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Gonna be a tough but beautiful weekend

stevew

unique white person
Sep 21, 2001
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a light on your bikes for the tunnels will help a lot...
 

golgiaparatus

Out of my element
Aug 30, 2002
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Deep in the Jungles of Oklahoma
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7000 feet of climbing yesterday in about 3.5 hours. Biggest climb was a category 3, 6 mile climb with stretches of 14% grade. Felt like it was never going to end. One guy in our group brought a bike with lowest gear of 39x25. He was hurting.
 

golgiaparatus

Out of my element
Aug 30, 2002
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Deep in the Jungles of Oklahoma
Here's a few more. 2nd day we did the climbs again on the way out but descended into the valley on the way back cut about 2k feet out of the day for a total of 12,000+ feet of climbing for the weekend.

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Yep. 13% sucks.

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Bike fixin.

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Best bike lean photo of the weekend.

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The hardman award went to the guy that rode this.

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That's him o the left.

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Just before the decent into the valley where I raced a harley for a 4 mile downhill. Only drank 2 bottles over the 4+ hours we were out. Odd, I usually drink a ton.

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In the valley... that's the top of the largest climb in the distance.

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More of the ridgeline from below.

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Slept great. Despite 30ish degree low. Love hammock camping, never sleeping on the ground again.
 

golgiaparatus

Out of my element
Aug 30, 2002
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Deep in the Jungles of Oklahoma
I assume this isn't as steep as it looks or that it never snows in OK.
It's easily as steep as it looks, and you're not even close to seeing the top. I believe this one continued up around the corner for another 5+ miles. It would climb out of sight to a turn, then you'd get to the turn and it would ascend more around another turn, and so on and so forth for what seemed like forever.

I stopped at the foot of a few of them to take photos of the group going up... crappy part is that I had to let them get 1/2 mile ahead of me before it was a cool shot... I stopped doing it after a while. Brutal to stop at the foot of a climb like that, get cold, and then chase.
 
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