Mt. Baldy in my backyard.
70+ miles with 7000+ feet of climbing. I dont know how it was possible but I bested my time on GMR by 1 minute, and still kept myself within the Top 30 spot of the challenge. Although I hoped to do good on the Mt. Baldy segment, but it was just too tough — didn’t break any records there.
This morning’s group. Everybody did well, and had fun chasing Alex up the hills.
First to the top of Mt. Baldy (Ave grade 8.9% over 4 Miles!!!). If it weren’t for my buddy having a flat, I would’ve been second. The bugger came out on a Mountain Bike with gears that you can spin forever.
These legs were toasted after the last climb up.
Friends chilling out at the top of Mt. Baldy. Behind me is where the Ski Lifts are. It was an awesome view and it felt great reaching the top.
Since it was so steep going up, the descents were a bit sketchy. We were grabbing the brakes all the way down. Good thing our rims didn’t overheat. But I think i shaved a good portion off my brake pads. All in all a great ride and looking forward to doing this again next week!
Yesterday: enroute to Mt. Baldy’s ski lifts. 12-17% grade for 4 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing, in other words: Painful.
Photo by my buddy, Dean C.
Earlier this morning I went out and did a training ride up GMR to GRR to Mt. Baldy. Roughly around 4.5k elevation gain. Not bad. I wouldve loved to be in the GMR Strava Challenge top 10, but made it only at 13th place (out of 43). My legs are gonna hate me but I plan to go back tomorrow to give it another shot.
Today’s morning ride was Epic! My legs feel good and I was pedaling up along a good pace. I really like riding up the front portion of Glendora Mountain Road. It feels easier than going up Glendora Ridge Road. It’s steep but it’s not killer. Speaking of which Strava has a GMR Challenge going on, so if you ride in the area, you should sign up for the challenge! Unfortunately my Garmin has been having issues like auto-pausing while I’m moving. So annoying! That really messed up my stats as seen above. I might climb up again sometime next week. Hopefully this time my Garmin records my data.
What’s all this climbing training for? I do love climbing by itself — the suffering up, and the coasting down. I feel stronger every time I finish a climbing ride. But the reason I’m putting in more climbing miles is for the Tour de Foothills, which happens in the fall. I feel that if I train hard early, it’s going to be a piece of cake come November. I have signed up early and you should too! It’s going to be so much fun!
Photos by Dean C.
Pain/Pleasure: Ride up to Glendora Ridge Road to Glendora Mountain Road to Mount Baldy (3/16/12)
The thing with riding in the mountains is that weather can be so unpredictable. As you can see in the pictures above there were some sections that were warm and sunny and some that are cold and foggy. Best a rider can do is to bring layers, add or subtract if needed.
This is the 2nd time I have done this ride, and I remember the first one being really enjoyable. This time around it was interesting, to say the least. I started strong but ended limping to the top due to cramps and low energy. The legs weren’t there. It also didn’t help that I slept really late the night before.
Despite all that, I still thought the ride turned out really well and I’m glad to get some riding in before the socal weekend storm.
Earlier this morning:
- Approx 78 Miles with 5,755 ft of climbing. San Gabriel Canyon / Glendora Ridge Road / Mt. Baldy
- Was a bit under dressed for this ride. I didn’t expect it to be that cold. Good thing somebody gave me a plastic bag to stuff on my jersey before the descent. It helped A LOT.
- I am beginning to like fast descents and technical corners.
- I almost ran over a squirrel!
- Great bunch of folks to ride with. Strong riders too!
- My legs are toast and it hurt going up and down the stairs.
- Post ride meal was bomb: left over pizza and roast chicken. Mmm.