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    I won't be much help the next week or so. I have 280,000 feet planned, but unfortunately its all in airplanes. Not good for the riding, but maybe I will see if the garmin works.
    Are we putting air in the tires today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider
    I won't be much help the next week or so. I have 280,000 feet planned, but unfortunately its all in airplanes. Not good for the riding, but maybe I will see if the garmin works.
    Dude, you’d be the freakin’ undisputed KOM champion overall!!! Figure the airspeed of a typical airliner, and the 35,000 or so feet of cruising altitude. I’d try it… once, and then gouge my eyes out with Drano and stick hot coals up my butt.

    Actually, wait a minute—if the aircraft cabin is pressurised, then it might not give the correct altitude figures anyhow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    ... and then gouge my eyes out with Drano and stick hot coals up my butt.
    Don't do it. That would hurt your super footie collecting abilities!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal
    Latest weather report for Los Gatos tamale is only 100 % chance of rain in the morning.
    but a trickle...top on Montevina was super windy and cold but pretty nice morning for a ride really. We seem to be back on top once again.

    OT: I say anyone on the team that doesn't put up at least 10k this month (excuses are ok) has to post compromising picks of themselves on this post or be forced to take shots of Tequilla at our next gathering. (ha...just trying to motivate)

    Have fun out there everyone!

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    IS that all for the month? I will get that in in one day alone- well I will try anyway. I wasn't able to attend but you weren't alone out there this morning. A crew went up overgrown ands said it wasn't to bad. What sort of compromising pics you talking about? Riding with a lace rally thong on or something more discreet? Kind of like those weigh loss challenges where they take your pic and will post it if you don't lose the weight. What a motivator for some people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider
    I won't be much help the next week or so. I have 280,000 feet planned, but unfortunately its all in airplanes. Not good for the riding, but maybe I will see if the garmin works.
    I tried this once out of curiosity - Garmins that use a barometric altimeter don't work because the cabin is pressurized.

    Don't go and leave your Garmin in the seat pocket like I did

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    Put in 4600 today. Denver is getting hit with a big snow storm tomorrow and Tuesday so putting in my planned numbers are out. Will get in some ft. just not big #s as originally planned. Still at almost 14k for the month. Shooting for 45-50yk for the team this month as long as our weather doesn't turn super brutal.

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    This begs the question: If you spin out your legs for two hours and gained zero elevation... did you really ride?

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    So is Kennedy rideable right now? It seems that there wasn't so much rain after all. Once I've made a first pass over the taxes, I have a hall pass to go ride somewhere and I don't fancy the road much today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    This begs the question: If you spin out your legs for two hours and gained zero elevation... did you really ride?

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    Simply put---No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukbloke
    So is Kennedy rideable right now? It seems that there wasn't so much rain after all. Once I've made a first pass over the taxes, I have a hall pass to go ride somewhere and I don't fancy the road much today.
    Yes Kennedy is not bad. Just got back. Small amount of rain last night only.
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    One more foot soldier just joined the team.

    I can't help a few random thoughts...

    I must say all of you who put up those great numbers in February have motivated me. After reading through this thread I resolved to buy a GPS. I got my 705 on Friday and got 3 hours of child-care from my mom yesterday...determined to add at least 3000 footies I hit Fremont older yesterday. What really surprised me is how many more footies the device/strava tells you that you did vs. simply estimating based on contour lines...

    I hope to be able to add ~10K footies a month for the team....I can see how this can motivate you to do that extra effort, push that little bit harder, do that extra ride etc.

    On another random note...I just went from a 32 granny cog to a 34 ... holly **** what a difference....I get to a tough hill and its like God looks down on me, takes pity and makes the hill slightly less steep. I wish they made 36 toothed wheels (or I lost 20 pounds, I assume that would even out).

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    What do you think is the chance we could get MTBR SoCal and CO FrontRange (maybe even MTBR east coast) to create their own teams to compete with us. Right now it seems that those Marin roadies are the only competition we have and the more time goes on the more I'm convinced we are going to be far ahead of them...Francis, any interest in renaming this team mtbr norcal? What do y'all think?

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    Neela, welcome to the team. Looks like you had a good ride in Fremont Older.
    I think it's too late to create multiple MTBR teams for this year's Strava KOM competition.
    Maybe next year we could have 3 teams:
    MTBR - Nor-cal (incl SLO)
    MTBR - rest of USA
    MTBR - rest of the world.
    Or maybe Strava will change the rules. For example: they could count only the top ~20 riders in each team to level the playing field. Clubs can still have unlimited members, but only if you are within the top 20 for your club will your rides count towards the Strava KOM competition.

    Here's our list of top 20 riders for the year: Impressive numbers!

