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Hill Training & Mount Greylock(7 posts)

Hill Training & Mount Greylockjagiger
Sep 17, 2001 7:09 AM
I finished my 1st Century a week ago & I'm recovering pretty well after cutting my mileage in half last week. I was wondering about doing some hill riding & possibly doing Mt. Greylock (6 percent grade over 7mi.).

Would I be able to do this by the beginning of Nov or should I put it off til next season? Last week I did 123mi & I had done 250 with a 75mi long ride in preparation for the century. Mt. Greylock would be 37mi including the climb. Thanks
Go for it!MB1
Sep 17, 2001 8:30 AM
To be a better hill climber you got to climb better hills. What could it hurt, worst case you turn around and ride back to the start. Besides, they have never paved a hill you couldn't walk up.
Mount GreylockKevin M
Sep 17, 2001 9:24 AM
I have ridden up Mt Greylock many times since I grew up in Lanesboro, MA and went to Mt Greylock Regional High School (class of '79). You must be referring to the southern approach (Rockwell Rd) since the road from the North (North Adams) is much steeper. The vertical climb is about 2500 feet either way.

If you are going to ride it this year - don't wait too long. They officially close the road from (I believe) Oct. to May. You can still ride on it, but depending on the snow/ice conditions to can be slippery. One time I road my mountain bike to the top on the packed snowmobile tracks (on the road) on New Years Day. It was very cold and windy at the top! Of course we don't get snow like we used to.

In the spring before they open the road there are usually a lot of sticks a braches on the road. Enjoy the ride - it's a great climb.
Mount Greylockjagiger
Sep 17, 2001 10:08 AM
Thanks for the info, as I'm from CT & wasn't sure fo the approach as I've only been twice. I think we went in from N. Adams.

Since you've done it many time, what do you think of the training I've done. All total with the Century, I've got about 2100 miles. Is that enough? I haven't done alot of hills to date, some but not real long.
You should be all set..Cartman
Sep 17, 2001 10:44 AM
I did Mt. Greylock for the first time last year, and I probably had not much more miles than you. I also rode it on the steep side - North Adams. I rode it about a month ago, and took 5 minutes off last years time. The North Adams side is one heck of a climb. It took me 1:04 this year to climb the 9 miles. I agree about getting it done soon. The problem is, you'll work like a dog getting up, and get all sweaty, then freeze on the way down if you do it too late in the season. Good luck!!
re: Hill Training & Mount GreylockGary M
Sep 17, 2001 2:51 PM
I rode up Mt Greylock this summer- I started the ride in Lenox, summited Greylock from the Lanesboro side and then rode back to Lenox. Total distance was about 48 miles. After a fairly steep initial climb to the Visitor's Center, it really wasn't a bad climb. There are some flat sections and even one where you drop down a bit. The road is narrow and not in very good condition with potholes and frost heave so be careful especially coming down. Do it on a weekday if you can to avoid traffic. Have fun!
Thanks everyone!!! I'll be doing it soon! nmjagiger
Sep 17, 2001 6:55 PM