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Anyone doing the Mountains of Misery in VA May 25th?(12 posts)

Anyone doing the Mountains of Misery in VA May 25th?look271
Mar 6, 2003 7:47 AM
I just got an e-mail from a friend that likely will be doing it. Sounds painful. I gotta do it =) Any other suckers?
I mightcyclopathic
Mar 6, 2003 7:51 AM
a couple friends of mine do it on regular basis. I was told last climb makes fully grown man cry (that's of cause if you ride them on doubles ;).
I mightlook271
Mar 6, 2003 8:06 AM
I'd probably put my mtb rear derailer on and use it's cassette. Not a triple, but pretty low gearing.
just be patientcyclopathic
Mar 6, 2003 8:27 AM
it is a longish ~4mi climb and there's 1.5mi section with sustained 10-11% grade. Just what you need at the end of the ride ;)

CP

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The last climbms
Mar 6, 2003 8:14 AM
I did the Mountains of Misery last year and bonked on the last climb with 1.5 miles to go. An angel of mercy came by, put me in her car, turned on the AC, fed me cold drinks and food and let me rest for about 30 minutes (her significant other was doing the ride). I was determined to finish -- I made it with a combination of riding, resting and walking -- it took me over an hour to do the post-bonk 1.5 miles.

The first 50-60 miles of the ride are fairly easy -- some climbing, but mainly rolling hills. Then there is a category 2 climb aroung the 70-80 mile mark and the final climb, which I think is a category 1 climb (it was on the Tour du Pont). One other thing: it is not a "century" -- it is 103 or 105 miles. I usually do not mind a few extra miles at the end of a century, but when they are steep uphill miles, you will curse each extra one of them.

I learned a lot on the ride about proper hydration and nutrition. I am planning to do it again this year -- and not bonk.

The ride is well supported and I met some good people on the ride. It is a great ride and I recommend it for all Maryland/D.C./Virginia masochists out there.
The last climb - I remember it !madstork
Mar 6, 2003 5:06 PM
I did a road race out of Blacksburg in 1990 that finished at Mountain Lake. I don't remember my gearing that day, but it wasn't enough. Exhausted from racing/chasing/crashing, and then that climb - oh, the agony! Had to zig-zag to the top. Not sure I'll be there since Mt. Mitchell is the previous weekend, so enjoy the ride for me!
Looks interesting. . .Mike P
Mar 6, 2003 8:26 AM
I may be up for this one. Actually, the more I look at it the more I want to go. I will only be able to make the Sunday ride though. And don't forget the Cherohala Challenge. . . I think it is Jun 14.

http://www.mountainsofmisery.com/2003/index.html
http://www.smwbike.org/

Thanks for the heads up look271.
Mike
Hey Mike.look271
Mar 6, 2003 9:32 AM
Looks like I'll be doing the 3/3 in Chattanooga again this year (who could turn down a free room with a very nice southern Lady =)? ). Don't think I'll get to the Cherohala challenge, though. Lots of driving for me. At least the Mtns of Misery is *only* 5 hrs away!
I'm looking forward to 3/3 as well.Mike P
Mar 6, 2003 10:45 AM
I am going to be riding the 3/3 course this weekend. The weather is supposed to be up around 70.

We'll have to make sure we at least say hello! I hope there is no fog this year. . . you need to see the view leaving Lookout Mtn.

Mike
see you guys there nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 6, 2003 11:03 AM
Will do.look271
Mar 6, 2003 12:19 PM
Don't rub it in. It snowed again today! =( Sunday should be OK for riding. We'll have to hook up there. Maybe we can hoist a few of the complimentary beverages @ the end ! =)
I did it last yearbriko51
Mar 6, 2003 10:08 AM
Definately painful...expecially the last climb...but fun as hell :) A few Virginia Tech buddies and myself rode it...nice rest stops...better be a good climber :) hehe...good luck