    1 Chris Erickson 117,001
    2 Mike "MrCrash" Solis 114,360
    3 obie miller 111,052
    4 Patrick Herlihy 109,807
    5 Steve Biggs 104,410
    6 Josh Davidson 103,416
    7 sparkyJay . 97,002
    8 Greg Ruhlmann 89,357
    9 Leopold Porkstacker 86,800
    10 Rensho San 77,731
    11 Adam "A.S.K." 73,507
    12 Greg W. 71,579
    13 Justin Williams 70,670
    14 Mike Williams 64,488
    15 Francis Cebedo 60,905
    16 Mark Hansen 59,522
    17 Arya Touserkani 56,695
    18 Noelle Champagne 54,586
    19 Jeff Kerr 50,810
    20 Marco Boldt 50,543
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    Man, you guys who put off Kennedy this morning really missed out. The weather was just about perfect. Only a slight sprinkling of precipitation in places, and the winds weren’t too bad. Was a perfect day, just took ’er nice and easy: http://www.strava.com/rides-by-count...y-woods-334746
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    CCCX March 27th

    Sup guys!

    I got a question, would any of you know if I could just do the CCCX race in March 27th or I would have to do the whole series!?

    Since this year is my first racing Season, I would race as a beginner just to get a feeling and would upgrade to CAT 2 for the Sea Otter in April .

    Many thx,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brazilian Climber
    ...I got a question, would any of you know if I could just do the CCCX race in March 27th or I would have to do the whole series!?
    Might want to post this question in the cyclocross forum. Don't know if any of the KOM crowd races cross. Good luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    Might want to post this question in the cyclocross forum. Don't know if any of the KOM crowd races cross. Good luck.
    There are a couple of guys whose cross rides have been added as KOM footies this month. Check it out, yo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brazilian Climber
    Sup guys!

    I got a question, would any of you know if I could just do the CCCX race in March 27th or I would have to do the whole series!?
    You can just do the one if you want. I think there is only race day registration anyway.

    Since this year is my first racing Season, I would race as a beginner just to get a feeling and would upgrade to CAT 2 for the Sea Otter in April .
    My first season racing too. Not sure I would upgrade to Cat 2 so fast. Well, try a race and see how you do.

    CCCX XC is a ton of fun, by the way. Highly recommended if you haven't tried XC racing.

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    How does 206,935ft rank for the year? Where do sign up?

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    6 days into March and we already have three 20,000+ ft climbers. I think we'll have a few 100k folks this month.

    http://app.strava.com/komchallenge

    http://app.strava.com/komchallenge/c.../results/march
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    Man, you guys who put off Kennedy this morning really missed out. The weather was just about perfect. Only a slight sprinkling of precipitation in places, and the winds weren’t too bad. Was a perfect day, just took ’er nice and easy: http://www.strava.com/rides-by-count...y-woods-334746
    "A perfect day" he says! I rode Kennedy in the mid-afternoon, and did Francis' lollilop route. What a miserable ride and a route with almost no redeeming features. I thought you mountain bike types liked to have fun? Some of the "highlights":
    1. It all looked the same.
    2. My Garmin had conniptions when its barometer port got gummed up with mud.
    3. I'm sure it would have been faster to walk than to ride some of it.
    4. When you think that life can't get any more miserable than those 3 walls up to the high point, there's other sections on Dog Meat that are just as bad if not worse.
    5. I thought I had made a decent effort up Kennedy. It turns out that the "top" isn't that nice round area that looks like a good place to land a helicopter.
    6. I was too muddy to get in the car so I had to change into fresh clothes standing in the street. My face looked like I'd just done Paris Roubaix in the rain.
    7. I discovered why MTBers don't use water bottles. I can still taste the grit.

    Probably not the best choice for my first mountain bike outing in almost a year. At least I put up some MTBR feet up on strava. I think I'll head back to RBR now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukbloke
    "A perfect day" he says! I rode Kennedy in the mid-afternoon, and did Francis' lollilop route. What a miserable ride and a route with almost no redeeming features. I thought you mountain bike types liked to have fun? Some of the "highlights":
    ....
    Ha, ha, ha! Pure sweet hell. My record will stand for a while because that route is cuckoo. I see the elevation gain is still broke. It should be around 3500 feet for this segment http://app.strava.com/rides/335322#5301741

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Ha, ha, ha! Pure sweet hell. My record will stand for a while because that route is cuckoo. I see the elevation gain is still broke. It should be around 3500 feet for this segment http://app.strava.com/rides/335322#5301741

    It's confusing, but that's just the elevation difference (highest minus lowest), so the second climb doesn't contribute. Maybe they avoid total ascent because this depends a lot on the algorithm used. I did get them to fix the bug that was with-holding your first place KOM award for that loop by the way!

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    Where do you sign up? www.strava.com once you join then sign up for the mtbr.com club and then join the KOM challenge.

    206k...is that for 2011? If so that is a lot...a ridiculously sick amount. Maybe you and the other sick guys should get together and go bowling...though you would probably go for a 5k night climb afterward I bet.

    Awesome pic btw...wish they had kept going with Deadwood...dont know why they stopped making it.
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    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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    Think that the logical thing is for RBR to have a separate team eventually. I figure eventually they will limit the feet per day to the best rides of the day (not just overall leaders as that would shut out most everyone but a few).

