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Events / Whiteface Mountain Uphill Race, Lake Placid, NY June 20, 2009
« Last post by Paul Mang on March 29, 2009, 11:55:24 AM »
If you want to try riding up a real mountain, this is the closest one nearby.  They say Whiteface is very similar to Alpe D'huez in profile.  Think of it as Pottery Road for 13 kms!

Whiteface only got a couple of hairpins, so you can go real fast down, but be careful since there are serious frost heaves in the road and you don't want to hit them at terminal velocity!  Also, you don't want to be on your brakes all the time or you may get a blow out due to the heat build up either. 

Below is from the race website:


Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race is 8 miles on a 8% Grade Course. The Climb is 3,500' up Scenic Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway. New York's 5th highest peak with 360° panoramic views of the Adirondacks, New England, Vermont and Montreal. Starting line is at the Junction of Routes 86 & 431 in Wilmington, New York. USATF certified course
Bike Race Registration MUST be received by May 20th to guarantee t-shirt.
Race Date: Saturday, June 20, 2009. Start Time: 5:30pm. HELMETS REQUIRED!
Packet Pick-up: Saturday, June 20 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm at the Wilmington Town Beach (located on Bowman Lane off Route 86—just west of the A&W Restaurant).
Four waves divided by age group will be launched. Each wave will be timed for up to 2 hours.

Transportation Back Down the Mountain: You are responsible for your own transportation back down the mountain. No one will be allowed to descend until the race is over. All vehicles driving to the summit will be charged the discounted rate of $5 per person (payable at the toll booth). You can also ride down on your bike at your own risk, following pacing marshals (minimum 2 brakes required).
Refreshments: You are responsible for your own fluid needs during the race. No aid stations will be provided along the route. Fruit, snacks and beverages will be served at the Finish Line. A BBQ (veggie meal available) will be served at the Wilmington Town Beach after the race (included in race fee).
Results: Will be posted by 9:00pm at the Wilmington Town Beach.
Awards: Will be handed out to the men’s and women’s overall winners and to the top three runners in each class. (awards are not duplicated)
Other: Bug repellant and warm clothing for the top of the mountain highly recommended. A vehicle will be provided to bring your pack to the top.
King & Queen Of The Mountain: Best combined time for both races will receive free entry into the 2010 Whiteface Mountain Uphill Races.
Events / Highlander Cycle Tour, Bristol NY Sept 11 & 12, 2009
« Last post by Paul Mang on March 29, 2009, 11:40:30 AM »
This charity century ride is one tough ride!  The monster hills (up to 23% grade) will test your mettle.  I measured only about 10,000 ft of vertical during last year ride, they bill it as 11,000 ft.  I think the vertical of Ride for Karen is about 3,000 ft or so.  This year it seems they will have a new route, I'm sure it will be as tough or tougher than the past years.  The time trial on Friday goes up Gannett hill (I believed it is named for the Gannett newspaper family), think of it as Bell School Rd hill that keeps going and going.

The only problem it is the same weekend as Ride for Karen ride.  I may go down for the Highlander on Friday, do the time trial on Friday afternoon, then the century ride on Saturday morning, drive back  to Toronto after the ride and do the Ride for Karen on Sunday.  One though weekend!  Usually the Ride for Karen is the week before the Highlander so I use the Ride for Karen as a training ride for the Highlander.

I got an email from the organizer of the Highlander Cycle Tour and I pasted it below:

The 10th Anniversary Highlander Cycle Tour is September 11 and 12, 2009.

Anyone who?s ever ridden the Highlander Cycle Tour can attest to the fact that the rider is often surprised at what they find offered up each year. For its 10th anniversary, the HCT announces it will visit some new, exciting and intense terrain in the Bristol Highlands. For the first time in its history, the Highlander will summit mountain passes such as Groveland, Sliker Hill, Niver, Coyken Dal and Burch Hill. The Tour will visit new Towns such as Springwater, Scottsburgh, and Groveland Station. But lest ye Highlander fans despair, the Tour will remain true to its core and tackle many of the hallmark climbs of the first decade. Fabled climbs such as Le Grand Egypt, Mont. Ste. Millers, the now legendary steeps (23% grade) of Le Alpe de Bopple and the incomparable Col de Gannett, have all become Highlander staples.

HCT X will again feature its individual mountain prologue time trial on Friday evening, September 11th. Featuring the infamous 2 mile ascent up Gannett Hill, the punishing 15-18% grades will test your pride. Come and see if our adopted son Cheyne Hoag from nearby Dansville will capture his 6th crown in a row. Cheyne owns the course record (19:25) and has won the ITT every year it has been held. No one has been able to challenge him yet.
Also new this year, the Highlander announces the addition of the 2 person Team Time Trial. The 22 mile TTT will also run Friday afternoon, finishing on the same Col de Gannett summit as the ITT. The new event stays true to Highlander legacy and will throw some impressive challenges and surprises at the teams. The Highlander also announces that the winners of the TTT will be vying for significant prizes in one of three categories, M-M, F-F, and M-F.

