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    McDowell Sufferfest on Saturday

    Planning a long training ride in the McDowells on Saturday to get ready for some upcoming endurance rides.
    Starting place: Bashas at Thompson Peak and Bell Rd
    Starting time: 6:45AM
    Appx Route: Paradise, Quartz, Tailiesin, Jeep Rd, Ringtail, Sunrise, down east side of Sunrise, Jeep road, Sonoran trail, Dixie mine, Pemberton CCW, Rock knob, up TT from north, down TT on west side, back to start. Might add some additional loops in MMP to get mileage around 45-50 miles. Bail out options to reduce to 24 miles for those not in for the whole enchilada.
    Suffer factor: plenty of climbing
    Pace: not a race, but consistently moving with breaks to eat.
    Interested ?

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    cheese whiz, that's like a quad by-pass, waltaz usually leads one about January

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    Well...technically, only a double bypass but distance-wise, a bit more.

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    Sounds like someone is preparing for the AES race in the McDowells.

    Why not just take a trip down to Tucson for Kentucky Camp - about the same mileage and more fun.
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    Just wondering how much h2o that would require in the Camelback. I guess you could refill at the Sunrise TH.

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    I would count on a bottle an hour. I really have the Camelback on my back as it makes me hot and sweaty, more than usual. I usually but 2-3 bottles on the bike and one in my jersey.
    I guess I need to feel the love for the Camelback.

    Chiva

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    I am in for this.

    Yes dtown, Kentucky Camp would be awesome, but it requires a little more time and planning than what I have this weekend. So this ride will have to do for training for the McD 60

    Oh and there should be a water refill opportunity at the Pemberton parking lot.

    Brent C.

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    Sounds like the tour of the McDowells I need. Too bad I'm busy or I'd have to join you again. Last week at BCT was great!
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    yep, that was a great ride, thx for joining....Looks like there's another mile past HTM done now...I'll probably try and get out there next week sometime...

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    One more sufferfester....

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    How long will the ride last? Looks like 6+ hours, maybe all day.

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    HTM on BCT? Is that north and past the Bumblebee TH??

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    McD's with Tom's Thumb.

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    I will be there.

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    I'm gonna be taking a little (or a lot) easier route through the mcdowells on saturday morning if anyone wants to join in.

    a friend and I are meeting at lost dog trailhead at 8:30.

    lost dog...quartz...paradise...over gateway pass...climb up windgate...climb up bell...down to junction at paradise then back home through quartz and lost dog.

    just thought I'd throw it out there.....steady pace...3 hours or so.

    later,

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    Should be a great ride all...plenty of suffering. Shooting for a 6-7 hour ride which will mean a steady pace with short stops. See ya all there in the AM. Ray

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    The sufferfest is complete...52 miles, 7400 ft of climbing. Basically did the AES McD ride without the comp loops... Tom's Thumb at the end was nothing short of brutal. A nice 1 mile walk with the bike up the north end trail.
    Thanks to all who joined us. Great to meet you guys and we'll see you Dec 11th!

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    Ray good to see you again. Your a SS machine. thanks for putting that together. The west side of Tom's has sure got some awesome scenery and exposure. Need to do that one again soon. It was nice to meet and ride with everyone else also.
    Last edited by ARIZycle; 11-20-2010 at 06:25 PM.

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    Ray, It was good riding with the entire group. Had an awsome time. The ride back home was brutal though. Extremly rocky and must of seen 100 hikers. Must of been the hiking fest in the way down. Rear shock blew up sagging the bike bad. Kept having the falling back feeling. See you in December.

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