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A century to Mt Baldy (ride report with pictures)(18 posts)

A century to Mt Baldy (ride report with pictures)PeterRider
Apr 7, 2003 9:38 AM
After a double century in 13 hours last week, I'm back to my usual time of more than 10 hours on a century (with lots of climbing though).
Yesterday's ride: 93 miles in the San Bernardino mountains, 10,400ft of elevation gain (I think truth was closer to 9,000-9,500). And one climb of 2,500ft in 4 miles, that almost killed me.

The full ride report, with pictures, captions and no popups, is on

re: A century to Mt Baldy (ride report with pictures)MrCelloBoy
Apr 7, 2003 10:21 AM
You're insane!
Come up to Santa rosa this spring and do the Terrible Two.
I registered for the Devil Mountain double (going to regret it)PeterRider
Apr 7, 2003 11:10 AM
The terrible two ? Yes, it's on the agenda. Probably going to die during the ride, unless I die before, in 3 weeks at the Devil Mountain double !

I see plenty of people from Santa Rosa everytime I do an organized ride, seems to be plenty of cycling there !

Hmmm....I may try "taste of the Devil."PseuZQ
Apr 7, 2003 1:03 PM
I think it's a little early for me at least to contemplate DMD. On my schedule are Davis, Eastern Sierra and Markleeville. Not sure after that...

I was just reading about the Terrible Two last nite. Damn...sounds hard. I would love to say I'd done that but realistically I think I'm going to have to wait until next year.
Eastern Sierra is a great double...Lon Norder
Apr 7, 2003 1:17 PM
Probably the most beautiful course of all the California doubles, and that says alot.

Another good ride on the same day as Taste of the Devil is the Mount Hamilton Challenge. Starts in Sunnyvale, goes over Mt. Hamilton and down the back side to Livermore and back to Sunnyvale. It's cheap, only $15. You supply your own drop bags and they take them to 3 places on the course. You pass lots of the Devil Mountain riders going the other way.
Hamilton routePseuZQ
Apr 7, 2003 1:47 PM
Turns out I did most of this route just last weekend! Started in Livermore/Pleasonton going the opposite direction of all the Cinderllies riding the Cinderella Classic. Then up the front of Hamilton, down to the junction and down Mines. I was wondering why the potholes and heaves were marked...for some reason I didn't think the course made a loop.

Arrgh... So many roads, so little time....It's only Monday and I'm already thinking about what I'll ride next weekend.
Terrible Two is really hardDougSloan
Apr 7, 2003 1:55 PM
Terrible Two has tons of climbing, fast pacelines, broken up roads, wind, and heat. When I was in the peak of fitness of all time for me, it took 12 hrs 56 minutes. The hills after lunch in the baking sun are demoralizing. The nice part is the run down the coast on highway 1 if you get a tailwind, but followed immediately by the steepest climbs of the day.

Don't think I'd recommend the TT unless a century around 5-6 hours is routine for anyone.

I "accidentally" rode up Ft. Ross Road once.PseuZQ
Apr 7, 2003 2:31 PM
In the opposite direction than the TT, I believe, but it was still friggin' hard. I took the wrong fork at Cazadero on the way to King Ridge road. I kept thinking, "This is wayyy steeper than 7 percent...stupid bike book got this all wrong..."
percentage numbers are misleadingDougSloan
Apr 7, 2003 2:41 PM
A hill that is 7% over all could easily have 20% sections. It doesn't take much flatter area here and there to bring the over all average way down. A constant 7%, like you find on interstate highways, is relatively easy. If a twisty backroad is quoted at 7%, it will feel like 15. You feel the steep parts.

You took my spot at the Death ride !?! :-)PeterRider
Apr 7, 2003 2:35 PM
You can always do the double metric...Lon Norder
Apr 7, 2003 1:10 PM
The DM double and double metric rides follow the same course until the lunch stop, where you can decide which to do. It's an incredible ride, as is the Terrible Two. They're in a class by themselves. The TT can be hellish if it's a hot day. For reference, my times last year were Solvang 13:20, DMD 18:50, TT 15:30.

This year the DMD is a week after my 400k brevet and a week before my 600k, so forget it. The TT conflicts with a mountain bike race I want to do, so I won't be there unless I don't get into the race. Good luck!
Why is California "Planet Ultra?"ms
Apr 7, 2003 11:47 AM
I always am amazed by the mileage feats of the Californians on this board (and isn't MB1 a transplanted Californian?). I used to think it had something to do with the riders. Now, I wonder if there is something special in the air in the West. I usually am a slow century rider (7+ hours). When I did the Mojave by Moonlight Century last summer, it was the fastest century that I ever had done. I was in California at the beginning of March and did 130 miles of the Death Valley Double. Since I have been back on the East Coast, my longest ride has been 45 miles and it felt worse than the 130 I did in Death Valley. Maybe it is a psycholigical thing -- I am more psyched when I travel for a special ride. But, could it be something else? Are the California roads beta sites for Trek's mag lev program (VeloNews APRIL 1)?
Large state, lots of riders...Lon Norder
Apr 7, 2003 1:23 PM
varied geography and microclimates, year-round riding season. We're blessed.
Good question...not sure I have the answer BUTPseuZQ
Apr 7, 2003 1:38 PM
Where I live, SF Bay Area, it's sort of expected that you "do" something, like cycling, triathlon, marathon running, rock climbing, surfing, windsurfing, or motorcycling, at least among my peers. (Golf doesn't count unless you're my mom, in which case it's cool.) So in addition to your elevator pitch about your profession, you need to be prepared to talk about what you do when you're not working....

There are a lot of active, athletic people in prolly notice they cyclists more than others.

I think part of that has to do with where we live -- to not take advantage of the great outdoors would be a complete and total waste. But I seriously thing there's some positive peer pressure going on to have an active hobby.

This is what I've observed at least from growing up here, moving away and living in the Midwest, then returning as an adult.
more fun with mountains and coastline, too nmDougSloan
Apr 7, 2003 2:45 PM
People who do the "planet ultra" events are strong...PeterRider
Apr 7, 2003 2:45 PM
On the 200km Baldy brevet a couple weeks ago, I was one of the last riders. Sure, I didn't need the brevet credit so no need to hurry, and we stopped for hot dogs and other flats. But still, I was feeling good and climbing well on that day. In February, on the San Luis Obispo 200km brevet, in comparison it was all flat, people were older and much slower.

re: A century to Mt Baldy (ride report with pictures)The Human G-Nome
Apr 7, 2003 1:18 PM
i grew up in Upland at the foor of Mt.Baldy and i really miss that place. i've lived in the bay area for 10 years now though and wasn't able to take advantage of the cycling because i was just a snowboarder back then. i'm definitely going to have to make the trip back just to conquer Baldy. great looking ride!
Mt. BaldyBixe
Apr 7, 2003 4:33 PM
I also grew up in the Ontario/Upland area and for many years, every other weekend ride would include a stop at the Baldy Lifts and I can almost ride the Glendora Mountain Road blindfolded. I moved to Long Beach in the Eighties and still ride regularly in the mountains. I also miss the Upland area because unfortunately, it isn't nearly the same. One didn't have to ride East very far to be riding through the citrus groves and vineyards all the way to the top of Cajon Pass. Now it's beige stucco, tile roofs, endless suburbs and cookie cutter retail. oh, never mind.

Fortunately, the Mountains are as gorgeous as ever and as the years have slowed me down, I enjoy the mountains more..

Scary BTW: I recognized every one of PeterRider's views..