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    Is anyone else doing this ride, again or for the first time this year?

    I have seen several names that look familiar on the roster there. Anyone have any advise, questions or concerns to share on this ride, or dirt mountain climbing in general?

    At least from my saddle that was a tough ride last year. I know I was woefully under-prepared physically and equipment wise for what was out there. Having never really climbed a mountain on a bike I think that just making it up the first KOM climb was a feat unto itself, but it was rapidly downhill from that point.

    Since that S* show last year I have attempted to step up my hill training and climbing stamina. I ditched the heavy AL frame for a Tarmac and plan on heeding JB's advice on wider grippier tires. (Last year I tried to cheap out and ride my new 23cm 4000s) I am currently on the fence between Vittoria Open Paves, or a few Contis, (Gatorskins, Gator Hardshell, or Gran Prix classic), I do not like changing flats so the Contis are ahead in my book. This year I expect it to be terrible and will not be surprised if I get everything I expect. I would really like my new frame it make it through this in one piece and plan on that being my main goal for this ride, the AL frame was bombproof (as the components around it started to fail the frame was/is still intact) but a little large and heavy for this ride.

    Gearing, I think I am sticking with a 28-11, I did some training last year with an XTR setup with a 30-12 but broke the derailuer the week of the ride. To me at least the shifting sluggishness and altered ride quality to the point (IMO) that it took quite a bit from the overall confidence gained by a gear so big I could climb a wall. If possible I plan on swapping the 50-34 rings off another FSA crank I've got in storage in for the mid-compact my Tarmac came with. I do not expect miracles but two teeth on the small ring might come in handy on Reddish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveTheTech View Post
    I have seen several names that look familiar on the roster there. Anyone have any advise, questions or concerns to share on this ride, or dirt mountain climbing in general?
    My advice is to not let your friends think it's okay to let you ride it on a double with a 11-25.

    Here's my video from the day:


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    It'll be my first time this year and I'm riding it on my big purple Roubaix with a 34/50 and 11-28 on 25C Conti GP 4000S tires.

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    I'm considering it...looks to be about the same difficulty as Mountains of Misery, so I'd probably stick with the 50/34 11-28 combo on my R3. Would definitely need new tires though....

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    I did it in 2011, on my carbon road bike with 50/34 chainrings and an 11-28 cassette. It was doable, but some of the climbs took some effort even with the 34/28 combo on there.

    I ran my normal 23mm road tires (Pro3s). The only place I felt they were an issue was the descent after the second climb; the first few miles down were gravel. The rest of the natural surface is climbing, where you're going really slow. If I did it again I'd stick with road tires.

    Haven't decided on this year. Maybe.

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    I'm in it again this year. There is one set of dirt switch backs that I havent made it up yet, other than that a compact with a 27 in the rear, you should be fine. I've been using my wife's commuting tires (puncture resistant), the last couple of years.

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    For those wondering, the Medio Route (77 miles) does not have any gravel. So, last year, I rode it on my road bike that has gears, and stuff, and tires, too. My favorite gear for the ride was my Granny Gear.

    Sorry to get all technical on everyone...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Kelley View Post
    My advice is to not let your friends think it's okay to let you ride it on a double with a 11-25.
    This will be my third year of riding it with a double crank with an 11-25 cogset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirt View Post
    This will be my third year of riding it with a double crank with an 11-25 cogset.
    Pete, it's not okay to do that.

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    I did 50/34 11-28 last year too and I was glad to have that gearing. I can still remember the sound of Tim's wheels mashing up Reddish!

    I had a 25c Gatorskin on the back and 25c Panaracer RibMo up front but as a non-regular MTBer, I felt that the ascent up Reddish was still tough on that setup. I was also seeing stars by then so that could've have some impact.

    I did hear (second-hand) that JB even punctured on the ride, and he'd said that rain had washed out the route to be more rocky than when he scouted it out.

    Lots of great things on that ride. Riding by guys falling off their bikes on gravel climbs and cursing loudly was only of them.

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