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Old 02-17-10, 04:57 PM
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GMR Assault: 2/20--A Little Intel from the Locals?

This Saturday, I'm finally hitting GMR, GRR and taking a crack at the 60mph barrier on the steep section of Baldy Road on the steep, straight sections just above the tunnels at 3,000feet, leaving a little in the tank to climb back up to GRR, so I can descend GRR/GMR and return.
Here is the route I'm considering. (Click.)

Any problematic or ugly roads in it? Or are there better routes along the way? The lap around Puddingstone is a sentimental journey for me, so I'd kinda like to keep that in the agenda.

Also if anyone's game, I'd love the company.


60+, here we come!

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Old 02-17-10, 11:58 PM
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"A superior rider is one who uses his superior judgment to avoid situations which require his superior skills."

Seeing how you asked.Take your own advice. Do it on a day other than the weekend this time of year. Way too much "looky lou ,where is all the snow" traffic to be safe at the speed you are looking for. Be happy with the ride up there that you have planned out and save the land speed records for a better day than a Saturday in February.

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Originally Posted by Hillbasher
"A superior rider is one who uses his superior judgment to avoid situations which require his superior skills."

Seeing how you asked.Take your own advice. Do it on a day other than the weekend this time of year. Way to much "looky lou ,where is all the snow" traffic to be safe at the speed you are looking for. Be happy with the ride up there that you have planned out and save the land speed records for a better day than a Saturday in February.
Yeah, HB is right! I posted in another thread that the cars were no more than 20 feet apart heading down Baldy Rd. I doubt you will get the chance to hit top speed anyways. Too dangerous!

If you want extra climbing, head down little GMR then backup, then continue on to the village.
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Alas.
Thanks for the heads-up. Reckon I'll just be happy squidding on GRR then and 60+ will wait until next month. I've been trying to crack 60 for more than a year, so another month won't smart too badly.
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60 mph sounds insane on a non-closed course. I've done as fast as 52 on a wide open road with a huge shoulder and half a mile of visibility, and I was still totally freaked that any significant pebble I hit could send me to my death. I've had no urge to go 50+ ever since.

40mph on a bike is enough fun on a downhill for me - still a chance at survival (somewhat) if you crash out.
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Never hit 60+ on Baldy, the only time I hit that speed was down Towne Pass in Death Valley.. I would not try it this time of year, with all the cars and recent rains, there will be fair amount of debris on the road.
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Once again events conspire against my riding Baldy. (Stupid 70% chance of rain tomorrow. )
I hit 58 twice last year, so 60's only a number. If you dismiss 60 as insane and you're thinking about all the things that could go wrong, chances are good you're tensing up and increasing the likelihood of their occurrence, instead of remaining fluid and smooth enough to take care of any little problems or wobbles that might arise. You'd be amazed how fast these wheels will go if you let them.

When I was riding Baldy as a teenager, long before the age of commercially available, non-military GPS technology, I got a top-speed on my (admittedly dubious) Schwinn Paramount Computer of 71.1mph. My coach didn't believe it, so we immediately went out and checked it against other computers. It was indeed accurate up to 25mph, but once you get up to freeway speeds who knows?

And thanks for the tip, Socal. Maybe I'll schedule a trip to Death Valley this year too. (They can probably use the rain, haha.)
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Towne Pass is an 11 mile climb with grades between 5-13%.. You can get some crazy speed going down it but be prepared for the wind..
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My friend was in the 50's on that section riding a recumbent. I think he's a little crazy on the downhills as well
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as well...?

There's nothing crazy about it at all, really.
It always gives me a chuckle when Phil & Paul (the former glorious champions who raced back in the era of Fred Flintstone who now narrate the TdF videos) say, "Danilo DiLuca is certainly taking risks on this descent!"
Maybe Danilo is descending well within his abilities, and is therefore not taking any risks at all?


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To quote a Mel Brooks movie, "It might be dangerous, you go first"! That's a great stretch of road for speed so have fun.
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Originally Posted by BILLYPATT
"It might be dangerous, you go first"!
Perfect caption for the Phil & Paul photos above.
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