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Old 09-04-14, 12:16 PM
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Glendora Mountain Road / Glendora Ridge Road - ride Sat. Sept. 6th, 2014

Hi All Socal forumites,

Yes, it’s time for another ride up one of our favorite mountain roads, Glendora Mountain Road this Saturday Sept. 6th.



We will take GMR to Glendora Ridge Road (GRR) to Mt. Baldy road to Mt. Baldy Lodge for breakfast. After enjoying one of the best cinnamon rolls on this planet (baked fresh by Missy every Sat. and Sun. morning) we will (or politely decline to) ride up the Ski-Lift climb for bonus miles and climbing feet.



We will start (click-in) from Boulder Springs Road in Glendora at 7:00AM so be sure to arrive a bit earlier to give yourself time to pump up your tires, apply sun-block or engage in whatever pre-ride rituals you may enjoy. If you are fast, you may start later than 7:00AM and meet us at The Village.



Be sure to bring 2 large bottles of your favorite ride-consumable beverages (yes, water is fine) and maybe a bar (Clif, Power, etc.) and/or GU for some instant energy should you find yourself in need. There are no services between Glendora and Mt. Baldy so be prepared!



It’s 21 miles from Glendora to Mt. Baldy Lodge and a bonus 4.6 if you add the Ski-Lifts climb. About 4,000 ft. of climbing on the way out and about 1,200 ft. on the ride back (Ski-Lifts adds 2,000 vertical feet).

It’s impossible to get lost on this ride if you remember: When you come to an intersection, go UP! This works both out and back.

Any questions?

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Old 09-04-14, 10:28 PM
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Geez Rick, you could've given us a bit of a notice. No wonder the response is overwhelming. Let me know if you go again in the coming weekends. I must go up there before the end of September.
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I can't make it - kid's soccer out the wazzooo. If anybody would like to attend my kid's soccer games for me so I can go ride, let me know. They're at 8 am on Saturday in two different cities.

I will give Rick a double thumbs up as a Ride organizer though.

Nice advance notice though.
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We do the GMR/GRR w/opional ski-lifts ride about once a month.

It alternates with Hwy 39 rides to Crystal Lake/Dawson Saddle and Hwy 2 rides from La Canada or from Red Box (if the weather is toasty) to Newcomb's, Cloudburst Summit, Islip Saddle, Dawson Saddle, Grassy Hollow (and back).

Unless there's a century or double century! However, you are correct, there isn't ever much advance notice.

As I type this, 98 cyclists have at least looked at this post and usually we have at least a couple riders show up without having posted a reply . . . so we'll see.

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I'll be out there with my giant orange "Z" Zwift kit, but we're starting around 8-8:30. Maybe we'll see you on the way to the lifts.
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We are starting from Lone Hill and Route 66 at 730 am. Hope to see you guys. Stay Safe!!
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Saw Rick coming down from the lifts right as I got there. Great day out there, if a bit warm. Many forum folks turn out?
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Hope to join you next month when I get my cast off.
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Wish I checked this sooner. Would have loved to have went.
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Was it hot enough for you guys? I went for some Whittier Hills about mid day and holy cats. I finished two bottles within 12 miles.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Was it hot enough for you guys? I went for some Whittier Hills about mid day and holy cats. I finished two bottles within 12 miles.
My buddy and I rode from 9am till 1:30 or so and it was fine, a bit warm. The garmin was being it's typical self and said we hit 102, but I'm sure it was more like 92-95 tops. The road was nice and clean all the way up to the lifts. Sure was wishing I had a 34t chainring instead of the 36 on the new bike.
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Originally Posted by jmX
My buddy and I rode from 9am till 1:30 or so and it was fine, a bit warm. The garmin was being it's typical self and said we hit 102, but I'm sure it was more like 92-95 tops. The road was nice and clean all the way up to the lifts. Sure was wishing I had a 34t chainring instead of the 36 on the new bike.
OK, tried again today - I don't know what kind of masochistic impulse has me riding at 1 pm in 100+ heat but I really fizzled on the ride home. Dreadful.

If you're doing the lifts... I think a 24 would be on the wish list, not a 34. Is this your venge that has a mid compact? How is that thing for climbing?
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Venge, yes. How is which for climbing? The 36 tooth was not optimal - you're probably right about the 24 The Venge frame, well, it's light and stiff. Hard to go wrong there.

I passed a guy standing on the side of the road looking like he was contemplating turning around, then I passed a guy walking his bike up, and then some lady came down shouting "good job" at me only to meet me back up at the top - she was doing repeats of the ski lift climb at noon.

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Then some lady came down shouting "good job" at me only to meet me back up at the top - she was doing repeats of the ski lift climb at noon. Jon
Yes, that was Allison, I saw her too. Last weekend I saws her on Dawson Saddle. I did the Ski-Lift climb with Ken (though he was much faster!) since he just moved here from NY and is really enjoying the climbing in the SoCal mountains.

Here's my Strava from that ride: Bike Ride Profile | GMR/GRR to Baldy Village + Ski-Lift Climb / back to Glendora near Glendora | Times and Records | Strava

I saw 104 on my Garmin and while it was hot . . . not that hot. Sweat in my eyes was the worst I had to deal with on the Ski-Lift climb. Kind of a humid day, really.

Good news is we got the last of the cinnamon rolls at Mt.Baldy Lodge so were well fueled for the climb!

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Originally Posted by jmX
Venge, yes. How is which for climbing? The 36 tooth was not optimal - you're probably right about the 24 The Venge frame, well, it's light and stiff. Hard to go wrong there.

I passed a guy standing on the side of the road looking like he was contemplating turning around, then I passed a guy walking his bike up, and then some lady came down shouting "good job" at me only to meet me back up at the top - she was doing repeats of the ski lift climb at noon.

Jon
Well, the first time I did the lifts I had to stop and contemplate the scenery many times, and that was with a 34 ring and a 32 cog. my wifli RD got recalled and I just got the replacement, so one of these days when it cools down and I get that put back on I'll try again.

Yes, I was referring to the venge. Sounds like a nice bike, where's the green jealous smiley. I think my wife would shoot me if I got another bike, and then when she got out of jail she'd dig me up and shoot me again.
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. . . that was with a 34 ring and a 32 cog.
Yes TroganHorse, That's the gearing I used but I only had to use the 32 on the "Bowling Alley" section, i.e. the super steep part before the sign and before the super-easy switchbacks to the summit. I used the 28 until then.

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Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR
Yes TroganHorse, That's the gearing I used but I only had to use the 32 on the "Bowling Alley" section, i.e. the super steep part before the sign and before the super-easy switchbacks to the summit. I used the 28 until then.

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Oh, yes, the super easy part of the ski lifts (heavy sarcasm).
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Oh, yes, the super easy part of the ski lifts (heavy sarcasm).
Right, well, Super Easy in my opinion after climbing the Bowling Alley almost anything would seem easy. But yes, the final switch backs are 2 or 3% and I call that easy.

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