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Terrible Two approacheth!(7 posts)

Terrible Two approacheth!MrCelloBoy
Jun 13, 2002 3:01 PM
The 10-day forecast has 90 degrees in Healdsburg. It could be cookin' on the Skaggs climbs this year. According to past history it can get upwards of 120 degree blacktop temp's if it gets that hot.
Anyone else getting stoked for Sonoma County's answer to what's a good day's workout?
wish I could be thereDougSloan
Jun 13, 2002 8:02 PM
That was an epic double. I liked it. Maybe next year.

Doug
wish I could be thereMrCelloBoy
Jun 14, 2002 7:53 AM
Hey Doug, we can always use extra support help.
you could be one of those who you appreciated so much when you rode it last.
can't leave townDougSloan
Jun 14, 2002 8:34 AM
It's not the riding part, it's the being away part. Can't leave town (baby).
Pray for Foggrzy
Jun 14, 2002 11:09 AM
When I did it two years ago it was 109 F in Sanoma on the Wed. before the event, fortunately the fog came in and cooled everything off by Sat. Do try and enjoy yourself - with some luck it won't be super hot, but if it is you're really in for it. All of this really puts you behind the 8 ball when it comes time to climb the wall and Ft. Ross. Be damn careful of the logging trucks on Hwy 1 - they take joy in seeing how close they can come to you. Never let your guard up on the descents - there is a lot of nasty road to deal with and wrecking isn't much of a living. Be super heads up on the mass start - there's a lot of testosterone running and common sense isn't that common at 0530.
Getting stoked---->Lon Norder
Jun 14, 2002 12:12 PM
Getting scared too!

This year I'm going to put my mtb's rear derailleur and cassette on my bike. This will give me a 30x32 low gear. Last year I had to switchback a lot of the climbs even though I had a 30x27 low gear.

On Skaggs Springs road I almost fainted several times due to the heat and climbing, and other times almost threw up. This year I'm not going to eat a big sandwich at the lunch stop, but rather carry it with me and eat it at the top of last Skaggs climb. Hopefully this will cure the nausea problem.

Good luck and pray for cool weather.

Oh, did you fill in all the pot holes like I requested?
Lon, you must be going too fast!MrCelloBoy
Jun 14, 2002 2:41 PM
I'll be mashing a 38x28 and I don't weave too much. It's a real advantage living here and being able to ride the course. No, didn't have time for the potholes. And watch out for Vultures eating a big bloated pig carcass on the Las Lomas descent. There was quite a bit left last weekend and I almost hit one bird as I came around the corner!

Thank GRZ for the input. I rode the TT in 1999 for the first time so I'm familiar with what you speak of. My game plan is to go easy until after Skaggs then turn it up if I'm not fried. Last time that strategy got me in around 8:45 with a 30 minute rest at Ft. Ross.
Like you say, if it's hot It'll be a whole other game, called drink-while-you-climb.