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Anybody climb Mt. Greylock on Saturday???(5 posts)

Anybody climb Mt. Greylock on Saturday???Fausto
Oct 8, 2001 6:12 AM
MS "Greylock Challenge" on Saturday, 8:00 am start

2 1/2 hours of riding in wind driven rain from Great Barrington, MA (Butternut Basin Ski Resort ) to the base of the 7.2 climb up Greylock ( North Adams side) with an average grade of 6.5 % (two spots around 11% for about 1/2 mile). Temp started out at 60 degrees and fell through the morning to a 45 degree average while climbing.

Top of the climb was just under 60 miles. Riders were shuttled down the wet, leafy, windy descent ....liability issues I guess. Another 30 miles back to the start (I took a car ride after reaching the summit .... a bit too wet to enjoy the ride home). Some very hearty people rode the rest of the way.
Yes.Steve Davis
Oct 9, 2001 6:51 AM
I rode the whole way and kept thinking, "boy, I'm glad I don't do this for a living". I don't know how the pros do it day in and day out.

I brought leg and arm warmers, a vest and rain jacket, plus some shoe covers. Even with all that clothing, I was pretty freezing cold at times. Some of the organizers told our group that there was a mandatory checkpoint right before the climb began (5 corners, I think). Anyway, stopping there was really tough because we all got soooo cold from the driving rain. When we started up again, I was shivering uncontrollably until the climb began and the body started to heat up. Once we arrived at the summit, a hikers hut was toasty warm with fires in the old Franklin stoves. Hot soup and dry socks (thanks to a kind hearted volunteer) brought the body temp back to normal. Someone said the summit was 28 degrees.

Anyway, the ride back was surpisingly nice. The weather cleared enough to see some of the foliage and the roads were actually dry in spots. At the last checkpoint, the volunteers said that only 5 riders were ahead of my buddy and me and, according to the SAG wagon, only 13 were behind us. When we finished up the odomoter read 100.75 miles with an average speed of 15.8 mph. That hill killed our average, don't you think?

I'm glad I rode it, but imagine it would be tremendous on a sunny day.
re: Anybody climb Mt. Greylock on Saturday???Tami
Oct 9, 2001 11:49 AM
You guys are tougher than I was. Along with two friends, I ended up doing 60 miles Saturday and not attempting the climb. I felt great Saturday and was so pumped for this ride too. My waterproof jacket turned out to be anything but, and me and my blue lips were shaking uncontrollably at the second rest stop. At that point, we decided to hook back up with the 50 mile ride. I have no regrets for turning back. Five miles from the end, I was so cold I couldn't even shift my gears. I'm always amazed at the good spirits of the MS volunteers though. I did the Surf n' Turf ride in August, and rode in similar conditions on the second day. It would have been a spectacular ride on Friday. Next year, that hill is mine!
re: Anybody climb Mt. Greylock on Saturday???Fausto
Oct 9, 2001 12:11 PM
Looks familiarTami
Oct 9, 2001 12:45 PM
I think I remember you guys. Did you get a late start? I was the gal on the yellow Colnago riding with two guys. We got a late start trying to find water for our water bottles. There were a couple of guys parked near us who started even later. I don't remember many people though. Everyone was covered head to toe and I just kept my head down and rode.