IMBA challenge Can You Climb 5,000 Meters in 9 Days
Got an email from Strava:
The International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and Strava are challenging cyclists to rack up 5,000 meters in elevation gain between November 2 - November 10. We’re encouraging you to head to the trails, push it uphill, and climb some mountains. It’s not about how long you’re on the saddle or how far you travel, all that matters is what you climb.
I show that on a rail trail ride to Jerseyville, I gain 162 meters. Sydenham shows 139 meters. Rattlesnake is 100 meters.
At 162 meters I would need to ride 31 times to qualify - in 9 days.
Guess it's not going to happen.
What's the gain from Chedoke to Red Hill Creek?
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120 m from the lake to Mud St. on the Red Hill trail.
376 m from the Hamilton mountain to Jerseyville and back - includes the radial trail and Chedoke golf course and rail trail - 48 k. That would only take just over 13 times
Since it's IMBA-sponsored I'm guessing it's also supposed to be off-road?
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65 trips up Kelso for west enders? Waterdown?
51 reps of the Gully for the 416'ers?
We're kind of in the wrong part of the continent for this challenge....
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I show 210 m for the Headwaters trail in Dundas. It would be true MTBing. 3 laps per day would more than do it. If it wasn't for the crappy weather we get this time of year, it would actually be possible.
There's a Dundas loop I do that has 3300 ft of climbing in 30km - all trails. That equates to 1000m, so would have to do 5 laps of that... not bad?
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On the road this is easy! I have a route of about 110km that gets me almost 5000 feet around where is live (Vaughan). So one could reach 5000 meter (16500 feet) in 4 days easily, and it does not have to be consecutive. But with this cold weather riding outside for 3.5 hours is brutal.
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A single track ride at Glen Major that is around 25km and takes me a full day to recover from can net me "up to" 650m I did the math and it would be a hellish 9 days. I'm either a puss or 5km vertical is a lot of mountain biking.
The only way I'm doing that much climbing in 9 days is if I'm riding a chairlift.
A weekend of DH riding should just about do it.
According to my Garmin, the ride I do each week at GM/WW/Durham has a total ascent of 1258 m. I start at three rocks and ride all the way to Burnt Toast and then play around in Durham and then head back again. I could easily do that loop five times in nine days, if I had the time and the weather was better.
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