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Is anyone here riding Mtns of Misery on Sunday ?(4 posts)

Is anyone here riding Mtns of Misery on Sunday ?AllUpHill
May 21, 2003 7:15 PM
So far I've only heard KG361 and Mike P mention they are not going to make it. If you spot me, say hello. I will be the guy riding a Trek :-)

The photo is of my jeep's roof, and the Mountain Lake Hotel, the latter you will see at the ride's conclusion.
re: Is anyone here riding Mtns of Misery on Sunday ?nucleon_d
May 22, 2003 5:39 AM
I'll be there.....look for the guys in the Comet Cycling jerseys - I'll be on a Bianchi.
Let's hope the rain clouds part....have you done this ride before?
Planning to do soms
May 22, 2003 6:27 AM
I did the ride last year and bonked at the 103.5 mile point. An angel of mercy (the significant other of another rider), put me in her car, gave me water, etc. and let me sit in airconditioning for 30 minutes before I tried to resume the ride. It then took me over an hour to walk/ride/rest to reach to finish. I learned several lessons about preparation, nutrition and hydration last year: (1) Do not drive for five hours and arrive at 2:00 a.m. the night/morning before the ride and try to sleep for four hours at a motel before the start. (2) Get up early enough to eat a good breakfast. (3) Take your own sports drink -- the various flavors of Gatorade along the route made me sick by the 80-85 mile mark.

The ride is tough, but doable. I did not realize that there is a group start at 7:00 a.m. -- I arrived at 7:20 a.m. and almost everyone was gone. The last five miles are straight uphill. The ride was fairly hot last year. It doesn't look like that will be a problem this year. I do not know how rain will impact the ride. My greatest concern in rain is descending. For better or worse, there are only two significant descents -- around the 50 mile mark and the 80 mile mark. The first significant descent has curves and comes into an area with traffic, the second descent is not as technical. I was very impressed by the quality of the support for the ride.

This year my wife is coming along with me (just as a spectator -- she wants to see me come across the finish line) and we are coming dowm a day early so that I will be rested for the ride. My goal this year is to finish without bonking.

I will be riding a smoke (black) Trek 5200 with Ksyrium wheels (the bike is nearly three years old -- the wheels are new, I just picked them up last night -- a "present" for the MofM and other rides this summer). I will be wearing a USPS Giro helmet (with a shaved/bald hear underneath); I don't know what I will be wearing otherwise.

It is a great ride -- I think that you will enjoy it.
re: Is anyone here riding Mtns of Misery on Sunday ?AllUpHill
May 22, 2003 9:18 AM
Yes, I've done the official ride before, and ridden the route numerous times as I live in the area. It's a blast. I think the weather will not be a problem. Perhaps some brief showers if anything. Rather than the two descents that MS mentions, the bigger wet-road concerns are about 4 fast, hard right turns scattered through the first 25 miles. The pack will be consolidated for these corners, but will have strung out by the mile 50 descent into Newport.

I'll be in a Virginia Tech jersey, a black helmet, and on a grey/black oclv. My only survival strategy is to eat 5 or 6 large bagels for breakfast.