    It makes little sense for mtbr to break into multiple teams when Strava is just getting started. Maybe one day if Strava takes off nationally and internationally but that day is not now.
    Originally Posted by XC62701
    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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    They are National for sure, international too for that matter but not as big internationally I dont think. I think strava is worth EVERY penny and its so much more than the old MotionBased or Garmin Connect for that matter. I love the features and it keeps me working harder and harder - even if only to beat myself!
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    I should clarify........when I say "beat myself" I mean beat my times!! Hahahahaha.......Strava has nothing to do with me beating myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brazilian Climber
    Sup guys!

    I got a question, would any of you know if I could just do the CCCX race in March 27th or I would have to do the whole series!?

    Since this year is my first racing Season, I would race as a beginner just to get a feeling and would upgrade to CAT 2 for the Sea Otter in April .

    Many thx,

    DArcio
    Definitely do the CCCX races. They are great events to get introduced to our local MTB scene. You can race individual races, but they do award series points and give out prizes at the end of the season. As for upgrading, Cat 3 (Beg) and Cat 2 (Sport) are both on the honor system and do not require an annual license. So you can buy a one day license for the CCCX race and race beginner. If you crush the field, race Cat 2 at future races. If you feel like you aren't ready to upgrade, stick with Cat 3 for awhile.

    Quote Originally Posted by SparkyJay
    Might want to post this question in the cyclocross forum. Don't know if any of the KOM crowd races cross. Good luck.
    BC was referring to the CCCX XC races, not CX. But both are extremely fun.

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    Not sure what I'm doing, if I help the cause any, or just don't belong here but I joined Strava over the weekend and it seems pretty cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmanuel09
    Not sure what I'm doing, if I help the cause any, or just don't belong here but I joined Strava over the weekend and it seems pretty cool.
    Living next to Diablo, you can't help but contribute. Be Sure to sign up for the KOM team.
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    Ebider - YOU ARE KILLING IT OVER HERE....

    Does this mean I"m on the team. I'm trying to get others to join. You know who they are.
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    Today I did a repeat of yesterday’s ride— Kennedy - Woods - Alma Bridge - St. Joseph’s. http://www.strava.com/rides-by-count...y-woods-336655

    The wind totally sucked balls though, so I took it extra easy.

    Scrawled a special message in the dirt on the top of Kennedy@Woods.
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    Wow, impressive ride: 5600 feet and at the end still a few PRs in St Joe's.
    Better be careful about posting this on mtbr, unless you don't mind if jms lets the humping dogs loose on you too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Wow, impressive ride: 5600 feet and at the end still a few PRs in St Joe's.
    Well, there were other people riding on their lunchbreaks by the time I got to St. Joe’s, so of course I had to pretend to be a badass and hammer it a little bit.

    I still need a more practical bike for these rides, surely I could do 3,000 more feet per ride without all this weight.

    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Better be careful about posting this on mtbr, unless you don't mind if jms lets the humping dogs loose on you too.
    jms? Humping dogs? What’s that all about?
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    Hope 2 flats

    Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    "I still need a more practical bike for these rides, surely I could do 3,000 more feet per ride without all this weight."

    Dude...if you got a more practical bike, you might have a tough time finding anyone that can keep up with you.

    "jms? Humping dogs? What’s that all about?"
    Some folks (guilty) are trying to talk him out of posting certain KOM challenges at Soquel Demo due to the DH aspect of this thing...no sweat.

    Anyhow, tried to knock out a "quick ride" this fine AM in the rain (yes, it rained). Two flats coming down Overgrown and St. Joes however turned "quick" into "you better get your ass in gear...you are late for work, pal" werd

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    I did the same ride again, this time with a bit brisker pace in places:

    http://www.strava.com/rides-by-count...y-woods-337863

    Dedicated it to Steve Sokol (he would have rode it hard on a heavy-assed bike, I am sure).

    For some reason Strava is reporting the ride as having a couple hundred feet less altitude though. Strange.
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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo
    "jms? Humping dogs? What’s that all about?"
    Some folks (guilty) are trying to talk him out of posting certain KOM challenges at Soquel Demo due to the DH aspect of this thing...no sweat.
    Actually my strength is going UP the hills at a consistent pace, I am not into that whole “risking my life” business of bombing down hills.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    Actually my strength is going UP the hills at a consistent pace, I am not into that whole “risking my life” business of bombing down hills.
    Agreed!
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    Our top three riders are holding down places 4 through 6 in the mens competition this month and our top two women are in places 8 and 18 in the womens competition. Keep it up. You are climbing animals!

