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    What Was/Is your Favvorite Ride ?

    I am more of a distance rider, I do well on centuries being a Clyde. Done some crits and did well but not a sprinter so I figure distance is best for me.

    My favorite of all time was Ride Around the Bear. I did 23 centuries back in 05 on a forum century a month challenge. I did a few charity rides, few timed events and plenty of solo centuries.


    The one that really stands out is Ride Around the Bear. Once you leave town, 5 miles or so, you start climbing and there are NO STOP sign or lights. Maybe one after 30 miles.

    You climb up and around Big Bear to Onyx Summit at 8400 feet. Then a 40 mile down hill with no stops, well till you get back in town, the last 3 or 4 miles.

    But there is nothing like starting a long climb, getting into a groove then hitting that cyclist's high!

    Heck, I liked it so much, I returned and completed it 4 times. Sadly 2016 was the last year it was held. Going to miss that ride!

    The first 62 is "almost" all uphill till you hit Onyx Summit with very few flat sections between.

    Was one great ride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeepV View Post
    I did 23 centuries back in 05 on a forum century a month challenge.
    Yeah, it is surprising how many people forget that 2005 had 23 months in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
    Yeah, it is surprising how many people forget that 2005 had 23 months in it.
    ;)
    Ha ha yeah! I was aiming for 12 but came out with 23, I completed the challenge.

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    For me here in MA, the standout organized ones that aren't expensive are the Greylock century, COVAC (CT valley century), and the seacoast century (which I did for the first time this year).

    For non organized, anything that goes by a certain coffee shop in Gilbertville is great.

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    My personal most memorable ride was up the Haleakala volcano on Maui. Sea level to 10,000 feet in one continuous climb. Even though the climb is relentless, it's never boring, as the view changes continuously, and by the time you near the top it feels like you can see the whole world.

    taodemon, I did COVAC once. Very nice ride. Also in that general area, the Great River Ride out of Westfield, MA is a beauty -- and challenging, with about 10,000 feet total climbing.
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    section-riding the Arizona Trail. Yeah I like road riding, but no way I would put any road ride above my favourite mtb rides

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    This is a funny thread because Iíve been claiming every week or two to have a new favorite ride!

    iíve just finished my second year in Oregon. Itís admittedly cool and damp in the winter, but the riding is fantastic. I did a ride two weeks ago durin which we saw two cars over a span of ~30 beautiful miles.

    For West Coast riding here is an excellent resource. Home Page - Jay's Essential Bike Rides

    His favorite is McKenzie Pass, which I did in June. It was nice.

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    The Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnťe AKA D2R2 is the only organized ride it do and it's definitely a highlight of every year.

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    my favorite centuries are constantly changing. when i first discovered bear mountain in ny that was my favorite which has been eclipsed by several new centuries as i got introduced to them both in the u.s. and europe. and while i do a century 2-3 times a month from spring to fall (less frequently in winter months) truth be told my favorite ride is a 50 mile loop close to home. but i do have one century that is a little more special than the others an that's visiting harriman ny but ask me another day and my answer may change as i've one so many great centuries both at home and abroad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by taodemon View Post
    For me here in MA, the standout organized ones that aren't expensive are the Greylock century, COVAC (CT valley century), and the seacoast century (which I did for the first time this year).

    For non organized, anything that goes by a certain coffee shop in Gilbertville is great.
    Never heard of COVAC so just googled the route. That must be really nice. I've ridden a lot of the roads it uses and many others in the area love riding around there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    taodemon, I did COVAC once. Very nice ride. Also in that general area, the Great River Ride out of Westfield, MA is a beauty -- and challenging, with about 10,000 feet total climbing.
    I'll google the great river ride and see if it is something I can get to next year.

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    Never heard of COVAC so just googled the route. That must be really nice. I've ridden a lot of the roads it uses and many others in the area love riding around there.
    The new one I did this year was the seacoast century. The century itself isn't cheap but not the most expensive around, though it is a 2 day event (same route both days and people generally do one or the other). I ended up doing it both days but without paying. First day I rode with a group who knew the route and said there were plenty of places to get water without relying on the ride support. The second day I did it with my dad and a few other riders. Riding by the ocean was a highlight for me as I hadn't done that before and there was this little cafe which had the best crullers I've ever had (Lil's cafe in Kittery Maine). I was pretty tired at the end of the first day and completely destroyed after the second (first time doing back to back centuries for me).

