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Hey Doug - Klimb to Kaiser?(3 posts)

Hey Doug - Klimb to Kaiser?Ye Olde Balde One
Apr 15, 2003 8:01 AM
I'm thinking of riding it for the first time. There is a couple of pieces of information I can't find on any of the websites and I think you have done it before.... Any suggestions for gearing? Road problems that might make it a good idea to use heavier tires? How about lights, do you need to have them at the start?

Perhaps you could do a writeup?

Chris.
some helpDougSloan
Apr 18, 2003 9:32 AM
Short on time now, so I'll hit the highlights and do more later.

1. Take the lowest gears you can get. Around 65 miles, there is a 2 mile section (Big Creek) with most of it around 20%. It will hurt you bad. When I finished in 11 hours, I used a 39x29 gear, and probably would have been more efficient with a triple. I've done that hill in higher gears, even as high as a 39x21, but it was miserable. It is really, really steep. I average about 5 mph up that section. Also, there is a lot of climbing back to back. While only 13,500 feet in 155 miles, 12,000 feet of this is within a 65 mile section. Plus, it goes up to 9,300 feet elevation, so climbing up to the summit is in fairly thin air, and there are some steep sections close to the top. I'm not aware of any ride in the country that could justify low gears more than this one.

2. Normal tires are ok. Nothing unusual.

3. That time of year, it will start to get dark around 7:30, I think. It starts at 5:30 a.m. My slowest was 12 hours, so I never needed lights. So, depends on you. How fast is your fastest hilly century? That might help.

I'll do more later.

Doug
Thanks Doug, look forwards to anything you add (nm)Ye Olde Balde One
Apr 22, 2003 2:07 PM