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By miker2 (Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 11:38:21 AM EST) cycling, 39x25 just ain't cutting it, quads 'a burnin' (all tags)
No missed turns, but I sure do miss having an extra chainring.


Yesterday was CJBC's annual Hillier Than Thou ride in rural and scenic Northwest NJ.  Being that the start is a whopping ten minutes from my father's house, I drove up Saturday and stayed over, saving me from a 0400 wake up call and a two hour drive Sunday morning.

They have a number of options available to the masochist cyclist, all of which include copious amounts of climbing and quick, technical descents.  Last year I signed up for the metric (100K), did the 'super metric' (75 miles), but a wrong turn made it a painful and dehydrating 84 mile battle.

This year I manned up and did the century: 113 miles, 10,950 climbing.  They have an ITT (individual time trial) option which my friend convinced me to do.

The ride starts in Mansfield, NJ and winds north into Blairstown and Jenny Jump Forrest and up into the Delaware Water Gap before crossing into PA via the Route 80 bridge (who knew it had a sidewalk?).  From there it heads south (to within miles of my Mom's place) before crossing back into NJ at Belvidere and trekking through Asbury and Glen Gardner en route to the finish.

My 'race' didn't last very long at all.  Not even ten miles in I passed a rider who was obviously having a very hard time with a flat.  I stopped to help him out until SAG came, but by that point the main pack was miles ahead and I was left to try and catch them (wrong) or just ride it and have fun (right).

I met up with a few folks who were riding about my pace and chit chatted until I dropped them (always at a rest stop or long climb), which made the ride go quicker, but for the most part it was a solo affair until the end when I hooked up with two guys from a local cycling club who were struggling just as much as I was on those last few hills.

Speaking of hills... NW NJ/NE PA has some big hills.  Some are long and steady, while others are shorter and steep.  Others are long and steep.  These long and steep hills came AFTER mile 80 on the ride.  I'd managed to tackle every hill in my 39x25 without standing and without overwhelming pain.

Those last few hills thoroughly and completely kicked my ass.  Having to unclip and walk a bike in LOOK cleats up a 20+% grade is no fun, although seeing cleat marks in the tar patches made me feel a little better.

In talking with other riders afterwards, there was a lot of respect going around to riders who did it in standard gearing (39/53 double w/12-25 cassette), but we all agreed that this ride was meant for triple's or compact cranks or Paulo Salvodelli.

The ride, including the leadout, was a nine hour affair for myself, longer for a few others.

For comparison, I did the 112 mile bike course at Ironman Lake Placid this July in just over 6 hours (identical gearing), including stops, and that's in the Adirondacks.

I can't wait to do this again next year.

The numbers:
113 miles
10,950ft total ascending
136 avg HR
14.5mph avg (smokin')
4100 kcals.
200+ miles for the week (half-ironman last Sunday + 2 computrainer workouts)

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That's a lot of climbing by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 11:55:20 AM EST
The middle 65 miles of mine had about 3,000 feet. Don't know about the first 30 or last 30. Probably about 1,000 each way.

What a softie, helping someone with a puncture! I thought racers were supposed to be hard asses.

BTW, registration for 2007 is open!
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It sure is. by miker2 (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 12:08:24 PM EST
My legs are still on fire, hopefully an easy spin later on will get things loose.

I raced last weekend and knew I didn't have the legs to make a go of it, so I 'raced' at a moderate, sustainable pace.  Besides, this dude was flipping the fuck out and didn't have a pump or CO2.

I'm seriously considering the 550 since I got closed out of Iroman Wisconsin for next year.


Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
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The 550 by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 12:13:43 PM EST
There are about four or five speedsters who do it every year. Three guys from Connecticut and another guy from $somewhere (NY?). There's also a kid (who, I think, will be 18 next year) who sometimes joins them. They're very fast.

Then there are those of us who mosey.
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the question is by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Sep 18, 2006 at 04:12:38 PM EST
Did you have to pay toll to leave Jersey?

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