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    Elevation gain on Mormon-National

    I'm thinking about killing myself on the Kennebec Pass Enduro next weekend in Durango. There's a 5.5 mile, 2200' untimed (we'll have 2 hours) climb to start the race. At 54 yrs, 260 lbs, riding a 30# bike with a 1x10 transmission, I'm trying to gauge my ability on the such a climb. I've ridden M/Nat numerous times with 1x9 and 1x10 set-ups. From 48th to the saddle (before the trail drops again to climb up to the paved road) what's the elevation/mileage?
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    Going straight up National to the saddle it's 4.6 miles & 1250' of gain.

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    i hoped to never say this.
    *gulp*
    ...you should check out strava

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball View Post
    i hoped to never say this.
    *gulp*
    ...you should check out strava
    NNNooooooooooooooo!!!



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    It's not the elevation gain that is going to kill you... it's the elevation! You should have been training in Flagstaff every weekend this summer to prepare. Be ready to feel like your heart is exploding out of your body and good luck!!

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    Good training for this in the valley with your setup would be riding up the towers road on South Mountain with your gearing while its hot outside. Like DG said-the elevation is what will get you, but when its really hot (and humid ) out, your heart rate will usually be much higher which starves your muscles of oxygen. Either way-have fun and practice proper breathing technique if you haven't. Flat or up, high or low-efficient breathing can make up for lots of things!

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    Thanks. I hear what you are all saying. Especially the Noooo! I actually live and ride at 6k elevation and spend most weekends riding around the 8k mark. That should help some ... still, I know I'm daft but I can't let the idea go.
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    I would presume the ride up is on the road from Hesperus. It is a pretty steady and manageable grade with relief. It gets steeper and rougher near the top, but I have seen two wheel drive cars up there (knowing they were seriously bottoming out though). I would venture to guess that 2 hours is very doable for most bikers.

    What is going to hurt is the climb out of the creek in the middle of the race. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtbag View Post
    ...What is going to hurt is the climb out of the creek in the middle of the race...
    Amen to that! The longest 4-mile, 1000 foot climb ever!
    "The secret of joy is the mastery of pain." (Anaïs Nin)

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    > riding up the towers road on South Mountain

    No thanks:
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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball View Post
    i hoped to never say this.
    *gulp*
    ...you should check out strava
    Bwahahah I too was ashamed at first.. Its much easier to say now

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