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Just Registered for Mt. Washington practice ride...(18 posts)

Just Registered for Mt. Washington practice ride...biknben
Apr 25, 2003 1:07 PM
For those who missed or weren't willing to pay to register for the actual race up Mt. Washington, the practice ride is scheduled for July 20th and still has spots available. $25 is a hell of a lot easier to swallow than $300.

A few friends and I have just registered. I'll be taking plenty of pics.
To the painKristin
Apr 25, 2003 1:17 PM
That looks like a good deal. Suffer and enjoy!
What's the big difference: no T-shirt, no support, etc?? [nm]bent_spoke
Apr 25, 2003 3:28 PM
I'm in agreement...biknben
Apr 25, 2003 6:46 PM
A couple years ago it was only $100 and I was interested in doing it but it was already full. The next year they started the current pricing and I lost interest real fast. I'm not paying $300 to do a 7 mile ride! I don't remember them doing a "practice ride" last year. For $25 I'll sacrifice the support and the t-shirt for sure. I'll take a few extra pictures to make up for it.
that's cutestinkfoot247
Apr 25, 2003 7:53 PM
awe that's cute. I rode the choo choo up the mountain when I was little. It's very nice. Can't you just ride up the mountain for free on any other day. Just wandering.
that's cutefirstrax
Apr 25, 2003 9:23 PM
Only open to bikes on the practice ride and the race. And on both days you must have a ride back down. No riding your bike down.
The road up Ascutney in VT is the same grade, half the distance and open to bikes anytime.
that's cutestinkfoot247
Apr 25, 2003 9:30 PM
That's absurd, I can't believe someone would invest that much money to go up a hill that they can't ride down, that's the best part. Liability issues or some crap I bet. Man I always dreamed of riding my bike up and down that hill, the hell with that. Thanks for the suggestion. Is Ascutney easy to find on an online map site. Nearest town?
Ok thanks
that's cutefirstrax
Apr 26, 2003 7:10 AM
Its easy to find. Heres a link.

Bring a pump. You need to let some air out of your tires before heading down. Myself and others have blown tires from the rim heating up (from braking) on the way back down.

A bunch of us will be meeting there May 18 for a few trips up and down.
that's cutemackgoo
Apr 28, 2003 6:07 AM
Hey where do you live. I get up to see my parents in Hrtland a few times a year. Last year I took the bike, came from Shute road down the Queechie to the villiage. Took I think 12 to Woodstock, at 4 corners took a left. Then I started getting into some serious hills. An 11-21 is not a good gear cluster for that terrain. I went past the back of Ascutney. I ended up going down to a big intersection and taking a right, I think towards Killington. Man ran into another few good climbs. Then came into the back of Woodstock. That was when all the climbing paid off, it was great I bet I whent about 10 miles at about 30 MPH just a slow gradual descent spinning along at no effort. But taking 12 back to Hartland was a drag, lots of wind and more rollers. It was great though were I live there aren't many hills like that day.
Where will you be meeting on the 18th?
re: Just Registered for Mt. Washington practice ride...KG 361
Apr 25, 2003 7:57 PM
Good luck! I remember going up that on a motorcycle in '81 or '82 and that wasn't easy =). If you do it w/out dying, you'd be my hero and I'd want to ride with you ;-)
There is a video of the race on Kazaa for anyone interested (nm)firstrax
Apr 25, 2003 9:26 PM
a pic from last years mt wash, itjiggs
Apr 26, 2003 5:33 AM
is a lot of money although it went down to $200 before I entered. Turned 61 last year, had been riding just 4 years and wanted to do the race so it was worth it but wouldn't pay that much for a second time. Practise ride makes so much sense, same hill, same ride for $25 that's a deal.
A bunch of picsfirstrax
Apr 26, 2003 7:13 AM
amazing pics, thank for the link, only problem,jiggs
Apr 26, 2003 8:07 AM
makes you want to go back and try it again, well maybe.
What gear do you think she's using?Kristin
Apr 28, 2003 5:56 AM
I was all worked up about doing this until....Charlie Amerique
Apr 26, 2003 9:15 AM
...I saw I could not ride back down. What's up with that??

Well, the Vermont site looks nice. I guess I'll look into that one instead.

Still... ;:^)
A pic of the downside , there is a good chancejiggs
Apr 26, 2003 9:40 AM
that any good rim brake would not be enough to keep riders from dong a Bender. BTW what frame did you and TT end up with?
Litespeed Sienas.Charlie Amerique
Apr 26, 2003 3:44 PM
Picking them up (and building them) at my dad's place in WV next weekend. We'll do some "country roads" and a little Charles Fork Lake dirt while we're there.

Well, maybe I can be talked into climbing Mt Washington... it does seem to be "my sort of thing" as I've been told.