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Those of you riding the 3 State 3 Mountain century:(12 posts)

Those of you riding the 3 State 3 Mountain century:Mike P
Apr 23, 2002 5:19 AM
I found myself on Burkhalter Gap, by accident, the other day. It is the last significant hill if you are doing the 100 mile ride; the metric does not go up this hill.

It's not the steepest hill around here, not even close, but the fact it happens at the 80 mile point after 2 other big hills could make it harder than it really is. The flyer states a lot of people walk it, but I don't know why. I think the entire thing may be 2.5 miles long. The grade is fairly steady the entire way up; none of the "really steep section, followed by a short down hill, followed by another steep section. . ." thing common around here. I had a 12-23 cassette and didn't find myself wishing for a 25, or triple up front. BUT, I was only 40 miles into a fairly flat ride when I started the hill. I think a triple or 25 might be a good thing to have 80 miles into a hilly ride.

Just some thoughts there for you folks not familiar with the ride.

that's right. lull them into a false sense of security. nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 23, 2002 6:43 AM
Why stop there? The Cheaha Challenge is the next day! nmALBikeGuy
Apr 23, 2002 9:19 AM
Oh SURE!!!look271
Apr 23, 2002 9:43 AM
You mean I've been busting my n*ts over nothing??? I'll just keep bustin' them, just to be sure.......At least i feel like I'll be OK with a 12-27. Thanks for the info. If you are lying, I'll hunt you down and beat you 'till you're senseless.......=)
It's flat. . . no hill at all. . . really. . . trust me.Mike P
Apr 23, 2002 10:36 AM
Hey, I'm not saying it's nothing! A 12-25, 12-27 or a triple would be a good idea at that point in the ride. I think the problem is not the hill itself as much as when the hill is.

You will be happy you have the 27. And I already have no sense!

rise over run (spontaneous haiku response)JS Haiku Shop
Apr 23, 2002 11:38 AM
is this math right? from the elevation profile, the climb starts at a base of around 500 feet (?). if the climb tops out at 1800 feet, then the gain is ~1300 feet. if this is over 2.5 miles, a mile being 5280 feet, then rise / run = 1300 / 13,200, which comes out to 9.85%, average.

or, in haiku:

fifty two eighty
times two and a half, for run
dividend is rise

eighteen hundred feet
minus base elevation
which is five hundred

nine point eight percent
average, if thirteen hundred
over thirteen two

but, this matters not
to chattanooga local
who's used to the climb

unknown: mystery
i've only done it one time
on first century

and, that time i walked
after heart rate skyrocket
(don't forget cold sweats)

for a year i've planned
rode through the winter, rain, cold
and garage, trainer

weight room like arnold
red faced and sweat on the brow
ah, leg extensions

"shuttle" working quads
and time on the squat machine
(that was just for fun)

all this work, for what?
weeks, physical therapy
ride with packaged knee

flatlander am i
to chattanooga or bust
with bum knee i must

you west coast climbers
freakish in nature to me
climbing two-hundreds

here am i, "down south"
training on thousand foot route
prepare for "small hills"

it's all perspective
if i lived with the mountain,
used to riding it

so i bring triple
and a twenty seven, too
no walking this year

also, lose the stash
too much gear up hills last year
this year lighter load

and, if all else fails
my friend 12x23
will certainly push

how's the knee, haiku?bianchi boy
Apr 23, 2002 4:56 PM
Are the stretches and taking it easy helping? Are gonna be able to ride a hilly century?
how's the knee, haiku?JS Haiku Shop
Apr 24, 2002 6:03 AM
i'll do my darned-est. history: injury, 3 weeks off, then PT for 2 weeks, then strong/back on it for 2 weeks, then re-injury, 1 week off, back to doc, now back on bike 1 week, feeling strong again. trying to be careful to build-up but not over-do-it. my concern is not really the hills, as i am most confident in my low gears (grin), but the mileage. i'm back up to ~100 miles per week now, but not even close the the miles i'd ramped-up over the winter, and not even close to the form i had before these fun knee problems.

have courage, have confidence, have gears, but...most importantly...have beers, have ice packs.

Do you have a link for this ride? nmLen J
Apr 23, 2002 5:27 PM But the map and Cue are not right yetMike P
Apr 23, 2002 6:03 PM
The current map and cue is from last year. The start and finish is in a different place. And the last 20 of the metric may follow a different route than last year. Daisy told me today the web info will be updated soon.

okMike P
Apr 23, 2002 5:58 PM
I can't do haiku
so I'm not going to now
that hill just not huge

Don't take first post wrong
yes, the hill will surely hurt
for it's near the end

You get close and see
oh no, up again you go
your legs, they may hurt

When you reach the SAG
you look down and think of me
this hill not too bad

Or you get to top
and then you want to kill me
but still, not bad hill!

I can't remember the topo web site Doug mentioned a while back to verify, but I think the thing starts at 650 ft or so. The turn, and SAG, at the top is maybe 1700 ft.

Hey, I hope the knee is healing!

re: Those of you riding the 3 State 3 Mountain century:Galibier
Apr 24, 2002 6:20 AM
3-Staters walk or zigzag up Burkhalter for good reason: Burkhalter is the most difficult climb of the three, and it is steepest at the top (I'd guess 12% or worse). So, the toughest climbing comes with nearly 80 miles and two mountains in your legs.