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How to Win a Bike Jersey on 3/23

2012 Bike Jersey - San Diego Century

To celebrate your hill training for the San Diego Century bike ride routes (including the 3 Witches Climb and the Purple Monster Climb), this week’s jersey giveaway question is all about elevation.

If you haven’t participated yet, we will be giving away San Diego Century bike jerseys this week (and every week until 5/19) with some fun website questions.  We gave away one jersey over the weekend, so there will be one winner on Friday from those who participate this week.  The winner will receive a free 2012 San Diego Century bike jersey.

Whether or not you want to participate, be sure to check out our 2012 merchandise, including the jersey, t-shirts and caps.

This week’s question is “What is the most climbing you’ve tackled in a single ride?”  If you have a personal best in elevation recorded, share it with your fellow riders!  Post a comment below with your answer to get in on the Jersey contest.

Need a suggestion on how to record your rides with your phone, or draw a map of your ride route online?  Here’s a list of online services where you can start for free and upload ride tracks from your phone, import your Garmin files (or Polar, Timex, etc) or draw your route.

Win a San Diego Century 2012 Bike Jersey.  Check out Michele, last week’s Jersey Winner>>

The best comments between Monday and 5:00 pm  Friday 3/23  are eligible.  The judging team from San Diego Century will select the winning comments on 3/24 and 3/25, with the winners posted the week of 3/26.

More details on the giveaway:

San Diego Century "3 Witches" Climb

The 3/16 promotion will include one San Diego Century 2012 Bike Jersey.  No purchase necessary.  Entries limited to one per person.  One prize per person.  Previous 2012 winners are not eligible.   Items will be awarded based on best comments on this post between March 19and Friday March 23, 2012 at 5 pm, with winners selected by San Diego Century judges.

There are 24 comments for this Post

  1. steve johnson -

    The most difficult climb I’ve ever done in a single ride was day 1 of Ride the Rockies in 1997 from Grand Junction to Montrose, Colorado. The ride was 90 miles and included an ascent of the north side of Grand Mesa, which is listed in Bicycling Magazine as one of their top 10 DESCENTS. The climb was 20 miles long starting at an elevation of 5,500 feet and topping out at 11,000 feet. It was a warm June day at the start of the climb but became quite chilly at the top. The day’s ride ended with a nice 30 mile long descent into Montrose; a nice reward for all the climbing.

  2. larry smart -

    The most climing I have done was March 10th of this year in the Solvang Century. Total Distance of 102 miles and 5,650 feet of climing. The ride start temperature was 31 degrees and cloudy but thankfully it warmed up to the mid 60 late in the ride. This was my first sanctioned century but not my last by a long shot. Love them.

  3. Darryl Whitley -

    I climbed the Palm Springs Traway road (3.77 miles) about 2 months ago. 1st 2 miles is 9.5%, the 3rd mile is 12.5% and the last .77 is 14.5%…….Steepest climb I’ve ever done to date and at 55 years young!!! LOL!!

  4. Kermit Cain -

    I did 85 miles through Big Sur on a fully self-contained touring bicycle (Raleigh Portage) that weighed in at 130 pounds at the end of the ride (so all the food was gone). So, I don’t know if you get points for “hitting the hills” on a 40+ pound bicycle loaded with camping gear but I kept track, I averaged 8K calories per day from San Francisco to San Diego. Don’t know what the total elevation climb was that day but upon completion of the ride I was unable to get a pair of Levi over my calf muscles.

  5. Eric Dill -

    The most climbing I’ve done in a single day was 10,034 feet on Mallorca last October. We did several major climbs over 85 miles, including Puig Major, the Cat 1 climb which is the highest point in the Tramuntana mountain range on the island.

    Radio Shack Nissan Trek had a training camp there earlier this year, and I loved looking at all the photos they posted–I recognized a few stretches of road I was on just a few months earlier.

    My favorite climb to date, though, is Mt Ventoux in 2010. I clocked 5,178 feet of elevation gain from the town of Bedoin, and 3 feet of elevation loss on the entire route to the top! I remember where that dip was; it was on a switchback about 5K from the top. After nearly 2 hours of climbing, it sure felt good to coast for a few feet.

    • Greg (SDC & BTC Marketing) -

      Thanks for sharing…but oh, my, very jealous, those are some great rides. I’ve got Ventoux on my bucket list. Did Col de la Bonnette a few years back and scoped out Mt. Ventoux on that trip. It’s gonna be tough for you to find a new PB:)

  6. Alex Yapjoco -

    The most climbing I’ve ever done in one day was a 73 mile ride with 7,460′ elevation gain, starting from Escondido, up Lake Wohlford, up South Grade of Palomar, then down East Grade and the last kicker up Cole Grade. It was supposed to be only 50 miles or so but my buddies wanted the extra miles. It was my most humbling experience on a bike to date! Here’s the route:

  7. Emily Belongastange -

    The longest and most climbing I have ever done, I may have well have considered running up the side of mount everest because I did my first century in Solvang, climbing over 5,000 feet and only having done one 100 mile ride on flat land. I consider this a hill and a half. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

  8. Theresia Olson -

    I just started riding last April so I my climbs may not be as substantial as most but last fall I tackled a local ride sponsered by the OC Wheelmen club where we climbed 4500 ft in 25 miles miles. I originally signed up for SAG support but my friends and husband talked me in to doing it with them and I did! I also rode in the Solvang Century last weekend as another rider posted… I was only signed up for the metric but did it with 2 flats, a broken cleat, and a cable that fell out of place keeping me from being able to shift into my small front ring! Still loved it so much I’ve already upgraded my wheelset and was recently seen drooling over some newer, faster, bikes…… 🙂

  9. Chuck Pateros -

    Assault on Mount Mitchell: 102.7 miles with 10,357 feet of climbing!

    The ride started in Spartanburg, South Carolina. At 6 am, it was about 90 degrees. The first 75 or so miles was nice rolling countryside. My friend and I realized that we got off course about mile 50 when we stopped seeing power bar wrappers (it was 20 years ago) and bananas on the side of the road. I ended up doing 110 miles total.

    The last 25 miles is one heck of a hill. At the top, we encountered hail. They drove us down in buses and we got one packing blanket each for our bikes. I threw my bike in the truck and wrapped myself in the blanket.

    The funniest thing about this ride was the dogs. We went out slowly so that we could pass the maximum number of people on the hill. This is the rural south, so we rode by quite a few dogs. At the start of the ride, while we were still close to the pack, we had them running after us and barking. Near the end of the ride, after the peloton had clearly passed, we had them taking a half step in our direction. They made barking motions, but at most only a squeak would come out… They had barked themselves out on the early riders!!!

  10. Jim Mihalick -

    I ride a steep hill every day. On live on top of a hill and I have a quarter mile road up to my driveway that ranges from 18-29% grade.

    The most I have climbed in a single ride according to my Garmin Edge 800 was on my first double century this Feb 18. It was 200 miles with 11,027 feet elevation gain.

  11. Scott Gilbert aka ScottyG1962 -

    10,000ft in one 100 mile ride

  12. Brent Hedden -

    For a long, sustained climb, nothing beats Palomar mountain. I’ve heard of people riding fixed gear up it, but there is no way I’m even close to that kind of strength.

    For a shorter, steeper climb, I abuse myself with the Poway to Ramona route, especially the Highland Valley Road route.

  13. Garrett Rains -

    I’ve done some climbing at Lassen volcanic national park, CA! From the camp ground to the summit base was 5000 to 8000 ft elevation! Hiked after that! At those heights you really feel the lack of O2 haha!

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