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    I’ll ride until my legs break…*or some sort of unavoidable family related event gets in the way (Friday and Saturday I will probably not be able to ride at all ). Unless ancient rascal wants to ride up Kennedy - Woods - Barlow - Hicks/etc./whateverthefack tomorrow, I will do another 5,500 foot repeat of my past three days. Really now, what else am I going to do with my unemployed ass?
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    Too funny, I'm down to 48th amongst the gals. I swear, for a week there in January, I was like, 5th, but the past several weeks have totally sucked! (And I had to get at least a wee bit of snowboarding in...) Gettin' back in the game soon, hopefully. Go ladies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    I’ll ride until my legs break…*or some sort of unavoidable family related event gets in the way (Friday and Saturday I will probably not be able to ride at all ). Unless ancient rascal wants to ride up Kennedy - Woods - Barlow - Hicks/etc./whateverthefack tomorrow, I will do another 5,500 foot repeat of my past three days. Really now, what else am I going to do with my unemployed ass?
    Not to derail the thread completely but how do you do this? My legs are WASTED after a ride and the idea of going back out the next day seems impossible. So many of you guys here are able to do these huge rides day after day and I truly dont understand how you recover that fast?
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    Also to be noted is that Ron Shevock (#9 overall) is also a mtbr.com member but it seems that his climbing feet go to his Shop team and not mtbr (same for Clint Classen as well).
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    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBShane
    Not to derail the thread completely but how do you do this? My legs are WASTED after a ride and the idea of going back out the next day seems impossible. So many of you guys here are able to do these huge rides day after day and I truly dont understand how you recover that fast?
    I spend about 15 minutes or so stretching in the morning before I ride. I ride to/from the trails, so I get warmed up before getting vertical. I also go at a relatively easy pace for most of the ride, saving some strength for the steep stuff. Surely my food intake helps though.
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    Today is a good day to ride.

    Congratulations ladies on the great numbers. Congratulations top mtbr dudes for keeping up with the pros in the top men.

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    MTBR.com is the Studio Velo KOM Challenge Club winners for February. We’re talking with Francis Cebedo, founder of mtbr.com, about the club and how the KOM Challenge has helped make the riders a tighter group.

    1. KOM Challenge: Francis, hearty congratulations to the mtbr.com team. You guys really put the legs down to put a late surge over the runner ups, San Francisco’s Mission Cycling, last month’s Club winners. Was the determination level pretty intense during those last few days?

    - We started 10 days late in the February challenge and had very low expectations. But our enthusiasm built up like a tidal wave culminating in the last few days. There were about 10 lead changes with our rival Mission Cycling and our members went absolutely insane: some abandoned their families, stopped looking for work or, if they had a job, rode deep into the night, and climbed 5k, 6k, 7k feet everyday for the team

    A rumor spread that a keg of beer was involved and that was the turning point in this battle.



    2. KOM Challenge: The majority of feet your team racked up were done on mountain bikes, right?

    - A majority was done on mountain bikes. Many people resorted to riding on the road when the trail conditions got bad, but most of the club members primarily ride dirt.



    3. KOM Challenge: Tell us about some of the team members? With 65 members I’m sure you have a few characters that really stand out in the crowd? (ages, background, gender, employment, etc)

    - We have elite racers and hardcore partiers in the group but the people who really stepped it this challenge are very normal riders. One is 60+ years old, one is a downhiller, a commuter, a newbie. They are not our fastest climbers but they became our best climbers as they were bonded by a common goal.



    4. KOM Challenge: Francis, perhaps you could go out back and drag a few club members in here so we can get their take on the KOM Challenge – what it meant to them? How it might have pushed them to achieve?

    Urban Turban: he KOM Challenge motivated me to ride much more than usual. I'm not very fast, so gaining KOM titles on segments is not very motivating at this point in time. With the KOM challenge, endurance plays a much more important role than speed. That alone pushed me to climb four times more than I averaged per month in the past year. The challenge also brought together some of us who have conversed over the forum but never ridden together.

    Leopold: It helped me realise that I am capable of cranking out many 4,000+ foot rides pretty much back to back.

    Ratpick: For me, the focus has always been on miles. The climbing comes naturally in the Bay Area but is also the way to get stronger since I don't have the discipline to do intervals on flat roads/trainer. Focusing on climbing since joining the KOM contest has already improved my strength. Unfortunately, the lack of long miles is not helping me lose weight to climb faster!

    Francis: Mtbr members predominantly like to descend singletrack and drink beer. I think the tipping point here was they were empowered to rally under the mtbr.com brand. The support and determination surprised everyone.



    5. KOM Challenge: Gents, what’s the off-road experience like in the San Jose and South Bay area? Is there a lot of access? Restrictions? User conflicts?

    The Bay Area has some of the best singletrack trails in the world. Unfortunately, up to 80% of it is illegal to mountain bikers. We are handcuffed with $400 tickets and a battery of ridiculous laws like 'No night riding allowed'. Nonetheless, we are a group that loves life and our riding fire always rages on.



    6. KOM Challenge: Francis, what’s the mtbr.com website’s main focus? How does it contribute to the sport? What does mtbr.com mean to your members?

    Ratpick: A way to connect with other riders and be part of the MTB community. Some deep friendships occur at mtbr

    JL: mtbr.com connects mountain bikers who have a shared interest in the sport locally. It is a great resource to organize group rides to explore new terrain, such as the vast Henry Coe State Park, or to ask questions about anything from where to buy Pliny to advise on best trails to ride when visiting the area. Occasionally, some will boast about their performance in races or, worse, about their KOM status on a particular Strava segment or, the worst, about their son's biking achievements.

    Francis: Mtbr is brand that is recognized in many corners of the globe as we have 1.3 million monthly users. But at its core, it is a place where mountain bikers form solid bonds recommending products and sharing experiences with each other.

    It's like the old saying: "Live to Mtbr. Mtbr to live."

    7. KOM Challenge: Do you see mtbr.com encouraging your users to form other regional teams?

    This can really catch on with the rest of our site and our other site Roadbikereview. But we would have to figure out some revenue relationship as Mtbr is purely advertising supported.


