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    Anyone doing the Tour de Granite

    It is a bit of a haul from the Bay Area, but looks fun. Anyone wanna come down with me? I live in the city and can take one person with me. Thinking of leaving Friday afternoon. No idea where I would stay...

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    whats the tour de granite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ridindog
    whats the tour de granite?
    http://norcalmtnbikeracing.blogspot....e-granite.html
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    thanks for the info

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    Any interest?

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    camp along Dinkey Creek Road
    bring your portable abode

    the start used to be better
    sprint, twisties, rock passage to the gate
    Now it goes in a meadow
    feels like riding in gumbo

    one lap is too easy go for two
    bring some glue for your shoes
    cause that rock is steep and
    if you ride it you're one of the few

    there's a secret downhill
    filled with rocks and thrills
    you won't be racing that
    cause spatdog is too phat

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    Wow, that is a pretty big chunk 'O rock. Looks like fun.


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    Ok, so no takers. I might drag along a co worker. Can someone recommend a place to stay? Since I will be arriving in the evening at the earliest, I do not want to camp. Just a basic cheap place would be good....

    Thanks in advance.

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    Do not be fooled

    Good shot Zon. When I race the TDG a couple year ago is was dumping bucket real bad. But the race forged on and so did I. That rock is like a mile long or least it seems like it is. You cannot see the top when you are at the bottom. Every one was packing another Set of running shoes or rock shoes on there camel packs. I thought this was funny and asked why at first. I was not laughing when I got to the Rock. I had to take off my shoes and walk very carefully up the very wet and very steep rock. It was not fun or fast.

    If you think your are going to just zig zag up this rock you will be very disappointed. You will lose too much time. After all it is a race. I would recommend you take another par of shoes and just try and run strait up that big Rock. A strait line is the best way to go. I can almost bet that there will be others doing the same thing. Good luck on your decision on this.

    2 laps for sure. 1 is not enough. A little bit of ST but most of the racecourse is very fast double track fire road with some water bar jumps to make it way fun.

    I do believe that you can camp up there with in the area somewhere? I am not for sure tho. I stayed at Buds moms place in Clovis when I went.

    Take care and good luck
    The climbs were greuling, never-ending sets of false summits and soul-crushing walls.

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    Thanks for the scoop y'all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph-da-trog
    I had to take off my shoes and walk very carefully up the very wet and very steep rock. It was not fun or fast.
    I couldn't imagine doing this in the rain. I've done this in dry conditions using old very worn down cycling shoes. Even though there was contact between the rock and the metal pedal cleat, I still could walk effectively, although not entirely comfortably. If you have good tread left on your shoes it should not be a problem. Barefoot, which I have tried, is another story: the bottom of my feet were all nicked up, goodby callouses.

    The tough part of the rock climb is not a huge distance, 5-10 minutes on this part max. There's still more rock, it just gets less steep as you go. I think packing other footware is overkill. In race mode you won't want to stop and change shoes anyway.

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    Rode the race. Good fun. Not enough people though!! There are not a lot of MTB races in Northern California, espectially compared to road races. Although this one is more central. I hope if I do it again, more folks show up. It isn't that much farther than Downieville from the Bay Area...

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