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Old 06-28-23, 11:51 PM
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anyone riding gmr/grr on the 4th of july?

looks like gmr/grr will be closed to motorized traffic starting at 10am monday, july 3rd and reopened to motorized traffic at 10am on wednesday, july 5th.
been approx two years since last ride up/down gmr/grr but hitting it earlyish on the 4th. may start from pioneer park. may start at the sierra madre/gmr intersection. ski lifts or bust! anyone else hitting it? please pardon the brutal lack of arts & crafts skillz.

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…the Riverside Bicycle Club usually has a group ride scheduled to climb GMR to the lifts and back the same route.(currently not posted on their ride calendar yet) At least 20+ riders, starting point for them is at the bottom of Sierra Madre, from what I remember.

If not too hot, I may start from EuroCafe on Mills rd. in Upland and will descend on Mt Baldy rd.
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negative, I don't want to deal with traffic to get back to San Diego. We're riding up Palomar this weekend though, weather to be in the mid 80s so still comfy.
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Originally Posted by diphthong
ski lifts or bust!
Yeah, no.
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Originally Posted by Tycho Brahe
Yeah, no.
okay, dialing back on the lifts.
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May be too hot for me to ride today!
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Huge cycling numbers tackling GMR this morning.
Never knew of this tradition, despite living only one mile from the base.
A forty-ish ex-pro rider I follow on Strava hauled ass on it today.
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Originally Posted by roadcrankr
Huge cycling numbers tackling GMR this morning.

Never knew of this tradition, despite living only one mile from the base.

A forty-ish ex-pro rider I follow on Strava hauled ass on it today.

absolute waves of cyclists of all abilities mostly on road bikes but more than a few mtb's, gravel grinders, hybrids and tt bikes as well.

at the first gate fixing a flat around 7:15am, hundreds went past. descending back a mile to the car to take advantage of a frame pump
saw approx another 150. descending gmr on the way back from the shack saw approx another 300.

drove up from san diego this morning. not always able to make it due to work schedule but make it most years. such a great sense of camaraderie
amongst the cycling community. my fave annual cycling event in socal. the no motorized traffic is very cool but on the way up, try to stay as far right as possible.
do have to keep an eye out for the occasional, wayward descender as some overestimate their current abilities, speed or their bike's capabilities.

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Originally Posted by diphthong
absolute waves of cyclists of all abilities mostly on road bikes but more than a few mtb's, gravel grinders, hybrids and tt bikes as well.
Hey, that was me on one of the hybrids! I still call it a mountain bike, but time has changed how others see it. I have not ridden enough this year to pull off making it to the village, and I was not very prepared in terms of my road bike. So I took the hybrid and set the hut as my goal. It was a nice ride up, I determined that in terms of real time, my old StumpJumper is two minutes slower per mile than the IronMan. I also had bigger slicks than in the past. I think the most fun is looking at other people's rides. Saw a few bikes I'd never heard of - a November?

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at the first gate fixing a flat around 7:15am, hundreds went past. descending back a mile to the car to take advantage of a frame pump
saw approx another 150. descending gmr on the way back from the shack saw approx another 300.

drove up from san diego this morning. not always able to make it due to work schedule but make it most years. such a great sense of camaraderie
amongst the cycling community. my fave annual cycling event in socal. the no motorized traffic is very cool but on the way up, try to stay as far right as possible.
do have to keep an eye out for the occasional, wayward descender as some overestimate their current abilities, speed or their bike's capabilities.
Yeah, on the descent I was not going fast enough for a roadie who insisted on passing on a (blind) curve, using the left side. I was a little nervous for him.

This is the fourth year in a row I've done it. It's a gas.
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Originally Posted by Chinghis
Hey, that was me on one of the hybrids!

Saw a few bikes I'd never heard of - a November.
Tough dude lugging a hybrid up the mountain eight miles!
If you saw a blue November ridden by a fairly large fella, I've ridden with him a number of times.
I believe it's a SoCal builder, but cannot be sure.
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Originally Posted by roadcrankr
Tough dude lugging a hybrid up the mountain eight miles!
If you saw a blue November ridden by a fairly large fella, I've ridden with him a number of times.
I believe it's a SoCal builder, but cannot be sure.
Found it - November sells wheels, but they also have a "Cafe Racer" listed on their site. Has a 202 area code (DC).

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Originally Posted by Chinghis
Yeah, on the descent I was not going fast enough for a roadie who insisted on passing on a (blind) curve, using the left side. I was a little nervous for him.
Was the road closed to cars? If so, I don't see that as as a big deal, and I would likely do the same to pass a slower rider. If it was open to cars, that's just stupid.
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Was the road closed to cars? If so, I don't see that as as a big deal, and I would likely do the same to pass a slower rider. If it was open to cars, that's just stupid.
Oh, yes, it was closed, but there were still large numbers of folks riding up. Sure, the chances were low that someone was coming up at the exact moment, and maybe he had a better look at other lane? He just could have waited literally five seconds for the next straightaway, and I would even have touched the brakes to let him pass.
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Originally Posted by roadcrankr
Tough dude lugging a hybrid up the mountain eight miles!
If you saw a blue November ridden by a fairly large fella, I've ridden with him a number of times.
I believe it's a SoCal builder, but cannot be sure.
I saw the guy on the November. He passed me on the climb and he was at the village when I got there. Pretty bike.

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Heard a motorcycle crashed into the gate at the bottom?
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Originally Posted by Elvo
Heard a motorcycle crashed into the gate at the bottom?
When I got to the gate there was a cop there and I got the impression it was a cyclist who hit the gate and he was unhurt. When I came back down in the afternoon there were 4 emergency vehicles, including an ambulance, going up. No idea why.
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Originally Posted by Elvo
Heard a motorcycle crashed into the gate at the bottom?
there was a bunch of what looked to be crotch rocket detritus at the gate on the bottom. curious thing was that the broken pieces were in the downhill lane side and consistent with hitting the gate on the wrong side of the road heading up the hill. good times. there were more than a few frustrated fast and furious xxviii wannabes cars that not so ceremoniously 3-point turned (unaware of the road closure) with little regard to the hundreds of cyclists in the immediate area during my 15 mins at the gate (7:15am-7:30am) while my mate changed a flat. hope any and all
riders that opted instead for the 39 climb up to crystal lake and/or east fork/grr were okay and not endangered by motorized holiday vehicular misbehavior.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
Was the road closed to cars? If so, I don't see that as as a big deal, and I would likely do the same to pass a slower rider. If it was open to cars, that's just stupid.
Huh, I had a random thought lately about this encounter.

It really wasn't a big deal - no harm, no foul, I guess. But I realized that when I heard him come up behind me, I put up some fingers to let him know that I knew he was there. But now I wonder, did he perhaps take that as a sign that the way was clear and he could go ahead? He may have thought I had better visibility. Just a "huh."
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