    8. KOM Challenge: Any particular beer you want in the keg you guys have earned?

    Why yes:
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    Russian River Blind Pig
    Russian River Stout
    Drake's IPA



    9. KOM Challenge: What surprised you the most in this experience?

    Francis: Having tested dozens of bike computers and power meters, I thought gps devices and other electronics detracted from the mountain biking experience. I was surprised to see that this Garmin 500/Strava combination added to the experience.

    JL: How caught up the riders were in this competition. Some of us even send their wives out to ride more climbing feet, others went for night rides in the cold and rain or went for 8000 feet epic rides up and down fire roads. I think we climbed close to half a million feet in the last three days of February.

    CodePoet: For me it was how much it made me want to ride again. Having ridden a lot in my 20s I lost that passion to my career and family. Today I am facing 40 yrs old and this has re-awaken my desire to turn the cranks and makes me realize that I can fit riding in with my daily life and that keeping myself in good health; while it may take time away from both family and work it extends the likelihood that I will have both longer in my life. (having an amazingly supportive wife helps)

    Leopold: he last-minute teamwork of many members going out on the last day and cranking up some insane altitude numbers.

    MrCrash: I'm surprised it took tech geek JL this long to get a GPS and join Strava

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    Quote Originally Posted by Okie Dokie
    Also to be noted is that Ron Shevock (#9 overall) is also a mtbr.com member but it seems that his climbing feet go to his Shop team and not mtbr (same for Clint Classen as well).
    Thanks man! Actually, I am now #5 overall (this will not last long however, as I have a week and half of work travel coming up where I will not be able to ride at all.)

    Also, I tried to join the MTBR team as well, but the KOM challenge doesn't seem to want to let one sign up for both a Shop Team (Mad Cat Bikes for me) and a Club Team (MTBR)....So since I can only do one, my allegiance is my brick and mortar shop. Sorry!
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
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    8. KOM Challenge: Any particular beer you want in the keg you guys have earned?

    Why yes:
    Russian River Pliny the Elder
    Russian River Blind Pig
    Russian River Stout
    Drake's IPA
    Guys...just an FYI. Russian river doesn't do kegs anymore for consumers.
    Also, you can't order kegs through liquor strores etc, so unless someone has an "in" with a pub or restaurant acct it will be a no go.
    Last keg we were able to get was a keg of Pliny for my bachelor party but that was back in 2007

    I wish I could join for whatever brew they end up getting, but I will have to do a virtual toast from the Rockies.

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    I wonder how many growlers = 1 keg. The RRB black beer that I brought to the Mt. Ham ride which folks seemed to like was called "Rejection", fyi. I am not sure where one would get a growler other than all the way up in Santa Rosa, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic
    I wonder how many growlers = 1 keg.
    1 growler = 64 oz.
    10 growlers = 1 Corny keg (5 gal)
    31 growlers = 1 1/2 bbl keg (15.5 gal)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic
    I wonder how many growlers = 1 keg. The RRB black beer that I brought to the Mt. Ham ride which folks seemed to like was called "Rejection", fyi. I am not sure where one would get a growler other than all the way up in Santa Rosa, though.
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    Cool a keg and 15% off Studio Velo. Pretty sweet

    Just a thought but maybe the Keg should be brought to the Downieville MTBR gathering? Always could use another keg there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Okie Dokie
    Just a thought but maybe the Keg should be brought to the Downieville MTBR gathering?
    Nah, too far. Let's do a ride locally and then tap into the keg-of-goodness! Maybe at the Demo 10k Challenge in 10 days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    MrCrash: I'm surprised it took tech geek JL this long to get a GPS and join Strava
    Tech geek JL or Lord of the Stopwatch JL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    Nah, too far. Let's do a ride locally and then tap into the keg-of-goodness! Maybe at the Demo 10k Challenge in 10 days?
    I will be out of town that weekend I know it will be impossible to get everyone together, but I was hoping to meet a bunch of you that I don't know yet.

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    Nah still too far

    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyJay
    Nah, too far. Let's do a ride locally and then tap into the keg-of-goodness! Maybe at the Demo 10k Challenge in 10 days?
    How about the top of St. Josephs in Los Gatos...that way I can stumble home without having to get in a car. Yes, selfish, I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo
    How about the top of St. Josephs in Los Gatos...that way I can stumble home without having to get in a car. Yes, selfish, I know.
    The sign at the top of Jones Road states something along the lines of, “Beer and wine permitted only for picnics”, so it would have to be a picnic sort of dealie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    The sign at the top of Jones Road states something along the lines of, “Beer and wine permitted only for picnics”, so it would have to be a picnic sort of dealie.
    OK, fine. Let's make a picnic, with a ride somewhere soon. Just not the Demo weekend. Anywhere south bay should cover most people I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    The sign at the top of Jones Road states something along the lines of, “Beer and wine permitted only for picnics”, so it would have to be a picnic sort of dealie.
    I am sure dragging a picnic table would only add what 10% maybe 20% to the weight of your bike? We could tie one up to your bike and let you drag it to the top and declare the event a picnic! ( I am thinking table side down for least drag, and we could probably wax it to give you that little edge )

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    Oh come on.. the keg party must at the top of Kennedy where so many of the footies were earned - you know this!

