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cycling in Maui-Haleakula(7 posts)

cycling in Maui-Haleakulamaurizio
Feb 4, 2002 10:57 AM
Anyone ever ridden UP the volcano? I know there are quite a few companies that offer MTN bike tours for those that want to coast down, but I'd like to do the ride up and then enjoy gravity.
What's traffic like? How out of control is 300lb. Mildred from Iowa on a rental bike for the first time in 30 years?
Is it worth the hassle?
re: cycling in Maui-Haleakulacollinsc
Feb 4, 2002 12:07 PM
I was just thinking the same thing the other day. Im of the opinion generally, unless you are good enough to make the climb up the 10 mile 19% mountain, you are probably not capable of handling the bike safely at ultra high descent speeds safely.

Though the idea of dragging my ass up this giant moutain sounds like a blast, if not for the pain but for the accomplishment, the thought of getting crushed by Mildred on my way up is not that appealing.

One of these days I'll take the risk though.
Wait, aren't you supposed to be on vacation?js5280
Feb 4, 2002 12:24 PM
That's quite a climb, around 10,000 ft depending where you start. But hey, whatever you call a vacation is none of my business. Can't remember the distance/grade. I've ridden down it before and I don't think you're in grave danger of being bulldozed by Mildred. Traffic does go up the road so people are told explicitly not to cross the yellow line. Or do so in the expectation of becoming a hood orament. I don't remember a lot of traffic on the road. However the sunrise tours leave 2-3 hours before sunrise so there is a lot of traffic then going up. I imagine the self-guided tourist would drive up at your typical time to wake up, round up the troops, and drive up the volcano. I don't remember much commerical traffic, I don't think there is much up there for that type of traffic. My recommendation take unguided tour (so you don't have to follow Mildred down at 8 mph) hang a left at the T stop, go to the Tesdeschi Vineyard, take the tour, drink sparingly (wine's not that good anyways), and ride back to the bike shop for extra challenge. Mahalo!
Here is a nice website.MB1
Feb 4, 2002 12:32 PM
All the hordes going downhill are required to stay behind the group leader so they stay pretty much in control. I've seen the group leaders riding sideways or facing backwards however...

It's a tough but do-able climb. The downhill is best in the early morning or evening, it can be very cloudy most of the day from 9,000 feet to maybe 5,000 feet so you can't see much and it can get really cold if you are not dressed right.

I prefer the ride out to Hana or around West Maui. However Haleakala up or down is classic. Be sure to check with the park rangers well in advance for road conditions and restrictions.

re: cycling in Maui-Haleakulaflying
Feb 4, 2002 12:44 PM
Yup ;-)

I raced up it in 1989 & 1990
It use to be a great race called " Cycle to the Sun"
It started in Paea at sea level. If I remember right the race was 36ish miles. It was tough but I loved it.
It was very well organized & they treated us really nice.

I still have the two year finish line photos hanging in my room ;-)

that's what I wanted to hear!DAS
Feb 4, 2002 5:52 PM
Wow, that's cool. Glad to hear people are riding up it, and even racing up it.

I was out there recently. I considered bringing a bike but decided on sandals and a swimsuit instead. I just went surfing, snorkeling and relaxed, it was easier to figure out logistically, and hey, I was in Hawaii after all.
Contact this dudeMel Erickson
Feb 5, 2002 7:09 AM
The guy who owns this company:

was the state champion and hill climb champ. He should have some good insights.

I'll be taking his tour on March 5 and can inquire.