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Genoa, Markleeville and Ebbetts pass ride(45 posts)

Genoa, Markleeville and Ebbetts pass riderwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:36 PM
I was hoping to post these earlier in the week, but the work schedule has been tight and the %$&** 'net connection has been spotty.

Saturdays ride was supposed to be with a local group of cyclists called the Procrastinating Pedalers. I procrastinated a little too long, and was a bit late for the start.
Pretty roads here... starting to catch a rider here and there...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:38 PM
Most of the gang at Woodfordsrwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:40 PM
Come to Papa...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:42 PM
eeew... this @ss be stinky and covered wit flies
I took a little side roadrwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:44 PM
up to Grovers hot springs.
Lunch and riders...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:45 PM
Unable to convince fellow riders the merits ofrwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:47 PM
self abuse, I head up towards Ebbetts pass.
Near the baserwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:49 PM
The real Bonanza...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:51 PM
Gaining altitude, a long way to go...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:52 PM
What the hail is this?rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:54 PM
I'm creeping up the hill and see this.. time to stop for inspection
Adding one to the collectionrwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:55 PM
What we have here...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:57 PM
but this is what it really looks like...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 9:58 PM
but this is what it really looks like...gray8110
Oct 16, 2003 10:50 PM
That switchback was my favorite part of the DeathRide. I think it's at least 20% at the uphill apex.
there's more than one of thosemohair_chair
Oct 17, 2003 8:00 AM
It might be 20% on the inside edge, but no one rides it there. I've done Ebbets a couple of times and 12% is about the maximum slope of the ridable part of the road. The last 50 feet before the summit is the worst. Last time I did Deathride, they had young girls with angel wings at the top, cheering riders up the final lunge and handing out candy. At least that's how I remember it!
there's more than one of thosegray8110
Oct 17, 2003 5:28 PM
You ride the inside edge (at least I didn't have much choice) when you're climbing Ebbetts with 3000 other people (ie the death ride)
there's more than one of thosegray8110
Oct 17, 2003 5:38 PM
I should add that I rode both sides of Sonora pass in the days leading up to the Death Ride. I've never been sure whether the 26% grade on Sonora is on the East, West or both sides but I didn't ride anything steeper on either side of Sonora as that one 20 feet of switchback thru the inside of the road. That said, Sonora is a much harder climb from either side with sustained grades over 10% for many long stretches.

Does anyone in RBR land know for sure which side the alleged 26% grade is on? Chain Reaction says the "Window" on the west side is the evil grade. The sign on the west side says 26% grade - 1 mile which is roughly where the window is. That stretch of road is steep but my computer said 18%. I've had people tell me that it's one of the switchbacks on the eastside which is certainly possible, the east side is gnarly. To make things more confusing - the sign on the east side says 26% grade 10 miles which is before the summit and certainly not on the west side. Oh well. Off topic.
there's more than one of thoserwbadley
Oct 17, 2003 6:46 PM
I don't know about Sonora pass, but the steep sections on the Ebbetts climb are nothing compared to a little further. Go down the other side and go up Pacific pass, (I think that's it) I remember a section or two of standing on the pedals and the feeling of not going forward. What fun.
there's more than one of thosegray8110
Oct 17, 2003 6:57 PM
The Pacific Grade - yeah - it's supposed to be fun. I don't want to make it sound like Ebbetts is super steep - Even though it's shorter, the backside seemed steeper - I just remember that switchback catching me off guard (the thought what do we have here came to mind). My bike computer shows a stretch on Ebbetts at 17% and that's a 20 second average so that's lowballing the steep stretch I went over.
there's more than one of thoseS-U-B
Oct 17, 2003 10:51 PM
Sonora pass is definately tougher than Ebbetts pass. I have ridden both (I'm from Sonora) and there are 2 sections on Sonora pass that are very steep but I could not tell you the grade. Ebbetts pass seemed pretty easy to me comparibly. I've ridden Sonora pass with a 12-25 cassette and it can be tough to turn it over in a few stretches. Ebbetts pass is a more enjoyable ride though.
Is a failure to communicate???biknben
Oct 17, 2003 6:52 AM
Just finishing your quote from the movie Cool Hand Luke.

For some reason it's a fav. of mine.

Nice report. Yummy looking switchbacks!!!
The top...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 10:01 PM
a tribute to a fallen bro.

In heaven there is no beer, that's why we drink it here.
Tell me more about this...PseuZQ
Oct 16, 2003 10:14 PM
Any clue about who it might have been for? Curious.
Tell me more about this...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 10:20 PM
The sign said 'we miss you Cody'. I suspect it may have been the rider that succumbed a year ago on the Markleeville ride, but I'm not sure.
Aha. Thanks.PseuZQ
Oct 16, 2003 10:25 PM
He was from SF and crashed this June.

The top...newhouse
Oct 16, 2003 10:52 PM
are you an u of iowa grad? my friend who's in grad school taught us that song and i finally got to hear it in person at the mich/iowa game recently.
That song?rwbadley
Oct 17, 2003 6:25 AM
I dunno.

The expression about heaven/beer is an old saying that I just made up... actually I've heard it for years from a brewing buddy.
That song?newhouse
Oct 17, 2003 7:24 AM
apparently after every iowa football game in which they win, they sing a song that has those words in it.
Oct 17, 2003 8:14 AM
Nobody in Iowa was clever enough to have come up with that song! :)

"Iowas academics: good, and getting goodder" :)

(A Big-10 rival)
The downhill looks like this in reverse...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 10:02 PM
Back in the kinda flats...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 10:04 PM
Mountain shadow...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 10:05 PM
Nevada's first settlement 1851...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 10:07 PM
I didn't stop in, but it looked pretty nice.
Sweet ride report!Zonic Man
Oct 17, 2003 6:09 AM
Thanks for the write-up...good stuff.

And the bar in Genoa is not that nice. Kinda cool to beat one of the locals at a game of pool though. Or so I've heard.
These rodents darn near tried to off me on the drive back...rwbadley
Oct 16, 2003 10:11 PM
Just putting the bike away when I saw these varmints. About a mile later I nearly crunched one of their brothers with my truck.

Thanks for hangin' in for the long ride today.
Outstanding ride report!Asiago
Oct 17, 2003 8:17 AM
Wonder why we didn't see any pics from the way down?! :)

Thanks again,

No stopping on the way down ;-) but here's a bonus...rwbadley
Oct 17, 2003 8:41 AM
Chilly descent, so the woolie came out...and yes to camelback..rwbadley
Oct 17, 2003 8:44 AM
the only way to go for self supported distance imho.
Gorgeous ride and great trip report. thanks nmPdxMark
Oct 16, 2003 11:41 PM
Awesome pictures I can feel the dryness of the air and......abicirider
Oct 16, 2003 11:52 PM
that sweet smell of sage brush, can hardly wait till I get back to ride in Tahoe and area, Thanks for sharing.
Be Safe Out On The Roads
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
Thanks! Great pix, story etc (nm)ChazWicked
Oct 17, 2003 8:24 AM
I agree...great report, <i>but</i>Bonked
Oct 17, 2003 9:11 AM
I'm still waiting for some pics of that gorgeous bike!
I agree...great report, <i>but</i>rwbadley
Oct 17, 2003 10:09 AM
Oct 17, 2003 7:58 PM
That's one pretty bike. I'd love to have a Della Santa some day. I love the color, too. It's similar to the color of my Strong.