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Mountain of Misery ride May 26, 2013

Steve B.
CyclingSteve
Springfield, VA
Post #: 4
Anyone up for training for this ride? http://www.mountainso...­
Mike S.
mike_s_62
Herndon, VA
Post #: 5
I am interested!
A former member
Post #: 10
I would be interested as well.
A former member
Post #: 11
I would be interested as well.
A former member
Post #: 6
The double metric is extremely hard. Here's someone's Strava file: http://app.strava.com...­ If you average 11mph moving speed, that's about 11:15 hrs, not counting rest stops. Four major climbs. The final 7 miles are mostly uphill, with a brief respite, the last 3 miles average 11.9% grade. It's an exposed climb to the finish. The heat has cracked a lot of people. The Potomac Pedalers website will list a number of hard, hilly rides in March led by people who want to do Mountains of Misery.
Steve B.
CyclingSteve
Springfield, VA
Post #: 14
Thanks for posting the information. I hope to go out to Marshall Virginia for a 60 mile ride (Mount Weather and Naked Mountain) on Sunday Feb 10 and park at the Library at 12 am. All are welcome to come. RSVP. http://www.mapmyride....­ ps I'm leaving from West Springfield if anyone needs a ride.
A former member
Post #: 7
Steve, you routed straight down Rt. 17. You need to take a right at 688 to go over Naked Mountain.

For later in the season, here's another climbing ride out of Marshall. It's 75 miles, three climbs, the last one makes Mt. Weather look small, but it isn't terribly steep. Blue Mountain has about 2 miles of dirt road, usually pretty easily passable on a road bike. But you never know when fresh gravel will be thrown down, possibly the spring. The first rest stop was at a store on the north side of Rt. 7, but it has closed, which means you will need to go into Bluemont for food/water at around mile 30. Then climb back out of Bluemont and follow the loop north of Rt. 7. Another potential stop is at Jim's Store at about mile 48. Also there's a store at the beginning of the Blue Mountain climb and a store on the other side on Rt.55. http://connect.garmin...­. Mind the descent on Freezeland Rd. It's a fast one and there's a hairpin left turn which doesn't look so bad until you get into it, when it turns sharper.
Steve B.
CyclingSteve
Springfield, VA
Post #: 16
Thanks Mark for the Map. I've done Mt Weather, yes it is not to steep. Sometime when the weather breaks I'd like to do Skyline. The first 50 miles is good hard climbing.
FondoMotto
BikeCaseForRent
Potomac, MD
Post #: 224
Hey Steve.. just a word of advice. I've done the entire Skyline and back, but in segments. Ensure you have enough hydration because water is turned off on most rest stops. When I was doing solo last winter training the farthest I can ride out is 25 miles out and back.
Fill up at Dickey Ridge the first stop after your first 5 mile long climb from Front Royal and be careful of fog rolling. So, watch the weather forecast well in advance.
If you are doing an MOM pre-ride, let me know and like to hook up.
Al
Steve B.
CyclingSteve
Springfield, VA
Post #: 27
Al
Thanks for the information on Skyline. I try now to ride every day above 45 degrees. Like warmer, but that will come to soon, but the cold weather is great for running. I also do a lot of cross training. Mountain bike, swim, run and row. I have free time during the week to ride, so if anyone wishes to ride let me know. I like to do anywhere from 36 to 60 now. But can do more. Average speed 14 mph with come climbs.
Steve
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