Climbing Series-Catoctin Crazy Challenge-67 miles- 8200 ft of climbing

  • June 29, 2013 · 8:15 AM

Once again the Catoctin Mountain climbing range is upon us, and oh boy will it be - no typo its 8,200 feet of climbing over 6 primary climbs

Note this is a Class B/B+ ride, with significant amount of climbing, including many long climbs. If you haven't been working on you climbing before this ride, this is not the ride to start your climbing training on.  See climb stats below for idea of difficulty of climbs and note that the grade listed is the average grade, almost all climbs have steep mid teens to mid 20s percent grades on the climb

We start with a few mile warm up before we hit the the Hamburg Rd climb.

- Hamburg @ mile 4 - 5 miles, 1,200 ft - 4.5% avg grade - grade is somewhat misleading as the last 1+ miles is only 1-3%, middle section has sections over 10%

After descending down Highland School we loop back around and climb Middlepoint Road back to the top of Gambrill State Park

- Middlepoint Rd @ mile 14 - 1.5 miles, 750 ft - 9.5% avg grad, with sections in mid to high teens %

We then descend back down via the top portion of Highland School and then Fishers Hollow and make our way around to the first rest stop in Myersville (mile 27).  Its then onto the Harp Hill Road climb (the opposite direction from most rides)

-Harp Hill (backwards direction) @ mile 30 - 2 miles, 700 ft - 6.6% avg grade, with sections over 10%

After a quick descent we roll up Stottlemyer (also backwards from most rides)

- Stottlemyer @ mile 33 - 2.5 miles, 460 ft - 3.5% avg grade

rolling along from there we'll descend the roller coaster descent of Wolfsville Rd into Smithsburg and the traditional Dollar Store rest stop (mile 40-41).  Almost immediately out of the rest stop we climb back up Wolfsville followed by almost 10 miles of rolling descents to our last rest stop at mile 54-55 back in Myersville

- Wolfsville climb @ mile 41 - 2 miles, 680 ft - 6.5% avg grade

After the last rest stop we're almost home...if it wasn't for that last climb of Coxey Brown

- Coxey Brown @ mile 57.5 - 1.8 miles, 1,000 ft - 10.5% avg grade - beginning & end sections ramp up into mid to high teens % grade, with sections over 20% (for prolonged distances)

Once the climb is conquered we roll through Grambrill State Park and descend Gambrill Park Rd and Route 40 (on shoulder) back to the mall.  Hey the last 5 miles is all downhill

 

Note: What goes up may come down.  Some descents can be technical and fast.  Use caution on descents and know your own limitations on speed and bike handling.

 

Total distance:approx 67 miles
Total elevation climbed: approx 8200 feet
Pace: Medium: 14+ mph avg (climbing tends to slow one down); Category B/B+ ride, not for the novice rider.  Should be at least at an intermediate ride skill level and be able to climb longer and steeper climbs w/o having to walk
Terrain: hilly
Start/Finish: Boscov's parking lot - Frederick Mall - 45 min/1hr from DC area - carpooling recommended.  Closest metro is Shady Grove for those that want to co-ordinate carpooling from metro
Highlights: climbing, climbing, climbing... and a few fast descents

route/cue sheet can be viewed at the link below:

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2558460

Garmin

http://connect.garmin.com/course/3992657

 

- It is highly recommended, but not mandatory, that you attend at least one of the prior climbing training events.  I like to have a feel of everyone's riding pace before the ride.  While group is likely to break into smaller packs during the ride and ride is intended to be a no drop ride, given the amount of climbing it is difficult to maintain entire group together.  It is not fair to the faster riders to have to wait too long at top of the climbs.  I will have cue sheets available but it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the ride route prior to the ride in case the group splits.

Because of the climbing I will maintain a ride limit of 25 riders.  In the past this has allowed for group to typically finish within 20-40 minutes between front group and back group

HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION:
- ID, spare tube, portable tire pump recommended

- clip-in/cage pedals are required - too much climbing not to use all leg muscles

- road bike highly recommended. 
- This ride has 3 stops and two water bottles is a must and pocket snacks are recommended

The event will be cancelled/postponed in event of rain

email me if you have any questions

Join or login to comment.

