'll be the wannabe-Lemondrian on the white Schwinn Sherman Tank ('86 Peloton).


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Feeling more pumped after looking at the map and elevation profile, however it looks the ride would more aptly be named the Wacky Waving Inflatable Flailing Arms Tube Man Ride.



Most likely make it. Comrade Jimmy? You up for some suffering and a late lunch?


EDIT: Annnd of course now that I've mentioned an interest, there's 40% chance of rain on Saturday. Unless the forecast changes, I'll ride it on sunny Sunday. Will keep an eye on the forecast.

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Old 03-19-19, 01:13 PM
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I did the Lobster last year in April with a bit less than 10 hrs, (including ~40 min rest). The garmin said slightly over 11k-ft elecation. Strava gave it 13.5k ft.

I'm not in lobster shape this year. I did Crystal Lake + Little GMR last weekend. The road conditions at Hwy 39 and GMR were great, Lots of debris at Little GMR. Be very careful when you descend and be super careful at the end of the Little GMR descent the gate is closed (don't go too fast).

I ride in the San Gabriel Mtns a lot. My advice is to pace yourself, don't take long breaks, don't ever try to keep up with fast riders, and don't wait too long for the slow riders. The descent at the end of the day from Crystal Lake could be very very cold.

Weather is going to great this weekend. I always just google "crystal lake recreation area weather". The weather condition (particular the wind this time of the year) up in the mountains can be very different from Glendora/Azusa.
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