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    Humm..... dragging a keg up Kennedy or Joes? I pick Joes myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    Humm..... dragging a keg up Kennedy or Joes? I pick Joes myself.
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    Yeah I have been behind a turkey and a keg on its way up. At the top of Kennedy we have less chance seeing other people and not much farther than Joes. Either way I don't care really. I will drag a few Coors light up because they weigh less .
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    Humm..... dragging a keg up Kennedy or Joes?
    ...........we could leave the keg on ice at the bottom for after the ride. Just a thought.
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    I rode 3000 feet last night and forgot my gps in the car. It was tragic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I rode 3000 feet last night and forgot my gps in the car. It was tragic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I rode 3000 feet last night and forgot my gps in the car. It was tragic.

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    I was at Mission Peak last night and thought my GPS ran out of batteries cause I couldn't get it to turn on. I almost considered not riding...how stupid is that? Turns out I was hitting the wrong button.

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    Riding without a GPS! The horror!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    I rode 3000 feet last night and forgot my gps in the car. It was tragic.

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    Heck, I went out and purchased an 800 bundle package last week because my 705 was starting to act up and I thought I'd have to send it back to Garmin for replacement. I couldn't bare the thought of not getting credit for a week or two worth of climbing... (well at least in part). I like the 800 software and touch screen better. Turns out, the 705 just needed a software update and a reset and it seems to be working correctly, so now I have two Garmins.

    However, the 800 calculates the calorie burn rate different than the 705. The first ride said that I only burned ~ 65 calories on my ride that my 705 typically calculates 1800-2000. I called Garmin and they suggested I update the software (on a brand new unit?) which I did. Last night it calculated 1095 calories for the same ride. I called Garmin and they said that the 800 is more accurate because it takes into account your heart rate and some other factors (basically, how hard you're working). Damn! I think I'm gonna stop using the 800 and go back to my 705 because I burn more calories for the same amount of riding

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    Riding without a GPS! The horror!
    Did some rides without GPS on purpose: it feels like swimming naked
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    Yeah I have been behind a turkey and a keg on its way up. At the top of Kennedy we have less chance seeing other people and not much farther than Joes. Either way I don't care really. I will drag a few Coors light up because they weigh less .
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    I had planned on doing a big ride on Friday but my plans got changed. I went to Sierra Rd today and did repeats 5 times. It was tough on the last climb but mostly because my hands were getting blistered from holding the bars while standing to pedal. ALmost took out a few little ground rodents on the way down a few times. I was going for 10k but just didn't have the time to complete it. I might go out once more tonight to get 900 feet to complete the journey. The worst part of this whole entire ride had nothing to do with dragging my butt up that long climb. I took my daughters Ipod by mistake and had to listen to 14 songs over and over again. I never want to hear Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift ever again. I think I almost took my hands off the bars on the way down once to end the misery. The fact that I listened to that for 4 hours is the real test of resilience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    I had planned on doing a big ride on Friday but my plans got changed. I went to Sierra Rd today and did repeats 5 times. It was tough on the last climb but mostly because my hands were getting blistered from holding the bars while standing to pedal. ALmost took out a few little ground rodents on the way down a few times. I was going for 10k but just didn't have the time to complete it. I might go out once more tonight to get 900 feet to complete the journey. The worst part of this whole entire ride had nothing to do with dragging my butt up that long climb. I took my daughters Ipod by mistake and had to listen to 14 songs over and over again. I never want to hear Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift ever again. I think I almost took my hands off the bars on the way down once to end the misery. The fact that I listened to that for 4 hours is the real test of resilience.

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    the BEhhhhhST of both worlds. HAHA. dude, this one cracked me up. Felt your pain.

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    I was very impressed on the Turkey Day ride last year (2010), as I saw TWO (2) people riding up to the top of Kennedy with those slender form factor 5 gallon kegs strapped to their backs. Quite impressive, I was pretty sure I saw one of the guys going up the main wall (not the rollercoaster walls toward Woods Road).
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    So, today, I of course did the same ride again, so that’s FIVE (5) days in a row doing 5,000+ feet, back to back. Surely this should make me slower each time, but somehow I keep smashing personal records, and getting the occasional KOM top 10 placements.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    I had planned on doing a big ride on Friday but my plans got changed. I went to Sierra Rd today and did repeats 5 times. It was tough on the last climb but mostly because my hands were getting blistered from holding the bars while standing to pedal. ALmost took out a few little ground rodents on the way down a few times. I was going for 10k but just didn't have the time to complete it. I might go out once more tonight to get 900 feet to complete the journey. The worst part of this whole entire ride had nothing to do with dragging my butt up that long climb. I took my daughters Ipod by mistake and had to listen to 14 songs over and over again. I never want to hear Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift ever again. I think I almost took my hands off the bars on the way down once to end the misery. The fact that I listened to that for 4 hours is the real test of resilience.

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    No Way! Me too! I never want to hear them again either...

    Oh, and cool ride.