    Greylock I've done twice, this year I missed it due to weather, but since first doing it I always look forward to it every year and COVAC this was my third time, having missed one year in between due to weather as well. Covac and greylock were the two I looked forward to every year and now Seacoast is on the list as well.

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    peekamoose in ulster county ny is a fantastic century, its challenging but huge portions are incredibly beautiful and much of the roads are awesome

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    I've done several century type rides that included Greylock but never THE Greylock Century. Just a ride with some friends that we planned. Fantastic. Greylock might be my favorite climb.

    Another favorite ride is one I did in the Adirondacks. It was all very nice but Whiteface was a big highlight of it.

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    Since we are on RBR I will say the inaugural Jensie Gran Fondo. Mostly because of the blokes I did it with and I hadn't been back to the North Bay in 10 years.

    Best ride EVER? The San Juan Hut to Hut from Durango to Moab.

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    It's so hard to pick one. I loved my rides in TN this year in the Smoky Mountains, particularly the ascent and descent of Clingman's Dome.

    But it might be a long time before I can ride there again so I'm going to pick a more local one in the White Mountains of NH. 4 Notches and a Pass:
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    Bicycle Tour of Colorado in 1999. I was in NM at the time, in great shape so had an easy time with the distance and altitude. Even though it rained and sleeted every day, it was awsome.

    Best one day would have to be 35 miles on the carriage roads of Acadia National Park on an October day. Beautiful fall colors, I got lost and went up some big climb and had spectacular views. Yes my favorite riding area.

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    Favorite ride, pretty much anything down the coast or around a larger body of water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JSR View Post
    This is a funny thread because Iíve been claiming every week or two to have a new favorite ride!

    iíve just finished my second year in Oregon. Itís admittedly cool and damp in the winter, but the riding is fantastic. I did a ride two weeks ago durin which we saw two cars over a span of ~30 beautiful miles.

    For West Coast riding here is an excellent resource. Home Page - Jay's Essential Bike Rides

    His favorite is McKenzie Pass, which I did in June. It was nice.

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    Thanks a lot for the link to that site! I live on the East Coast but have always loved the West. The rides showcased on that site make me want to move NOW!
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    In 2011, went with the wife and kids to visit friends in Switzerland, borrowed a bike and watched a few days of the TdF. We stayed in a village on the other side of Alpe DíHuez. On Alpe DíHuez day I woke up early, rode over to the race course, joined it at Huez and rode down to the bottom at Bourge DíOisans where I then turned around and rode to the top. Fans were out and cheered me along. As my buddyís bike was an orange/Blue Orbea, I got a few extra cheers in the Dutch corner. After that we stayed out a spot at turn 6 and watched a great day of racing. My favorite sports day ever!

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    Clingman's Dome is my favorite probably - both sides of it are super but the Gatlinburg side is the more interesting of the two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    Clingman's Dome is my favorite probably - both sides of it are super but the Gatlinburg side is the more interesting of the two.
    That 7 miles on the actual Clingman's Dome road is especially nice. Much less traffic than 441 and turns that can be held at over 40 MPH without braking. I wish I could have ridden the path to the very top and the observation tower/ramp but it was too crowded to try to poach it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonB176 View Post
    That 7 miles on the actual Clingman's Dome road is especially nice. Much less traffic than 441 and turns that can be held at over 40 MPH without braking. I wish I could have ridden the path to the very top and the observation tower/ramp but it was too crowded to try to poach it.
    Yeah, plus the rangers will stop you from riding up to the tower if they see you, you have to be there pretty early to do that. Leaving the bottom from the ranger station just after sunrise makes for much less traffic on the climb at least at the beginning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    Yeah, plus the rangers will stop you from riding up to the tower if they see you, you have to be there pretty early to do that. Leaving the bottom from the ranger station just after sunrise makes for much less traffic on the climb at least at the beginning.
    I left my cabin at 7:00 and got to 441 early enough that traffic wasn't an issue for the climb. Here was my ride report from doing it this past August if interested:

    Smoky Mountain National Park was closed the day of and the day before the eclipse so I couldnít do the ride when we first arrived. I ended up doing this on Friday, August 25th Ė the day before we left. However, on the Thursday, we all drove up to the top of Clingmanís Dome taking the very route that I would cycle the next day. This allowed me to check out the roads as well as take some pictures from the top that I wouldnít be able to do when cycling. We arrived just before sunset and saw some spectacular views.

