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Zoncolan is a monster
 

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dfcas
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 2485
Location: hillbilly heaven

6/4/18 2:29 PM

Zoncolan is a monster

I got the video after I saw the Giro was riding it. Most of the time its 16% grinding for me and I can make almost no speed. I believe it to be harder than the Mortirolo, and I did not think that possible. I ran out of gas today with 2.6k to go, and it looks like it may soften some before I go over the top.

Its the first video I've ridden that has cyclists weaving and resting on the side of the road.

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4057
Location: Nashua, NH

6/4/18 3:46 PM

At least on the trainer...

...you don't have to worry about stalling out and falling over.

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 5963
Location: Maine

6/4/18 5:10 PM

That would be a tough climb

That made you fall off your trainer....

I don think I've ever stalled on a climb and fallen over. Though on The Rockpile I've had to put my foot down because I was stopped in my tracks by the wind, and then nearly blown off a hairpin.

Achambo Rd on D2R2 (27%, dirt wth some ruts) was a bit sketchy because the front wheel would lift up, which is fine, but then you had to get it down outside of a rut, which wasn't easy because you were grinding at about 40 rpm, and the front end would weave back and forth. My buddy Mike got his wheel down in a rut and fell over. But as an honest Mainer he walked back down about 10 feet before remounting so to be sure he rode the whole hill.

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LeeW
Joined: 13 Jan 2004
Posts: 345
Location: near Baltimore, MD

6/5/18 6:06 AM

Mainer?

Is that correct terminology Dan?
I always thought they were called Maniacs? ;->

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 5963
Location: Maine

6/5/18 7:59 AM

Mainer is good

Though phonetically you would say "Mainuh."

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Brian Nystrom
Joined: 26 Jan 2004
Posts: 4057
Location: Nashua, NH

6/5/18 11:08 AM

Ayuh, "Mainuh" is wickid pissah.

"Maniac" is only used when they're driving. ;-)

I've never fallen over on a climb either, but I have had a bear of a time getting going again after stopping. The first time I recall was on the "5 mile grade" on Mt. Washington, back in the days when I was using toe clips and straps. I couldn't start facing across the road because it was too narrow and I would block the traffic going up and down (it was open to the public back then). I ended up grabbing onto a boulder for support while getting my foot into the toeclip and dragging myself forward to get going again. Back then, I only had a 38x28 low gear, which made it tough.

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 5963
Location: Maine

6/5/18 11:15 AM

Correction

No Mainuh says "wicked pissah." Only Massholes say that.

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 2353
Location: Canberra, Australia

6/5/18 6:04 PM

We've encountered some fire trails on MTB rides that were so steep that it needed two of us to push each bike up the trail - riding it was completely impossible. Like this trail on the side of MT Pierce in the Brindabella Mtns - I don't think that anything else had been up or down it since the bulldozer that originally cut it. I'd take a guess that the gradient on this was pretty close to 40 percent:

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
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Location: Maine

6/6/18 6:05 AM

OK but

How was the ride down...:)

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Sparky
Joined: 08 Dec 2003
Posts: 16467
Location: Portland, OR

6/6/18 9:30 AM

Loose ground under that kind of grade... Pass. On pavement I recall someone telling us the grade we just barely popped over was 30ish. It would have been impossible to get over it seated unless you had 20-22 GI I'd have guessed. The lowest any of us had was more like 34 GI at that time.

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Nick Payne
Joined: 10 Jan 2004
Posts: 2353
Location: Canberra, Australia

6/6/18 6:20 PM

The ride down was a different way on a much better trail with a more sensible gradient. I can remember that on the way up I was a bit ahead, turned a corner, saw this impossibly steep section where the photo was taken, and started to laugh. The others, who couldn't yet see this, called out asking what was so funny. I replied: "You'll see when you get here".

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