Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Time To Climb: Tiger Mountain, Cougar Mountain, Aloha Ave

Since I was out of town until today I couldn't do the Flying Wheels Century, which I had to cut short last year due to a broken spoke. Oh well, next year I'll knock that one out.

Today I did 101 km of hills - some short & steep, others long and gradual. Highlights include Tiger Mountain, Cougar Mountain, and Aloha Ave, which even throws in some cobblestones just to test your climbing-on-cobbles-ability. I really felt like walking up Aloha, having done 99 previous kilometers, but in the end I prevailed.

Ride Stats
101 km
Time: 4 hours 2 minutes (rolling - overall was more like 5)
Average Speed: 25.1 km/h

Over the weekend we drove to Spokane for a wedding, and the whole time I was thinking about the Cannonball, which follows I-90 from Seattle to Spokane. 275 miles! But last ~200 miles of it are on shadeless Interstate. And of course there's Snoqualmie Pass and a few other "hills" to climb. This woud be a real test of will-power, as the scenery in the Moses Lake area couldn't be more boring - just dirt, grass, and tumbleweeds as far as the eye can see. But doing this ride unsupported would be awesome.
I don't think I'll do the Cannonball this year, but I would like to give it a shot some day! I've heard that the S2S, which follows Highway 2 to Spokane, is a much more scenic and "enjoyable" route. But for now my sights are set on the upcoming RAMROD.


Robert H said...

You are a wild man for those hills.
Good luck on RAMROD. Don't embarrass too many of the roadies as you go by them on the passes.

Ted Diamond said...

You, sir, are a goat!

Last weekend I discovered some new hills in West Seattle that are noteworthy. Bonair Dr SW and 53rd Ave SW, both coming up from Alki Ave SW. I went up 53rd, but not without turning myself into a quivering mass.

Ha! This is my opportunity to play with!