  • Michael G.

    Still having Coxey flashbacks. But seriously that was one hell of a ride. Thank you thank you thank you Mat for planning this unbelievable route.

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great ride, thanks Matt for leading; and to all the great people I did and didn't get a chance to talk with. I'm so glad we got to conquer the hills and not the other way around!

    June 30, 2013

  • Adam S.

    Matt, thanks for leading a great ride. Never thought 67 miles in MD would be so much harder than 550 miles in Colo. Good to meet everyone and looking forward to riding again soon.

    2 · June 30, 2013

  • PeteD

    Probably the toughest day I've ever had in the saddle. Thanks Matt for the suffering. Sorry for having to jet after; the wife was only a little upset by my inability to climb fast and get home before 4pm. Look forward to more with you.

    June 30, 2013

  • Enrique R.

    Hey guys, apologize for posting this here and not on the board. I rented a car for a long ride on Skyline Drive this July 4th. My friend bailed out. So, if anybody wants to come please, let me know. I don't have much of plan, but I expect to do as much as I can (anything between 100 - 140 miles)...

    June 30, 2013

  • Haider H.

    Safelt at Shady Grove, thanks to Tom, Carlos, Colin, and Ted. Coxey.... we WILL meet for battle, just not today.

    3 · June 29, 2013

    • Haider H.

      Safely. .. I dunno how predictions for text figures out its spelling but hey an extra t might signify the sadness at having to abandon this one.

      June 30, 2013

    • Tom A

      I'm sure Coxey will be there waiting for us....

      1 · June 30, 2013

  • Rick B.

    Fantastic ride today, love them hills! Thanks Matt for a every well organized ride. This was my first with this group and many more to come.

    June 30, 2013

  • Mac

    Another awesome ride Matt. My Coxey redemption is now fulfilled.

    Norman, takes the polka dot award on today's ride.

    Ted, take the most aggressive rider.

    June 29, 2013

  • Ian

    Crazy like the title but awesome! Thank you Matt!

    June 29, 2013

  • Michael K.

    A great, challenging ride. I would probably say that one of my toughest, but enjoyed it very much

    June 29, 2013

  • Tom A

    For me it was quite the challenge. I enjoyed cresting the hills though.

    1 · June 29, 2013

  • Norman

    Thanks for a wonderful ride today...the course made me reach deep down! Really challenging

    June 29, 2013

  • Enrique R.

    Last minute bail out... Mac, don't wait for me. I don't think I'll be able to make it at 6.30

    June 29, 2013

  • Haider H.

    June 28, 2013

    • Haider H.

      Paced at 15.5mph although I'm sure this one will be slower!

      June 28, 2013

  • Haider H.

    :( languishing here without a ride from Alexandria!

    June 27, 2013

    • Ian

      Haider, I'll call you later to fine tune things out.

      June 28, 2013

    • Haider H.

      Buses start earlier but also take longer Enrique.

      June 28, 2013

  • Matt

    i've got room for 2 people other than myself. I'll pick up from the Ballston metro (Cosi across from metro escalators) but since metro isn't open and/or isn't convenient early in the AM on weekends you would need to ride to the station.

    As I'm the ride leader and need to get to the start early I need to leave not later than 7 am so I'd like to pick up at 6:50am

    June 24, 2013

    • Enrique R.

      Agree Mac. I will be in Starbucks on DuPont at 6.30...

      June 25, 2013

    • Enrique R.

      Hey Mac. Please, keep my phone number just in case:[masked] 2002. What's yours? See you tomorrow in Starbucks at 6.30 am

      June 28, 2013

  • Keith

    Matt, Can I get a ride? Keith

    June 26, 2013

    • Norman

      I could possibly take someone if they have a bike rack

      June 26, 2013

    • Enrique R.

      I have a bike rack in case you need it.

      June 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will join you guys at July 7th's ride instead: "South Loudoun - 67 miles - 4,200 ft"

    June 28, 2013

  • Keith

    Matt,

    Opting out this time because I really think I don't have the base miles to enjoy this ride. But I am going to get ready for the next one.

