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Old 10-25-10, 08:47 AM
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Hicks Haul Road Bike Time Trial ... anyone done this before?

I wanted to see if anyone has ever done this ride before? Is it a safe ride? My (13 year old) son wants to do this ride and I am concerned about downhill speeds. He is an experienced ride but most of the rides he as done have been on the flat ... with some hills. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Link to ride ... ps Its full

https://www.irlandmarks.org/activiti...p.aspx?id=5788

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Originally Posted by octico
I wanted to see if anyone has ever done this ride before? Is it a safe ride? My (13 year old) son wants to do this ride and I am concerned about downhill speeds. He is an experienced ride but most of the rides he as done have been on the flat ... with some hills. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

Link to ride ... ps Its full

https://www.irlandmarks.org/activiti...p.aspx?id=5788
I have and have also volunteered on it... the road is an old gravel company road, it's paved but has ruts, cracks and alot of uneveness. Going up, over and down is not a problem but coming back up and then down can be... just make sure he feels safe on what is essentially a mountain road and that he watches his speed in the corners. Especially with this weather they maybe sand and gravel on the road.
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There's one really big rut that you get to see on the climb up and need to remember on the way back.
It can also be easy to carry too much speed on the switchbacks on the way back.

Search in this forum for Hicks posts by me to see my gps track on mapmyride.

Looks like my wife won't be taking my truck, so I should be able to make it.

Now, if I can just make it up the hill on my CX bike with only 36-25 gearing.
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36x25?

I know someone who has climbed it on 52x15.
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I'm sure someone has and can. When I did it it was on my MTB with slicks and 22x32.
I'm a clyde and not the best climber, I need gears.
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I'm sure someone has and can. When I did it it was on my MTB with slicks and 22x32.
I'm a clyde and not the best climber, I need gears.
Don't sell yourself short - it's tough climb even for the strongest!

There's a cool MTB ride in Limestone November 13th. Will be riding out to the Sinks and then Box (Bolero) Springs and then we climb up the Box Springs singletrack to Loma (a very cool way to reach the ridge top), Loma back down Hicks Haul. Hope to see you then!!!!
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Just got the email.
The one for tomorrow - 10-30-10 has been cancelled.
No reason, but I'm assuming the anticipation of rain.
Murphy says it won't rain now.

That'll just give me more time to change the gearing on my CX bike.


Pam, I've done it and am not sure that I can pedal up it in my current gearing on my CX bike. I'll have to hit the hills before the next one to be sure I can do it.
That 13th ride sounds good - too bad I'm booked elsewhere.
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