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Mt Hamilton Challenge — Personal Test of 4 Months of Training

Tomorrow I’m riding my first serious event of 2011, the Mt Hamilton Challenge, a 125 mile loop with 8300 feet of climbing. So far my longest training ride has been about 45 miles, so it’s a big jump up in miles.

I’ve gone from 202 to 181 pounds since January 1st, a massive factor in climbing effort. What a relief— getting up hills is so much easier.

Dang though, it’s April 29th as I write this, with frost in my yard at 500', and Mt Hamilton is over 4000', and at 11am today wind child was 32.6° F. Could be very unpleasant, and hard to plan for in terms of clothing.

The Mt Hamilton total ascent is half that of the first day of the Everest Challenge barely gets above the EC minimum altitude, but the mileage is nearly identical (to the first day of EC), so it’s a good early season trial run to check out not just fitness, but body and bike over a longer distance.

I’ll be riding it on my lithe Trek Madone 6.9 SSL, the Lightweight Obermayer rear wheel, and Lightweight Ventoux front wheel, because wind has been rather violeent of late, the 53mm rim section of the Obermayer is a bit scary on fast descents when a blast of wind hits— the Ventoux has a toal. I decided not to ride with my usual daytime running light, because although the < 1/2 pound or so is really not not a big deal, it’s still 8300 feet of ascent.

My friend Terry of Undiscovered Country Tours and some of his crew will be riding it too, but not the full loop, only the baby 75 mile route (up and back). Smart crew.

Mt Hamilton Challenge from Santa Clara, CA
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