    June 27, 2013

  • Keith

    Given the limited hill training that I have done thus far this season, I am going to heed Matt's warning and do the easy 40 mile ride on Sunday. Gotta get my climbing legs back.

    June 27, 2013

  • Scott

    With uncertainly of getting off wait-list, have made other plans.

    June 26, 2013

  • Chan L.

    Going out of town :( very sorry to miss it. I hear Ian is in climbing form.

    3 · June 18, 2013

    • Ian

      Not this ian

      1 · June 24, 2013

    • Mac

      And I was hoping its you!

      1 · June 24, 2013

  • Michael G.

    Just read the descriptive above word-for-word... I'm scared!

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Enrique R.

      Come on dude!! Let's eat some hills!

      June 24, 2013

    • Michael G.

      Need to redeem myself from the last ride but i'm gonna keep quiet out of respect for the mountain.

      June 24, 2013

  • Enrique R.

    Hey guys! I am feeling better of the tendonitis. I will do this ride. Anyone driving there from DC? CAn I carpool? If not, does anyone want to share the costs of a rented car?

    June 24, 2013

    • Enrique R.

      Hahah... I'm gonna have to be really careful then. Hehe. Hey Mac. We touch base on Thursday or Friday. What's your phone number? Mine is[masked] 2002. Shoot me a text

      June 24, 2013

    • Mac

      I'll call you Friday to set up a meeting spot.

      June 24, 2013

  • Josh R.

    Changed my mind and chickening out on this one.

    June 24, 2013

  • Mac

    Thanks Matt. Ill be on the same spot as last time.

    June 24, 2013

  • Mac

    Matt, I forgot RSVP. Anyway you can extend for one more rider? Also, anyone offering a ride?

    M

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it woman friendly bike ride? I did not see any woman signed up for the ride. I was a 100-miler in Reston's 2011 Cure De Tour fund raising event.

    June 19, 2013

    • Rick B.

      You will probably be ahead of me.

      June 21, 2013

    • Haider H.

      Go Liverpool?

      1 · June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any one knows what is the ave grade about the hill on S Walter Reed drive between S Four Mile Run Dr. and S Nelson street section in S Arlington? That hill is one of the highest hills I climbed. You can google by: 2100 S Walter Reed Dr, Arlington, VA

    June 20, 2013

    • PeteD

      Strava has the climb is an 11.3% average grade, though the segment starts at Four Mile Run Dr, averages 9.7. http://app.strava.com...­

      June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool.

      June 20, 2013

  • Enrique R.

    Guys, this sucks, but I was just diagnosed with a tendonitis and won't be able to ride or run for one month... I think I won't be able to do this ride... I will think if i violate the doctor's recommendation at least to go to this ride...

    June 19, 2013

    • Haider H.

      As far as tendonitis is concerned.. Tendon (the connection between muscle and bone) itis (irritation of)... in a healthy human usually indicates OVERUSE injury. This being the case one must find out how and why the injury occured. It could be as simple as poor positioning or form. Whatever the cause, the incorrect movement must end or injury will re-occur leading to further inflamation scar tissue formation. Issues that can get as far as calcification of the tendon and horrific pain given simple light tasks. There are many options for treatment and invasive medical intervention so a stringent cost/risk vs benefit analysis of these options is required.

      1 · June 20, 2013

    • Enrique R.

      For now, my treatment will be physical therapy. .. I hope it gets better after this month off

      June 20, 2013

  • Haider H.

    Will need a ride in on this meetup.

    June 19, 2013

  • LDMay

    I'm going to be on vacation, but so sorry to miss this. Yes. That's right. I said it. I'm sorry to miss insane climbing.

    1 · June 16, 2013

  • Enrique R.

    Hey guys. Anyone is driving from D.C.? I don't want to miss this ride, but I don't have a car... breakfast is on me!

    June 16, 2013

  • Haider H.

    Garmin route is down :'(

    June 16, 2013

  • Saif

    Looking fwd!

    June 10, 2013

Our Sponsors

  • Wired Cycling

    Group members receive discounted rates on classes.

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Imagine having a community behind you

Get started Learn more
Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy