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Anyone doing Climb to Kaiser?(11 posts)

Anyone doing Climb to Kaiser?Spokeman
Jul 23, 2001 9:54 AM
Climb to Kaiser is this weekend, anyone doing it?
Yuppergrzy mnky
Jul 23, 2001 10:18 AM
Early registration has been sent in. My wife, a buddy and myself are going to particpate in this gala event. Doug Sloan will probably be there as well. Should be roasty-hot by Sat. ;-( Will stay at my sister-in-laws place in Fresno.
I'll look for you guysSpokeman
Jul 23, 2001 12:43 PM
I ride for MVV. You can't miss us, red, white and blue team clothing with MVV plastered all over. We did the ride last year and got voted "best team clothing" or something to that effect. :)

I wish it were only "Africa hot", I was in Pilansburg National game park during the African summer, and Fresno is still hotter. We are going to be in for a treat.

Aaron, AKA Spokeman
Yuppergrzy mnky
Jul 23, 2001 12:26 PM
The wife, a buddy and myself are pre-registered for the gala event. Doug Sloan is also doing it. Should be Africa-hot by Sat.! ;-(
I'll look for you guysgrzy mnky
Jul 23, 2001 1:02 PM
Serotta Legend Ti w/Ksyriums & Ultegra should have Conti tires w/red sidewalls (they're on sale at Tx Cyclesport for $30 ea.!). Clothing std. black shorts probably an old Primal Wear dead fish jeresey with sleaves cut off (and large matching scar on right elbow). Red, white, and blue Giro helmet. Maybe a CamelBak.... Wifey rides a Ti Holland w/pink cages and lettering.

Doug - do you think we need to carry the weight or will they have lots of water avail.?

Was in Mombassa Kenya about 10 years ago and it was a cooker. Fully expect to get fried on the final 30 miles. Hard part is going to be deciding between waiting for the wife or just getting it over with.
You are on Indian Gaming now?Spokeman
Jul 23, 2001 1:23 PM

Mike C is a long time friend of mine. I go way back with that boy. Mike and I were racing together back in the early 80s when we were both on a team in Fresno and a small group of us from Visalia were racing.

I was going to email him to find out if he is doing it again this year, do you know?

If you talk to him let him know Aaron is riding it and I'll see him there.

See you saturday, at "zero dark thirty".

of courseDog
Jul 23, 2001 12:48 PM
Yup. Just did my last "upper Kaiser" training ride this last Saturday.

BTW, it's projected to be 106 degrees in the valley Saturday. Won't really matter until you get back down Alder Springs road with about 35 miles to go, but you'll really feel it then. Drink lots.

Oh, going down the road between Highway 168 by Shaver Lake to the little town of Big Creek, they had piles of gravel ready to do a chip seal on the road. Be very careful here, with its long, twisty descents, where it will likely be all the more treacherous with loose gravel on the road.

I'll look for you guys - same hereDog
Jul 23, 2001 1:14 PM
There should be plenty of water available. The water stops are plentiful on the climbing portion (and it's cooler then), and the descent goes so fast that, even though the stops are further apart in miles, measured in time it's actually about the same.

The longest stretch in miles between water stops is Shaver Lake to the Millerton Store on the way down. This is also the hottest portion. In the past, if it was really hot, they would add an intermediate water stop in Auberry. However, you drop 5,000 feet between Shaver and Millerton, so it goes really fast.

Two water bottles work for me. If you are pretty slow up the hills, you might want more water, though.

I'll be on my Geo C40 in my Palace Indian Gaming Casino team uniform (multi-colored), with my Zipp 303 wheels on. Yellow/orange Giro helmet. See you there.

I'll look for you guys - same hereMarkar
Jul 25, 2001 9:38 AM
I am thinking about doing the Climb to Kaiser next year and would appreciate one of your excellent post ride recaps. Have a great ride. Thanks.
I'll look for you guysSpokeman
Jul 23, 2001 1:27 PM

I'll keep and eye out for you two for sure.

As far as water, last year we had no problems, and it was really hot then too. Doug is right about the climbing, it's in the morning and when the day gets hot you are already up at altitude anyway.

The fun is when you hit the inversion layers on the descent. You can literally feel the heat rise as you descend.

here's a graphicDog
Jul 25, 2001 9:46 AM
Here's a Topo USA graphic of the Big Creek climb. I'll add some more later.