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Got passed by a BICYCLE today !! ....

Just got back from a great mountain ride today.
5 mountain pass's ranging from @ 7000 to 10,000 feet.

Threwout the early day saw MANY bicyclists training for the "Death Ride" that runs in a month or so.

I was going down hill on the east side of HWY 89 (Monitor Pass) and passed a group of 4 guys going down the hill at @ 35 or so. Not so much as 1/2 mile further down the hill the grade got MUCH steeper. We all slowed down somewhat because of the grade & Tar snakes all over the corners.

**** All of the sudden out of No where I get passed by the lead cyclist that startles me a little, take a quick look at my GPS .... 52.4 MPH !!!

We let this nut roll ahead of us for a bit watching him shimmy and shake taking REALLY tight slippery corners in excess of 55 MPH !! .... INSANITY to the max.

Can't say I have ever whitnessed such disregard for ones personal well being to this degree, Dude would have flown 100's of feet out and then done a 400 to 800 foot vertical drop had he left the roadway.

So I guess just maybe why they have "Re-named" the Infamous DEATH RIDE, to a more user friendly name of: "Tour of the California Alps"
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We let this nut roll ahead of us for a bit watching him shimmy and shake taking REALLY tight slippery corners in excess of 55 MPH !! .... INSANITY to the max.

Can't say I have ever whitnessed such disregard for ones personal well being to this degree, . . .
Pretty much the definition of a racer in any sport, I guess. These guys are elite athletes. Mountain riders (on or off road) have trained themselves to do this, and do it in spite of every neuron in their brains screaming to slow down. What is even more amazing to me is that they climb UP those mountains under their own leg power before they can start down. Imagine doing that at 7000 + feet!

And damn, I bet they are grinning from ear to ear when they get to the bottom!

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I escorted a local bike race a few years back. The promoters told me to not let the riders draft me, if possible. Late in the race I was escorting the leader. ONe downhill section he pulls alongside at 50 mph or so and tells me that I need to get moving a little more.... : )

Those guys really honk sometimes. In the past several have gotten speeding tix on one particular mtn.

And all on them 1" wide tires.....

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This is not uncommon. My dad used to ride big bikes for Radio Tele Luxembourg and worked on the Tour de France for many years having a reporter as a passenger who was doing live coverage. He constantly had to pull over and let the cyclists pass him during the downhill portions of the race. He too mentioned with a grin that he liked to race them, but he almost always lost in downhill situations!

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Just got back from a great mountain ride today.

5 mountain pass's ranging from @ 7000 to 10,000 feet.

Threwout the early day saw MANY bicyclists training for the "Death Ride" that runs in a month or so.

I was going down hill on the east side of HWY 89 (Monitor Pass) and passed a group of 4 guys going down the hill at @ 35 or so. Not so much as 1/2 mile further down the hill the grade got MUCH steeper. We all slowed down somewhat because of the grade & Tar snakes all over the corners.

**** All of the sudden out of No where I get passed by the lead cyclist that startles me a little, take a quick look at my GPS .... 52.4 MPH !!!

We let this nut roll ahead of us for a bit watching him shimmy and shake taking REALLY tight slippery corners in excess of 55 MPH !! .... INSANITY to the max.

Can't say I have ever whitnessed such disregard for ones personal well being to this degree, Dude would have flown 100's of feet out and then done a 400 to 800 foot vertical drop had he left the roadway.

So I guess just maybe why they have "Re-named" the Infamous DEATH RIDE, to a more user friendly name of: "Tour of the California Alps"
Link: http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkjPuKl...deathride.com/

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I used to road race bicycles when I was a college student living in Colorado. 50+ MPH is not difficult on a good grade while hammering in top gear. The real skill, as in motorcycling, is taking curves and navigating traffic, (like passing RVs ). You've only got about 1.5 to 2 square inches of contact patch keeping you planted on the earth. More of a rush than motorcycling sometimes. It's just that your bloodstream is already flushed with adrenaline and oxygen, you don't notice it as much.

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Being passed by bicycle? Not uncommon.

When riding in the Alps (Italy, in particular), I often enjoy watching insane crowds of cyclists bombing the steep serpentines.

Downhill, they routinely pass motorized vehicles. Uphill, they are just as amazing: once I was following a few elderly gentlemen who where powering up a steep incline, easy 10-15%, at a brisk pace, while conducting an animated conversation. Humbling!

Now, how about being passed by a scooter? Happened to me, too. These hot-wheeled Italians!

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QUOTE: **** All of the sudden out of No where I get passed by the lead cyclist that startles me a little, take a quick look at my GPS .... 52.4 MPH !!!

We let this nut roll ahead of us for a bit watching him shimmy and shake taking REALLY tight slippery corners in excess of 55 MPH !! .... INSANITY to the max.

Can't say I have ever whitnessed such disregard for ones personal well being to this degree, Dude would have flown 100's of feet out and then done a 400 to 800 foot vertical drop had he left the roadway. QUOTE


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