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Old 02-25-12, 06:49 PM
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"L'Etape du California" vs Palomar climb

If anyone here completed "L'Etape du California" last year and also climbed Mount Palomar, can you tell me your times?
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Don't recall my time from l'Etape last year, but I can give you a general impression. Palomar is about as steep as riding up the lower section of Baldy road (just about 8-10%), leading up to the GRR turnoff. But it's 12 miles and the switchbacks make it a pleasant ride. Baldy road is straighter and is psychologically more of a grind IMO.
GMR & GRR are generally a mild climb and lots of fun, Palomar has nothing to prepare you for the exquisite triple-chainring desiring anguish of the last 2-3 miles up to the Baldy chairlifts (15+% in places). I got off to walk twice and nobody passed me either time.
I finished 146th last year (Chris Adams if you can find the results anywhere), and at the finish line I felt like a bulldog at a greyhound convention. Dave Zabriskie finished 25th, about an hour ahead of me.
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Your time was 5:53:59.4. https://www.cadencesports.com/pdf/399_overall.pdf Do you remember your last Palomar time?

I don't expect to get anywhere near that time, I'm mostly wondering if I can get in shape enough in 2 months to make it through the course before they shut it down in the evening So, I'm trying to get an idea of the time I need to shoot for at the Palomar climb.
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Screw the numbers. And screw the cutoff time. What are they going to do, tackle you and remove you from the road?
I mention the numbers about my l'Etape because I want to impress people in cocktail party conversations, but those measurements have almost nothing to do with my supreme day last year.
l'Etape for me was wonderful because I pushed myself into a place I'd never been before.
If you can achieve such internal heights, the time, a DNF, or your placing don't matter.
Prepare yourself for a day of trying, screw measuring up. I nearly blacked out at least twice on l'Etape, and the most vivid memory of that day was mentally shoving away the swirling bubbles in my peripheral vision.
Live in the moment, suffer well, and focus on the proceedings at hand.
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Originally Posted by calamarichris
Screw the numbers. And screw the cutoff time. What are they going to do, tackle you and remove you from the road?
I mention the numbers about my l'Etape because I want to impress people in cocktail party conversations, but those measurements have almost nothing to do with my supreme day last year.
l'Etape for me was wonderful because I pushed myself into a place I'd never been before.
If you can achieve such internal heights, the time, a DNF, or your placing don't matter.
Prepare yourself for a day of trying, screw measuring up. I nearly blacked out at least twice on l'Etape, and the most vivid memory of that day was mentally shoving away the swirling bubbles in my peripheral vision.
Live in the moment, suffer well, and focus on the proceedings at hand.
Very well put Chris. You have the right atitude.
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