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Old 04-05-2012, 11:25 AM
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Here's more footage of the dirt road climb up Mt. Murphy Road.

MTB climb on a road bike from Fot Oss on Vimeo.

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Old 04-09-2012, 12:41 PM
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Another mtb climb, but this time on an actual mtb! This is the Salmon Falls trail and Flagstaff Hill climb and descent.

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Old 04-16-2012, 12:22 PM
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Another good sufferfest climb. This time it was Rattlesnake Bar Road between Pilot Hill and Folsom Lake.

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Old 04-25-2012, 05:18 PM
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Here's a mtb ride at Fleming Meadows. Some nice steep sufferfest singletrack on this one!


After I was done with that loop I wanted more climbing, so I rode the initial climb and descent on Mormon Emigrant Trail, which begins at Jenkinson Lake and levels off after 1.5 miles.

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Old 05-18-2012, 06:40 PM
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Rode around Red Bluff for three hours yesterday trying to find some hills. Here's the climbs and descents of the only hills I found.

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Old 06-10-2012, 11:28 AM
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Got a ContourGPS on clearance at REI for $199.93 ($100 off). I took a ride in the hills yesterday with it and I am very pleased with it so far. I recorded at 720p 60fps, so there was minimal rolling shutter. Wind noise on descents is much improved over the ContourHD. Audio is better because the mic is more sensitive.

I finally found a use for the still brand-new Contour XL handlebar mount that I bought last year and couldn't use on my road bike because the bars are too narrow and have those secondary brake levers, which I need to remove some day. I only use the real brakes.

When I imported the video files into DashWare, that software automatically extracted the data from the camera's GPS, which is very nice! No tricky synchronizing like when I import the data from my Garmin.

The data overlay shows speed, altitude, distance, and percent grade. I used two default gauges for altitude, speed, and percent grade. I had to make one for distance.

My climbing speed sucks because I was riding my 33 lb Rockhopper with rack, kickstand, rack trunk, and 26 x 1.95 65 psi Specialized Hemispheres. I rode this bike so I could haul all the swag from the Folsom Cyclebration after I was done climbing in El Dorado Hills.

The video shows a short climb and descent on Gillette Drive.


Here's a steep climb from the weekend before. This is Happy Hollow Lane near Newcastle. It is off Powerhouse Road and has lots of grades in the high teens and low twenties, with a measured max of 24%. This was my first time up this hill, so I ended up a gear higher than I should have been. It was a sufferfest!


Here's another steep hill from my May 29 ride. This is Geisendorfer Road near Colfax. It parallels I-80. I was on my way to Colfax from Newcastle. This is a short hill, but grades range from the mid to high teens so it will get your heart rate up.

This is one of my favorite rides because of the scenery and low traffic.

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Old 08-03-2012, 02:19 PM
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Sorry I fell behind here. That doesn't mean I wasn't making videos all this time though. Quite the opposite!

Here's some climbs in Nevada City that I did when I went up there to watch and record the Nevada City Classic criterium. These are the most difficult parts of the climbs up Red Dog Road, Nevada St., and Willow Valley Road. I used DashWare to overlay the data from my Garmin onto the video.

I was on my 33 lb Rockhopper, so climbing speeds are a bit lower than normal.


Here's a couple San Francisco rides on my Bike Friday Pocket Companion folding bike. The first day was spent riding steep climbs in the City. At the end of the steepest and last climb in the video, there is some third person footage of me climbing that hill, recorded by the friend I went down there with.


Second day's video is my ride to the summit of Twin Peaks. The view at the top is spectacular!


Here's a couple good Auburn climbs with another Hammerin' Wheels cycling club member. I let him use my GoPro on his handlebars. I used my ContourHD on the helmet mount. We did a 55-mile ride with about 5,000' of climbing. Since he is a stronger rider than me, he rode his Specialized Langster singlespeed with a 42x16 gear!

The video alternates between his footage and mine, with DashWare data overlays from both of our Garmins.


Here's another ride with the same cyclist. He had a regular road bike with flat carbon bars this time, so you get to see my GoPro hit the pavement when the mount fell off those bars. The lens got scratched up and I had to buy a lens replacement kit.

This time we rode from Roseville to Folsom and did hill repeats. All footage is from my ContourHD helmet cam since the GoPro couldn't be secured on his bike.


Here's another weekend of Sierra fun with the Bike Friday. First day was the beautiful climb up Blackwood Canyon via Barker Pass Road, near Tahoe City.


