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Am I getting "cycle punched" by my 135lb. friend(11 posts)

Am I getting "cycle punched" by my 135lb. friendbigrider
May 13, 2003 7:17 AM
My diminutive friend cordially arranged for my participation in the Assault on Mt. Mitchell ride this weekend. He said it would be no problem for me (knowing that I carry around 100 lbs more than him). Is this a cycling version of getting sucker punched. Will they find my carcass on the hillside halfway up the peak?

How tough is the ride?
re: Am I getting "cycle punched" by my 135lb. friendlanterne rouge
May 13, 2003 7:28 AM
I can't say much about the ride you mentioned, but I do have a riding philosophy. It reads, "Woe to the man who rides up hills with those under 140 lbs!" At 180lbs., I have found that no matter how many times they may state they are suffering as much as you it never seems to be the case. (By the way, 95% of my riding buddies and teammates are under 140 so you can imagine the joy those rides produce :) )The only way I get through those rides is the citing a mantra of "If it doesn't kill you it will definitely make you faster!" Just get into your own rythym and ride the hill. Good luck.
Never Trust ANYONE under 150 lbs!!!shamelessgearwhore
May 13, 2003 7:30 AM
You'll crush him on the descents, though- nmfiltersweep
May 13, 2003 7:51 AM
"If it doesn't kill you it will definitely make you faster!"pawistik
May 13, 2003 3:55 PM
"If it doesn't kill you it will definitely make you faster!"

Sometimes my mantra changes to "What doesn't kill you slowly weakens you bit by bit until you wish you were dead." But I guess that's only on pessimistic days (i.e. strong headwinds).
"What doesn't kill me makes me stronger" F Nietsche (nm)Cat 3 boy
May 14, 2003 6:50 AM
Maybe, looks like a heckuva climb. Check websitegeeker
May 13, 2003 8:11 AM
http://www.freewheelers.info/assault.html

They have a "Climbing Chart" page.
re: Am I getting "cycle punched" by my 135lb. friendFreewheelers
May 13, 2003 8:39 AM
It's gonna start fast so the lead group (going for time) can separate itself from the "just want to finish" group. There is a one mile steep climb at the 40-45 mile mark called Bill's Hill. Not too fun. Great place for a pee break. After that it is huge rollers all the way to marion. After Marion (lead group did 3hrs (72miles) last year into a headwind) you get to the dreaded Hwy 80. It is a super steep 3 mile climb that leads you on to the Parkway. Once on the parkway, you will motor up the less steep but really freakin long Blue Ridge Parkway. Good view if your eyes haven't popped out yet. There is a descent that comes about 2 miles before the final climb of Mt. Mitchell. Pretty fast...No brakes needed, not that it would matter, because you don't want to waste energy pulling your brakes:) Once you are on the climb of Mt. Mitchell, get ready for a really steep 2-3 miles followed by a slight leveling off, followed by a steep finish. I was almost taken out by a deer 2 years ago near the finish. Quite funny now that I look back on it. The finish line is on a right hand bend. If you are with anyone at that moment, get ready for the slowest sprint of your life. Don't forget to take a piss before you get on the bus to go to Marion...It takes a little while.

Good luck! It is a tough but rewarding ride.
Thanks. I will try to post pics of Mt. Mitchellbigrider
May 13, 2003 9:12 AM
if I make it to the top and have energy to click the button on the camera.
prepare to suffertarwheel
May 14, 2003 8:48 AM
Say goodbye to your friend in Marion, if you manage to stay with him to that point. The last 30 miles of Mt Mitchell is practically all uphill and steep. I have several friends, all good to excellent climbers, who have ridden Mitchell and they found it extremely difficult. George Hincapie holds the course record.
reports from several local veteransJS Haiku Shop
May 14, 2003 9:16 AM
indicates a need for either thick skin and an especially low IQ, or arm/knee warmers, a rain jacket, and long-finger gloves. i've heard from these guys when the weather was questionable to good during the first half of the ride, and they're getting rained and hailed on during the final leg of the mitchell climb.

other than that, from first-hand reports, i would classify this ride as a "character builder". i'd probably take my 30/32 low gear and some Vioxx, and try to enjoy the day.