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My weekend totally stunk...(ride report)(7 posts)

My weekend totally stunk...(ride report)biknben
May 27, 2003 5:05 PM
I made a trip to VT from Jersey to climb a couple of the ski resort peaks. I was looking to preview Mt. Ascutney which is very similar to Mt. washington which I will be climbin glater in the summer. The weather looked horrendous but I already had booked a room for Sat. night so we went up and tried to make the most of it. It rained most of the way up Sat. morning. When we got there we were welcomed with a downpour.

Soon enough it lightened up to a drizel so JoeyPMTB and I unloaded.


We had originally planned to do Okemo and Mt. Ascutney as part of one loop. It would have been 65 miles with 9,000 ft. of climbing. At this point, we headed for Okemo and figured we'd just do a shorter loop afterwards. It was drizzling and 50* as we hit the bottom of the climb.

It's a 4 mile climb that averages just over 10% avg. The last 1/3 mile is dirt. It began to rain moderately as we reached the half way point. At the top it was still raining, probably in the low 40's and windy. We were icicles on the way down. Went to the LBS in town to warm up and BS. We never did warm up so we went back to our motel.

It rained all night but finally cleared up by noon time on Sunday. We decided to drive out to Mt. Ascutney rather than ride. We were going home after the ride so no need to come back to the motel.
This was the pleasant (sarcasm) view as we approached. Half the mountain is in the clouds.


By now we were really bumming. We parked at the bottom, did a 3 minute warmup, paid our $2.50 and up we went.


This climb is also 4 miles long but is slightly steeper at 11% avg. It had very few places to recover. My low cadence for the climb was 34rpm in a 39x27. When we got to the top, looked at each other and said, "Let's just go home!". The ironic sign at the top help to cheer our spirits.


On the way back down I recreated some of the climbing just for the pictures:


Oh...If it had only been dry...


We got back to the car, changed, and drove 5 hours home...In the rain! I was hoping to salvage a ride on Mem. day. I woke up to find it raining harder than it had all weekend. I was only able to ride an hour and a half later in the day...in the rain!!!

It was a great weekend! :-(
East Coast - nothing but rainKeeponTrekkin
May 27, 2003 5:25 PM
Nice try and nice pics. I did family weekend and hoped for a few hours a day but my opportunities were all washed out.

KoT
No kiddingpmf1
May 28, 2003 4:33 AM
When will this ever end? I think its rained every day for the last month. God am I sick of this BS.
Always wanted to ride OkemoSoter
May 27, 2003 6:15 PM
I usually end up staying in a nice place about a half a mile from the base of Okemo (Prospect street to be exact). Normally I just hike up around the peak of the mountain and hang out and enjoy the view from the fire tower up there :)

Maybe next time I go up I can enjoy a nice descent, aside from freezing how was it? My only concern is that when I go up in the summer I may have to contend with cars climbinb the narrow bends as well =/
The descent is so-so...biknben
May 28, 2003 7:07 AM
Years ago I hit 56 mph while going down on a MTB. Since then I've used my road bike and the brakes aren't strong enough to allow you to really let it go.

Accelerating isn't the problem. At the end of the longest straight there is a 180* switchback. Slowing down for that turn is the hard part.

Cars are a concern. There are not many but it only takes one to "F" you up. We saw 5 or 6 on the way up but none on the way down.
Nice try and GREAT pics! I hope to make it there this summer. nmjtferraro
May 27, 2003 8:27 PM
I have yet to see a picture...rwbadley
May 27, 2003 8:47 PM
that shows just how STEEP that doggoned hill was. I have taken photos of all these 'steep @ss' hills, and they never look as impressive on the vidiot screen. ;-)

Really pretty area, sorry it was a little wet for ya'.

RW