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Mt. Dora urban nets 2 new KOMs; Mt. Dora MTB two years ago; Weekend plans.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 by  
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With all the rain we had on Tuesday, yesterday morning the humidity was so bad you could almost see the water in the air. You sure could feel the hot moisture in your lungs!

The Mt. Dora trails sort of sit down in a hole; that, combined with the heavy tree canopy, really traps the hot, humid air down there. Mike and I decided for yesterday’s ride to do another urban assault ride, which would be a little less humid than the mtb trails and would allow us to get a longer ride in. Of course we couldn’t resist stopping at the trails for a quick lap and a couple climbs up Gravity Destroyer.

This was only the second time I’ve done an urban ride in Mt. Dora on my mountain bike, and once again I really enjoyed it.

Mike and I did about 14.5 miles, and that included ~700 feet of climbing. 700 feet may not be a huge amount of climbing, but we hit most of those climbs pretty hard. I managed to take down a couple of KOMs on two of the climbs, which felt pretty good considering I was riding a mountain bike and that was only my second time riding those segments. On the MD Liberty Climb segment, I took the KOM, but at the very end of the segment a pedestrian was crossing the street and I actually had to turn wide and slow down a little bit. I also forgot to lock out my front suspension. I can beat the time I rode yesterday.

As an aside, whoever created the MD Liberty Climb segment (was that you, Jim?) should probably go into Strava and trim that right hand turn off the very end. I have to assume including that turn just before ending the segment was unintentional? Thankfully it’s an easy fix, but the original segment creator is the only one who can do that.

My legs were not at 100% yesterday, probably due to the 15 miles I did late Tuesday afternoon on the indoor trainer. That indoor cardio session was medium/high intensity, and I had the resistance on my recumbent bike set fairly high. My legs were feeling it by the end of yesterday’s ride–especially because we hit the climbs so hard! The ride was a great workout, and a whole lot of fun.

Here’s the complete ride on Strava and Garmin Connect.

The birth of the Mt. Dora trail system: Mark Pettengill, Mike Simmons and Rich Dybdahl!

The birth of the Mt. Dora trail system: Mark Pettengill, Mike Simmons and Rich Dybdahl!

I remember when I first heard about the trails at Mt. Dora almost two years ago. The trails have become such a big part of my daily life that it’s hard to believe that two years ago they didn’t even exist. In fact, it was almost two years ago to the day that the Orlando Sentinel ran this article announcing the plans for the trails. The picture they ran with the article is of Mark Pettengill, Mike Simmons and Rich Dybdahl scoping out the future layout. Of course no Orlando Sentinel article would be complete without at least one mistake (right, Mark “Pettergill”). 😀

Thanks guys. The trails rock, and they just keep getting better and better. Next work day the beer is on me.

I think today is going to be a recovery ride. I’m not sure if I’m going to go ride the trails or do it on the indoor trainer.

Tomorrow I’ve got a meeting at work and a weight training session, so I won’t be riding. Saturday I’ll be at Santos all day for some challenging technical riding on the Red trails. While I’m at Santos I’m going to stop in at Greenway Bikes and pick up some Arrogant Bastard Ale, which I’m told they have back in stock! Nothing goes down better after a hard ride than a couple of awesome brews and a burger. 🙂

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3 Responses to “Mt. Dora urban nets 2 new KOMs; Mt. Dora MTB two years ago; Weekend plans.”
  1. That’s a great photo. Hard to believe there was nothing there two years ago.

    Which red trails do you plan to do? I would recommend you start with Sinkhole, if you haven’t done it already. It’s technical, but not dangerous. I prefer entering it from the Dr. Ruth side, though other riders tell me it’s more fun doing it ‘backward’, starting at the Marsh-mallow entrance. The other ‘easy’ red trail is the short section out by the Vortex which empties out onto the Freeride area. It’s actually enjoyable to ride, unlike the rest of the Vortex loop. ‘Course, being the masochist you are, you’ll probably prefer the other parts. 😉

    I’m going to give John Brown another shot once I get used to the clipless pedal setup. I could try it this weekend, but if it goes badly as it did last time, it would be a serious psychological blow that might take me months to recover from. 🙂

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    • I’ve ridden all the Reds out there, including the entire IMBA Red around the vortex. That’s a tough one, and I struggled with it.

      Yeah, Sinkhole is by far the easiest Red. In fact, I would go so far as to say it’s a little easier than a couple of the new Blues out there (Nayls and Ern N Burn).

      John Brown is a beast, and it kicked my butt. I rode it for the first time at the very end of a long session, and my legs were fried. That trail is hard under any circumstances, but on tired legs? I was lucky to make it out alive!

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      • I’ll definitely have to give Nayls and Ern N Burn a shot – maybe this weekend. Flex and Ben advised me to ride them only when my legs are fresh, not at the end of the day. It really depends on which bike I take: rough, tight technical trails I prefer to do on the 26er, but the 29er is a better tool for trails like the Vortex, John Brown, etc., because its a much better climber and more stable. I’m betting that once you get your 29er, you’ll beat your present KOM on Mini-destroyer by a significant margin.

        Dave and I did John Brown before we got tired, so that wasn’t the problem. It was not being able to scale those really steep climbs without having the bike wheelie over backward. Even Dave barely managed it. Having to put a foot down is something I consider a personal defeat, so I was very depressed and frustrated by the amount of walking I had to do. I suppose it wouldn’t have been so bad had I not deluded myself into thinking I could handle it after successfully negotiating Sinkhole. lol

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