The next day was spent climbing the steep side of Geiger Grade, which runs through the town of Gold Hill and has a nice 22% section near the end of the steep part (right before Virginia City). I drove up there to watch and record the riders in the Geiger Grade Hill Climb time trial. After watching the riders suffer, you know I had to do some suffering of my own!


The last few rides have been on the dirt. Here's my first ride on the Tahoe-Donner area Hole-In-The-Ground trail. Lessoned learned: don't do this ride on a hardtail!


For a different perspective, here's the helmet mount footage from the same ride. You can hear more of what the rider behind me is saying to me with the quieter audio from the ContourHD.


Last weekend I checked out the Sly Park loop around Jenkinson Lake.


Since there wasn't as much climbing on that loop as I would like, I explored other legal trails nearby after I finished the loop. I found a nice steep fire road climb up to one of the dams.


If anyone wants to see my footage of the Master's men's and Women's Nevada City Classic races, as well as the Geiger Grade hill climb, you can find those videos on my YouTube channel.

Tomorrow I will be climbing Monitor Pass on the Bike Friday. Sunday I will be recording the riders on the Mt. Rose Hill Climb TT, then I will climb Mt. Rose via Country Club Drive, which is supposed to be more difficult than just riding up 431 from the bottom.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:51 PM
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Here's Saturday's climb up Monitor Pass on my Bike Friday folding bike.


Here's a short section of the descent down Monitor where I reached speeds between 45-51 mph. I added data telemetry overlay using DashWare.


Here's the riders in the Mt. Rose Hill Climb time trial, which went up the long side of Mt. Rose from Reno.


After watching the riders suffer, you know I had to do some suffering of my own! Here's my climb up Mt. Rose via Country Club Drive. I measured grades between 10%-18% on the steep section of Country Club Drive.

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:09 PM
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I've neglected this forum yet again. Sorry about that .

I recently joined Strava, so I've been having a lot of fun with that I uploaded all my 2012 rides and the best of the 2011 ones, so most videos posted here now have ride data on Strava.

The weekend after the Mt. Rose climb, I took the Bike Friday up Luther Pass and Kingsbury Grade. Luther was almost easy, but Kingsbury was quite a bit harder, especially the last part: http://app.strava.com/activities/21621660 (Luther Pass), http://app.strava.com/activities/21621367 (Kingsbury Grade).



This ride was the most miserable sufferfest ever! 65.9 miles with 6,815' of climbing, and I was stupid enough to attempt to ride with a bunch of hammerheads (all guys), so of course I got dropped within a mile or two: http://app.strava.com/activities/21619023


MTB ride on the South Fork American River Trail (SFART), and Cronan Ranch: http://app.strava.com/activities/21617867


Donner Pass Road climb. PR on this climb (probably due to new clipless pedals-I was riding with toe clips and straps before): http://app.strava.com/activities/21580262


The Corkscrew Wall. This is a steep 5-mile climb near Foresthill. I got a QOM, but not going uphill. I got it on the descent. This ride has the highest suffer score of all my rides-323 "Epic Sufferfest", which I found interesting because I didn't suffer nearly as much on this ride as I did on that 66 mile Auburn-Colfax-Foresthill loop posted earlier: http://app.strava.com/activities/22968785


My first ride with the WAV Riders women's cycling club. This was also my first ride in the scenic Apple Hill region near Placerville: http://app.strava.com/activities/23359669


Here's my hardest climb to date. This is Mix Canyon. It's almost 5 miles long, with prolonged sections of 15% and up. This was my second ride with the WAV Riders: http://app.strava.com/activities/23631522


My third WAV ride was my first ride on Mt. Diablo. I climbed and descended on North Gate Road. Compared to the previous weekend's Mix Canyon ride, this was a cruise: http://app.strava.com/activities/24210869


Climb and descent of Iowa Hill Road near Colfax. 1.8 mile, 12.5% average grade climb. Got another unintentional descent QOM: http://app.strava.com/activities/25065122


Climb and descent of Prospectors Grade near Coloma. 2.3 miles with an average grade of 9.27%. This is rated the second toughest climb in El Dorado County: http://app.strava.com/activities/25607456

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Old 10-30-2012, 04:28 PM
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Here's last weekend's mtb ride on the Quarry Trail in Auburn: http://app.strava.com/activities/26258200

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