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Death Ride?(8 posts)

Death Ride?jeffss
Apr 20, 2002 4:38 PM
Just got my death ride confirmation. Any hints for a first timer. I do mostly mountain biking but have always wanted to do this? Jeff
What is it?tempeteKerouak
Apr 20, 2002 6:12 PM
Yesterday I did 112km on flat land with a friend.

We were screaming at each other trying to curse the wind gods. We were leaning into it big time.

It was not about spinning or position or helmet brand. It was about the weather, the distance and the food/drinks left.

Sometimes 10 km feel like 10 years. We averaged 26km/hr. But I could also go 50 km/hr with the wind at my back, just relaxing.

That was a death ride; making it home. Thank the other gods, the weather was otherwise nice.

My advice: make yourself believe you are really strong, but ride within yourself.
re: Death Ride?Chaz_cycles
Apr 20, 2002 6:49 PM
Are you going to ride all the passes? Which is 129 miles and 16,000 feet of climbing at elevations between 5000'- 8730'ft or so. I have done this ride a few times. It is not fun too many people. As for training for it. All I can say is ride alot of hills not too steep but long. Remember to eat and drink on the ride and bring some decent gears. I would reccomend atleast a 39-27 a triple would do better,unless you are really strong. Morning can be really cold and the afternoons can be hot so dress accordingly. You go by the start on your way to the 5th pass so you can drop off stuff and grab other things there if needed. If you like to have a calmer harder ride try the Climb to Kaisier 150 miles 13,500ft of climbing and about 10% of the people.
re: Death Ride?rwbadley
Apr 20, 2002 8:14 PM
I just got confirmation as well.
It is a long ride, and yes there are 'hills' I have done these passes, and the ride is nothing to be feared.
You don't need to do all of them. Play it by ear, as you can do any or all of them.
The ride is really well supported, lot's of food water sag etc...
This is some of the most beautiful touring you will ever see. The roads are closed to car traffic. They are well paved and fast on the descents. The climbs are tough. 7-10% with some 12% I used a 42-28 and did ok. A triple would be a knee saver, especially if we get wind.
If you are coming from low altitude, you may have a bit of trouble with climbing at these elevations, so take it easy. The base is around 5300'. Most of the day (timewise) will be spent between 7-8300
Drink LOTS of water! At this elevation it may not be hot, (or it might be), But you can't believe what this elevation and 20%-30% humidity will do. Cramping is no fun...
It is a large crowd. They limit to I think 2700, But the hills tend to stretch the pack for miles, so it's not so bad.
I have seen folks of "all" levels on this ride.
Train a bit for hills, especially long seated climbs. If you can do any ride of 60 miles with a few hills, and don't feel too beat up, you will be fine.
Take your time, Enjoy the ride! See you there,
re: Death Ride?JohnG
Apr 20, 2002 8:23 PM
You should be doing century level rides every weekend. Try to get your climbing up to 8-10K feet before the event.

I'm pretty bummed ......... no confirmation yet, which probably means I didn't get selected.

JohnG :(
Looong rides!DMoore
Apr 20, 2002 8:34 PM
In addition to other advice (climb lots, drink lots, etc) my suggestion is to do some very long rides. 129 miles, 1/2 of it uphill, makes for a very long day in the saddle. Your legs, neck, back, shoulders etc. need to adjust to the long hours. I did DR a few years ago. I had concentrated on climbing and my legs felt strong. But I hadn't done any really long rides, and by the end of the day I was feeling well and truly thrashed. So go rack up the hours - get comfortable with 8 hour rides. (Preferably climbing miles, of course!)
re: Death Ride?OwenMeany
Apr 21, 2002 5:12 AM
Ride up hills...I have done it a couple of times. If you can get out and ride a 60 miler with at least 5K of climbing a few weeks before the ride you will be fine. Unless you what to complete it in 9 hours. The views, food and atmosphere is great. Eat often and enjoy the day.
get in lots of miles at altitude. nmSantaCruz
Apr 21, 2002 8:17 AM