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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Kevin's Goal, One Baldy Ride Per Quarter!

Kevin's new goal is one Baldy ride per quarter.  Next ride, March 30, 2013.

This is what Kevin had to say about his last ride.

"Today Kevin and I had an adventure.  Since late 2011, Kevin had it in his head to ride to Mt. Baldy.  He kept a good training routine and sure enough, he made it to Baldy today! Great job, Kevin. It only gets easier."

Kevin Writes ...

Three and a half years after thinking about riding to Baldy
Village, I finally made it. Despite a few health setbacks, I can now
check it off that list.  Like many other BicycleFriends rides, it starts
 with a Plan from Jason.

"Just make it to Fork plus 8.3 and I'll buy you a beer, as it is
all downhill to Baldy Village" So a year ago after I stopped taking
blood thinners and was cleared to ride again.  I followed Jason's easy 4
 step  plan that goes something like this:

Step 1 - ride to maintenance shed

Step 2 - ride a short distance further to a spot known as Fork. (it
 is located where GMR turns and goes down to East Fork. It's also the
start of Glendora Ridge Road)

Step 3 - add distance (about a mile per ride) by observing milepost  markers

Step 4 - after riding to Fork plus 8.3, continue on easy downhill to Baldy Village

I have ridden with Jason enough to know that he is challenged with
distance, difficulty, grade etc.  We still talk about the day he talked
me into an easy mountain bike ride on Sunset Ridge. I think he posted
something. Short story - extra climbing, double
 the distance, & 95* temps resulting in heat stroke.

So, I checked out Annette's Glendora Mountain Road website to
verify Jason's plan, which actually was not too bad. (except for the
downhill part)

With Jason posting my results and coaching me along the way, I made
 it to Fork +8.3 a couple of weeks ago and we scheduled the celebratory
ride for today, September 1.  

Jason's plan: start at 6am (Jason riding fixie) and meet up with me
 when he reached GMR in Glendora.  I modified the plan after suffering
in the heat on Glendora Ridge, last week.

I left at 530 am and Jason would catch me sometime after the first
saddle. Well, I made it to the maintenance shed with no Jason, feeling
pretty awesome. Only to find out that Jason was delayed when he stopped to  talk to Christian at the bottom of GMR.

After about 5 minutes of much needed rest at the shed, Jason and
another fixie rider showed up. We chatted for a few seconds and then
took off.  Stopped for a quick bottle change at about F+3.6 dropped down
 to F+4.5 and started the climb to F+8.3. 

I think I slowed Jason down, but he quickened my pace until about
F+7. I found what little shade there was and stopped as I was starting to
cramp. Jason continue about a tenth of a mile and help a rider with a
flat, who was dropped by her friends. Despite
 what his coworkers say about him, Jason really is a good guy with
helpful demeanor. 

Fork Plus 5 or 6 or 7.  Kevin Rides On
With the flat fixed and my legs straightened out we continue with
Jason asking about how I was feeling. It was then when he came clean.
 "To be honest, after 8.3 it's not really all downhill". 

"WHAT?..." I exclaimed know that there was another 1.5 miles of more gentle climbing according to Annette. 

I celebrated at F+8.3 nonetheless. And we continued. 

Success, Fork Plus 8.29
9:30am After a short down hill and being stopped by the closed gate Jason snapped some photos 


Jason had The Baldy Village Inn open early just so he could buy me that beer.  Thanks Jason!

A short 45 minute downhill ride and I was home. 

Thanks to all the fellow GMR riders offering encouragement over the
 last year. And special thanks to Jason, whose coaching and
encouragement helped keep me going.

Baldy Village.  Did it.

Cheer! I don't always drink beer, but when I do its in Baldy Village with Bicycle Friends.

1 comment:

GMR said...


Great Goal. Great Accomplishment. Great Story.

January, it was hot in January? Somehow August and September seem hotter.

So by your annual goal of 1 ride to Baldy per quarter, I have one more ride to go! Thanks for inspiring me.

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