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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
OK, What don't you like about that? THAT is mountain biking! That trail looks awesome!
I gotta get me one of those Go Pro's and video some of the technical trails we have here in CT. If Gatorback is one you'd never ride, you wouldn't like it here. There aren't many places where you can relax. Good for skills honing though! A good Orthopedic is a plus too!
i was never a great climber, but worked at getting better at it; first for conservation of energy on tour, then later for the joy of descending.
strafing a good twisty canyon on the moto is fun, as is a good alpine ski run... a good rip down a mountain road on a quality road bike is my favorite combination of those things. spending half an hour (or more) coming back down the trail on the side of a mountain you spent all day riding up is a close second.
anyone talking about momentum to get up hills doesn't understand what the kind of climbing we're talking about is... as evidenced by the people here who are confusing "steep" with "elevation".
but clearly, there's some misunderstanding on some folks' part about climbing; as someone who was never more than adequate at it but could do it on a loaded touring bike for days on end, i can attest that lactic acid buildup and exhaustion can all be dealt with by gearing, technique and training.
Here's a trail you might like if you make it down here.
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I'm a CT rider too. You been to Case mtn? That's where I ride 90% of the time. When I say MTB I'm thinking shenipsit trail. I'm not trying to wave the ol' hog, but Gatorback looks like a blast.
My old training routes had climbs 20+ miles long. Knowing where I was most efficient (mostly using a HR monitor) and gearing down accordingly allowed me to keep climbing as long as I kept eating and drinking. I might not have been the fastest climber on the mountain but I could wear my training buddies down by the time we reached the last big climb.
The fastest time I had doing the Assault on Mt Mitchell was the year I put a triple on my Vitus.
It looks awesome to YOU. To me, that type of trail is just a grueling, punishing ride. And like all the rest, it's worse in reality than it looks on video.
Climbs for me vary between 30 seconds and 25 minutes to climb my local 'mountain'. Since I dont monitor my heart rate, I'd bet I used to max out my heart rate climbing as fast as I could. I've realized it's much more fun to slowup the climb a little and save more energy for the flatter/downhill sections later on in the ride. Needless to say, I'm not a very fast climber... but my Reign prefers the downhills anyways.
Do you like riding road? I've been thinking of a road bike for the days when my spine says no.
My wife grew up in Manchester, and her brothers used to ride dirt bikes in Case. I would like to check it out sometime. I live near the shore, so ride Cockaponset in Chester, mostly. I would love to have a fast trail like Gatorback here! That does look like fun!
I started out on a road bike but then I discovered mountain biking, which I think is a lot more fun. I still ride the road bike on occasion, but only to work on my endurance and pedaling technique.
Small world! Lots of family grew up in Manchester. Let me know if you get up this way, I can point ya to some good stuff up there.
Will do. It's nice to check out different places once in a while.
A friend want's me to do with him before I turn 50. I'm 44 now.
Trip of a lifetime, might hurt a bit though.
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All are welcome here. My observation wasn't pointed in your direction anyhow.
Just a bit?
100 peaks? 10 straight days in the saddle? 120mi day? 13,000' of climbing each day?
Utah. Moab, Utah. So freakin' cool and different....and scary to think back on what I've ridden out there.
I'm still more scared on the side of a busy road though. That's dangerous.
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I know, he's serious too. I puked in my mouth and passed out with just the thought of it.
Looks like I need to get training, I have six years to prepare.
No link showed up for me.
Cent Col Challenge.
More details at the link above.