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    Thanks for the Miley/Taylor support group!!! I think my ears are more sore than my legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    ...I went to Sierra Rd today and did repeats 5 times. It was tough on the last climb but mostly because my hands were getting blistered from holding the bars while standing to pedal. ALmost took out a few little ground rodents on the way down a few times. I was going for 10k but just didn't have the time to complete it. I might go out once more tonight to get 900 feet to complete the journey...
    Nice work...I like your style! Checked your ride...almost 10K in 3.5+ hrs is solid work.
    One of my big regrets...in all the yrs of living in the Bay I never made it out to bang out Sierra Rd or Mt Hamilton. Sierra Rd looks to be damn efficient in being able to rack up footies in short order with almost 1800 ft in 3.5 miles.
    Anyway, congrats again on today's effort!

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    Thanks MSH. I was going for 10k but i had to get going and pick up my daughter. She thought it was hilarious that I listened to it for the whole ride. Yeah you'll have to give it a go when you come back to the bay sometime. I am sure there is a lot of steep stuff in CO? Take care man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    I am sure there is a lot of steep stuff in CO?
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    Oh yeah and I live in one of the best areas in Denver to get good climbing in right out my front door. 90%-95% of my riding is my "out the front door" goods due to nvr ending time constraints.
    Some of the classic Front Range road climbs are right here and my community has their own private network of MTB trails (of course right now all snowed in or muddy/sloppy), so most my rides this time of year are on the road and my 2 std road climbs just don't have the efficiency of Sierra in terms of elevation gain per mile. ...

    Sierra = almost 10% grade in 3.5 miles 1800+ ft.
    My two options give me 1500 ft over 5.7 miles (approx 5% avg grade) or 2800+ ft over 10.7 miles (approx 5% avg grade).

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    Paul, You're killing me! Not to be outdone, I attacked Hicks(south) and Mt. Umunhum. 5 times today. (well, Hicks 5 times and Umunhum 4 and change). 10,666ft! My strategy was to park at the Woods Rd. parking lot so I'd be forced to get in that last climb back to the car from the bottom of Hicks. It's also a nice place for breaks/food resupply.

    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    I had planned on doing a big ride on Friday but my plans got changed. I went to Sierra Rd today and did repeats 5 times. It was tough on the last climb but mostly becaue my hands were getting blistered from holding the bars while standing to pedal. ALmost took out a few little ground rodents on the way down a few times. I was going for 10k but just didn't have the time to complete it. I might go out once more tonight to get 900 feet to complete the journey. The worst part of this whole entire ride had nothing to do with dragging my butt up that long climb. I took my daughters Ipod by mistake and had to listen to 14 songs over and over again. I never want to hear Miley Cyrus or Taylor Swift ever again. I think I almost took my hands off the bars on the way down once to end the misery. The fact that I listened to that for 4 hours is the real test of resilience.

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    Marco!!! Nice ride my friend! You did exactly what I wanted to do. How are you hands? If I do this again after the demo 10k, I might bring the mtn bike too so I can switch it up and give my hands and legs a small break. I also might get better padded gloves too. I can spin the mtb up the hills seated the entire time. I have a feeling today people went for some epic rides like yours. 10,666 is amazing. How many miles did it end up being? Can't wait till saturday. I have to bartend at an auction right after that ride which will suck immensely. Nice work!!!
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    Cancel that I just checked Strava. Man that ride must be harder than Sierra rd!! I ridden there once but don't remember. Maybe I suppressed the memory because it was so steep. I think if I had made one more ascent, I would have had almost the same elevation as you. You deserve a beer.
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    Hands feel fine. Legs are pretty sore though! I typically sit more than I stand, except on the steepest pitches.On the last ascent I was sitting for everything and just zig-zagging to reduce the incline. I switched from the regular to the full finger gloves toward the end because it was getting cold on the descents. The steepest grades are worse than Sierra for sure. Hicks/Umunhum is on par with Quimby and Bohlman in the steepness department. The no trespassing signs are at the 3000 ft level, and the bottom of Hicks is at 800 ft., so I didn't need too much more than 4 repeats to break 10k.

    Quote Originally Posted by pmarshall
    Cancel that I just checked Strava. Man that ride must be harder than Sierra rd!! I ridden there once but don't remember. Maybe I suppressed the memory because it was so steep. I think if I had made one more ascent, I would have had almost the same elevation as you. You deserve a beer.

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    Ok, I did the pmarshall Sierra ride. No suicide squirrels were harmed and I only fell over once!

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    Nice rides guys... I just had oral surgery, so I am off the bike for about a week. I'd cheat on doctor's orders and pickup a ride, but I can barely walk straight with all the meds they have me on.

    I vote for the keg at the top of Kennedy, but anywhere local would be good though.

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    14088 ft!

    Wow, 14k feet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mboldt
    Wow, 14k feet!

    Return of the King. Awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mboldt
    Wow, 14k feet!
    Thanks. Your ride looked harder!!

    I was better prepared thanks to PMarshall's notes. I never put the death grip on the handlebars and I had better tunes with my Pandora Daft Punk channel.

    My last full climb was 38 minutes just like all the rest so that means I didn't detonate like Superbowl ride. It was good that I was alone since I would just turn around at any point when I got tired or annoyed.

    It was cool up there as there were thousands of squirrels roaming around and hundreds of birds swooping down to get em.

    Two little kick dogs chased me up at one point. I tried to put a ninja move on one but then I fell over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mboldt
    Wow, 14k feet!


    That is nuts! Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Thanks. Your ride looked harder!!

    I was better prepared thanks to PMarshall's notes. I never put the death grip on the handlebars and I had better tunes with my Pandora Daft Punk channel.

    My last full climb was 38 minutes just like all the rest so that means I didn't detonate like Superbowl ride. It was good that I was alone since I would just turn around at any point when I got tired or annoyed.

    It was cool up there as there were thousands of squirrels roaming around and hundreds of birds swooping down to get em.

    Two little kick dogs chased me up at one point. I tried to put a ninja move on one but then I fell over.

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    Oh my freaking lord!!!! I knew from your pm that you were possibly going to ride today but I am speechless!! That is amazing. What a feat. Did you reward yourself with a pliny? I am going to buy you one anyway. Did you see any wild turkeys or turkey vultures? They are insanely ugly. Now with you and Marco blasting some big rides, I am going to have to suck it up and drill out a 16k ride. My heroes
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    14,000 feet holy crap!!!
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    Francis: 14000 feet up and down Sierra? Wow, that's an impressive feat although not entirely sane. Weren't you the one warning people not to get to hooked on this Strava competition? Please tell me you were there with your wife and she climbed up Sierra a few times for you, while you had lasagna and steak for lunch.
    My 3800 feet ride up Kennedy to Woods with a loop in St Joes pales in comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JL de Jong
    Francis: 14000 feet up and down Sierra? Wow, that's an impressive feat although not entirely sane. Weren't you the one warning people not to get to hooked on this Strava competition? Please tell me you were there with your wife and she climbed up Sierra a few times for you, while you had lasagna and steak for lunch.
    My 3800 feet ride up Kennedy to Woods with a loop in St Joes pales in comparison.
    I started riding at 10:30 and I had steak with asparagus over rice for lunch. I was live facebooking while riding so it was all mellow.

    The big lesson is arm warmers and vest are absolutely key. I had a windbreaker and I had to put it on and off 10x.

    The boss wife is off right now for a big all day ride as I rest. Tomorrow is a big Demo ride!!

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    Coupla things

    Quote Originally Posted by mboldt
    Wow, 14k feet!
    1st...14k Francis, at least now I don't have to worry about keeping pace with you anymore.
    2nd...sorry but from a suffering standpoint, I still think Paul has you beat. My hunch is he still has Taylor Swift's, "You belong to me" stuck in his head and it ain't going away anytime soon.
    3rd and off topic...Funny how my old go to is just not cutting it anymore. Planned a quick jaunt up Overgrown and home this AM...turned into a (no dab) grunt up Dogmeat with a Jones loop thrown in...I need counseling.

    Have fun out there everyone...weather looks pretty fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squashyo
    1st...14k Francis, at least now I don't have to worry about keeping pace with you anymore.
    2nd...sorry but from a suffering standpoint, I still think Paul has you beat. My hunch is he still has Taylor Swift's, "You belong to me" stuck in his head and it ain't going away anytime soon.
    3rd and off topic...Funny how my old go to is just not cutting it anymore. Planned a quick jaunt up Overgrown and home this AM...turned into a (no dab) grunt up Dogmeat with a Jones loop thrown in...I need counseling.

    Have fun out there everyone...weather looks pretty fantastic.

    Thank you for the Friday ride invite. Looks like you had a good one!

    I was just here too accompany pmarshall and mboldt. As it turns out I was alone. That's ok though cause you're alone but never really alone in this age.

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    Wow that is simply ridiculous Francois. I actually felt like vomiting looking at your ride on Strava. That is just simply unbelievable.

    More so when you consider several things:
    That you averaged 9.6 mph. That is very very fast for that much time and climbing. And secondly you averaged over 215 feet of climbing per mile...another very high number.

    I know we have only ridden a couple of times together...but clearly you have taken your fitness to a new level. I am to scared to go on a ride with you now!

    In my honest medical opinion you and your misfit gang of climbers need to stop these manly displays, order a pizza a day, drink more beer, and watch TV. This is clearly the only way back to sanity for you guys.

    And you guys do realize we cannot win a keg every month right? Cant be back to back winners the rules say
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    Agreed...make it longer. I want to know death is an option

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    I over sold it

    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Thank you for the Friday ride invite. Looks like you had a good one!

    I was just here too accompany pmarshall and mboldt. As it turns out I was alone. That's ok though cause you're alone but never really alone in this age.

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    Hope you'll join me next time...it really isn't that gnar and right in your back yard. As for having a good one...I suffered rather badly. Super hung over (IPA overdose) and brought a knife (Bullit) to a gun fight (Carbon Fiber Nomad/25 year old climbing machine). Jdub did a good job pretending he wasn't bored.

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    Just finished my first ride of the day (2500ft). I'll be heading out for a second serving shortly....hopefully another 2500ft.

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