Special congratulations go to the 725 riders in 2008, for helping us raise $20K for the 4th year in a row to benefit the many charities the Highlander supports, including Mercy Flight Central, Lance Armstrong Foundation, Rochester XC Ski Foundation, Bloomfield Rotary, Crescent Trail, Camp Cutler (Boy Scouts) and Camp Piperwood (Girl Scouts), Naples Youth, and the South Bristol Historical Society.

Events / Ride For Karen Charity Century Ride Sept 13, 2009
« Last post by Paul Mang on March 28, 2009, 10:30:38 PM »
This year RFK is one week later than usual.  Hopefully it won't rain again this year like the last two years!

A great ride!  If you never done this before or have not ridden in a large group, take our Lear to Race course (its really a Bike Handling and ride in a group course) and join our club to get ready to do the RFK.  I did RFK 3 years ago and I was not prepared at all, I came in when everyone was leaving.  It took me over 7 hrs to finish! The next year, I did the Learn to Race and joined the club and I did finished it in about 5 hrs 26 mins.  Last year I did it under 5 hrs and finished with the first group of riders to get back.

If you never done a Charity Century Ride, do this.  Well organized, great food, great people, great cause (support of children camps for kids with cancer).

Events / Apr 5, 2009 Cycle4MS Spring Tune Up Ride
« Last post by Paul Mang on March 28, 2009, 10:16:45 PM »
70km ride starting at 9:30am at carpool parking lot at Guelph Line and 401.  $10 goes towards MS Society.
Events / Toronto International Bicycle Show
« Last post by Andrew Chan on November 20, 2008, 12:29:09 AM »
2009 Toronto International Bicycle Show at the Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place.

Date                       Time
Friday, March 13, 2009     Noon - 9 pm
Saturday, March 14, 2009   10 am - 7 pm
Sunday, March 15, 2009     10 am - 6 pm

A good ride to support.

From the share the road website:

3rd Annual Share the Road for Greg Ride

On June 6, 2006 Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Greg Stobbart (shown left) was killed on a training ride in Milton, Ontario. In an effort to prevent similar tragedies his wife, family and friends began work on a bicycling advocacy, road safety initiative which will be launched officially on September 28, 2008.

This initiative, known as the Share the Road Cycling Coalition is a grassroots, provincial cycling advocacy organization whose objectives include legislation to target high risk drivers, safer roads for cyclists including enhanced infrastructure, and the creation of education and awareness programs for motorists and cyclists.

The Share the Road Ride is in memory of Greg, and in support of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

Over the past two years Eleanor McMahon, Gregs wife has met with and engaged politicians from all three levels of government, law enforcement officials, cycling advocates, planners and municipal officials in Canada, the United States in Europe with a view to creating a Bicycle Friendly Ontario. Eleanor was a speaker at the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. in March, 2008 and at the National Bike Rally in Maine in July, 2008.

The past two Rides have featured over 250 cyclists of all abilities riding through the beautiful Halton Hills. Thanks to the generosity of the Ontario Provincial Police and the Halton Region Police Service, there participants can count on a significant police presence.

The Ride begins with a brief moment of silence as cyclists gather at the site of the collision in memory of Greg.
Events / Re: 6 GAP Century
« Last post by Alex Pond on September 12, 2008, 11:51:23 AM »
Hey Paul, do the the rides claim "feet of Vertical" or "feet of climbing".  Feet of Vertical would include descending which appears consistent for both rides.  5500 x 2 =11,000, and 6,300 x 2 = 12, 600.
Events / Re: 6 GAP Century
« Last post by Paul Mang on September 11, 2008, 03:09:37 PM »
Yeah, it would be a long drive down to northern Georgia and I also think we would have to take off the Friday and Monday.  There's a possibility of stopping by the Air Force museum in Dayton, OH (if you like that kind of stuff) depending on which route we take (I've been there before).

I not keen on driving into a hurricane either. 

I think the climbing numbers you have are half of the actual numbers.  Highlander should be 11,000, Six Gap they say is 13,000.  I'm not sure about the others, but I don't  trust MapMyRide cumulative elevation numbers.

I check the hotels in Dahlonega and they are already fully booked.  They had some rooms left in Gainesville, 20 miles away.
Events / Re: 6 GAP Century
« Last post by Alex Pond on September 09, 2008, 11:38:31 PM »
Definite possibility.  Again it might depend on the weather forecast since it is hurricane season.  It is approximately a 15 hour drive so it might require taking the Friday before and the Monday after, off from work (which I think I could do). 

FYI Finger Lakes has 5500 feet of climbing, 6 Gap comes in at 6300, Hastings Highlands 2100, and the Halton Hilly Hundred 2200.
Events / Re: Highlander Cycle Tour, Canadaigua, New York - Sept 12 & 13, 2008
« Last post by Alex Pond on September 09, 2008, 11:20:42 PM »
I'll make the call Friday at noon.  If it is raining to the south then Bancroft might be drier and vice versa.
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