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we who are about to die salute you...(21 posts)

we who are about to die salute you...lonefrontranger
Jun 30, 2003 7:13 PM
That madman also known as my coach has proclaimed that in part, my preparation for a key stage race in late August is to include (drum roll please) the Mt. Evans Hillclimb.

For those of you who may not know me, the words "hill" and "climb" are pretty far from my normal lexicon. I am what shirt affectionately terms a "critter", i.e. a stout lump of muscle which climbs like a cast-iron skillet.

For those of you who don't know the course in question, it's a 28-mile sufferfest that starts at 8000' and ends at above 14,000'. They don't keep much air up there.

I'm doing a recon ride on Friday.

Perfer et obdura; dolor hic tibi proderit olimDougSloan
Jun 30, 2003 7:39 PM
As long as we are using latin phrases...

"Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you."

Full report expected.
Doug, I'd bet that at one time...jesse1
Jul 1, 2003 3:02 AM were an Altar Boy! Either that or an FBI Agent.
Yes, please! Full report on the recon ride as well!
Here's my latin: fac me agricola! nmeschelon
Jul 1, 2003 10:09 AM
Illigitimati non carborundumKerry Irons
Jul 1, 2003 5:11 PM
Don't let the bastards grind you down.
I'm told that was quasi-latin (nm)weiwentg
Jul 1, 2003 8:05 PM
hey there, long time no see weiwentglonefrontranger
Jul 2, 2003 4:56 AM
how's the season going? I'll see if I can get some pictures of Evans to go with the ride report.
hey there, long time no see weiwentgweiwentg
Jul 2, 2003 2:00 PM
one top 5, two more top 10s, state crit championships coming up Sunday ... not as good as I'd like but sometimes it's a matter of luck. I'd love pics of Mt Evans!! I'm planning on doing the Tour de Toona - not as bad as Evans, but it's hilly enough for me.
good luck with Evans!!
you have my sympathyDougSloan
Jul 1, 2003 7:47 PM
A long time ago I drove up Mt. Evans, then hiked up to the summit -- maybe 100 yards? That 100 yards alone nearly knocked me out at that elevation. Man, that's gotta hurt.
Jul 2, 2003 4:55 AM
I'll do what I can to post some good reports on the experience. I've heard a lot of legends about this climb.

The teammate who's going with me for the recon ride handed me my legs on a plate just going up Left Hand last night to Jamestown. 7 miles, 2000' of climbing that finishes at 7500', and it's none too steep either. Friday is gonna be ugly.
Jul 2, 2003 9:43 AM
I'm curious, what sort of gearing do people run for Mt Evans? 39-23, 39-27?????
Jul 2, 2003 10:12 AM
Depends on who you are.triple shot espresso
Jul 2, 2003 2:01 PM
I saw Mike Carter motoring up in his 53x19. It's not real steep. The problem is the lack of O2 once you get past Summit Lake. At that level you can't get your heart rate up anymore. This may be opening a big canof worms but I think big gear low cadence low heart rate would be the way to go on this climb.

LFR you'll see some guys "haul'n" ass up that hill Friday morning, we leave the high school around 7:30.
Jul 2, 2003 3:25 PM
I'm not proud, and I'm not Michael Carter (2x National Champion)

I'll be taking my "sprinter's secret weapon", the Wheels Conversion 11-27 10v block. It's saved me in all sorts of hilly situations.
super james? or just jamestown?ColnagoFE
Jul 9, 2003 10:35 AM
After you pass Jamestown it gets so steep! If you can do that then Evans is a piece of cake. Nothing over 10% grade that I can remember but that altitude always makes me feel a bit dizzy near the end.
re: we who are about to die salute you...flyinbowlofmilk
Jul 2, 2003 7:10 PM
Good luck LFR. I was planning on doing on in September this year . But please give me a race report LFR, so I can decide on wheather I would want to do one in sept.
Right now I getting ready to do a 1st for me on July 12&13. Wish me luck. Hopefully I come out of this sufferfest ok. Your Cat 5 fellow cyclist


morituri te salutant..dotkaye
Jul 7, 2003 8:57 AM
so how was the recon ? inquiring minds..

I was hoping to do the hillclimb this year, but I find I have been otherwise scheduled by She Who Must be Obeyed. So I'm doing Triple Bypass instead..
re: Good story here about Mt Evans....evs
Jul 8, 2003 5:05 AM
I found this a long time ago and thought you might enjoy?? this
read. It's here on the side bar
under EXCUSE ME. Hope you don't feel the same way and good luck.

evs (wish we had big mts like that in Mass.:-)
good onelonefrontranger
Jul 8, 2003 6:10 AM
I fortunately never felt that bad. As soon as I get the pics back, I'll post something on the recon ride.

Race comes up the end of this month!
Looking forward to it.....evs
Jul 8, 2003 7:40 AM
and good luck having fun.Don't wait for the pics to tell us how it is up there.It sounds like a blast.

It's not that bad...unless you want to win or somethingColnagoFE
Jul 9, 2003 10:33 AM
I have done it the last 4 years. I just ride at my own pace and usually catch a good # who start out too fast. Up to the first lake is a pice of cake. After you get through the gates to the top it starts to get tougher. The last switchbacks seem like they will never end, but you will get there. First year I did it they had oxygen at the top even. I race Cat 4 35+ and usually I see some of the Pro women passing me right before echo lake. I believe last year it was Bruckner and a couple of hangers on. Went by me like I was standing still.