    Our cabin was aptly named Above the Clouds and it sits about 1000 feet above route 321 less than three miles below! Almost 1000 feet of that is gained in just over a mile! So, as with all rides from the cabin, mine started with an extremely steep and twisty descent having to brake heavily. I then popped out on 321 which has excellent pavement but very little shoulder. I was only on this briefly before taking the left onto Line Springs Road. Thereís a bit of really steep climbing but then things moderate comparatively. I took the left onto Little River Gorge Road which becomes Fighting Creek Gap Road. Eventually it comes out to Sugarland Visitor Center at the intersection of route 441. The only potential drawback to the Clingmanís Dome ride is that route 441 doesnít have much of a shoulder and it can get lots of traffic. I could see from the night before though that the road was fairly wide. I was able to get an early start of 7AM from the cabin so it was still fairly early even by the time I reached 441. This intersection begins about 20 miles of almost all climbing! I had never done such an extended climb before.

    As I hoped, the traffic was pretty light going up and drivers were very respectful almost to a fault as some were very hesitant to pass me even when there was ample opportunity. Some motorcyclists gave me the thumbs up as they passed and I even noticed a passenger in a car also do this. They probably donít see cyclists doing this very often and I appreciated their encouragement. I stopped thrice briefly to stretch. I passed through two tunnels but both were short and didnít present too much of a lighting problem. After about 13 miles of climbing, I took the right onto Clingmanís Dome Road. Here the traffic was even less. The temperature had dropped some but it was not too cold. I picked the perfect day because it wasnít too hot anywhere nor too cold. I reached the top and there didnít appear to be any place to get water and I was almost out so I didnít spend much time up there. I had spent quite a long time the night before so didnít feel like I needed to plus it was mostly in the clouds.

    Then began the riotous descent with an added twist of excitement! Iíve done many high speed descents but this one was different because of the turns involved. I didnít reach the speeds of other ones but the turns made for an even more exciting experience. I didnít have to brake but just felt comfortable enough to lean into the turns at speed. What a feeling to experience the sensation of weight as I put my body into the turns! There were very few cars but I did manage to catch up to pickup truck and after tailing it for a bit, I decided to pull over and let it go so it wouldnít spoil anymore of the descent. I did this but then I saw it again but it wasnít moving. It was parked in the middle of the road along with another car on the opposite side. I knew instantly that they must be stopped to watch wildlife and I was pretty sure what kind. Sure enough Ė a woman was halfway out the passenger window taking picture of a bear! I was about 50 feet behind the cars and watch the good-sized black bear amble away from the side of the road. Eventually the pick-up drove off and the other car came in my direction. It stopped and the woman driving it warned me about the bear AND its two cubs! I couldnít see the cubs from my vantage point. I waited a bit longer and then decided to just go for it. I pedaled past and fortunately there was no pursuit.

    I got out on 441 and then experienced another 13 miles of superb descending on such an amazing road with incredible scenery everywhere. I made it back to Sugarland where I was able to refill my water bottles. There was a bit of headwind but I still caught up to cars twice and pulled over to give myself free space.

    By this time, there was much more traffic but because I was now descending, I could take the whole lane so it really didnít matter. When I got back on Fighting Gap road, there was a surprising amount of traffic even there but I had no incidents. That last two miles to the cabin was brutal! I didnít walk any of it but did have to stop a couple of times. My heart-rate was completely maxed out. At 112.90 feet per mile, this was the most climbing I've ever done.

    Stats for the ride:
    Miles: 73.09
    Time: 4:46:54
    Average Speed: 15.29
    Max Speed: 45 MPH
    Elevation Gain: 8252 feet = 112.90 feet per mile
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    Nice report! I just started at the Ranger Station on that side. From Cherokee on the other side. The Cherokee side has the same average grade but it starts off much flatter and get's quite a bit steeper on average for the second half of the climb.
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    The Sella Ronda and Borz-Plose Bike Day for group rides.

    Locally, the windy ridge loop on Mount St Helens (up the 26 road, down the 99 and 25 roads). Sadly the 26 rd has a section that has washed out that is unlikely to be repaired anytime soon.

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