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    MTBR Group Ride: Quadruple Bypass

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    Last Sunday was the fourth annual Quadruple Bypass. Not a race, not a benefit, just good old fashioned social ride. And beat down at that. Actually a handful of people upped the ante this year by doing the Gnardruple Bypass (the inclusion of Tomís Thumb about 4 more miles and 1,200í more than the tradition route done in the past).

    I stuck with traditional route, and suffered plenty . Some would say 33 miles, Ďno big dealí, but you couple this with 6,900 vf of climbing and youíve got some fatigue issues.
    Iíd say close to 50 riders hit the trail that beautiful Arizona morning, but the bulk of the people (say 30) split from the Bashaís Grocery store parking (Scottsdale, AZ) lot at 8:45. It was pretty dang comfy out; prolly 55 degrees. I was in a t-shirt and shorts, cuz I knew the temps would get close to 70 in the afternoon. Which it did!

    - Route: Up Windgate Pass (first Bypass), down the backside and over to Bell Pass(second), down Bell, over Paradise to Quartz/Lost Dog/Old Jeep Road to Sunrise, up and over Sunrise (third), up the jeep road to Promenade/Sonoran and Dixie Mine, Dixie Mine to Coachwhip, and up to Windgate again (fourth), down Windgate and back to the cars.

    Some riders actually train for this punishment/enjoyment. I did not, and I paid the price. I hadnít cramped in years, but about 5 hours into this 8.5 hour journey they started to kick in. Backcountry skiing the past couple of weekend, meant I had acquired a different type of fitness than required for this type of sadism. I also ran outta water about an hour earlier than expected. Luckily there was the refill spot at the midpoint of the ride. Once I got rehydrated I started to feel pretty good again.

    The group I pretty much stuck with was 11 riders strong, most of which I had ridden with before. However, most of the group hadnít done this ride before, and for some these were completely new trails.

    More details of this ride can be found on this thread: MTBR Quadruple Bypass
    Just like portraying how steep a hill is on film, it is also difficult to show what a pain in the butt this ride is.

    Here is a little vid of the day:

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    Very entertaining. 10.

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    Awesome video.

    Looking forward to my USA road/bike trip in late summer Can't wait!
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    nice vid man, positive one)))
    and VERY nice intro)))))
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    video / song really put a smile on my face im sitting here while its snowing outside waiting for the North East Spring to come around so I could get onto the trails

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    Nice video.

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