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Saturday, May 17, 2014

John P is Killing it on Glendora Mountain Road

Last Saturday I rode up GMR with John P.  It was my first time up there on the fixie in a few months.  John P has been posting some killer times on Strava so I was a little nervous for this ride.

First, John's been doing this ride consistently with a 45 x 15 (or 14) ratio and in the 10's (mph).  Second, it was my first time up on a fixed gear bike in a while and I have been struggling to post an average speed of above 10 mph.

I arrived at SM/GMR & Sierra Madre at 5:45 am.  The plan was to cast off right at 6 am and I was a bit early. I could sleep.  I was too eager for this ride.  When John got there we quickly geared up and headed up the mountain.  I hung on John's rear wheel until the first saddle. He sped off. 

At the shack I new my time was going to be good.  I felt strong.  John uploaded his Strava data and BAM! He clocked 10.9 mph from the gate to shack!  Great job!




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