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#8222 - 10/10/10 05:35 PM The Road Not There
wagga Offline


Registered: 10/07/09
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Apologies to Mr Frost & Mr.Whitman.

The Fresno Bee published an article about the upcoming Amgen Tour of California route.

Here is a quote:

"The race might also get it's first true summit finish atop Mount Baldy in Southern California."

"We'll have our first legitimate mountaintop finish and we think it will be the hardest final 10 miles that we've ever done"

Yup, carrying your bike in cycling shoes for 10 miles will be tougher even than Belgium cobblestones.

PS. I emailed the Bee re this & didn't get a reply.


Edited by wagga (10/10/10 06:15 PM)
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#8237 - 10/11/10 02:14 PM Re: The Road Not There [Re: wagga]
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wagga...

If they start at Baseline and then go up via Manker Flats via the service road, it will be a buttkicker. I believe they will only go as far as the ski lift since the road ends there.

Just gotta watch out for falling rocks...

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#8240 - 10/11/10 02:37 PM Re: The Road Not There [Re: + @ti2d]
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In the Bee they said "mountaintop finish". If it's in the Bee, it's gotta be true.
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#8241 - 10/11/10 03:04 PM Re: The Road Not There [Re: wagga]
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Well, they have three options to the summit:

Ski Hut Trail
Devil's Backbone
Chute (Bang)

Ain't gonna happen on any three.

Hope the cyclists will have their Adventure Passes at the ready!
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#8242 - 10/11/10 03:05 PM Re: The Road Not There [Re: wagga]
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Originally Posted By: wagga
...If it's in the Bee, it's gotta be true.

For a wagga pun I think you meant to say: ...it's gotta BEE true...
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#8243 - 10/11/10 03:38 PM Re: The Road Not There [Re: + @ti2d]
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Served that up for a grand slam from our very own Bee - I suppose she didn't see it.
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#8244 - 10/11/10 04:27 PM Re: The Road Not There [Re: wagga]
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Registered: 11/13/09
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I'm really confused on this. I don't know how they make the summit without walking from the ski lift, walking from the ski hut or??? Bear Canyon's too steep. Backbone too dangerous (and you need to walk at some point.) Bowl's too steep.

In the times I've hiked Baldy, I've never seen a bike, not even on the fire road. I would think Mt Wilson or Santiago Peak would be better. Santiago's a bitch on a bike!
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#8252 - 10/12/10 07:08 AM Re: The Road Not There [Re: quillansculpture]
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I am sure that the "Bee" writer MAY HAVE intended to say that the race will go up from Baseline, to Baldy Village, Manker Flats and on to the parking area of the ski lift and no further. A "summit" for cyclists but a "false summit" for us we-know-who-we-are-cuz-we-been-at-the-top! Get up off that! grin

I doubt any "road" bike can make it up the maintenance road to Baldy Notch.

Now, should they switch to MB for that segment from Manker Flats to Baldy Notch, then I would like to stay tuned to my television to see THAT happen!

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#8253 - 10/12/10 08:52 AM Re: The Road Not There [Re: + @ti2d]
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I just love the fact that they are coming in to our neck of the woods, so to say. In road bike racing, they will call a stage of a race that finishes up high but does not descend, a "mountain top finish." They wont even have the proposed route picked out until sometime in February. The speculation is that they will come west from Claremont and eventually climb Glendora Mountain Road to Glendora Ridge Road in to Baldy Village and then up to the Baldy Ski area parking lot to finish. If you can't tell, I'm an avid road bike fan and really looking forward to this stage.
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#8255 - 10/12/10 09:15 AM Re: The Road Not There [Re: + @ti2d]
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Originally Posted By: + @ti2d
I doubt any "road" bike can make it up the maintenance road to Baldy Notch.

Nah -- they can make it easily... in the back of a truck.

I agree that no one in this race is going to be riding up to the Notch or taking a side trip to the Baldy summit. But this will be a great stage and it would be fun to figure out a way to be there for it. It'll be a zoo for sure!

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#8259 - 10/12/10 02:30 PM Re: The Road Not There [Re: AlanK]
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Alan, I agree it will be a great stage. I road bike Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) 3x's a week and am already scoping out my prime viewing spot if it comes this way. When the race gets closer, if anyone wants info on the good spots, let me know.

Gary
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#8260 - 10/12/10 05:24 PM Re: The Road Not There [Re: AlanK]
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Originally Posted By: AlanK
Originally Posted By: + @ti2d
I doubt any "road" bike can make it up the maintenance road to Baldy Notch.

Nah -- they can make it easily... in the back of a truck.

I agree that no one in this race is going to be riding up to the Notch or taking a side trip to the Baldy summit. But this will be a great stage and it would be fun to figure out a way to be there for it. It'll be a zoo for sure!

Now, I am thinking how "cool" it would be to ride a bike from the holy city of Lone Pine, then hike/run to the summit and and back, then ride back down to Lone Pine for a "funsy" mini-"Badwater"-type variant only on two-wheels.

Who knows...could be the start of a great idea!
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#8262 - 10/12/10 05:32 PM Re: The Road Not There [Re: duelmen3]
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Originally Posted By: duelmen3
I just love the fact that they are coming in to our neck of the woods, so to say. In road bike racing, they will call a stage of a race that finishes up high but does not descend, a "mountain top finish." They wont even have the proposed route picked out until sometime in February. The speculation is that they will come west from Claremont and eventually climb Glendora Mountain Road to Glendora Ridge Road in to Baldy Village and then up to the Baldy Ski area parking lot to finish. If you can't tell, I'm an avid road bike fan and really looking forward to this stage.

When the AMGEN came to our neck of the woods in 02-18-09, it was AWESOME! My uncle, who lives on Road 426, managed to get a camera shot of Lance. It was just a blur but you could make out his jersey. Hey, it looked like his jersey but could not confirm. Earlier that week during Presidents' Day weekend, it snowed at the higher elevations. The CalTrans crews did a remarkable job of keeping SR 49 clear of snow making the ride safe for the riders.

Later that day we say that portion of the ride on Versus.
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