- Trans America Bike Race thread!
Call ins etc over here. Mentions of duff GPX file and a few wrong turns.
Mike Hall looks to be closing the gap to the leading 3 pretty fast now. Maybe the wise 1st day move of a marked man.Posted 3 years ago
Mike is flying. There are four decent sized passes between Prineville and Baker City. The climb out of Hells Canyon after crossing the Snake River into Idaho is a beast. It’s like a furnace down there.
Here are some pics of our Oregon leg of the TransAmerica Trail. We rode east to west. It gives some indication of what they are riding through.Posted 3 years ago
That’s Mike just about into Idaho. There’s a big climb out of Hells Canyon, then a few rollers followed by about seventy miles of descending so his average speed should pick up. After White Bird there’s another steep climb then a longer long descent to the bottom of the Lolo Pass. That leaves a 100 mile climb up to the Montana State line.Posted 3 years ago
Would also like a 70 mile descent! probably not followed by a 100 mile climb tho
The roads follow rivers, sometimes they are steep, sometimes ‘river grade’. The roads in the west are better engineered than those in the east. By the time they were building big roads out west they had to accommodate truck traffic in winter so they as generally easier gradients. The 100 mile climb over the Lolo Pass into Montana only really gets steep in the last ten miles from the summit. There are long climbs up into the Montana passes soon afterwards. They are more exposed with no tree cover so the wind can be a killer.
Another few days will see them into Continental Divide crossings.Posted 3 years ago
McM, what are the road surfaces like on that route generally, pretty good or closer to UK roads?
The roads were generally very good with wide shoulders and limited traffic. The worst surfaced bits were across the Great Basin descending from Rawlins. Some states grind a rumble strip into the shoulder inboard of the white line which makes things tricky. The roads were busiest through Yellowstone with tourist traffic. We got up and on the road early to avoid them.
Here’s the link to my blog on the trip, you’ll get a flavour of a tourist’s progress.Posted 3 years ago
Thanks. Trying to imagine being comfortable of a road bike for all those hours, but failing. Like RAAM riders with bits of metal rod and gaffer tape holding their head up as the neck muscles had gone from all the hours on the aero bars.
P32-34, a quick read about the legendary Jure Robic and the sleep monsters.Posted 3 years ago
Jameso that is so hardcore.
Mike is over the Lolo Pass and into Montana. There’s another long climb up to the Chief Joseph Pass into the Big Hole Valley GDMBR riders may know then another couple of passes and long valley floor rides before Yellowstone. The wind is fickle there.Posted 3 years ago
Mike is in Ennis about seventy miles from West Yellowstone and a handful more to the Wyoming state line. We rode that stretch the other way with a howling tailwind. I hope the wind gods are with him.
Once into Yellowstone there are a couple of continental divide crossings after Old Faithful. There’s a big climb up the Togowotee Pass after Moran Junction. After Dubois is the Wind River valley. We had one of our worst days climbing up to there against a monster wind.Posted 3 years ago
hustler, yes, met 6th place TransAm-er Billy Rice on his way north near the base of Cabin Pass, he did the TD route both ways in one go! Really cheery guy, hope he has a great ride in the TA this year.Posted 3 years ago
What really amazes me about Billy, Mike Hall and many others is that they have the drive to do this sort of thing yearly for a while. For me it itched a massive itch, it went well and I have no urge to repeat the ride*, for some one ride is also prep for another.
Edit, to race that is – but when I retire I’m going back with ~30-40 days to spare : )BlackhoundSubscriber
Togwatee Pass did not seem to difficult to me and I am a rubbish climber.
They were resurfacing the road into Rawlins last summer which was not very pleasant as we had little room. Should be nice for them this year.
Enjoying McM’s updates – nice to have some local knowledge.Posted 3 years ago
Mike is in Kremmling. He’s made a lot of miles this morning. He will have crossed another Continental Divide after Walden so he will have had a long descent to Hot Sulphur Springs.
The route heads from relative wilderness towards the Ski resorts and outlet mall hell of Silverthorne and Breckenridge which are also on the GDMBR. The high point of the whole crossing is the Hoosier Pass (11500ft) ten or fifteen miles past Breckenridge. I remember my teeth tingling at that altitude whilst climbing.
Then there are some long descents and rolling climbs back up tp Guffey which he will probably scoot past as he descends for forty miles or so to Canon City. The last of the climbs he will see for a while are near Florence, a prison city, home of the Unabomber before Pueblo, which is the last major city for many miles.
The half way point of the route is a cattle town called Ordway, there on there’s pretty much a 300 mile straight roads across eastern Colorado into Kansas. Miles and miles of nothingness. Towns are 30 to 40 miles apart. If he gets a tailwind 250+ plus mile days must be possible.
Here’s a link to my blog, you’ll get some idea of the landscape from the pics.Posted 3 years ago
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