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The Zombie Cyclist


My son Michael on the left, and me near the top of Ebbetts Pass. From Seventeen to Seventy, How I SIMPLY Can’t Avoid Ebbetts Pass. Full disclosure, I did so not complete The Death Ride this year (or any other year for example). What I did do is to take part in The Death Ride by taking the chance to climb Ebbetts Pass, one of the five hill passes that constitute this epic event.

Exactly what is The Death Ride? 5) and then back to the begin to complete the trip. Registered riders who aren’t up fully ride are given the option of doing lesser trips of four, three, two, or as in my own case, one pass. The state one-pass ride would have been to the top of Monitor move and back again to the start, but also for a couple of reasons (the following) I decided to ride Ebbetts Pass instead.

I’m pretty sure nobody cared, the organizers are extremely strict about some of their guidelines, but this never appears to be one of these. In the day prior to the ride The audience putting your signature on. 3,500 signed up for the event. It had been with some apprehension that I observed I had been the fattest man in the room.

Why do I, a man 14 times in short supply of his 70th birthday just, chose to attend this specific event? The primary reason is that my old child Michael has been worked up about this ride ever since he learned of its lifetime and has wanted to attend it with me. A second reason is that there surely is a cycling custom of “riding your birthday”, this year could have designed driving 70 mls on the day of my forthcoming 70th birthday which. So, if I didn’t complete the 129-mile Death Ride, how much riding did I really do?

I rode 49 kilometers, completed 4,500 feet of climbing, and spent 5 hours doing so. Although this is a subjective estimate, Personally I think quite that this was the second-hardest ride of my life strongly; I had been so exhausted at the top, I started crying, something that has never before happened certainly to me.

This is the second challenge trip in a row that I found difficult to complete. Exactly what does this say about my training? Subjectively, I feel like both experiences were completely different. In the run up to my prior challenge ride, The Art of Survival, I was tired the vast majority of the time; I felt like I had been struggling with overtraining.

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I certainly got tired days in the run up to The Death Ride, however they weren’t unrelenting like my earlier experience, and in general, I felt I was handling my fatigue pretty much. In fact, the two training rides up Kings Mountain I did to specifically plan the Death Ride were the quickest of the four times I’ve ridden that climb. The crowd at the top of the move. The crowds were so excellent, there had to be “traffic control” at the very top to avoid those folks taking a break there from preventing the riders going over the top from both directions.

The organizers provided a chair for the riders along with food, drink, bathrooms, and a bike-repair facility. The Ebbetts Move sign is seen in the center of the picture barely. How was the ride for my son? He is a far greater cyclist than me, and it is a way of measuring his love for me personally that he remained with me completely to the top of Ebbetts Pass. A continuing theme of the blog is the key role friends play in my own cycling experiences.

This trip was no exception. One of my son’s close friends from High School (who is also called Michael) possesses a home a few miles from the start of The Death Ride, and we remained with him. He could be also a very good cyclist. The Death was completed by him Ride, all five passes, all 129 miles, all 15,000 feet of climbing. He began regarding a around 30 minutes before we do, but because we skipped Monitor Pass, I was resting at the top when he rode over Ebbetts move.