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Climb every mountain-mostly twice (ride report).(28 posts)

Climb every mountain-mostly twice (ride report).MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:09 AM
For once good weather was forecast for the entire weekend. Actually last weekend was pretty good too so around town most of the snow is gone. Our friends were leading a hilly century ride for Saturday and we planned to take advantage of it.

We parked about 10 miles from the ride start to get in a nice warm-up and a few bonus training miles (we have some long rides coming up soon and want to be ready).

Emmitsburg, MD across the fields as we ride to meet the group early in the morning.
Welcome to Pennsylvania (sorry about the roads).MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:13 AM
There was a very large group at the start (I thought I saw Cyclopathic there somewhere). We have pretty much been riding by ourselves all winter so it was really nice to see and ride with other folks. This isn't the kind of group that sticks together, we will splinter and regroup all day long as the terrain changes and riders stop to eat and rest.

The lead group entering Pennsylvania early in the ride. Notice the change of the road surface and that there is still very little snow on the ground.
Up, up and away.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:20 AM
Miss M and I rarely stop for long so we were alone on the first climb up Piney Mountain. It is not that we are stronger or faster than most of the riders out there, we just stop less so usually it is not too long before we are out front and on our own. Piney Mountain from this approach was a few miles of climbing that weren't too steep; a nice warm-up for the rest of the ride.

Notice the show is beginning to appear on the sides of the road. The sun was shining though and we were beginning to strip off the many layers of clothing we were wearing at the start of the ride.
Yes, I know….MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:25 AM
Sure I was crawling at the very top of the first climb up South Mountain. I'll point out though that I was first over the top of the first 3 climbs and the next riders were miles behind us at this point. Plus I was hoping to have something left for the rest of the day's climbs (that is my story and I am sticking to it!).

Oh, it was steep too good thing I had that 34t cog.
Kings Gap.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:29 AM
The third climb of the day was very pretty and not too hard. It was an optional 5 mile climb on the route slip so not everything did it (Cyclopathic, was that you with Keith and Chris on the way up?)

The snow was really deep on the climb.
Mar 17, 2003 1:05 PM
it was me. I had a flat (then a second one) an Keith was so kind to help me.
Beauty, ain't it?look271
Mar 17, 2003 5:22 PM
You were in my stomping grounds, MB1. Did you stop at the store by the entrance to the park? Great grub there for cheap. They are used to riders stopping there. Even give out free H20 in your bottles if you ask. Should've dropped me a line! I was out on Sat but didn't venture in that direction.
Sorry we missed you.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 7:20 PM
The group does a lot of rides out of Thurmont and Emmitsburg. The next time one is planned I'll post it here. The rides are usually scheduled on Wednesday so there isn't all that much notice,hope you can make it sometime.
On a clear day you can see forever.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:32 AM
The top of King's Gap had a great view of snow covered Pennsylvania.
We hoped that we had seen the last of this.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:35 AM
Riding out of the Newville lunch stop we crossed over a closed bridge. The road had not been cleared so we walked over the snow and ice (hopefully for the last time this year).
Everything is steeper the second time around.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:40 AM
By the second time up South Mountain we had caught the riders who skipped the optional climb up King's Gap. It was nice to climb with folks till Miss M put the hammer down and we drifted away from most of them on the 5 mile climb.

I have to say though that Chuck and Crista really climb well on their tandem. It was a tough, long climb and they were with us at the top. Impressive..
welcome to Big Flat!cyclopathic
Mar 17, 2003 1:11 PM
I hate this climb. Though it is not as steep (grade varies but not above 8% for steepest) but anytime I've done it it was right after the lunch. And the subs in Pino twice bigger then I'd like. ;)
To us locals, that climb is called Whiskey springs. Fun? nmlook271
Mar 17, 2003 5:25 PM
Fun? sort of..cyclopathic
Mar 18, 2003 6:21 AM
on 400km brevet it comes ~190mi.
Mar 18, 2003 9:05 AM
I remember climbing that the 1st time and thinking "this isn't so bad" then, "okay, this is starting to s*&k", then hitting the 1st crest and thinking I was done until I hit the last steep section. Bad thing is that there isn't really a good decent on the other side.
you studsDougSloan
Mar 17, 2003 8:41 AM
You guys are tough as nails. It humbles me that you think of that as "good weather." :-)

Kind of like spring skiing I imagine.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 9:09 AM
It was in the high 20's when we started and warmed up to the mid 50's by the end of the day. With all the sunshine, calm winds and the sun reflecting off the snow it was really comfortable all day.

Even the long fast downhills were fine.
Double Nickel Hill.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:43 AM
Coming off all of these long steep hills you can really fly-you should have the seen the tandem flying down the hills. Speed limits were broken.

Too bad about those stop signs.
what kind of wheels does miss m ride in that photo?Fez
Mar 17, 2003 8:56 AM
are those red mavics? pretty color.
Look like Heliums to me...nmhycobob
Mar 17, 2003 10:21 AM
"(we have some long rides coming up soon and want to be ready)"noveread
Mar 17, 2003 8:43 AM
"Long rides" ??!! What does that mean for you two? Are you planning on riding from DC to Atlanta in a weekend or something? :)

Thanks as always for your ride reports!

What a nice ride.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:47 AM
It was nice that when you weren't on some long steep climb the route was very mellow. Really pleasant riding on calm warm day. On the return we rode through my favorite parts of the Gettysburg Battlefield.
What is Miss M on for this ride???nm.CaliforniaDreaming
Mar 17, 2003 8:55 AM
47cm Merlin with Mavic Helium wheels.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 9:05 AM
Her good weather bike, not as tough as her Rivendell and it can't take fenders but it is nice & light.
Just a shadow of my former robust self.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 8:52 AM
We got in 133 miles and finished well before sunset. We felt great and rode well all day long. It was really nice to ride in and out of snow country too.

Days like this and rides like this make staying in shape through a long nasty winter well worth it.
Can you post your route?cdale02
Mar 17, 2003 9:20 AM
I like riding in that area of PA. Can you post the route that you did? I'd like to try it sometime.

Great pics.
Not my route.MB1
Mar 17, 2003 9:32 AM
Chuck & Crista have a web site where notice of rides (they lead centuries almost every Saturday & Sunday of the year) and ride reports are posted.

Check it out and show up sometime, new riders are always welcome.
come over and do it with otherscyclopathic
Mar 17, 2003 1:19 PM
on May 17.

route pretty much follows first and last 1/4 of DC 400km brevet, here's the link